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Headquarters Library in Jennings to Close For Renovations


Jefferson Davis Parish Library Headquarters Branch

Will be closed for renovations

Beginning May 5, 2014.

Mobile Branch available to the parish @ 118 West Plaquemine Street on May 19, 2014

Monday & Tuesday   9AM-6PM

Friday      11 AM -6 PM

  • Materials can be returned daily to the Book Drop.
  • Great time to check out e-books, audio and online magazines using Overdrive & Zino

from your home computer or digital device.

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

June 10, 2014

Librarian’s Lines

Linda LeBert-Corbello


Last summer while attending the Public Librarians’ Association Conference in Chicago I was privileged to attend a lecture by Temple Grandin.  Temple Grandin  struggled as a child with autism in a time when there was no name for autism.


I am not sure what I was expecting.  I had an image of a person who would perhaps deliver a lecture with halting speech and with a sad tale to tell about the woes of living in an autistic world.  Incredibly, there stood before these hundreds of people a confident woman attired in western wear speaking eloquently of living a life that was enriched by the many opportunities she had experienced.  Her tale was not one of woe, but one of triumph.  She possesses a doctorate in animal science, is a professor at Colorado State, an author and an autistic activist.


I later heard that Ms. Grandin’s mother Eustacia Grandin Cutler had written a book entitled A Thorn in My Pocket.   What Ms. Cutler accomplished in her book is no small feat.    After all, Temple was born in 1947.  As Ms. Cutler explains Temple was born in a Leave-It-To-Beaver world where everyone lived simply in life and one in which all things would seemingly work out.  After all, the Leave-It-To-Beaver world left no room for a child that did not assimilate “nicely.”


Temple was obviously not the ‘normal’ baby.  Early on her mother noticed differences in the manner in which Temple did things.  Eustacia’s story tells of a mother’s trek into a world that had no name for Temple’s behaviors.  Instead, she was told that Temple could possibly be an “infant schizophrenic.”   The book takes the reader on the search for answers in a world that had none.


Eustacia honestly shared the tremendous strain put upon her marriage and her three other children born after Temple.   She struggled to cope and balance her frustrations in her own way.  Some ways were unconventional while others would be very progressive for a woman during those years.  Singing in a night club and acting with community theaters did help her to escape the reality she was living in, but it did little to help her marriage.

She completed her first documentary that featured studies on what was then labeled as retardation (The Innocents 1961)  She visited many  of what was then called juvenile delinquent centers. All these attempts were to understand the differences in people, their interactions with others and their ability or inability to adapt socially or culturally.



As she continued her work on other documentaries, it was apparent of their importance to her.  They provided an avenue in her search for answers for her own child’s behaviors. She needed more for her child than what some doctors believed.  She bravely visited institutions and hospitals and met a variety of challenged children.  Again, her marriage suffered as her husband could not value the work nor could he readily see the need for her involvement in such things.  His answer to Temple’s needs was to institutionalize her.


The book depicts a mother determined not to send her child to an institution.  Instead, she tried every conceivable method to reach inside her first born and challenge her intellect, strength and spirit.  It was not an easy plight for her or her daughter Temple.  Yet what she accomplishes gives the reader a deep glimpse into the world of autism and the many different definitions given to that word.   She leaves the reader with hope and perseverance ringing true in every chapter of this book. 

Our libraries have titles on a variety of special needs to include:  gifted children, autism, Asperger Syndrome, etc.   Materials are available in hard copy and as e-books.   Please contact me at 824-1210 if you have requests for a particular title dealing with special needs individuals.

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