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March - May 2011

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Contents Thoughts from Our Director Pg 2 Women’s History Pg.2 National Library Week Pg. 2 Art in April Pg. 3 Railroads & Tangipahoa Pg. 3 Leo Honeycutt Pg. 3 Young Adult Book Picks Pg. 3 Ali’s Kids Corner Pg. 4 NEW: Adventure Club Pg. 5 Discovering Inspiration Pg. 5 Career Database Pg. 5 In the Spotlight Pg. 6 Staff Book Picks Pg.6 Baby & Me Pg.7 Summer Reading Program Pg.7

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Thoughts from Our Director so important that it was placed at the heart of the city. Where do we go today to exchange ideas? Many of us go to the Internet, or to coffee houses, or to colleges and universities. One place a community should be able to go to learn and exchange ideas is the public library.

Collins English Dictionary (10th ed.) defines “forum” in the following ways: “1. a meeting or assembly for the open discussion of subjects or public interest…3. a public meeting place for open discussion.” The word “forum” is derived from the Latin word meaning “public place.” Ancient Rome’s Forum served as a marketplace, and it was the place where speeches were made and elections were held. Because people from many walks of life congregated there every day, they naturally talked and exchanged ideas. The Forum was

The library is developing plans to create some kind of meeting space in all of our branches. The new Amite Branch and Administration Building will feature a large meeting room. But the library is providing, and has provided programs for years. We just completed a series of programs called “Discovering Inspiration: African American Heritage Celebration”. For years the library has provided weekly children’s programs and this March we will begin offering “Baby and Me” programs across the system. “Baby and Me” is a six-week program designed for very young children, ages 3 months to 15

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months, and requires a parent’s or adult caregiver’s participation. Adventure Club, for children age 7 – 10 years of age, will also begin in all branches this spring. For adults, two programs at Hammond Branch will be offered soon: “The Railroad in Tangipahoa Parish,” by Tom Davidson on March 18th at 6 pm, and “Edwin Edwards,” by author Leo Honeycutt on May 20th at 6 pm. Libraries still provide books, magazines, audio books, databases, DVDs, and many other items. But they also provide space and time for public meetings, face-toface gatherings where people today, like the ancient Romans, exchange ideas and information. We need libraries more than ever because the Library is our community’s Forum.

Career Cruiser is a guidance system available at TPL’s website that assists patrons in learning more about their career interests, educational requirements and trainings, and even career opportunities available in their field of interest. In addition to exploring careers, Career Cruiser also equips patrons with 10–16, the April Honorary Chair ability to strengthen job searching skills and will get you started 2011 in John Grisham building an effective resume. For those unsure about what career is April 10–16, April 10–16, Grisham is widely recognized as Honorary John Chair best for them, Career Cruiser’s employment assessments will help Honorary Chair the world’s most popular storyteller, 2011 2011 Visit your library today and with more than 250 million books in John Grisham match skills and learning styles to complimenting career choices. John Grisham print worldwide. In addition to writing create your story. Johnown Grisham is widely recognized as John Grisham is widely recognized as bestsellers, John has numerous adult In addition, the School page the world’s most popular storyteller, the world’ s most popular storyteller, recently written his first book for young Today’s libraries can help you Visit your today and today Visit your library and with more than 250 million more than 250 million books offerslibrary information and guidance readers, Thineodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. discoverbooks awith newin and exciting print worldwide. In addition toprint writing worldwide. In addition to writing world. Take advantage of create in your own story. create your trainings, own story. choosing education, numerous adult bestsellers, John has numerous adult bestsellers, John has the free access to books recently writtcan en his youngwritten his first book for young Today’s libraries can help you Today’s recently libraries helpfirst youbook for and computers, homework help, and even offers financial aid tools. discover readers, Theodore Boone: Kidreaders, Lawyer.Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. discover a new and exciting a new and exciting assistance with resumes and Take advantage of world. Take advantage of Offering guidanceworld. in both English job searches, accurate financial the free access to books the free access to books information, adult education courses, and Spanish, this and complete career computers, homework help,and computers, homework help, support for new Americans, CDs, assistance with resumes and assistance with resumes and guidance system is the perfect tool DVDs and much more. Don’t forget, job searches, accurate financial job searches, accurate financial your librarian is information smart to get you startedinformation, in your career adult education courses, information, adult education courses, and can help you find the right support for new Americans, CDs, support for new Americans, CDs, answer @ your library. search. Build yourDVDs profile today at DVDs and much more. Don’t and much more. Don’t forget, forget, your librarian is information smart your librarian is information smart The Campaign for America’s Libraries

