Full STEAM Ahead! is this year’s theme for the annual BPL Expo.  The event will be held outdoors in front of the Bossier Central Library on Saturday, September 24 from 1 to 4p.m. at 2206 Beckett Street in Bossier City.

Activities will focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.)  Young Adult Services Coordinator Brittainy Pope explained, “This expo will be a collection of various organizations and businesses from the Shreveport/Bossier area and will be an opportunity for them to showcase and demonstrate processes that directly correlate with science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.”

Several local businesses will be participating:  Macaroni Kid; Happy Belly’s Italian Ice Factory; Flying Heart Brewing; Holley’s Hopping Habitat, and Tin Porch Farms.  The BPL branches will have booths set up for activities and craft making.  Popcorn and refreshments will also be available.

Find out what STEAM is all about.  Spend a Saturday afternoon outdoors at the BPL Expo and go “Full STEAM Ahead!”

Libraries Transform!

Make a note:
BPL is collecting non-perishable food items, clothing, toiletries, gently used clothing, and school supplies for the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank.  When you donate, we will waive your late fees.  This does not apply to laptops, or lost or damaged items.  Fine forgiveness ends Friday, September 30.

Aulds Library 742-2337
Sept. 6 through April 28 for all ages—Fall Reading Programs.  For more information contact the Aulds Library.
Thur., Sept. 22 at 4:30p.m., ages 6 to 11—STEM/STEAM programs.

Benton Library 965-2751
Tues., Sept. 20 at 4p.m., ages 13 to 17—Teen Creations

Bossier Central Library 746-1693
Tues., Sept. 20 at 5:30p.m., ages 5 and up—Books with The Blue.  Bossier Parish Sheriff’s deputies will read some amazing books.
Wed., Sept. 28 from 2 to 4:30p.m., in the History Center Meeting Room ages 18 and up—Legal Services of North Louisiana Divorce Self Representation Clinic

East 80 Library 949-2665
Wednesdays at 10:30a.m., ages 0 to 5—Lapsit Story Time
Thursdays, during September at 3p.m. for all ages—Afterschool Story Time
Haughton Library 949-0196
Thur., Sept. 22 from 3 to 4p.m., ages 13 and up—Teen Trivia and Social Time
Mon., Sept. 26 at 10a.m. for adults—BINGO!

Plain Dealing Library 326-4233
Fri., Sept. 30 from 4 to 5p.m., ages 13 to 18—Teen Art Club (Registration required)
Fridays from 10 to 10:45a.m., ages 0 to 5—Story Hour (Registration required)

Tooke Memorial
Wednesdays at 11a.m., ages 0 to 5—Music and Movement Story Time
Tues., Sept. 20 at 4p.m., ages 13 to 18—YA Craft Day for teens

New Books
Fiction
“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne
“The Sixth Idea” by P. J. Tracy
“Watching Edie” by Camilla Way
“Easy Pickings” by Richard S. Wheeler
“In the Barren Ground” by Loreth Anne White
“Into the Fire” by Meredith Wild
“Murder on the Quai” by Cara Black
“Texas Tall” by Janet Dailey
“The Darkest Torment” by Gena Showalter
“Reaper’s Fire” by Joanna Wylde
Nonfiction
“Two Homes, One Child” by Robert E. Emery
“The Financially Smart Divorce” by J. A. Licciardello
“City Squares” by Catie Marron
“Retaking America” by Nick Adams
“Wake Up America” by Eric Bolling
“Free Speech” by Timothy Garton Ash
“The Angel” by Uri Bar-Joseph
“Beyond Schizophrenia” by Marjorie Baldwin
“Personal Finance After 50 for Dummies” by Eric Tyson
“Heads I win, Tails I win” by Spencer Jakab

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