School is out and summer is in! We are blasting off into reading at the St. Bernard Parish Library starting with our 2nd annual McDonald’s Fun Fair kick-off event scheduled for Monday, June 3rd. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” and we expect to have an out of this world experience when McDonald’s comes to the library. Families are invited to attend this free program anytime from 10 a.m. through 12 p.m. for face painting, games, photos, coloring, and cookies! The library is so very fortunate to have the support of our local McDonald’s for more than 20 years. Mr. Adam Thomas, local owner and Mr. Alan Galdamez, Director of Operations, have made the commitment of sponsoring the library’s annual summer reading event a priority. Ms. Carrie Read, Director of Administration and Marketing is the driving force behind the festivities, having organized the first one in 2018. Well over 200 kids and their parents enjoyed last year’s event and we anticipate even more this year.
We will reach for the stars and also read about some at the library’s International Story Station story craft program taking place on Tuesday, June 4th at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, June 5th at 11 a.m. The stars we will be talking about are of the human variety such as William Kamkwamba, the young boy who used junk to build a windmill and bring electricity to his Malawian village. We will also learn about how our actions have an impact on the people we know and on those we don’t. This concept will be brought to life when we read Because by Mo Willems. After the program, library friends will make their very own space station by using just their names. Their creations will be used to decorate the library for the entire summer reading program. All materials will be provided.
We will hold orbit around library with a Teen and Tween program on Thursday, June 6th at 11:30 a.m. David LeBoeuf, of Hattrick Magic, will present his ‘Around the House Magic Workshop’ for kids ages 9 and up. Participants will learn how to do magic tricks using items that everyone has at home. No registration is necessary and all materials will be provided. Parents are reminded that this program is for our older readers. Children under the age of 9 are not eligible to attend.
Families are invited to seek out new artistic life on Friday, June 7th at 3 p.m. when Dancing Drum holds its debut performance at the St. Bernard Parish Library as part of the library’s Summer with the Arts series. Drum rhythms will echo through the library when audience members play and sing along with clapping, body percussion and vocal chants. Steve Campbell’s highly interactive show will have life-forms of all ages wanting to join in the fun. This program 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 the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works as well as donations by Arlette and Wayne Nunez with matching funds from Shell Oil’s Gift Program. All library programming—story crafts sessions, special guest visits and performances—will take place at the library’s main branch, located at 2600 Palmisano Blvd., in Chalmette.
Readers are also encouraged to sign up for the library’s “A Universe of Stories” Activity sheets. Early registration begins on Wednesday, May 29th. Each person who registers will receive out-of-this-world 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 Mini Astronaut 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 29th and June 6th will also receive a free movie pass to see the 30th anniversary showing of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Rated PG), compliments of Chalmette Movies.
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 & Nunez, Crave Bar and Grill, Facials by Skin Diva, Infinity Science Center, Kiwanis, Louisiana Children’s Museum, McDonalds of St. Bernard, National World War II Museum, New Orleans Paddlewheels/Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours, PJ’s Coffee, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Splash Express Car Wash, and Wow’s Cafe’ & Wingery. Any businesses interested in sponsoring our program are invited to contact the library.
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