Ahhh February...a time for love..and a time for cleaning?!
According to Dictionary.com: Since other months, like January, are named after Roman gods, you’d be forgiven for thinking February was named after the Roman god Februus.
But, the word February comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa, during which people were ritually washed. In this case, the god was named after the festival, not the other way around.
Must have been a pretty good festival!
So if you insist on doing some pre-Spring cleaning this month, grab a book as your Valentine, put your feet up, and read a chapter or two while the washer does it's thing! Below are are some recommendations on what we think you'll love, and of course, you can always check out our catalog for your favorites!
"In "master of the legal thriller" (Chicago Sun-Times) John Lescroart's electrifying new novel, attorney Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder. Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother--a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder--has just been released. Things take a shocking turn with Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who'd been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death--on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector's murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together--and fast. Proving that he is truly "one of the best thriller writers to come down the pike" (USA TODAY), John Lescroart crafts yet another whip-smart, engrossing novel filled with shocking twists and turns that will keep you on your toes until the very last page"
In a chronicle of grief and healing, the author relates the sudden tragic death of his wife and explores the complexities of loss and the enduring power of familial love as he attempted to resume life without her
Lifetime outlaws Jimmy "Slash" Braddock and Melvin "Pecos Kid" Baker are ready to call it quits, but when the younger members of their gang rebel, they must pull one last job to finance a retirement far away from the long arm of the law.
Keeping close secrets in the wake of the Exposition Universelle in 1889 Paris, a wealthy hotelier and treasure-hunter is tapped by a powerful order to lead an elite team on a quest to track down an ancient artifact of world-changing significance. By the best-selling author of The Star-Touched Queen. Simultaneous
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Celebrate Black History Month
@ Your Library with these
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Join us as Mr. Dorson Purdy talks about how his DNA research revealed him as one of the many descendants of slaves who were sold to a convent in Grand Coteau, Louisiana by Jesuit Priests of Georgetown University and the acknowledgement ceremony held at the same location.
It's time to Read To Your Doll! Junior League of Lake Charles will join us for story time featuring American Dolls. Children can listen to stories, read to their doll, favorite stuffed animal, or check out one of ours! You can also give your doll a "hair salon day" and enjoy snacks!
You are cordially invited to a Costume Tea Party at Moss Bluff Library with the Calcasieu Parish Reading Council. Put on your best tea party attire and join us for snacks and great reads.
Get Ready for Tax Season
@ Your Library!
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) will provide free tax assistance at the Sulphur Regional Library, located at 1160 Cypress Street in Sulphur, and at the Fontenot Memorial Library, located at 1402 Center Street in Vinton, to all eligible individuals with appointments.
Assistance will be provided on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Sulphur Library and on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Fontenot Memorial Library. The programs will run until April 12. Those interested in attending a session should schedule an appointment by calling 2-1-1. For more information, call the Sulphur Regional Library at (337) 721-7138 or the Fontenot Memorial Library at (337) 721-7095.
The United Way of Southwest Louisiana's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, (VITA), will be at the Westlake Library, located at 937 Mulberry Street, for a special "Super Tax Day" on Friday, February 15 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for Free Income Tax Preparation for those who meet the requirements.
This service will be sponsored by Entergy. Walk-ins are welcome, no registration required at this event. For more information, citizens can call the Westlake library at (337) 721-7113.
As always, to see any specific dates, patrons can log on to www.calcasieulibrary.org and click on the calendar link at the top of the screen to see the entire branch calendar.
Upcoming Closure Dates!
Tuesday, March 5th - Mardi Gras
Friday, April 19th - Sunday, April 21st - Easter
Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day
Calcasieu Parish Public Library
301 W. Claude Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605