School summer reading lists @ your library


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  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 so that the library can be sure to acquire any titles we may not have and to add additional titles to our blog.

Helen, Technical Services Librarian


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Check it out on our Library’s Website!

What is Freegal?

Freegal® is a free music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and some libraries utilize a PIN. Freegal offers access to about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 80 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of subscribing libraries.

How does Freegal work?

A download usage counter is located in the upper right corner of displaying your weekly allotment. For instance, 1/3 means that you have a weekly limit of 3 downloads, and you have used 1 of those downloads. The download counter resets each week at Monday 12:01 AM (Eastern Time, USA).


 How can I get Freegal Mobil App?

The site is set up to browse or search for your favorite music or artist. You will see some of the most popular music on Freegal for your country on the Home page. You can use the navigation bar toward the top of the page to view different pages, such as Most Popular in your library or country, or the New Releases. You can also use this bar to navigate to the Genres page where you can scroll through all of the genres and artists on the Freegal site. Additionally, you can use the search bar at the very top of the page to search for artists, albums, songs, or a combination (such as “bruce springsteen high hopes”).

If you have an Apple device (iPhone/iPad/freegalappiTouch), you will be able to download the Freegal App by doing a search for “Freegal Music” in the App Store.

 If you have an Android phone or tablet, you will be able to search for “Freegal Music” in the Google Play store. As a precaution, while many Android devices successfully run the Freegal Music app, not all Android devices are compatible.

Barnes & Noble tablet devices are not compatible with the Freegal Music app. For information on how to install the app on a Kindle Fire, please see the question “Is there an app for the Kindle Fire?”


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Happy Birthday America!

The Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It took almost a month for enough delegates to sign it, making it official on August 2, 1776. Today, we celebrate our nation’s birthday with parades, firework displays, family picnics, and patriotic displays. We celebrate our freedom and our independence. Continue reading


I had spent the last few days reflecting on my first full year as library director when out of the blue my son asks, “Mom, do you like your job?” (It had been another trying day with the leaking roof at Thibodaux). Without batting an eye or giving it any thought I answered, “Yes Wil, I love my job!” I can’t believe where this position has taken me in the last year; the things I’ve learned and the things the library system has accomplished are amazing.

Growing up, libraries were very different than they are today. Back then, libraries were just repositories for information. If you needed to research something you went to the periodical guides, hard copies of encyclopedias that were usually outdated, or you went to the stacks full of books. Today, we have those same opportunities, minus periodical guides, but we also have e-Books, audio books, DVD’s and music CD’s to check out. Libraries are now a gateway to information! If you need to research something, libraries have access to online encyclopedias, databases, and the World-Wide Web. We can even help you find information in a library on the other side of the world! But in today’s world, this is just a small part of what libraries are about. They are also community hubs where individual libraries are actively involved within the communities they reside. In times of tragedy and triumphs – the library and its staff are here to share those experiences with its patrons.

Libraries have something for everyone and that has been my mission since becoming director last May. Lafourche Parish Libraries are MORE THAN BOOKS. We have recently added Lego tables for kids of all ages to enjoy, Xbox 360 gaming systems, an exciting new 3D printer, and much, much more. Be on the lookout for iPads in our libraries for patron use and Mac computers for adults and teens that prefer the Apple computer experience. The library is constantly adding new programs including the newly popular Rainbow Loom crafts, updated Duct Tape projects, and Ready Reading Programs for all ages. And we continue to provide our popular bingo games, specialized speakers, and genealogy classes. Programs change often and we are always looking for new ideas to bring to our patrons. Check out our new user friendly website and calendar for monthly programs.  If you need individual help, the library now offers the Book-a-Librarian program where you can schedule an appointment to get one-on-one assistance from a degreed librarian—whether it is help with your new e-Reader, resume or research help, or computer instruction, we have librarians to help – all you have to do is ask. Continue reading

Charlotte It’s summer time and it’s fun time at the library.  New additions to the library collections don’t mean just books, anymore!!

          The three main branches, Thibodaux, Lockport, and South Lafourche have newly installed Xbox game consoles.  That’s right!  Dual-controlled, fully functional, ready to play Xbox systems.  Patrons throughout the parish are playing Angry Birds, Madagascar II, and Shrek III.  New digital experiences will be coming to a branch near you.

          Lego tables are also a new addition at the three main branches.  These Lego tables are loaded with Lego bricks and lots of construction toys.  Moms, dads, and kids can become mini-engineers as they construct anynumber of things from houses to helicopter ports.  The list is endless when applying your creativity.  Building anything with Legos increases hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.


          The satellite branches of Bayou Blue, Choctaw, Raceland, Larose, and Golden Meadow are on a rotating schedule for Lego and Tinker Toy tables.  These tables will spend a week at each branch and then are sent on to the next. Challenge your mathematical and architectural skills by building a Ferris Wheel or constructing a Leaning Tower of Pisa.

          Meet us in July at the Lockport and South Lafourche branches.  An Xbox tournament is happening on Friday, July 25 at Lockport featuring LEGO Marvel Super Heroes at 2 pm for all age groups.  South Lafourche is introducing a LEGO Club for all ages. It’s scheduled for Saturday, July 19 at 2 pm. These new additions and programs are sure to please.

“WELCOME TO WARP ZONE!”   -Super Mario Bros.

Two Lafourche Libraries Receive Grants


Congrats to the Lockport and Raceland branches!

They’ve recently been selected as two of only 60 libraries across the country this year to receive grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in honor of the American writer and illustrator of children’s books.

Each year, the foundation awards a limited number of grants to public libraries, schools, and other institutions that implement programs to “foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community.”


For the past year, the Raceland Branch Library has held “upcycled” crafts for patrons, using recycled items to make something new and nice. During the summer, the Raceland Branch will host a six-week program that’ll allow children and teens ages 8 to 15 to create recycled unisex jewelry. The $350 grant will be used to purchase items like glue, clasps, pliers, and more that are needed to complete the crafts.

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Get Crafty @ Your Library

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Did you know that your library offers FREE craft programs where you can make super cool stuff to use for home decor, gifts, and more? Well, they do!  If you’re anything like me, you may have a Pinterest board of crafts and DIY that you’ll get around to someday, right? Make it easy on yourself! The library provides all the materials so you don’t have to go out and spend a fortune at craft stores and get lost all day in the aisles (because you know that’s what will probably happen).

You can make those pretty painted planters for your garden this summer, paint something to hang in your office, or make a one of a kind gift that will be special because you made it!

 Bring your friends and enjoy an hour with no kids, getting messy somewhere other than your own home= no clean up!  It’s a no-brainer!





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