Build a Better World Summer Reading Program into 5th week

It may be a short week because of the July 4th holiday, but the St. Bernard Parish Library has a full slate of activities scheduled during the 5th week of its Build a Better World summer reading program.  Getting things started off with a bang will be a visit with Ronald McDonald on Monday, July 3rd at 11:30 a.m.  Audience members of all ages are sure to enjoy this free show that includes magic, laugher and fun.  There will be no programming on Tuesday, July 4th as the library will be closed for the holiday.  Activities resume with the Planet Protectors story craft program is scheduled on Wednesday, July 5th at 11 a.m. and will include stories and poems about ecology.  This free hour-long program is open to the public and all materials for the craft will be provided.

We have many people in our parish who help to make our community a safe place to live.  Summer readers will get to meet a few of those special people when the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department visits the library on Thursday, July 6th at 11:30 a.m.  Chief Tommy Stone will be on hand to share his favorite fire truck stories with listeners and several firefighters will share fire safety tips and demonstrate how they use their equipment when they answer an alarm.  Participants will also have the opportunity to go through the smoke house and to see a fire truck first hand.  Future fire fighters will want to be first responders by coming to the library to meet our fire-fighting heroes.

Library friends of all ages are in for a treat when the Hampstead Stage Company presents the French fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast on Friday, July 7th at 3 p.m.  The Hampstead Stage Company is one of the largest educational, not-for-profit touring companies in the United States.  They have been bringing books to life through theater for over 31 years.  They have performed over 2,000 shows a year in all 48 contiguous states and have played for about twenty-one million audience members.  Their interactive tours run year-round and are performed by two professional actors playing multiple roles.  Children and adults from the audience also help in the production.  This free hour-long play has been made possible by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by St. Tammany Parish.  Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works and donations by Arlette and Wayne Nunez with Shell Oil’s Matching Funds Program as well as the Lemonade Day Kids of St. Bernard.

Readers are encouraged to rush to completion the construction of their activity/game sheets.  The deadline to turn in completed sheets and to be entered into the prize drawings is Thursday, July 13th for pre-Readers through 12th graders.  Late entries will not be accepted.  The Grand Finale prize drawing is set for Friday, July 14th at 3 p.m. for pre-Readers through 5th graders and the Teens and Tweens prize drawing will take place on Saturday, July 15th at 11:30 a.m.  Adult readers have until, Saturday, July 29th to complete their bingo games to be eligible for their prize drawing set for Tuesday, August 1st.  Readers who are unable to attend the prize drawings or who finish late, have until August 1st to receive their rewards. Prize sponsors for the library’s 2017 Build a Better World summer reading program are:  Audubon Institute, Chalmette Movies, Crave Bar and Grill, J & M Jewelers, Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours, Kiwanis of St. Bernard-Arabi, Louisiana Children’s Museum, McDonalds of St. Bernard, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Paddlewheels, P.J.’s Coffee of St. Bernard, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, The Coffee House, and 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