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Summer Reading @ Bossier Parish Libraries
May 24th thru July 31st

What is the Summer Reading Program?

Do you like getting free things?  Do you like hanging out with friends?  Do you like trying new things?  If you do, sign up for our Summer Reading Program where you can earn prizes just for reading!  Did you know that reading over the summer helps kids retain more of what they learned the previous school year and helps better prepare them for the coming school year?  The nation-wide theme for Summer Reading this year is Libraries Rock.  During the months of June & July each of our branch locations (except our East 80 branch which is closed for a roofing project), and some of our community partners, host special events that are geared toward the current theme.

You might be asking yourself...HOW DO I SIGN UP?
...that's a good question...glad you asked...

This one is easy, you can register online!  You'll be asked to fill out some basic information and you're ready to start reading and earning prizes!  If you don't have access to register online, simply visit any of our locations and they  can help you.  Registration opens May 1st.

Upcoming Events

***We recommend you contact each branch to see if there is a registration required for each program/activity you're interested in as space is limited***

Aulds Branch

Family SRP Kick-Off Party (all ages)
Thursday, May 24 @ 11:00am

StoryTime (ages 0-5)  |  Tuesdays @ 10:00am
July 5-July 24 (no program July 3)
Special Guests:
June 5 - Story with a Sheriff
June 19 - Little You Yoga

Book Club (ages 18+)  |  Tuesdays @ 11:00am
May 9 - Miss Jane by Brad Watson
June 12 - The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart
July 10 - The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood
August 14 - The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Family Garden (all ages)  |  Wednesdays @ 10:00am
June 6-July 25 (no program July 4)
Get hands-on experience with our summer garden.  Come prepared to get dirty!

Teen SRP (ages 13-18)  |  Wednesdays @ 3:00pm
June 6 & 20; July 11 & 25
Hang out with friends while enjoying board games, crafts, line dancing, and (of course) snacks!

Come & Go Relaxation Room (ages 18+)  |  Thursdays @ 9:00am-7:00pm
June 14; July 12
Visit and relax for as long as you like.  Enjoy soothing music, join in the jigsaw puzzle, or any of our other provided relaxing activities.  Snacks provided.

Children's SRP (ages 6-12)  |  Fridays @ 2:00pm
June 6-July 27 (no program July 6)
Special Guests:
June 15 - Hampstead Stage Company (for all ages)
June 22 - Little You Yoga
June 29 - Holiday Lanes Traveling Bowling
July 13 - University Health Safety Presentation

Family SRP Wrap-Up Party (all ages)
Thursday, July 26 @ 6:00pm

Benton Branch

Painting for Adults (ages 18+)  |  2nd Tuesdays @ 2:00pm
June 12; July 10
Learn techniques and have fun!

Baby Laptime (ages 0-2)  |  Fridays @ 10:00am
June 1-July 27
Stories, music, and movement!

Preschool StoryTime (ages 3-5)  |  Fridays @ 11:00am
June 1-July 27
Stories, music, and movement for your preschoolers!

Teen Time (ages 13-18)  |  2nd Fridays @ 3:00pm
June 5; July 12
Rock and Roll is here to stay!  Hang out with friends and enjoy!

Saturday StoryTime (ages 0-5)  |  Saturdays @ 10:30am
June 2, 16, 30; July 14, 28
Stories, music, and movement for your toddlers!

SRP Special Performances (ages 6-12)  |  Tuesdays @ 10:00am
Special Guests:
June 12 - Hampstead Stage Company presents Treasure Island
June 19 - Inter City Row Modern Dance Company
June 24 - The Harvey Rabbit Show (@ 11:00am)
July 10 - The Great Scott Magic Show
July 17 - Geebo the Clown
July 24 - Science Tellers present Wild West:  The Mystery of the Golden Piano

Bossier Central Library

Crafts & DIY (ages 18+) 
Get Crafty  |  1st Thursdays @ 5:30pm
May 3 - Ribbon Wreaths
June 7 - DIY Pendants
July 5 - Book Chargers
Homemade By You  |  3rd Tuesdays @ 5:30pm
May 15 - Stress Balls
June 19 - Bath Bombs
July 17 - Makeup Remover

