Press releases from Ascension Parish Library for March.

Choose Your Medigap Insurance Wisely

Choosing Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Insurance policies can be confusing. Tracy Furgason with Weiss Ratings will lead a workshop at Ascension Parish Library in Galvez on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 4 p.m. to assist you in finding the right Medigap policies for you! This workshop will help explain:

---Major expenses that Medicare does not cover.

---What you must know to lower insurance premiums and save hundreds – even thousands of dollars – every year.

---How to pick the BEST supplemental insurance policy, tailored for you, quickly and easily.

Participants will create a personalized report based on age, gender and zipcode using the Medigap Tool at the workshop. Weiss Ratings is the nation’s leading independent provider of ratings and research for the bank and insurance industries. Weiss accepts no payment or other compensation for its ratings from rated institutions. The Weiss Ratings' mission is to assist both consumers and professionals in making informed financial decisions.

For more information, please call the Ascension Parish Library in Galvez at 622-3339.

Gardening in Ascension Parish – Just Keeps Growing!

The Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association under the direction of the LSU AgCenter is holding its spring library series of educational workshops with gardening and landscaping tips geared to both novice and advanced gardeners. The workshops to be hosted by the Ascension Parish Library are:

Twelve Essential Garden Hand Tools for Home Gardeners: March 12, 6:30 p.m., Galvez -- Having the right tools means all the difference in maintaining a healthy attractive garden. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the variety of tools available. Richard Babin, Ascension Parish Master Gardener, will guide us as to which tools are more essential than others. He will give us tips on proper care, cleaning, personal safety and storage of our gardening tools. To register, call the Galvez location at 622-3339.

Attracting More Wild Birds to your Backyard: March 19, 6:30 PM, Dutchtown -- Once you start to feed the wild birds, you will become addicted and will soon be wanting to attract as many different species as you can. Attracting birds to your yard also plays an important role in conservation and helps to provide balance to the ecosystem. Gina Periou, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop, will give us tips and advice on how to go about making sure your yard is set up in the best possible way to achieve this goal. She will explore types of feeders, foods, and habitats. To register, call the Dutchtown location at 673-8699.

Success in the Shade: April 9, 6:30 p.m., Gonzales -- Patricia Brussack, member of Board of Directors for the Georgia Hosta Society, has gardened on two acres of woodlands for decades. She will share the successes and the failures of this shade gardening endeavor. Plant selections, plant combinations as well as planting practices to increase the delights of the shady spots in the garden will be illustrated. Mrs. Brussack, a Hosta enthusiast, will also suggest Hosta cultivars that perform well even with the short dormancy periods of southern gardens. To register, call the Gonzales location at 647-3955.

Spring Plant Swap and Gardening Tips and Questions: April 23, 6:30 PM, Gonzales -- Do you have a list of gardening questions? This is your chance to finally get the answers you need.  A panel of Master Gardeners will have gardening tips and answer any of your gardening questions. Then you will have an opportunity to participate in an old-fashioned tradition – a Plant Swap! Bring your labeled plants, cuttings, bulbs, or seeds to exchange with local gardeners. You will leave with lots of information as well as new plants for your garden. To register, call the Gonzales location at 647-3955.

Mother Goose Teaches Money

You’re never too little to learn the value of a dollar, and when Mother Goose leads the way, everyone is sure to have plenty of fun. Children will learn to identify, sort and count currency when “Mother Goose Teaches Money,” Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., at Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville. A special reading of the children’s book “Corduroy” conveys the value of money in everyday life. Learn about shopping and banks, too. This event is open to children ages 3-5. Call the library for more details at 473-8052, today!

APL Outreach Vehicle Schedule

Ascension Parish Library’s Outreach Vehicle rolls into spring, bringing a wide variety of books, movies, and other materials to a location near you! Make the most of the season and bring the entire family to visit our Outreach Vehicle at parks and community centers across the parish in March. Spend a beautiful spring afternoon outdoors with a good book! Come check us out at these locations*:

Darrow Community Center Wednesday, March 6, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Donaldsonville Senior Apts. Friday, March 8, 2-3 p.m.

The Church Donaldsonville Thursday March 14, 2-4 p.m.

Sorrento Community Center Wednesday, March 20, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Oak Grove Community Center Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

St. Amant Park Tuesday, March 26, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Lemanville Park Friday, March 29, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

The Outreach Vehicle will continue to visit local senior living facilities, too. We look forward to seeing the residents of these facilities on the following dates*:

Francois Bend Monday, March 4, 2 p.m.

Gonzales Healthcare Center Wednesday, March 6, 9:30 a.m.

Donaldsonville Council on Aging Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m.

Ascension Oaks Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m.

Azalea Estates Wednesday, March 13, 2 p.m.

Magnolia Assisted Living Tuesday, March 19, 2 p.m.

Chateau D’ville Friday, March 29, 10:30 a.m.

*Schedule subject to changes. Contact the library at 647-3955 for more information.

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 baby animals. We’ll sing fun songs, read great stories, and you’ll get to make a momma and baby sea otter craft to take home. Pajama Storytime will be held on Tuesday, March 12 in Donaldsonville and Dutchtown, and on Thursday, March 14 in Gonzales and Galvez. 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.

Toddler Fun Day at the Library

Are you looking to entertain your busy toddler on a Saturday morning? Join us for a super simple Toddler Fun Day at Ascension Parish Library. Make a virtually mess free painting with tempera paint sticks, and practice your shapes with bingo marker art. Engage in pretend play with other toddlers when you doctor up our stuffed animals, or have fun building with wooden blocks. If your toddler just wants to run around the room and dance to the music and wave our colorful scarves around, that’s fine too!

Toddler Fun Day will take place on Saturday, March 9 in Donaldsonville and Dutchtown, and on Saturday, March 16 in Gonzales and Galvez. At all locations, you may arrive any time between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Programs will end promptly at 12:00. For more information on this program, please contact Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Coffee and Crafts: Fun with Fiber Art

Join us at the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville, on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., for an enjoyable evening, creating your own piece of Fiber Art.  Using fabric pieces, iron-on fusible web, tulle, and embellishments, you will create an 11 x 14 inch piece of fiber art, suitable for framing, quilting, or stretching on canvas.  This activity is for all experience levels.  No sewing or art experience is required, yet the ideas and techniques can inspire and challenge even experienced quilters and artists. You can choose from three different patterns, or you can create your own design.  All materials will be provided. All you need to bring is your imagination and a desire to have a fun evening. Seats are sure to go quickly, so please call the library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052 to register or find out more information.

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