Lockport and South Lafourche branches win YALSA grants!

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Are you a gamer and want to design your own video game?
Do you have a teen (ages 16 or 17) looking for summer work?

The library might be able to help, thanks to two recently awarded grants from ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association, or YALSA.

The Lockport and South Lafourche branches were each awarded $1,000 Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) grants. The library branches received word of the grant funding earlier this month.

GAME ON!
The Lockport Branch’s $1,000 YALSA / Best Buy Teen Tech Week Mini Grant will help the branch implement a video game design camp where area teens will learn the technical and creative skills used by today’s game designers.

The library’s Game Design Camp will allow teens to join a Development Team to create their own role-playing game (RPG) video game throughout March to celebrate Teen Tech Week.  The program will allow 20 to 40 tweens and teens ages 12 to 18 to join a team and design a first-person role-playing game. Tweens and Teens will learn some of the skills necessary to become animators, level designers, audio artists, story writers, programmers and game testers. They’ll create characters, images, and backgrounds; learn design and function; construct menus; select music and sound effects; learn basic programming and design; and more.

Kristen Angelette, branch assistant at the Lockport Branch, says the program is designed to help teens gain both confidence and marketable skills. “We believe this workshop will assist teens in developing their digital literacy skills and discover opportunities in the fields of computer animation and game design,” she said.

The Game Design Camp will involve five workshop days, each consisting of 30 minutes of general instruction and one to two hours of assisted design work.

Tweens and teens must register to attend, so sign up at the Lockport Branch.

Game Design Camp dates and times are:
Wednesday, March 11, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, 2:00 p.m.

SUMMER HELP WANTED!

Is your sixteen- or seventeen-year old looking for summer work?
Thanks to YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the South Lafourche Branch is seeking two teen interns to help with the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

Teens will work 50 hours during June and July to assist with various aspects of the library’s Summer Reading Program and will earn $10 per hour, for a total of $500 each during the summer.

To be eligible for an internship, teens must be either 16 or 17 years old; be enrolled in local public or parochial schools or be homeschooled; and live in the South Lafourche communities of Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow, Leeville or Fourchon.

Teen interns will assist in Summer Reading programs ranging from Story hour and crafts to theatrical performances and guest storytellers. Primarily, they’ll help staff members plan for and implement Summer Reading programs, but they’ll also have an opportunity to greatly assist in programs such as LEGO Robotics, K’nex Kids, and more.

The South Lafourche Branch will be accepting applications for the two available internships in the coming weeks. Check this space for more information.

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February is Library Lovers’ Month

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Libraries offer free unrestricted access to information in audio, digital, and print formats.  Whatever the information need, your library seeks to meet it in a peaceful and quiet environment.  Whether your need is preschool story hour, developing your resume, learning to use your latest technology device, connecting with peers who hold shared interests, making crafts, or simply curling up with a good book…the library is your answer.  It is your brain’s best friend… a treasure trove of ideas and a community meeting place.  What’s not to love?

If you are interested in showing love for your library, here are a few things you might try:

  • Honor a friend or relative’s birthday with a book for the library.
  • Join a Friends of the Library group.
  • Donate your used books for the Friends book sale.
  • Give the gift of membership to a friend or relative.
  • Volunteer your time to present an adult program.
  • Become a literacy tutor.
  • Bring in your unique collection to share as a display.
  • Make suggestions for new programs.
  • Bring a friend and come experience all your library has to offer.

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Why buy happiness when the library shares it.

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February is African American History Month

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February is African American History Month

“As we mark National African American History Month, we celebrate giants of the civil rights movement and countless other men and women whose names are etched in the hearts of their loved ones and the cornerstones of the country they helped to change.”  Barak Obama

African American History Month was first celebrated as part of the US Bicentennial in 1976.  President Gerald Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”  Check our calendars and come into library branches to participate in activities designed to celebrate these distinguished Americans, past and present.  Library staff is available to help you access information you need to increase your knowledge of these honored citizens.

Along with the wonderful print and digital resources available to you at the library, there is also a wealth of information online.  The following are several great websites you might try to learn more about notable African Americans.

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  • The Art Institute of Chicago

http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/category/142

  • The National Gallery of Art

http://www.nga.gov/collection/gallery/ggafamer/ggafamer-main1.html

  • PBS-African American World

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aaworld/

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Let the Library help!

According to the U.S. government’s official web portal, USA.gov, the most popular personal goals are:

Lose Weight

Volunteer to Help Others

Quit Smoking

Get a Better Education

Get a Better Job

Save Money

Get Fit

Eat Healthy Food

Manage Stress

Manage Debt

Take a Trip

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Drink Less Alcohol

 Everybody knows the library has great books, videos, programs, etc.  But did you know we can also actually help you achieve your personal goals?

