Bossier libraries offer special holiday programs

The holiday season creeps ever closer. With the holidays, come our holiday programs, and so I’m taking this week to give my readers a bit of notice to get some special dates on their calendars so they don’t miss out.

To begin, if you are a fan of the Nutcracker, you will not want to miss the special performance the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet is putting on at the Aulds Branch on Dec. 2 at 5 pm. This showcase will include a selection of dances and songs from their regular show. Meanwhile, the Plain Dealing Branch has a Christmas Social planned for Dec. 3 at 5 pm with live jazz music; the over 18 crowd is welcome to stop by the branch for food and socializing while enjoying the live music.

The East 80 Branch is also planning some musical entertainment in December, specifically on the 7th at 5 pm; they’ll be welcoming Lady Chops (who some of you may know from several summer reading programs around the parish), who is known for her energetic and highly entertaining performances. And the Benton Branch has an entire Jolly Jamboree planned for Dec. 16. Starting at 5 pm, they will have crafts, music, refreshments, and more for the whole family to enjoy! In addition to music and special guests, the Haughton Branch has a family holiday-themed escape room arranged for Dec. 21 at 4 pm. Can you solve the puzzles and escape their holiday head-scratcher?

You can register to save your spot at the Tooke Branch’s Grapevine Wreath Making event on Dec. 9 at 10:30 am; when it’s done, you’re sure to have beautiful décor for your door! The Central, Benton, and Haughton Branches also have crafting on the brain, because they have a variety of crafts and activities planned for the upcoming months. For details on those programs, check out our website calendar, or check in with the branch in person or over the phone.

As the holidays creep closer and you need to wrap those handily made (or lovingly located) gifts, why not enjoy a Wrap & Yap Social at the Plain Dealing Branch? Join in for cookies, cocoa, swag bags, and more while you wrap up your gifts with wrapping paper provided by the library?

How ever you choose to spend the coming weeks, we hope you’ll make time to stop by and see us, pick up some books or movies for your holiday breaks, and enjoy time with the family!

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Library Services:

All library branches open for Grab-&-Go Quick Services along with Curbside Pickup, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Plain Dealing and Tooke Branch: Monday – Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Library Locations:

• Aulds Branch: 3950 Wayne Ave, Bossier City, 318.742.2337

• Benton Branch: 115 Courthouse Dr, Benton, 318.965.2751

• Central Library: 2206 Beckett St, Bossier City, 318.746.1693

• East 80 Branch: 1050 Bellevue Rd, Haughton, 318.949.2665

• History Center: 2206 Beckett St, Bossier City, 318.746.7717

• Plain Dealing Branch: 208 E Mary Lee Ave, Plain Dealing, 318.326.4233

• Tooke Branch:451 Fairview Point Rd, Elm Grove, 318.987.3915

New materials at the library:

• A Christmas Legacy: A Novel by Anne Perry (Fiction; Book)

• Gilded by Marissa Meyer (YA Fiction; Book)

• Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan (YA Fiction; Book)

• Miss Moriarty, I Presume? A Lady Sherlock Mystery by Sherry Thomas (Fiction; Book)

• Out of the Rain: Book 2 of the Umbrella Series by V.C. Andrews (Fiction; Book)

• The Sentence: A Novel by Louise Erdrich (Fiction; Book)

• Terciel & Elinor by Garth Nix (YA Fiction; Book)

• We Know You Remember: A High Coast Novel, Book 1 by Tove Alsterdal (Fiction; Book)

• The Wolf: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, prison camp, Book 2 by J.R. Ward (Fiction; Book).

Annie Gilmer is Community Engagement Librarian at Bossier Parish Public Libraries.

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