Lafourche Parish Public Library Summer Reading Program

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FREE! FUN! EXCITING! With summer quickly approaching, you are probably looking for things for you and your family to do. Look no further than your local branch library and join in the Summer Reading Program fun.

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This summer’s theme of “Superhero” will guarantee you a superhero amount of fun with planned programs and activities throughout the months of June and July.

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Gotham City will be missing a hero when Batman makes an appearance at our local libraries. His scheduled appearances are:

batman-20clip-20art-oct217ai2June 1 South Lafourche Branch 11 AM
Golden Meadow Branch 3 PM
June 2 Lockport Branch 11 AM
Larose Branch 3 PM

Spiderman will be looking for tall buildings to climb as he makes an appearance at our libraries. His scheduled appearances are:LiKXyEdia
June 3 Raceland Branch 11 AM
Bayou Blue Branch 3 PM
June 4 Thibodaux Branch 11 AM
Choctaw Branch 3 PM

frankaboutthumbigThese programs will be packed with lots of hero fun so bring your camera to capture these wonderful photo ops. Entertainer Frank Levy will perform for summer readers as the kick-off event for the Summer Reading Program. Come and enjoy this high energy performance!  (Click here to read more about performer Frank Levy)

June 8 South Lafourche Branch 10:30 AM

Holy Savior Cafeteria 2 PM

June 15 Jean Lafitte National Park 10:30 AM
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Registration for the Summer Reading Program is very simple. Visit your nearest branch and sign up for the appropriate category. The children’s category is “Every Hero Has a Story” which includes listeners and readers, “Unmask” is the teen category, and “Escape the Ordinary” is the adult category. Not only will you win prizes for the number of books that you read but your name will go into a drawing to be held at the closing ceremonies at each branch in July.
The Summer Reading Program also includes wonderfully choreographed storytimes and many workshops for ages 8 – 12 and teens.

art-lessons-11These workshops are:

Ages 8 – 12 Balloon Art
Sculpture Workshop
Painting Workshop
Relief Printing
Teens Teen Painting
Wire Art Workshop

Registration is required for these workshops.
Each branch has its own workshops and programs that take place daily for children, teens, and adults. Check the calendars provided by your branch. Registration is required for these programs, also.

Summer may be winding down but the energy is still high when Jiggleman makes his appearance.

His presentations will be:
July 21 South Lafourche Branch 10:30 AM
Holy Savior Cafeteria 2 PM
July 23 Jean Lafitte National Park 10:30 AM and 2 PM

All good things must come to a close and so does the Summer Reading Program and what a spectacular event that is. Closing events will be held the last week in July at each branch.

They are:
July 27 Bayou Blue Branch 10:30 AM
July 28 South Lafourche Branch 10:30 AM
Golden Meadow Branch 2 PM
July 29 Thibodaux Branch 10:30 AM
Raceland Branch 10:30 AM
Lockport Branch 2 PM
Larose Branch 2 PM
July 30 Choctaw Branch 2 PM
Gheens Branch 3:30 PM
Read! Paint! Sculpt! Create!
Don’t let summer pass you by, join in all of the free fun at your local library!

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(The Summer Reading Program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.)

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Post by Charlotte, Area Librarian

Welcome May

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May is a busy month at the Lafourche Parish Public Library.

Be on the lookout for many special programs at your library celebrating Mother’s Day, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and more. It’s all free at the library.

HONOR MOM AT THE LIBRARY

Several library branches will host special programs for children to honor their mothers in observance of Mother’s Day at the library. Held annually on the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day became Mother’s Day largely due to the efforts of West Virginia native Anna Jarvis, who spent much of her life in Philadelphia but longed for home and who wanted to honor her mother.

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The first Mother’s Day was held in 1908, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially recognized Mother’s Day as a national holiday.

Jarvis wanted to honor her mother, who had experienced many tragedies in her life, including the deaths of seven of her children, but who had never lost her faith. Whatever your reason for wanting to honor your mother, show her you care.

Here are a few examples of library programs in which Moms and their children can celebrate Mother’s Day.

  • Children and teens ages 10 to 17 can create a Mother’s Day paper bag scrapbook at 4:30 p.m. on May 6 at the Bayou Blue Branch Library, 198 Mazerac Street. Registration is required to attend, so sign up at the library.
  • The South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street in Cut Off, will host its annual Mother’s Day Tea Party for children and their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or any other special woman in their life at 5:30 p.m. on May 6. It’s free and open to the public.
  • Children can make personalized Mother’s Day cards for Mom at a Mother’s Day Storytime at 11 a.m. on May 7 at the Larose Branch Library, 305 E. Fifth Street.
  • Children ages 4 to 12 can create a vintage book page butterfly flower pot for Mom at 4 p.m. on May 7 at the Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue. Registration is required to attend, so sign up at the library.
  • It’s Mom’s Day Out beginning at 5 p.m. on May 7 at the Choctaw Branch Library, 1887 Choctaw Road. Mothers can enjoy refreshments while their children create a one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gift for them.
  • People of all ages can create a special Mother’s Day painting for Mom or the special woman in their life at 5 p.m. on May 7 at the Raceland Branch Library, 177 Recreation Drive.
  • Enjoy a family craft at 11 a.m. on May 9 to celebrate Mother’s Day at the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. Fifth Street. Make a homemade recipe in a jar to give to Mom for Mother’s Day. Registration is required to attend, so sign up at the library.
  • The Golden Meadow Branch, 1403 N. Bayou Drive, will host a Mother’s Day Storytime Book Club at 5 p.m. on May 12, featuring P.D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? Register your child in advance to receive a free copy of the book, while supplies last, thanks to a grant from Target. One book per household.

GET FIT AT THE LIBRARY

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

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Each month, several library branches offer exercises programs to help people meet their fitness goals. So get some exercise and encouragement at these library programs.

  • Every Thursday the Bayou Blue Branch Library, 198 Mazerac Street, hosts Walk Away the Pounds and Zumba exercise programs at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. They’re free and open to the public.
  • Enjoy a walk in the park with Mrs. Charlotte, the Lockport Branch Library’s librarian, at 10:30 a.m. on May 5 and May 19 at the Town of Lockport’s Bayou Side Park, weather permitting.
  • Walk off the pounds with Larose Branch Library staff members at 9 a.m. on May 8 at the Larose Regional Park walking path. Bottled water will be provided.
  • Athletes from E.D. White Catholic High School will visit Storytime at 10:30 a.m. on May 13 at the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. Fifth Street, to help children understand the importance of physical fitness.
  • Walk the nearby track with Raceland Branch Library staff members at 10:30 a.m. on May 13 and May 27. Water will be provided.
  • Get physical at the Choctaw Branch Library, 1887 Choctaw Road, with some outdoor fun at 5 p.m. on May 21. Enjoy jumping rope, hula hooping, hopscotch and more. Refreshments will be served.
  • People of all ages are encouraged to “ditch the devices” and take part in a field day of activities, games, relay races, and more at 3 p.m. on May 29 at the Bayou Blue Branch Library, 198 Mazerac Street. Refreshments will be served.

There’s lots more happening, so be sure to check out www.lafourche.org or pick up your library branch’s calendar of May events for more information.

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KatinaPost by Katina, Area Librarian

Live, Love, and Create

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Libraries are not just for books…we do crafting, building, painting, and more.   You may wonder why this is so.  The answer is crafting and creating are good for us.  Not only is it fun, but research shows that parent/child craft time has lifelong benefits, (Richard Rende, 2014).  Creative time sets children up for lifelong success in subjects like math, reading and writing.  Specifically, as children engage in crafting activities they are developing fine motor skills, skills in visual learning, language, decision making, inventiveness, and cultural awareness which all lead to improved academic performance.

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Here at LPPL, we do crafting and creating for all ages, all the time . . . and the best part is it’s absolutely free!  Take a look at just a few activities coming up in the month of May.

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Bayou Blue Branch:  Young Adults design Glass Etchings on May 26

Choctaw Branch:  All Ages create a Fun in the Sun Outdoor Decoration on May 20

Golden Meadow Branch:  All ages build with Lego blocks on May 19 and Tinker Toys on May 26

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Larose Branch:  Adults construct Scrapbooking pages on May 14 and 19

Lockport Branch:  All ages fashion Family Ties Bracelets on May 15

Raceland Branch: All ages design Mothers’ Day paintings on May 7

South Lafourche Branch:  Young Adults construct duct tape wallets on May 7

Thibodaux Branch:  Children create Button Monograms on May 21

Our goal is to enable parents to create, laugh, learn and bond with their children. One of the most important benefits families reap from creative activities like arts and crafts is quality time bonding together. Years from now, it won’t matter what you created, just that you did it together.

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We know that parents are some of the busiest people on the planet, and we understand.  That’s why you can come into any library branch and enjoy creative activities with your younger child, your young adult, or for yourself.  No need to bring anything, we have it covered.  Click here to find an activity near you.

Post by Lynette, Programming Administrator

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It’s National Library Week!

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The theme for National Library Week 2015 is Unlimited possibilities @ your library.

Today’s libraries are more than just books. Increasingly, they are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, use a 3D printer, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

Help us demonstrate the Unlimited possibilities available @ your library by sharing what the library has helped you to create.

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Did you research or write your book, learn how to make a hand-knitted scarf or culinary creation? Have you used the library’s 3D printer or produced a video? Did the library help you find a new job or get your small business off the ground? Or perhaps the library’s homework help service made a difference in your child’s last report card.

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Join in the fun. Promotion begins Monday April 13 at noon CT and ends Friday, April 17 at noon CT.

