BPL is going to be at the Barkus and Meoux Mardi Gras parade on Sunday, January 31 beginning at 1p.m. The location is at 2000 Reeve Marine Drive next to the Centurylink with the parade walk starting at 3p.m. Register your pets ahead of time and let them show off their best parade costumes.
In the Children’s section of the library there are several books about Mardi Gras where you might find some ideas for pet costumes. They include “Carnival” by Alice K. Flanagan; “Festivals” by Ellen Galford; and “Mardi Gras” by Ann Heinrichs. They are filled with colorful illustrations describing the history of Carnival not only in Louisiana, but around the world.
“Mardi Gras, Gumbo, and Zydeco: Readings in Louisiana Culture” edited by Marcia Gaudet is an e-Book that can be downloaded from Overdrive on the BPL website at www.bossierlibrary.org. The book is a compilation of essays. “Written by leading scholars, the thirteen essays focus on many subjects, including the celebration of Mardi Gras and of Christmas, Louisiana foodways, the delineation between Cajun and Creole, the African Americans and Native Americans of the region, Zydeco music, and Cajun humor.”
This is a fun time of year. Visit the library to find great ideas for costumes and learn about the history of Mardi Gras. Let the good times roll! See you at the Barkus and Meoux parade.
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AARP Tax Service will begin at Bossier Central Library for E-file returns beginning Monday, February 1, Monday through Friday from 9a.m.—2p.m. There is no charge for this service.
Legal Services of North Louisiana will be at the Bossier Parish History Center on Thursday, January 28 from 9a.m.—7:45p.m., for open legal topic clinics. Free to the public. Call I.J. Clark-Sam at (318) 317-8383 for more information.
Tues. at 10a.m. for ages 0—5 Story Time
Thurs. at 3:30p.m.—Read 2 Me
Mon. from 10—11a.m. for ages 0—2 Baby Laptime
Fri. from 10—11a.m. for ages 3—5 Preschool Story Time
Bossier Central 746-1693
Wed. at 11a.m. for ages 3—5 —Family Story Time in the History Center
Tues., Feb. 9 from 3—5p.m. for teens—Fat Tuesday Festivities for the entire family
East 80 949-2665
Wed. at 10:30a.m. for ages 0—5—Lapsit Story Time
Thur. at 4p.m. for all ages—After School Story Time
Thur., Feb. 11 at 6:30p.m., all ages Murder Mystery Night at the Library. Registration required
Plain Dealing 326-4233
Mon. at 10a.m. for ages 0—5—Story Hour
Thur., Feb. 11 all day, no age limit—Patron Appreciation Day
“The Haunted Season” by G. M. Malliet
“The Murdstone Trilogy” by Mal Peet
“Beyond the Silence” by Tracie Peterson
“The Fifth House of the Heart” by Ben Tripp
“Doom of the Dragon” by Margaret Weiss
“Second Skin” by Michael Wiley
“Love Love” by Sung J. Woo
“The Storms of War” by Kate Williams
“Along the Infinite Sea” by Beatriz Williams
“Hard Love” by Meridith Wild
“Sharon Tate: A Life” by Ed Sanders
“If Someone Says ‘You Complete Me,’ RUN!” by Whoopi Goldberg
“He Killed Them All” by Jeanine Pirro
“Legend” by Eric Blehm
“How the World Moves” by Peter Nabokov
“Lincoln’s Autocrat” by Edwin Stanton
“1932: the Rise of Hitler & FDR” by David Pietrusza
“Storm of the Century” by Al Roker
“Once in a Great City” by David Maraniss
“In a Dark Wood” by Joseph Luzzi
Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at email@example.com