A Special Message from Jenny Lawson

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When I was little my favorite places were libraries. You weren’t expected to speak, which was heaven for a shy girl with an anxiety disorder. Thousands of small secret stories were hidden in plain sight all around you, just waiting to be held in your hands and discovered. As a small girl in rural Texas, I knew that the best chance I had of seeing worlds that would never be open to me, and meeting fantastic people I’d never be bold enough to speak to, was through books. I was able to see places that existed (or that had existed, and/or would never exist) through the words of the storytellers whose worlds had been bound up and shared and protected through generations of docent-guardians who called themselves “librarians.” Continue reading

By Lafourche Parish Public Library Staff Posted in announcements
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Did you know that you can design, build and even motorize your very own creations at the Lafourche Parish Library? Wouldn’t you like to program a robot and make it move as you want it to? There are a variety of classes and workshops available in August to help you expand your creative experience and transform your ideas into reality.

“Play Doh Day” begins at 11:00 am at the South Lafourche Branch on Saturday, August 15.

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Come to the Library to Create!

By Lafourche Parish Public Library Staff Posted in Uncategorized
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Playaway Launchpads, Playaway Bookpacks andNook Glowlight Readers

New this summer for children of all ages at all of the Lafourche Parish Public Library branches are Playaway Launchpads and Playaway Bookpacks.  
​Playaway Launchpads are pre-loaded learning tablets that feature high-quality learning apps that are grouped together by subject area, theme, grade level and age.   

  From math and monkeys to science and superheroes, every Launchpad is a new adventure for hours of interactive learning and play.  ​Playaway Bookpacks bring together print books and the Playaway all-in-one audiobook. A powerful literacy tool for children, they deliver fun and educational read-along experiences to children of all ages and reading abilities. A great way to improve reading comprehension and retention, expand vocabulary skills, and develop a greater understanding of phonics. They go where you go and are compatible with standard listening accessories, like headphones, speakers, and car adapters so you can listen anywhere. Simply borrow and press play.

​Use your library card to check one out today! Playaways are on a one week checkout. 

 ​New for the adults are the Nook Glowlight readers. These simple handheld devices are checked out for 3 weeks and you can download up to 5 eBooks. All that is needed is to set up a 3M account using your library card number and PIN. Nook Glowlight readers are only available at the three main library branches – Thibodaux, South Lafourche, and Lockport. 

Post by Charlotte, area librarian

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Senior Citizens Day – August 21st

  National Senior Citizens Day, annually observed on August 21, recognizes contributions senior citizens make in communities across the United States. In his Presidential Proclamation on August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan said “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure that our communities are good places in which to mature and grow older.”
On this day, we are encouraged to recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people to home, family and society.

Some ways to honor our older citizenship:

 • Spend some time with senior citizens

• Show our appreciation for senior citizens

• Do volunteer work in support of the elderly

If you are a senior citizen, enjoy your day any way you desire. After all, this is your day! Make sure to take advantage of senior citizens specials and discounts. There’s bound to be plenty offers today including some great events at your local libraries!

Library Events for Senior Citizen’s Day

Lockport Branch: Seniors Online- 30 minute iPad class/demo with Certificates at the end. Friday, August 21, 3:00 PM

Thibodaux Branch : *Boy Scouts with Seniors activity and craft. Friday, August 21, 4:30 pm

South Lafourche Branch: Prize Drawing- Library cardholders 62+ can enter drawing for $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant, -by Friends of the Library. Drawing August 21.

Bayou Blue Branch: Cards for Seniors—make greeting cards we’ll send to local senior-living facility. Wednesday, August 19, 4:00

Larose Branch: Senior center visit- Larose staff will visit local Senior center & present guests with small gift. Friday, August 21, 9:30

From our Library Family to Yours – Thank you! And enjoy your special day!

