Monday, November 17, 2014

Favorite Holiday Poems

Do you have a favorite holiday poem? Come and share it at the monthly meeting of Page Turners on Tuesday, December 9 from noon until 1:00 p.m. in the library's Small Meeting Room. If you don't have a favorite holiday poem, just come and share one that you like or listen to what other people bring. You can read it, read part of it, or just tell what it's about and why you like it. Refreshments will be served and you can choose some little gifts to take home too.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Read It Before You See It!

Everyone will be watching, you should be reading. Here are some upcoming movies based on books. Check them out or put one on hold!

The first part of the movie based on the third Hunger Games book. Katniss fights the corrupt Capitol from District 13.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence
Release date: November 21
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
After the death of her mother and her marriage author Cheryl Strayed makes the impulsive decision to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest trail.
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern
Release date: December 5

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The biography of World War II hero Louis Zamperini. He survived a plane crash in the Pacific theater, spent 47 days drifting on a raft, and then survived more than two and a half years as a prisoner of war in several brutal Japanese internment camps.
Starring: Angelina Jolie
Release Date: December 25
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Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
A very popular erotic romance novel.
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson
Release date: February 13
 Insurgent (2015) Poster

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The second book in the dystopian series that takes place post-apocalyptic Chicago. 
Starring: Shailene Woodley,Theo James
Release date: March 20

Monday, November 10, 2014

Audiobooks are Perfect for Holiday Road Trips

For many of us, the holidays mean road trips.  Whether you're driving one hour or ten, it's nice to have something to help pass the time.  We have the more traditional books on CD or audiobooks that you can download to your iPad, Kindle, or other device through our Overdrive site.  Here are some of my recommendations for awesome audiobooks to help you pass your travel time.

Travelling with adults:
Gone Girl-The best suspense novel I've read in a long time by Gillian Flynn
Bossypants-Excellent non-fiction comedy for Tina Fey fans

Travelling with teens:
Eleanor & Park - Both adults and teens will enjoy this story of first love by Rainbow Rowell
The Here and Now - An awesome science fiction story by the author of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Anna Brashares

Travelling with children:
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - You can't go wrong with this children's classic by C.S. Lewis
Junie B. Jones - A hilarious favorite of children by Barbara Park

Hobos? Really?

Yes, really!  I was surprised to find out that hobos were still around when I met Dawn DiVenti about 15 years ago.  However, she is living proof they do indeed exist.  She's a librarian by training, but a hobo at heart and pursues this interest in her spare time.  She is a former Hobo Queen who has a passion for sharing hobo culture and song with anyone interested.  Come find out more about hobos from Dawn (aka, Queen Sunrise) this Thursday, November 13th at 6 pm in the Large Meeting Room at Main.  It's going to be an evening of delightful entertainment.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Arrives!

Greg Heffley fans, I know you've been excitedly waiting for the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book to arrive on the shelf.  Well, it's here!  The Long Haul hits the shelves of bookstores and your Library today.  It's the story of the Heffely family summer road trip.  You know that antics and adventures are bound to happen, along with some great laughs.  You'll need to place a hold on this book by giving us a call or using this link, just click on the "Request" button on the top of the page.  You can see a sneak peek of the book on the Publishers Weekly website here.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Kids Drawing Contest Winners

 La Porte County Public Library and MKM architecture + design announce Kids Drawing Contest winners!

Children ages 4-18 were asked to draw their idea of a "perfect library." Winners receive book store gift cards to further encourage the love of reading! Third place winners receive a $10 gift card; second place winners receive $25 gift card; and first place winners receive a $50 gift card.

First Place Winners are:

Isabella, age 6

Thomas, age 9

Emma, age 10

Kamry, age 14

Other winners are:

Second Place
Tayla, age 14
Ella, age 10
Alisha, age 8
Bethany, age 6

Third Place
Abigail, age 18
Anna, age 11
Dimitri, age 9
Chloe, age 6

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Our Hero, Russell Allen Phillips

An excellent discussion about LaPortean Russell Allen Phillips of the bestseller Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was held at the library on October 28. Twenty-two people gave and listened to positive memories about our local hero who survived for 47 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean and then in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. In spite of going from 150 pounds to 80 pounds in these ordeals, he lived, married, had a son and daughter, and was a teacher at Springfield Elementary School and a science teacher at Central Junior High and Kesling Middle School. Many photos, little stories, autographs, and statements about Mr. Phillips, his wife Cecy, and daughter Kathy and son Chris were received at and after the discussion. The library will put these on display in December in anticipation of the movie based on the book which is scheduled to be released on Christmas day. The library is looking for other items concerning the Phillips family for the display. They will be accepted throughout the month of November. Everyone who submits something will have their name put into two drawings for a pair of movie tickets donated by AMC Theatres for each item submitted.