Summer programming is in full swing at St. John Parish Libraries

Published 8:20 am Saturday, July 1, 2023

St. John the Baptist Parish Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing. Each library branch hosted programs for patrons of all ages, such as animal exhibits, magic shows, author visits, activity tables, crafts, computer classes, and special programs featuring the St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Department, the St. John Theatre, and the New Orleans Opera Association to name a few. The Summer Reading Program will continue throughout July with more great activities.

Our library branches host programs weekly based on the “All Together Now” theme. The programs consist of in-house and “grab and geaux” crafts for patrons of all ages, STEM activities, story times, puzzle mania, and ChatGPT computer classes. Please visit our branches to learn more about these activities.

On Wednesday, July 5 and July 12, the library hosts “Outdoor Story Time” at the Tom F. Daley Memorial Park in LaPlace and the Harold Scott-Roussell Park in Edgard at 2 p.m. “Story Time” is also hosted weekly at each of our branches. These programs introduce little ones to new words and basic concepts while learning listening, motor, and socialization skills. Story Times are not only educational; it’s fun for early learners and their parents or caregivers to interact in a comfortable setting. Each session includes stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and other activities.

St. John Parish 4-H and the LSU AgCenter have partnered with the library to host programs for teens and young adults. The first four Saturdays in July at 1 p.m., 4-H is conducting a hands-on educational series called “No Cap: Spreading Truth & Authenticity about the Things that Matter” that is geared toward teens and will focus on learning how to effectively convey your message during difficult conversations, how to capitalize on your personal brand, learn techniques to cope with your mental health, and how to be change agents today and not tomorrow.  This series is FREE, and you can register for as many sessions as you’d like at The LSU AgCenter is hosting a program called “Cooking for College.” This program is perfect for those who need to learn how to use small kitchen appliances before heading out to college/school or moving out on their own. Learning to cook is an important life skill, and preparing a balanced meal is key to maintaining physical and mental health. Get tips on using common small appliances to prepare healthy foods with little effort. Participants will also prepare recipes using the devices and sample recipes made. Join us on July 10 (Edgard) and July 12 (LaPlace) at 6 p.m. Want to attend? Register by calling Rinalda Rocquin, Area Nutritionist, at (985) 785-4473.

St. John the Baptist Library, in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium, offers webinars and online events. You’ll enjoy a range of talks from bestselling authors and thought leaders. This month’s featured authors are Charles Soule (“Daredevil” & “She-Hulk”), Ethan Kross (Chatter”), and Ericka Sanchez (“Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir”). To learn more and register for all upcoming events, use the link

Don’t miss out on the many other programs hosted at each library branch throughout the month for children, teens, and adults. For a complete 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. Do not forget we have an Instagram (@stjohnparishlib) and Twitter (@stjohnlib4) account. Check us out! You’ll be surprised by all we have to offer.


**All St. John the Baptist Parish Library branches will be closed on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.**