Health & Nutrition (ages 18+)
Farmer's Market Tips & Tricks  |  Wednesday, May 9  @ 11:am & 6:00pm
Stroke Awareness (F.A.S.T.)  |  Thursday, May 17 @ 11:00am
Jump-Start Your Health  |  Tuesday, June 5 @ 5:30pm
Basics of the Kitchen  |  Monday, June 18 @ 2:00pm
Grilling Tips, Tricks, & Techniques  |  Monday, July 2 @ 11:00am
LifeShare Blood Drive  |  Thursday, July 19 @ 11:00am
United Healthcare Open Enrollment  |  Monday, July 30 @ 11:30am
Medigap Insurance  |  Tuesday, August 14 @ 10:00am

Business (ages 18+)
Small Business Week
How the Louisiana Workforce Commission Can Help You  |  Tuesday, May 1 @ 5:30pm
Start-Up Survival  |  Thursday, May 5 @ 5:30pm (repeated:  Saturday, August 11 @ 11:00am)
The C's of Credit  |  Friday, May 4 @ 2:00pm (Los C's del Financiamiento @ 11:00am)
Open House: Info Sessions  |  Saturday, May 5 @ 10:00am-4:00pm (check out the schedule online for specific info sessions @ 10:30am, 12:00noon, 1:30pm, 3:00pm)
Tips on How to Save  |  Thursday, May 24 @ 5:30pm
How to Manage a Credit Card & Make It Work for You  |  Saturday, June 9 @ 11:00am
The Louisiana Justice Tour  |  Tuesday, June 26 @ 10:00am
Starting & Financing a Small Business  |  Tuesday, July 17 @ 3:00pm

Miscellaneous (ages 18+)
Matinee Saturday  |  3rd Saturdays @ 2:00pm

May 19 - Hero
June 16 - Milk
July 21 - Miracle
August 18 - Wonder
2-1-1 Getting the Help You Need (United Way of Northwest Louisiana)  |  Monday, June 4 @ 12:00noon
Child Seat Check  (LA Passenger Safety Task Force)  |  Saturday, June 16 @ 10:00am
Writing Effective Resumes & Cover Letters (LA Workforce Commission)  |  Saturday, June 30 @ 11:00am
Retro Game Day (ages 13-17) (Digital Media Institute)  |  Saturday, July 14 @ 11:00am
Parenting (Gingerbread House)  |  Saturday, August 4 @ 10:00am

Computer Classes
MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Computer Skills for the Workplace, Computer Basics, Using Search Engines, Social Media, and more.  Check our our detailed schedule.

Bossier Central Chilren's

Tween Tuesday (ages 9-12)  |  2nd Tuesdays @ 4:00pm
May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14

Enjoy crafts, games, activities, and more!

Reading Hangout (ages 5-8)  |  2nd Tuesdays @ 4:00pm
May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14
Curl up with a good book, or maybe discuss a favorite with friends.

B.C. Books & Beyond Book Club (ages 9-12)  |  2nd Tuesdays @ 6:00pm
May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14
Themes and book titles selected at meetings, call for info!

Lapsit StoryTime (ages 0-2)  |  Wednesdays @ 10:00am
June 6-July 27 (no program June 27, July 4, July 25)

PreSchool StoryTime (ages 3-5)  |  Wednesdays @ 11:00am
June 6-July 27 (no program June 27, July 4, July 25)

Saturday StoryTime (ages 0-5)  |  Saturdays @ 11:00am
June 9 & 23; July 14 & 28

Fun Friday (ages 6-8)  |  Friday, May 18 @ 4:00pm

Summer Reading Program (ages 6-12)  |  Thursdays @ 11:00am & 3:00pm
June 7-July 24 (no program July 5)
Special Guests:
June 7 - Little You Yoga
June 14 - Hampstead Stage Company presents Treasure Island @ 11:00am & American Folktales & Songs @ 3:00pm
June 21 - Inter City Row Modern Dance Company
June 28 - The Harvey Rabbit Show
July 11 (Wednesday) - Little You Yoga for ages 0-2 @ 10:00am & for ages 3-5 @ 11:00am
July 19 - Geebo the Clown
July 28 - Science Tellers present Wild West:  The Mystery of the Golden Piano

Bossier Central Teens

Teen SRP 2K18 (ages 13-18)  |  Tuesdays @ 2:30pm
May 25-July 27
Reading portion, read any time during this period to meet that Sweet 16 goal for a chance to receive an assortment of prizes!

Jam Sessions (ages 13-18)  |  June 12 & 19; July 10, 17, 24
Join our Jam Sessions for a variety of activities focusing on music, science, culniary arts, and more!  There will be something for everyone this summer as we rock the library!

