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

  

We’re going to the library…to Exercise! 

  

That’s right! The Lafourche Parish Public Library has FREEexercise programs to help keep you fit. Once a week or three times a week, the library has a program for you. You can start out gently by taking “A walk in the Park” starting at the Lockport Branch every other Tuesday at 10:30 am. Raceland Branch hosts Walk the Track”  each Wednesday at 10:30 am. Bayou Blue Branch has “Walk Away the Pounds” every Thursday at 4:30. If that’s not convenient for you, you can catch the program in Golden Meadow on Fridays at 11 am. Still not fitting your schedule? South Lafourche Branch has “Walk Away the Pounds” each Monday at 1:00 pm, and Wednesday and Friday at 2:00 pm.

  

Maybe that seems too tame or you need more intensity. Zumba will get your body moving and your heart thumping! Thibodaux Branch has Zumba programs every Monday at 4:00 pm.  If that’s too early for you, you can catch the program at the Bayou Blue Branch at 5:00 each Thursday. 


Another option for kicking up the heartrate is  the Hip Hop Abs programs at Thibodaux Branch every Friday at 11:00 am.

  

Too much “exercise” and not enough fun involved? Seniors can exercise by playing Wii Bowling at the Larose Branch every other Monday at 10 am. No heavy bowling balls to lift and lots of friendly competition. Maybe you just want to dance and have a good time. Line Dancing with Carolyn takes place at the South Lafourche Branch on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm. You can dance to your heart’s content.

  

With so much to choose from, there is sure to be a program that fits your needs. Check the Lafourche Parish Public Library calendar and start your fitness program with exercises at the Library. It’ll be so much fun, it won’t feel like exercise!


Post by Kathy, Cataloging Librarian


What we did with our Teen Tech Week Grant

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When the Teen Tech Week grant was written, it was hoped that we could get teens interested in more library programs.

Teens will show up to use the computers to chat with friends and watch internet videos, but mention digital literacy or STEM/STEAM and they’ll look at you like you’re an alien. Don’t get me wrong; our schools are hardworking, Title I schools that strive to teach students what they can. But a rural area of Lafourche Parish is not really at the top of the list for the fast paced information technology industry.

Like any library in the country, we know we have to get them young or we lose them until they’re adults. And without many options they’re not going to stay in this area. The public library still has that stereotypical “the library is where the losers hang out” view to contend with among the teens. Our programming has to be unusual to get them in. We all know video games are always a popular draw. I’ve used free programs like Scratch and Kodu with them before. But the funds and resources to host a large scale video game design program were simply beyond our scope before now.makegamesIt’s been a week since we started our Teen Tech Week Game Design Camp and it’s going better than we could have hoped for. Nine teens started making their RPG video game the first meeting, and more have promised to join over the weekend to catch up. We have a mix of teams, partners, and independent game designers working away. Most have chosen to show up daily to work on their game instead of spending time on Facebook and YouTube. Quite a few of the college bound highschoolers have asked about degree programs in computer animation and the gaming industry. They had no idea the library was capable of offering so much for them to enjoy. Some of them had never visited the library before. They regret that now.

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By the end of the month, we hope to have ten games for patrons to beta test that were designed by our teens. The minimum assignment is to create four maps for players to explore, playable characters, and an enemy encounter. If any of them will have a fully created game by the end is questionable, but somehow I don’t think I have to worry about them not reaching the minimum.

Leaving the library before closing is another question.

Post by Kristen, Teen Tech Week Grant Coordinator @ Lockport Library

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