La Porte

Happy Birthday La Porte Community Library !!

The Storytime children made birthday cakes to decorate and celebrate 13 years of service at the La Porte Community Library. We opened the new library to the public on September 20, 2001. The bulletin board also wishes a happy birthday to our zany Children's Librarian Mr. D. May we have many more years of great library times here in La Porte!

Free Adult Basic (ABE) & Secondary (ASE) Classes in La Porte

San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development is offering free Adult Basic and Adult Secondary Education Classes at the San Jacinto College Center at La Porte  ISD, 732 S. Broadway, La Porte. 

Class are free, but seats are limited and registration is required. Attend the information session on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6 pm at the address above to register.

ABE classes will be from 6 pm – 7:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; ASE classes will be 7:30 pm – 9 pm, also on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Skills development includes: literacy and academic basic skills, high school-level instruction in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies through teacher-directed lessons, computer-based programs, and independent work outside of class. Preparation for the 2014 GED test will also be available.

Must be 18 years of age or older and must present a government issued, valid picture ID (driver’s license, passport, State ID) at time of registration.

Program funding provided by Houston Galveston Area Council and Texas Workforce Commission. For more information, please call 281-478-3615.

Gulf Coast Reads Events

Photo of September Book Display-Themes in Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen HarriganLa Porte Community Library will have two Gulf Coast Reads Events in October:

Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion: A book discussion about the Gulf Coast Reads selection Remember Ben Clayton: A Novel by Stephen Harrigan, Wednesday, October 8, 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Registration not required. 

Gulf Coast Reads Program: Lisa Struthers, Library Director at the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library of the San Jacinto Museum of History, will give a program about the Texas History Resources available at the Museum Library.  Pictures of artifacts at the museum that relate to the themes in Remember Ben Clayton will be highlightedThe program will be held on Monday, October 13, 7 pm – 8 pm. Registration not required. 

Also, the Adult non-fiction book display for September highlights a Sneak Preview of materials related to the themes in Remember Ben Clayton: World War I, Creativity, Women's Roles in the 20th Century, Native Americans, Parent/Child Relationships, etc.

Puppetry Workshop

We have begun the fall Puppetry Workshop for 4th Grades and up. Come and learn the basics of puppetry. The participants will put together a show to present during the holiday season. No registration necessary. The Workshop meets Thursdays at 4:00 pm for 45 to 60 minutes.

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Ebook Computer Class

Would you like to know more about how to find and download ebooks? We have just the class for you!  Register for the Free Ebook class. It will be held Thursday, September 11 from 10:30 - 12:30. We will cover the basics for several different devices.

Join Us in October: Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Jacket for Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen HarriganGulf Coast Reads is an annual program for readers on the Texas Gulf Coast to read and discuss the same book. The title selected for this year’s Gulf Coast Reads is Remember Ben Clayton: A Novel by Texas author Stephen Harrigan.

We will have a book discussion for Remember Ben Clayton at La Porte Community Library on Wednesday, October 8, 10:30 – 11:30 am in the Meeting Room. The event is free and registration is not required.

The novel revolves around a bronze statue commissioned by Lamar Clayton to memorialize his son Ben who was killed in World War I. The artist commissioned for the sculpture is Francis ‘Gil’ Gilheaney, a New Yorker who relocated to San Antonio along with his wife and adult daughter Maureen, who works as his assistant. The characters in the novel are richly drawn and memorable.

One of the underlying themes of the book is the power of art to move us, and the way an artist must wrestle to bring a work to completion. Another focus is the relationship of parent to child and the misunderstandings that are inevitable. Also explored is the erosive effect of secrets upon relationships.

Remember Ben Clayton is compelling historical fiction that will appeal to both men and women. It is available from Harris County Public Library in book format as well as audiobook on CD, eBook through HCPL Digital Media Catalog, and as an eAudio through OneClickdigital.

If you would like to be part of this community-wide event, read or listen to Remember Ben Clayton and join us for the book discussion at the library on October 8.

La Porte High School 50 Years Ago

In preparing a La Porte Back to School Display, we ran across the 1964-65 yearbook with this aerial view of  La Porte High School and surrounding area. There have been many changes in the last 50 years. In the upper right you can just see the block where this library now resides. Come in any time and browse the La Porte High School yearbooks.

Relax After School With a Good Movie!

Back to School Picture: Office.com Clip ArtAfter your school day on Tuesday, September 2, stop by the library for movie fun and popcorn!  Title to be announced at screening. The movie starts at 3:15 and will last approximately 30-45 minutes. For school-age children.

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Focus on La Porte History

Photo of Book Display of La Porte History MaterialsThis month in the adult non-fiction area we are highlighting materials about the history of La Porte and the surrounding area. La Porte has a rich history with interesting people. 

One lesser-known figure is Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye who was a spy for the Union army during the Civil War. She dressed as a Confederate soldier and went by the name Frank Thompson. After the war, she married Linus Seelye and settled in La Porte in 1867. They had three children. In 1897, Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye was admitted into the Grand Army of the Republic as the only woman member. She died on September 5, 1898, at her home in La Porte. She was re-buried in 1901 with military honors at Washington Cemetery in Houston, TX.

To learn more about this fascinating story see books such as Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit; Frank Thompson: Her Civil War Story by Bryna Stevens; and A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss.

For a DVD see: Full Metal Corset: Secret Soldiers of the Civil War by Indigo Films for The History Channel.

The library also has files of newspaper clippings on La Porte history which are available to be read in the library.

Summer Program Gummy Raffle Winners Announced

All children and teens who attended any of the Summer Reading crafts or programs entered their names in the raffle for the World's Largest Gummy Worm and the World's Largest

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