• Helen, Technical Services Librarian

Are You Ready for Some Mardi Gras (& More) @ Your LPPLibrary?

WOW! January 2020 is already over…and you know what that means. MARDI GRAS!! So make sure you know “where y'at” and “laissez les bons temps rouler” this February at your Lafourche Parish Library! Read on for other special events happening this fabulous February!

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is officially on Tuesday, February 25th, but you know us bayou folk can’t celebrate for just one day. The Lafourche Parish Library krewes are ready to parade and share their throws with you at the Thibodaux, Lockport, and South Lafourche Branches. Preschool children are invited to take part in these annual Mardi Gras parades. Call the branch for more information.

  • Thibodaux (447-4119): “Krewe of Bookworms,” Wednesday, February 19th, 10:00 AM, Harang Civic Center

  • Lockport (532-3158): “Krewe of Once Upon a Time,” Thursday, February 20th, 10:30 AM, Bayouside Park

  • South Lafourche (632-7140): “Krewe de Les Petites Enfants,” Friday, February 21st, 10:30 AM, Branch Parking Lot

All Lafourche Parish Library branches will be celebrating Mardi Gras with special programs and events. Check out our February calendar for more carnival fun.

Black History Month

Each February our country celebrates the achievements of African Americans and the significant roles they played in U.S. history. Join us at the library as we commemorate and pay tribute with select programming, displays, and activities geared towards acknowledging these achievements.

Bayou Blue Branch Library:

  • Test your knowledge at our Black History Month trivia contest

Wednesday, February 19, 3:30 PM

Choctaw Branch Library:

  • Visit the branch’s interactive display that includes special book covers featuring pictures of notable African Americans and biographical information. Brochures and timelines highlighting important historical moments will be available to patrons throughout the month of February.

Gheens Branch Library:

  • Black History Month Canvas Art (Ages 8-16): Celebrate Black History Month by emulating the works of African American artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas, using canvas

Thursday, February 6, 3:30 PM

Golden Meadow Branch Library:

  • Black History Month Quilt (Ages 7-17): Celebrate Black History Month by creating a paper quilt that features important African Americans. Come and create a cool quilt while learning about these extraordinary individuals.

Monday, February 3, 4:30 PM

Larose Branch Library:

  • Black History Month display

  • Story Time & Craft, “Mae Jemison” in honor of Black History Month

Thursday, February 27, 1:00 PM

Lockport Branch Library:

  • Enjoy the branch display featuring Martin Luther King, Jr., located in the lobby

  • Tribal Print Keychains (Ages 12+): Come celebrate Black History Month by making an African print-inspired keychain

Saturday, February 1, 11:00 AM

Raceland Branch Library:

  • Innovations: Kids--discover everyday innovations by African Americans and make your own traffic light (invented by Garret Morgan!)

Thursday, February 27, at 4:30 PM

  • Teens-Harriet Tubman Read Aloud and Art: Explore history in a new, interactive way

Tuesday, February 4, at 4:30 PM

  • Black History Month Word Search: Find the words to describe this most important memorial month

Friday, February 21, at 4:00 PM

  • Display in branch lobby highlighting contributions of local, Louisiana African Americans

South Lafourche Branch Library:

  • Enjoy and browse the Black History Month display

Thibodaux Branch Library:

  • The Thibodaux Library is hosting a children’s drawing contest for ages 6-12. Please submit your drawing depicting people or scenes from Black History. All drawings must be received by Tuesday, February 18th. Winner will be announced and awarded a prize on Friday, February 21st.

  • Display in library foyer featuring “African Americans and the Vote”

Valentine’s Day-February 14th

Help us spread the love at the library to celebrate one of the most special days of the year-Valentine’s Day. We have story time Valentines, crafty Valentines, Bingo Valentines, and so much more.

“Valentine's Day is traditionally associated with red hearts, romance, flowers, candy or other sweet things, and the exchange of cards, called valentines, that express love.” - www.dictionary.com We have all that! Let the library help you show some love on Valentine’s Day.

Story Time Valentines

  • Choctaw Library-Tuesday, February 4, 10:30 AM “Hearts”

  • South Lafourche Library-Tuesday, February 11, 10:30 AM “Valentine’s Day”

  • Thibodaux Library-Wednesday, February 12, 11:15 AM “Be My Valentine Story Time”

  • Golden Meadow Library-Wednesday, February 12, 4:30 PM “Be My Valentine”

  • Larose Library-Thursday, February 13, 1:00 PM “Be My Valentine”

  • Lockport Library-Thursday, February 13, 10:30 AM “Valentine’s Day”

Crafty Valentines

  • Bayou Blue Branch

  • Mixed Media Valentine Door Hanger: Celebrate Valentine’s Day by creating a mixed media door hanger to use as Valentine décor. Please register by stopping at the sign-up table in the library, registering online, or giving us a call (985)580-0634. Friday, February 14, 1:30 PM

