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BPL to hold Multicultural Festival

By Andrea Gilmer, Bossier Parish Library January 24, 2019

We invite you to join us on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 11:00am to 2:00pm for our first annual multicultural festival, One World – Many Stories, as we celebrate unity in diversity. Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr’s enduring message of hope, we will introduce our visitors to cultures and people that may be unfamiliar to them.

With this festival we hope to highlight unique traditions of a variety of people, while illuminating those similarities that we all share. The event will begin with a number of activities for everyone to meander through at their own pace. Living museums will represent countries in Africa, Central and South America, Europe, and more; storytelling; videos; and other activities will be spread throughout the library as well. At the same time, samples of international cuisine will be available in the meeting room, while supplies last! We want to thank the local restaurants and sponsors who made the edible portion of our program possible.

The closing portions of our celebration of culture take place on the back patio of the Benton Branch, weather allowing, in the form of a series of performances. (We encourage visitors to bring a blanket to throw down or lawn chairs due to the limited number of provided chairs!) This kicks off at 12:00pm with interpretive dance, African Drummers curtesy of Northside Elementary and directed by Geraldine Walker, the Port Belly Project belly dancers, and a few other special guests. The final segment beginning at 1:00pm will feature a 48-voice choir, spoken word, sign language, music, and dramatic monologues. It is a tribute to our histories, to those who came before us; it celebrates today, everything that we have achieved, and all that we still work toward; and it represents our hope for the future, all that we and those who come after us can accomplish.

One World - Many Stories is shaping up to be an exciting celebration that we don’t think you’ll want to miss; we hope to see you there!


Coming Up:

Aulds         742-2337 

Monday, Feb. 4 @ 4:00pm – STEAM Club, ages 6-12


Benton       965-2751 

Friday, Feb. 1 @ 11:00am – Preschool Storytime, ages 3-5


Bossier Central       746-1693   

Saturday, Feb. 2 @ 11:00am – Saturday Storytime, all ages

Tuesday, Feb. 5 @ 4:00pm – Mardi Gras Celebration, ages 18 and up

Wednesday, Feb. 6 @ 11:00am – Wiggle Wednesday, ages 3-5


East 80        949-2665 

CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS – Update: Noticeable progress on the parking lot is slated to begin in January 2019 (barring more weather delays)! Thank you for your continued patience.  


Haughton          949-0196 

Saturday, Feb. 9 @ 1:00pm – Reading to Duke, all ages


History Center         746-7717

Thursday, Feb. 7 @ 6:00pm – Pages Past Book Club:  Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, ages 18 and up


Plain Dealing       326-4233 

Friday, Feb. 1 @ 9:00am – Seed Library, ages 18 and up


Tooke        987-3915 

Saturday, Feb. 2 @ 1:00pm – Family Movie Day: Smallfoot (PG), all ages


New Materials:

•96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy & Ava Dash (YA Fiction; Book)

•American Panda by Gloria Chao (YA Fiction; Book

•The Blood: A Jem Flockhart Mystery by E.S. Thomson (Fiction; Book)

•Lizzy Legend by Matthew Ross Smith (Children’s Fiction; Book)

•A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Fiction; Book)

•The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk (Fiction; Book, Audiobook)

•Runebreaker by Alex R. Kahler (YA Fiction; Book)

•The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon (Children’s Fiction; Book)

•The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding (YA Fiction; Book)

•Troublemaker by Catherine Barter (YA Fiction; Book)

•Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn (Children’s Fiction; Book)