Sorry, we're a little full of ourselves right now, but not everyone has a whole month of celebrations centered around them!
April is School Library Month: First celebrated in 1985, every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student's educational career.
April 12th - Drop Everything and Read Day: A national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. You may remember that Beverly Cleary wrote about D.E.A.R. in "Ramona Quimby, Age 8." Since then, "Drop Everything and Read" programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Mrs. Cleary’s birthday. We figured, why not "drop" the "day" and celebrate our beloved author, her timeless stories, and the joy of reading for the full month!
April 8-14 - National Library Week: First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries -- school, public, academic and special -- participate.
April 22-28 - Preservation Week: First observed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services in 2010, offers an opportunity to celebrate collecting and preservation in your community, and to highlight your Library as a source of preservation information.
April 30th-Children's Book Day: A celebration of children, families, and reading which emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background.
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Members of the public still have the opportunity to express their hopes and desires for the Calcasieu Parish Public Library in a series of dialogue and listening sessions continuing in the next few weeks.
Each session will focus on a variety of aspects of the library, with discussions led by library director, Marjorie Harrison.
The meetings are part of the process to create a five-year strategic plan for the system.
The final four sessions are scheduled to take place around the Parish,
and residents are urged to participate.
Thursday, April 19 – 11:00 am– DeQuincy Library, 102 W. Harrison St.
Thursday, April 19 – 3:00 pm – Starks Library, 113 S. Hwy. 109
Saturday, April 21 – 10:00 am – Iowa Library, 107 E. 1st St.
Monday, April 23 – 6:00 pm – Sulphur Regional Library, 1160 Cypress St.
The library is also conducting a Strategic Planning Survey to help staff better understand how patrons are using the library’s resources and services.
The survey will be available between March 19 and April 27.
Create your own personalized mini-movie trailer for any book of your choice. If you enjoy catching glimpses of the latest movie, song or book trailers and have always wondered how it's done-then this is your opportunity to learn how! This project integrates STEM/STEAM education. *Registration is required.*
Have you even wanted to grow mold? Want to know where bacteria lives in the library? Join us and run some science experiments to find out the answers to these questions and more! Science equipment and snacks will be provided. (See your scientific results on the bulletin board at the library or posted online.)
Come watch Korean Drama recommendations, discover new music, exciting new recipes, beauty tips, and learn a few Korean words too! Meetings are on the last Monday of every month. Snacks will be provided.
Some movies are so bad they're famous for it! Join us for an evening of popcorn throwing and movie heckling while we watch some of these non-classics. Prepare to laugh until you cry or cry until you laugh.
Teens will fuse words and phrases over a photo of their choice. (Must be appropriate.) The picture will become transformed into word art that describes them. *Please bring a photo of yourself, pet, sport or hobby. (A digital copy or actual photo is acceptable) *You may also opt to bring your own thumb-drive, email a copy to yourself or print a copy of your final work. *Registration is required.*
We want you to share your experiences with us. How was daily life for you before the digital age? What are some of the greatest lessons you have learned in your lifetime? Come and share your story with other story tellers!
Attendees will learn the basics of using various social media platforms. Basic computer skills are necessary. *Registration is required.*
Don't miss another program! Bookmark our calendar and view programs by locations or event types (audience.)
You can even download our APP on your smart phone or device and check-out our calendar!
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Hitting the Shelves this Month!
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.
"Truth or Dare" by Fern Michaels When the call comes, the Men of the Sisterhood drop everything to help their friends. This time it's Cyrus, their four-legged hound dog and unofficial mascot. While member Joe Espinosa is driving along an isolated country road with Cyrus in tow, he catches a glimpse of movement in the woods bordering the road and notes Cyrus pawing desperately at the car window. As soon as he pulls over to investigate, Cyrus bolts out the door and leads Joe to three children clustered together - bedraggled, silent, and scared out of their wits. As soon as he has brought the children to safety, Espinosa arranges an urgent meeting. Charles, Abner, Jack, Dennis, Harry and the rest of the crew gather at BOLO headquarters to hear a shocking story that confirms their worst suspicions. Many more children are still in danger. But in order to protect and avenge the victims, the team must use more cunning than ever before. With so many vulnerable young lives at stake, one mistake would be too many.--from dust jacket.
"Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life"
by Paige VanZant Paige VanZant is a rising Mixed Martial Arts star in the UFC's women's straw-weight division and holds a reputation for her ability to defeat obstacles and brutal fights in and out of the octagon. But long before she was a world-class fighter and winning over fans with her unlikely strength, Paige battled her own private demons. "Rise" is the story of her fight to become a bone-breaking competitor. It is the deeply moving and soul-inspiring journey of a warrior who transformed her pain into power and became one of the toughest women in the world.
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All branches and facilities of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library will be closed on the following dates:
Friday, April 27th
Staff Training Day
Monday, May 28th
Wednesday, July 4th
Calcasieu Parish Public Library
301 W. Claude Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605