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SUMMER EXPERIENCE 2024

Pack your bags ... we're going on an adventure this summer at your Lafourche Parish Public Library!  Our 2024 Summer Experience is headed to a library branch near you this June and July to the theme of "Adventure Begins at Your Library."  Gear up to explore the world at your library ... the fun begins May 28!

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Registration

SUMMER EXPERIENCE REGISTRATION

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Registration for our 2024 Summer Experience will be taking place in person at all branches starting Monday, May 13, 2024.  On this date, you can register for the reading challenge, pick up a Summer Explore Adventure Passport log and calendar, and sign-up for programming that requires registration.  We will also be selling Lafourche Parish Public Library logo bags that you can purchase starting on this date.
 

SUMMER EXPERIENCE PARTICIPATION

Participation

From exploring exhilarating performances to discovering your creative side at art workshops - not to mention camping out with tons of good books - there's so much to see and do on your Summer Experience odyssey!

Here's how to participate in the fun this summer:

  • Register for Summer Experience 2024 at your local LPPL branch, and pick up your Summer Explorer Adventure Passport!  This is where you will be logging your reading and event participation.

  • The reading goal for all ages is to read for at least 20 minutes a day.  In your adventure passport, mark off every day that you read for at least 20 minutes.

  • Once you have logged reading for 5 days, come into the library to claim a prize!  Every time you have 5 days of logged reading, you are meeting a goal and get to come in for a prize.

  • Your program goal is to attend at least one in-person library event in June and one in July for even more fun!

  • Mark off your library event attendance in the boxes at the bottom of the adventure passport.

  • Complete the challenge to be entered into the grand prize drawing!  To complete, you must have at least 30 days of reading and attended at least two library events (one in June & one in July.)

  • Visit us all summer long to check out books, attend special events, claim your prizes, and have an awesome Summer Experience!

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How to Have an Adventerous Summer Experience:

Register for Our Summer Experience In-Person at All Branches Starting May 13, 2024

Visit any LPPL branch to register for our Summer Experience starting May 13!  Pick up an Adventure Passport log & calendar, & sign-up for registration-required programming.

Read Books,
Attend Programs,
& Log Your Participation to
Earn Prizes

Keep track of your Summer Experience progress on your participation log.  Try to read at least 20 minutes a day and attend two library programs this summer.

Reach Goals to Earn Prizes & Complete the Challenge to Enter the Grand
Prize Drawing

Earn a prize every time that you read for 5 days. Complete the challenge by reading 30 days and attending at least two events to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing!

SUMMER EXPERIENCE WEEKLY THEMES

Weekly Themes

We are going on a new adventure every week of Summer Experience!  Enjoy programs, crafts, performances, workshops, and more related to the theme of the week. 

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Week 1:  May 28 - June 2 - Hello, Summer Experience!
Week 2:  June 3-9 - And We're Off! Adventures in Travel
Week 3:  June 10-16 - Dream It Up! Adventures in Imagination

Week 4:  June 17-23 - Sense-ploration! Adventures in the Senses
Week 5:  June 24-30 - Go Outside! Adventures in Nature
Week 6:  July 1-7 - Dim the Lights! Adventures in the Dark
Week 7:  July 8-14 - Stay Close! Adventures Close to Home
Week 8:  July 15-21 - Solve This! Adventures in Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts, & Mysteries
Week 9:  July 22-31 - Goodbye, Summer Experience!

SUMMER EXPERIENCE SHIRTS & BAGS

Bags

This summer, we will also be selling Adventure Begins at Your Library bags to hold all of your checkouts.  This bag design is exclusive to our Summer Experience program - you won't find it anywhere else!  Purchase your bag for $1 beginning May 13 and throughout the summer, while supplies last!

Due to increased production costs and low sales in previous years, we will not be selling Summer Experience shirts this year.

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Peformances

SUMMER EXPERIENCE PERFORMANCES

Performances are one of the highlights of Summer Experience!  Enjoy interactive shows this summer from Magician Tim Spinosa, Animal Tales, Crescent Circus, and Harvey Rabbit.  Performances are fun for all ages.  No registration is required.

