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May is a month for mothers at St. John Parish Libraries

May will be a wonderful time to visit St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries. Children’s Book Week will be held from Monday, May 3 to Sunday, May 9. Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. It was established in 1919, and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The program is administered by Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council, which is the anchor sponsor. Every Child a Reader is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America, and is supported by individual donations, grants and foundations. The organization creates and supports programs that strive to make reading and enjoyment of children’s books, an essential part of America’s educational and social aims. To show support to the organization and celebrate Children’s Book Week, St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries will showcase a plethora of books throughout the week to highlight the “Reading Is A Superpower” slogan. Programs will also be hosted throughout the week at the Norris J. Millet, Sr. Library in LaPlace.  Please contact Trina Smith, our Children’s/Outreach Librarian at 985-652-6857, ext. 1501 for more information.

Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 9 and the library system will provide several programs the week leading up to Mom’s big day. Craft bags will be available for pick-up from Saturday, May 1 to Saturday, May 8 at the Norris J. Millet, Sr. Library to make “Paper Plate Flowers.” Children, ages 5 and up, are welcome to create these flowers as gifts for their mothers. The Norris J. Millet, Sr. Library will also host a “Mom and Me Storytime” on Thursday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. Children and their parents are invited to listen to stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities on Facebook. “Mother’s Day Calendars” will be created at the Roland Borne, Sr. Memorial Library in Edgard. Patrons are asked to email photos that they would like to use for the calendars to edgardlibrary@stjohn.lib.la.us. Assistance will be given to help the patrons design their calendars. This program is limited to the first 10 people that sign-up.  For more information, call JoAnn Proctor at 985-497-3453. The Frazee-Harris Memorial Library (Garyville) will host “Handmade Mother’s Day Cards.”  Grab and go bags will be available for pick-up from Monday, May 3 to Saturday, May 8. Any doting mother, grandmother, step-mother or mother-figure will love receiving a nicely decorated, handmade greeting card created with love especially for her. This program is for children, ages 5 and up.  For more information, call Dawn Monica at 985-535-6868.

May is also known as the Month of the Short Stories. Inspired by April’s “National Poetry Month,” May started to become identified with the short story, especially since May 2013, when the first organized International Short Story Month began. Short stories make the perfect introduction to a new author’s work, a great way for readers to get a top-up from their favorite authors between novels, and a perfect impulse purchase on a smartphone or e-reader.  Please visit St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries and peruse through some great short stories during the month of May.

For a full list of all programs, please refer to our online calendar on our website, Facebook (St. John the Baptist Parish Library), or pick up a newsletter at any of our four branches. I hope you all can attend/view some of the spectacular programs offered at St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries.

 

Kearston Poche’ is communication manager for St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries. For a full list of April Programs, please refer to our online calendar on our website (stjohnlib.com), Facebook (St. John the Baptist Parish Library) or pick up a newsletter at any of the four branches.