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

April 2, 2014

Librarian’s Lines

Linda LeBert-Corbello



Total Amnesty in JDP Libraries!!!


I adore April because we are prompted to celebrate National Library Week! April 13-19 will bring to all of us yet another inspiring theme:  ‘Lives Change @ Your Library.’  Lives do change with many of life’s experiences.  I just hope that our patrons realize that in our libraries we have opportunities that do not exist for some.  Years ago while attending a national library conference I participated in a workshop that was entitled:  Libraries throughout the World.  (At least that is what I recall the title to be!) I saw video clips of libraries in some of the strangest places.  My most lasting impression is the library that is delivered to children via camels.  I saw eager children looking over a few blankets with books scattered about.   I so wanted to take that clip home with me to show every parent and child how utterly fortunate we are in America!  Jefferson Davis Parish Library has books, DVDs, CDs, laptops for one week check outs, databases for research on subjects ranging from health to car repairs and so much more. There are resources that allow patrons to complete practice tests in a variety of careers and to practice for school tests. Please come and see and enjoy how Lives Change @ Your Library.


Speaking about changing lives…..I had been thinking about something to bring more patrons into the library during this month.  We often have families that have fines or have lost a book.  These things blocks library usage.  We decided to temporarily DO AWAY WITH BACK FINES & SUCH.    Total Amnesty will allow all patrons to start anew at our library.


Our reward for PATRONS this spring is this:   Total Amnesty on all fines for past occurrences.  That is right…BUT ONLY if you (the patron) return to our library to check out a book.   When the librarian will check your books out to you, the fines or lost books will come up. Each employee will be instructed to do two things. 


  1. 1.    Welcome you back to YOUR library.
  2. 2.    Inform you that all past debt, fines, lost books, etc. are GONE!!


This includes books that may have been lost or stolen from a patron’s possession.    We have decided that there are extenuating circumstances in which ‘things happen.’   This starting anew will also help us to discard ‘lost’ books and in this way, we as librarians will be able to evaluate our collection and determine collection needs.


We cannot include ILL (Interlibrary Loan Materials) because these are materials that belong to other libraries throughout the United States.


Beginning April 13 and ending May 31, 2014 we are inviting patrons to return to us and be set free from fines & lost book notices.   I think it is a clever way to share the resources of our libraries with all of you, and clear ALL overdue library fines. Everyone can start fresh to enjoy the many wonderful opportunities offered by YOUR library system.


If a patron is fearful that their library card is invalid, let me tell you that you do not have to worry about that either!  Our employees will issue you a new card.  I encourage parents to have a card made for all of your children ages five and older.  This will allow them to begin to understand the invaluable asset of a library.


Elton Parish Library will hold an Open House on Tuesday, April 15 from 1-3 pm. Refreshments will be served. Children may get in on the fun at 4:00 with free pony rides & popcorn.

Other parish libraries hosting open house events include: 

  • Welsh Library  April 17  1-3
  • Lake Arthur Library   April  15 from 1-3


Jennings Headquarters will not be hosting an open house this year due to the process for beginning renovations.

Remember:   Lives Change @ Your Library!!!!  Come and see us!!!




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





To increase accessibility for more people of Jefferson Davis Parish, the Mobile Branch will implement a mobile branch stop every Friday beginning September 7, 2012.  The Mobile Branch will park at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond, Louisiana from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.   The church is located at 5505 Pine Island Highway.  Librarians Kathy LeJeune and Gary Davis will be available to assist patrons.  Persons from Raymond, Hathaway and Pine Island who are interested in obtaining a library card may file a free application.  Books, DVDs, Audio Books and information on e-books will be available.  The Mobile Branch is handicap accessible. 

As an added point of interest September is National Library Card Month.  Presently, 55% of the parishioners now possess a library card.   Parishioners are encouraged to obtain a library card at the Mobile Branch or any other library branch in the parish during September and throughout the year.