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MAGICIAN TIM SPINOSA

Enjoy a high impact magic show full of comedy and audience participation with Magician Tim Spinosa.  Expect to be baffled, amazed, and entertained as this skilled magician presents a wide variety of illusions that will leave you wondering just how he did it!

SOUTHWednesday, June 12, 2024 @ 10 AM
                  Cut Off Youth Center - 205 W 79th St, Cut Off, LA

CENTRALWednesday, June 12, 2024 @ 1 PM
                        Lockport American Legion - 921 Veterans St, Lockport, LA

NORTHWednesday, June 12, 2024 @ 4 PM
                   Warren J. Harang Auditorium - 
310 N. Canal Blvd, Thibodaux, LA

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ANIMAL TALES:  ZOOFARI EARTH

Take a trip around the globe with six exotic animals from six different continents!  Enjoy an up-close, personal encounter with an animal at the end of this Animal Tales show.

SOUTHMonday, June 24, 2024 @ 10 AM
                  Cut Off Youth Center - 205 W 79th St, Cut Off, LA

CENTRALTuesday, June 25, 2024 @ 10 AM
                        Lockport American Legion - 921 Veterans St, Lockport, LA

NORTHMonday, June 24, 2024 @ 1 PM
                   Warren J. Harang Auditorium - 
310 N. Canal Blvd, Thibodaux, LA

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CRESCENT CIRCUS

The Crescent Circus is a husband-wife duo who fuse expertise in magic, circus arts, and comedy to deliver a one-of-a-kind magical experience on stage!  

SOUTHTuesday, July 2, 2024 @ 10 AM
                  Cut Off Youth Center - 205 W 79th St, Cut Off, LA

CENTRALWednesday, July 3, 2024 @ 1 PM
                        Lockport Recreation - 5610 LA-1, Lockport, LA

NORTHTuesday, July 2, 2024 @ 1 PM
                   Warren J. Harang Auditorium - 
310 N. Canal Blvd, Thibodaux, LA

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HARVEY RABBIT AND FRIENDS

Enjoy the antics of Harvey Rabbit, Cecil the Orangutan, and T-Boy the Alligator with Laura & Tim Allured in a fun-filled, energetic show of ventriloquism, puppetry, music, magic, comedy, & audience participation!

SOUTHTuesday, July 16, 2024 @ 10 AM
                  Cut Off Youth Center - 205 W 79th St, Cut Off, LA

CENTRALWednesday, July 17, 2024 @ 10 AM
                        Lockport American Legion - 921 Veterans St, Lockport, LA

NORTHTuesday, July 16, 2024 @ 3 PM                   
                   Warren J. Harang Auditorium - 310 N. Canal Blvd, Thibodaux, LA

Art Workshops

SUMMER EXPERIENCE ART WORKSHOPS

Join our guest artists for in-branch art workshops utilizing various artistic techniques and mediums. 
Space is limited. Registration is required for all workshops.  Registration begins May 13, 2024.

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THE SKY IS THE LIMIT WITH SHELBY TOUPS

(Ages 8-12) Let your creativity soar experimenting with paints to create a delightful art piece at a workshop led by local artist Shelby Toups.

  • Bayou Blue:  July 2 at 10 AM

  • Choctaw:  July 3 at 10 AM

  • Larose:  July 9 at 10:30 AM

  • Lockport:  July 15 at 10 AM

  • Raceland:  July 8 at 10 AM

  • Storefront:  July 10 at 10:30 AM

  • Thibodaux:  July 1 at 10 AM

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DESERT DREAMS WITH SHELBY TOUPS

(Ages 11-17) With local artist Shelby Toups as your guide, you are invited to learn the power of implementing art techniques to create a desert masterpiece.

  • Bayou Blue:  July 2 at 1 PM

  • Choctaw:  July 3 at 1 PM

  • Larose:  July 9 at 1:30 PM

  • Lockport:  July 15 at 1 PM

  • Raceland:  July 8 at 1 PM

  • Storefront:  July 10 at 1:30 PM

  • Thibodaux:  July 1 at 1 PM

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THE ROAD TO ADVENTURE WITH SHELBY TOUPS

(Ages 18+) Find your inner artist in a painting workshop with local artist Shelby Toups!

