Author: Kristi Chadderdon

02 Oct 100 Years Ago in October

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in October 1919. 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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08 Aug Nature’s Classroom

Parents, teachers, librarians think about and talk about how to foster a love of reading or how to raise a reader. One of the best ways I’ve learned to accomplish this is by encouraging my children to find something they really want to know more...

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24 Jun Software Update Coming Soon!

LPCPL’s online catalog software is getting an upgrade! New features coming with this update include:   Better searching and functionality Mobile friendly menus Cleaner appearance   If you have the online catalog page bookmarked, the web address will change. We will share that information as soon as...

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20 Jun The Kids are Alright

A long-standing debate still rages about children using electronic devices and managing screen time. The term ‘screen-time’ refers to the action of children using electronic devices and staring at their screens. Most experts agree that screen time should not be allowed for any children younger...

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31 May Kindergarten Readiness

Getting ready for kindergarten can be a fun and rewarding experience, especially when parents and families are provided with correct information on how to prepare themselves and their children. The La Porte County Public Library is an excellent place to begin asking questions and conducting...

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17 May Gale LegalForms

Did you know that you can access legal forms on the library’s website? Earlier this year the library began offering access to Gale LegalForms. Recently Gale announced a new enhancement to Gale LegalForms. A growing selection of this resource's most popular legal documents across 36 categories,...

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14 May May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 40% of adults and nearly 50% of adolescents have a form of mental illness. Mental Health has evolved a lot over the past fifty years, as more people become comfortable...

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08 May Fans of Bandersnatch

Netflix ended 2018 with two science fiction knockouts: "Bird Box" and "Bandersnatch".  While "Bird Box"'s fame came out of its immediate popularity in meems, "Bandersnatch" was put out by Netflix's highly popular "Black Mirror" series. If you are unfamiliar with this brand, "Black Mirror" is...

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06 May Local Lore: Veteran’s Project

Local history is an important part of our community. The La Porte County Public Library values the experiences of those in our community, which prompted us to create the “Local Lore: Veterans” project. This pilot project was launched in early 2019 to see how a...

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05 May Springtime Brings Brain Injuries

With spring comes more outdoor activities. More outdoor activities lead to possible injuries involving the head and brain. The Traumatic Brain Injury: Hope Through Research publication, put out by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, states that “Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of...

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04 May South Shore Broadsides

What do you think of when you think of this rail line? Do early morning commutes or weekend trips come to mind? Baseball games, shopping, or concerts? What about the sights on the way? For many of us, the South Shore Line conjures up some...

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01 May 100 Years Ago in May 1919

100 Years Ago in May, 2019 Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in May, 1919. 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?...

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30 Apr Toys in the Library

Toys provide many hours of fun for children. Have you ever considered that toys could more that just fun? Toys can be a source of learning. They help young children develop early literacy skills. Early literacy skills are the skills children need to be prepared...

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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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16 Mar Women’s History Month Through Picture Books

These nine women each took an ordinary life and turned it into something extraordinary, changing our world in ways that only they could — through their words, actions, ideas, and their resilience. These picture book biographies are wonderful tools for bringing these worlds to life...

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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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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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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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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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08 Jun June Is Audiobook Month!

Everyone that knows me knows I am an audiobook fanatic! Audiobooks have opened up a whole new world of reading for me that works much better with my busy lifestyle than sitting still reading a physical book. I can enjoy an audiobook virtually ANYWHERE! Walking, driving,...

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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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03 Oct October is National Children’s Magazine Month

With October being National Children's Magazine Month, I wanted to highlight the great diverse collection of kids magazines that we have available FOR FREE usingFlipster. Our digital library newsstand, offers full-color, interactive digital magazines for children and adults alike! Browse our collection of popular titles with no holds,...

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26 Aug From Binge Watching to Binge Reading

Netflix has always been a real player with their original series. From House of Cards to Orange is the New Black, the word 'powerhouse' comes to mind. Their latest creation Stranger Things takes you back to the 1980's with its reminiscent feel of movies such as Stand By Me and The Goonies while carrying an...

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26 Aug Are There Bed Bugs in My Library Books?

Bed bugs are a community-wide issue that affects almost all public-access buildings including schools, hospitals, libraries, office buildings, and more. The bugs are becoming more widespread through the United States and more common in our local communities. As an open community space, the library cannot...

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24 Aug No Donations At This Time

Due to the construction and renovation projects that are going on at our library locations, we are NOT currently accepting donations of any materials. We appreciate the support of our community by their generous donations, however, the library has no available storage space at this time. We...

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24 Mar Sharing Indiana Memories

Every day we hear stories. We talk with people of different occupations and different persuasions. In any given day, we may hear a woeful tale of a relative's family ruckus, a funny event that happened to a friend, a colleague's political views--complete with personal story to support viewpoint--or the replay of a local team's exciting game. Stories...

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04 Mar Celebration of Banners ’16 – The La Porte County Public Library Bicentennial Legacy Project

Along with the City of La Porte, Business Improvement District Committee, the La Porte County Public Library is pleased to announce Celebration of Banners '16! design contest. This is the Library's Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project. It celebrate community spirit, enhances the visual appeal of the downtown...

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22 Feb Seuss’s Uses

                       CAN You Read with Your Eyes Shut? SHOULD you Hop on Pop? And could YOU create a whole rhyming book about either of those concepts? Dr. Seuss did! Dr. Seuss was a learning innovator! His books were a new kind of book,...

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03 Feb February is LOVE YOUR LIBRARY Month

5 Reasons I Love My Library FREE eBooks, eAudiobook, and eMagazine downloads: With your library card you can access  OverDrive or  Zinio and save hundreds of dollars. No more monthly subscription fees and no more late fines at the library. Our digital books and audiobooks are automatically returned from...

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18 Dec Coloring outside the lines is okay!

"Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons." ~Al Hirschfeld Coloring is by far the hottest trend in adult stress relievers for 2015. It is also easy and affordable! Preparation is simple.  Begin by getting yourself a nifty set of colored pencils or markers and a...

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18 Dec Next Indiana Bookshelf Award

Have you ever read a book by an Indiana author? How about a book about our state? Here's your opportunity to grab some fascinating reading! The library has received a grant from Indiana Humanities of 13 Next Indiana Bookshelf titles, most written by Indiana authors, together...

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16 Nov NAME THAT BOOK Competition!

2015 Name That Book Winners!   Boston Team One came in 2nd Place. Boston Team Two finished up in 3rd Place. The competition was fierce at the 2015 Name That Book Competition hosted by La Porte County Public Library.  18 teams from area Middle Schools competed in the competition. LPCSC Boston and Kesling,...

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12 Nov Big Little Lies Book Review

We just finished reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty for this month's Mystery Lovers Book Club. What a good book! Who knew that kindergarten politics could lead to murder! The novel follows the friendships and relationships (in and out of school) of three moms...

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12 Nov I can ask you that?!

But of course!  At the Information Desk, we are here to answer your questions.  No question is silly or unimportant because you want an answer!!  So email, call or stop by with those questions; we will most definitely look for answers. Below is a small sampling...

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12 Nov Festive Dishes for Finicky Diets

Today marks exactly two weeks until Thanksgiving and my unofficial start of the holiday season.  One of the most stressful things about the holidays are the seemingly unending potlucks, parties, dinners, and gatherings -- aka -- cooking crunchtime! While I like to feign food preparation...

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