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GM Library to offer free books at story hour

GM Library to offer free books at story hour

The Golden Meadow Branch Library is revamping its story hours, thanks to a recent Target grant.
Between November and July, children attending the Golden Meadow Branch’s Storytime or Bilingual Storytime book clubs can get a free book (one per household, while supplies last).

In August, the library was awarded a $2,000 grant from Target #1450 in Houma. The grant will allow the library to host monthly Storytime book clubs, in which parents and children will attend storytime and participate in a craft related to the story. Afterwards, they will be given a copy of one of the books read at Storytime to take home to read again.

The key is repetition. The more the child sees and hears the words, the more the child will remember and connect written words to their meaning. The hope is that children attending will be able to read the books themselves.
Each month there will be one English and one bilingual Storytime Book Club from November to July.
In November, Thanksgiving-themed storytime book clubs scheduled for 4 p.m. on November 5 (English) and 5 p.m. on November 20 (bilingual).

Registration is required to receive a book, given limited quantities. For more information, call the Golden Meadow Branch Library at 475-5660.

Two Lafourche Parish Public Library branches have recently received Louisiana Young Readers Choice grants. The Louisiana Young Readers Choice, or LYRC, Program is a reading enrichment program of the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana.

Each year, young readers select their favorites from a series of nominated books. The idea is to get young people reading by giving them their own saying in selecting LYRC-award winning books.

During the year, public libraries are also given an opportunity to get involved with local schools and apply for LYRC grants. If awarded, libraries are presented with a set of the nominated books.

This year, the Lockport Branch received both available book sets, for grades 3 to 5 and grades 6 to 8. The South Lafourche Branch, received a set of books from grades 3 to 5, which it will donate among three area elementary schools: Galliano Elementary and Golden Meadow Lower and Upper Elementary schools. The library will also work with school media specialists to promote the LYRC books to students.

At the Lockport Branch, library staff will work with students at Holy Savior Catholic School to encourage students to become knowledgeable and responsible library users.

For more information about the LYRC program, visit the State Library of Louisiana’s website at

In November, three Lafourche Parish Public Library branches will host the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Child ID program. It’s a free program that allows parents to have their children’s fingerprints taken and DNA swabbed. That information is then placed on a Sheriff’s Office ID form and given to parents for safekeeping.

Stop by the following branches to participate:

Lockport Branch: November 13, 5 p.m.South Lafourche Branch: November 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Katina Gaudet is the librarian at the South Lafourche Public Library. She can be reached at 632-7140 or