Library News

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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03 Jul Play is Fun…and Healthy!

Did you know that play is an essential piece of healthy living? In 2018 the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) published a clinical report that told parents how important play is to the development of children. This month the AAP published another article confirming that...

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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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07 Jun Firefly Award Winners Announced

Indiana Center for the Book Director Suzanne Walker has announced author Tom Fletcher and illustrator Greg Abbott as the 2019 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award winners for their book "There’s a Monster in Your Book." The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the...

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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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14 May Recent Changes to Kanopy Kids

Last week, the Library's online streaming site, Kanopy, launched some new features to the Kanopy Kids site. These new updates will allow library customers to access Kanopy Kids with unlimited plays for a rolling 30-days.   Some additional new features to Kanopy Kids will include: Parental Controls -...

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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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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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