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Early World of Learning

March 28, 2014

World Book’s Early World of Learning is a fantastic resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. There are three interactive learning environments featured:

Trek’s Travels offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, such as numbers, shapes, colors, and opposites.

Welcome to Reading provides leveled reading practice to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. This site incorporates The Lexile Framework® for Reading to make sure every child meets with success.

Know It offers a richly visual interactive encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them.

Check out Early World of Learning today in our Digital Library – free with your library card!

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Book Review: The One and Only Ivan

January 15, 2014

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Reviewed by Louise Hilton.

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The 2013 Newbery Medal, awarded by the American Library Association for the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”, went to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and I couldn’t agree more with the decision.

The titular Ivan is a gorilla living in a shopping mall as a sort of roadside attraction.  Ivan has few memories of his early years in the jungle and instead has adapted to his new, human-controlled environment and befriended the elephants in the neighboring cages.  Ivan enjoys watching television and eventually discovers a real passion: art.  He spends days drawing with crayons, etching out sheet after sheet of banana peels, apple cores, and other everyday objects.  I won’t give too much away but Ivan’s artwork gains widespread attention and eventually leads to a better life for his fellow animals and himself.

The story is all the more heart-wrenching when you discover that the novel is based on the true story of a gorilla kept in captivity for twenty-seven years at a shopping center in Washington before finally a public outcry led to his eventual transfer to Zoo Atlanta.

Bolstered by Applegate’s engaging writing style and her brave choice to tell the story in the first person with Ivan himself as narrator, The One and Only Ivan is an exquisite – and important – read. I highly recommend this uplifting story to readers of all ages.

My favorite blurb about the book comes from author Gary Schmidt: “In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity, and our own possibilities.  Read this.”  Indeed.

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LASM Let It Snow @ your library!

December 3, 2013

Let It Snow @ your library

let it snowChildren ages 2‑11 are invited to attend the Louisiana Art and Science Museum’s presentation of Let It Snow at 13 branches throughout the library system during the month of December. The favorite holiday program features a variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi‑media finale by the Trans‑Siberian Orchestra. This family‑friendly soundtrack is visually enhanced with full‑dome animation, laser imagery and special effects. Dates, times and locations are listed below. For more information and to register, contact the branch directly.

Mon, Dec 9, 2:30 – 5:30
Baker Branch Library

Sat, Dec 14, 10:30 – 1:30
Bluebonnet Regional Library

Wed, Dec 4, 2:00 – 5:00
Carver Branch Library

Thurs, Dec 12, 3:00 – 6:00
Central Branch Library

Thurs, Dec 5, 3:00 – 6:00
Delmont Gardens Branch Library

Wed, Dec 11, 10:00 – 1:00
Eden Park Branch Library

Wed, Dec 11, 3:30 – 6:30
Fairwood Branch Library

Tues, Dec 17, 10:00 – 1:00
Greenwell Springs Regional Library

Sat, Dec 21, 10:00 – 1:00
Jones Creek Regional Library

Thurs, Dec 19, 2:30 – 5:30
Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library

Tues, Dec 3, 10:00 – 1:00
River Center Branch Library

Tues, Dec, 10, 10:00 – 1:00
Scotlandville Branch Library

Wed, Dec 18, 10:00 – 1:00
Zachary Branch Library

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Check out a Disney Digital Book

December 1, 2013

Would you like a little more magic with your eBooks? Then take a look at our Disney Digital Book collection available through Overdrive. You’ll find over 600 titles from classic characters like Cinderella and Peter Pan, to more recent adventures from kid’s favorites like Cars and Monsters Inc. Titles offer interactive features to enhance the book such as a ‘magic pen’ that pronounces words with just one click, and the ability to look up word definitions.

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Disney books work a little differently than regular Overdrive books. Due to the powerful graphic components of the books they aren’t available on mobile devices. They will work marvelously though on laptops, PCs and Macs. They also can’t be returned early once launched. Here are some of the books you can enjoy:

AladdinBig Boo RescueBug's LifeFive Minute Adventure StorytimesGo Stitch GoKiss the Frog

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A Visit with Mrs. Claus and the Holiday Clown

November 29, 2013

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and once again Mrs. Claus and her elf are coming to visit each of our Library branches! We’ll also have a visit from a Holiday Clown. Be sure to bring your letters to Santa for Mrs. Claus to take back to the North Pole with her! The dates of Mrs. Claus’ visits are listed below. For more information, call (225) 231-3760.

Baker Branch
Wednesday, December 18, 10:00 a.m.

Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Wednesday, December 4, 10:00 a.m.

Carver Branch
Thursday, December 5, 10:00 a.m.

Central Branch
Tuesday, December 3, 10:00 a.m.

Delmont Gardens Branch
Thursday, December 19, 10:00 a.m.

Eden Park Branch
Monday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.

Fairwood Branch
Monday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.

Greenwell Springs Regional Branch
Tuesday, December 10, 10:00 a.m.

Jones Creek Regional Branch
Monday, December 9, 10:00 a.m.

Main Library
Saturday, December 14, 10:30 a.m.
*The Holiday Clown will be at the North Pole and unable to attend

Pride-Chaneyville Branch
Wednesday, December 4, 10:00 a.m.

River Center Branch
Thursday, December 12, 10:00 a.m.

Scotlandville Branch
Wednesday, December 11, 10:00 a.m.

Zachary Branch
Tuesday, December 17, 10:00 a.m.

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