Library: A look back at 2015 for Bossier Parish Libraries

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2015 was a very busy year for BPL. The crown jewel the beautiful new award winning Tooke Memorial Library in Koran. Mark Prevot reported “Prevot Design Services won the AIA Shreveport Honor Award at the annual Design Awards Banquet for the design of the Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library in Koran, Louisiana.” Congratulations!

More programs and special events were created for adults, young adults, and children. Hours of operation were extended at the Benton, Haughton, Plain Dealing, and Tooke branches. All in an effort to meet the growing demands within the parish. The result has been an increase in the number of patron visits, computer usage, database usage, and the total number of materials circulated.

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

The Friends of BPL raised money for library programs and equipment. They hosted two garden parties one in the spring and one in the fall. Year round they accept memberships and donations to support the library, all of which is tax deductible.

New online services and resources were added: Research Databases Oxford African American Studies Center; new practice tests on the BPL website; free driver’s education practice tests; ProCitizen practice tests for the Naturalization Test; new EBSCO Databases hobbies and crafts; Reference Center; Legal Information Reference Center; Small Business Reference Center; Flipster magazines; Westlaw Online; and Value Line.

Forming partnerships is an effective way to raise awareness of both community and library services. BPL and Legal Services of North Louisiana worked together to bring free legal clinics to the public; and AARP Income Tax Services provides free tax help. Sci-Port passes are available for check out through BPL. And, free blood pressure screenings were offered by the Northwestern School of Nursing. Other alliances include the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, and Porter’s Cleaners Coats for Kids.

All in all, 2015 was a very prosperous year for BPL. Thank you for supporting your library.

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Make a note:

Monday, January 18—Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Aulds Library 742-2337

Wed., Jan. 6 at 1p.m. for ages K—8th grade, Homeschool

Sat., Jan. 9 at 11a.m. for all ages, Dinosaur Party

Benton 965-2751

Thurs., Jan. 7 from 4—5p.m. for ages 6—12 Got Science?—Registration required

Sat., Jan. 9 at 11a.m. for ages 2—12 PJs & Popcorn Movie Day—Registration required

Bossier Central 746-1693

Thur., Jan. 14 from 9a.m.—4p.m. in the Conference Room—Legal Services of N. La. Free clinic

Tues., Jan. 12 from 4—5p.m. for teens Plastic Bag Art Program

Haughton 949-0196

Tues., Jan. 5 from 3—4p.m. for ages 5 and up Lego Club

Fri., Jan. 8 at 10a.m. for all ages—“Playing Hooky” Crochet Club

New Books

Fiction

The Relic Master” by Christopher Buckley

Our Spoons Came from Woolworths” by Barbara Comyns

Dictionary of Mutual Understanding” by Jackie Copleton

The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska” by Eileen Curtright

The Clasp” by Sloane Crosley

Paradise City” by Elizabeth Day

Obsession Falls” by Christina Dodd

Julia’s Daughters” by Colleen Faulkner

All the Difference” by Leah Ferguson

Beautiful Storm” by Barbara Freethy

Nonfiction

Staying Sharp” by Henry Emmons, MD

How to Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids!” by Matthew Jervis

Brunch @ Bobby’s” by Bobby Flay

After Cancer Care” by Gerald M. Lemole

The Complete Poetry” by Maya Angelou

My Southern Journey” by Rick Bragg

Everyone is Italian on Sunday” by Rachael Ray

2015 Annual Recipes” by Southern Living

Waste Free Kitchen Handbook” by Dana Gunders

Horses: The Illustrated Guide to Breeds” by Susan McBane

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