Holidays mean different things to different people. For BPL (Bossier Parish Libraries) it means a time to give back and that is the reason it has become a tradition at the libraries to partner with Toys for Tots and the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana during the holidays.
Toys for Tots boxes are set up at each of the eight BPL locations. Please do not wrap the toys. “You can contribute to your local Toys for Tots campaign in several ways: donate a toy at one of the area toy drop locations; host a Toys for Tots event at your home, office or other venue; collect toys for Toys for Tots; or volunteer at the local warehouse.” http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.aspx
It is good to know that Toys for Tots uses “over 97% of your donations” to fulfill their mission of helping children during the holidays.
Each of the BPL branches has boxes in place for food item donations as well. Stop by for a list of the Top Ten Food Drive Items which includes: flour and sugar; rice; cereal; oatmeal; peanut butter; tomato sauce; canned meat; canned fruit and vegetables; and toilet paper.
“The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is the largest distributor of donated food for our 7 parish area.” Last year they were able to provide food to “75,000 individuals.” http://www.foodbanknla.org/about.cfm. Contact Gene Haynes for more information at (318) 675-2400, ext. 115.
Thank you for your generous donations to these outstanding organizations.
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Make a note for November:
All BPL branches will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day.
Aulds Library 742-2337
Wednesday the 4th & 18th at 3:30p.m., for ages 11-18—Tween/Teen programs
Saturday the 14th from 11a.m.—2p.m.—International Game Day
Tuesday the 17th at 11a.m.—Book Club
Tuesday the 17th at 5:30p.m.—Shreveport Ballet performing the Nutcracker
Monday the 9th & 16th at 10a.m., for ages 0-2—Baby Laptime (Registration form only)
Thursday the 12th from 4-5p.m., for ages 6-12—Club 745 (Registration required)
Saturday the 14th at 11a.m. for ages 2-12—PJs & Popcorn Movie Day (Registration required)
Bossier Central 746-1693
Friday the 13th from 7p.m. to Saturday the 14 at 7a.m., for ages 13-18—Teen Central Lock In (Permission slips required)
East 80 949-2665
Friday the 13th at 10:30a.m., for adults—LA Ag Center Nutrition Program
Saturday the 14th from 12:30-3:30p.m., for ages 6-12—Movie Game Day
Monday the 16th at 10a.m. for all ages—Bingo
November 6th, 9th & 13th at 9:30a.m., for all ages—Beginner’s Crochet (Registration required)
Plain Dealing 326-4233
Mondays at 10a.m. for ages 0-5—Story Hour
Tooke Memorial 987-3915
Wednesdays at 11a.m. for ages 0-5—Story Time/Crafts
“The Dust that Falls from Dreams” by Louis de Bernieres
“A.D. 33” by Ted Dekker
“This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!” by Jonathan Evison
“A Good Family” by Erik Fassnacht
“Finding Amos” by J.D. Mason
“Welcome to Night Vale” by Joseph Fink
“Captain in Calico” by George MacDonald Fraser
“Murder at the Courthouse” by A.H. Gabhart
“A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft” by Shelley Shepard Gray
“The Legend of the Ship Captain’s Box” by Gary Griffith
“Black Earth” by Timothy Snyder
“The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot” by Blaine Harden
“Legend” by Eric Blehm
“The Rose Hotel” by Rahimeh Andalibian
“In this Together” by Ann Romney
“The Hand on the Mirror” by Janis Heaphy Durham
“After This” by Claire Bidwell Smith
“Wearing God” by Lauren F. Winner
“Rejoicing in Christ” by Michael Reeves
“Hiding in the Light” by Rifqa Bary
Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org