We will be hitting all the right notes when we start making music at the St. Bernard Parish Library this summer. This year our theme is Libraries Rock and when our readers start marching to a literary beat, we are sure to raise the roof. It will be music to our ears to hear the sounds of reading, singing, and laughter when our readers hop onto the reading bandwagon and attend weekly story craft programs, see special guests and watch amazing performances.
Our six-week program will begin on Monday June 4th and end with our Pre-Readers through 5th graders and Teens and Tweens prize drawings on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th, respectively. Early registration begins on Wednesday, May 30th. Readers of all ages are invited to tune up their reading skills by registering to receive their musical activity sheets, official summer reading bookmarks, and event calendars. The first 100 families to register will receive a Super Summer Reader yard sign and the first 200 Pre-Readers through 5th graders will receive a Rock Star Rubber Ducky figure. Pre-Readers through 5th graders will also receive a Cane’s Bookmark that allows them to read to earn a free Cane’s kids combo. Everyone registering between May 30th and June 13th will also receive a free movie pass to see the 25th anniversary showing of the Sandlot, compliments of Chalmette Movies.
Weekly activities such as story craft programs, special guest visits and performances by a wide variety of artists are on the playlist each week. The library is proud to announce its Summer with the Arts series has been expanded to include select Saturday programming in addition to the long-standing Friday performances. Funding for the popular Summer with the Arts series comes from a grant by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs and donations by Arlette and Wayne Nunez with matching funds from Shell Oil’s Gift Program.
In addition to attending lots of fun, free programs, St. Bernard Parish Library readers of all ages will have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes by completing their activity sheets and having their names entered into prize drawings. Prize sponsors to date are: Audubon Institute, Chalmette Movies, Coffee House of Arabi, Crave Bar and Grill, Facials by Skin Diva, J & M Jewelers, Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours, Kiwanis of St. Bernard-Arabi, McDonalds of St. Bernard, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Paddlewheels, P.J.’s Coffee of St. Bernard, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Wow’s Cafe’ & Wingery.
For more information, please stop by the library at 2600 Palmisano Blvd. in Chalmette or call (504) 279-0448. Patrons can “like” the library on Facebook to get updates on library activities and they can also check out the library’s website at www.mysbpl.org.