Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Books for the Road

This fall has been a very busy time for me, and recently I was quite upset to realize that I have not read a single book simply for pleasure since the end of summer. I have, however, been able to listen to a couple of excellent audiobooks in the last few months. I listen to these books in just 12-minute segments on my way to and from work, but it always makes the drive a little nicer. I would recommend the following eclectic titles, and all are available on CD or as a digital download through Overdrive.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Best Book for each state, what's your favorite Indiana book?

Recently Brooklyn Magazine released a map and list of what they believe are the best book by each state, according to literary merit not just level of fame. They sought books that represented life in each state, some more broadly or narrowly than others. For our wonderful state they picked The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (the library has a copy you can find here). The Stone Diaries is a fictional autobiography of an everywoman who lives an unconventional life. Perhaps it is relatable to your experience, perhaps not.

This list raised a question though, lists like this one are not uncommon and yet they’re rarely compiled by the people of each state. Brooklyn Magazine might feel The Stone Diaries is THE Indiana book, but what do you think is THE Indiana book? The Stone Diaries is a well regarded and prizing winning book so we’re not saying it couldn’t be but we’d love to hear your thoughts! We like to think there isn’t just a “THE” Indiana book but that there are many. Each one showing a unique facet of what makes up our great state. Please, if you feel so inclined, post your favorite Indiana book on our Facebook page telling us and your fellow patrons why you think your favorite deserves to be considered one of THE Indiana books!

For the fill list of titles, with excerpts included, please visit: http://www.bkmag.com/2014/10/15/the-literary-united-states-a-map-of-the-best-book-for-every-state/

Friday, October 24, 2014

Do you have a talented teen in your life? Are they pushing boundaries with their creations or just love art in any form? The library is accepting one entry per teen now through 
November 1 for our annual Teen Art Show. They can drop their entry at any of the branches during open hours. The art will go on display at the Main Library and voting from the public will take place November 3-7. We will end with a Reception in all of the artists honor at 5 pm on November 7 where the prizes in each category will be announced. This is a great experience for these young adults to get recognized for their awesome works. Any form of art medium is accepted. For more information call Lydia at 362-7128.

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 Youtube.com 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: http://bit.ly/1xPnnMq 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.