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December 2023: Blogging with Katie



The year of 2023 has flown by. We at Lafourche Parish Public Libraries would like to say thank you to our communities’ continued support of our library system. Without you and your support, rebuilding our libraries and the services we provide would not be possible.


This year, thanks to our library board and Lafourche Parish government administration, we were able to open a temporary storefront branch right next to our South Lafourche branch location. The South Lafourche Storefront is able to provide library services to the southernmost part of our parish while repairs continue on the permanent South Lafourche branch. The storefront provides computer services, Wi-Fi, printing, faxing, books, movies, Take and Make crafts, a children’s story time, and a small children’s play area.


In addition to the library storefront, we also continue to have our Library-2-Geaux van visit the Golden Meadow Senior Citizens Center every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM.



With the holidays quickly approaching, each branch in the LPPL system has several programs throughout the month of December. This year, we’re having a special program at each of our branches, put on by Bayou STEM. The program is aimed at children in grades 4th-8th, and will have participants explore creating salty lights and snowy lava lamps. The following locations will host the Bayou STEM Salty Lights and Snowy Lava-Lamps program:

 


Raceland Library-December 6, 3:30-5:00 PM

Bayou Blue Library-December 7, 3:30-5:00 PM

Gheens Library-December 13, 3:30-5:00 PM

Larose Library-December 14, 3:30-5:00 PM

Choctaw Library-December 20, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Lockport Library-December 21, 3:30-5:00 PM

 


Code Combat:

 

December 4th-10th is Computer Science Education Week. Computer Science Education Week works to inspire school age children to learn computer science and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field. At LPPL, we will be hosting Code Combat classes. This innovative technology invites players to take control of an in-game hero and code their way through levels and challenges while learning programming concepts. Students embrace learning as they play and write code from the very start of their adventure. You can call or register online for this class. See below for a list of times and dates for Code Combat during the month of December:

 

Choctaw Library-Ages 12-14-Monday, December 4, 2:30-4:30 PM

Lockport Library-Ages 8+- Monday, December 4, 4:30 PM

Larose Library-Ages 8+-Tuesday, December 5, 4:30 PM

Bayou Blue Library-Ages 12-17-Wednesday, December 6, 3:45 PM

Gheens Library-Ages 8+- Tuesday, December 7, 2023, 3:00 PM

SL Storefront-Ages 8+-Thursday, December 7, 4:00 PM

Thibodaux Library-All Ages-Saturday, December 9, 10:30 AM

Raceland Library-All Ages- Thursday, December 14, 3:00 PM

 

 

If you cannot make the above times for our Code Combat programs, you can also access this database at home—for free—using the LPPL website. Simply go to https://www.lafourche.org/books-movies-music and click on the Code Combat icon to start coding.


Holiday Programs:

LPPL has ready-made craft packets, called Take & Makes, for you to work on at home. During the holiday season, we have lots of programs for a variety of age groups to attend. Check the list below for special holiday programs and activities in your community.


Larose Library-Elf on the Shelf Contest (All Ages): The Larose Library has an elf loose in the library.  Can you help us find our Elf on the Shelf, Buddy?  Find Buddy daily to receive an entry to win a prize.  Only one entry per person, per day.  The winner will be pulled at the end of the day on December 21st.

Friday, December 1 to Thursday, December 21, All Day

 

South Lafourche Library- Elf on the Shelf Contest (All Ages): Can you help us find our Elf on the Shelf, Cupcake?  Find Cupcake daily to receive an entry to win a prize.  Only one entry per person, per day.  

All month

 

Thibodaux Library- Christmas Open House: Santa is coming to this year's Christmas Open House as a guest of the Thibodaux Friends of the Library. Families are invited to come out and spend a little time with Santa and get in the holiday spirit! So, come join us for stories, music, a craft, light refreshments, and pictures with Santa. Winners for the Friends of the Library Book Giveaway will be announced. (Visit the Thibodaux Branch to enter to win)

Saturday, December 2, 10:00 AM

 

Gheens Library-Christmas Sidewalk Chalk Art (Ages 0-12): Children are invited to decorate the sidewalk with holiday cheer for visitors.

Monday, December 18, 2023, 4:00 PM

 

Bayou Blue Library- Ooey Gooey Tuesday (12-17): Come to the library to make festive fluffy slime.

Tuesday, December 19th, 3:45 PM

 

Lockport Library- Polar Express Extravaganza (All Ages): Join us for a journey aboard the Polar Express. Enjoy popcorn, cookies and a chocolate drink as we enjoy this Warner Brother’s movie and create a craft.

Saturday, December 23, 10:30 AM

 

Raceland Library-Canapés and Acrylics (Ages 15+): Upcycle a puzzle with a floral decor while enjoying some seasonal refreshments.

Thursday, December 28, at 10:30 AM

 

Choctaw Library-Local Author Jill Hanson Pitre Book Reading (All Ages): Enjoy the newest published children’s book Happy Birthday Treasure brought to life by local author, Jill Hanson Pitre. We will celebrate Treasure’s birthday with party favors and snacks.

Wednesday, December 27, 2:00 PM

 

Mrs. Claus visits the Library

Since Santa is busy at the North Pole preparing for the holidays, Mrs. Claus will be stopping by a few of our branches to spread some holiday cheer.


Choctaw Library-Visit with Mrs. Claus (All Ages): Mrs. Claus makes her special appearance as she reads her favorite holiday stories. We all know she loves to sing Christmas carols as well. A simple craft will be made. Have your phone or camera ready for a selfie with Mrs. Claus.

Wednesday, December 13, 4:30 PM

 

Lockport Library- Pictures with Mrs. Claus (All Ages): Mrs. Claus will be visiting our library today. Stop by to take your picture with her.

Thursday, December 14, 4:00-6:00 PM

 

Bayou Blue Library-Story Time with Mrs. Claus (All Ages): Get your move on at story time with stories, exercise, and a simple craft.

Monday, December 18th, 11:00 AM

 

Larose Library- Story Time Mrs. Claus visit (All Ages): Learn through stories, movement, and fun activities.

Thursday, December 21, 1:00 PM


New Years Eve

If you’re looking for something to do between the holidays and New Year’s, head on over to your favorite Lafourche Parish Public Library. Lafourche Parish Library branches will be hosting a New Year themed program or activity, just in time to ring in 2024.

Choctaw Library-BINGO (Ages 5-11): Have fun playing BINGO with your friends. Get ready to “ring” in the New Year with fun prizes.

Thursday, December 28, 10:00 AM

 

Thibodaux Library- Baby Time “Happy New Year” (All Ages): An interactive story time geared towards infants and toddlers.

Thursday, December 28, 10:30 AM

 

Larose Library- Story Time & Craft “Happy New Year!” (All Ages): Learn through stories, movement, and fun activities.

Thursday, December 28, 1:00 PM

 

Lockport Library-Sparkless Sparklers (Ages 5-12): Ring in the New Year with this sparkler paper craft.

Thursday, December 28, 2:00 PM


- Katie, Reference Librarian

 

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