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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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Another La Porte Gem: Five Points Town Plaza

Picture from Five Points Town Plaza website, City of La PorteLa Porte has a beautiful new venue for listening to music and hosting other events called Five Points Town Plaza. It is located at the corner of Broadway and Main Street in La Porte. The name “Five Points” comes from the history of this intersection on Main Street which for years had five streets intersecting.
 
The City of La Porte, in partnership with donors, sponsors various events at the Plaza. This autumn there is the Plaza by the Bay Fall Series. The dates remaining are: Oct 21, Oct 28, and Nov 11. The time of each event is 7 pm; admission is free and open to the public.

Early Voting Starts October 18

Information about early voting for the November 2, 2010 General Election is now available at the library. We have maps with the locations and times of early voting, Voters' Guides, and sample ballots. Stop by to pick up the material so that you will be ready to cast your ballot in early voting, October 18-29, or on Election Day, November 2.
 
More information is available online at www.harrisvotes.com.  

Getting Back to Nature

Cover of The Practical naturalist: explore the wonders of the natural worldThe library has received a cool new book that has detailed descriptions and colorful pictures of various habitats and the animals and plants that live there. The book is The Practical naturalist: explore the wonders of the natural world / Jill Hamilton. It was produced in association with the National Audubon Society and the publisher DK, which is known for its visually appealing books. The Practical Naturalist is a book that is fun to look at...even if you don't feel like going outside! It would also be an excellent book to teach young people about the natural world.

Texas Bay Area Polio Survivors

Logo from Texas Bay Area Polio Survivors websiteDo you have a relative or friend who is a survivor of polio? The Texas Bay Area Polio Survivors meet once a month at the La Porte library, usually the first Saturday at 10:30. This is a fun group of people who have even recorded their own song, the Post-Polio Song. They also donated a book to the library: The polio years in Texas: battling a terrifying unknown by Heather Green Wooten. For more information, please see their website at http://www.texasbayareapolio.org or find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Bay-Area-Polio-Survivors/419438148101.

Hispanic Heritage Book Display

Photograph of Hispanic Heritage Book DisplayWe have a colorful display of books, cds, and dvds in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the La Porte library. Take a look...there is everything from travel to cooking to music to literature. You might discover a new title or enjoy again an old favorite!

A Tribute to Teachers

Picture of Teaching Materials in Library Display CaseQuick! What was the name of your first grade teacher? If you are like me, you can remember the name, even if…like me…it has been a loooong time since you were in elementary school. Or even if you cannot recall the name, you can probably see the face in your mind. 
 
Our display case at the library this month features materials used in the teaching of elementary school children. They are provided by Linda Novosad, a former teacher who taught in the 1970s. Take a look and you will see the materials used in the days before computers or even calculators made their way into the classroom. 
 
We want to express our gratitude to teachers for their positive impact on our lives!
 
Epilogue: Mrs. Novosad retired from teaching in 1976 to focus on raising a family, starting with her firstborn, our very own children’s librarian, Mr. D.

Looking back: Galveston, September 8-9, 1900

Book Jacket of Isaac's Storm/Erik LarsonToday (September 8) is the 110th anniversary of the Galveston storm of 1900. There are many good books about the 1900 hurricane that are available at the library. One of my favorite accounts is Isaac’s Storm: a man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history/Erik Larson. Others at the library include: Galveston and the 1900 storm: catastrophe and catalyst/Patricia Bellis Bixel and Elizabeth Hayes Turner; Through a Night of Horrors: voices from the 1900 Galveston storm/edited by Casey Edward Green and Shelly Henley Kelly; The Galveston Hurricane/Kristine Brennan, and a children’s fiction book The Great Storm: the hurricane diary of J. T. King, Galveston, Texas, 1900/Lisa Waller Rogers.
 
For an interesting and nearby road trip, the Galveston Historical Foundation has an ongoing presentation of the documentary The Great Storm.

Come to the Fair!

Logo for 2010 La Porte Health & Safety Fair Come to the 2010 La Porte Health & Safety Fair on Saturday, September 25, from 9 am - 1 pm at La Porte Junior High, 401 S. Broadway. 
 
The event is free and open to the public. The first 500 children will receive free Safety-Fair t-shirts. Many door prizes will be given away throughout the fair.
 
Also available free that day: health screenings, children’s immunizations, and child ID kits. There will be fire trucks, police vehicles, and ambulances to view, and a 24-foot Rock Wall for climbing. 
 
The Fair is sponsored by the City of La Porte, LEPC, and La Porte ISD.
 
For more information, call 281-470-0011 or see www.lpsafetyfair.org.

Fun for Whole Family: Ballunar Liftoff Festival

Picture of Hot Air BalloonsMark your calendars for a fun outdoor family event for the weekend of October 29, 30, & 31. The RE/MAX Ballunar Festival is an annual event that pays tribute to the achievement of human flight. It is held at the NASA/Johnson Space Center, 1201 Nasa Rd. 1. The gates open Friday, October 29 at 6 pm and there will be live music, entertainment, carnival rides, food, arts and crafts. On Saturday the day begins at 7:30 am with balloon navigational competition, skydivers, and air sport activities all day long. Fee to enter is $10 per car. See the RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival website for more information or call 281-488-7676. [Source: Bayshore Sun, Aug 25, 2010, Section A, pgs. 7-8.] 
Come to the library for books and other materials about air flight history.
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