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Library seeks to host blood drives; donors needed

Library seeks to host blood drives; donors needed

The library gets book donations throughout the year from residents.

Now, it’s asking for donations of different kind.

In celebration of National Blood Donor Month, the three main branches of the Lafourche Parish Public Library – Thibodaux, Lockport, and South Lafourche – would like to host blood donor drives in January to assist The Blood Center with its work. The Blood Center supplies blood components to hospitals in southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

In order to finalize a blood drive, each library branch needs 25 confirmed donors to commit to donating at a scheduled time for the Blood Center to send a mobile unit.

According to The Blood Center, it tries to keep a three-day supply of between 1200 to 1400 pints of blood ready. To do so, it must collect 350 pints a day.

To ensure a successful blood drive, one that results in at least 15 pints of blood, The Blood Center requires 25 committed donors. If 25 donors have not signed up for a particular date, there won’t be a blood drive at that library branch.

So if you’ve donated in the past or would like to donate for the first time, contact your main library branch.

Donations hours have been scheduled to accommodate those with a 9 to 5 schedule. Again, these are tentative dates; if the required number of donors have not signed up, the drive is cancelled.

* Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue: January 13, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

* South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street, Cut Off: January 25, 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Those interested in donating can sign up in person or can call the Lockport Branch at 532-3158; the Thibodaux Branch at 447-4119; or the South Lafourche Branch at 632-7140.

Signups are being accepted now.

January is also Fine Free and Fine Forgiveness Month!

Got overdue fines? January is Fine Free and Fine Forgiveness Month.

In January, bring back any overdue books, DVDs, magazines, or other library items to any branch and have the fines for those items cleared from your library account.

For those with outstanding fines for overdue, lost or damaged items, participate in the library’s Fine Forgiveness program. Just bring in nonperishable food, dog or cat food, or cat litter according to a suggested donation schedule, and the library will clear those fines, too, no matter how large.

The Fine Free and Fine Forgiveness program does not apply to fines related to laptops or other electronics.

All donated food, pet supplies, or cash donations will be distributed to local food banks and animal rescue organizations.

The Lafourche Parish Public Library would like to thank the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lt. Trent Duplantis for his active shooter presentation during the library’s annual parish-wide staff meeting.

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