Betsy A.'s blog

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.

Tiny Changes

Black & White Photo of StockyardA coworker suggested the DVD Food, Inc. and I watched it over the holidays. I will be making some small changes. A vegetable garden planted. Becoming more knowledgeable about which companies are treating animals and employees humanely.

Stop by the Friends' Holiday Open House!

Invitation to Friends' Holiday Open House-Monday, December 13, 2010

 The invitation says it all! Please stop by the library on Monday, December 13, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Christmas on Main Street December 2

Christmas on Main Street in La Porte will be held this Thursday, December 2, beginning with the parade at 5 pm and entertainment at 6 pm. This will be the 23rd year for this annual event, which is popular with adults and children of all ages.
 
There will be free pictures of the children with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Five Points Plaza, sponsored by Walgreens. Vendors will be selling arts and crafts as well as Christmas food items. Clutch the Rockets Bear will sign autographs from 6 – 8 pm, and tour the street with Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph.

Thankful for Toddlers

Photo of Toddlers and Ms. Mandy at ToddlerTime, 11-18-2010This Thanksgiving we give thanks for the toddlers who come to ToddlerTime With Ms. Mandy at the library. ToddlerTime is a storytime held each Thursday at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. If you are a parent, grandparent, or caretaker of a toddler, please feel free to come to this special and delightfully unpredictable time! Toddlers in the photo are showing the Thanksgiving decorations they made on November 18.

Books for Voracious Readers

Cover of Taste of Home Dinner on a DimeThis is the time of year when cooking becomes especially important as we gather with family and friends for various holidays. The cookbooks with the top five checkouts during the past year are:

1. Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: strategies, recipes, and techniques of classic bistro cooking / Anthony Bourdain, with Jose de Meirelles & Philippe Lajaunie

New Hike and Bike Trail in La Porte

Black and White Picture of Biker
The new hike and bike trail at 600 Little Cedar Bayou Drive in La Porte will have a special opening program Saturday, November 13, from 8 am - 11 am. The event will be hosted by the City of La Porte Parks and Recreation and Police Departments.  
 
There will be demonstrations on proper bike safety and riding etiquette, instructions about changing a bike tire, vendors from various bike shops, and booths on starting bicycle clubs. There will also be giveaways! Come on by.

Halloween Game and Craft for Teens

Clipart picture of skull and eyeballs

Join other teens for our Halloween Teen Event: "Gross Out Games and Decorate a Pumpkin".  The description of the program on the La Porte Library Event Calendar reads "Test your skills and try to decide what's in the bag.  You'll also decorate a pumpkin or gourd."  Ages: 10-17. Wednesday, October 27, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.  All materials provided.

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