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Saturday, April 16th, 3-8

Come visit us and our featured artist in the parking lot across from Tope La Restaurant for Art in April. We’ll have give-a-ways and art resources available for all.

R ailroads

& Tangipahoa Parish

presented by

Tom Davidson Hammond Branch • Friday, March 18th • 6:00pm Join us at 314 E. Thomas St. with Mr. Tom Davidson to discuss the various railroads which have existed in Tangipahoa Parish in the 20th century, as well as the industries they supported.

Hammond Library Branch presents

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Young Adult Book Picks The Back Door of Midnight By Elizabeth Psychic...or psychotic? Anna knows her family is crazy. But when she goes to visit her aunt and uncle for the summer and learns that her uncle's charred body has been found, her life reaches a new level of insanity. Her erratic aunt's "psychic" abilities are exaggerated by her grief, and have become borderline violent. Alone in an unfamiliar town, Anna struggles to pick up the pieces and establish any sense of normalcy. She desperately wants to trust Zack, the cute boy next door, but even he might know more about the incident than he is letting on. But when Anna starts feeling an inexplicable pull to the site of her uncle's murder, she begins to believe that her family's supernatural gifts are real after all. Torn between loyalty and suspicion, Anna is certain of only one thing: she must discover who killed her uncle or she could be next…. Prisoners in the Palace How Princess Victoria became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel By Michaela MacColl London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen? Real Live Boyfriends Written by E. Lockhart Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, hyperverbal heroine of the The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and The Treasure Map of Boys, is back! Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. But Noel seems to have turned into a pod-robot lobotomy patient, and Ruby can’t figure out why. Not only is her romantic life a shambles: Her dad is eating nothing but Cheetos, her mother’s got a piglet head in the refrigerator, Hutch has gone to Paris to play baguette air guitar, Gideon shows up shirtless, and the pygmy goat Robespierre is no help whatsoever. Will Ruby ever control her panic attacks? Will she ever understand boys? Will she ever stop making lists? Roo has lost most of her friends. She’s lost her true love, more than once. She’s lost her grandmother, her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she’s never lost her sense of humor. The Ruby Oliver books are the record of her survival.


Author of Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana

Friday May 20th 6:00pm

In Celebration of Women’s Month in March, Ms. Emmarie F. Anderson will be presenting the Teen Club with a self esteem building lecture entitled “Know Your Worth”. This lecture will be geared towards teen girls in hopes to build self-esteem and empowerment within themselves. This event will be held March 12, 2010 @ 11:00 a.m at the Amite Library.

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Ali’s Kids Corner Daffodils by William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

The waves beside them danced, but they Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee; A poet could not be but gay, In such a jocund company! I gazed—and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought:

Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.

Ali’s Activity Center

Ali’s Book Picks Dust Devil

Written by Anne Isaacs • Illustrated by Paul Zelinsky

Here is the thrilling, thigh-slapping companion to Swamp Angel, the beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book. Swamp Angel, the greatest woodswoman and wildest wildcat in all of Tennessee, grows too big for that state and moves to the sizeable Montana. It’s there that she wrestles a raging storm to the ground and finds herself a sidekick—a horse named Dust Devil. When Backward Bart, the orneriest, outlaw ever known, starts terrorizing the prairie, seems like Angel and Dust Devil may be the only ones strong enough to stop him.