  • Choctaw:  June 18 at 10 AM

  • Larose:  June 17 at 3 PM

  • Lockport:  June 13 at 1 PM

  • Thibodaux:  June 20 at 3 PM

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A FLOCK OF COLOR WITH KRISTEN ANGELETTE

(Ages 8-12) Use bursts of color for this summer adventure and create wildlife art that will make you want to shake your tailfeather.

  • Bayou Blue:  June 26 at 10 AM

  • Choctaw:  July 1 at 10 AM

  • Gheens:  July 9 at 10 AM

  • Larose:  July 15 at 10:30 AM

  • Lockport:  July 8 at 10 AM

  • Raceland:  July 11 at 10 AM

  • Storefront:  July 18 at 11 AM

  • Thibodaux:  June 17 at 10 AM

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER WITH KRISTEN ANGELETTE

(Ages 16+) Gather together to create an exotic rainbow of wildlife art that'll spread some colorful tails around.

  • Bayou Blue:  June 26 at 2:30 PM

  • Choctaw:  July 1 at 2 PM

  • Gheens:  July 9 at 2:30 PM

  • Larose:  July 15 at 3 PM

  • Lockport:  July 8 at 2:30 PM

  • Raceland:  July 11 at 3 PM

  • Storefront:  July 18 at 2:30 PM

  • Thibodaux:  June 17 at 3 PM

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TREASURE MAP WITH GAIL DUBIS

(Ages 8-12) Combine drawing and painting techniques to design a one-of-a-kind treasure map.

  • Bayou Blue:  July 11 at 10 AM

  • Choctaw:  July 17 at 10 AM

  • Gheens:  June 27 at 10 AM

  • Larose:  July 10 at 10:30 AM

  • Lockport:  June 26 at 10 AM

  • Raceland:  July 1 at 10 AM

  • Storefront:  July 15 at 11 AM

  • Thibodaux:  July 8 at 10 AM

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SILHOUETTE CASTLES WITH GAIL DUBIS

(Ages 8-12) Put your personal twist to this mixed media art project to create a beautiful castle silhouette set against a magical watercolor sky.

  • Bayou Blue:  July 11 at 2:30 PM

  • Choctaw:  July 17 at 2 PM

  • Gheens:  June 27 at 2:30 PM

  • Larose:  July 10 at 3 PM

  • Lockport:  June 26 at 2:30 PM

  • Raceland:  July 1 at 3 PM

  • Storefront:  July 15 at 2:30 PM

  • Thibodaux:  July 8 at 3 PM

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HOT AIR BALLOON WITH JESSICA CASSEL

(Ages 11+) Try this adventure with art concepts and materials to craft a unique work of art. 

  • Bayou Blue:  July 11 at 10 AM

  • Choctaw:  July 17 at 10 AM

  • Gheens:  June 27 at 10 AM

  • Larose:  July 10 at 10:30 AM

  • Lockport:  June 26 at 10 AM

  • Raceland:  July 1 at 10 AM

  • Storefront:  July 15 at 11 AM

  • Thibodaux:  July 8 at 10 AM

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HORIZONS & DREAMS WITH JESSICA CASSEL

(Ages 13+) Let’s create beauty together.  Follow a pattern to fashion colorful paper into whimsical art décor.

  • Bayou Blue:  July 11 at 2:30 PM

  • Choctaw:  July 17 at 2 PM

  • Gheens:  June 27 at 2:30 PM

  • Larose:  July 10 at 3 PM

  • Lockport:  June 26 at 2:30 PM

  • Raceland:  July 1 at 3 PM

  • Storefront:  July 15 at 2:30 PM

  • Thibodaux:  July 8 at 3 PM

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FLOWER WALL HANGING WITH JESSICA DUET

(Ages 16+) Use your origami skills to make a unique Japanese-inspired Kusudama flower wall decoration.  

  • Bayou Blue:  July 9 at 10 AM

  • Choctaw:  June 5 at 10 AM

  • Gheens:  June 4 at 10 AM

  • Larose:  June 11 at 10:30 AM

  • Lockport:  June 17 at 10 AM

  • Raceland:  June 10 at 10 AM

  • Storefront:  June 25 at 11 AM

  • Thibodaux:  June 3 at 10 AM

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HANDMADE TRAVEL JOURNAL WITH JESSICA DUET

(Ages 13+) Collect all of your travelling memories in your very own custom handmade journal.

