Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Originally posted on Leeds Reads:

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 shortlist of six books has now been revealed! They’re all in stock, links below. Be the first to read them.

Paul O’Rourke, 40 year-old slightly curmudgeonly dentist, runs a thriving practice in New York. Yet he is discovering he needs more in his life than a steady income and the perfect mochaccino. But what?

As Paul tries to work out the meaning of life, a Facebook page and Twitter account appear in his name. What’s at first an outrageous violation of privacy soon becomes something more frightening: the possibility that the online “Paul” might be a better version of the man in the flesh. Who is doing this and will it cost Paul his sanity?

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

A love story unfolding over half a century between a…

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Why Be Drug Free



Post by Shannon, Assistant Director


Red Ribbon Week October 23-31


It is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the symbol of the Red Ribbon, October 23 – 31st.


The Red Ribbon Campaign® was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign® is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG – FREE AMERICA.


The National Family Partnership is the national sponsor of the Red Ribbon Campaign®.

We are helping citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign®


A theme unifies each year’s campaign and helps to broadcast one message creating a tipping point to change behavior.


Plan a Red Ribbon celebration. Order and display Red Ribbon materials with the National Red Ribbon theme. Proceeds from the sale of Red Ribbon theme merchandise helps support prevention programs across America. Order for your family, students, staff, patients, employees and customers and encourage them to wear the red ribbon symbol during Red Ribbon Week®.

New Language Learning Software at Lafourche Library





Post by Catherine, Reference Librarian

The kids are back in school, but in life, learning should not end with graduation. In fact, studies show that the best way to keep the mind sharp is to always be learning something new, and your Lafourche library is thrilled to give you the resources to do just that. Why not learn a language? Maybe it will be something new, or you could decide to brush up on one you first learned during your own school days.

The Lafourche Parish Public Library is packed with resources to help you, from books to CDs to DVDs. The more popular the language, the more we have, so there is plenty of things to help you with French, Spanish, English as a Second Language, or American Sign Language. Don’t think that that’s all we have though. Our collection can also help you learn Vietnamese, Russian, or even Latin, among many others. 

If you want more than what can be found on our shelves, the library can still give you the tools you need. Starting this month, your library card also gets you access to online language learning courtesy of Pronunciator. This service covers eighty languages, ranging from Arabic to Welsh, and teaches them into a fun, interactive format. Not only does it have drills and quizzes, but you can also watch movies and listen to music in the language you are learning, providing deeper immersion and helping you learn that much more easily and have that much more fun doing it. You can even carry Pronunciator around with you with mobile apps available for all devices.

Remember that learning a new language can connect you, not only to the wider world, but to your own heritage. Our French resources cover more than just the language spoken in places like France and Quebec. We also have materials covering Cajun French, so maybe you can find out what your parents or grandparents were saying all those times they wouldn’t translate for you.Web

The library also provides time and place to practice with other people face-to-face. The South Lafourche branch holds English as a Second Language classes every Saturday. Make sure to call the branch to register for the class. South Lafourche also hosts La Table Francaise, a chance for people to gather and converse in Cajun French. This month’s meeting is Tuesday, September 16 at 4:00. The Golden Meadow branch is holding a bilingual Spanish/English storytime on Tuesday, September 9 at 5:00, so you can learn together with your kids, and Bilingual Bingo Thursday, September 11 at 5:00. View more in our calendar.

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KathyPost by Kathy, Cataloging Librarian


Researching Your Family Tree?

The Lafourche Parish Public Library has an extensive Genealogy collection which can help with your search. Some of the titles include South Louisiana Records: church and civil records of Lafourche-Terrebonne Parishes, The family tree resource book for genealogists, and First land owners and 1810 annotated census of Lafourche Interior Parish, La. (Lafourche & Terrebonne). In addition to the many books and files, microfilms of The Times Picayune as early as January 1860 can be viewed at the Thibodaux Branch. is available free for use within any of the library branches, and genealogy charts can be purchased for a nominal fee. Links to additional helpful websites, such as the Learning Center, can be found by clicking [Research and Learning: Useful Websites:  Genealogy] from the library homepage.

New items recently added to the collection include:

Abstract of account information of Freedman’s Savings and Trust New Orleans, Louisiana, 1866-1869

Extraordinary lives of ordinary people : true histories of saints and sinners, snakes, scenery, and secrets

African American inhabitants of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, 15 June to 4 September 1870

The Underground Railroad and the Picayune connection

Sustainable genealogy : separating fact from fiction in family legends

Explore your history using the many library resources to assist in your search for genealogy information.

Check our calendar regularly for genealogy classes and events!


Banned Books Week





By Charlotte, Area Librarian

Banned Books Week

Join the Lafourche Parish Public Libraries in celebrating Banned Books Week September 21-27, 2014.  This annual event, usually celebrated the last full week in September, was started in 1982 by library activist Judith Krug.

Banned Books Week encourages readers to scrutinize challenged works of literature while at the same time promoting intellectual freedom in libraries, schools, and bookstores.  This year’s national focus is on comics and graphic novels.


The top 10 challenged books for 2013 were:

  1. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
  7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

Join the team in Lockport with “Freedom to Read Out” hosting local authors

and personalities as they read and share passages of banned books on Monday, September 22nd at 5 pm.  Throughout the month, the Lockport Branch will display “Break Out the Bad” where patrons can check out a jailed banned book.  Thibodaux and Lockport will present movie adaptations of challenged books.  On September 23rd at 5 pm “The Kite Runner” will be shown at Lockport while Thibodaux will show “Bless Me Ultima” on September 26th and “Of Mice and Men” on September 27th  both at 5 pm.  Come and guess the reasons a book was banned at the Choctaw Branch for  “Banned Books Trivia” on  September 23rd at 5 pm.  The Raceland Branch will be a hosting a Banned Books craft on September 23rd at 5 pm.  On September 26th, the Bayou Blue Branch will be taking mug shots of patrons reading their favorite banned book and the Lockport Branch will have an all-day booth to make protest stickers and take mug shots with their “I’m With the Banned Protest.”

Celebrate your freedom to read as you view the displays and featured events that the Lafourche Parish Public Libraries will be hosting on Banned Books Week.





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?







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.