Blog

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

On July 16th, 1969, NASA successfully launched the Apollo 11 mission. Four days later, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became...

100 years ago in July

Look at these statements from headline articles in the La Porte Argus in July, 1919. Terminology, capitalization, and what makes headline news can...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Word Gaps and Reading Books

Reading and sharing books with children at an early age has a profound effect on their development and helps them learn to read....

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...

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...

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...

Adding 3D Printing to Your Resume

Jobs in or around 3D printing are more common than most people think--and you don’t need to look to the future to find...

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,...

Inaugural RosieCon Book Festival

The inaugural RosieCon Book Festival was hosted in March at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. The goal of RosieCon is to “inspire...

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...

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...

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...

Crayola Crayons History

Many of us looked forward to coloring when we were youngsters. We used crayons on coloring books and on sheets of blank paper...

40 Years and Counting

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="620"] The correspondents, host and executive producer of "Sunday Morning." Michele Crowe/CBS[/caption] CBS Sunday Morning is celebrating its 40th anniversary this...

COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Students attending and planning to attend college or technical school need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to receive financial...

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...

Talk to a Lawyer Day

Come for a free short consultation with an area attorney on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21 from 9:00am-5:00pm at La...

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...

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...

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?...

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...

Belle Gunness Is Back At The Library!

Numerous talks about Belle Gunness, the infamous serial killer from La Porte County in the early 20th century, have been held at the...

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...

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...

Connecting You with Your Health

Have you been wanting to take charge of your health but are unsure how to accomplish that goal? Well the library wants to...

Harry Potter: 20 Years of Magic

Do you remember when Harry got his letter? Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first installment of the Harry Potter series with your La Porte...

Celebrate your summer reading success!

What an awesome summer! As a community, you earned over 330,000 points in the Summer Reading Challenge! Now it's time to celebrate this...

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...

Healthy Food, Healthy Family

Do you want to learn more about nutrition or improve your family’s health? Attend the Nutrition on a Budget series at our Fish Lake...

Genealogy Help Day on July 21

  Researching your family history is a process of discovery that can give you some amazing facts about your relatives. But sometimes you reach...

STEAM: M is for Math

This is the final instalment of a series on STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. This post is about the last letter...

Coffee and Canvas

At the Coolspring Coffee and Canvas event on Saturday, April 14, we sipped on coffee, munched on cookies, and painted a canvas. We...

Take the Summer Reading Challenge

Challenge yourself to read over summer break by joining the summer reading program! Beginning May 1, students beginning Kindergarten through 12th grade, can set...

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...

Local Lore: La Porte Church Histories

If you’ve ever wondered how some of our community’s gorgeous buildings came to be, come to La Porte County Public Library’s Local Lore...

STEAM: A is for Art

Art-----defined by Webster's dictionary as skill acquired by experience, study, or observation. Where would science, technology, engineering, art and math be without the...

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...

Marathon Craftathon

Pack up your supplies and dust off the projects! We have the perfect opportunity for you to work on (and maybe even complete)...

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...

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...

Black Hoosier History Makers

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their roles in history. In honor...

Make a Difference: Chew Toys

La Porte County Public Library received a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association and Dollar General to fund a series of...

Sphero Swim Meet

  Sphero is one of the robots we use to teach young innovators about robots, engineering, and coding. Come to the Coolspring Branch on February...

Youth Media Awards 2018

The American Library Association announced the Youth Media Awards this week. These awards celebrate the best of the best in youth books published...

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...

Schedule a Field Trip!

Your La Porte County Public Library is full of surprises! The Library still has books, DVDs, video games, music CDs, and digital collections....

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?...

Book Tasting

Do you want to keep a pulse on the latest titles? Are you looking for a few good books to read yourself or...

Convert VHS Tapes Now

Let’s talk about all those memories from the ’80s and ’90s stored on home videotapes. It’s time to brush off the dust and...

MLK Day 2018

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr....

Unwrap Your New Technology

Did you unwrap some new technology over the holidays, but you’re not sure how to use it? No fear, the library is here!...

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...

Special Guest at Stories and More on 12/06!

Enjoy stories, music, activities, and crafts that develop and reinforce early literacy skills at this upcoming storytime for children ages 3-5 with their...

Fix it Yourself

It never fails. During Fall clean-up at home, I discover projects I just haven’t gotten around to --  things like two necklaces I...

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...

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...

Family and House Research Classes

Three classes on family and house histories are scheduled in the near future at the Main Library. Everyone is welcome to come at...

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...

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...

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...

College Application Day

Colleges across Indiana are waiving their application fees for students who apply on College Application Day. This year, College Application Day will be...

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...

The Great American Solar Eclipse

*******WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF GLASSES FOR THE ATTENDEES OF OUR VIEWING PARTIES BEGINNING AT 12:00PM TODAY, AUGUST 21. ONE PAIR...

Grandparent’s Day Essay Contest

It’s time for the library’s third annual Grandparent’s Day Essay Contest co-sponsored by Brentwood at La Porte! All 2nd through 8th graders are...

The King of Horror

Stephen King fans, rejoice! Not one, but two films based on King's novels will be coming soon to a theater near you. If you've never...

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...

One more week to log minutes!

We are nearing the end of the eighth week of our summer reading program and we have 1,024 students registered who have recorded...

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...

Lego Robotics Maker Camps

The first Jr. Lego Maker Camp at Rolling Prairie was a blast! Kids in 2nd - 4th grades built and programmed Milo the rover...

A Visit from Steve Jobs

Summer has arrived and visitors to La Porte have begun to stop by our library locations to check out all of the recent...

Summer Reading Update

We are nearing the end of the seventh week of our summer reading program and we have 983 students registered who have recorded...

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...

Sun Catcher by Design

Children and teens can design a sun catcher to filter the sun's bright rays into colorful streams of light at an upcoming event...