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Post by Laura, Director

Why does your local library offer “toys” and not just books for kids?

Many libraries, including your Lafourche Parish Public Library (LPPL), are offering more and more “toys” as part of their collections. Why are libraries acquiring more toys, games, computer gaming systems, etc., and not just books?  LPPL asked patrons in a recent survey what they would like to see at their library branches and one of the concerns was a lack in our community of fun places for kids to visit.  Our libraries are meeting this need and more with the addition of these fun, entertaining, and education tools.

According to an article by Angela Tung, “The Case for Packing Libraries Full of Toys and Games,” a recent study conducted by psychologists at the University of Colorado found that children who engage in more free play as opposed to structured playtime have a “more highly developed self-directed executive function”. This necessary skill better equips children to complete tasks on their own without needing additional guidance and direction. These children will also be better prepared for school and the workforce.  Free play also allows children to adapt more easily to sudden changes later in life.  A recent article in the Boston Globe stated that people “who exhibit high levels of playfulness – those who are predisposed to being spontaneous, outgoing, creative, fun-loving, and lighthearted – appear to be better at coping with stress.”

So why play at the library instead of just your home?

The luxury of more costly toys is just not available in all households. Additionally, if your house is as overcrowded as mine – well… there just isn’t room for more toys! The Lafourche Public Library is continually working on creating fun, educational, and safe places for children to learn and grow. This is why we have recently purchased Lego tables with both Legos and Duplos, in addition to X-box gaming machines that play only E rated games which are appropriate for all ages.  We are also providing iPad’s in several branches for children and teens that include educational and “fun” games downloaded on them.  Plus, the library has also obtained felt boards for interactive early literacy.  These activities draw the younger child into the library while teens especially enjoy the gaming systems and iPads. Houston Public Library system has seen a 15% to 20% increase in circulation since introducing “toys” to their libraries.  They also note that struggling readers are more likely to feel successful when reading the text required by the video game formats.

The library has become a “third” place for children – between work and school – where they can learn and grow in part because of the availability of toys in the library. An added bonus is parents can look for a book to read or browse magazines or newspapers while their kids entertain themselves.  Bring your child in today and see what we have to offer them and you!

 

Why borrow eBooks from the Library?

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Post by Laura, Library Director

Why borrow eBooks from the Library?

The Wall Street Journal recently published the article, “Why the Public Library Beats Amazon – for Now,” which talks about the growing number of subscription, fee-based eBook lending services.  If you haven’t heard of them yet, these services are a lot like Netflix for movies– you pay a flat rate fee in order to check out eBooks to read on your eReader device.  Amazon has recently released Kindle Unlimited for $10 a month where you have access to 600,000 eBooks. Other eBook lending services, such as Oyster and Scribd, work basically the same way.  My question, which is the same as the Wall Street Journal’s, is why pay this monthly fee – even if it is nominal – when your public library has eBooks for FREE? use-your-library

Lafourche Parish Public Library (LPPL) offers over 10,000 eBooks for different age groups in a variety of genres and we are purchasing more weekly. We buy best sellers, popular authors and fulfill patron requests. So if there is a title you want and we don’t have it – let us know – we will purchase it! The library even has two different eBook providers, Axis 360 and OverDrive, to make sure we can offer you the books you want to read.  Amazon, Oyster, and Scribd do not have access to all of the latest books or bestsellers. Their collections are composed primarily of older titles. This is because subscription service companies generally do not have affiliations with all of the publishing houses that libraries have access to.

So what do libraries offer that Amazon, Oyster, and Scribd don’t?  New releases, best sellers and the titles you want to read in eBook format.  And for an added bonus, many of your favorite titles are available in eAudio formats. You never have to physically visit the library, worry about returning books on time, or pay overdue fines. You can peruse the library catalog and download our eBooks from the comfort of your home (or anywhere!), 24/7. So what is the negative about borrowing books from the LPPL eBook collection? Well… you may have to go on a short wait list for a book you want to read. But again, this is a service already paid for with your tax dollars and the library has the books you want to read.  The Lafourche Parish Library has purchased 10 out of the current top 20 titles from Amazon’s bestseller list and 18 out of 20 of the New York Times Bestsellers.  Your library has the latest and most popular titles in their eBook collection without you having to spend more money while feeding your love of books. Sounds to me like a win-win situation all around.

