Library: Reviewing the past 12 months

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2014 has been a very busy year for Bossier Parish Library.

What the libraries do is hardly a one-person show.  In fact, it is a joint effort within the library system along with support from the Library Board, Bossier Parish Police Jury, and Friends of the Library that we are able to provide quality programming and services to the public.  We are also grateful for the overwhelming support of our patrons.

The biggest hurtle of 2014, was passage of the tax renewal for the library which will see us through the next ten years.  Under the leadership of Ginger Bryan, the Friends and many others worked very hard to spread the word about the renewal and how it would benefit citizens throughout the parish.  They put out 400 signs, passed out flyers and bookmarks, and wrote letters to the editors of local newspapers.      

VickieHardin copyAnother shining star in Bossier Parish is the new Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library, formerly known as the Koran Branch, located in Elm Grove.  Thanks to the generous land donation by Bob Brotherton’s family, this growing community and surrounding area now have a beautiful new library complete with a walking path and playground.  A Grand Opening is scheduled for spring of next year.

The annual Library Expo, Summer Reading Program, Fall Festival, and Christmas programs are always packed.  These big productions take months to prepare.  On top of that there are dozens of smaller reading programs that each branch presents on a weekly basis.

Technology changes by the minute.  In order to keep up we have a great IT team that constantly monitors the system.  Our website has an updated look with lots of new links such as Gale Courses, National Geographic Kids, and Hoopla.   

The Friends take very good care of the libraries by funding programs for all ages.  They host annual events like Authors & Friends and have garden parties in the spring and fall where patrons can learn about a variety of subjects for free.  We appreciate their dedication to our libraries.

As you can see, we have much to be thankful for and look forward to another busy year in 2015.    

Happy New Year!   

Make a note for January:

  • All Bossier Parish Library branches will be closed on New Year’s Day.

New Books

Fiction

“Sometimes the Wolf” by Urban Waite

“Down London Road” by Samantha Young

“Paying the Ferryman: A Naomi Blake Novel” by Jane A. Adams

“Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Rita Mae Brown

“Team Seven” by Marcus Burke

“The Seat of Magic” by J. Kathleen Cheney

“Magnolia Market” by Judy Christie

“Let Me Be Frank with You” by Richard Ford

“Maplecroft: The Borden Dispatches” by Cherie Priest

“Into a Raging Blaze” by Andreas Norman

Nonfiction

“The Diabetes Solution” by Jorge E. Rodriguez

“Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi” by Yotam Ottolenghi

“The Gluten-Free cookbook for Slow Cookers” by Rockridge Press

“Southern Cast Iron” by Hoffman Media

“Hand-Dipped: The Art of Creating Chocolates and Confections at Home” by Julie Peterson

“Christ Actually” by James Carroll

“Sugar Impact Diet” by J. J. Virgin

“The Nazi Next Door” by Eric Lichtblau

“Deduct It: Lower Your Small Business Taxes” by Stephen Fishman

“The Future of God” by Deepak Chopra

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