Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Have you ever wanted to see a particular class or program offered by your library? Do you have a good idea for a service that the library should be providing to our community? Or do you have a particular book, movie, or music CD that you think the library should carry? Now is your time to address all of these questions and more. The La Porte County Public Library has launched our new survey. We want to help us help you! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! Please participate and help us by sharing with all of your friends and family members, even if they are non-library users. We want to hear from everyone! The survey will run September 17 through October 10, 2014. We look forward to hearing your input!          

Frozen Party: A Wild Success!

A big thank you to the community for coming to the library's Frozen party! Although the space was tight, we enjoyed seeing everyone in costume and hearing everyone sing. Kristi our Public Relations person took some amazing pictures! It was very exciting to have a very special appearance from Elsa, who looked very similar to Karen from Youth Service! Thanks again and posted below are the instructions for the crafts from the Frozen Party if you would like to do them at home.


 Crafts from the Frozen Party

Elsa Crown and Sven Antlers template. Click Here!

Ice Painting

Mix equal parts Epsom Salt and hot water(hot enough to dissolve the salt.)
Paint on black paper.
When completely dry the water crystallizes on the paper.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vlog Episode No. 2, How To Get A Library Card

The Intern is back in episode 2 of our Vlog series! With September being National Library Card Sign-Up Month, what's keeping you from bringing home THE SMARTEST CARD IN YOUR WALLET? I'll just let The Intern tell you how easy it is!

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Books!

New Juvenile Fiction for the Youth Services Department

Looking for the newest of the new?  Try one of these recommended reads.

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner.  With a white mother and a Japanese father, Koji Miyamoto quickly realizes that his home in San Francisco is no longer a welcoming one after Pearl Harbor is attacked. And once he's sent to an internment camp, he learns that being half white at the camp is just as difficult as being half Japanese on the streets of an American city during WWII.

Minion by John David Anderson.  Michael Morn might be a villain, but he's really not a bad guy. When you live in New Liberty, known across the country as the City without a Super, there are only two kinds of people, after all: those who turn to crime and those who suffer. Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes—special devices with mysterious abilities—which they sell to the mob at a price. They provide for each other, they look out for each other, and they'd never betray each other.

But then a Super comes to town, and Michael's world is thrown into disarray. The Comet could destroy everything Michael and his dad have built, the safe and secure life they've made for themselves. And now Michael and his father face a choice: to hold tight to their life or to let it unravel.

Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey.  When the Incredible Robo-Plunger defeated the evil Turbo Toilet 2000, George and Harold thought their toilet troubles were over. Unfortunately, their porcelain problems were only beginning . . .

Just when you thought it was safe to flush . . .

The Turbo Toilet 2000 strikes back! The carnivorous commode known for devouring everything in its path has built up a real appetite . . . for REVENGE! Join Captain Underpants for another epic showdown of Wedgie Power vs. Potty Power as our tighty-whitey-wearing superhero GOES TO ELEVEN!

Amulet: Escape From Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi.  Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King's loyal followers, where she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.

Page Turners' 2015 Book Discussions

Page Turners, the book discussion group at the main library, has decided on the titles it will be discussing each month in 2015. You are welcome to join us for any or all of the discussions. They are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 12:00-1:00. Here is the list. Jan. 13-The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty Feb. 10-The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Mar. 10-Peyton Place by Grace Metalious Apr. 14-Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly May 12-Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline June 9-Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford July 14-Philomena by Martin Sixsmith Aug. 11-The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street Sep. 8-Elizabeth and Hazel by David Margolick Oct. 13-The Kitchen House by Patraicia Klewer Nov. 10-Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo Dec. 8-Read any mystery that begins with "A Christmas" by Anne Perry

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Puppy Love

PictureSometimes, when we plan storytimes we come across awesome crafts that would work better at home than at the Library.  For example,  I've planned a dog storytime for tomorrow.  We have Chancellor Dworkin, from PNC coming to read his newly published book, The Dog and the Dolphin.  And we'll be doing an I "Heart" Puppies craft that is super cute.  What I really wanted to do was this balloon puppy craft from, but I just pictured puppy sadness as the children walked their new balloon puppies outside and they popped on the sidewalk.  So bring your preschooler to storytime tomorrow at 10AM for a dog-tastic time.  You can make one of these balloon puppies anytime at home.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: The Weight of Blood

This debut novel by Laura McHugh is a myriad of things.  It is the coming-of-age story of 17 year old Lucy.  It is a dark novel set in a small Ozark Mountain town where strangers aren't readily welcomed.  It is a mystery of what happened to Lucy's mother 20 years ago and Lucy's “slow-minded” friend Cheri more recently.  It is the exploration of loving people who don't always do loving things.  It has a distinct sense of place and is told mostly in duel narration from Lucy and Lucy's mom point-of-view.  I found the book a compelling read; thinking of it often when I wasn't reading it and even after I finished it (much more than I normally do with books I read).