Stats for the 2016 Children’s Summer Reading Programs (SRP) are in.  The outcome is terrific.  BPL saw an increase of 45 percent over last year in the total number of children who registered for the programs.
Part of this year’s success is due to each branch concentrating on the communities they serve tailoring activities to fit their patrons’ unique needs and interests.  As a result parish wide there were 3,545 kids who attended reading activities.   In order to accommodate all of these children 65 more programs were added.

The actual number of children’s books circulated this summer came to 40,479.  That reflects an increase of 6,339 over last year’s total.  Bossier Central Children’s Librarian Jessica McCart is thrilled, although her heart is in the number of kids who read.  She stated, “The most exciting increase, though, is the number of children who participated in the reading portion.  We had 939 children read this summer.  620

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

of those children met their reading goal.  That is 359 more kids who read than last summer, and 206 more who met their reading goal.”

Congratulations to each library for doing such an outstanding job and a special thank you to the parents who brought their children to the programs encouraging them to become better readers.  And to all of the kids who read their hearts out this summer BPL wants you to keep up the good work.

Libraries Transform!

Make a note:
All BPL branches will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month.  Assoc. Dir. of Public Services Anne Madison wants patrons to know throughout the month BPL is offering free replacement cards for old, worn out or lost cards.

Aulds Library 742-2337
Each second and fourth Monday, Club 318 will meet from 3p.m. to 5p.m. for ages 13 to 19.  Snacks, projects, homework help with peers.

Each first and third Thursday, Mommy & Me Yoga will be at 10:30a.m., for moms and babies ages 0 to 5.  Older siblings are welcome.

Bossier Central Library 746-1693
Tuesday, August 30 from 1p.m. to 5p.m. Legal Services of North West Louisiana will hold a free workshop for ages 18 and over.

Tuesday, August 23 Spanish HiSET Class from 9a.m. to 12p.m. will meet in the History Center Meeting Room

East 80 Library 949-2665
Saturday, August 27 at 12:30p.m., the Teen Book Club will meet, for ages 13 to 18.

Haughton Library 949-0196
Monday, August 22, Bingo for adults will meet at 10a.m.

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

New Books
Fiction
“Forever Beach” by Shelley Noble
“The Sudden Appearance of Hope” by Claire North
“This Must Be the Place” by Maggie O’Farrell
“Private Citizens” by Tony Tulathimutte
“All is Not Forgotten” by Wendy Walker
“The Angel’s Share” by J.R. Ward
“The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware
“The Last Days of Magic” by Mark Tompkins
“The City of Mirrors” by Justin Cronin
“A Blade of Black Steel” by Alex Marshall

Nonfiction
“Muhammad Ali” by Thomas Hauser
“If at Birth You Don’t Succeed” by Zach Anner
“Bobby Kennedy” by Larry Tye
“Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” by Sarah Vowell
“For the Glory” by Duncan Hamilton
“32 Yolks” by Eric Ripert
“Leonard” by William Shatner
“The Aztec UFO Incident” by Scott Ramsey
“Microsoft Office 2016 for Dummies” by Wallace Wang
“Microsoft Excel 2016 for Dummies” by Greg Harvey

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