Did you know that the Washington Monument was completed on December 6, 1884 with the placing of a 9-inch aluminum pyramid at its top? Just over 100 years had passed since it was first decided by the U.S. Congress that a monument should be built in honor of our first president and Revolutionary War general; and it was nearly 40 years since the cornerstone was laid, marking the beginning of construction.
The first ideas for a monument honoring George Washington included placing a statue of the man near the site of wherever the new Congressional building would be located when that wa... Read Full Blog
The holiday season creeps ever closer. In fact, depending on when you read this week’s column, Thanksgiving might have come and gone. With the holidays, come our holiday programs, and so I’m taking this week to give my readers a bit of notice to get some special dates on their calendars so they don’t miss out.
To begin, if you are a fan of the Nutcracker, you will not want to miss the special performance the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet is putting on at the Aulds Branch on December 2 at 5:00pm. This showcase will include a selection of dances and songs from their regular show. M... Read Full Blog
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
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