  • Choctaw Branch

  • Sequin Heart Sun Catchers: Show love to your Valentine with sparkly heart sun catcher. Ages 4-11. Friday, February 14, 4:30 PM

  • Water Color Art: Roses will be painted using water colors. Ages 12-17 Tuesday, February 11, 2:30 PM

  • DIY Valentine Garland: Love is in the air! Decorate in style with a hand crafted felt Valentine garland. Ages 18-up. Wednesday, February 5, 10 AM

  • Gheens Branch

  • Valentine Hearts (Ages 8-16): We’ll use recycled materials to create loving hearts for this Valentine’s workshop. Thursday, February 13, 3:30 PM

  • Golden Meadow Branch

  • Valentine Sponge Painting (Ages 2-10): Use heart shaped sponges and acrylic paint to create a heartwarming Valentine’s Day painting that you can use as a decoration or give as a gift to someone special. Tuesday, February 4, 4:30 PM

  • Larose Branch

  • 3D Heart Flower Card: Just in time for Valentine’s Day kids and teens can learn how to make a beautiful card to give to someone special. Wednesday, February 5, 4:00 PM

  • No Sew Heart Pillow: Kids and Teens can learn how to make a heart pillow without needing to sew. Thursday, February 13, 4:15 PM

  • Valentine Wreath: Adults will learn how to make a beautiful wreath to decorate their home. Stop by the library to reserve your place. Tuesday, February 4, 1:00 PM

  • Lockport Library

  • Valentine’s Day Wreaths: Make a Valentine’s Day wreath to get you in the holiday spirit. Please register by stopping at the sign-up table in the library, registering online, or giving us a call (985) 532-3158. Saturday, February 8, 11:00 AM

  • Raceland Library

  • Puppy Love: These puppies are made of hearts and love (and paper, and glue, and…). Tuesday, February 11, at 4:30 PM

  • Berry in Love: While these very berry friends are not edible, they are filled with creative hearts. Thursday, February 13, at 4:30 PM

  • Love Bug: Catch some love with a delightfully sticky craft. Wednesday, February 12, at 4:00 PM

  • Love Butterflies: Let love fly with these crafty little love bugs. Thursday, February 6, at 4:30 PM

  • Thibodaux Library

  • Teen Craft: Let’s Make Heart Art: Teens (ages 13-18) come in to make a painted stick heart canvas. Registration is required, so don’t wait to reserve your spot! Monday, February 10, 4:00 PM

Valentine Bingo

  • Bayou Blue Library-Valentine Bingo: Play Valentine Bingo for a chance to win a prize. Tuesday, February 11, 4:00 PM

  • Golden Meadow Library–Valentine’s Day Bingo to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Friday, February 14, 1 PM

  • Lockport Library-Valentine Bingo: Themed rounds of Bingo where anyone could be a winner! Friday, February 14, at 4:00 PM

Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that the theme for the 2020 Children’s Dental Heath Month is “Fluoride in water prevents cavities. Get it from the tap!” The Lafourche Parish Library is playing our part in the month of February to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. Join us in helping you have a perfect smile.

  • Bayou Blue Branch-“A Visit to the Dentist” story time Monday, February 3, 10:30 AM

  • Choctaw Branch-Alphabet Teeth Cleaning: Learn tips for brushing and caring for your teeth while playing an alphabet game. Free toothbrushes will be given in recognition of Children’s Dental Health Month. Thursday, February 20, 4 PM

  • Gheens Branch-Tooth Fairy: Join us for story time to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month. This interactive story time about brushing and the tooth fairy will include creating a personal tooth fairy box to take home. Tuesday, February 18, 4:30 PM

  • Lockport Library-“Healthy Teeth” story time Thursday, February 27, 10:30 AM

  • Thibodaux Library-“Children’s Dental Health Month Laptime” Thursday, February 13, 10:30 AM

February is Library Lovers Month

Show your love for your library by attending our fantastic February events to celebrate Library Lovers Month. You’ll find tons of fun and entertaining things to do throughout the month for all ages. Check out our calendar to see the ways your LPPL library loves you back!

February’s Resource of the Month

What’s all the hoopla about?! The Lafourche Parish Library has the answer as we proudly present hoopla!

  • hoopla is a fun and entertaining way to use your cell phone and other devices

  • hoopla is a streaming service that allows you to instantly borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, Comic books, Movies, TV series, and Music all in one place—up to 8 downloads per month

  • hoopla is free to use with your library card and an email address

  • hoopla asks-What are you waiting for?

Visit any branch of the library for a demonstration of this remarkable app and start reading, watching, and listening to everything you’ve been missing. It’s easy to use, it’s fun to have, and it’s free to own!

- Helen, Technical Services Librarian

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