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How to download & stream free music, movies, & more 

 

  1. Register for an account by visiting www.hoopladigital.com or using the hoopla app on your iOS or Android mobile device and click on Sign Up.
  2. You will need to provide an email address, create a password and have your library card information. 
  3. Our free mobile app can be found in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
  4. Easily browse titles on your computer or mobile device by clicking Browse and choosing the Music, Movies, Audiobooks or Television tab. You can also search for a specific title by clicking on the Search box and typing in your title/keyword.
  5. To borrow a title, click on the titles icon and then click the Borrow button. The borrowed titles can be found under the My Titles tab for viewing/listening. Enjoy your selected titles!
  6. Borrowed titles will be automatically returned when your lending period is over.

If you need additional help visit www.hoopladigital.com and click the Need Help? Link at the bottom of the page.
Want to know which titles are new?
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Lafourche Libraries accepting donations of school supplies for needy kids

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Synergy Bank and United Way of South Louisiana are coordinating a school supply drive to benefit needy children in Terrebonne and Lafourche. Their goal is to pack a school bus full with supplies to donate to dozens of local schools.

“There are many children in our communities whose families simply cannot afford the proper school supplies,” United Way Executive Director Alina Merlos said. “By giving a child these supplies, we as a community can help these children not only be prepared but give them the confidence to thrive.”

You can help by donating new school supplies to Pack the Bus collection sites. So far, businesses that do or soon will have collection bins are all Synergy Bank locations, United Way, all Lafourche libraries, Raising Cane’s, Target, Cannata’s Markets, the Nicholls State University Student Union, Sunburst Media, CreativeU, ChickFilA, and Hooters.11140013_910633868980571_370720964800727507_n

If your business would like to be a collection site, call Merlos at 879-2461.

Synergy Bank will host a Pack the Bus Party at its Main Office, 210 Synergy Center Blvd. in Houma, on Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will receive a free snowball courtesy of Synergy Bank and Brooke’s SnoWorld. For details, visit facebook.com/BayouPackTheBus.

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Summer Reading Programs at your Library and Why They Matter

When young people aren’t engaged in educational activities during the summer, they experience learning loss.
Reading just 5 books over the summer can prevent summer learning loss.

Reading for Pleasure and Summer Reading Programs

Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. Self-selection, access to books, and sharing books are essential factors in reading motivation and are key elements of summer reading programs.

Students who participated in the public library summer reading program had better reading skills at the end of third grade and scored higher on the standards test than the students who did not participate.

Free, voluntary reading is essential to helping students become better readers, writers, and spellers. Summer reading programs help increase young people’s interest in reading.spiderman-clipart-spiderman-clip-art-6

Summer reading programs encourage parents to read with their children and highlight the joys of reading aloud. Reading aloud to children at an early age is the most effective way to help them learn language and to communicate with the written word.depositphotos_29335415-Pretty-mixed-race-girl-and-Caucasian-boy-pretending-to-be-superhero

Students who read widely and frequently are higher achievers than students who read rarely and narrowly.

Students who read recreationally out-perform those who do not.

Reading empowers critical thinking skills. It can enhance empathy and lead to greater understanding of people who are different from ourselves, and it can help us appreciate other points of view

Reading for pleasure is one of the building blocks needed for young people to grow into healthy, productive adults.

Public libraries help young people feel safe, cared for, useful, and valued.

So, visit your local library this summer and enjoy!!

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Celebrate Community Centers for Parks & Recreation Month

      It’s no coincidence that Lafourche Public Libraries and Lafourche parks are usually close to one another. While Lafourche Parish parks and recreation centers refresh the body, Lafourche Parish libraries refresh the mind. July is National Park and Recreation month. It is a month long celebration of the formation of The National Park and Recreation Association. Before the NPRA, (National Parks and Recreation Association) people, especially in large cities, had limited access to natural open spaces; there was no way to preserve natural land in growing cities.   Previously, low income families did not have access to parks and recreational centers. With the implementation of NPRA, everyone, regardless of color, financial status, or creed, could enjoy parks and recreational centers.

However, park areas and recreation centers are more than a place to congregate or get some fresh air; they promote equality, preserve natural resources, and provide free resources, much like public libraries.

