July events at all Ascension Parish libraries. There's something for all ages!

Paint a Stone from the Caribbean!

Create your very own little piece of paradise with your friends at Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville! Don’t miss your chance to paint and take home an authentic beach pebble imported all the way from the picturesque shores of the Caribbean, Tuesday, July 31 st at 6 p.m. Design a beautiful, one-of-a-kind keepsake that will add a tropical flair to any room in your home. Registration is required to attend, and seats are sure to go quickly for this fun and exciting event. Call the library at 473-8052 to reserve your spot, today! 

Nan Riffe Returns to Ascension Parish Library

The Ascension Parish Library happily welcomes back Nan Riffe on Tuesday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m in Galvez! You know her as “The Bookmark Lady”, but this summer, she will show you how to make your very own Optical Illusions. In this program, things aren’t always how they appear! This program is open to children of all ages; however, children younger than eight may need assistance from a parent or older sibling.

Listen to your favorite music from movies, and play along on a variety of instruments. Complete Musical Mayhem may break out, but everyone’s sure to have a blast and lots of laughs at our end of the summer party on Friday, July 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Galvez. Musical Mayhem is designed for preschool aged children, but is open to everyone.

This summer, some of our activities are planned specifically for children in lower elementary grades. If you are going into K – 2nd grade next year, and you want to have some Old School Fun, join us on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Galvez to create a Thaumatrope. Never heard of a Thaumatrope? It’s an optical illusion toy that makes two pictures look like one. Afterwards, it’s game time with the Tissue Dance! Do you like playing with rocks? Join us on Tuesday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. in Gonzales. Stack them; count them; sort them; make a path; design a funny face; tell a story. There are lots of different ways to play with rocks. Learn all about the different types of rocks and have fun playing with them. If you love music, then you’ll love Rocking with Sound on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Dutchtown. See how sound moves, play some instruments, and even make two instruments to take home! Then, in Campfire Fun & Games on Wednesday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Donaldsonville, sing around a campfire, identify animal tracks, make crafts, and play nature-related games – all inside the library.

If you’re going into grades 2-5 next year, we have something fun for you too! On Wednesday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Dutchtown, join us for Rock, Paper, Scissors. Come listen to a hilarious story, then play in our rock, paper, scissors tournament. On Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Dutchtown, integrate a little math and a lot of fun into your summer by learning to play dominoes at the library during Domino Rocks. We’ll be using classic tiles, but we’ll also show you how to make your own dominoes from everyday items – like rocks and markers! Bring out your inner mad scientist on Friday,

July 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Donaldsonville. With a few basic supplies, see how easy it is to build a ramp walker and an egg carton helicopter during Mad Science.

Tweens entering grades 4-8 should prepare to rock! It’s time to get down and rock out with the library with Guitar Hero. Any tween who loves to rock out loud is invited. It does not matter if you are an expert or have never played before. Come on out and show everyone what you’ve got. We are going to rock on Friday, July 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Gonzales!

Sign up for the Libraries Rock summer reading program when you stop in to participate in any of these events or online at myapl.beanstack.org. Children from birth through eighth grade are eligible to join our reading program. Studies show that children who read at least ten minutes per day during the summer are more likely to retain and improve the reading skills learned during the recent school year. Parish children who join the reading program can track their reading by minutes read to earn prizes. Any child who is registered for the reading program can complete it by reading 250 minutes during the months of May, June, and July. All children who complete the reading program will receive a 2018 Libraries Rock book bag, and a certificate. Children who read 500 minutes or more earn a free meal pass courtesy of Chipotle, a free bowling pass courtesy of Premier Lanes, and a free Kids Summer Film Fest movie pass courtesy of Malco Theatres.

For more information on summer programs for children, call the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Galvez at 622-3339, in Dutchtown at 673-8699, or in Donaldsonville at 473-8052. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Coffee & Crafts: Sock Dolls

Join us at Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for Coffee & Crafts: Sock Dolls. Get crafty with us as we create a unique doll using fun and colorful socks. Participants will learn how to use two socks and a few embellishments to design an adorable craft that can be used as decoration or given as a gift.

Additional Comments:

--Space is limited.

--Registration is required.

--Call 673-8699 to register.

Protect Your Property: Heir Property In Louisiana

Was your home passed down through generations without legal paperwork? Can you prove you own your home? After the 2005 hurricanes and 2016 local floods, many Louisiana residents were unable to prove home ownership which made them ineligible for federal or state rebuilding funds meant for homeowners. If these residents try to elevate their homes, sell their homes, or use the homes as collateral to get loans, they will need “clear titles” to the properties. Without this proof of ownership, many residents cannot take advantage of their property rights.

Join the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales on Saturday, July 14, at 10:00 a.m. for Protect Your Property: Heir Property in Louisiana seminar to hear how to prove you own an inherited or donated home. Speakers Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and Christy Kane, Executive Director of Louisiana Appleseed, will discuss assistance options available that offer solutions to help residents living in family homes with lack of proper proof-of-ownership documents.

Louisiana Appleseed collaborates with community partners and recruits legal professionals to donate pro bono time to talk to residents and offer solutions to solve problems at the root cause. For more information or to register, call 647-3955.

Teen Programs at Ascension Parish Library

This year’s Teen Summer Reading Theme is Libraries Rock, and we have all sorts of programs this summer that will rock your world! On Wednesday, July 18, at 2:30 PM in Galvez, enjoy the beloved movie classic The Princess Bride like never before by joining us for APL's interactive movie event. Declare your vengeful intentions along with Inigo, show off your sword-fighting skills, and more. Popcorn and drinks will be served.

Are you feeling a bit hungry? Stop in at Meal in a Mug on Friday, July 20 at 10:00 a.m. in Gonzales. Mugs aren’t just for coffee anymore! Learn to cook with the press of a button at our teen Meal in a Mug program. Make your own pizza in a mug and take home mug recipes that would be great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Perfect for dorm rooms or late night snacking.

Finally, help us wrap up the summer at a Glam Rock Party on Friday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Dutchtown. Aqua Net and spandex make a comeback this year at our Teen End of Summer Glam Rock Party. Come dressed as your favorite ROCK ICON, show off your moves, learn glam rock makeup tips, and more. We’re partying like rock stars. . .glam rock stars!

It’s not too late to sign up for the Libraries Rock summer reading program when you stop in to participate in any teen event or online at myapl.beanstack.org. Teens entering sixth grade through twelfth grade are eligible to join our reading program. Any teen who is registered for the reading program can complete it by earning points and badge by attending any teen program or logging minutes read during the months of May, June, and July. All teens who complete the reading program will receive a free Libraries Rock messenger bag, a bowling pass courtesy of Premier Lanes and will be able to spin our prize wheel for an additional prize. Keep earning points and badges all summer to be eligible for our end of the summer drawing - An Amazon Fire Tablet. For more information on summer programs for teens, call the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Galvez at 622-3339, in Dutchtown at 673-8699, or in Donaldsonville at 473-8052. All teen library programs are free and open to teens entering sixth grade through twelfth grade.