All Ascension Parish governmental offices and departments will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

All parish government offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Brainstorming session

Answering the Call, a Donaldsonville citizen’s group, is hosting a community brainstorming session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall in Donaldsonville.

The event will examine youth, community and education issues.

Church groups, nonprofit organizations, sororities, fraternities and businesses are each asked to send two representatives as space is limited.

For information, call (225) 803-4042.

PJ storytime

If you love hearing stories before bedtime, then put on your PJ’s, grab your favorite stuffed animal and visit the Ascension Parish Library for Pajama Storytime.

The September theme is Porcupines and Hedgehogs.

Pajama Storytime will be held Sept. 9 in Donaldsonville and Dutchtown and Sept. 11 in Gonzales and Galvez. All Pajama Storytimes start at 6:30 p.m.

The program is for children ages 7 and younger and their families. Toddlers and preschoolers may need the help of a parent or older sibling when making the craft.

For more information on this program, call the library in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052, in (225) Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699.

Author to speak

Lynette Ater Tanner, a Louisiana author and owner of Frogmore Plantation, will discuss her research into long-lost slave narratives during a 6 p.m. program Sept. 11 at the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville.

Tanner spent more than 15 years collecting and interpreting slave narratives collected during the Great Depression as part of the Federal Writers’ Project.

She will discuss her findings and sign copies of her new release, “Chained to the Land: Voices from Cotton and Cane Plantation.”

“By making these narratives of former slaves, sharecroppers and tenant families easily available, I hope their trials and triumphs, joys and fears will resonate within us,” Tanner said. “It’s important these stories be told and shared.”

Registration is required to attend the program. Call the library at (225) 473-8052.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, ascension@theadvocate.com or ddenstorff@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.