Lose Weight

Losing weight and getting fit always seem to be on everyone’s resolution list.  Whether you are a beginner or intermediate, we have exercise books and videos for all levels.  Several branches offer fitness programs including line dancing, Zumba, Walk Away the Pounds, and Senior Strikers Wii bowling to name a few.  Check out the library calendar on our website www.lafourche.org for dates and times.

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Volunteer

There are great opportunities in Lafourche Parish for volunteering and helping those around you. The library has resources to help you figure out how to plan volunteering into your schedule or information on what a simple act of kindness can do.  An easy way you can help through the library is by donating food or other non-perishables in the months of January and September to clear any fines you may have on your library account.  These donations are given to local food banks, animal shelters, and other charitable organizations.  We also have teen advisory committees and opportunities for students to earn service hours for school.  Call your local branch for more information on how you can help in your community.  

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The library has many resources to help with job searching including access to local job search websites, computer classes (including Apple Mac computers!) to brush up on your tech skills, and other workshops geared towards expanding your job search knowledge.  The library calendar on our website will show current programs to help with your new job search.

girlcoinsManage Money

No matter the financial situation, money is an important topic on many people’s lists. Whether it’s to get out of debt, investing in the stock market, or budgeting better, we have materials to help you out.  Books and audiobooks on money management and other money topics by best-selling authors Suze Orman, Tony Robbins, Ric Edelman, Napoleon Hill, and many more are available.

kakis2_200Eat Healthier

In a world of fast and greasy food, it can be hard to eat healthy. The library has up to date books on the paleo diet, vegetarianism, gluten free diets, and many more. We also offer health fairs and health talks featuring local doctors.

2ms1ueeManage Stress

According to an article in USA today, over 60% of people in the United States have stress levels between medium and extreme. Stress can cause health ailments, lack of concentration, and lower your quality of life. Of course the library’s best advice is to relax with a good book to help you manage your stress… but check out some of these other activities the library offers to lower stress including craft programs, movie presentations, games, book clubs, and more.  Have an idea for a stress-free program?  Call your local branch to get it going!

MusicalPanties-St000000000000000000170Take a Trip

Whether it’s a warm climate with a beach or somewhere cold for snow sports like the mountains, travel is always on resolution lists. We have great books and videos that include stories of trips that have changed people’s lives (Wild by Cheryl Strayed), or those to get you thinking where your next trip will take you.

New Year’s resolutions are made because we all want or need to make changes in our lives, and to have the resolve to follow through on these changes.  Let your local library help you make this an enjoyable and easier journey simply by utilizing all the resource the library has to offer.  That being said,  Lafourche Parish Library hopes you add one more resolution to your list—Visit your local library often! 2013-02-love-your-library-month

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Post by Helen, Technical Services Librarian

Mardi Gras Family Parades at your Library

Mardi_Gras_Gator_and_FlamingoMardi Gras is right around the corner and your Lafourche Library has safe, family fun for you to enjoy with the kids!  These events feature a family-friendly ‘parade’ with kids’ floats, throws, and lots of fun! Check out our schedule below.

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Lafourche Library’s 2015 Children’s Mardi Gras Parades

Thibodaux
Wednesday, February 11@ 10:00 a.m. Krewe of Bookworms @ Thibodaux Civic Center,310 North Canal Boulevard, Thibodaux, LA 70301 Call 985-447-4119

Lockport
Thursday, February 12@ 10:30am  Lockport                                        Krewe of Once Upon a Time (front of the Lockport Folk Life Museum, 110 Main St.)       Call 985-532-3158

Larose
Thursday, February 12@ 11:30  Krewe de Fantasie                           (library parking lot,  305 East Fifth Street, Larose, LA 70373)                                                 Call 985-693-3336  for more info.

South Lafourche                                                                                     Friday, February 13@ 10:30am South Lafourche                                           Les Petites Enfants Children’s Parade (library parking lot)                                                  Call 985-632-7140  for more info.

Bayou Blue
Friday, February 13@ 12:30am Bayou Blue Head Start Parade (Head Start parking lot, 197 Mazerac Street, Houma, LA 70364)
Call  985-580-0634  for more info.

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A box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day

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Conversation hearts, truffles galore and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates—these are the symbols of Valentine’s Day for many lovers around the world. But why do we have a “sweets to the sweet” tradition every February 14? While the roots of Valentine’s Day go all the way back to Roman times, candy gift giving is a much more recent development. Is it because of chocolate’s reputed amorous qualities, or just a way for candy companies to sell more sweets in the lull between Christmas and Easter? Whatever the reason, those ubiquitous little red boxes flood shelves every year, and this week we’re taking a look at the reasons why.

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Valentine’s Day is actually named for two different Roman saints, both called Valentine and both utterly unconnected to romantic love. Though legend persists that the original St. Valentine was a priest who performed illegal marriages for the Emperor Claudius’ soldiers, there’s no evidence to suggest this ever happened. The first mention of St. Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday appeared in the writings of Chaucer in 1382. With the medieval period came a new focus on illicit but chaste courtly love, and it is here that we see some of the familiar iconography begin to appear. Knights would give roses to their maidens and celebrate their beauty in songs from afar. But sugar was still a precious commodity in Europe, so there was no talk of exchanging candy gifts.

By the 1840s, the notion of Valentine’s Day as a holiday to celebrate romantic love had taken over most of the English-speaking world. It was Cupid’s golden age: The prudish Victorians adored the notion of courtly love and showered each other with elaborate cards and gifts. Into this love-crazed fray came Richard Cadbury, scion of a British chocolate manufacturing family and responsible for sales at a crucial point in his company’s history. Cadbury had recently improved its chocolate making technique so as to extract pure cocoa butter from whole beans, producing a more palatable drinking chocolate than most Britons had ever tasted. This process resulted in an excess amount of cocoa butter, which Cadbury used to produce many more varieties of what was then called “eating chocolate.” Richard recognized a great marketing opportunity for the new chocolates and started selling them in beautifully decorated boxes that he himself designed.

retro30From that point, it was a quick jump to taking the familiar images of Cupids and roses and putting them on heart-shaped boxes. While Richard Cadbury didn’t actually patent the heart-shaped box, it’s widely believed that he was the first to produce one. Cadbury marketed the boxes as having a dual purpose: When the chocolates had all been eaten, the box itself was so pretty that it could be used again and again to store mementos, from locks of hair to love letters. The boxes grew increasingly elaborate until the outbreak of World War II, when sugar was rationed and Valentine’s Day celebrations were scaled down. But Victorian-era Cadbury boxes still exist, and many are treasured family heirlooms or valuable items prized by collectors.

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Post by Shannon, Assistant Director

National Hobby Month @ Your Library

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With every New Year, we each think of resolutions to become better versions of ourselves. This year, instead of making a difficult resolution, you should celebrate National Hobby Month with the library. If you’re unsure how to pick a new hobby, follow these simple steps:

 Ask yourself, “What do I like to do?”

  1. Make a list of activities or interests you currently have. For example, if you like jewelry, look into wire wrapping.
  2. Research. There are great websites such as Pinterest and YouTube that offer easy tutorials. Be sure to also check out the library’s online catalog for books on a variety of hobbies.
  3. Consult your friends and family. Partaking in a new hobby that your friends and family enjoy is a great way to facilitate growth in your relationships.
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 All Lafourche Parish Libraries offer great, free programs that may spark your interest in a new hobby. Each library also now offers free fitness programs, such as Zumba, Hip-Hop Abs, and Walk Away the Pounds. Highlighted below are a few hobby programs from each library in Lafourche parish offers.
Please call ahead, as some programs require registration.

Lockport
Interested in learning a new language? Head down to the Lockport branch; a French Cultural Exchange group meets once a month to converse in French.   French not your thing? Check out the library’s database, Pronunciator, which teaches you a new language. If learning a new language doesn’t interest you, the Lockport branch offers scrapbooking classes once a month. All you need to bring is your own pictures, everything else is provided!

Bayou Blue
Maybe art piques your interest? The Bayou Blue branch offers the art of Manga Drawing, for teens ages 10-17. For adults, there is a painting class. This month, they will be painting a winter scene on canvas. All materials are provided for both of these programs.

Choctaw
Choctaw also offers canvas painting. Be sure to bring a friend! Cozy up with a warm cup of coffee while painting; coffee will be provided.

Golden Meadow
Golden Meadow offers several bilingual programs, such as story time and bingo. For teens, there will be a “Dots and Spots” craft in which canvas, paint, and q-tips are utilized to create works of art.

Larose
Perhaps you’re interested in preserving family memories? Larose offers scrapbooking classes twice this month. All items are provided. Just bring your pictures!

Raceland
Teens, feeling creative? Stop by the Raceland library for Spin Art. Perhaps jewelry making is your thing? Check out the wire wrapping program for adults at the end of the month.

South Lafourche
Interested in a little DIY? The South Lafourche branch offers a Twine Wreath program, where attendees will create lovely door decorations. Perhaps you want to know more about your family? The South Lafourche branch holds a huge genealogy section.  For kids, there will be a Mardi Gras hat making program, just in time for Fat Tuesday.

Thibodaux
For teens and tweens that want to test their limits, Thibodaux will be hosting a Fear Factor Challenge. The team with the most points will be crowned as the FEAR FACTOR CHAMPIONS! With Mardi Gras right around the corner, adults can create their own beautiful Mardi Gras wreath.

For more information, visit the library’s online calendar at (http://www.lafourche.org/newsite/)  or stop by your local library for a calendar of events. If nothing interests you, we love suggestions. What would you like to see offered at your library?

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