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Lafourche Libraries list upcoming July events

Lafourche Libraries list upcoming July events

Kicking off the Library’s slate of July events are special guest appearances from Elephant and Piggie, characters from author and illustrator Mo Willems’ series of beloved children’s books. Catch them at your local branch in early July. They will be visiting on the following days:

July 1: 10:30 a.m. at the Raceland Branch Library, 177 Recreation Drive;

July 2: 2:30 p.m. at the Gheens Branch Library, 153 N. Leon Drive; and 4:30 p.m. at the Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue.

July 3: 10:30 a.m. at the Larose Branch Library, 305 E. Fifth Street; 2 p.m. at the Golden Meadow Branch Library, 1403 N. Bayou Drive; and 4:30 p.m. at the South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street, in Cut Off.

Ready for an entertaining hands-on, exotic animal experience? Mark your calendars for Schoolhouse Safari, a mobile educational exotic animal encounter and mobile petting zoo based in Lafayette that will be bringing the zoo to you. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind animal encounter and learn more about the animals in attendance when Schoolhouse Safari visits the Library’s two main branches on July 9.

Make plans to attend at 1 p.m. on July 9 at the Lockport Branch, or 4 p.m. at the South Lafourche Branch. Those attending the program can enter into a drawing for a chance to win four tickets to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, thanks to the Friends of the South Lafourche Library.

Join Shreveport author and illustrator Jasper Price as he tells the story of the zombie asockalypse at the Library’s two main branches in July. Something goes really awry when zombie socks take over a family’s home. Find out what happens next when Mr. Price visits at 10:30 a.m. on July 17 at the South Lafourche Branch, and at 2 p.m. on July 17 at the Lockport Branch.

The Gheens Branch is offering a four-week session for children and teens ages 8 to 16 that centers on gardening, using recycled materials, and positivity, thanks to a grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Each week, participants will learn about a different topic and take part in related activities. A schedule of events follows:

Week 1: Healing Herbs: (Ages 8-16) - Participants will learn how common herbs can be used as natural remedies for ailments such as insect bites, sore throat, and fatigue. Wednesday, July 3, 3 p.m.;

Week 2: Painting Positivity: (Ages 8-16) – Participants will paint positive messages on rocks to hide around the community to inspire others. Wednesday, July 10, 3 p.m.;

Week 3: Recyclable Growth: (Ages 8-16) – Participants will learn how to use recycled materials to create a sub-irrigated planting system to take home and nourish a seed to flower. Wednesday, July 17, 3 p.m.; and

Week 4: Guerilla Gardening: (Ages 8-16) – For the last week of Grounded to Grow, participants will learn the art of guerilla gardening using different soils and seeds to make seed bombs to create a beautiful array of colors in less desirable spaces throughout the community. Wednesday, July 24, 3 p.m.

Children and teens ages 11 to 17 can take part in a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities in July at the Lockport Branch thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association. The $1,000 Summer Learning Resources Grant will allow participants to create artistic and useful objects using recycled materials and more. A schedule of grant activities follows:

Mixed Media Moon Art (Ages 11-17): Did you know that you can create art using various recycled items? It’s called mixed media art. Learn more and create a mixed media moon art on a canvas. The art project will also contain a QR code that links to an informational video about the moon. Wednesday, July 3, 2:00 p.m.;

DIY Telescopes (Ages 11-17): Learn how to create a telescope using recycled materials. Saturday, July 20, 2:00 p.m.;

Bilingual Hybrid Pop-Up Books (Ages 11-17): Create a pop-up book using cardstock, LED lights, and felt. Monday, July 29, 3:00 p.m.; and

STEAM Squad: Water Purification System (Ages 11-17): Did you know that you could create your own water purification system? Learn all about water purification and how to create a system that will make your water fresh and clean. Wednesday, July 31, 3:00 p.m.;

Drop by the South Lafourche Branch, at 2 p.m. every Friday in July for Funtastical Fridays: Experiments with STEAM. Enjoy an afternoon of fun, mystery STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities and snowballs, while supplies last.

Up for a daring escape? Take part in the Golden Meadow Library’s Bastille Day-themed escape room challenge at 3:30 p.m. on July 15. It’s Paris, 1789. Find out if you have what it takes to escape the Bastille before it’s stormed. Registration is required to participate, so sign up early at the library.

Adults can make a fleur de lis glass etching on a vase or glass to use in their home at 1 p.m. on July 18 at the Larose Branch. Registration is required, so sign up early at the library.

Children of all ages are invited to a cool summer watermelon picnic at 3 p.m. on July 24 at the Raceland Branch. Enjoy a fun craft and a slice of watermelon, while supplies last.