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

Thanks for Thanksgiving

The holiday has its origins from a harvest meal (lasting 3 days) shared by Wampanoag and Pilgrims in 1621. President George Washington proclaimed that November 26, 1789, would be a national day of thanksgiving. In 1863, it became an annual event when President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving and praise. President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the date to the second to last Thursday of the month in 1939. Congress changed the date of this national holiday by passing a law in 1941 declaring Thanksgiving to be every year on the fourth Thursday of November.

The dates have been changed over the years, but the spirit remains the same: a nation as a whole giving thanks and sharing a meal in celebration.
This November, as your family gathers together, keep in mind that the Lafourche Parish Library has programs and activities for all ages to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Adults can sign up for a Holiday Wreath craft at Bayou Blue Branch (1:30 pm on November 20).
Kids can create a Thanksgiving craft at Choctaw Branch (2:00 pm on November 24), a Thankful Turkey Box at the Lockport Branch (4:00 pm on November 20) or a Sock Turkey at the South Lafourche Branch (5:30 pm on November 25).
Tweens and teens can build moving creations using Lego Robotics at the South Lafourche Branch (10:00 am on November 24) and the Lockport Branch (2:00 pm on November 24). Come and watch the movie “Earth to Echo” as a family at the Golden Meadow Branch (2:00 pm on November 25) and enjoy free popcorn and drinks.
Families can participate in a Thanksgiving story time at Thibodaux Branch (10:30 am on November 26) or watch the movie “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” at Lockport Branch (1:00 pm on November 26) with popcorn, drinks and a treat provided.
These are only a few of the programs offered, so please see the calendar of events for even more activities.

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Library Family!

Post by Kathy, Cataloging Librarian

YES, we have eBooks

I meet a lot of people in my position and they will usually let me know whether or not they are library users. The majority of the non-users are quick to tell me that they don’t come to the library because they read books on their book readers or electronic devices.  So my next question is always, “Do you check out eBooks from the library?” I usually get a look of confusion with a follow up question that sounds something like, “You have eBooks?”  YES, we have eBooks – -and they are all free to download right to your device.

For years OverDrive was our only eBook provider.  If you are familiar with library eBooks then you probably know about OverDrive. It is easy to download and navigate, but it has limitations in that they don’t always have the most popular titles.  In an effort to correct this deficiency, we added another eBook provider, which much to our disappointment hasn’t been as user friendly as we had hoped – so we are replacing that provider with the 3M Cloud Library.

The 3M platform is so easy to use!  Once you set up the app by entering country, state, library system, and then card number and pin – you are looking at books.  It takes two clicks and you are reading the book right there in the app.  No more trying to figure out where the book is or what version to download as this is not an issue with 3M.  It is just as easy to use as OverDrive and has more publishers, thereby more books, to choose from. We are so impressed with 3M Cloud and can’t wait for you to try it out. If you have friends or relatives that read books on their eReaders, let them know they can stop buying eBooks and can now easily borrow them from the Lafourche Parish Library. If you do not have a library card, stop by any of our 10 branches and we will be happy to set one up for you – all you need is a valid driver’s license. If you don’t see a book you are wanting to read, send us an email with the title and author, or give us a call. If the title is available from OverDrive or 3M, we buy books we get requests for.

Over 100 new titles have just been purchased and added to the 3M eBook platform with more to come. So give 3M Cloud a try.  I know you will love it as much as we do!

Laura3Post by Laura, Library Director

As the days grow shorter, and a chill sets into the air, many people prepare for Halloween revelries.

Here at the library, we too enjoy celebrating this spooky holiday. Each library is decorated with creepy crawly insects, ghastly ghouls and ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, and more. But our revelries don’t stop there. We have many great events planned for Halloween. During Halloween, stop by one of our branches for the following activities:

  •  Golden Meadow branch: Halloween Fun day, from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm-“Say ‘Trick or Treat’ when you visit the library and get some candy.“
  •   South Lafourche branch: Trick or Treat in the Library, from 9:00 am-5:00 pm-“Say ‘Trick or Treat’ at the library and get Halloween candy, while supplies last.”
  •  Lockport branch: Spook in the Park at Lockport’s Bayouside Park, from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm-“All ghosts and ghouls are invited to come Trick-or-Treat at Lockport’s Bayou Side Park. The Lockport Library Ladies will be handing out treats.”
  •   Bayou Blue branch: Trick or Treating Costume Contest at 4:00 pm-5:00 pm-“Come to the library to get a treat and show off your costumes to enter our contest.”

We also have several events planned the day before Halloween (October 30th) as well.

  •  Golden Meadow branch: Teen/Tween Craft: Painting Pumpkins, at 5:00 pm-6:00 pm- Paint a pumpkin at the library and take it home.
  •  Larose: Storytime: Are you Scared & Trick or Treat at 11:00am -12:00 pm- “A story hour for children age 0 to 5 that incorporates finger plays, songs and dance followed with a craft.  Children attending can wear costumes and all will be Trick or Treating in the library during the second half of the program.”
  •  Lockport: Storytime: Trick or Treat in the Library, at 10:30 am- 11:30 am- “A story hour for children of all ages with songs, stories, activities, and ending with a craft.”
  •  Raceland: Halloween Storytime & Craft 5:00pm -6:00 pm- “Halloween Ghosts storytime and craft. All ages.”
  •  Thibodaux- Laptime: Trick or Treat at 10:30 am-11:30 am- “An interactive story hour for infants and
  • Thibodaux- Halloween costume contest from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm- “Costumes will be judged by staff for the Best Overall Costume in four divisions: baby, children, teen, and adult.  Winners of our Halloween Coloring Contest will also be announced, and candy will be given. Registration for the costume contest is not required, but is encouraged.”

If you have other plans, or can’t drop by, the library is stocked full of Halloween books and movies for all ages.


Halloween Katie

Post by Katie, Reference Librarian

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