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Weekly Update - 09.15.21

Is it wishful thinking to talk about fall almost being here? Even if it is, it’s not too early to prepare! And what better way to prepare than to decorate?

Now, if you enjoy a bit of DIY as well as the fall season, we have a few programs planned that you may want to look into. For example, our Plain Dealing branch is holding a candle making class on September 28 where participants will get to make their own set of mini candles for the fall using upcycled baby food jars and essential oils. Supplies are limited, and social distancing is still a factor, so don’t forget to register to... Read Full Blog

Weekly Update - 09.08.21

While browsing for potential column topics for this week’s column, I came across the name David Bushnell who was born on August 30 (the day I happened to be researching on) in 1740. At the time the name was only vaguely familiar and so I investigated further.

It turns out, for those unfamiliar with the name, that David Bushnell was an American inventor, teacher, medical doctor, and one of the first American combat engineers. He was also a veteran of the Revolutionary War and is credited with inventing and building the first submarine to be used in battle. His submarine was called ... Read Full Blog

Capital Projects FAQs

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.  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 use libraries, libraries are thriving. Each year more people visit their local public library than attend NFL, NHL, NBA, Nascar, and the movie theater combined. (1) One reason for this is that libraries continually evolve to meet the needs of... Read Full Blog

FAQs

Reopening & Hours of Operation Are you open? / What are your hours?
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?  Yes.  Effective August 4, 2021, in accorda... Read Full Blog

Library @ Home

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

ACT & SAT Test Prep Resources

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

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

Curbside Pickup Service

Available during regular operating hours at all Bossier Parish Libraries locations How Does it Work? Use the MY ACCOUNT feature to place a hold on an item; OR, you can place holds via our mobile app; OR, call any of our locations and staff will be happy to place holds for you. Receive notification that your hold is available for pickup. Drive to the location you chose as your pickup location. Park in the designated curbside pickup space. Call us and we'll bring your items out to you!  You have 3 business days to pick up your holds before we move to the next person on the ... Read Full Blog

2021 Tax Information

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

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

What is it?

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

A Quick Guide for Evaluating Information

What is Information Literacy?

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

Reading Tips for Parents

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.

Ask questions.

Choose a quiet spot for you and your child to read.

Read aloud at least 15 minutes each day to your... Read Full Blog