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Database For Improving Computer Skills & Job Searching

Logo of Database Job & Career Accelerator from LearningExpressWe have a database that is perfect for job seekers and/or those who would like to improve their computer skills. It is called Job & Career Accelerator. The database allows a person to create resumes and cover letters, search for jobs in various fields, improve computer skills, and it also gives links to apply for jobs. From our website, www.hcpl.net , click on Databases; Subject List; Jobs & Careers; and then Job & Career Accelerator. The first time you use Job & Career Accelerator, you will need to register and registration is free. Note: if you have already signed up for the LearningExpress database, the login will be the same; you will not need to reregister. Please ask a librarian if you would like help in accessing this database.

First Title in Series Display

Photo of First Title in Series Display at La Porte Community LibraryThe display in the Adult Fiction section features the first title in a series. Currently on display is: Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben, first title in the Myron Bolitar mysteries; Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon, first title in the Lord John Grey novels; Step on a Crack by James Patterson, first title in the Michael Bennett mysteries; Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie, first title in Jane Marple murder mysteries; The Secret by Beverly Lewis, first title in Seasons of Grace series; The Next Always by Nora Roberts, first title in Inn Boonsboro trilogy;

Book Discussion on Wednesday, October 17

Logo for Gulf Coast Reads from http://www.gulfcoastreads.org/This is a reminder that we will have our book discussion for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer on Wednesday, October 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., as a part of the Gulf Coast Reads initiative. The discussion is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.

Craft for Teen Read Week

Clipart of teen reading: Copyright © 2012 Jupiterimages Corporation. Are you a young person who loves to read? Come celebrate your love of reading by coming to the Teen Read Week Craft on Wednesday, October 17, from 4 – 5 pm. Make a bookmark for your reading pleasure. All materials provided. Ages 10-17.

Clipart: Copyright © 2012 Jupiterimages Corporation. 

Another Quote From EL & IC

As noted in previous blogs, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer has some great quotes in it.  Here is one in which Oskar talks about his mother and their shared loss of his father/her husband on 9/11: “I couldn’t explain to her that I missed him more, more than she or anyone else missed him, because I couldn’t tell her about what happened with the phone. That secret was a hole in the middle of me that every happy thing fell into.”

The secret Oskar refers to is a mystery throughout most of the book. It is only near the end that we find out what happened with his father and the phone on 9/11.

More Quotes Taken From E. L. & I. C.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close has a number of eccentric characters. The reader is given a glimpse into their lives and their views of the world, and through these characters the author, Jonathan Safran Foer, provides some interesting quotes. 

From the hard of hearing man who hasn’t left his apartment for twenty-four years, and who shouts everything: “So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door open so they can come in! But it also means you have to let them go!”  (pg. 153)

EL & IC - Quotes

Clipart of quote symbols  from © 2012 Jupiterimages CorporationClipart of quote symbols - © 2012 Jupiterimages Corporation. The selection for Gulf Coast Reads this year is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. It has some good quotes.

The main character, Oskar Schell, a nine-year-old boy whose father died in 9/11, describes feeling low or sad as having “heavy boots.” He writes of the time after 9/11: “A few weeks after the worst day, I started writing lots of letters. I don’t know why, but it was one of the only things that made my boots lighter.” (pg. 11)

Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Book Jacket of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close9/11 is an appropriate day to write about the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer.  As mentioned in last week’s blog, this is the selection for this year’s Gulf Coast Reads.  Our book discussion will be on Wednesday, October 17 from 10:30 – 11:30.

There are numerous lists on the Internet of discussion questions for the book. (Note: some of the discussion questions contain spoilers.) One such website is LitLovers, a website for book clubs founded by Molly Lundquist, a former college English professor who wants to spread her love for literature. Included in this website is a Reading Guide for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. This reading guide provides a summary of the book, information about the author, and Discussion Questions. Another set of discussion questions can be found at BookBrowse

Questions that seems appropriate for today are: “Did reading the book bring back memories of 9/11 for you? Do you remember how you felt in the days and weeks that followed that event? Do you remember what scared you? What were you grateful for?”

Events for Gulf Coast Reads

Cover Art for book Extremely Loud and Incredibly close by Jonathan Safron FoerGulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is an annual program that encourages those who live along the upper Gulf Coast to read or listen to the same book and have discussions about it. The selection for this year is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. There are two events scheduled at La Porte Community Library related to Gulf Coast Reads: On Monday, October 8, from 6-8:15 p.m. we will show a movie related to the book. The movie is rated PG-13. Then on Wednesday, October 17, from 10-30-11:30 a.m. we will have a book discussion, also in the Meeting Room. Both events are free; registration is not required. 

Civility and the School Year

Book Jacket for The How Rude! Handbook of School Manners for Teens...The beginning of the school year is a good time to remind ourselves of the art of civility, or treating each other with courtesy and politeness. Some books that may be helpful: The How Rude! Handbook of School Manners for Teens: Civility in the Hallowed Halls by Alex J. Packer; George-isms: the 110 Rules George Washington Wrote When He Was 14 and Lived By All His Life by George Washington; The Respectful School [eBook]: How Educators and Students Can Conquer Hate and Harassment by Stephen L. Wessler with Contributing Author William Preble; and Choosing Civility: the Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P. M. Forni. We wish all students, teachers, administrators, and parents a very successful 2012-2013 school year!

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