La Porte Branch Library

Location:
600 South Broadway
LaPorte, TX 77571
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Phone: 281-471-4022
Branch Librarian: Myra Wilson

 

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 no registration is 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.

Picture: Office.com Clip Art

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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