Friday, October 17, 2014

Tricia Fields Author Visit

Normally, I can't wait for Fridays.  But this week, I can't wait for Monday!  Tricia Fields, author of The Territory, will be at the library to talk about her Josie Gray mystery series and more on Monday, October 20 at 6:30 pm.  

For months, the library has been encouraging adults in La Porte County to read and talk about The Territory because it is the 2014 Community Read title.  An Indiana author, Tricia Fields won the 2010 Tony Hillerman Prize for best debut mystery set in the Southwest.  

Whether you've read the book or not, please join us on Monday in the Main Library's large meeting room.  This author visit was made possible by an Indiana Humanities grant and the Friends of the Library. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Did you know that one of the two people who survived on a raft in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, in the best selling book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand to be released as a movie on Christmas day, was from La Porte? Mr. Russell Allen Phillips came to La Porte when his father was the minister of First United Methodist Church and then returned and taught 8th grade science at Kesling Middle School. His wife was Cecy Phillips also taught school and participated in community organizations. Their children are Karen Loomis and Chris Phillips. To find out more about Mr. Phillips, come to the Local Lore program on Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Indiana Room at the main library. Mr. Robert Burns, who taught school with Mr. Phillips, will relate some of his memories. Then anyone who has memories can tell theirs too. The library is gathering statements from people who knew Mr. Phillips or his family as well as photos, little stories, and other memorabilia about him. They will be on display during December. Everyone who submits something will have their name put into two drawings for a pair of movie tickets donated by AMC Theatres.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spotlight on what you can do with the La Porte County Public Library services.

Patron Bill Landing has been working with the assistance of our IT staff and Coolspring Branch Library staff uploading archival public access television programs to his channel IntIndividuals.  His program Interesting Individuals originated in Michigan City back in 1984 and still continues to air on Michigan City's Public Access Channel 99 every Tuesday 4:30pm and 9:30pm.  The program covers past and present topics and interviews from the La Porte County area.  Bill is currently uploading Halloween videos from his Halloween archival collection.  Stop by his Youtube site: and see many of the interesting individuals that Bill has interviewed and places he has visited.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gone Girl: The Movie

Gone Girl (2014) PosterI'm not one who typically appreciates a movie after reading a book.  However, because bestseller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is far and away one of my favorite books of the last five years, I had to cough up some cash and go to the movie when it opened last weekend.  And I was hopeful because Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay herself. I thought that the movie, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, was pretty much spot on.  Was it exactly like the book - no.  But the mood of the book, the twist, and much of the character development was there.  This R rated movie is a bit on the dark side, so not for the faint of heart.  But if your a fan of Gillian Flynn, or if you like a good psychological thriller, I would definitely recommend this movie.

Meet a Storm Trooper!

Star Wars Reads Day is this Saturday.  And we are celebrating the day at La Porte County Public Library's main location.  Come into Youth Services at 10:00 AM for Star Wars crafts. Even more exciting is our special guests from the 501st Legion.  For those of you not familiar with the 501st Legion, they are the Star Wars version of historic reenactors.  That means we will have two Storm Troopers and Biker Scout at the Library.  Bring the family and take some awesome pictures!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Haunted Houses

Have you ever experienced a ghost? Some people have, or claim they have. In fact many people in our area say they have seen, felt, or heard ghosts. In October, I'll be going to eight locations in La Porte to talk about haunted houses, buildings, and places in the area. If you'd like to schedule a talk or tell me your story, just call me at the library at 219-362-6156. Also, on October 21, County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz will be giving a presentation called “La Porte County Hauntings” during the La Porte County Historical Society meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum. Both presentations include the stories about the most well-known haunted house that used to stand at 918 I Street. There is no charge for attending either presentation.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fox's Gotham Inspiration

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What is handsome young Jim Gordon checking out? Could it be the inspiration behind his current tv show, Gotham? Before there was Fox’s Gotham there was the hit comic Gotham Central. Though not completely the same it’s clear that Fox is pulling notes from Brubaker and Rucka’s hit series. Characters like Crispus Allen and Renee Montoya are staples of the comic, and were both created by Greg Rucka (Montoya co-created by Paul Dini). The main difference is that in Gotham Central Batman already is Batman and all his villains are already master criminals, in Gotham the show several characters are kids and no one has their alter ego yet. So what does this mean? It means if you enjoy Gotham but would like to see what it’s like to have the detectives deal with thugs using Mr. Freeze’s ice guns or having to investigate a string of dead Robins you should come to the library and check out Gotham Central! Volumes one through four are sitting on shelves just waiting to be picked up! Volume one: In the Line of Duty shown above.