Monday, January 26, 2015

January School Visits: 6th Grade


Thanks for being such great audiences, Boston and Kesling 6th Graders!  It was fun to see some of you attend last Saturday's Heroes of Olympus program.  Don't forget that the next Gaming Thursday is this Thursday, January 29.  Games I currently have checked out include Fifa14, NBA 2K13, and Just Dance 2015.  We might also be playing Minecraft this Thursday too!  

In case you missed my book talk, or you forgot some of the books I shared, check out my slide show here for more information.  See you next month! 

~Ms. Lydia  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Need Ideas for Prom?

Getting ready for your first prom (or your fourth) is exciting! It can get frustrating too if you are having trouble finding just the right dress, you want to do something special for a meal without spending loads of money, or you're not sure about flowers. 

Never fear, the library's 2015 Bridal and Party Expo on Saturday, March 7th will be a great place to go for ideas! Caterers will have tasty samples available. Maybe a catered dinner somewhere unique would be more affordable (and fun) than a pricey restaurant meal. Not into regular corsages and boutonnieres? Make your own flowers from books, maps or favorite paper. Want to try making your own dress? Check out some of our books to help you get started!  Make sure to mark your calendars for this epic event!  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

100 Best Books of All Time for Children and Teens

Time just came out with lists of the The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time and  The 100 Best Books for Young Adults.  These kinds of lists can be a walk down memory lane.  You'll find some of your childhood favorites (The Snowy Day has been a favorite since 1962) and some new favorites (The Day the Crayons Quite came out in 2013).  Typically Young Adult books are for teens, but I found this list to have a mix of books for older elementary children (The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stuart) and books definitely for older teens (Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson).  Next time you're need a good book to read, you might start with one of these lists.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Need Baby Shower Ideas?

I so enjoy hosting a great baby shower. One friend had painted different sized circles in various shades of green for her nursery, so my theme was circles in natural, earthy tones. All the food, serving trays, and paper plates were round. I made mints that were round and chose napkins and cups with polka-dots on them. Another friend and her husband are big movie buffs, so we held the shower around Oscars time and did a movie theme, complete with “red carpet”, an Oscar cake and a clapperboard commemorating the day. However, if a theme for your upcoming baby shower eludes you, plan to join us for the 2015 Bridal and Party Expo in the Large Meeting Room on Saturday, March 7th to get some wonderful ideas and party resources from local businesses and the library.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Talk to a Lawyer Day

Annual Talk to a Lawyer Day is on Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Attorneys will be in our quiet study rooms from 9:00-5:00 for FREE short confidential consultations. Reservations are not taken, but wait times are normally non-existent or short. A state-wide hotline at 1-800-266-2581 is also available for consultations in English or Spanish that day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Central Time. Subjects attorneys will be able to help you with include bankruptcy, real estate, employment law, family law, wills and estates, immigration, criminal law, workers compensation, and more. All of the participating attorneys are volunteering their time. Sponsors of this event are The Volunteer Lawyer Network, Inc., Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Pro Bono Commission, and the La Porte County Bar Association.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The novel The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty was a much better read than I expected. It reminded me of the bestseller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, but the “bad” person in the book is the husband (as you can probably guess from the title) rather than the wife. Also, I liked the ending better in this book. The author has been labeled as a “chick lit” writer, but this book is much more than light fiction for women. Besides marital relationships and family life, it's about guilt and responsibility. Basically the story is about Cecelia who finds a sealed envelope labeled for her to read after her husband's death. First, she has to decide whether to read it now while her husband is alive but away from home. When she talks to him about it on the phone, he says it's nothing. But later she admits that she knows he's lying. The author is from Australia, so expect some differences in words and foods in the story. And last of all, don't miss the epilogue. It's surprising and the story isn't complete without it. The Page Turners book group is going to be discussing this on Tuesday, January 13 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in the Small Meeting Room at La Porte County Public Library in La Porte. Please consider coming and giving or listening to opinions about this story which is a real “page turner.”

Join a book club in 2015

Have you always wanted to join a book club?  Now is the perfect time!  It’s the start of a new year and our library sponsored clubs are always looking to add members. Get started by perusing the following list of discussion groups to find the one that will work best for you.  You can also keep tabs on upcoming meetings and titles via the library’s online calendar of events.


Page Turners, Main Library - The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Tuesday, January 13 from 12:00-1:00 pm


Mystery Lovers Book Club, Main Library - The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
Wednesday, January 28 from 6:30-7:30 pm


Coolspring Book Club - The Lives of Things by Stephanie Medlock Wilson
Tuesday, January 27 from 7:00-8:00 pm


Rolling Prairie Reading Group - The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Tuesday, January 6 from 10:00-11:00 am


Fish Lake Hooked on Books - Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
Wednesday, January 14 from 6:00-7:00 pm


Kingsford Heights Talking Books - Come to the first meeting and help select titles for 2015!
Saturday, January 17 from 12:00-1:00 pm


Union Mills Reader’s Group - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Monday, January 5 from 12:00-1:30 pm


Hanna Love that Book - Coming in February!
Thursday, February 26 from 6:00-7:00 pm