La Porte County Library Books and Beyond
July 2013

Welcome to La Porte County Public Library's eNewsletter, Books and Beyond where we share news about programs, materials, and services the library has to offer YOU. Pass this eNewsletter along to your family, friends, and colleagues so everyone can see what's new at the Library!
Mobile Library at the Fair

Have you ever had the chance to pop into our Mobile Library? It's our smallest Branch, but it does business the same way our bigger Branches do. This year you can take a fun tour of the Mobile Library on Monday July 8 at the
 La Porte County Fair from 10am to 7pm. We'll have fun little giveaways to remember the Mobile Library when you visit, too.

We'll be located in the space between the Conservation Building and the Small Projects Building--just look for the big blue truck! (There will be a sign, too, just in case you can't find us.) Make sure everyone you know visits us at the Fair to get their FREE library card!

Summer Reading Program Stats (so far)
Library users are digging into reading this summer at the library. Last year 14% of school children in our service area, participated in the summer reading program. According to a Public Libraries online article titled Evaluating Summer Reading Programs: Suggested Improvements, library summer reading programs that reach more than 8% of the total child population are successful. 
As of June 25, 2013, the library has 993 children, 358 teens, and 246 adults registered for the Dig Into Reading! themed summer reading program. We have awarded 665 prizes to children and teens.  Participants of all ages have recorded 14,942 books read to date. We are on track for another great summer at the library.
Dig into Technology!  
 Teen Tech Tuesday returns July 9 from 1pm-4pm at Main where teens can build a PC, boot it up and test the components. July also sees the return of Teen Tech Thursday on July18 from 8pm-10pm at Main. PNC professor Sarah White will show the basics of Prezis, a new presentation software. She will guide teens on creating their own based on a book of their choosing.  Registration is required. Call 219.362.6156 or click here.
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Dewey Decibel Comedy Tour

A unique new program is coming to the Library this month. The Dewey Decibel Comedy Tour will make a stop at the Main Library July 27 at 6pm. Stand-up comedians Kevin Kramis and Bill Hildebrandt will perform a side-splitting act showcasing quick wit and quirky fun for all ages. Veterans of the Las Vegas circuit, the Dewey Decibel Comedy Troupe performs at various libraries across the country throughout the year. Make sure to come ready to laugh and enjoy a free, highly energized performance that patrons of the library have never seen before.

The Library Thanks Volunteers


The week of June 24 brought incredibly strong  winds and massive amounts of rains flooding many areas in La Porte County. The Library fell victim to those storms at several of our locations. Main experienced flooding in the lower level on the 25th, causing it to be closed to the public that day. Rolling Prairie was without power for two days, as was Coolspring, which experienced the most damage with trees literally split in half and power lines severed all around the facility. There was a lot of clean up that needed to be done.


Fortunately, a volunteer group, represented by Denny Smith from Buildings and Grounds from Plymouth Baptist Church contacted the Library and offered to do clean up at Coolspring at no cost. They work with La Porte County Emergency Management and are trained and certified in chain saw work. They helped the Branch Library restore the grounds of the Coolspring location much faster and we are extremely grateful for their service. 

(Photo provided by Dan Hunter) 

The Friends of the Library Big Book Sale
Friends of the La Porte County Public Library held their annual summer Big Book Sale June 21-23 in La Porte. The sale is a fundraiser mainly for the Library's programs and helps ensure that the programs remain free to the patrons. This year's sale brought in a total of $6,316.20, beating last year's total by $50. Books not sold at the sale were sent to Better World Books and a portion of those sales are returned to the Friends.

The Library is grateful to have these volunteers. The programs they support are important to the community, which truly do make a difference in the lives of the people in La Porte County. If you would like to become a Friend of the Library, click here.
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