 A simple Google Maps search can show you that where there is a library, there is also a park and/or recreation center. Currently, there are 23 park and recreation facilities in Lafourche Parish. Several branches, such as Gheens, Raceland, Bayou Blue, and Larose are right next to parks with walking/running paths. Since these branches have walking/running paths, we incorporate outdoor fitness workshops into our calendar of events. Other branches, such as the Lockport branch also offer fitness workshops at parks near library buildings.

 So the next time you’re checking out at the library, go check out the parks and recreation centers nearby. Take a stroll through a park, or sign up for a class offered by your local recreation center.


Post by Katie, Branch Librarian

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Get GRAPHIC @ Your Library

With Comic Books and Graphic Vovels!

By now I’m sure you know that this summer at the library is all about superheroes. Of course, it’s almost impossible to think about superheroes without your thoughts also turning to comic books. When was the last time you picked one of those up? For me, comic reading is a regular activity, but I know a ton of people haven’t read words and pictures together, outside of glancing at the colorful pages of the Sunday newspaper, since the last time they read a kid’s picture book.

I’ve read and heard many critics over the years bemoaning people reading comics and graphic novels, saying that they take away time from “real reading.” It’s a very closed-minded viewpoint. A comic is its own form of storytelling. It engages your mind is a different way than a novel or a film, inviting you to pick your pace. You can dash along caught up in the story or take your time and examine each picture for the little details that can say so much about the characters and the world they live in. Think of this year’s Summer Reading Program as an inspiration to check out our graphic novel sections. Even if superheroes aren’t your thing, we may have something for you. Let me give you a few examples:

Our graphic novel collection is home to acclaimed works of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Comics excel in these genres, able to pack each page with world-building details without slowing the pace of the story, as often threatens to happen in written works. I often reread these. The first time I go at a running pace to find out what happens. Then, I read it again to pick out the little details that I was too caught up to notice before.

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Plenty of artists have taken to using comic format to relate history in a moving and visceral fashion. Often these works are able to place historical fact side-by-side with visual metaphors to give a clearer sense of the impact those facts had both at the time and down the road.

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A big trend in publishing right now is comic adaptions of classic literature. These books are a great way to familiarize yourself with the old stories, especially if you find the antique language of the originals a bit much for light reading.

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Of course we also have plenty of superheroes

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And collections from the Sunday funnies.

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If you like to do your reading on a screen, I’ve got some exciting news for you. We talked about our Hoopla database before, and you may have watched videos on it already, but Hoopla now has a comics section too! Just like our print comics, the selection has something for everyone, from kids to adults.

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All of this is just a taste. Come visit and see what grabs you!

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Post by Catherine, Reference Librarian

Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is coming soon – June 21, 2015!

Summer is almost here and this year’s Summer Reading theme is Every Hero has a Story. One hero that is often overlooked is the one nearest to each family – Dad (or Father, Pop, Papa, Padre, Père, or Daddy). The Lafourche Parish Public Library can help you out if you are unsure what to give your father for Father’s Day. There are a variety of craft activities offered throughout the parish.fhnc

Choctaw Branch is hosting a “Super Dad” Painting Workshop on Friday, June 12 for ages 5-9 at 10:00 am.

Raceland Branch has a Father’s Day Craft for all ages at 3:00 pm on Monday, June 15.

There is a “Hero Dad” Story Book Club at the Golden Meadow Branch at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 17. This will be followed by a Kids Craft where children can make a picture frame.

Lockport Branch has “Teala’s Crafts: Father’s Day” on Friday, June 18 at 10:30 am.

There will be two days of craft activities at the South Lafourche Branch. “Super Dad Craft” is offered at 10:30 am on mhfThursday, June 18, and Friday, June 19.

Larose Branch has a Father’s Day Craft on Friday, June 19 for ages 6-9 at 1:00 pm.

Bayou Blue Branch offers its Father’s Day Craft for all ages at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 19.

If you can’t make it to a library during the week, on Saturday, June 20, at 1:00 pm, Thibodaux Branch is hosting “My Dad is a Superhero” Kids Craft.

Please contact the branches to sign up for these activities and create a unique gift for your “Super Dad.”

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By Lafourche Parish Public Library Staff Posted in Uncategorized