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Toddlers Make Quilts

Photograph of "Quilts" Made at ToddlerTime With Ms. MandyDuring a recent ToddlerTime With Ms. Mandy, the toddlers made “quilts” which are now displayed in our children’s department and can be seen in these pictures.  ToddlerTime is on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m., and the program is repeated that same day at 11 a.m. If you have a toddler in your care (age 18 months to 3 years old), join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. Seasonal crafts, too! Free at the library.

How to Find Events & Programs at the Library

There is a search tool on our website to find events and programs at various branches of Harris County Public Library. You can limit your search by age of the target audience, type of program, and branch location(s).  For example, you can do a search to find Teen programs that will be held at the La Porte, Freeman, and South Houston branches. Or you can look for nearby branches that have Storytimes for Toddlers…or Book Discussion groups…or Tax Assistance. All kinds of programs!  To use the search tool, click on Events Calendar on our home page.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

Picture of Cover of Yertle the Turtle and Other Short Stories by Dr. SeussOn Wednesday, March 2, at 3:15 p.m. there will be a special program to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday: PinTheTailOn Gertrude McFuzz! Miss Gertrude McFuzz is a girl-bird character in a short story by Dr. Seuss that is included in Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. The program is for school-age children. Come join the fun!

Opera to go! is this week!

Picture of Dog SingingThe performance by Opera to Go! that was cancelled due to the recent blizzard will be given on Thursday, February 24, at 4:30 p.m. The show Storybook Opera, “The Dog Who Sang at the Opera” is based on the true story of a wolfhound who upstages an opera diva. This 30-minute presentation is for all ages and will be held on the main floor of the library.  We have it from reliable sources that the show is fabulous! Come one, come all!!!

Intriguing Book on La Porte History

Spine of book La Porte A Social History, 1832-1952

“There was a picture show started after WWI near Main and Five Points. Mr. I. W. Rust was the manager. He had a Studebaker engine rigged up to a generator to run the electricity. When the engine would fail (which was quite often), they would flash the lights and announce that the same show would be shown the following night at no charge. Everyone would get up and go home and come back the next night.”

After School CraftTime

On most Wednesday afternoons during the school year the library hosts a 30-45 minute program for school-age children. This Wednesday, February 9, is CraftTime, when the young people will be guided in making a craft. Some Wednesdays there will be a GameTime or ScienceTime. 

Come anytime for the Wednesday afternoon program! Most Wednesdays at 3:15 pm for school-age children.

Opera to Go! is Rescheduled!

Picture of Opera Lady SingingOK, the picture is a cliché but the exciting fact is that Opera to Go! of the Houston Grand Opera is coming to the La Porte library! The show presented will be: Storybook Opera. “The Dog Who Sang at the Opera” and is based on the true story of a wolfhound who upstages an opera diva.  The program lasts about 30 minutes, is targeted to school age children, and is free.  It has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 24, at 4:30 p.m. because of weather concerns.

I Spy a Former Spy

Cover of Book The Mysterious Private ThompsonIn the late-nineteenth century, a former spy for the Union Army lived in La Porte. The most remarkable fact about this person is that the spy was a woman who posed as a man so that she could join the Union army during the Civil War. Her birth name was Sarah Emma Evelyn Edmonson (sometimes listed as Edmondson). She joined the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry under the alias Frank Thompson. She became a spy and completed 12 secret missions behind enemy lines, using various disguises.

The Inside Scoop While Job Hunting

Ever wonder how to find information about a company from an insider's perspective? There is a database that provides such information: glassdoor.com: an inside look at jobs & companies. To join the database is completely free, and it gives information posted by employees or former employees about salaries, interview questions, etc. for various companies. To access from our website, click on Databases, then Business, then Glassdoor.com.

Simplicity in the Home

This is the time of year when we make resolutions to get our houses in order. The library has materials to helpPicture of Cover of Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Eric Rooney Doland with organization of the home. Here are a few: Unclutter your life in one week by Eric Rooney Doland; When organizing isn’t enough: SHED your stuff, change your life by Julie Morgenstern; Lighten up: love what you have, have what you need, be happier with less by Peter Walsh; What’s a disorganized person to do? by Stacey Platt; Unstuff your life!: kick the clutter habit and completely organize your life for good by Andrew J. Mellen; and Throw out fifty things: clear the clutter, find your life by Gail Blanke.
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