It’s the beginning of March already, and this column comes out just in time for me to talk about International Women’s Day which is celebrated on March 8. This holiday, or day of recognition, is set aside specifically in order to celebrate women for their achievements, and to raise awareness about women’s equality.
International Women’s Day (IWD) was officially recognized in 1977 by the United Nations, but the celebration vastly predates the seventies. According to the UN’s website, the first IWD celebration took place on February 28, 1909 which was organized in support of the gar... Read Full Blog
For this week’s library column, I thought I’d have fun with random holidays again. So, this week, specifically on February 26, you can celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day and I’ve got several suggestions for how you can observe this quirky, unofficial holiday.
But before I get into how to celebrate this holiday, I think I should at least briefly talk about what a fairy tale is. For instance, Merriam-Webster defines a fairy tale as “a story involving fantastic forces and beings (such as fairies, wizards, and goblins... 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. 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
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-Friday, 10am-6pm 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 July 13, 2020, Governor Edwards' statewide mandate (P... Read Full Blog
The mission of Bossier Parish Libraries is to open doors to ideas and information by providing access to an array of materials, programs, and technologies that inform, educate, and entertain. We may have had to limit our services for the time being, but our mission remains the same. 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 comfo... Read Full Blog
***Our Plain Dealing & Tooke Branches are offering curbside pickup Monday-Friday and are closed on Saturdays***How Does it Work? Use the MY ACCOUNT feature to place a hold on an item; 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. Remain in your vehicle & call to let us know you're here. We bring your item t... 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
Need help determining facts from alternative facts (aka: fiction)? Let us help.
Be aware of “fake news.” What is fake news? It isn’t news you disagree with—it is content generated by non-news organizations in order to generate an audience for paid advertisements or to spread unverified/untrue information.
Take a look at these examples of fake news sites compiled by CBS.
Also take a look at this Spotting Fake News video from FactCheck.org.
What can you do?
Be skeptical of any news that comes from third-... 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