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Local libraries to offer a plethora of events throughout October

Local libraries to offer a plethora of events throughout October

Animal Tales brings creepy critters to Lafourche library branches: Not all animals are cuddly. Join the Lafourche Parish Public Library for Animal Tales: Creepy Crawlers, a free program that celebrates those not-so-cuddly critters from spiders and snakes and more. Learn more about these creatures and their roles in the ecosystem and get a good view when Animal Tales visits the following library locations:

• South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street, Cut Off: October 10, 10 a.m.

• Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue: October 10, 1 p.m.

• Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. Fifth Street: October 10, 4 p.m.

Firefighters are coming to a library near you: Fire Prevention Week is October 9 – October 15, and the Lafourche Parish Public Library is welcoming local firefighters to story hours and other programs to teach about fire safety. Visit with firefighters at the following locations:

• South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street, Cut Off: October 3, 10:30 a.m.

• Raceland Branch Library, 177 Recreation Drive: October 4, 4:30 p.m.

• Gheens Branch Library, 153 N. Leon Drive: October 4, 6 p.m.

• Larose Branch Library, 305 E. Fifth Street: October 10, 11 a.m.

• Choctaw Branch Library, 1887 Choctaw Road: October 11, 2 p.m.

• Golden Meadow Branch Library, 1403 N. Bayou Drive: October 11, 4:30 p.m.

• Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. Fifth Street: October 12, 10:30 a.m.

• Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue: October 13, 10:30 a.m.

Create your own book, zine at the South Lafourche Branch Library: Tweens and teens can create their own book or zine, spooky or otherwise, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in October at the South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street, in Cut Off, thanks to a Young Adult Library Services Association Teen Read Week grant, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Lunch will be served to participants at 11:30 a.m. Tweens’ and teens’ books will be digitized, and those taking part will receive printed copies of their books.

South Lafourche Branch Library offers “Gumbo is Good”: The South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street, in Cut Off is recognizing the 100th anniversary in 2016 of children’s author Ezra Jack Keats’ birth with Gumbo is Good, a program that celebrates local families and multiculturalism. Draw a picture of your family to be displayed on the library’s giant mural, thanks to a grant from the Ezra Jack Keats’ Foundation. Stop by to take part on Saturdays and after 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Author Carrie Delatte to visit local library branches: Local author Carrie Delatte will visit several branches of the Lafourche Parish Public Library in October to talk about her new book Vidalia and meet with library visitors. She’ll visit the Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 1; the Raceland Branch Library, 177 Recreation Drive, at 4 p.m. October 10; and the Bayou Blue Branch Library, 198 Mazerac Street, at 1 p.m. on October 21.

Thibodaux Regional to discuss nutrition, fitness at Choctaw, Thibodaux libraries: Representatives of Thibodaux Regional Medical Center will talk about family nutrition and fitness at 1 p.m. on October 3 at the Choctaw Branch Library, 1887 Choctaw Road, and at 4:30 p.m. on October 6 at the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. Fifth Street, in celebration of National Family Health Month. They will also discuss the hospital’s new wellness center.

Learn couponing secrets at the Lockport library: Learn couponing tricks to keep more money in your pocket and your shelves stocked during a new program with couponer Leah Dardar, Snippin’ Sisters, at 4 p.m. on October 3 and October 17 at the Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue. Participants are welcome to bring coupons to the workshop to clip and share or exchange coupons with others. Please register for this program by calling the library at 532-3158.

Author, chef to visit Thibodaux library: Louisiana author and chef Diana Riley will talk about her book Cooking on Purpose: Life Lessons Learned from the Kitchen at 5 p.m. on October 3 at the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. Fifth Street. She will also be available for questions afterwards.

Ochsner St. Anne to offer health screenings at Bayou Blue Branch Library: Staff from Ochsner St. Anne Hospital in Raceland will provide free health screenings and information on family wellness beginning at 11:30 a.m. on October 4 at the Bayou Blue Branch Library, 198 Mazerac Street. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part in health screenings.

