“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program at the St. Bernard Parish Library Continues

Jennette Ginsburg, Liz Bragdon, Dulcimerr Gguy Mmike Anderson, and Sock Rockerz.

We have launched ourselves into reading and are orbiting the second and third weeks of the 2019 A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program at the St. Bernard Parish Library. Readers will have the chance to take to the skies and explore strange new worlds with the upcoming story craft programs set for Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. ‘To the Library and Beyond’ is the theme for the week of June 10th and ‘3, 2, 1, Blastoff!’ will be the idea for the week of June 17th. Stories like Joan Sweeney’s Me and My Place in Space and Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds will shine like stars at these free story sessions. Participants will also make a take-home craft as part of the programs. All ages are welcome and all materials will be provided.

Space travelers will continue to have fun at two library community events taking place on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. On June 13th, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Zane Spitnale, of Spitnale’s Superior Martial Arts Academy will visit with summer readers to demonstrate martial arts techniques and to talk to participants about respecting other life forms as well as themselves. 

Every good astronaut knows that in addition to practicing the things Mr. Spitnale talked about like respect, and stamina, they need to be prepared for any emergency. Chief Stone and members of the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department will be at the library on June 20th to talk about fire safety. Chief Stone will share his favorite fire truck story and fire fighters will demonstrate how their equipment works and what they do to protect us from the threat of fire. Participants will also have the opportunity to see several fire rescue vehicles and to experience the fire safety house. 

Listeners will want to continue to hold their orbit around the library for its popular Summer with the Arts event taking place on Friday, June 14th at 3 p.m. when Liz Bragdon presents her Tales with a Twist program. Liz’s performance combines yoga movements with storytelling. Earthlings are definitely going to want to be transported to the library for this interactive program. 

Our performance schedule goes supernova as our quest for discovering new art forms continues on Saturday, June 15th 11 a.m. when Jennette Ginsburg of Hey Now Hooping spins a tale or two using hula hoops. Everyone will have the chance to practice their hoop skills during the show and will be absolutely mesmerized when Jennette ends her performance with an out-of-this-world LED lit hula-hoop dance.

Coming up on horizon are two more Summer with the Arts events scheduled for the week of June 17th. Summer readers will want to continue to hold their orbit around the library so that they can space jam with the Sock Rockerz on Friday, June 21st at 3 p.m. Humanoids of all ages are going to want to find the zaniest, most out-of-this-world pair of socks they own and put them on with their boogie space boots and jet their way to see Erica Haines and Natalie Thompson who will be coming all the way from Nashville, TN to make a return visit to the library. Accompanying them will be DJ Silly Socks, also known as, Joel Nachtigal. They will have audience members moving, grooving, singing and dancing to earth-shattering beats during their free performance. Earthlings are definitely going to want to be transported to the library for this interactive program.

On the final approach for week 3 families are invited to another Saturday arts performance featuring Mike Anderson, ‘The Dulcimer Guy’ when he also returns to our library with his definitely original program entitled, “Songs, Stories, and a Boingy Boingy Thing and a Clackity Clack Thing and a Noseflute!” Library friends of all ages are most definitely not going to want to miss this one-of-a-kind show!

Summer with the Arts performances have 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 encouraged to continue working on their activity sheets. Readers who have completed their missions can begin to bring in their activity sheets starting on Monday, June 17th. They will receive a reward and meal coupons donated by McDonald’s of St. Bernard. Their names will also be entered into the prize drawings set for the end of the six-week program. Prizes had been donated by the following sponsors: 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.