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Summer Reading Program begins May 30 at your library

Summer Reading Program begins May 30 at your library

Exotic animals, magic yo-yos, and more, oh my! There’s much happening at your library this summer. The Lafourche Parish Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program begins on May 30, the day after Memorial Day, and it’s not just about reading. Visit your local library and set reading goals for the summer, but stop by also to learn about fun, engaging, and informative programs taking place throughout June and July for people of all ages. As always, these programs are free, open to the public, and family-friendly.

Start the summer off in an exciting way with exotic animals from around the world. Animal Tales will be visiting the library system’s three main branches – South Lafourche, Lockport, and Thibodaux – to help kick off the 2017 Summer Reading Program.

A group specializing in educating about some of the world’s most unique animals, this summer, Animal Tales will present Animal Architects. This program will feature a variety of exotic animals from across the globe and will highlight these animals’ unique abilities to build and construct as part of their survival in the wild.

Get up close and personal with animals as varied as red-knee tarantulas and African-spurred tortoises and more. Actual animals might vary depending on availability, but whatever animals arrive, you’re in for a wild adventure.

Animal Tales will visit the South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main Street, in Cut Off at 10 a.m. on June 1; and the Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Avenue, at 1 p.m. on June 1.

The following week, New Orleans entertainer Matthew Noel bring his “Magic Yo-Yo” stage show to our area in celebration of the Summer Reading Program. Noel infuses comedy into his act, which is part magic and part yo-yo and juggling mastery. Drop by and be amazed.

Matthew Noel will perform at the South Lafourche Branch at 10:30 a.m. on June 7; and the Holy Savior Catholic School Cafeteria, 201 Church Street in Lockport, at 2 p.m. on June 7;

Each Lafourche Parish Public Library branch also has a variety of programs awaiting you this summer, including limited spacing arts and crafts workshops led by area artists. Workshops geared to children, teens, and adults are available, but because space is limited, registration is required to attend. Registration for all summer programs begins on May 30. Sign up at your local library branch.

Tweens and teens (ages 8 to 18) can sign up for a new Summer Gaming Club at the South Lafourche Branch, the recipient of a 2017 Summer Learning Resources Grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The South Lafourche Branch will host gaming events on Saturdays throughout the summer. The $1,000 YALSA grant will allow the library to provide free books that feature gaming in some way to registered gaming club participants to promote summer reading.

Space is limited per gaming session, so sign up early at the library to participate. Registration for the South Lafourche Branch's Summer Gaming Club begins May 30.

For more information on library programs and events, visit the library’s website at or pick up a calendar of events at your library branch.

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