  • Bayou Blue:  July 9 at 2:30 PM

  • Choctaw:  June 5 at 2 PM

  • Gheens:  June 4 at 2:30 PM

  • Larose:  June 11 at 3 PM

  • Lockport:  June 17 at 2:30 PM

  • Raceland:  June 10 at 3 PM

  • Storefront:  June 25 at 2:30 PM

  • Thibodaux:  June 3 at 3 PM

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UP, UP, & AWAY PAINTING WITH KATIE CHERAMIE

(Ages 12-17) Drift above the clouds with this 3D mixed media hot air balloon project. 

  • Bayou Blue:  June 18 at 10 AM & 2:30 PM

  • Choctaw:  June 17 at 10 AM & 2 PM

  • Gheens:  June 20 at 10 AM & 2:30 PM

  • Larose:  June 4 at 10:30 AM & 3 PM

  • Lockport:  June 10 at 10 AM & 2:30 PM

  • Raceland:  June 13 at 10 AM & 3 PM

  • Storefront:  June 5 at 11 AM & 2:30 PM

  • Thibodaux:  June 11 at 10 AM & 3 PM

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CAMPING IN THE WOODS WITH KATIE CHERAMIE

(Adults) Relax under the stars with a cozy camping painting. 

  • Bayou Blue:  June 25 at 10 AM & 2:30 PM

  • Choctaw:  July 8 at 10 AM & 2 PM

  • Gheens:  July 16 at 10 AM & 2:30 PM

  • Larose:  July 1 at 10:30 AM & 3 PM

  • Lockport:  June 24 at 10 AM & 2:30 PM

  • Raceland:  July 18 at 10 AM & 3 PM

  • Storefront:  July 3 at 11 AM & 2:30 PM

  • Thibodaux:  July 15 at 10 AM & 3 PM

SUMMER EXPERIENCE GUEST WORKSHOPS

Guest Workshops

Join us for a variety of workshops hosted or sponsored by guest organizations. 
Space is limited. Registration is required for some workshops.  Registration begins May 13, 2024.

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JUNIOR ANGLER PROGRAM

Ages 8+ are welcome to attend.  No registration required.
Join National Park Rangers in a fun-filled fishing program!  Discover the wonders of our scaled, gilled, finny friends in this hands-on free event

SOUTHThursday, July 11, 2024 @ 10 AM
                  Cut Off Youth Center - 205 W 79th St, Cut Off, LA

CENTRALWednesday, July 10, 2024 @ 10 AM
                        Lockport American Legion - 921 Veterans St, Lockport, LA

NORTHTuesday, July 9, 2024 @ 10 AM                   
                   Jean Lafitte Park - 314 Saint Mary St, Thibodaux, LA

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CHALLENGE ISLAND

All ages are welcome to attend.  Registration required.
Join us for this one-of-a-kind STEAM adventure and experience science in a fun-filled session of teamwork and invention with Challenge Island.

SOUTHWednesday, July 17, 2024 @ 3 PM
                  Larose Branch Library - 305 E. Fifth St, Larose, LA

CENTRALWednesday, July 17, 2024 @ 1 PM
                        Lockport Branch Library - 720 Crescent Ave, Lockport, LA

NORTHThursday, July 18, 2024 @ 1 & 3 PM                  
                   Thibodaux Branch Library - 705 West Fifth St, Thibodaux, LA

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ADVENTURES WITH SNACKS WITH LSU AG

All ages are welcome to attend.  No registration required.
Discover creative ways to plan and prepare healthy snacks in this hands-on workshop presented by LSU Ag.

  • Bayou Blue:  June 27 at 11 AM

  • Choctaw:  June 25 at 2 PM

  • Gheens:  June 24 at 3 PM

  • Larose:  June 26 at 11 AM

  • Lockport:  June 24 at 12 PM

  • Raceland:  June 27 at 2 PM

  • Storefront:  June 26 at 2 PM

  • Thibodaux:  June 25 at 11 AM

Special Events

SUMMER EXPERIENCE SPECIAL EVENTS

If you're up for a fun challenge, join us for these special events for all ages.
Space is limited. Registration is required for some events.  Registration begins May 13, 2024.

