Library: Where your donations are going

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The 2014-15 Friends of Bossier Parish Library Board. Pictured left to right: (front row) Library Director Heather McEntee, Shirleyann Gleason, Treasurer Norma DeBrow, (back row) Associate Director of Public Relations Vickie Hardin, Janet Fischer, Secretary Sarah White, Vice President Jane Ott, President Doyle Blasingame, outgoing president Ginger Bryant.

The Friends of Bossier Parish Library have been very busy this year raising funds, sponsoring programs, and purchasing items for our libraries.  On Thursday, November 13, the Friends Board gathered for their annual end of year meeting at the Silver Star restaurant to welcome new Board members and look back on all that they accomplished in 2014. 

To give you an idea of how the Friends use monies they raise, Treasurer Norma DeBrow broke it all down in her annual report for November 2014 to show where the donations went.

Teen Services:                              $ 605.00

Children’s Services:                        185.00

Haughton Branch:                             80.97

Reference Librarian Programs:       100.00

Lunch for Staff Training Day:         650.10

Tax Renewal Awareness:             2,024.50

Aulds Branch:                                    49.17

Throughout the year, the Friends also have other free events like the annual Authors and Friends Event and the Fall Garden Party.  Local authors are invited to participate in a public forum to talk about their craft and sell their works.  A portion of the sales go to the Friends and are used for the libraries.  At the first annual Garden Party, a guest speaker from a local nursery provided professional information for planting and growing gardens.  It was such a success that there will be a Spring Garden Party in 2015.

The Friends also furnish refreshments for special programs at the branches, candy for the Fall Festival, and they participate in the annual Library Expo.  This year they purchased the popcorn machine to be used at the festival and for any of the branches to use whenever they would like.   

All of these programs are designed by the Friends of Bossier Parish Library to bring more people into the libraries and inform them about the many free services offered.  We have so much more than books. 

If you think you might want to be part of this hardworking organization go to www.bossierlibrary.org to fill out an application or pick up one at any of our library locations. 

The Bossier Parish Libraries appreciate all that the Friends do.  Our Library!  Gateway to the Past, Bridge to the Future. 

Make a note for November:

  • All Bossier Parish Libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 27—28. 

Bossier Central Library (318) 746-1693

  • Tween Tuesday for children ages 9—12 on the second Tuesday of each month at 4p.m.; 15 spots available.
  • Beaker Kids for children 6—12 years on the third Thursday each month at 2p.m. in the History Center meeting room; 20 spots available.

Haughton Library (318) 949-0196

  • Tuesdays Lapsit Program at 10a.m. for ages 0-3 years.

New Books

Fiction

“There Must Be Some Mistake” by Frederick Barthelme

“Rescue Mode” by Ben Bova

“A Triple Knot” by Emma Campion

“In Your Corner” by Sara Castille
“Gossamer Ghost” by Laura Childs

“Sidetracked” by Brandilyn Collins

“Starter House” by Sonja Condit

“Abroad” by Katie Crouch

“Keep Your Friends Close” by Paula Daly

“A Quilt for Christmas” by Sandra Dallas

Nonfiction

“The Cradle, Cross, and Crown” by Billy Graham

“This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein

“Santa Claus is for Real” by Charles Edward Hall

“What If?” by Randall Munroe

“Happy Herbivore Holidays and Gatherings” by Lindsay S. Nixon

“The Steelers Experience” by Abby Medelson

“Worthy Fights” by Leon Panetta

“In My Skin” by Brittney Griner

“Cold Space (Graphic Novel)” by Samuel L. Jackson

“Troublemaker. Book1 (Graphic Novel)” by Janet Evanovich

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