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Elsie's Bird

Written by Jane Yolen • Illustrated by David Small

Elsie is a city girl who loves the noise of the streets of Boston. When her mother dies and her father moves them to the faraway prairies of Nebraska, Elsie hears only the silence and she feels alone. Her only comfort is her canary, Timmy Tune who flies out a window forcing Elsie to run after him, into the tall prairie grass where she's finally able to hear the voice of the prairie— beautiful and noisy—and she begins to feel at home.

Madlenka Soccer Star Written & illustrated by Peter Sís

Madlenka—that cosmopolitan little girl whose city block is a world of its own—is back and ready to play! When she dribbles her brand new soccer ball out the door and around the corner, it seems that everyone wants to get in the game—the mailbox, a dog, even a parking meter, but especially all the neighborhood cats, and there are enough of them to make a team. But they’re no match for Madlenka, who scores the winning goal.

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NEW Program Beginning in March! Youth grades 3-5 are invited to join Tangipahoa Parish Library’s Adventure! Adventure Club is an after-school program for kids to have fun and learn. Each week you can participate in games, crafts, and activities. Space is limited, so sign up now at your branch! Check out the schedule below and call your local branch to register.

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Amite: Thursdays, 4-5pm • March 10 - May 26 Hammond: Thursdays, 4-5pm • March 10 - May 26 Independence: Wednesdays, 4-5pm • March 9 - May 25 Kentwood: Thursdays, 4-5pm • March 10 - May 26 Loranger: Thursdays, 4-5pm • March 10 - May 26 Ponchatoula: Mondays, 4-5pm • March 7 - May 23

African American Heritage

Discovering Inspiration

Director Barry Bradford & Mrs. Ann Smith

Journey of the Drum

Women & Genealogy

Tracing one’s female ancestors can be a discouraging project – because once a woman married, her name changed and her whole identity ran the risk of disappearing. This was true for most states, but Louisiana was and is an exception. In Louisiana, a woman continued to be identified in legal documents by her maiden name, as for example, Mary Smith, wife of John Jones, not just Mary Jones. This may seem a minor consideration, but often it is in legal documents that important details of a person’s life can be found. An excellent source of information about women’s genealogy from the 1600s to the 1940s is The Hidden Half of the Family by Christina K. Schaeffer available in the genealogy library, 200 East Mulberry Street in Amite. This book provides information from all states focusing on women’s ownership of property, wills and contracts, marriage and divorce laws, and citizenship. African American, Asian and Native American women’s genealogical information is offered as well as that of women of European descent. Come to the genealogy library 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and find out about the women in your family.

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SPOTLIGHT Tangipahoa Parish Library (TPL) welcomed 237,746 visitors in 2010. Our visitors of course checked out books, DVDs and magazines, but they also came in looking for information on a wide variety of topics and needing assistance using the technology that permeates society. In order to fulfill these requests, TPL began a training program for staff. Since August of 2010 staff members have participated or will participate in classes to improve customer service and improve their skills using various Microsoft Office programs. Being a guide to visitors in using today’s technology is a key proponent of our mission. We have also offered technology and soft skill classes for those seeking employment or who are interested in new career path as well as people who want to improve their career skill set to earn a higher standard of living. These classes cover leading business software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. In the area of soft skills, we will offer classes teaching job search skills, career best practices, communication skills and basic computer skills. Seats are limited so be sure to register to guarantee yourself a place.

Upcoming Classes •Word 2007 Level 1 - Friday, March 11, 2011 •Word 2007 Level 2 - Friday, March 25, 2011 •Word 2007 Level 3 - Friday, April 08, 2011 •Powerpoint 2007 Level 1 - Monday, April 18, 2011 •Powerpoint 2007 Level 2 - Thursday, April 28, 2011 •Excel 2007 Level 1 - Thursday, April 21, 2011 •Excel 2007 Level 2 - Friday, April 29, 2011 •Excel 2007 Level 3 - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 •Publisher 2007 Level 1 - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 •Business Etiquette - Thursday, May 05, 2011 •Business Writing (2 day class) Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Thursday, May 19, 2011

