Jefferson Davis Parish Library is starting its new R&R Classes (formerly called FYI Classes)!

Jefferson Davis Parish Library  is starting its new R&R Classes (formerly called FYI Classes)!

Join us as Ms. Kay Hebert will show us how to make our own homemade detergent/cleanser.

There will be a $2.00 supply fee.

This R&R class is being held on November 20, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jennings Headquarters Branch.

Due to limited space, please be sure to call 824-1210 and register with Miss Iris Hollier.

November Librarian’s Lines by Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello



GRATITUDE…isn’t that what this month is all about?  As November has so quickly crept up upon us I just had to take a few minutes to take a deep breath, stop and enjoy our accomplishments and share the acknowledgement of appreciation to all the patrons of Jeff Davis Parish!

So much has happened this year!  We thank all the patrons for their patience during our closure at the Jennings Headquarters Branch.  We certainly kept very busy behind the scenes.  Each day was a challenge to all of us.   I applaud our Jennings staff for working in the Mobile Branch to continue some semblance of library services and for continuing the work in the administration offices.   I applaud the tenacity of the working crews that allowed us to maneuver around their work so we could continue the administration and book processing that occurs on a daily basis. No matter how much frustration came with the renovations, we continually reminded ourselves that the end was near.  The end finally came.

The final project is a reward for all of us.  The Grand Re-Opening was an event attended by over one hundred and twenty persons.   The refreshments and the small ceremony were enjoyed by all.   The general public commented to me and to other library employees that they were so grateful that we kept another ‘old’ building ‘alive’ by renovating.   The decisions made for recovering furniture and blending with new pieces of furniture created a modern look ‘with a twist.’  The new shelving, the new paint, the copper swirl tables, the granite & wood check-out desk provide a modern library that can continue for another hundred years for the people of our parish.  An effort was made to purchase many items locally and local craftsmen were involved in assisting to re-purpose chairs, etc.

The Jeff Davis Police Jury and the Library Board of Trustees are to be commended for their incredible vision for the services of all libraries in the parish.  The entire staff works with these entities to continue to provide services that fulfill the needs of the people of our parish.  Have a wonderful, peaceful Thanksgiving!

Now we are off to complete the cataloging and processing of books and the completion of the 2014 Delicious Christmas cookbook.  Be looking for the cookbook by December 1, 2014.

2014 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Nominees

2014 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Nominated Title List


  1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kandare Blake, 9780765328656, 320 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.6 – AR Pts: 12.0 (horror, ghost story, first in a series, starred reviews, language, sequel is Girl of Nightmares)


  1. The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow, 9780061579684, 416 pgs. IL: MG+ – BL: 5.7 – AR Pts: 13.0 (WWII historical fiction, boxing, Jews, Nazi Germany, 2012 Booklist Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012 Sydney Taylor Book Award)


  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, 9780316134026, 432 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 5.8 – AR Pts: 16.0 (supernatural adventure, five starred reviews, sequel is Days of Blood & Starlight, Amazon’s Top 20 Books of the Year, 2011 Kirkus Best Books for Teens,  2011 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year)


  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth, 9780062024022, 487 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.8 – AR Pts. 16.0 (dystopian adventure, sequel is Insurgent, being adapted into a movie, voted the “Favorite Book of 2011″ in the Goodreads Choice Awards, Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year)  


  1. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King, 9780316129282, 282 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.2 – AR Pts: 9.0 (SLJ and VOYA Starred Reviews, humorous, bullies, some language)


  1. The Name of the Star: Shades of London Book 1 by Maureen Johnson, 9780399256608, 384 pgs. IL: MG+ – BL: 4.9 – AR Pts: 14.0 (Jack the Ripper copycat killer mystery, heroine from Louisiana, Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee)


  1. Shine by Lauren Myracle, 9780810984172, 359 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.4 – AR Pts. 11.0 (mystery, gritty realistic fiction, National Book Award nominee, 2012 Booklist Best Fiction for Young Adults, edgy language)


  1. Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman, 9780385739399, 193 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 4.3 – AR Pts. 5.0 (juvenile justice system, gritty realistic fiction, edgy language, think of a girl version of a Walter Dean Myers book, winner of the Delacorte Press Award for a First Young Adult Novel, 2012 Booklist Best Fiction for Young Adults)


  1. Trapped by Michael Northrop, 0545210127, 232 pgs. IL: MG+ – BL: 5.3 – AR Pts. 9.0, (realistic fiction, blizzard, kind of like the movie The Breakfast Club, some language)


  1. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, 9781442413337, 228 pgs. IL: UG – BL: 5.7 – AR Pts: 9.0 (2012 Printz Award winner, 2012 Morris Award winner, Louisiana author)


Young Readers Choice 2014 Nominees

Grades 3rd-5th, Nominated Title List

All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon. Illustrations by Katherine Tillotson

 America Is Under Attack: The Day the Towers Fell – September 11, 2001 by Don Brown

 Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

 Bongo Fishing by Thatcher Hurd

 Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

 Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

 Escape by Night: A Civil War Adventure by Laurie Myers. Illustrations by Amy June Bates

 The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy

 Lots and Lots of Coins by Margarette S. Reid. Illustrations by True Kelley

 Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss. Illustrations by John Hendrix

 Olivia’s Birds by Olivia Bouler

 The Secret Kingdom: Chronicles of the Red King, Book 1 by Jenny Nimmo

 Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits. Illustrations by Michael Allen Austin

 Trundle’s Quest by Allan Jones. Illustrations by Gary Chalk

 Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrations by Amy June Bates


Grades 6th-5th, Nominated Title List

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Hidden by Helen Frost

How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston

Michael Vey: the Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Quarterback Season by Fred Bowen

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones

Variant by Robison E. Wells

Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull