Have you gotten your library card?

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, September 7, 2022

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. The American Library Association’s annual campaign to encourage patrons to enroll for a library card began nearly 30 years ago. Signing up for a library card at the St. John the Baptist Parish Library System is an easy process. Patrons who meet the criteria, such as being a resident of the parish, own parish property, work in the parish or are enrolled in school within the parish, may apply for a card.

A library is a temple of learning, and a library card is the key that unlocks a treasure chest full of knowledge and information. Library card users have a multitude of privileges that they can take full advantage of with their cards, such as access to books, electronic resources, educational databases, online tutoring, video courses, test preparation and so much more. Patrons can stop by any of our locations to receive a newly designed card.

All branches of the library system will be participating in Library Card Sign-Up Month.  This year’s theme is “Find Your Voice at the La La La Library.” Children, ages 0 to 11, will receive a special packet when they get their first library card. The value of a library card is limitless, and most children become lifelong readers after becoming a card holder. “La La La Library Bookmarks,” will be hosted all month long. Children, ages 6 to 11, are welcome to pick-up a grab-and-go bag, including items to decorate a one-of-a-kind bookmark. All library branches will be selecting a “Reader of the Week.” Patrons are invited to write down three titles of books they have read on a log-in sheet, and then place the sheet in our Reader of the Week box. A name will be drawn to receive a certificate, a prize and a picture on our Wall of Fame for all to see. Winners will be announced every Friday. The movie “Sing” will be shown at the Reserve Library on Saturday, September 10 at 1 p.m., Garyville Library on Saturday, September 17 at 11 a.m., and Edgard Library on Friday, September 23 at 2 p.m. Parents/caregivers, please bring your children to our library branches to participate in these programs. For more information about Library Card Sign-Up Month events, please call your local branch.

Join us at this month’s Adult Craft Night to make a football team sign. This event will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Edgard Library, Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Garyville Library and grab and go bags will be available for pick-up from Monday, September 26 through Saturday, October 1 at the Reserve Library.

Adults looking to improve their computer skills can visit our library branches for some practice. Get help setting up emails, operating Microsoft Office products and much more. Join the staff at the Garyville Library on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. and the Edgard Library on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.  For more information, please call your local branch.

The library system will continue to host Outdoor Story Time at local parks in the parish every Wednesday at 1 p.m.  Here is the list below:

  • September 7 at Belle Pointe Park in Reserve
  • September 14 at LaPlace Park (Across from LaPlace Elementary School)
  • September 21 at Juan Anthony Joseph Memorial Park in Edgard
  • September 28 at REGALA Park in Reserve

Story Time will also be held for children, ages 0 and up, every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Reserve Library and every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Garyville Library.  This weekly program is a time for young children and their parents or caretakers to interact in a comfortable setting. Each session will include stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities.

There will be a multitude of other programs hosted at each library branch throughout the month for children, teens and adults.


For a full list of all programs, please refer to our online calendar on our website (www.stjohnlib.com), Facebook (St. John the Baptist Parish Library), or pick up a newsletter at any of our branches.  Do not forget, St. John the Baptist Parish Libraries has an Instagram (@stjohnparishlib) and Twitter (@stjohnlib4) account.  Check us out!