Tuesday, September 2, 2014

La Porte County Public Library's New Vlog Series

La Porte County Public Library's New Vlog Series

We are very excited to bring to our patrons a new way to gain information about the library.

'UNLOCKED' is our new vlog series premiering today! Look for new and fun episodes every 2 weeks and give us your input as to future topics you might want to see "unlocked!"


Barnaby: Crockett Johnson's Other Little Boy


The odds are good you may be familiar with the boy on the left. His name is Harold and he draws his world with his famous purple crayon. Created by Crockett Johnson in the 1950s Harold was a part of a lot of people’s childhoods. But what you, your parents, and or your kids may not know is that before Harold there was another little boy that Johnson created who had very different adventures.

9781606995228_BARNABY.jpgMeet Barnaby. You may notice he looks like a slightly older Harold. But Barnaby is much older than Harold (about a decade), he was created around 1942. Barnaby’s adventures focus around his fairy godfather, Mr. O’Malley and his magic wand (a Havana cigar). Mr. O’Malley is well intention-ed but clearly not the best with magic, social graces, or being humble. Let’s not forget to mention Mr. O’Malley seems to never be around when Barnaby’s parents want to see him. Joining Barnaby and Mr. O’Malley are a cast of characters such as a little girl that moves in down the street, a talking dog, a scared ghost, and a mental giant (that’s the size of a child).

Barnaby’s audience skews older today if only because the material is dated by the times. It’s enjoyable for all ages but some explaining about what air wardens and how the war was effecting neighbors will be in order for the younger set.

If you’re interested come check out Barnaby at the library!

"The Mangle Street Murders" Review

The Mangle Street Murders is a new murder mystery series starring an unlikely sleuthing duo touted as a “match to Holmes and Watson” on the book flap.  The setting is 1882 London.  The duo is Sidney Grice, a personal detective, and his ward, March Middleton.  Grice is crabby, rude, and supercilious.  I couldn't stand him.  I really wanted to slap him through most of the book.  I kept wishing the author wouldn't have tried so hard to make him like Holmes.  March is a non-traditional young Victorian lady, raised in India by her doctor father.  I liked her spunk and wanted to know more about her past life.  The plot was sufficiently intricate and interesting.  However, I'm not sure a good plot and March are enough to make me subject myself to Mr. Grice again.

Friday, August 22, 2014

What are you reading this fall?

As summer winds down, I am already looking ahead to what I will read this autumn. Many of the books I want to read won’t be published until October or even November, so I can’t put them on hold at the library yet. To make sure I keep track of all these books, I rely on my Goodreads account. Goodreads allows me to put books on various virtual “bookshelves” that I have created, such as a To-Read bookshelf or my Reading-Fall-2014 bookshelf. Goodreads also has many other features. One of my favorites is Listopia, where you can browse and vote books into different topical lists such as Biography and Memoirs that are BETTER than Fiction. You can also become fans of authors and write reviews of the books that you read.

Take a peek at what I will be reading this fall:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ice Loves D&D?

Ice-T is used to being in front of a mic, but not generally in order to narrate the adventures of elves. Which makes this news all the more amazing. Ice-T has narrated a collection of stories by R.A. Salvatore set in the the Dungeons and Dragons universe and featuring fan favorite character Drizzt Do’Urden.

The book is currently available for free on Audible.com, but samples of Ice-T reading can be found on several websites if you just want to check it out without a huge time commitment.

Ice-T is also a noted actor in such series as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as well as several films and other shows. He has a distinct style and he very much brings that to his audio narration. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Weather Forecasting With Cari Peugeot

Have you seen Cari Peugeot forecast the weather on WSBT TV out of South Bend? If so and you like watching her, or if you just are fascinated with the weather, you can see her in person at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 4. She'll be in our Large Meeting Room talking about how she got into weather forecasting, how she makes her predictions, what kind of education she has, and what it's like to be on early morning TV while raising a young family. If we're lucky, she might even give us some weather predictions for the coming months. You can also ask questions, even non-weather related ones such as is she related to the Peugeot automobile family!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reconnect and eread

Have you visited our new ebook website yet?  You can download ebooks for your digital devices anytime of the day or night, it's a 24-7 service we provide for our community.

Wall Street Journal, Geoffry Fowler, says it best in his recent article Why the Public Library Beats Amazon--For Now, "discovering my library's e-book collection helped me reconnect with the power of the library card I felt when I was young."

Reconnect with your library and borrow an ebook today!
 eBooks and Audiobooks