Remember when it was only .99 cents for a popular song online? Now songs online are $1.29 (or more). Music videos cost even more. And if you delete the song or video, you have to repay for it. Tired of paying for music? Then check out Freegal. Freegal is a free music service provided by your library. With Freegal, you have access to over 8 million songs!

To access Freegal, go to the library website ( From the menu at the middle top of the screen, hover over eLibrary Downloads. Click on Electronic Services then click on Freegal (it’s the first option on this screen). Once you’re on the Freegal website, enter in your Library Card Number and PIN number. After entering in this information, you will be brought to the Freegal home page.

So, how does Freegal work?

Patrons have a weekly download limit of 3 songs. To search for an item, you can type in the Search bar a song title, artist, or album name. You can also browse by genre, new releases, music videos, and most popular. When searching, you can do a basic search or an advanced search. Before downloading a song, you can listen to a clip. Once you’ve decided on a song, simply choose the download now option on the side of the song title. You can also save songs to a wish list for later downloads.
All songs are in the MP3 format and videos are in MP4 format; this means that Freegal downloaded items work on nearly any computer, tablet, and smart phone. There is also a free Freegal Music app you can download in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

If you choose to download a music video, it will cost you 2 of your 3 downloads for the week. 1 Popular artists such as Meghan Trainer, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Pitbull, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and MANY more are available through Freegal.


Picture1Post by Katie, Reference Librarian

So let’s be honest – some of you aren’t using Hoopla.

As someone who uses Hoopla every month, I think you’re missing out and encourage you to check out Hoopla to see what all the Hoopla’s about, so to speak. I think you’ll like it.

Paid for by the library, Hoopla is an online service that allows you to stream movies, documentaries, TV shows, audio books, and all sorts of good stuff for free. Really, for FREE. The library is already paying for it for

Nothing interesting showing on those hundreds of paid cable channels at home? Try Hoopla. On the way to visit your parents two states away for the holidays and the kids are already getting antsy in the backseat before you’re out of the driveway? Hand them your phone or the iPad after you’ve borrowed a children’s film from Hoopla.

Remember, you’ll be streaming video, so you’ll need an Internet connection.

Hoopla is really simple to use.

Go to our website at and to Hoopla at the bottom of the webpage or go to your app store to download the Hoopla Digital app (it’s free) to your device. Click “sign up,” agree to the terms and conditions, create your account with your email and a password of your choice, and select Lafourche Parish Library. You’ll need to have your library card number and a PIN. If you don’t have a PIN, talk to your library staff about setting you up with one. If you don’t have a library card, get to your nearest Lafourche library branch right away. You don’t know what you’re missing.

Once that’s taken care of, browse the library’s selections, offerings in categories that range from animation and anime to biography and business – and lots more. There are classic movies from most every decade, popular TV series, exercise and music videos, loads of children’s selections, and more than I can list here in a “short” blog post.

Once you find something to watch, tap it, tap on “Borrow,” and then hit the play button.

Hoopla does require the Widevine Media Optimizer plugin in order to view content, so if you don’t already have this plugin, you’ll have to install it, but it’s free and it’s easy to install.

A few things to remember about Hoopla:

  • You’re allowed 10 checkouts per month.
  • Each movie or TV episode counts a one checkout and returns after three days. One music album counts as one checkout and returns after seven days. One audiobook counts as one checkout and returns after 21 days.
  • Each checkout is automatically returned at the end of the loan period. You can also return items early.

There’s something for everyone on Hoopla, so check it out.

Want a demo? Stop by your library branch and a staff member can show you how to use Hoopla.

KatinaPost by Katina, Reference Librarian

In November, LPPL introduced LEGO Robotics programs for children ages 8 to 18 and sessions filled to capacity immediately!  Children worked at their own pace to build LEGO robotic models with working motors, gears, cams and tilt sensors.  Robots were hooked up to computers with USB hubs and children used icon based drag-and-drop software to program actions, sounds, and responses bringing their models to life. 

Exploring mechanical principles with the LEGO Education WeDo Construction set enables children to strengthen skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Language while bringing real-world topics and programming to life.  Children learn the theory behind simple machines using gears, levers, pulleys and transmission of motion.  Communication and problem solving skills develop as building and programming processes are worked out.  And the best part is…children are having fun!

LEGO Robotics programs provide children opportunities to build 12 different interactive models within four themes:   Amazing Mechanisms, Wild Animals, Play Soccer, and Adventure Stories.  Call or stop in one of our main branches to sign your child up today!  (See our calendars for program times)

  • December 6th at the Thibodaux Branch
  • December 10th at the Lockport Branch
  • December 13th at the South Lafourche Branch
  • December 17th at the Thibodaux Branch
  • December 20th at the Lockport Branch
  • January 7th at the South Lafourche Branch
  • January 10th at the Thibodaux Branch
  • January 14th at the Lockport Branch
  • January 17th at the South Lafourche Branch
  • January 21st at the Thibodaux Branch
  • January 24th at the Lockport Branch
  • January 28th at the South Lafourche Branch


Post by Lynette, Programming Administrator

Holiday Fun in Thibodaux

This Sunday!