Playing for Keeps:  Financial Literacy for Teens  (ages 13-18)  |  Tuesdays @ 4:00pm
June 5, 12, 19; July 10, 17, 24, 31
There is more to money than making it, saving it, or spending it!  Join this 7-session financial literacy series led by Ms. Yvonne Bartley to gain insight into how money works and how to make it work for you.  Participants will also receive an introduction to understanding credit.

Bossier Parish Libraries History Center

Pages Past:  An American History Book Club (ages 18+)  |  1st Thursdays @ 6:00pm
May 3 - Valiant Ambition:  George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick
*June's book selection will be made at the May meeting.  Call for info.

Second Sunday Screenings (ages 18+)  |  2nd Sundays @ 1:30pm
May 13 - Selma - This film chornicles Dr. Martin Luther Kin Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, AL in 1965.  Popcorn and drinks provided.
*June's movie selection will be announced at the May screening.  Call for info.

The Musical Legacy of Bossier Parish (all ages)  |  Monday, June 4 @ 6:30pm
Join us in celebrating Bossier Parish's 175th Anniversary!  This presentation of local music history is led by Chris Brown, Local Music Historian and Archivist for Centenary College.

Haughton Branch

Family SRP Kick-Off Party (all ages)  |  Wednesday, May 30 @ 11:00am

Adult SRP (ages 18+)  |  Mondays @ 11:00am
June 4 - Snack Around the World
June 18 - The Musical Legacy of Bossier Parish (with special guest)
July 2 - What's That Line?
July 16 - DIY Laundry Soap
July 30 - Bob Griffin

Teen SRP (ages 13-18)  |  Thursdays @ 11:00am
June 7 - CD Art
June 14 - Inter City Row Modern Dance Company
June 21 - Zumba
June 28 - Art Tiles
July 5 - Muical Chairs
July 12 - Coloring
July 19 - Just Dance
July 26 - Rip the Runway

Children's SRP (ages 6-12)  |  Wednesdays @ 10:00am (no program July 4)
June 6 - Rock Painting
June 13 - Hampstead Stage Company presents American Folktales & Songs
June 20 - Disney Lip-Sync Battle
June 27 - The Harvey Rabbit Show
July 11 - University Health presents Jeopardy!
July 18 - Geebo the Clown
July 25 - Science Tellers present Wild West:  The Mystery of the Golden Piano

Star Wars Trivia & Games (all ages)  |  Friday, May 4 @ 4:00pm
Test your knowledge of the Force with trivia and games!  Are you a Jedi Master?

Teen Meeting (ages 13-18)  |  Friday, May 18 @ 3:00pm
This is the last monthly meeting for teens before SRP.  Enjoy games and a snack!

Body Safety StoryTime (all ages)  |  Tuesday, July 3 @ 2:00pm
Presented by the Gingerbread House, this special story time empowers children to say no when needed through the use of stories and kid-friendly terms.

BINGO (ages 18+)  |  2nd & 4th Mondays @ 10:00am (no program May 28)

Evening Book Club (ages 18+)  |  Mondays @ 6:00pm
May 14 - Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
June 18 - Nix by Nathan Hill
July 16 - Whisky Charlie by Annabel Smith
August 13 - The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

Craft Hour (ages 18+)  |  1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 11:30am
Enjoy a variety of crafts and good company.

PreSchool StoryTime (ages 0-5)  |  Tuesdays @ 11:00am
June 5-July 24
*Wednesday StoryTimes May 2 & 9 @ 10:00am

Good Books Book Club (ages 18+)  |  3rd Thursdays @ 9:30am
May 17 - The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
June 21 - Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
July 19 - Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
August 16 - Radium Girls  by Kate Moore

STEAM Club (ages 6-12)  |  2nd Thursdays @ 4:30pm

Hoopla Star Club (grades 3-8)  |  Fridays @ 11:00am
Grades 3-5:  June 1, 15, 29; July 13
Grades 6-8:  June 8, 22; July 6
*July 20 - Comic Con!  Come dressed as your favorite comic book character.  All grades!

Happy Hour Game Day (ages 18+)  |  Alternate Fridays @ 10:00am
Next meeting on May 4th!

Kids Bingo (ages 6-12)  |  Alternate Fridays @ 3:00pm
Next meeting on June 11

Reading to Duke (all ages)  |  1st Saturdays @ 1:00pm
Kids can practice reading to Duke, a licensed therapy dog.

