This year’s Teen Summer Reading Theme is "Libraries Rock," and the Ascension Parish Library has all sorts of programs "that will rock your world," library leaders said.

The programming started last month and continues through August.

Last week, teens at the Gonzales branch used glue, wooden picture frames, paint, CDs and a hairdryer to make mosaic frames.

Next week's programming includes a lesson on how to make a mixtape using the library's Freegal database. Teens are invited to the Galvez branch at 6 p.m. June 26 and at 4 p.m. June 29 in Gonzales to learn the history of the mixtape and how to create one and save it to a flash drive.

Teens can show off their love of rock 'n' roll by making bracelets and earrings out of recycled guitar parts during a 4 p.m. program June 27 at the Donaldsonville branch.

Wrap up the week at Teen Open Mic at 4 p.m. June 28 at the Gonzales branch. Teens can show off their musical skills singing or playing an instrument during a 10-minute session. Friends and family are welcome to attend and watch.

Teens are encouraged to sign up for the Libraries Rock summer reading program when they stop in to participate in any teen event or online at

Teens entering sixth grade through 12th grade are eligible to join the reading program. Any teen who is registered for the reading program can complete it by earning points and badges by attending any teen program or logging minutes read during the months of May, June and July. All teens who complete the reading program will receive a free Libraries Rock messenger bag, a bowling pass courtesy of Premier Lanes and will be able to spin a prize wheel for an additional prize.

Keep earning points and badges all summer to be eligible for the end of the summer drawing prize, an Amazon Fire tablet.

For information on summer programs for teens or any library program, call the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, or in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052. 

For a complete calendar of library programs, visit