Golden Meadow Branch Library offering Spanish classes: The Golden Meadow Branch Library, 1403 N. Bayou Drive, is offering free basic Spanish classes at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays throughout October. No registration is required.

Learn to properly use a fire extinguisher at the Raceland library: Adults are invited to visit with members of the Raceland Fire Department who will talk about fire safety and demonstrate how to properly use a fire extinguisher at 11 a.m. on October 5 at the library, 177 Recreation Drive.

October is Cyber Security Month. Learn to stay safe: The Thibodaux Police Department will host a free seminar on how to be safe and secure online at 5:30 p.m. on October 5 at the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. Fifth Street.

Raceland library offering tween and teen writing, art workshop series: The Raceland Branch Library, 177 Recreation Drive, will conduct a four-week writing and art workshop series for those ages 8 to 16 throughout October. The workshops will take place at 4:30 p.m. on October 6, October 13, October 20, and October 27. For more information on workshop topics, stop by or call the library at 537-6875.

Learning Center to provide info on breast cancer at South Lafourche library: Representatives of Lady of the Sea General Hospital’s Learning Center will provide information on breast cancer to library visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on October 7 at the South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street in Cut Off.

Lockport library to host a book club like no other: Those ages 8 and up can take part in a digital book club using the library’s new Kindle eReaders to group-share the new Minecraft story Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: From Seeds to Swords using a free library app. The Book Code Book Club will take place at 4 p.m. on October 10, October 11, October 12, October 13, and October 14 at the Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue. Registration is required, so sign up at the library. This program is sponsored by a Young Adult Library Services Association / Dollar General Literacy Foundation Teen Read Week grant.

Larose library to conduct haiku contest: Teens can work up an appetite writing food-related haiku poetry at 2 p.m. on October 11 at the Larose Branch Library, 305 E. Fifth Street on observance of Teen Read Week. The writer of the haiku voted best will win a small prize. Refreshments will be served.

Learn more about breast cancer at the Thibodaux library: Learn more about breast cancer when Dr. Catherine Diebold visits the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. fifth Street, to talk about women’s health at 5:30 p.m. on October 13.

Get a free diabetes screening at the South Lafourche library: Representatives of Lady of the Sea General Hospital’s Learning Center will provide free diabetes screenings to interested library visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on October 14 at the South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street in Cut Off.

Lady of the Sea staff to discuss shingles at Larose Branch Library: Patsy Crenshaw with Lady of the Sea General Hospital will host an informative presentation on the prevention and treatment of shingles at 1:45 p.m. on October 14 at the Larose Branch Library, 305 E. Fifth Street.

Lady of the Sea to offer diabetes screenings at Golden Meadow library: Representatives of Lady of the Sea General Hospital’s Learning Center will offer free diabetes screenings at 10 a.m. on October 17 at the Golden Meadow Branch Library, 1403 N. Bayou Drive.

Raceland library to host Friends social: The Raceland Branch Library, 177 Recreation Drive, is inviting members and prospective members of its Friends of the Library organization to a Friends social at 1 p.m. on October 17. Refreshments will be served.

Thibodaux Police corporal to conduct Reading Mentors sessions at library: Corporal Jones with the Thibodaux Police Department will host mentoring sessions for children and teens in October at the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705. W. Fifth Street, in which participants will read to one another. Corporal Jones hopes the sessions will help in improving literacy and in providing teens an outlet to mentor younger children. The sessions will take place at 4 p.m. on October 18 and October 25. All are welcome to attend.

Get into coding at the Lockport library: Tweens and teens can use programming language to create a comic about their lives, create Minecraft mods using Tynker and more during the Lockport Branch Library’s Hour of Code at 4 p.m. on October 18, October 19, and October 20. Registration is required, so sign up at the library, 720 Crescent Avenue. This program is sponsored by a Young Adult Library Services Association / Dollar General Literacy Foundation Teen Read Week grant.

Lockport library to host Friends of the Library ice cream social: The Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue, is celebrating Friends of the Library Month with an ice cream sundae social at 5 p.m. on October 18, while supplies last. Members of the library’s Friends group are invited, as are prospective members who want to learn more about the group.