Don’t miss another Movie Night on the Bayou, brought to you by The City of Thibodaux, Thibodaux Main St., the Lafourche Library, La Tea Da party Palace,  the Purple Penguin Art Co., and Charter Media! The movie will be projected on a big screen outdoors in the Lafourche Library Parking lot on the corner of West 5th st. and Jackson St.  Bring chairs or blankets for comfy seating and enjoy the show with us!

There will also be movie characters and Dr. Seuss’ the Cat in the Hat attending so bring your cameras!

The Movie night on the Bayou will begin following the end of the Thibodaux Christmas-Fest Parade.

Post by Jasmine, Technology and Media Librarian

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply “Santa”, is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on 24 December, the night before Christmas Day.


Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and who carries a bag full of gifts for children. Images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache. This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of the 1823 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast.  This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children’s books and films.

4580_zps2a0c0689Since the 20th century, in an idea popularized by the 1934 song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, Santa Claus has been believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior (“naughty” or “nice”) and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children, on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of the elves  who make the toys in the workshop and the flying reindeer who pull his sleigh. He is commonly portrayed as living at the North Pole with his loving wife, Ms. Claus and saying “ho ho ho” often.







Come Visits Santa or Ms. Claus @ a library branch near you:

Bayou Blue: Pictures with Mrs. Claus on December 15th @ 10:30

Choctaw: Christams Storytime , Crafts, and Treats with Mrs. Claus on December 18th  @ 5:00

Golden Meadow/Bibloteca Hispana: Pictures with Santa on December 11th @ 5:00-6:00

Larose: Christmas Storytime and a visit from Mrs. Claus on December 18th @ 11:00

Lockport: Christmas Storytime with Mrs. Claus on December 4th @ 10:30

Raceland: Christmas Storytime with Santa and his Helpers on December 18th @ 4:00

South Lafourche: Pictures with Santa on December 11th @ 5:00-6:30

Thibodaux: Christmas Party with Santa and Mrs. Claus on December 22nd @ 5:00

Display your art and collectibles @ your library

The Lafourche Parish Public Library is a community center.  As such, the library invites local residents and organizations to submit exhibits for temporary display at any of our nine branches.  Any collection that fosters local interest, or is of artistic, cultural or educational value is welcome.707d2b7c845611e3804212a438e4af1c_8

Some of our past collectibles displays have included art by local artists and schools, jewelry and ceramic displays, duck decoys, Coca Cola memorabilia, and even Pez dispensers.  We also encourage children and teens with collectibles to share their special items.10666265_727829413952018_1712759403_n

Eight of the library’s branches have locked display cases and room to hang artwork.  There may be space and size limitations and no sales advertising is allowed.  Contact any library branch for more details and to schedule a date to exhibit your collections.

Lockport display case

Not only do local exhibits bring more people into the library, they also offer patrons a look at wonderful artwork and collectibles they may not otherwise have the opportunity to be exposed to.  So take advantage of our “gallery” space and the opportunity to share what you love with others.  The library is proud to showcase and highlight your special collections!

Helen1Post by Helen, Technical Services Librarian

November is National Novel Writing Month

nanowrimo2In 1999, a group of friends got together to encourage each other to each reach the same goal, to write a novel in one month. They all knew their creations wouldn’t be perfect. As long as they reached 50,000 words, roughly the length of The Great Gatsby, they were going to call it a win and polish things up later. To make it all sound properly grandiose, they called the effort National Novel Writing Month, which would come to often be shortened to NaNoWriMo. The next year, they repeated the event and set up a Yahoo group to make it easier for everyone to talk to each other. That year 140 people joined the group and 29 people lit0054__alt_icons_zps72b9518freached the word count. Since then the event has grown. It has a dedicated website now,, and last year 310,095 people signed up on the website to see if they could make it. Many didn’t finish (I know I didn’t) and many of those finished novels may never see the light of day, but it sure is fun to try.6_zps6665f597

Ask writers what they want in a workspace, and you’ll receive many different answers. Some need absolute quiet. Some find the bustle of people around them can provide inspiration. Some work best on a computer. Others say the words flow best when they are ink on paper. No matter how you want to try writing, the library can offer it up to you. We can also find the answer to that niggling research question you just can’t write that scene without or give a bolt of inspiration to get you unstuck. When everything is said and done, we can even give you the materials to help you with the revising and proofreading to polish up your labor of love so you feel more confident letting someone else read it.

AUTHQUOTESballoadgldgldslgsdkgksdgksfkgsfkgWe many already be a couple of weeks into the month, but don’t let that discourage you. My try this year is still only 532 words. (Eep!) I’ll be doing some marathon writing this weekend to try and catchup. College taught me that I can churn out pages of material in a night if I have a deadline 9689689 (1)hanging over my head. has plenty of stuff to inspire and encourage everyone along, and if you are looking for some face-to-face encouragement from your fellow authors, our Thibodaux branch is hosting Write Ins every evening in November. Come out and join us! Fan the spark of your creativity! No plot? No problem! The story shapes itself as you write it, and only you can write your story.

Thibodaux Branch

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Write-In
Wednesday, November 19th  2014
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Patrons participating in National Novel Writing Month will be given time and space to work on projects alongside other participants, providing motivation and inspiration.

CatherinePost by Catherine, Branch Librarian