Public Library Announces Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program for Laguna Madre Children~Dig Up a Good Book!

The 2011 Texas Reading Club, “Libraries: Dig Up a Good Book!” provides opportunities for children of all ages to enjoy reading.

This self-paced reading program allows children to participate at their own reading level. A log will be provided to each child to track the books they read. In addition to reading, the library will have special guests who will inspire you to, dig up Jean Lafitte’s pirate loot and dig up Fortune Cookie history.

Location: Port Isabel Public Library, 213 N. Yturria St., Port Isabel
Registration: Tues., May 31 through Tues., June 7
Parents must register their children at the library.

PROGRAM DATES:
June 7 Tuesday 9:30 am-10:30 am Digging up Texas Tarantulas
June 8 Wednesday 2:30 pm-4:30 pm Mary Ann Tous – Sea Turtles
June 9 Thursday 9:30 am-10:30 am Digging up Dinosaurs & Dino Movie
June 14 Tuesday 9:30 am-10:30 am Digging up Magic Tricks
June 15 Wednesday 2:30 pm-4:30 pm Dan Topp – Chinese History
June 16 Thursday 9:30 am-10:30 am Digging up Hispanic Culture & Chalupa
June 21 Tuesday 9:30 am-10:30 am Digging up Grass Seed
June 22 Wednesday 2:30 pm-4:30 pm Andrea Hollman – Jewelry
June 23 Thursday 9:30 am-10:30 am Digging up Books & Book Markers
June 28 Tuesday 2:30 pm-4:30 pm Turn in Reading Logs Library Party!

Deadline for Reading Logs: Tuesday, June 28

End of Program Celebration: On, Tuesday June 28, children are invited to a day of fun with food, drinks, prizes & games.. Every child who participates in the Summer Reading Program will receive a certificate signed by the State Librarian, Peggy Rudd, bearing his or her name.

This free program is co-sponsored by the City of Port Isabel and the Friends of the Port Isabel Public Library.

For more information contact:
Marilyn Ponder, Children’s Librarian
956-943-0778
mponder@copitx.com

Library to host Winter Arts “Kamp for Kids”

The Port Isabel Public Library is proud to present the Winter Arts “Kamp for Kids” program at the library. In partnership with the El Paseo Arts Foundation an arts program will be held in December when the local public school is closed for the holiday season. Children will be able to explore their creative juices under the tutelage of art director Loretta Ponder. All art materials will be provided free; children need only bring a smock.

Due to space limitations the library can only accommodate 20 children per session, and enrollment will be done on a first come, first serve basis once registration begins.

Registration: Mon., Dec. 13 – Fri., Dec. 17 (register at the library or reading room)

Program Dates: Sat., Dec. 18, & Mon., Dec. 20 – Wed., Dec. 22 from 9:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M., for children under 11 years old.

Tues., Dec. 28 – Thurs., Dec. 30 from 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. for children 11 and older.

Location: Port Isabel Public Library, 213 N. Yturria St., Port Isabel.

For more information about the program, directions to the library and library hours, contact Marilyn Ponder at 956-943-0778 or email: mponder@copitx.com.

This free program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Port Isabel Public Library and the El Paseo Arts Foundation.

OPERATION SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

Library Participates in “Operation Support Our Troops”

For the second year the Port Isabel Public Library, located at 213 N. Yturria St., and the Public Library Reading Room, located at 5800 Padre Blvd., will be collecting items for our troops stationed in Afghanistan.  Our collection will begin on Monday, November 1.  The final day to drop off your donations will be Tuesday, December 7, which fittingly is Pearl Harbor Day.  Your donations can be brought to either library during their hours of operation.  Our staff will package your gifts.  The Friends of the Port Isabel Library is providing funds for the shipping and Coastal Mail, owned by Linda & Mike Garrett are providing the supplies that are needed to prepare the boxes. Your donations will be packed and shipped by December 10.

Very Important Items:

Silly String – Believe it or not, silly string is used by our soldiers to detect trip wires connected to bombs.  A gift of Silly String may save someone’s life.

Beanie Babies and Small Toy Cars – These are used to distribute to local children so that they learn that our soldiers are their friends, not their enemies.

Emer-gen-c – This drink provides electrolytes and prevents dehydration.

Unscented baby wipes or towelettes – Troops may go several days without showers and appreciate having the wipes to clean up and wipe the sand off with.

Other Needed Items:

Foods – The troops especially appreciate being sent coffee!  The coffee can be ground or instant, and along with this they need coffee filters, creamer, and sugar.  Additional beverages needed are tea, hot chocolate, and Gatorade.  Small canned and packaged items such as Ramen noodles and soups; canned ham, chicken, and tuna; summer sausage and pepperoni sticks; along with condiments such as salt, pepper, spices, and Tabasco sauce can be packed away in duffle bags while on maneuvers.  Snacks such as M&Ms (which don’t melt,), gum, cookies, granola bars, dried fruit, packaged crackers, canned nuts, trail mix, power bars, beef jerky, and microwave popcorn are always welcome gifts, too.