Larose Branch Library to host Friends of the Library reception: The Larose Branch Library, 305 E. Fifth Street, is hosting a reception honoring its Friends of the Library at 10:30 a.m. on October 19. Members and nonmembers are welcome to attend.

Learn more about breast cancer when Ochsner St. Anne visits the Lockport library: Representatives of Ochsner St. Anne Hospital in Raceland will visit the Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue, at 11 a.m. on October 20 to talk about breast cancer in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Bayou Blue Friends of the Library to hold interest meeting: Want to help out your library? Attend the Bayou Blue Branch Library’s Friends of the Library interest meeting to learn how at 1:30 p.m. on October 20 at the library, 198 Mazerac Street. While you’re there, make a spooky vase. To register for the craft, sign up at the library.

Friends of the Library Open House to be held at Choctaw Branch: The Choctaw Branch Library, 1887 Choctaw Road, is celebrating Friends of the Library month with a meet-and-greet for current members and those interested in its Friends of the Library group at 4:30 p.m. on October 20. Refreshments will be served. 

Thibodaux library to host local artist for painting workshop: Local artist Ija Charles will conduct an abstract painting class for children eight years of age and older at 1 p.m. on October 22 at the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. Fifth Street. Space is limited, so register at the library.

Lockport library to host teen media lab: Use library technology and resources to create, post and share content at the Lockport Branch Library’s Media Lab for those ages 11 through 17. Learn to make your own app in a two-part workshop beginning at 4 p.m. on October 21 and continuing at 4 p.m. on October 26. Registration is required, so sign up at the library. This workshop is sponsored by a Young Adult Library Services Association / Dollar General Literacy Foundation Teen Read Week grant.

Annual Halloween costume contest to be held at South Lafourche library: Children of all ages are invited to participate in the South Lafourche Branch Library’s annual trick or treating and Halloween costume contest beginning at 5:30 p.m. on October 25 at the library, 16241 E. Main Street in Cut Off. Prizes will be awarded for costume winners.

LPSO to give K-9 demo Halloween safety talk at Lockport library: Celebrate Red Ribbon Week with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 team who will give visitors to the Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue, an intro to their K-9 program, conduct a narcotics demonstration with the K-9 dogs, and talk about the Sheriff’s Office’s Blue Light Special Halloween Safety program at 6 p.m. on October 25. Please register for this program by calling the library at 532-3158 or stopping by.

South Lafourche library’s Monster Mash set for October 26: The South Lafourche Branch Library’s annual Monster Mash Halloween bash for families will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on October 26 at the library, 16241 E. Main Street in Cut Off. There will be games and door prizes for children and food, while supplies last. Children are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes.

Create a game about yourself at the Lockport library: Use Gamestar Mechanics to create a game about yourself using a penname to share with another member in the Lockport Branch Library’s gaming group at 4 p.m. on October 27. Sign up so we can reserve a computer for you. This program is sponsored by a Young Adult Library Services Association / Dollar General Literacy Foundation Teen Read Week grant.

Author of books on paranormal to visit Thibodaux library: Author Sudie Landry will visit the Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. Fifth Street, at 3 p.m. on October 28 to talk about her four books on the paranormal. She will also be available to answer questions from audience members.

Thibodaux library to host Halloween costume contest: Dress in your Halloween finest for the Thibodaux Branch Library’s Halloween Costume Contest at 1 p.m. on October 29 at the library, 705 W. Fifth Street. The costume contest is open to all ages, and all costumes should be child-friendly. No registration is required.

Choctaw Branch Library to offer Teen Read Week Contest: The Choctaw Branch Library, 1887 Choctaw Road, is offering teens a chance at an iTunes gift card, donated by its Friends of the Library group, for writing a short review about the best book they’ve read. Teens can pick up a review form throughout October and return completed forms to the library. The winner will be announced on October 31.

Trick or Treat at the Raceland library: Wear your Halloween costume to the Raceland Branch Library, 177 Recreation Drive, and trick or treat at the library from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 31.