Share a photo or link to your creation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #librarymade for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Maker Shed or Amazon. Photos can also be added to ourUnlimited possibilities Flickr group. If 140 characters isn’t enough, add your story to the collection here on the I Love Libraries website.

Follow the fun during National Library Week on the #LibraryMadeHashtag Wall.

Official Rules (PDF)

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Jasmine, Technology & Media Librarian

Geaux Blue for Kids

 

  April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and LouisianaChildren.org, an umbrella association for Louisiana CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and CAC Louisiana (Children’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana), is sponsoring the GEAUX BLUE initiative to bring awareness about child abuse to the citizens of Louisiana.    

           From the LouisianaChildren.org website, the GB4K “initiative is meant to inspire and encourage Louisiana citizens to stand up and speak out for abused and neglected children and to prevent more children from ever experiencing abuse or neglect.”


How you can help: LouisianaChildren.org is urging elected officials, businesses, community leaders, the media and regular citizens to participate by selecting a day in April to wear blue, decorate and display the “Geaux Blue For Kids!” theme in offices and businesses, or come up with your own unique way to get the message out.

  

 The Lafourche Parish Public Libraries have joined in to show our support for this worthy cause.  All LPPL employees are asked to wear blue every Monday throughout the month of April.  Additionally, branches will provide brochures and fact sheets to help promote this initiative in our communities. Also, check out the library’s different social media networks for more news and events. 

           According to KIDS COUNT DATA, Louisiana ranks 47th in the nation in the quality of life and well-being we provide for our children.  Currently in Louisiana, more than 15,000 reports of child abuse and neglect are made annually.  

 Visit the LouisianaChildren.org website to learn more ways you can help: http://louisianachildren.org/geaux-blue!.aspx

  Post by Helen, Technical Services Librarian

International Children’s Book Day 2015

             Early in my life, I developed a love of reading and literature. My earliest memories include my parents reading a bedtime story to me. Some of my favorite stories were written by Hans Christian Anderson

           Hans Christian Anderson was a Danish writer during the 1800s. Although he wrote several poems, novels, and plays,he is mostly known for his fairy tales. Some of his popular works include: The Little MermaidThe  

  Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Princess and the Pea. His fairy tales have been translated into over 125 languages and several film adaptations of Anderson’s stories have been produced over the years. In fact, Disney’s Frozen was inspired by Anderson’s The Ice Maiden.

            Since Anderson’s books have inspired such a love of reading, the International Board on Books for Young People decided, in 1967, to honor Anderson by declaring April 2nd as International Children’s Book day. This particular day was chosen since Anderson was born April 2nd, 1805. 

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit international organization that promotes literacy and strives to bring children and books together.1.   


        International Children’s Book day is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to promote literacy throughout the worldEach year, a member from a different country is the sponsor for International Children’s Book day. This year the theme is Many Cultures, One Story and is sponsored by the United Arab Emirates.

What are your favorite children’s books? 

Check out the library’s catalog to revisit and share some of your favorite children’s books on International Children’s Book day. Read more about ICBD here.

  

Post by Katie, Reference Librarian

We are Here

  

 

We often talk about new services and exciting technologies that the Lafourche Parish Library offers here. There is a good reason for this. The new and exciting grab people’s attention, and the library needs your attention to survive. 


Right now though, I find my attention is drawn to something we have that is old and steady, something that has always been very important to me. Libraries offer a safe place in troubling times.


In the library world, we constantly hear about how libraries are a dinosaur technology, utterly pointless in a world where the answer to any question can be found with Google. None of us believe it, but the world at large won’t stop saying it. Of course the internet is a wonderful thing; I use it every day, but there are so many things that a library does that no computer can ever match. 


It’s true that librarians are trained to help you find better answers than whatever someone happened to post on the internet, but to give that fact the credit it deserves is another post’s worth of story.


 For me the best thing about libraries has always been that they are real and solid and there in a way that made me feel safe within those walls as a child, and that feeling didn’t change as I grew up. When the world got to be too much, I could always count on a library for a quiet corner where no one would question my right to be there. Almost every other public space requires you to be a paying costumer if you want to linger. The library does not care if you have a single cent; you can stay until we close.

  

I’m as pleased as anybody that we offer the public e-books and streaming services and ways to use the library from your own home, but no one should ever forget that, not far from you, there is a building where you are welcome. While there, you can forget the part of the world that is troubling you and find a piece of it that gives you comfort or hope or inspiration or just something else to think about. Also, remember that that building is filled with people who are determined to make sure that that building will be there for whoever needs it for as long as they can manage. Some services and collections will come and go due to the forces of demand and funds, but the library, both the building and the community that the building represents will endure as long as the staff has anything to say about it.


“What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.”  –Archibald MacLeish


Post by Catherine, Reference Librarian