Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Today in History

Have you ever seen the Today in History column in the Herald-Argus or Moments in Time in the What's New La Porte website? These are provided by our library. You'll find significant statements from headline articles or other facts from the newspapers of 100, 50, 25, and 10 years ago. You'll find funny, sad, amazing, forgotten, and memorable parts of our history there. Sometimes it's not just the facts, but the ways the facts are stated that make the articles interesting. If you want to know more, you can come into the main library and look for the whole articles on the microfilm copies of the newspapers. Staff can help you find the articles and use the microfilm.

The Nightingale

“In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.”

In her latest novel, bestselling author Kristin Hannah explores the bravery of two sisters during the German occupation of France in World War II. Though driven apart by unhealed childhood wounds and clashing personalities, sisters Vianne and Isabelle each find ways to support the French resistance. Vianne is home in the French countryside waiting for her husband to return from war when a German soldier takes up residence in her home. Despite his presence she manages to save the lives of 19 Jewish children by hiding them in a convent. Meanwhile, Isabelle joins the resistance in Paris and escorts downed British and American paratroopers over the Pyrenees and out of France to become ‘The Nightingale’ who also repeatedly risks her life to save the lives of others.

This is a remarkable story of courage and endurance of lesser known but important WW II heroes – the women. Its one you’ll have a hard time putting down and will recommend to many friends.

After The Nightingale discover the compelling characters in the following historical wartime novels.

Friday, June 26, 2015

"Big Little Lies" Review

We just finished reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty for this month's Mystery Lovers Book Club. What a good book! Who knew that kindergarten politics could lead to murder! The novel follows the friendships and relationships (in and out of school) of three moms whose children go to the same elementary school and what happens in the aftermath of the trivia night fundraiser. Moriarty has a great ear for dialog. She weaves humor among the serious in a way that made me want to have lunch with the moms!  We all agreed during our discussion that the character development was done well.  This would be a good one to listen too since it's set in Australia.  But for now, it's on to Back of Beyond by C. J. Box for our July 22nd Mystery Lovers Book Club discussion!

The Next New Read: Youth Edition

I have a lot of parents ask what books kids are reading now. They are wanting to know what's popular this minute. So here are some latest and greatest suggestions.

Touch the Brightest Star

Touch The Brightest Star  by Christie Matheson

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

This book just ate my dog!  by Richard Byrne

Please, Mr. Panda

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Chapter books:

The Phantom Bully (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Star Wars: Jedi Academy Series #3)

Big Nate Lives It Up by Lincoln Peirce

The Phantom Bully, Star Wars: Jedi Academy Series #3 by Jeffrey Brown

Theodore Boone, the fugitive by John Grisham

Evil Spy School vol. 3 by Stuart Gibbs

 Evil Spy School

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Philomena, the book by Martin Sixsmith which was made into a movie nominated for an Academy award, will be discussed on Tuesday, July 14 in the Small Meeting Room. This is the true story of a mother who was unwed when she gave birth to a boy in a convent in Ireland. The boy and a girl who was his friend were adopted by an American couple when they were toddlers. The boy, who becomes a successful attorney in Washington D.C., eventually searches for his mother. We'll let you read the book, available in print and as an e-book http://bit.ly/1N5WcV8 or see the movie to find out the ending. #mylplibrary #overdrive

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Another Awesome Reason to Have a Library Card

Did you know Indiana has a new high school equivalency exam?  The new test, which all Indiana providers will begin utilizing in 2014, is called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).  For more information click here.

TASC is aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards over the next few years and will gradually increase in rigor to better meet industry demand. Hoosier test takers will also pay considerably less for the TASC than the GED® exam, which was scheduled to double in price beginning in January 2014.

What's this got to do with the library you ask?  We get asked about the GED all the time but that test is no longer used.  Until recently TASC test study materials have been hard to find.  Now the library offers TASC test prep through the Testing and Education Reference Center.  With a library card, anyone can log in and take practice test to prepare for the TASC.  It's free, easy, and available online anywhere 24/7.

The library is a great place for anyone seeking to improve their job skills.  Through the Testing and Education Reference Center, individuals can prepare and practice tests for many jobs and certifications. Stop in today and ask for a tour of TERC or explore on your own.   

To learn more about TASC or to find adult education classes visit www.in.gov/dwd/adulted.htm  or visit your nearest local La Porte County Public Library locaiton.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Testing Time

The SATs are a stressful, but very real, part of every high schooler’s life. Almost everybody takes them and the scores one gets become a key factor in getting into the college of one’s dream. This level of importance usually calls for lots of practice, but for many students, most prep books and classes are expensive and sometimes difficult to understand. Fortunately, the public library has plenty of free resources to help you ace the SATs.

Firstly and most obviously, the library stocks a variety of test help books. Some are generic testing books, but many are SAT specific. For good prep and study books check out these: SAT 2015, Barron’sSAT, or SAT Strategies for Super Busy Students. If you’re taking a study break take a look at The Perfect Score Project by Debbie Stier to see how one mom tried to get her apathetic son a perfect score.

Secondly, feel free to come in and use the library’s computers to take advantage of Khan Academy’s brand new test prep section. (As seen on NPR) The (always free) Khan Academy has become famous in the world of school prep work. However, in light of recent changes to the SAT curriculum, Khan has expanded his brand of teaching expertise to try and level the ever rocky test prep playing field. The website has College Board approved practice tests as well as videos explaining potentially difficult concepts and tips for SAT success.