The time has come for more fun facts from your local public library system. For this week’s fun fact topic, I decided to write about one of those every-day items that we never really question the origins of: blue jeans. At some point in most of our lives we’ve owned a pair of blue jeans; there are even songs and books written about this famous garment, possibly even poetry though I can’t call any examples to mind at the moment. But where did these prized pants originate, and who came up with the design?
According to my research, the patent for “Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Open... Read Full Blog
Did you know that it was May of 1933 when the legend, as we know it today, was started about the Loch Ness Monster? The sighting actually took place in April, but the story wasn’t reported in the Inverness Courier until May 2.
The local couple who reported the sighting described the creature as “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface”. After this report, another couple came forward with their own sighting; and 1934 saw the release of the “surgeon’s photograph” that we’re all familiar with that depicts the legendary creature’s long neck breaking the surface of the w... Read Full Blog
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The mission of Bossier Parish Libraries is to enrich, educate, and inspire our community by providing unique and welcoming physical and virtual environments in which open thought, innovation, and the sharing of ideas are encouraged. Our vision is to support the changing needs of Bossier Parish by being a safe and inviting haven for all, fostering education and literacy, encouraging personal growth, inspiring curiosity, and building connections that strengthen our community.
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OverDrive is saying goodbye to their OverDrive app. The Libby App will be the primary way to access digital materials including eBooks and eAudiobooks.
As of February 2022, OverDrive has removed the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store. It will remain in the Amazon App Store for the time being.
Why the change?
OverDrive has been developing and refining the Libby app for years with a focus on usability, functionality, and awesome features for accessing digital materials. Libby provides an enhanced user experience... Read Full Blog
Sometimes nothing beats a classic bowl of ramen, am I right? Whether you prefer it with eggs or chicken, or anything in between, we've got you covered for whatever suits your budget and tastebuds.Make It a Meal
Ramen is a great snack, but it's a better meal. Fill out your ramen by adding some protein to your bowl.
Try poaching an egg! Cook your ramen according to the package instructions. Remove the pot from heat, then crack a raw egg into the noodles. Don't stir! Cover with a lid for 1-2 minutes, then enjoy.
On October 22, 2020 the Library Board of Control approved plans to move forward on the construction of a new $9.5 million Central Library & History Center. The Bossier Parish Police Jury met on September 21, 2021 to open the bid proposals for this project. At this time the cost estimate has been increased to $9.75 million due to covid-related inflation of supplies and materials.
Here are answers to some of your frequently asked questions...
Why do we need a new library? Do people still use libraries?
Not only do people still ... Read Full Blog
All library locations open to the public. Library staff are available to answer phones Monday-Saturday, beginning at 9am. Buildings are open and curbside pickup service is available at all locations Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm, Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm, and 10am-5pm on Saturday. (Note: Our Plain Dealing & Tooke Branches are closed on Saturdays)
Am I required to wear a face covering to visit the library? No. Effective October 27, 2021, in a... Read Full Blog
Did you know that with your library card and internet access you can download eBooks, listen to audiobooks, stream movies, read the latest magazines, learn a new language, listen to music, brush up on your photography skills, work on craft projects, learn hand lettering, and much more free and from the comfort of your own home! We even have online tutorials to teach you how to use these online resources!
First things first, do you have a library card with us? If so, awesome! Your library card already offers you access to our full array of online resources. I... Read Full Blog
You may be more familiar with the term "summer reading program." We don't feel like "summer reading program" really captures the full scope of what we do here at Bossier Parish Libraries over the summer. With dozens of innovative programs and events happening for all ages, your summer at Bossier Parish Libraries really is much more than reading--it's an experience!How do I sign up?
If you've participated in previous years, you already have an account, your account still exists and there's no need to create a new one--simpl... Read Full Blog
Gale Courses, Homework Louisiana, and Learning Express offer extensive online test prep resources but we also have a large selection of books & other resources to assist with SAT & ACT Test Prep. Access to these resources is free with your library card.
Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.SAT/ACT Prep Course (part 1) - Reading, Writing, English, &... Read Full Blog
We know you came here because you have one important question...Will the library offer free tax preparation assistance this year?
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is no. Usually we have volunteers from AARP come in to provide the free tax preparation. They do not have enough manpower to continue to offer this service. So here's what we've done to help you with your tax self-preparation.Tax Forms
We have paper copies of basic tax forms available at some of our locations. Give your preferred branch a cal... Read Full Blog
A reading program designed for infants through preschoolers to promote early literacy and kick start early education and set them up for success once they begin school. This free program allows parents the opportunity to share books every day with their child. Reading to or with your child daily helps them develop the pre-reading skills necessary for them to be successful readers in kindergarten. The goal is to read 1000 books before beginning kindergarten. The program is ongoing and will not end until your child reaches his/her goal or the child... Read Full Blog
The American Library Associate defines information literacy as the ability to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."But how do you know the information you are locating and using is valid and reliable information?
Need help determining facts from fiction? Let us help.Consider the Source
Who is providing the information? Click away from the article to investigate the site, company info, and its mission--look for an "about" section ... Read Full Blog
Show your child how you read every day for fun and work.
Point out to your children the printed words in your home.
Encourage your child to read independently in his or her own way.
Talk to your child as if he or she is already a reader.
Make reading fun using different voices for different characters.
Talk about the book you are reading with your child.
Choose a quiet spot for you and your child to read.
Read aloud at least 15 minutes each day to your... Read Full Blog