Library: Gardening made simple(r)

2009

Spring has sprung and gardeners are ready to get busy.  The library has several free garden apps on our website available in iTunes:  Garden Time Planner by Burpee, Garden Squared, and Garden Compass.  End User Support Technician Amanda Cole posted information about these apps on her Digital Lovers Blog at www.bossierlibrary.org.  She points out “what may be a surprising source of gardening help – your smartphone!”

Garden Time Planner by Burpee provides “information on when to sow, transplant and harvest your plants. You add the plants you plan to plant and it will automatically create a timeline and reminders for you based on your region. This app also includes information on local weather, a database of plants and how-to videos.” 

Garden Squared “allows you to plan any kind of garden – container, raised bed, or square foot. It also has information on starting with seedlings. Users can also journal their experiences for use the next year.” 

VickieHardin copyGarden Compass is unique in that “it has a Plant and Disease Identifier app allows you to take a photo and submit it to a team of expert horticultural garden advisers who will identify it for you, as well as provide you with specific product recommendations to resolve any problems you may have. As your photo passes up the queue you will be kept informed as to its progress.”

Garden Manager “will allow you to set a reminder to water your plants daily. You can set multiple alarms. This app also allows you to keep a photo log of your plants.” 

Continuing with the gardening theme, last fall the Friends of BPL hosted a garden party that was such a hit with our patrons they asked them to have another program in the spring.  Keeping their promise, “The Splendor of a Summer Garden” will be Saturday, April 18 from 1:30—4:00p.m., in the History Center meeting room with guest speaker Tony Thornton, Manager of Ellis Pottery Home & Garden in Bossier City.  Attendees will receive a flowering plant to take home and can enter a raffle for a prize.

Best of luck with your spring gardening.

Our Library!  Gateway to the Past, Bridge to the Future.    

Make a note:

  • All Bossier Parish Libraries will be closed on Friday, April 3 for Good Friday and on Sunday, April 5 for Easter. 

Aulds Library 742-2337

  • There will be no Story Time at the Aulds Library on Tuesday, March 31. 
  • Saturday, April 11 at 2p.m. come to the Secret Garden for a Pirate Fairy Program.

Haughton Library 949-0196

  • Thursday, April 2 from 3—4p.m. Pam Carlisle from the History Center will present ‘Prehistoric Toolbox: Caddo Indians” for ages 12 and under.  Preregistration is required.   

New Books

Fiction

“The Fire Sermon” by Francesca Haig

“Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories” by Katherine Heiny

“Three, Two, One” by J A Huss

“She Will Build Him a City” by Raj Kamal Jha

“Where All Light Tends to Go” by David Joy

“City of Savages” by Lee Kelly

“Behind Closed Doors” by Susan Lewis

“The Girls of Mischief Bay” by Susan Mallery

“Touch” by Claire North

“The Jaguar’s Children” by Joh Vaillant

Nonfiction

“PCs for Dummies” by Dan Gookin

“The Internet for Dummies” by John Levine

“Java: The Complete Reference” by Herbert Schildt

“When Books Went to War” by Molly Manning

“A Storm of Witchcraft” by Emerson Baker

“Sex versus Survival” by John Launer

“The Woman Code” by Sophia Nelson

“Stay” by Dave Burchett

“The Terrorist’s Son” by Zak Ebrahim

“The Radical King” editor Cornel West

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