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Join BPL for United Way Day of Caring

By Vickie Hardin, Associate Director of Public Relations April 27, 2017

United Way Day of Caring is coming up on Friday, May 12. BPL will join other organizations and businesses for this day of work to help other nonprofits. It might seem a bit unusual for a library to participate in a day of work, but libraries are becoming more progressive in their approach to supporting the areas they serve. 

 
Community Engagement Librarian Mandi Johnson describes the occasion this way: “It is a community-wide volunteer event hosted by United Way of Northwest Louisiana where a team of 13 from BPL will partner with non-profits in the community that have a need.” 

 
Approximately “500 volunteers from local businesses and other organizations will work together on projects that include painting, landscaping, clerical work, sorting food and clothing and cleaning.” http://unitedwaynwla.org. Johnson says it is a “boots on the ground” type of Building a Better Bossier. 

 
The American Library Association states, “America’s libraries continue to transform themselves, keeping pace with the changing economic, social, and technological aspects of American society. Libraries’ deepening engagement with their communities takes many forms, from technology to education to social services, and serves many segments of the population.” http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2014/community-engagement 


Here’s to Building a better Bossier!
Make a note: Summer Reading Programs are coming soon.

Aulds Branch 742-2337
Thur., May 25 at 11:00a.m.—Summer Reading Kick Off

Benton Branch 965-2751
Wed., May 3 from 10:00a.m., to 11:00a.m., for ages 2 and under--Lapsit Story Time

Bossier Central Branch 746-1693
Tues., May 2, 9, & 16 from 10:00a.m., to 11:00a.m., for ages 18 and up—Cooking for One or Two Series presented by Vicky from the LSU Ag Center. Registration is required. Sign up at the Reference Desk.
Wed., May 3 from 10:00a.m., to 11:00a.m., for ages 3 to 5—Musical Story Time: Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Mon., May 8, teens ages 13 to 18—Registration begins for the Teen Summer Reading 2k17 Program

East 80 Branch 949-2665
Thur., May 4 at 3:00p.m., for ages 13 to 18—May the 4th Be With You: movie Rogue One
Fri., May 5, at 4:00p.m., for all ages—Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a story and a taco

Haughton Branch 949-0196
Thur., May 4 from 2:00p.m., to 4:00p.m., for ages 5 and up—Star Wars Day: BB8 craft
Fri., May 5 at 10:00a.m., for adults—Happy Hour Games

Plain Dealing Branch 326-4233
Fridays from 10:00a.m., to 11:00a.m., for ages 5 and under—Story Time; registration required
Sat., May 6 from 1:00p.m., to 3p.m. for all ages—Movie Day

Tooke Branch 987-3915
Tues., May 9 at 4:00p.m., for ages 13 to 18—3D Picture Drawing of Hands Program (registration required)
Sat., May 13, at 2:00p.m., for ages 5 to 12—Kite decorating class