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Weekly Column (January 10, 2018)

New Year's Resolutions at the Library
by Andrea Gilmer, Community Engagment

Hopefully 2018 is off to a great start for everyone, and we at the library would love to help you keep those resolutions and meet those new year's goals. In that vein, we've made a few resolutions of our own and taken several steps towards living up to them already.

To start, we've extended hours at several of our locations. The Haughton Branch is now open the same hours as our Aulds, Benton, and Central locations; and all locations with Sunday hours are now open earlier, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, as of Sunday, January 7th. We're trying to make sure we're available when you need us.

In addition to new hours, one of our branches is getting a jump on offering computer classes for those in need of assistance. Bossier Central will start offering classes on Tuesday, January 9th with an "Introduction to Overdrive" for those who are looking to access our eBook collection. I know this article won't quite make it in time for that first date, but never fear, there are more classes coming! Thursday, January 11th will host an "Introduction to Computers"; and then we get to February with an "Introduction to Hoopla" on Tuesday, February 6th and "Creating an Email Address" on Thursday, February 8th. All classes will be held at 10:00am, please call Bossier Central and ask for Melanie to reserve your spot. Plans are in the works for computer classes as several of our other locations, so keep an eye on this column or call your neighborhood branch to see what they have coming up.

From computer classes, we move on to offering proctoring services for students in classes that require them. It's the start of a new semester which means exams of all sorts will be looming in the coming months, so set up your proctor now. Call or stop by any of our locations to see how they can be of service; depending on the requirements of your school or professor, most of our locations can accommodate your needs. And don't forget all the options we have for your research needs as well! For those who missed those articles back in October/November, you can call, email, or text us to ask us about those services as well.

It's a new year, and we at Bossier Parish Libraries are here to help. Really, we're waiting. Come see us!

Make a Note:
All Bossier Parish Library locations will be closed Monday, January 15th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Coming Up:

Aulds   742-2337
Thur., Jan. 11 @ 10:00a.m. – Youth & Yoga, all ages

Benton   965-2751
Fri., Jan. 12 @ 11:00a.m. – Pre-School Story Time, ages 3-5

Bossier Central   746-1693
Thur., Jan. 11 @ 10:00a.m. – Intro to Computers, ages 18 and up (don't forget to call to register!)

East 80   949-2665
Thur., Jan. 11 @ 3:30p.m. – Story Time at the Park, all ages

Haughton   949-0196
Fri., Jan. 12 @ 10:00a.m. – Lapsit Story Time, ages 0-2

Plain Dealing   326-4233
Thur., Jan. 18 @ 6:00p.m. – As the Page Turns Book Club (offsite), ages 18 and up

Tooke   987-3915
Sat., Jan. 13 @ 1:00p.m. – Family Movie Day, all ages

New Materials:

  • Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped? (Non-Fiction, DVD)
  • Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony McCarten (Non-Fiction; Book)
  • Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake (Fiction; Book)
  • An Irish Country Practice by Patrick Taylor (Fiction, Book)
  • The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan (Fiction; Book, eBook)
  • Victoria: Portrait of a Queen by Catherine Reef (YA Non-Fiction; Book)