Staff Book Picks Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother By Amy Chua

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires. A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson By Patricia Brady The forty-year love affair between Rachel and Andrew Jackson parallels a tumultuous period in American history. Andrew Jackson was at the forefront of the American revolution—but he never could have made it without the support of his wife. Beautiful, charismatic, and generous, Rachel Jackson had the courage to go against the mores of her times in the name of love. As the wife of a great general in wartime, she often found herself running their plantation alone and, a true heroine, she took in and raised children orphaned by the war. Like many great love stories, this one ends tragically when Rachel dies only a few weeks after Andrew is elected president. He moved into the White House alone and never remarried. Andrew and Rachel Jackson’s devotion to one another is inspiring, and here, in Patricia Brady’s vivid prose, their story of love and loss comes to life for the first time. Cleopatra: A Life By Stacy Schiff Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and--after his murder--three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff 's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.

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Baby After some research, Renee Roberts, the children’s program director at the Ponchatoula Branch, was inspired to begin a Baby & Me program, also widely known as a Lapsit program. After almost a year of success, TPL is now offering the ever popular Baby & Me program in all of our branches system wide. Parents have the opportunity to enjoy time with their baby, while focusing on growth and development through a world of fun in books, songs, and fingerplays. The program averages 10 babies between


Wed, 10:30 - 11am Spring Session • 3/16 - 4/20 Fall Session • 9/14 - 10/19



the ages of 18 months to 3 years old per storytime. Watching these little ones grow and progress from one session to another as they develop a love for learning is a rewarding experience for all who participate. Baby & Me uses repetition, which allows babies to become familiar with the activities. Each week the babies are more excited than the week before. We sing songs with movements or instruments, learn baby sign language, and read and tell age-appropriate stories engaging both parent and baby the whole


Thu, 11-11:30am Spring Session • 3/17 - 4/21 Fall Session • 9/15 - 10/20


Tue, 10:30am-11am Spring Session • 3/15 - 4/12 Fall Session • 9/13 - 10/18

way through. Stop by and check out this great new program at your local library. Because this program is very interactive, the number of participants is limited to 12. Contact your local library branch to sign up for a session that fits with your schedule. If the session is full, you may be added to the waiting list. If you are not able to attend after signing up, please let us know so we may call the next person on the list. Below are schedules for each branch.


Wed, 10:30-11am Spring Session • 3/16 - 4/30 Fall Session • 9/15 - 10/20


Thu, 10:30-11am Spring Session • 3/10 - 4/14 Fall Session • 9/15 - 10/20


Fri, 9:30-10am Spring Session • 3/4 - 4/14 Fall Session • 9/16 - 10/21

Summer Reading Program • June - July 2011

The Library is thrilled to be exploring our one big world through many diverse stories in this year’s Summer Reading Program with entertainment, crafts, activities, prizes, and our NEW online Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and adults! It all kicks off the first week of June in your local library branch. Mark your calendars now, so you don’t miss out on the snacks, give-a-ways, and special guest entertainer! A mite • Thu, 6/2, 10a m H a m mond • Wed, 6.1, 10a m Ponchatoul a • Fri , 6/3, 10a m

Independence • Fri , 6/3, 2 pm K entwood • Wed, 6/1, 2 pm L or anger • Thu, 6/2, 2 pm

Join Your Library Today Amite 739 West Oak Street

Monday - Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM Wednesday - Friday: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM Saturday: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Phone: (985)748-7151

Ponchatoula 380 North Fifth Street

Monday - Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM Wednesday - Friday: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM Saturday: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Phone: (985)386-6554


101 Avenue F Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Phone: (985)229-3596

Hammond 314 East Thomas Monday, Tuesday, & Friday: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM Wednesday - Thursday: 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM Saturday: 8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Phone: (985)345-3909 Loranger 19451 Hwy 40 Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Phone: (985) 878-6224 Independence

290 S. Pine Street

Monday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Phone: 985-878-2970

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