Veterans Day Events

We thank you for your service.  These simple words will be expressed with sincerity in November during the many Veterans Day programs sponsored around the United States.

In 1918, an armistice was signed between Germany and the Allied powers 077hp5which brought World War I to a close.  This document was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of that year.  November 11, 1919, was proclaimed as Armistice Day in the United States for citizens to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I.  In 1954, November 11 became known as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U. S. wars, conflicts, and active duty services.  President Richard Nixon, in 1971, declared it a federal holiday on the second Monday in November.

Throughout the country, veterans will be honored on this special day.  Schools will hold assemblies, parades will be held in honor of these special men and women, and they will be served breakfast and lunch by many organizations.

 The Lafourche Parish Public Libraries will honor their veterans in various ways:

  •           Monday through Saturday, November 3-8, all day, the Thibodaux Branch would like patrons to come in and create a memento to honor our veterans.  Bring your ideas and create a drawing, letter, slogan, card, or other memento.  All supplies will be provided.  These mementos will be used to honor veterans at their November 11 program.
  •           Friday, November 7 at 9:30 am the Larose Branch will host a “Salute Our Veterans” reception and display.  All veterans and the public are invited to view a special display and enjoy refreshments at a reception held to thank the men and women who served our country and the ones still serving today.
  •           Monday, November 10 at 11 am the Bayou Blue Branch will honor veterans past and present at a program.  This program is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
  •           Tuesday, November 11 from 9:30 to 11 am the Thibodaux Branch will host a “Veterans Day Breakfast.”
  •           Tuesday, November 11 at 1 pm the Lockport Branch will honor veterans with their “Veterans Day Social.”  All veterans are invited to attend.  The social will consist of a welcome from Mayor Paul Champagne, introduction of the veterans attending, viewing of the displays of area veterans, and refreshments.
  •           Tuesday, November 11 at 3:30 pm until, the Choctaw Branch will host a “Veterans Day Refreshments” social for area veterans.
  •           Tuesday, November 11, all day, the Golden Meadow Branch will host a “Veterans Appreciation Day” social with refreshments and cookies provided.
  •           Tuesday, November 11, all day, the South Lafourche Branch will host a social with refreshments, coffee, and pastries.
  •           Friday, November 14 at 10:30 am the Raceland Branch will host a “Veterans Day Social” with refreshments.

Throughout the month of November, parish libraries will have displays consisting of photographs, uniforms, and memorabilia of veterans. The most extensive of these displays is at the South Lafourche Branch.  Their display consists of items from the U. S. Civil War to present time.  The parish libraries welcome any additional veterans photos to add to their displays.

          Help make this Veterans Day a special one by attending one of the many programs hosted by the Lafourche Parish Public Libraries.  We thank all of the men and women who have served their country and helped to keep it free.




Post by Charlotte, Area Librarian

We’re Off to See the Wizard….

David Diket gained a fascination for The Wizard of Oz at age two, from watching the MGM movie.  The fantasy aspect of going to another place appealed to him.  Early home videos document David and his sister, Audrey, reenacting the movie with blocks, Barbie dolls, and other props, such as a cornucopia to depict the tornado.  (These videos can be viewed at  It took a lot of imagination to see the scarecrow played by a Prince doll and a stuffed dog as the lion, so when real Wizard of Oz dolls became available, this was the beginning of David’s Wizard of Oz collecting.

Now, twenty years later, David has an extensive collection.  He enjoys sharing his love of Oz with others and has displayed in Houma, Nicholls State University, Baton Rouge, and Zachary, Louisiana as well as in Chittenango, NY, the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, for the International Wizard of Oz Club Convention June 4-11, 2014.

This exhibit, located in the foyer and teen section display cases in the Thibodaux Library on 705 West 5th street features Oz memorabilia from movie and theatre productions, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz.  Stop by and see it!!

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Find Help, Learn More at YOUR Library

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Our mission is to provide the residents of Lafourche Parish access to books and other resources that will inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities while embracing the rich heritage and vibrant future of our parish.

We take that mission seriously.

For us, it means connecting you with not only the services that you want, but also with the services that you need. We’ve got several important programs coming to our Main Branches in October.

Read more about these here and please help us spread the word. They might not be important to you, but just might be critical to someone you care about.


Drop by the South Lafourche Branch, 16241 E. Main Street in Cut Off, at 10 a.m. on October 22.

Lighthouse Louisiana will be there to discuss free services for the deaf and hearing-impaired that are available through the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf.

