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 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: 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.

Meet a Storm Trooper!

Star Wars Reads Day is this Saturday.  And we are celebrating the day at La Porte County Public Library's main location.  Come into Youth Services at 10:00 AM for Star Wars crafts. Even more exciting is our special guests from the 501st Legion.  For those of you not familiar with the 501st Legion, they are the Star Wars version of historic reenactors.  That means we will have two Storm Troopers and Biker Scout at the Library.  Bring the family and take some awesome pictures!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Haunted Houses

Have you ever experienced a ghost? Some people have, or claim they have. In fact many people in our area say they have seen, felt, or heard ghosts. In October, I'll be going to eight locations in La Porte to talk about haunted houses, buildings, and places in the area. If you'd like to schedule a talk or tell me your story, just call me at the library at 219-362-6156. Also, on October 21, County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz will be giving a presentation called “La Porte County Hauntings” during the La Porte County Historical Society meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum. Both presentations include the stories about the most well-known haunted house that used to stand at 918 I Street. There is no charge for attending either presentation.