Betsy A.'s blog

Calling All Job Seekers!

Public Computers at La Porte Community LibraryWe are having a special program in October called ‘Using the Internet in Your Job Search’. Attend this session to learn how to use the Internet to search for jobs and to fill out applications online. The program will be presented by Workforce Solutions and will be Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited, so please call today or come by the library to register. 281-471-4022


Crafts of Mexico: Bark Painting

Mexican Bark Painting SampleThere is an artistic tradition in Mexico which uses sheets of bark from a tree as a canvas for painting. Learn about this fascinating art form at the La Porte library and create your own Mexican bark painting on kraft paper. This program is for adults who are  beginners at crafts as well as those who have more experience. No registration necessary. Wednesday, September 16 @ 10 am

Wear Your Pajamas to the Library!

Person in pajamasAs many of you know, the Evelyn Meador (EV) branch library in Seabrook was badly damaged during Hurricane Ike; a new library is currently being built. In the meantime, we at La Porte are pleased to have Ms. Pearson, the Children’s Librarian at EV, hosting a Pajama Story Time every Wednesday evening at 7 pm at the La Porte library. Come to hear family bedtime stories and be sure to wear your pajamas! For all ages! See you then…Wednesdays at 7 pm in La Porte.

Please Help Fill the Gaps

Gaps in years of high school annuals owned by La Porte Library

As mentioned in a previous post, our library collection of La Porte High School annuals is incomplete; we do not own a copy of every year. If you have an old annual you wouldn’t mind donating to the library, we are missing these years:  
-Anything prior to 1939
-1951 & 1952
The annual for 1971 would be especially welcome! Thank you for your support of our community library.


Remembering Old High School Friends

La Porte High School Annuals

La Porte High School Annuals from past years are available for viewing in the library. The oldest annual is from 1939, the next one covers 1947, and the availability of various years increases as we near the current year. Some copies have “autographs” of the students with their picture, so a photocopy of one of these pages could be a treasured memento of a loved one. Ask at the Information Desk for these annuals if you would like to try to find an old friend, see photographs of your parents as teenagers, or just to discover what La Porte High School was like years ago.

Texas, Our Texas!

Texana Shelves at La Porte Community Library

Each Harris County Library branch has its unique aspects. One of La Porte's is a Texana collection. Our books about Texas travel and Texas history are located on Row 3A in the shelves that are straight ahead as you enter the library. A special interest in Texas history is in our roots and our location: the San Jacinto Battleground site where Texas won independence is in La Porte. If you have an interest in Texas history, travel or other topics relating to Texas, take a look at our Texana shelves!

Turtle and Frog Pinwheel Craft

Make a turtle and frog pinwheel at 2 pm this Tuesday, August 11, at the library. Recommended for children aged six and older. Join us for this final craft class for the summer!

Annual End of Summer Party

End of Summer Party 2008Join in the fun times at the library as we have our Annual End of Summer Party! Entertainment provided by Bill Wiatrak.  Thursday, August 6 at 2 pm. Refreshments! All ages.

Annual Summer Variety Show

LAP Variety Show 2006Get ready for some hilarious fun at the Annual Summer Variety Show! It's this Thursday morning, July 30, at 10:30. Meet the Hungry Chupacabra, Bart the Bat, Rowdy the Skating Roadrunner, and a host of other characters. The grand finale will be the annual silly string extravaganza! Fun for all Ages. See you there!

Bringing Back the Romance of Sylvan Beach

(Photograph from La Porte Community Library Vertical Files, donated by family of Erna B. Foxworth)One of my first assignments when coming to work at La Porte Community Library was to organize the local history materials.

Sylvan Beach Park captured my interest quickly: In the beginning decades of the 20th century, Sylvan Beach was a major attraction; people came from all over the country to enjoy the beach, Galveston Bay breezes, large dance floor with high quality bands, “bathing girl revues”, picnics, and other pastimes.

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