Family Bingo (all ages)  |  3rd Saturdays @ 1:00pm

Plain Dealing Branch

Cinco de Mayo Celebration (all ages)  |  Friday, May 4 @ 1:00pm
Celebrating  Latin authors, food, and film.

Avengers Movie-Thon (all ages)  |  Saturday, May 5 @ 11:00am

Mother's Day Tea (all ages)  |  Wednesday, May 9 @ 1:00pm

STEAM Tuesday (ages 9-12)  |  Tuesday, May 22 @ 3:30pm
Explore Einstein's General Theory of Relativity

Music & Movement (ages 0-5)  |  1st Tuesdays @ 1:00pm
June 5-August 7

Expressive Painting (ages 0-12)  |  Tuesday, July 10 @ 1:00pm

Culture of the Music of Africa (ages 0-5)  |  Tuesday, June 28 @ 3:00pm
Foods, games, and crafts designed to teach kids about African culture.

Children's SRP (ages 6-12)  |  Tuesdays @ 2:00pm
May 29 - Kick-Off Party
June 5 - Culture of Music:  Hawaii
June 12 - Hampstead Stage Company presents American Folktales & Songs
June 19 - Water Battle
June 26 - Tie Dye T-Shirts @ 1:00pm & The Harvey Rabbit Show @ 3:00pm
July 17 - Battle of the Bands
July 24 - Science Tellers present Wild West:  The Mystery of the Golden Piano

Teen SRP (ages 13-18)  |  Thursdays @ 3:00pm
May 31 - Kick-Off Party
June 7 - Giant Music Trivia Boad Game
June 14 - Lip-Sync Battle
June 21 - Water Battle
July 19 - Battle of the Bands
July 26 - Hip.Hop.Lock:  Musical Escape Room

Tooke Branch

StoryTime (ages 0-5)  |  Thursday, May 3 @ 10:00am & Saturday, May 5 & 19 @ 10:00am

Family Movie Days (all ages)  |  1st Saturdays @ 1:00pm
May 5 - The Aristocats
June 2 - High School Musical
July 7 - Lilo & Stitch
August 4 - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Games & Exercise (ages 18+)
Tai-Chi  |  3rd Tuesdays @ 2:00pm
Bingo  |  4th Tuesdays @ 11:30am
Chicken Foot Dominoes  |  4th Fridays @ 11:00am

Crafts & DIY for Children (ages 6-12)  |  2nd Saturdays @ 1:00pm
May 12 - DIY Birdhouses
June 9 - Paper Bag Ninja
July 14 - Hanging Hot Air Balloons
August 11 - Corner Bookmarks

Crafts & DIY for Tweens (ages 9-12)  |  3rd Saturdays @ 1:00pm
May 19 - Galaxy in a Jar
June 16 - Salt Painting
July 21 - Corner Bookmarks
August 18 - Terra-Cotta Pots

Crafts & DIY for Teens (ages 13-18)  |  Thursdays @ 4:30pm
May 10 - Dragon Eggs
June 7 - Paracord Bracelets
July 12 - Counterweight Trebuchets
August 9 - Duct Tape Keychains

Crafts & DIY for Adults (ages 18+)
T-Shirt Quilting  |  1st & 3rd Tuesdays @ 11:30am
Coloring  |  2nd Tuesdays @ 11:30am

Children's Book Club (ages 6-12)  |  4th Thursdays @ 1:00pm
May 31 - Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David Adler Read
June 28; July 26; August 23

Tween Book Club (ages 9-12)  |  4th Saturdays @ 2:00pm
May 26 - Chronicles of Narnia:  The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
June 23; July 28; August 25

Teen Book Club (ages 13-18)  |  3rd Thursdays @ 4:30pm
May 17 - King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by David Almond
June 14; July 19; August 16

Adult Book Club (ages 18+)  |  3rd Mondays @ 2:00pm
May 21 - Delicious by Ruth Reichi
June 18; July 16; August 20

Children's SRP (ages 6-12)  |  Wednesdays @ 2:00pm
June 6-July 25
June 13 - Hampstead Stage Company persents American Folktales & Songs
June 20 - The Great Scott Magic Show
June 27 - The Harvey Rabbit Show
July 18 - Geebo the Clown
July 25 - Science Tellers present Wild West:  The Mystery of the Golden Piano

Adult SRP (ages 18+)  |  Mondays @ 2:00pm
June 4 - Guess that Song
July 9 - Musical Bingo

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