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01 Dec 100 Years Ago In December, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in December, 1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the whole article? It’s on microfilm in the...

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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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19 Nov Music and Early Reading Skills

Music is an extraordinary thing. It can bring us peace, encourage us to dance, help us study, and teach our children early reading skills! Listening to music and singing with young children can be incredibly beneficial! "Becoming a successful reader," states The University of Michigan,...

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16 Nov Upcoming Flipster Title Changes

The La Porte County Public Library is pleased to announce that we have renewed most titles with our Flipster digital magazine subscription.  Customers will continue to have access to many highly desired titles, like Better Homes and Gardens, Consumer Reports, People, Reader’s Digest, Time, and...

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01 Nov 100 Years Ago In November 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in November, 1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the whole article? It’s on microfilm in the...

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20 Oct NoveList Search Tricks

NoveList staff use their experience and skills to build a powerful resource with many customer-friendly search and retrieval tools for titles of interest.  While search features such as genre, reading level and geographic location are more common to users, two fantastic search features are often...

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18 Oct FOTL Trivia Night on November 2

Are you a smarty-pants? Showcase your knowledge at the Friends of the Library Trivia Night! Friends of the Library Trivia Night November 2 @ 6:00pm (Doors open at 5:30pm) La Porte County Fairgrounds Small Projects Building $10 per person (10 person team limit) - pay at the door Snack and Cash...

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04 Oct 100 Years Ago in October, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in October, 1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the whole article? It’s on microfilm in the...

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28 Sep A Good Neighbor

September 28th was National Good Neighbor Day. Montana resident Becky Mattson lobbied for decades to establish this national day of recognition.  In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601: “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are...

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20 Sep Smart Voting Starts at Your Library

With midterm elections approaching, it is important to be prepared, you should make a plan, and follow through. As American citizens, voting is one of the most important social duties we can preform. When you vote, you are making your voice heard and registering your...

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01 Sep The ‘Best Of’ eBooks Now Available

The Library is participating in a one-year pilot project offered by BiblioBoard, Library Journal, and OverDrive.  Fifty handpicked eBook titles reviewed by Library Journal staff from the BiblioBoard SELF-e Select program of independent authors make up this “best of” collection.  The titles are a mixture...

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01 Sep 100 Years Ago in September, 1918

September 3-8 The Germans are in retreat, amidst scenes of great confusion, opposite the Third British army to the south of the Somme where the English and Canadians smashed the Hindenburg switch line. A terrific bomb explosion in the federal building in Chicago shortly after 2 o’clock...

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29 Aug Become a Volunteer Tutor

If you love to read and find it hard to imagine life without being able to read, maybe you’d like to become a volunteer tutor to help someone else to read better or increase other literacy skills. READ La Porte County, Inc., a United Way...

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23 Aug OverDrive has been ‘Libby’rated!

OverDrive has 'Libby'rated the ease of use of their digital app by introducing Libby! The Libby app is a fast and attractive digital browsing experience for the customer! Both Libby and the OverDrive app offer the same digital content from your library, but if you are...

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22 Aug It’s Alive! 200 Years of Frankenstein

Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus, was published 200 years ago, in 1818, by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. It has long since been called the world’s first science fiction novel. In Shelley’s tale, a scientist animates a creature constructed from dismembered corpses. The gentle, intellectually gifted creature is...

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21 Aug 100 Years Ago in August 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August 1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the whole article? It’s on microfilm in the...

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01 Jul 100 Years Ago in July, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in July, 1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the whole article? It’s on microfilm in the...

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24 Jun Historical Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Have you ever wondered what your house or another building looked like originally? You may be able to find some clues by searching the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. This is a valuable tool for genealogists, local historians, architects, and anyone who wants to learn about...

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19 Jun Learn New Things With Gale Courses!

Gale Courses Offers Over 350 Online Classes What’s on your list to learn? Maybe you’d like to build up your business know-how, master a second language, or conquer code? Whatever it is, you’re bound to find something that piques your interest with Gale Courses. These classes...

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01 Jun 100 Years Ago In June 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in June, 2018. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the entire article? It’s on microfilm in the...

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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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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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01 May 100 Years Ago in May 1918

Look at these sections from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in May, 1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. Want to read the whole article? It’s on microfilm in the...

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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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10 Apr 100 Years Ago in April 1918

April 2-7 Sorrow looms at a La Porte home where the dead body of a soldier boy, a son, will soon be brought. The mother was on her way to the hospital at Fort Snelling, Minn. where her son succumbed to scarlet fever. Girls employed in the...

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07 Mar Covering the Cost of College

Is your son or daughter thinking about career and college decisions?  Or how about you? Are you thinking of returning to school in order to improve your job skills or to start a new career? (It’s never too late for that!) If so, you will...

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01 Mar 100 Years Ago in March, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in March,1918. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. March 1-10 A Lacrosse man ends his life by blowing off the top of...