 

 

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Available Positions:

We are currently accepting applications for the positions listed below. If you are interested in applying for any of our open positions, please send a completed application, resume, and letter of interest that includes the position you are applying for via one of the below methods:

AREA ADMINISTRATIVE LIBRARIAN NEEDED (MLIS Required)

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On Land With Water…Tracking Change in a Coastal Community

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By Katina, Area Librarian

On Land With Water…Tracking Change in a Coastal Community

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That’s the name of a new multi-media exhibit currently on display at the South Lafourche Branch. A project of and on loan from the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, On Land With Water brings together maps, timelines, photos, audio, attempting to tell the story of the Bayou Lafourche community, an area both dependent on and imperiled by water.
According to the exhibit, “The relationship between land and water in Lafourche Parish is one of tension. Changes to the built and natural landscape – especially the construction of levees and the deterioration of wetlands – raise serious questions about the future of a region so dependent on strong and healthy connections to the bayou, the marsh, and the gulf.”

The exhibit’s creators at Louisiana State University were aided greatly in their data collection by Bayou Lafourche residents who provided answers to questions about their connections to the land and water over this multi-year effort funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Local residents’ thoughts on, opinions about, fears and even prayers for the Bayou Lafourche area are chronicled in several books that are part of the exhibit. Continue reading

It’s back to school time, and LPPL has valuable tools for your success!

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It’s back to school time, and LPPL has valuable tools for your success!

Students of all ages, parents, teachers, school staff and homeschooling families can access valuable tools at any nearby library branch.  Get your free library card today so that you begin the school year prepared.

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Need homework help?  Tutor.com provides live one-on-one help for students in kindergarten through college, Sunday through Thursday from 2:00 to 10:00 pm.  An Adult Education and Career Center is available Sunday through Thursday from 10:00am to 10:00pm.

Have a required reading list? Check out our catalog.  We will do our best to get those required readings into your hands ASAP.

Need help starting a research paper or making a PowerPoint presentation?  Need help studying for the GRE, ACT, SAT, or other tests?  Call your library to Book a Librarian and receive one-on-one help with these tasks, and many more.

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Teachers, call in to book a field trip so your students can receive a guided tour to all the library has to offer.  Schedule a librarian visit to your classroom or school library to educate students on all resources we have to offer.  We will provide reference tutorials, assistance in navigating online encyclopedias and databases, and guidance for creating citations and bibliographies.  If you have an educational need, we want to partner with you to meet it.

Here are a few library resources and services to keep in mind as you make your way to a successful completion of the 2014-2015 school year:

After all the hard work, students, parents, and teachers need to relax and recharge.   Use your library card and digital device to enjoy a free movie, listen to free music, or unwind with a digital comic book or magazine.  Want to get out and do something fun?  Check out our events calendar for after school clubs, crafts, programs and activities for all ages.  Check out some books, audio books, magazines, and DVDs while you are here.

Your library card is the ticket to all your back to school needs!

New FREE Digital Magazines!

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Picture2Lafourche Library is happy to announce that we now offer a new digital magazine subscription service similar to Zinio for you to access for free using your Lafourche Parish Public Library card!  The service is called Flipster, an EBSCO service.  With Flipster you can access popular magazines such as People, People Style Watch,  In Style, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment,  and more!  What you can’t find on Zinio, we now have access to from Flipster!

 

Watch this tutorial video to see how to use this service quickly and easily on your computer.

 

Watch this video tutorial to see how to use this service quickly and easily on a mobile device.

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Post by Jasmine, Technology and Media Librarian

 

School summer reading lists @ your library

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Many Lafourche Parish schools provide summer reading lists for students to increase literacy skills and to encourage the worthy practice of reading.  The Lafourche Parish Library has acquired lists from some or our area schools and we are happy to say that the library has a majority of the titles that are listed.  These titles are available in a variety of formats including print books, Books on CD, eBooks, and eAudiobooks.  Don’t forget that you can download any eBook or eAudiobook title directly to your iPhone, iPad, or other eReading device.  And if you are enrolled in the library’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read! ™” for kids and “Spark a Reaction™!” for teens, these books count towards your reading log totals.

If you don’t see a title from your school’s reading list in our catalog, you can request that the library purchase the title by using our online request form available on the library’s website www.lafourche.org.  From the main menu located towards the top of the webpage, click on Using the Library, and then New Item Requests. Fill out the form and put a note in the comments field that the title you are requesting is on a school reading list.  The request goes directly to the acquisitions librarian who makes the determination on whether to purchase the book.

For a list of school summer reading list titles that the Lafourche Parish Library owns, go to our Library Staff Picks blog found under the Staff Services link on the library webpage.  Please email your school library reading lists to hbrunet@lafourche.org so that the library can be sure to acquire any titles we may not have and to add additional titles to our blog.

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