A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. It is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and to increase their strength and balance using simple exercises.

The following events are coming up aty Ascension Parish Libraries this week:

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you fear you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is a program for you.

A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. It is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and to increase their strength and balance using simple exercises.

A Matter of Balance will be held at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales on Mondays, February 5 through March 26, at 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This eight-week series is being presented by St. Elizabeth Hospital in partnership with the Capital Area Agency on Aging. A workbook is provided.

A Matter of Balance is designed to help participants improve their balance and become more confident about managing falls. If you are interested in completing this course, call St. Elizabeth Community Education at 225-621-2906 to register.

Exploring Nigerian Culture

Nigeria, an African country located on the western coast of Africa, is not only large in area, it is also the most populous country on the continent of Africa. Nigeria’s most diverse feature is its people. Nigeria’s rich and varied cultural heritage derives from the mixture of its ethnic groups with Arabic and western European influences. Hundreds of languages are spoken in the country, including Yoruba, Igbo, Fula, Hausa, Edo, Ibibio, Tiv, and English.

Join us at Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown on Saturday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. for a celebration of Nigerian culture. Eva Chibuzor of the Igbo tribe of eastern Nigeria will share traditions of the Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba tribes. Learn about Nigeria’s languages, traditional dress, food, and religion. There will be a children’s Nigerian dance performance followed by an explanation by Chibuzor of the significance of the dance, the costumes worn, and the tribe of Nigeria which performs the dance.

This program is designed for patrons of all ages. For more information, please contact the Dutchtown library at 673-8699.

Pajama Storytime at the Library

If you love hearing stories before bedtime, then put on your favorite PJ’s and join us at Ascension Parish Library for a Pajama Storytime that’s all about bugs. We’ll read great stories, sing songs, and you’ll get to make a heart doily dragonfly craft to take home. Pajama Storytime will be held on Tuesday, February 6 in Donaldsonville and Dutchtown, and on Thursday, February 8 in Gonzales. All Pajama Storytimes begin at 6:30 p.m. This program is designed for children ages 7 and younger and their families. For more information on this program, please contact the library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Prime Time at Ascension Parish Library

The Ascension Parish Library has received a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to host a family literacy program, PRIME TIME – FAMILY READING TIME, in the Dutchtown area on Tuesday nights from February 20 to March 27, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PRIME TIME is a six week series of reading and discussion programs, and is designed for children ages 6 – 10 and their families. The series includes sessions on such themes as fairness, greed, courage, cleverness, and determination. Join us as Dr. Jill Brody, a discussion leader, and Benolia Thomas, a storyteller, introduce parents to the benefits and pleasures of reading and discussing stories with their children. The program aims to expand participants’ understanding of reading through the use of children’s literature with substantial humanities content. It focuses on expanding the teaching of literature, history and cultural values. “PRIME TIME introduces families to the pleasures and benefits of reading together and the many resources and services of the public library,” said Senior Consultant, Dianne Brady. “We’re pleased to be working with the Ascension Parish Library to bring this exciting family literacy program to the citizens of Ascension Parish.”

PRIME TIME programs are sponsored by the LEH, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Louisiana. The LEH is a private, statewide, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The LEH’s mission is to provide and broaden access to an appreciation of history, literature, language, philosophy, and culture to all the people of Louisiana.

A nutritious meal will be served to families participating in this program. Due to the limited number of spaces available, advanced registration is required. To register for Prime Time Family Reading Time or for more information, stop by the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown or call 673-8699.

Tween Valentine’s Day Party

Love is in the air, and this February, Cupid’s arrow leads straight to Ascension Parish Library and our Tween Valentine’s Day Party. Take part in challenging, Valentine’s Day-inspired games and create your very own, beautiful stained-glass vase with mason jars and multi-colored permanent markers. Join us in Dutchtown on Saturday, February 3 at 10 a.m., in Gonzales on Saturday, February 10th at 10:30 AM, and in Donaldsonville on Wednesday, February 14 at 6 p.m.. For more details, contact the library in Dutchtown at 673-8699, in Galvez at 622-3339, in Gonzales at 647-3955, and in Donaldsonville at 473-8052.