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Celebrate Black History Month at St. John Parish Libraries

Black History will be celebrated throughout the month of February at St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries. Trina Smith, our Children’s/Outreach Librarian, will be reading books from the Coretta Scott King Book Award List for children of all ages. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Join us on our social media platforms to learn more about these authors, books and illustrators. The Roland Borne Sr. Memorial Library (Edgard) will host a celebration weekly to honor the achievements of African Americans and recognize how they played a central role in U.S. history. For more information, please call JoAnn Proctor at 985-497-3453.

The month of February also brings the Mardi Gras spirit to the libraries. The Norris J. Millet, Sr. Library (Central) will be hosting a “Mardi Gras Make Shoppe” for adult patrons. A take and make kit will be available for pick-up from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5 with supplies to make a Mardi Gras Wooden Door Hanger. For more information, please call Rona Joseph at 985-652-6857, ext. 1502 or email rjoseph@stjohn.lib.la.us. Children, ages 3 and up, are invited to make “Mardi Gras Crowns and Masks” in the comfort of their homes. Grab and go bags will be available for pick-up from Feb. 1 to Feb. 12 in the Central Library’s Children’s Book Bayou. The Frazee-Harris Memorial Library (Garyville) will have grab and go bags available to make “Mardi Gras Masks” from Feb. 1 to Feb. 6. Tweens and teens are encouraged to participate in this program. The Central Library will also be hosting a special “Mardi Gras Story Time” for children ages 1 and up on Thursday, Feb. 11. Children, along with their parents are encouraged to watch on our social media platforms.

Valentine’s Day will also be celebrated at the libraries. The Central Library will host a “Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Card” craft for children ages 3 and up. Grab and go bags will be available for pick-up on Feb. 1 to Feb. 12 in the Children’s Book Bayou. Grab and go bags will also be available from Feb. 3 to Feb. 17 for children ages 5 and up to make “Valentine Dancing Hearts.” Please call Trina Smith at 985-652-6857, ext. 1501 for more information. A take and make kit will be available for pick-up from Feb. 8 to Feb. 12 with supplies to make “DIY Marquee Hearts.” Tweens and teens are welcome to participate in this program. For more information, please call Rona Joseph at 985-652-6857, ext. 1502 or email rjoseph@stjohn.lib.la.us. The Garyville Library will host a “Valentine’s Simply Paint” for tweens and teens. Grab and go bags will be available for pick-up from Feb. 8 to Feb. 13. The Leroy D. Williams Memorial Library (Reserve) will have grab and go bags for children to create a “Valentine Fish Card.” Kits will be available for the entire month of February while supplies last. The Edgard Library will create a “DIY Valentine Canvas” for tweens and teens to create. Follow us on our social media platforms for this cool project.

For a full list of all programs, please refer to our online calendar on our website or pick up a newsletter at any of our branches. I hope you all can interact with some of the spectacular programs offered at St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries.

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Kearston M. Poche’ is the communications manager for St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries. She can be reached at kpoche@stjohn.lib.la.us.