Library News

16 Apr Poet and You Know It

Happy Poetry Month!   The La Porte County Public Library is participating in the world’s largest literary celebration along with school, publishers, and booksellers everywhere. Poetry Month highlights the vital place of poetry in American culture.   Did you know that the La Porte County Public Library...

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20 Feb HeritageQuest Online Is Back

After a brief service interruption, customers of La Porte County Public Library again have access to HeritageQuest® Online.  Customers must use their library account to log in. HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient...

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12 Feb Big Birds: Here, There, Everywhere!

As a child who grew up in the 70's and 80's, I can speak directly to the lack of large bird sightings. The Sandhill Cranes, Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, and owls of all kinds that are seen regularly today were a rare sighting indeed. It's...

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14 Jan 2018 Tax Forms and Changes

Tax reforms made as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included changes to forms and filing requirements. IRS Publication 5307, Tax Reform: Basics for Individuals and Families is a resource to help individual taxpayers understand the new law. Beginning for Tax Year 2018,...

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26 Dec What gifts were under your tree?

Ho! Ho! Ho! Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! Did you receive a cool new kitchen appliance under the tree? Maybe a new air fry cooker or an electronic pressure cooker? Need some culinary inspiration for recipes? The library is the first place to look...

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12 Dec Snowy Day Read Alouds

When the weather is frightful, cozy up with some of these great reads to share. Searching the online catalog for winter, snow, snowman or snowmen will give you many treasures to choose. If you are looking for something specific, just ask and we can help...

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21 Nov Nervous Nellie

Have you ever gotten butterflies in your stomach when you go somewhere new and you might not know anyone else who is there? Children often face this when they start school each year. If you've got a child who is anxious in new situations, it...

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16 Nov Testing and Education Reference Center

Did you know that your library card can grant you free access to Peterson's online study guides for career certifications such as the TASC, GED, SAT, and many more? The Testing and Education Reference Center provides an interactive way to study for these important exams, build...

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16 Oct After School at the Library

Sooooooooo bored after school? Bust the boredom! You've got options! Come to one of these library events: Anime Club: Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Meet up with other teen anime fans, we will talk, watch, and explore all things anime! Dates: November 7 Fandom Friday: First Friday of the month, 3:00pm...

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11 Sep Grandparents, We Salute You!

This past Sunday was Grandparents Day. Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents' Day and on August 3, 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. Over the years I've seen countless grandmas and grandpas visit the library regularly...

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06 Aug Biography in Context by Gale

Did you know that you have access to more than 600,000 biographies online? Through Biography in Context, you can search for the most obscure subject and come up with results. With a simple interface, you can search a subject, and at a glance see how many...

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24 May Project Gutenberg Titles Added to OverDrive

The Library has recently added almost 4,000 classic literary titles to our digital eBook collection in OverDrive thanks to Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg is a volunteer-based program that digitizes and diligently proofreads thousands of the world's greatest literature on which the copyrights have expired, for enjoyment in...

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07 May Tough Questions

Kids ask a lot of questions. The older they get, the harder the questions and most often we don't know the answers. Kids pick up more than we might realize too. While it may seem that they are paying no attention to you at all,...

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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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03 May OverDrive User Experience Enhancements

Exciting enhancements are now live on OverDrive at the La Porte County Public Library.   These changes are in place to help improve the overall user experience with our digital collections. You can now choose your lending period after clicking the ‘Borrow’ button on a title...

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22 Apr A Wrinkle in Time

If you watched the recent movie or read Madeleine L'Engle's classic book A Wrinkle in Time (or both), you'll want to check out some of these readalikes.  Superfans should also read Becoming Madeleine, a new biography of the author written by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis...

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18 Apr Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award

Introduce your child to the voting process AND help ignite their love for books. All of our locations are participating in voting for the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award, which is an award for picture books. The voters are children ages 0-5. The books have...

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28 Mar Read Local

This year La Porte County Public Library invites the community to “Read Local” in a year long celebration of Indiana authors. The Read Local series offers neighbors a chance to read the same great stories and engage in stirring conversations. Karen Day, a La Porte...

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26 Mar Automatic Renewal

Did you know that eligible library item you’ve checked out is now automatically renewed? You no longer have to call or come into the library or do it yourself through our website. It’s like magic! If you have items you haven’t returned, they automatically renew...

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16 Feb New Magazines!

The library has several new titles and a platform change for your 2018 magazine browsing pleasure! Here magazine "offers a fresh look at the growing creative community that makes up a large part of Northwest Indiana’s local economy: the entrepreneurs, artisans and locally sourced business that fill...

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12 Feb Coretta Scott King Book Awards

This February,  I thought it would be relevant and inspiring to highlight the comprehensive collection of more than 3,000 instructional resources TeachingBooks.net offers for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and Black History Month. Since its inception in 1970, the Coretta Scott King Book...

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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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20 Dec Seasons Greetings

I have always been interested in the origins of traditions. Be it a family tradition, local tradition, or holiday tradition, if it has a story behind it, I want to hear it! Since it's the holiday season, I was curious about the tradition of sending holiday...

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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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01 Nov Introducing Flipster

Customers of the La Porte County Public Library in La Porte can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster® from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy...

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11 Oct Celebrate Family History Month

In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who wrote, "Essentially, we are all immigrants to this country. Our ancestors came from different parts of the globe," Hatch said. "By searching for our roots, we come closer together as...

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05 Oct Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to English author, Kazuo Ishiguro. Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, describes Ishiguro as a "mix of Jane Austen and Franz Kafka, then you have Kazuo Ishiguro in a nutshell, but you have to add a...

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23 Sep Final Girls Review

If you are a fan of psychological suspense, give Final Girls by Riley Sager a try. The lone survivor of a massacre, Quincy Carpenter gains notoriety despite her inability to remember the events of that night. Labeled a “final girl” by the press, in reference...

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20 Sep New John Green Book…Finally!

John Green is finally publishing a new book! The beloved Nerdfighter, author of “The Fault in Our Stars”,  will release “Turtles All the Way Down” on Tuesday October 10th. Reserve your copy today from the Library! Be first in line to enjoy this new powerful...

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07 Sep How To Read To Your Child

We can all agree reading to your child is very important. But have you ever thought of how you read to your child? Here are some helpful tips on how to read to your child. Ages 0-3  Try to read at least 15 minutes a day to...

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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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21 Jun Grill Time

It’s that time of year, where we want to keep the hot out and the cool in. That makes it the perfect time to grill. But really, any day is a good day to grill! You can literally grill almost anything. We tend to have...

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16 Jun Travel Indiana

Travel Indiana Do you ever want to just get away? If you answered no to this question, you might not be human. For the rest of us, money and time don’t always allow the lavish getaways that we dream of. But sometimes you need to look...

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07 Jun Love Mystery Series?

I was looking for a new mystery series to listen to and decided to try Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series a couple of months ago. Still Life is the first in the series. We have the entire series in our digital audiobook collection....

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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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23 Feb

Today is the last day of operations at the Main Temporary library location at 1020 Lincolnway. We will close at 7:00pm. This closure is necessary in order to move back into the newly renovated library at 904 Indiana Avenue. We anticipate reopening to the public...

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