Author: Pam

07 May Get Ready for Cycling

Welcome to May, warm weather, and National Bike Month 2018! There are loads of reasons to ride your bike to work, to school, or for just for fun. Cycling positively impacts your health and the environment. According to Cycling Weekly magazine online, cycling: Helps build muscle...

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08 Feb Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness month. Did you know the library has a number of great resources to help individuals with low vision? Read on to learn more! Magnifier Our magnifier machine, conveniently located in the Indiana Room, can magnify any type of written material from newspapers...

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13 Nov Scan Precious Photos and Film

If you have been putting off digitally archiving all of your priceless original photos, then wait no longer. Spark Labs now offers the capability of digitizing photos, negatives, and slides. The Espon V800 Photo Color Scanner is super easy to use. Simply position photos on the...

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31 Aug Spark Labs Launches Open Lab Hours

Starting Friday, September 1, 2017, Spark Labs will host open lab hours at the Main Library. We are excited to provide this space where people of all ages can get together and informally learn STEAM related technologies. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills...

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26 Jun The Revolution of Robert Kennedy

This summer has been full of fun surprises at the library. Last week I met Brenda (Wade) Guernsey and her sister who were visiting La Porte. Besides visiting friends and seeing the brick added to the Veteran’s Walk in honor of their father, they stopped...

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22 Dec From Magazine to “I Made That!”

‘Tis the season for cozy blankets, a cup of hot chocolate, and something handy to work on. It’s the perfect time of year to start on a new project or learn something new whether that be cooking, crafting, sewing, or woodworking. There’s no shortage of ideas...

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23 Aug Spark Labs 101: MaKey MaKey

How do you turn bananas into a musical keyboard? Or how about turning Play Doh into a DIY game controller? With a MaKey MaKey, of course. It’s magic. Well, not really. But the MaKey MaKey technology in our Spark Labs might make you think it’s magic....

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21 Jun Summer of Making

Makers and builders and doers unite! It’s summer vacation time and National Week of Making June 17-23. Let’s get creative and make something! Looking for project ideas? Instructables.com is a great place to start. This website hosts thousands of project ideas with instructions and great photos...

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21 Jun Catalog Search Tips: Part 4

On the hunt for your next good read? Here are some tips for searching the catalog to find more items. A good place to start is with your last good read or a favorite book. In the example here I found James Patterson’s Alex Cross,...

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01 Mar 4 Free Ways to Learn Microsoft Office Tools

Do you need to learn Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint? The library has free tools to help you improve your skills. 1.  You can access Gale Courses with your library card. Gale Courses offers online instructor-led courses that run for 6 weeks. New classes start monthly....

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14 Feb Make it Heart Healthy

February is heart month in more ways than one. In addition to Valentine’s Day, February is American Heart Month. Each year the American Heart Association sponsors events to highlight the importance of caring for your heart, because disease is still the leading cause of death...

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27 Jan My Name is Lucy Barton

As a fan of works by Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys) I was really excited to get my hands on her latest book entitled My Name is Lucy Barton. I could hardly put this book down and finished...

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21 Dec Community Collaboration

"You can never underestimate the power of a community collaboration." - Kristi Chadderdon, Public Relations Professional, La Porte County Public Library What do you get when you mix creativity with skilled people and determination? Exciting innovation and new opportunities for everyone in the community to learn! This...

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30 Nov Starter Apps for 3D Modeling

Do you know a youngster (or someone young at heart!) who is interested in learning how to create some 3D models? We have a couple of fun apps to recommend to get started modeling and become familiar with the 3D environment. Tinkerplay is an app with...

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17 Sep Making Makers in Our Spark Labs

Maker Mondays were a big hit summer of 2015 at the library. We taught classes on 3D modeling in Tinkercad, 3D printing, 3D scanning, 3D file editing, and soldering. Children, teens, parents, and grandparents all learned about new technology as well as learned new skills....

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