Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New eBook collection launches today!

As someone who believes in never leaving home without a book, I have long been a fan of our library's eBook collection. I still read a lot of print books, but I love being able to check out books from anywhere, whether it's an eBook to read on my phone while traveling or an eAudiobook to listen to while doing projects around the house.

As both a librarian and a reader, I am very excited about the launch of our new OverDrive site, which will provide shorter wait times for holds and a collection specifically designed for our community of readers. Here's some things to know about this new development!
  • When the site launches this afternoon, there will be some periods when it can't be accessed. We appreciate your patience!
  • All your holds will transfer to the new site
  • You will use the same app and the same steps to browse, checkout, place holds, and download titles.
  • After July 30, you'll see a site with a new look and separate sections for kids and teens. OverDrive app users will need to go to Add New Library and add La Porte County Public Library OverDrive.
  • We want your help to build this new collection! Click on the "Don't see the digital titles you were hoping to find?" banner to recommend titles to purchase. You can ask to be notified and/or be automatically put on hold for that title if it is purchased.
If you have any questions or have any problems using the new site, please call us at 219-362-6156 or email us at 

Friday, July 25, 2014

When You Wish Upon a Lantern

It seems like every wedding I've been to recently has featured wishing lanterns. You know, the mini hot air balloons the bride and groom release at the end of the reception.  Disney fans might also recognize them from the animated film Tangled.

A new wedding trend, these illuminated wonders - also known as sky lanterns - have actually been a tradition in Asian and South American cultures for centuries. Usually included as part of festivals or ceremonies, it is believed that the longer and higher these lanterns float, the more likely it is the deities will receive your wishes.  

If you'd like to learn how to make your own sky lantern, give this YouTube tutorial a try:

Before releasing your lantern, remember to check the local ordinances in your area.  Sky lanterns have been banned in some communities due to environmental and fire safety concerns.

Happy Wishing!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How the library can help you prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer's Association, keeping mentally active and socializing could help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive decline. The library will be offering many opportunities for both learning and making new friends in the coming months, including local history programs and book clubs. Bring your friends or make new ones when you get there!
Learning a new skill is one of the best ways to keep your mind active and healthy. Mango Languages is accessible via our website. Use it to learn a new language such as Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, and many more. Not sure about using the computer or other devices? The library will be offering free technology help at our Fish Lake and Kingsford Heights locations during the month of August.

Check our online calendar for program times, book club meetings, and tech help sessions.

For more information about Alzheimer's Disease, check out these books or visit

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Five Short Plays

Hanover College’s Rivers Institute Traveling Theatre will perform Five Short Plays on Friday, July 25, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the large meeting room at the La Porte County Public Library Main branch. The show contains five short five- to ten-minute plays written, directed, and performed by Hanover College students. The plays vary in topic, showcasing science, mystery, art, and comedy. The show also incorporates Hoosier pride. They are titled Ghost Light, The Everything Store, Rex Stout Rings Again, Waiting for the Universe, and Crosier in Arcadia. There is no admittance charge and no registration is required.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An Hour and Fifteen Minutes of Inspiration

I was never happier to wear a giant black trash bag than in third grade.

Of course, it wasn't just any trash bag. It was my costume for our classroom production of Charlotte's Web, and I was Charlotte. My trash bag and pool noodles transformed me into an eight-legged spider, and I was immediately bitten by the theatre bug. Plays and musicals brought my two favorite activities together: storytime and dress-up.

As you might imagine, there wasn't a lot of opportunity for an elementary student to immerse herself in theatre, so I let my passion simmer for a few years. But in eighth grade, I watched my sister and her friends perform in New Prairie High School's production of Grease, and I was immediately hooked again. I saw my cousin perform in some La Porte Little Theatre shows, and I knew I had to express myself through this art form. I was part of seven theatre productions during my four years of high school, and I loved every second of it.

I can't imagine my life without theatre.

Seeing older kids in theatre inspired me. I was a shy kid who preferred reading to running around, but theatre pushed me out of my shell and gave me confidence. Theatre inspired not just the actress inside of me, but the writer and director too. It also gave me lifelong friends.

At La Porte County Public Library, we want to give people the opportunity to be inspired. That's why we're bringing Five Short Plays to the Main library on Friday, July 25, from 4:00-5:15 p.m., courtesy of The Rivers Institute at Hanover College. The show contains five one-act plays written, directed, and performed by Hanover College students. The plays vary in topic, showcasing science, mystery, art and comedy. It even incorporates Hoosier pride by including famous Indiana natives, such as author Rex Stout and Hoosier vaudeville performers.

It's going to be an awesome show.

Five Short Plays is free, and no registration is required. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beyond Frozen: A Guide to Kids' Music


It’s Summer!

Lightning Bug Music Festival
Valparaiso, Indiana

That means music festival season is upon us! But don't worry if you are stuck at home or in the car with the kids. You don’t have to settle for the old tired version of “Wheels on the Bus.” 

Check out some music for kids that's not a bore!

While this CD is definitely for the kids, parents will appreciate the updated versions of songs such as Rainbow Connection and La, La, La, La Lemon by artists they know and love such as, Sarah McLachlan, Guster, Wilco, and Tom Waits.

Wacky Dan Zanes strikes again, but this time he brought along some of his friends, musicians Andrew Bird, Sharon Jones and Joan Osborne. Kids will love his zany high energy  music! This is family friendly jam music at its best!

Famous Rock Band They Might Be Giants have made several music CD’s that are both educational and entertaining. Other They Might Be Giants CD’s include, Bed, Bed, Bed and No!.

Lullaby music making you yawn? Rockabye Baby! takes a fresh approach with lullaby music by interpreting popular rock music using xylophones, triangles and other baby friendly instruments. Artists covered include Bob Marley, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rush, Beach Boys, Beatles, Rolling Stones, and U2! (Wow!) All available for checkout!

Kidzapalooza by Various Artists

Music from the kid-friendly version of the Chicago music festival Lollapalooza.

If you are looking for something a little more mellow, Jack Johnson adds his surf music style to the Curious George soundtrack for a pleasant listening experience for both parent and child.

The very popular television show has produced several volumes of Music is Awesome featuring The Roots, The Shins, and Of Montreal, among others.

Catchy tunes and hilarious lyrics will keep listeners tapping their feet as well as chuckling along. The duo gives their crazy version of the ABC’s and an old familiar joke in the song 7, 8, 9.


Music is a great tool that promotes language, listening skills, and word recognition.  Songs often repeat words and use rhythm and rhyme, all of which help children learn new words. Singing with your children facilitates bonding. Dancing along makes the learning even more fun! 
So whether your headed to the Sunflower Fair this year or to the beach, jamming out to music is a must!

Other ideas include:

Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too by Peter, Paul, and Mary

Featuring Jerry Garcia, Woody Guthrie, and Buckwheat Zydeco!

Introduce the kids to a variety of different cultures with Putumayo Kids Presents 

Other kid-friendly CDs:

Under A Shady Tree by Laurie Berkner
Singin' In The Bathtub by John Lithgow
Silly and Sweet Songs by Sharon, Lois and Bram
Songs from the Neighborhood (The Music of Mister Rogers)
Songs and Story (Sophia the First, Winnie The Pooh, Beauty and The Beast and more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Books for Thronies

 Game of Throne fans: check out these books! Be sure to stop by our Coolspring Branch for Game of Thrones Trivia on Friday, July 18th @ 6 pm.
Courtesy of Epic Reads