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Library: A closer look at BPL’s new Strategic Plan for 2016-20

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This week’s column is about Entertained Communities, the third and final section of BPL’s Strategic Plan for 2016—2020.  The goal is to create user friendly spaces, responsive programs and services, relevant collections and related resources, and community engagement.

When our patrons visit any branch or the History Center, we want these spaces to be user friendly and welcoming by providing better signage, quiet spaces, teen areas, and redesigned children’s areas.

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library.
Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library.

Engaging people at whatever stage in life they happen to be is the reason for providing responsive programs.  Partnering with other agencies or educational facilities to offer special classes or working with the Bossier Council on Aging to help people successfully move from the workforce to retirement are just a couple examples of responsive programs and services.

Entertainment can be found in relevant collections and related resources in many ways.  For instance, the History Center has a large collection of Bossier Parish artifacts as well as maps, archival material, and exhibits which are very interesting to study.

Last, community engagement that involves the library with public events and programs brings the library to those outside the library’s walls.  There are so many wonderful things happening at BPL and we want to share it all with Bossier Parish residents and visitors.

Libraries Transform!

Make a note:
Aulds Library 742-2337
As of Monday, September 12 Aulds’ hours will be extended to 8p.m. on Thursdays.                 Teen programs are on Wednesdays at 3:30p.m.; School Age is on Fridays at 2p.m.

Benton Library 965-2751
Fri., July 22 at 10:30a.m.for all ages—Movie Day (title to be announced)
Mon., July 25 at 1:30p.m.for ages 0 to 5—Wiggle and Wobble

Bossier Central Library 746-1693
Thur., July 21 at 10a.m. Vickie Chesser with LSU Ag Center presents Extraordinary Meals on and Ordinary Budget.
Thur., July 21 at 12 and 6p.m.—Bossier Central Book Club to discuss “The Spellman Files” by Lisa Lutz
Sat., July 23 from 2to 4p.m. for ages 9 to 12—Catch Up Saturdays for those who can’t make Thursdays
Through July 29, Teen Summer Reading Program

East 80 Library 949-2665
Thursdays at 2p.m. Teen Summer Reading Program for ages 13 to 18.  Last program is on the 28th.
Thur., July 21from 3:30 to 4:30p.m., for ages 7 to 12—Young Reader’s Book Club will discuss “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling

Haughton Library 949-0196
Thur., July 21 at 9:30a.m.—Adult Good Books Book Club will discuss “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson
Wed., July 27 at 10a.m.—University Health Water Safety program

Plain Dealing Library 326-4233
Fridays from 4 to 5p.m. for ages 0 to 5—Story Hour

Tooke Memorial Library 987-3915
Wed., July 20 at 2p.m. Summer Reading Program
Wed., July 27 at 2p.m. Summer Reading Program Pizza Party

New Books
Fiction
“Drinking Gourd” by Barbara Hambly
“Brighton” by Michael Harvey
“Dawn at Emberwilde” by Sarah E. Ladd
“The Wheel of Osheim” by Mark Lawrence
“The Port-Wine Stain” by Norman Lock
“Sway” by Adriana Locke
“Lazaretto” by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
“Hex” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
“We Were Kings” by Thomas O’Malley
“The Long Cosmos” by Terry Pratchett

Nonfiction
“Love that Boy” by Ron Fournier
“Army Officer’s Guide” by Col. Robert J. Delessandro
“Once a Cop” by Corey Pegues
“The Longevity Book” by Cameron Diaz
“Sleep Smarter” by Shawn Stevenson 
“Paindemic” by Melissa Cady
“Eat Well to Be Well” by Jan Tilley
“The Dementia Caregiver” by Marc E. Agronin
“Quench Your Own Thirst” by Jim Kock
“The Power of Broke” by Daymond John

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@bossierlibrary.org