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Make family vacations a little easier


Family vacations are meant to be fun.  However, getting to your planned destination can fray parents’ nerves and make even the best behaved kids antsy.  Save wear and tear on everyone’s patience by going to the library before you leave town.  You will be glad you did.   

It does not take long for cabin fever to kick in with seatbelts holding everyone down.  Be prepared.  Take a few books for each child putting them within arm’s reach.  Add a sing along music CD or audio book.  Parents, you may be surprised how much fun it is listening to children’s stories with your kiddos.  Include a DVD if your vehicle has a player.   

Using your library card, check out a few items from the Bossier Libraries website, www.bossierlibrary.org.   You can choose from eBooks, audio books, music, and videos for adults, teens, and children.  All can be checked out online and viewed or listened to on a variety of electronic devices.  Doing this from home is also a good way to save time.   

I recommend the TumbleBook Library, TumbleBookCloudJr, and TumbleBookCloud for kids and teens because there are so many options to choose from:  storybooks, videos, puzzles & games, chapter books, fiction & nonfiction, graphic novels, classics, and short stories. 

You can access all of this from anywhere you have an Internet connection even while you are away from home.  There is nothing to turn in because the items are automatically deleted from your account.  Just download and go.       

Wherever you go time will fly while listening to a good book, great music, or watching a DVD.  Before you know it you will be wherever you have programmed the GPS to take you, smiles intact.

Make a note: 

Bossier Central Library

  • Thursday, June 19, from 6—7p.m. the Bossier Central Book Club will meet to discuss “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Martyr, Spy” by Eric Metaxas.  Refreshments will be served. 
  • Friday, June 20, at 10a.m. in the History Center writer Dan Baldwin will present “How to Write (novel, memoir, short story, angry letter to the editor, sticky note).”  

Call at (318) 746-1693 for more details about these programs. 

Go to www.bossierlibrary.org for dates, times, and locations for the Summer Reading Programs.  

New Books


“Clever Fox: A Dani Fox Novel” by Jeanine Pirro

“The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood” by J. R. Ward

“What’s Important is Feeling: Stories” by Adam Wilson

“The Boleyn Deceit” by Laura Andersen

“Heaven’s Queen” by Rachel Bach

“Longbourn” by Jo Baker

“Look Away, Look Away” by Wilton Barnhardt

“Steles of the Sky” by Elizabeth Bear

“Murder in Pigalle” by Cara Black
“Poison Spring: A Frontier Story” by Johnny D. Boggs


“Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style” by Will Taylor

“Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer” by Charles Marsh

“Out of the Woods” by Lynn Darling

“The Confidence Code” by Katty Kay

“The Everything Father-To-Be-Book” by Kevin Nelson 

“The Mad Sculptor” by Harold Schechter

“You Are Not Special: And Other Encouragements” by David McCullough, Jr. 

“The Artist’s Library: A Field Guide” by Laura Damon-Moore

“The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers” by Ben Horowitz

“No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S.  Surveillance State” by Glenn Greenwald

Vickie Hardin is Outreach Specialist for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@state.lib.la.us

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.