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Bag-a-Book Bean Bag Toss

Picture of Bean Bag Toss GameCome join us at the library for a bean bag toss to celebrate National Children's Book Week. Wednesday, May 12, at 3:15 p.m. For school-age children.

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Genealogy at the Library

Cover of Who Do You Think You Are?The library has two databases that can be used in genealogical research: Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest. A library computer must be used to access Ancestry.com, but Heritage Quest can be used at home with your library card number. In addition to the databases, the library has books to help in researching your family history, such as:

 

Sylvan Beach Day

Old Photo of Former Entrance to Sylvan Beach ParkGet ready for the 54th Annual Sylvan Beach Festival Crawfish Jam 2010! Gates will open this Saturday, April 24, at 9 a.m. The festival will kick off with a parade which will begin at 10:00 am. The parade will start on the corner of Fairmont Parkway and Broadway.  Activities at the park begin immediately following the parade, with many exciting things to enjoy including live entertainment, food, arts & crafts booths, cook-off, a carnival, pageant, and much more.
 
Admission is $5 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm and $10 after 5:00 pm, $2 for senior citizens, and free for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult.  For more information, call the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce at 281-471-1123.

National Library Week Colorlite Bookmark Craft

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Come celebrate National Library Week at the library by creating a colorful Colorlite bookmark.  Make a beautiful and useful gift for yourself or someone else.  Wednesday, April 14, at 3:15 pm for school-age children.

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5K Run to Benefit Project Graduation

Person jogging clipart from JupiterimagesSign up for the first annual 5K Fun Run/Walk scheduled for April 10 at 8 am, starting at the La Porte Sylvan Beach Pavilion (located near Bayshore Drive @ San Jacinto). “Proceeds will help fund an all-night drug and alcohol-free graduation celebration for the 2010 seniors” of La Porte High School. Register online at:
 
 
Source: “5k Run”, Bayshore Sun [La Porte, TX] March 31, 2010, A:5.
 
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April is National Poetry Month

Cover of Ten Poems to Set You Free by Roger HousdenStarted by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is celebrated every April. Harris County Public Library subscribes to a poetry database that has Twentieth-Century American and British Poetry. It can be accessed from the library or from home through the databases link from our home page.  The library also has numerous poetry books and CDs. Two good websites for poetry are the National Poetry Foundation and The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor. 

H & R Block Tax Question & Answer Session

Clipart, Tax Return- Image copyright from JupiterimagesThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 changed the tax landscape for many taxpayers. Come to ask how you may be affected. Monday, March 22 at 7 pm in the library meeting room.

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Too Busy To Read?

Cover of Plum Spooky by Janet EvanovichPeople think librarians get to read all the time. Not so. But one way librarians and other book lovers increase their reading time is to listen to audio books. There are various formats to get audio books, including downloading to an MP3 or other similar device from our digital library. Another way is to check out books on CD. Here are some popular books on CD at the La Porte Branch:  Plum spooky by Janet Evanovich; The associate by John Grisham; The UltraMind solution : fix your broken brain by healing your body first : the simple way to defeat depression, overcome anxiety, and sharpen your mind by Mark Hyman; A big little life : a memoir of a joyful dog by Dean R. Koontz; The host by Stephanie Meyer.

Be Counted

2010 Census LogoThe city of La Porte encourages citizens to participate in the 2010 Census. (“La Porte urges participation in Census,” The Bayshore Sun, 3 Mar. 2010: A1). The data from the Census in Harris County will affect many aspects of the funding our area will receive for diverse services and programs, such as child-care and senior services, roads, job training, schools, community centers, etc. The form for this Census contains only 10 questions. Please fill out and return your form. If you have questions or need help filling out the form, representatives from Census 2010 will be at the library to assist you at various times. Call the library on the day you plan to visit to determine if there will be a Census representative available at the library on that day. The library phone number is 281-471-4022.

"Our England is a garden, and...

Picture of Book Jacket of The All-New Illustrated Guide to Gardening…such gardens are not made / By singing—‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade” (17-18)*

It’s time to start working on that beautiful garden! Read all about gardening with our gardening books: 

 
 
Find these and other gardening books under the call number 635, or ask a staff member for assistance.
 
*From “The Glory of the Garden”, by Rudyard Kipling
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