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28 Feb The Language of Emojis

If you've ever sent a message to someone that left them 😕. Or maybe you received a message that left you 🤔. Adding emojis can clarify meaning and give emotion and feeling to otherwise cold, flat text. A recent article in Wired magazine titled The WIRED Guide...

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27 Feb 100 Years Ago in February, 1918

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in February, 2018. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. February 1-10 Mayor Sallwasser asks Fuel Administrator Redpath to get busy. He demands...

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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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14 Feb New book club kit titles for 2018

Did you know the Library has 23 different book club kits you can check out for your book club to read? In each kit, you'll find 10 copies of a book, a book sign-out sheet, discussion guide, and the author's biography. Take a look at these...

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11 Feb Family History Mysteries

There are mysteries in almost everyone’s family tree. Here’s an especially interesting and difficult one that a man from another state told me about at a social event. He said he didn’t know who his paternal grandfather is. That’s a close relation in family trees!...

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01 Dec 100 Years Ago in December, 2017

December 1-9 The Germans captured 4,000 British soldiers on Friday. La Porte “grocerymen” receive word that their business will be governed under the food administration of Herbert Hoover. President Wilson re-states that the U. S. intends to win the war and must at once declare war on Austria-Hungary...

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13 Nov Your History Through DNA

Genealogist Alan Zeller led a class on DNA recently at the Main Library. Here are some points which were discussed. For genealogical purposes, DNA tests help people discover their ethnic origins and find new relatives. Several companies do the testing. To help decide which company to...

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02 Nov Open Enrollment for Healthcare from Nov. 1 to Dec 15

Open Enrollment at https://www.healthcare.gov/ ends December 15th which is much shorter than last year. If you have questions check out https://www.healthcare.gov/get-answers/ People earning between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) qualify for federal tax credits which help them pay their monthly health insurance...

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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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01 Nov 100 Years Ago in November, 2017

November 1-4 The U. S. extends to Great Britain a credit of $435,000,000, the largest loan yet made by this country to any of its allies. There is nothing to the dispatches saying that Russia has quit the war. Germany’s potato and sugar crops are larger than those...

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14 Oct Book Bites Cookbook Club: Heart and Soul

I’m excited about this month’s Book Bites theme! Why? Because the Heart and Soul theme is going to mean different things to different people which should translate into an interesting variety of recipes chosen. We are meeting on Friday, October 20th at 11 am in...

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01 Oct 100 Years Ago in October, 1917

October 2-7 More than 600 saloons in New York have refused to renew their licenses. One hundred fifty more men will be examined to give service to the country before the close of this week. Count von Bernstorff, the German ambassador, spent the enormous total of $27,000,000 in...

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15 Sep Ancestry Database Research

If you like using our Ancestry Library Edition database, do you check Recently Added/Updated Collections? The link is located at the bottom of Ancestry’s homepage under Quick Links. Many collections are added or updated every week and sometimes daily. Each listing is noted as Updated...

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10 Sep Have you visited the Indiana Room?

La Porte County Public Library’s Indiana Room Did you miss a tour of the Indiana Room at La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave.? Here are some important points in case you did or if you want a refresher. Also, the library has made some...

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08 Sep New Group: Book Bites Cookbook Club

What could be better than reading? Reading and cooking and eating, of course! Explore our vast collection of cookbooks and join this delish new club. Simply choose a cookbook on that month's theme, pick a recipe to make, and bring your dish with the recipe to...

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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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01 Sep 100 Years Ago in September, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in September, 1917. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. September 1-9 The City and Carnival bands march down town, closing the county...

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21 Aug Your Eclipse Playlist

While you wait in line for eclipse glasses beginning at 12:00pm you can listen to some celestial tracks on CD's or check out these playlists. Bonnie Tyler performing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" or "Ain't No Sunshine" by Terry Jacks would work. If you cannot come in...

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01 Aug 100 Years Ago in August, 2017

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in August, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. August 1-5 1917 Two hundred and twelve deaths due to the heat wave have...

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18 Jul Have You Hit A Brick Wall?

I finally found something in an official document indicating that my great grandmother Lina Johnson, who according to family lore was traded for a horse when she was a baby, was associated with the family she was said to live with. Under our Genealogy Services,...

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13 Jul Crafting With The Cricut Workshop

I'm hosting a workshop on July 22 at 10:00am in Spark Labs for anyone interested in learning about the newer Cricut cutting machines' online Design Space.  I'll be showing you how you can create your own templates for Cricut using a paper bead...

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12 Jul Net Neutrality Day of Action is July 12th

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="246"] What is Net Neutrality?![/caption] Net Neutrality Day of Action is July 12th. What does this mean? How will this effect you? University of Berkeley defines net neutrality as a principle belief that "broadband network providers to be completely detached from what information is...

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01 Jul 100 Years Ago in July, 1917

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in July, 2017. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can be different. Yet accidents, business, crime, and war still make headlines. July 1-8 Kreidler Clothing has all the good things to wear for the...

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