We are turning the album to side B and cranking up the volume at the St. Bernard Parish Library when we start week 2 of our summer reading program. We will be the library band on the run with a record full of fun starting with the ‘Read Me a Song’ story craft program featuring books that were inspired by songs that will take place on Tuesday, June 12th at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 13th at 11 a.m. Chief Stone and several members of the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department will be at the library on Thursday, June 14th at 11:30 a.m. when Chief Stone will share his favorite firefighting book and participants will have the chance to meet the firefighters who protect our parish and to see the equipment they use. They will also be able to experience a simulated fire by going through the Fire Safety ‘Smoke House’. We will keep the beat going on Friday, June 15th at 3 p.m. with a little help from our friend, magician David LeBoeuf of Hattrick Magic. Week 3 is a downhill ride with the ‘Rolling Stones’ story craft program set for Tuesday, June 19th and Wednesday, June 20th. Library friends will hear stories about rocks, of course! Thursday’s special event is for our teen and tween readers who are ages 9 and up. Mr. Carlos Nieto III, creator of Anime Your Way, will be at the library sharing his step-by-step anime drawing program. Budding artists will learn how to create and modify an anime character from scratch, no matter what their drawing level is! And the beat goes on with two fantastic family programs as part of the library’s Summer with the Arts series. The first track features Howard Pink and his Musical Garden Hoses on Friday, June 22nd at 3 p.m. and the music stops when we come to the end of our album on Saturday, June 23rd with Hampstead Stage Company’s American Songs and Stories theatrical production. Showtime for Saturday’s performance is 11 a.m. 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. All events at the library are free and open to the public. Groups are asked to call ahead to register.
Readers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for summer reading by visiting the library. Each person will receive an activity sheet, an official summer reading bookmark and a calendar of events. Pre-readers through 5th will also receive a Cane’s Bookmark that allows them to read to earn a free Cane’s kids combo. Everyone registering before June 13th will also receive a free movie pass to see the 25th-anniversary showing of the Sandlot, compliments of Chalmette Movies. Music makers who complete their activity sheets by their deadlines will be eligible to win prizes at the end of the program. 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.