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Lafourche Parish Library lists April events

Lafourche Parish Library lists April events


Join the Lafourche Parish Public Library for the coolest Spring Bring event around, Challenge Island. Challenge Island is a one-of-a-kind STEAM program during which children and teens work in tribes on a unique “island” experience to transform their library into an amusement park.

This program is open to children and teens ages 5 and up and will be held at 10 a.m. on April 3 at the Lockport Branch Library and at 1 p.m. on April 3 at the South Lafourche Branch Library.

Children and teens can code, construct, create, and more with engaging STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) resources at the Library, thanks to a $5,000 after-school STEAM grant.

The library is one of 14 library systems across the country to receive a 2018 Strengthening Communities through Libraries grant from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

With the grant funds, the library purchased STEAM resources to host STEAM programs for children and teens daily every Monday through Thursday at each of its library branches now through the end of the summer. Programs are ongoing. Check with your local library branches for program times.

Adults wanting to better their English language skills can attend free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes beginning April 5 at the South Lafourche Library. These classes are taught by a retired educator fluent in English and Spanish.

The South Lafourche Branch was one of 20 library systems in the United States to receive an 2018 American Dream literacy grant. Classes will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in April. More classes are being scheduled. Those interested can call the library at 985-632-7140 and ask for Carmen to sign up or for more information.

Each year, the Lafourche Parish Public Library celebrates National Library Week, and this year is no exception. First observed in 1958, National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, celebrates the contributions of all types of libraries and library staff throughout the country. Drop by your local Library throughout National Library Week, April 9 through April 13, to see what the library has to offer.

Celebrate the area’s French heritage with French Night at the Lockport Branch beginning at 5 p.m. on April 4. Join library staff for a story hour hosted by local French teacher Nadia Talata and make a special French-themed craft. Space is limited, so sign up at the library or by calling the library at 985-532-3158.

The Lockport Library is also hosting its annual amateur photography contest, which begins April 1. Pick up an entry form and start snapping photos. Submit your contest entries by April 11. Contest winners will be announced at the library’s National Library Week Open House at 4 p.m. on April 12.

Learn to regrow leftover vegetable scraps for your garden a 4:30 p.m. on April 10 at the Gheens Library.

Becky Gautreaux, LSU Ag Center area nutrition agent, will discuss what makes a healthy salad at 11 a.m. April 11 at the Gheens Library. Afterwards, participants will learn how to properly layer salads in mason jars.

Local artist Azalea Rivet will lead a free art workshop for adults at 4 p.m. on April 11 at the Raceland Branch.

Children of all ages can create their own robot using recycled materials at 4:15 p.m. on April 12 at the Golden Meadow Library. Registration is required to attend, so sign up at the library.

The Gheens Library’s Friends of the Library group is hosting a Books and Beyond Book Sale on April 13. Make a $2 donation to the organization and fill a bag with books, movies, audio books, and magazines from the group’s book sale. If it fits in your bag, you can take it home.

Representatives of Lady of the Sea Hospital’s Learning Center will provide information about stress and stress reduction when they visit the South Lafourche Library from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 20.

Children are invited to enjoy a free art workshop led by local artist Azalea Rivet at 4 p.m. on April 25 at the Raceland Library.

Get a free tree, one per family while supplies last, beginning April 23 through April 27 in celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day at the Larose Library and the South Lafourche Library. The trees are provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Services’ Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center.