Author: Jenny Minich

26 Nov The Hour of Code is Coming!

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works, and...

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03 May Family Mystery Solved

This talented lady is Dr. Lucinda Ann Marsh Alfieri---- my recently discovered Great, Great, Great Aunt Dr. Lucy. I first found out about Lucinda about 5 years ago. I was here at the La Porte County Public Library in the Indiana Room, using the microfilm readers...

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09 Feb Schedule a Field Trip!

Your La Porte County Public Library is full of surprises! The Library still has books, DVDs, video games, music CDs, and digital collections. The library also has Lego-Mindstorms, 3-D printers, a heat press, a personal die-cut machine and soldering equipment. The library teaches valuable STEAM skills...

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14 Jan MLK Day 2018

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is January 15, 2018. Get involved by participating in MLK Day Legacy of Service through volunteer opportunities and free lesson plans for...

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30 May Winning Books Announced!

The Indiana Library Federation announced the winners of the Young Hoosier Book Awards (YHBA) and Eliot Rosewater Award (Rosie) for this school year. These awards are chosen annually by students across Indiana. Students who read any of the nominated books may rate each book they've read. In...

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26 Apr Coding in the Classroom Workshops

Through a generous donation from the Unity Foundation of La Porte County, the Library has purchased coding and robotics equipment. This fall, teachers can borrow Bitsbox, Lego WeDo, and Ozobot curriculum kits for up to 6 weeks. So that educators feel equipped to use these kits in their...

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03 Dec STEAM Stocking Stuffers

As I travel to different schools and children's groups to teach Spark Labs lessons on STEAM skills like computer programming, 3D technology, electronics and robotics, I hear the same 2 questions from adults and kids: "Where can I buy that?!?!" and "How much does it cost?" So,...

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10 Oct Spark Labs 101: Coding

At La Porte County Public Library we offer high-quality free instruction in robotics, 3D design and printing, soldering and more at our scheduled Spark Labs maker classes. Sometimes with busy schedules, it can be difficult to carve out a specific time to register for a scheduled class....

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10 Oct Creative Writers Cash In!

Is there a book that truly spoke to you, shaped you, or changed the way you thought about the world? If given the opportunity, what would you say to the author about that experience? Students in grades 4-12 can submit entries for the Letters About...

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27 Jul End of Summer Bash!

La Porte County Public Library readers have logged 291,241 minutes of reading since June 1! If you haven't picked up your prize yet, you have a few days left. Come to any library location and pick up your prize for 6 hours of summer reading...

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03 May Hoosier Barns

Indiana will celebrate 200 years of statehood on December 11, 2016, and Hoosiers are finding creative ways to celebrate and preserve Indiana's rural heritage. The Top 10 Indiana Bicentennial Barns have been selected, and the Smoker Barn represents La Porte County on the list! The barns...

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13 Apr Road Trip!

Are any of you lucky ducks planning a trip? Help that traveling time fly by with an eAudiobook the whole family can agree on. With your La Porte County Public Library card, you can access hundreds of eBooks and eAudiobooks for FREE using our OverDrive...

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07 Mar Need a Downton fix?

All you faithful Downton Abbey fans who are grieving the loss of your favorite show, chin up. Downton may be over, but now is the perfect time to explore the history of Highclere Castle (the real Downton Abbey!) and the adventures of the real family who still lives...

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29 Feb Silly Read Alouds

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." -Dr. Seuss Wednesday, March 2, 2016 is Read Across America Day, a celebration of reading that honors the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to most of us as Dr....

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26 Feb Growing Gardeners

Happiness is a sunny, mid-50's February day in Northwest Indiana! Last Saturday was gorgeous. As I watched the snow melt, I thought about my plan for 2016 flowerbeds and veggie gardens. I want more cottage garden flowers like hydrangeas, foxgloves, and hollyhocks. I will definitely plant less labor...

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25 Jan Snow Day Science

Cooped up in the house with energetic, curious little minds? Try some hands-on science activities! La Porte County has been hit with some brutally frigid weather this January. In anticipation of snow days to come, I've stocked up on some books and activities to keep my...

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25 Jan Meet Some REAL Characters

I have a soft spot for nonfiction books that read like fantastical novels. They suck me in and dominate my thoughts for months (sometimes to the great annoyance of my coworkers and family members who are forced to listen to my rants and wonderings.) Below...

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03 Dec Get Outside!

In my house, we have a very important post-Thanksgiving tradition.  After we recover from our turkey-induced lethargy, we hop in the minivan and drive to Pokagon State Park.       We've visited several of Indiana's State Parks, and love them all, but Pokagon is our pick...

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