La Porte County Library Books and Beyond
  La Porte County Public Library eNewsletter
Books and Beyond
  March 2013
In This Issue
Your Health and Your Library
Play, Grow, Read! Center Grand Opening
TumbleBooks for All Ages
Importance of Early Literacy
Books Adapted to Movies
Your Health and Your Library
The La Porte County Public Library has many materials for you to use regarding health issues. Plus, the Library incorporates programs for you to attend. This month, get the facts about diabetes in a Q & A forum with an expert from IU Health
La Porte Hospital on March 5 from 1pm-2pm at Coolspring. You can also learn the 10 signs of Alzheimer's when an expert from the Alzheimer's Association speaks at Main on March 12 at 6pm. For more information on these or other events, go to our Events page at
Special Thanks to Friends of the Library 

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Welcome to La Porte County Public Library's new eNewsletter, Books and Beyond. We've gone paperless but still share with you each month all of the news, programs and services the library has to offer to our community. See what's new at the Library!
Play, Grow, Read! Early Literacy Center Grand Opening
Our first Early Literacy Center will make its debut during the Library's Annual Preschool Open House on Monday, March 4, from 6pm-7:30pm. The center will provide numerous activities that foster early reading and writing development in children ages 1-5. Community members and families are encouraged to come to the Grand Opening and enjoy this unique facility along with pizza and games. Visit a display of booths featuring local preschools throughout the area that will provide information and accept enrollments for fall 2013.This project has been supported by several community groups including First United Methodist Church, Friends of the La Porte County Public Library, Literacy Council of La Porte County, Rotary Club of
La Porte, and Unity Foundation of La Porte County.
TumbleBooks for Students of All Ages

With over 17,000 book views in 2012, the library has decided to expand its popular subscription to the very popular electronic book service called TumbleBooks. In addition to the talking animated picture books and read-alongs, the updated service will include chapter books, nonfiction, videos, and graphic novels for upper elementary as well as middle and high-school students. Teachers, parents, and students can bookmark the sites for easy access.  


The wonderful thing  about TumbleBooks is that they are compatible with smartphones, tablets, pc's, and more without downlaod and installation of any software or an app. The only necessary thing is an internet connection.  

More and more readers are choosing eBooks as their preferred method of reading. As a result, the library is working to provide expanded access to these types of materials. Try it out today!


TumbleBookCloud Junior was created for readers looking for all the children's classics and read-along titles on TumbleBookCloud, but without the teen fiction and high school classics. This new database is a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to go beyond the picture book collection in TumbleBookLibrary.


TumbleBookCloud is an online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books intended for high school and middle school readers. All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an internet connection at

The Importance of Early Literacy 

Learning to read begins before a child starts school. Helping a child get ready to read with five simple activities before the child enters school will dramatically increase the ability for the child to read and retain what they learn in school.  


Talking: Conversations help develop language and reading skills and help a child express thoughts and learn new words.


Singing: This helps children hear distinct sounds that make up words. Songs also teach new vocabulary and introduce new concepts and ideas.


Reading: Reading together is the best way to help children get ready to read.


Writing: This helps children learn letter names and sound out words.


Playing: Children learn how to express themselves, the meaning of words and other literacy skills by playing.

These activities are easy to do with children of all ages and can be done anywhere. The best thing about doing these activities is that the child loves doing these things with you.

Books Adapted to Movies in 2013 

Hollywood relies heavily on literature for their inspiration, or to visually portray a best-selling tale originally presented in print. 2013 brings over 20 stories to the big screen that can be found at your local library. Some are part of a very popular series, some are classic novels and some are biographical or mystical. Come to the La Porte County Library and read the original stories before seeing them in the theater.


Warm Bodies by Issac Marion
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Carrie by Stephen King
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Company You Keep by Neil Gordon
World War Z by Max Brooks
Paranoia by Joseph Finder
Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Roirdan
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Monuments Men by M. Robert Edsel
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
Serena by Ron Rash
Horns by Joe Hill

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David Dabagia
La Porte County Public Library System