The summer of 1789 was a difficult one for the king of France. His government was nearly bankrupt, and the country’s crops had failed, leaving commoners angry and ready for change. On July 14, 1789, a group of Paris citizens ready for a revolution stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress that housed political prisoners and ammunition.

The fall of the Bastille signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, which would bring an end to the old order of absolute royal rule. The date, July 14, came to symbolize freedom for the French much as the Fourth of July does for Americans.

Ultimately, the French Revolution brought Napoleon to the throne. In need of money for battle, Emperor Napoleon sold the Louisiana territory to the United States in 1803, making our area free and certainly worth celebrating.

The St. Tammany Parish Library will celebrate Louisiana’s French heritage at a Bastille Day celebration featuring the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band at noon Saturday at the Folsom Library, 82393 Railroad Ave. For more information, call (985) 796-9728.

Please join us for the fun.

Programming for July 10 to July 17 includes:

BACH TO SCHOOL AT THE LIBRARY: Musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform and introduce their instruments at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bush Branch, 81597 La. 41. For information, call (985) 886-3588.

STORIES IN MOTION WITH FRANK LEVY: Frank Levy will invite the audience to help him put on the play “Holding up the Sky” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lacombe Library, 28027 U.S. 190, and at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St. For information, call the Lacombe Library at (985) 882-7858 or the Slidell Temporary Branch at (985) 646-6470.

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE: Families will learn how animals adapt to their environment during “Creature Feature” at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Folsom Library, 82393 Railroad Ave. For information, call (985) 796-9728.

MAD SCIENCE RESIN JEWELRY: Teens are invited to make a piece of resin jewelry at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mandeville Library, 844 Girod St. For information, call (985) 626-4293.

MAD SCIENCE ICE CREAM: Teens are invited to use science to create delicious ice cream at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bush Library, 81597 La. 41, or at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Covington Library, 310 W. 21st Ave. For information, call the Bush Library at (985) 886-3588 or the Covington Library at (985) 893-6280.

UNDER THE COVERS BOOK CLUB: The club will discuss “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty at 1 p.m. Friday at the Folsom Branch, 82393 Railroad Ave. For information about the club, call branch manager Lynne Moore at (985) 796-9728.

SCRABBLE GAME NIGHT: Adults and teens are invited to practice their spelling and strategy skills at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mandeville Library, 844 Girod St. For information, call (985) 626-4293.