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ESCAPE ROOMS

Ages 8+ are welcome to attend.  Registration required.
Are you ready for an epic escape room adventure?  Bring your team & prepare to unlock mysteries & solve puzzles!  Can you escape our escape rooms?

  • Bayou Blue:  June 14 & July 19 at 2 PM

  • Choctaw:  June 13 at 2 PM; June 22 at 3 PM; July 11 at 10 AM & 3 PM

  • Larose:  June 21 & July 12 at 1 PM & 3 PM

  • Lockport:  June 12 at 3 PM; June 13 at 4 PM; June 14 at 1 PM; June 16 at 10 AM; July 10 at 10 AM; July 13 at 3:30 PM; July 14 at 11:30 AM; July 15 at 10:30 AM

  • Raceland:  June 15 & July 17 at 3 PM

  • Thibodaux:  June 23, June 24, July 21, & July 22 at 10 AM & 11:30 AM

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CODE COMBAT

Ages 8+ are welcome to attend.  *Indicates registration required.
Learn to code in C++, Python, & JavaScript while playing an adventure video game!  Code your way through levels & challenges while you control an in-game hero!

  • Bayou Blue:  *June 13 at 1 PM

  • Choctaw:  June 15 & July 13 at  2 PM (No registration required.)

  • Gheens:  *June 20 & July 11 at 2:30 PM 

  • Larose:  *June 15, June 29, & July 13 at 3 PM

  • Lockport:  *June 6 at 2 PM; July 24 at 4 PM

  • Raceland:  June 21 & July 24 at 3 PM (No registration required.)

  • Thibodaux:  *June 12 at 4 PM; July 7 at 10:30 AM

Paw Pals

SUMMER EXPERIENCE CLOSING CELEBRATIONS

  • Bayou Blue:  July 22 at 10:30 AM

  • Choctaw:  July 24 at 10:30 AM

  • Gheens:  July 22 at 2 PM

  • Larose:  July 25 at 2 PM

  • Lockport:  July 25 at 10:30 AM

  • Raceland:  July 23 at 10:30 AM

  • Thibodaux:  July 24 at  2 PM (at Warren J. Harang Auditorium)

PAW PALS CLOSING CELEBRATION

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Meet your favorite rescue dog characters & celebrate the closing of another PAWSOME Summer Experience!

Story Times

SUMMER EXPERIENCE STORY TIMES

  • Bayou Blue:  Mondays at 10 AM

  • Choctaw:  Thursdays at 10 AM

  • Gheens:  Mondays at 10 AM

  • Larose:  Thursdays at 1 PM

  • Lockport:  Thursdays at 10:30 AM

  • Raceland:  Tuesdays at 11 AM

  • Thibodaux:  Wednesdays at 11:15 AM

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Join us weekly at our branches for stories, crafts, activities, songs, and more!  No registration required.

Kids' Cafe

SUMMER EXPERIENCE KIDS' CAFE

Enjoy a tasty afternoon snack or meal at your library in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.  All food must be consumed on library premises.  While supplies last.  No registration required. 

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  • Bayou Blue:  Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 4:30 PM (Serving snacks)

  • Choctaw:  Monday - Thursday, 1:30 - 3:30 PM (Serving snacks)

  • Larose:  Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 4:30 PM (Serving meals)

  • Lockport:  Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 4:30 PM (Serving snacks)

  • Raceland:  Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 4:30 PM (Serving meals)

  • Thibodaux:  Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 4:30 PM (Serving meals)

Take & Make Crafts

SUMMER EXPERIENCE TAKE AND MAKE CRAFTS

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We provide the ideas and supplies for you to craft at home!  Stop by your local branch to pick up your Take and Make kit to make a craft at home.  New crafts for a variety of ages are put out every Monday at all branches.  Crafts are available throughout the week, while supplies last. 

Sponsors

SUMMER EXPERIENCE SPONSORS

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Summer Experience 2023 is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the RAC. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment of the Arts.

Summer Experience 2023 is supported by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers and Off the Hook, who provided coupons for participants.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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