Check It Out: There’s still time to meet summer reading goals _lowres

Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Library - Children, teens and adults alike dressed up to kick of the library’s summer reading program at Library Con at the Madisonville Branch.

The St. Tammany Parish Library’s summer reading events and registration have drawn to a close. More than 8,500 children and teens registered for the program designed to keep youth reading during the summer to combat the “summer slide” when reading skills fall due to lack of practice.

Registered children and teens have until Aug. 15 to reach their reading goal and claim their prize.

“Library Con: An All Fandoms Convention” kicked off six weeks of summer reading programming on May 30 at the Madisonville Branch. More than 350 people enjoyed sword-fighting demonstrations, a steampunk costume-making workshop, a panel discussion with comic book authors/artists and a comic book drawing workshop.

Many participants came in costumes representing their favorite fandom. Library staff plan to make Library Con an annual event.

During the children’s “Every Hero Has a Story” program, kids also enjoyed visiting with police dogs, performing in plays and learning about different types of music from opera to percussion to Australian rhythms. Children had the opportunity to create their own superhero identity, touch a truck of a local hero and accept the challenge of competing in a “Battle of the Books.”

Teens celebrated heroes of all types in the “Escape the Ordinary” summer reading program. Participants had the chance to get fit like a superhero, play a didgeridoo and discover exactly what it takes to be a firefighter. Teens also enjoyed after-hours programs like mystery dinner theater, “Amazing Race: Superhero Style” and a superhero party.

After a brief hiatus to plan fall library events, children and teen librarians will offer more fabulous and fun programs for the youth of St. Tammany.

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Programming for July 15-22 includes:

  • LIT WITS BOOK CLUB: The club will discuss Nelson Mandela at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Participants can read any book on the subject to prepare for the discussion. For information about the club, call branch manager Kay Redd at (985) 893-6285.
  • SLIDELL URBAN FICTION BOOK CLUB: The club will discuss books by author Walter Mosley at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd. For information about the club, call librarian Noelle Williams at (985) 646-6470.
  • SCRABBLE GAME NIGHT: Teens and adults are invited to play Scrabble at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mandeville Branch, 844 Girod St. For information, call (985) 626-4293.
  • BRUCE DAIGREPONT CAJUN BAND: Come celebrate Bastille Day with the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 845-4819.
  • MADISONVILLE URBAN FICTION BOOK CLUB: The club will discuss books by author Carl Weber at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St. For information, call library associate Antoinette McGee at (985) 845-4819.
  • BAYOU BOOK MARKERS BOOK CLUB: The club will discuss “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lacombe Branch, 28027 U.S. 190. For information about the club, call branch manager Rhonda Spiess at (985) 882-7858.