Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello
December…..holiday preparations, shopping, choral presentations, nativity scenes and so much more! This is a time to reflect on the real reason for this glorious season. I continually note the efforts of so many people that exhibit the spirit of love, joy and hope that permeates our society. I actually enjoy the bustling of people within the shopping centers. Sure, sometimes the lines for check-out are long, but that gives one time to have a conversation with the person next to you. Or, perhaps it gives you a pause in a frantic day of running errands.
Our library system is also very busy during this season. We hope that all of you have obtained your Christmas Cookbook from your local library. This is a free gift from the Library Board Members and the Library Staff. Try some of our favorite recipes during your holiday’s meals.
As an added Christmas gift to our patrons, Ms. Iris Hollier has completed the new FYI brochure for 2014. Please come by or call for a copy of the brochure that includes classes in Health Insurance, Decorative Gourds for Mardi Gras, Spring Mesh Deco Swag, Vegetable Gardening, Mother’s Day Necklaces and E-Readers with Gary Davis. I am grateful for the hard work that Ms. Hollier puts forth to continue to provide classes that our patrons desire. I commend Mr. Davis for his unending knowledge in the area of technology. He now has handouts available on various electronic reading devices to assist patrons in utilizing Kindles, Nooks or other E-Readers.
Our Children’s Coordinator Theresa Campbell is busy scheduling Santa visits for the children within the parish. We all enjoy the giggles (or sometimes the shyness) of a child when sitting on Santa’s lap. Some bring long wish lists to insure ‘Santa Knows.’ For all these reasons, it is just magical to see the wonder in children’s eyes at this season. Candy canes to be distributed were donated by Cindy Oliver at Capital One Bank. Thank you Capital One!
Ms. Campbell also organized an outstanding effort during her Christmas Bookmark campaign. She received over 480 entries from children throughout the parish. The entries were impressive!
We would like to thank the four judges: Janet Marceaux (Marceaux’s), Cynthia Hoffpauir (Jeff Davis Business Alliance), Linda Bard (Jefferson Davis School Board) and Cindy Oliver (Capital One Bank) for taking the time to select their favorites from the many Christmas Bookmarks. From their favorites, Marietta Marceaux from “The Art Corner” selected the first place winner, the alternate, the second place group and the honorable mentions. We thank these judges for their time and consideration and Ms. Marietta for her professional expertise.
We are pleased to announce first place winner is Amberly Fontenot of Lacassine and Alternate is Kylan Broussard of Lake Arthur.
Second place: Landon Gary, Kaylee Pinch, Esme LeDay, Kylie Whitman, Alizay Fontenot, Erin Boudreaux, Monica Broussard, Ethan Theunissen, Claire Schexnider, Jenna Broussard, Reese Broussard and Kelly Broussard.
Honorable mention: Dylan Paddio, Lily Beyeaux, Maria Pinch, Kaleb Istre , Avery Teal, John Paul Weber, Avery Fontenot, Alexis Broussard, Delilah LeDay, Ashley Maples, Kory Paul Levernge, Clara Guinn , Emily Miller, Emma Watson, Hector Pinch, Leighla Johnson, Caleb Vasquez and Kyler Troy Bridges.
I commend Ms. Campbell for involving the community in an effort for children. She and our community amaze us with their continued efforts at making our communities the best they can possibly be.
I appreciate Linda Bard for excitedly asking for bookmarks for all the principals of Jefferson Davis Parish. What an excellent way to tie in all entities of our Parish.
Happy Holidays! May your new year bring you enhanced opportunities to read and learn every day.
2014 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Nominated Title List
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
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
JEFF DAVIS PARISH MOBILE BRANCH TO SERVICE HATHAWAY, RAYMOND AND PINE ISLAND
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.