So if you have trouble hearing the phone, the door, or your alarm clock, Lighthouse Louisiana can help. To determine whether you’re eligible for assistance, bring a Louisiana driver’s license or ID card, your Social Security card, and proof of hearing loss. This could be an audiogram or a letter from a qualified professional stating that you would benefit from this equipment. The letter could be from an audiologist, doctor, social worker, case manager, or care center and retirement home staff members. You might also be eligible for hearing aids if you’re 50 years or older. Certain requirements apply. Stop by on October 22 to learn more.


Have questions about estate planning, long-term care planning, and more?

These are important topics that many of us don’t fully consider until they become urgent ones.

Houma attorney and certified financial planner John Sirois will be visiting the Main Branches of the Lafourche Parish Public Library to present information and take some of the confusion out of the need for planning for certain eventualities.

These free workshops are part of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Lawyers in Libraries program. The events are taking place across the state, thanks to local volunteer attorneys. There will be no sales pitch at these events, so don’t worry about anything except learning more about these important topics.

In Lafourche, these workshops will be held at the following locations:

  • The South Lafourche Branch, 16241 E. Main Street, Cut Off, will host an estate and long-term care planning workshop at 5:30 p.m. on October 15.
  • The Lockport Branch, 720 Crescent Avenue, will host a long-term care planning workshop at 5:30 p.m. on October 16.
  • The Thibodaux Branch, 705 W. Fifth Street, will host an estate planning workshop at 5:30 p.m. on October 23.

All workshops are free and open to the public.

KatinaPost by Katina, Administrative Librarian

Libraries need Friends!



Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

Friends are people like you who believe in libraries.  Friends are dedicated volunteers who recognize the value of library services provided to the community.  Just a few of these services are teaching young children the value of

reading through story times and summer reading programs, providing teens with  positive after-school environments where they can tap into activities appealing to their interests, and providing myriad opportunities for adults to continue learning and pursuing personal passions.

Friends of Libraries are non-profit charitable groups that promote libraries by building a bridge between the public and libraries.  Friends work with libraries to provide services by raising much needed funds to sponsor programs and special events.  Friends let the community know why libraries are important through volunteerism, public awareness campaigns, and literacy programs.  Their work provides opportunities for the community to invest in the public library through donations of time, money, resources, equipment and books.  Libraries need Friends…their help and support is vital to all the services communities enjoy in their local branches.

October is National Friends of the Library Month, and library lovers everywhere are invited and encouraged to contact your local library to find out how to join a Friends group today.


Show your support and join the Friends of the Library today!

National Friends of Libraries Week, October 19-25, 2014

LynettePost by Lynette, Programming Adminstrator

Grant Award!

The Golden Meadow Branch Library is the proud recipient of a $2,000 Target grant award. The grant, which will focus on enhancing early childhood reading, was awarded in August by Target #1450 in Houma.

The grant will allow the Golden Meadow Branch to host a Storytime Book Club, in which parents and children will attend storytime and participate in a craft related to the story.  Afterwards, they will be given a copy of one of the books that was read to them to keep at home.  Parents will be able to reintroduce the story to the child again in the future. The key is repetition. The more the child sees and hears the words, the more the child will remember and connect written words to their meaning.  Eventually the child will be able to read the book themselves.   The Storytime Book Club will be held from November 2014 to July 2015.

Each month there will be one English and one bilingual Storytime Book Club.  Registration will be required and only one book will be given per household.

For more information about the Storytime Book Club, call the Golden Meadow Branch Library at 475-5660.

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Post by Jasmine, Technology and media Librarian

Book into Movies 2015

Helen1Post by Helen, Technical Services Librarian

How many times have you heard this phrase?  “The book was so much better than the movie.”  Adapting books into movies has been a long-standing practice in Hollywood.  Who can resist turning a literary classic or a bestseller into the next blockbuster movie?

Some readers can’t wait for their favorite books to become movie adaptations (think of the good ones: The Hunger Games, The Shawshank Redemption, To Kill a Mockingbird).  Others meet this news with a groan (think of the bad ones: Dune, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ).

2015 looks to be a year for some highly anticipated releases of books made into movies.  Here are some of the most talked about titles:

While you’re waiting for the release of these movies, drop by any Lafourche Parish Library branch and check out the book. (Most of the titles mentioned above are available at the library in print format, eBook, and audio versions).  If you’ve already read these books, re-familiarize yourself with your favorite characters and scenes and imagine how they will appear on the big screen.  If the book is new to you, read the book, watch the movie, and see how they stack up to each other. Enjoy the show!