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Weekly Column (April 11, 2018)

BPL Celebrates Our Community Partners
by Andrea Gilmer, Community Engagement Librarian

This week I wanted to spotlight one of our community partners. United Way is an amazing organization, of which I’m positive many of you are aware, who we’ve been lucky enough to partner with on several endeavors already and plan to continue to do so. We are by no means their only partnership in the community, and in fact have been introduced to several organizations through United Way that we are eager to work with in the future.

For example, Plant a Seed in Our Youth Foundation is dedicated to offering education and support to children to help prepare them for the future. It meets these goals through a variety of programs including tutors for children ages six to eighteen, family services designed to help parents and children, arts and crafts sessions, and even a career path class (L.E.A.D.) which teaches life skills to prepare children for adulthood. This organization, as many others do, relies heavily on volunteers to achieve their incredible goals.

Renesting Project is another community partner that has benefited from United Way’s contributes. This organization works with a number of social service agencies to provide household goods and furniture to individuals and families getting back on their feet after finding themselves homeless. They are able to provide a sense of home for those who have been without even for a short period of time and help ease the transition.

These are just two groups who have worked with and earned funding from United Way, there are so many others that I don’t have the space to mention. Because of the incredible work that these groups do, United Way also organizes a Day of Caring where corporations and volunteers can offer their time and manpower.  On Friday, April 27th, we will be joining numerous other volunteers from the area to participate in United Way’s annual Day of Caring for the Shreveport/Bossier City area. This is our second year taking part in this incredible event, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s a day filled with projects that range from landscaping to sorting food donations, from clerical work to cleaning or painting. The assignments are submitted by nonprofit organizations that work with United Way throughout Northwest Louisiana, and it saves them thousands of dollars on projects and countless man-hours. What better way is there to be able to give back to these partners that already do so much for our community?

Contact Us:
Aulds                                     742-2337
Mon., Apr.16 @ 4:00p.m. – Crazy 8’s Math Club, ages 6-12

Benton                                 965-2751
Fri., Apr. 13 @ 3:30p.m. – Teen Time, ages 13-17

Bossier Central                  746-1693
Fri., Apr. 13 @ 10:00a.m. – Keyboard Function Keys, ages 18 and up (Registration Required)

East 80                                  949-2665
Tues., Apr. 17 @ 10:30a.m. – 3 C’s: Coloring, Coffee, Companionship, ages 18 and up

Haughton                            949-0196
Mon., Apr. 16 @ 6:00p.m. – Evening Book Club: The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler, ages 18 and up

Historical Center               746-7717
Fri., Apr. 13 – Sat., Apr. 21 @ 8:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. – Early Voting Location

Plain Dealing                      326-4233
Mon., Apr. 16 @ 9:00a.m. – Stress Awareness Day: DIY Stress Balls, all ages

Tooke                                   987-3915
Fri., Apr. 13 @ 11:00a.m. – Game Day, ages 18 and up

New Materials:

  • Arms from the Sea: a novel by Rich Shapero (Fiction; Book)
  • Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson (Fiction; Book, Playaway)
  • A Lady has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights by Kate Hannigan (Children’s Biography; Book)
  • Molly’s Game  starring Jessica Chastain & Idris Elba (DVD)
  • Phantom Thread starring Daniel Day-Lewis & Vick Krieps (DVD)
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard (YA Fiction; Book)
  • Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford (Fiction; Large Print)