As Summer Reading program winds down, new programs are on the horizon

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Summer Reading Program is coming to an end for St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries. This upcoming week, each library branch will be hosting an event to celebrate.  “Finding Nemo,” an interactive movie experience, will be held on Monday, July 26 at the Frazee-Harris Memorial Library (Garyville), Tuesday, July 27 at the Leroy D. Williams Memorial Library (Reserve), Wednesday, July 28 at the Roland Borne, Sr. Memorial Library (Edgard), and Thursday, July 29 at the Norris J. Millet, Sr. Library (LaPlace). Families are encouraged to attend. Please remember to bring chairs and blankets, as the movie will be shown on the outside lawn. For any information regarding this program, please call Rona Joseph at 985-652-6857, ext. 1502.

The Norris J. Millet Sr., Library will host two virtual programs for the entire month of August; “How Well Do You Know Your New Orleans Saints” and “Cinderella Escapes.”  “How Well Do You Know Your New Orleans Saints” will test patrons’ knowledge of the football team for a chance to win a Saints commemorative book. “Cinderella Escapes” is a virtual escape room that can be accessed through a QR Code on our social media platforms or by visiting the teen space.  When completed, prizes will be given to participants.  A “Back-to-School” event will be held on Tuesday, August 3 at 5 p.m.  Patrons are welcome to attend to learn about the resources and databases that our library system has to offer to students. Our children’s librarian, Trina Smith, will host “Story Times,” as well as a back-to-school event titled “Around the Library in 180 Days.”  Children, ages 5 and up, will receive a passport and be asked to read books from different genres for a chance to receive a grand prize. Teens are invited to join our “Creative Writing Club” on Wednesday, August 11 at 4 p.m. and also attend our “Keep Calm and Meme a T-Shirt” event on Tuesday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m.  “Computer Classes” will also be hosted every Wednesday at 2 p.m. for patrons of all ages. Please call 985-652-6857 to schedule.

The Leroy D. Williams Memorial Library will host “Walking for Your Health” every Thursday at 10 a.m. for adult patrons. Patrons are invited to view our “Quick and Easy Meals” tutorial on social media. Tips on using an air fryer to make simple, but filling meals will be shared. Children, ages 5 and up are invited to make “Personalized Pencil Bags” on Thursday, August 5 at 5 p.m.  For more information, please call 985-536-4107.

The Frazee-Harris Memorial Library will host “Pop-Up Story Times” every Wednesday.  Patrons can also call the branch to schedule their own personal story time. “Computer Basics” will be hosted every Tuesday by appointments only. Patrons can learn how to set up their own email accounts, as well as how to operate Microsoft Office products. For more information, please call 985-535-6868.

The Roland Borne Sr. Memorial Library will have grab and go bags available throughout the entire month of August. Information to start up your own business, back-to-school essentials and medical alert awareness will be provided. Join us on social media to learn how to “Take Care of Your Teen Skin,” as well as “Psoriasis Management.” Children, ages 4 and up, are invited to make “Pencil Holders” every Saturday in August while supplies last.  For more information, please call 985-497-3453.


There will be a multitude of other programs hosted at each library branch throughout the month. 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 branches.  Enjoy the events virtually, but also come out to participate in our in-house festivities. Do not forget, St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries has an Instagram (@stjohnparishlib) and Twitter (@stjohnlib4) account. Check us out!