Personal Items – Travel sizes are best because they fit in cargo pant pockets.  Please donate items such as hand sanitizer, soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, dental floss, mouthwash, razors, shaving cream, body cream, Skin-So-Soft, and foot powder.  Other items needed are toenail clippers, sun screen, eye drops, contact lens cleaner, chap stick and lip balm, combs and brushes, men’s white socks, cool collars, neck scarves and bandanas, bandages, Neosporin, bug repellent with Deet, bug bite sticks, Q-Tips, and cotton balls.  Remember that unscented items are the best choice.

Comfort Items – These are items that help the troops connect with home.  Here are some examples:  Portable DVD and CD players, disposable cameras, IPods, International phone cards, batteries (AA and AAA), music CDs and DVDs (legal copies only please!), paperback books, magazines, stationary, puzzle books, playing cards, writing journals, paper, pens, envelopes, blank greeting cards (Mother’s and Father’s Day, I Miss You, Birthday, Anniversary), yo-yos, hacky sacks, zip lock bags, small flashlights, and extension cords.

Finally, please include a card, note, or letter with pictures.  The troops love hearing from you!

For more information contact: Port Isabel Public Library, located at 213 N. Yturria St., and the Public Library Reading Room, located at 5800 Padre Blvd., or call 956/943-2265.

City of Port Isabel Hosts 1st Annual Open House

Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the City of Port Isabel hosted their first annual open house at City Hall. Departments had information and equipment on display throughout the morning. Over 100 area residents participated in tours through city hall and staff on hand gave demonstrations on the city street sweeper, fire truck, police and a variety of public works department equipment. Residents could pick up permit forms and museum and library information, economic development corporation program information, municipal courts and building department information.

Plans are already underway for the 2nd Annual City of Port Isabel Open House.

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For more information, contact the Port Isabel City Hall at 956/943-2682 or email citysecretaryofpi@yahoo.com.

LIBRARIES: Catch the Reading Express Summer Reading Program

Public Library Announces Summer Reading Program for Laguna Madre Children

The 2010 Texas Reading Club, “Libraries: Catch the Reading Express!” provides opportunities for children of all ages to enjoy reading. This self-paced reading program allows children to participate at their own reading level. A log will be provided to each child to track the books they read. In addition to reading the library will have special guests who will offer insight into the history of the railroad, travel by train and the various types of trains.

Registration:  Monday, June 28 through Friday, July 9.  Parents must register their children at the library

Program Dates:  Monday July 12 – Thursday July 29

Location: Port Isabel Public Library, 213  Yturria St., Port Isabel

Deadline for reading logs:  Monday, July 26   

Special Guests, Story time, Arts –n- Crafts: every Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs from 2:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. from July 12 – July 29

End of Program Celebration: On Thursday, July 29 children are invited to a day of fun with food and drink, prizes, music and dance. Every child who participates in the Summer Reading Program will receive a certificate signed by the State Librarian, Peggy Rudd, bearing his or her name. The time for this event will be announced at the start of the program.

This free program is co-sponsored by the Port Isabel Public Library and Loan Star Libraries, a division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. For more information about the Texas Reading Club, directions to the library and library hours, contact Marilyn Ponder at 956-943-0778 or email: mponder@copitx.com

Port Isabel Library ~ Book & Bake Sale 2/13-14

For Immediate Release–
Port Isabel Public Library
213 N. Yturria St.
956/943-2265

The Friends of the Port Isabel Public Library’s Annual Book and Bake Sale is Saturday, February 13th, from 9am until 3pm and Sunday, February 14th from 1pm until 3pm.

The FOL members have been working hard to make this the best sale yet.  Also, don’t forget that you can purchase your raffle tickets in advance at the Circulation Desk of the Main Library. Some wonderful prizes have been donated by local merchants and will be raffled off on the 13th. Stop back in to check the winners’ board on Sunday afternoon from 1pm-3pm.  In addition, there will be a bake sale on Saturday so join us at the Port Isabel Community Center behind the library for coffee, goodies, and many books on sale for $.50 and $.25.

The Friends of the Library raise funds for library improvements and have made donations for major remodeling including new bookshelves and work stations and interior painting and other projects.  The library is a great asset to the Laguna Madre area and all support of the efforts of the Friends is appreciated.  The library also has a reading room at 5800 Padre Blvd. on South Padre Island where patrons can check out books including current best sellers, audio tapes, and movie dvds.

For more information call the Port Isabel Public Library at 956/943-2265.