Ouachita Parish Public Library

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The Ouachita Parish Public Library is hosting SummerFest Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Main Branch. SummerFest kicks off the summer reading challenge at the library with a free, family-friendly event.

The Main Branch Library welcomes motivational rapper Big Al Cherry and percussionist Elizabeth "Lady Chops" Vidos. At Summerfest, kids have the chance to make egg shakers and harmonicas so that they can play along with the performers. Registration for the library summer reading challenge is available at the event.

Finishing Strong at Read Strong

Aug 3, 2017
Cj Sartor

Saturday, August 5th, the Ouachita Parish Public Library System will be ending its summer reading program with the Read Strong event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Read Strong encourages readers of all ages to come out to any of the Ouachita Parish Library branches and read to help reach the library's goal of 50,000 read pages logged in the summer reading program. 

Ouachita Parish Libraries Present Pinocchio

Jun 26, 2017
The Hampstead Stage Company

The Ouachita Parish Public Library will be hosting the Hampstead Stage Company’s performances of Pinocchio Monday, June 26th. There will be one performance at the Ouachita Valley Branch in West Monroe at 10:30 a.m., and another performance at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Branch in Monroe. 

Ouachita Parish Libraries Jump Into Summer

May 18, 2017
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Saturday May 20th, the Ouachita Parish Public Libraries are kicking off their summer reading challenge at Summerfest. Summerfest will take place at the Main Branch library on 18th Street from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Pumpkin Bash Rings in Fall

Oct 24, 2016

Ouachita Parish Public Libraries are excited to celebrate the Pumpkin Bash Saturday October 22nd. The event will kick of at 10 A.M. at the Main Branch Library on North 18th Street.

This community event is filled with activities from a caricature artist to appearances from Princess Anna of Frozen and Spiderman. There will also be a fire truck, a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, cotton candy, and Nova Clark will be there with critters from Black Bayou.

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The Ouachita Parish Public Library is closed today due to an accident involving an electrical power pole.  

All branches are closed and the library is expected to reopen Thursday morning. 

Currently the power outage is interrupting internet service at all branches.  The library website is also not working. 

Library's Summer Reading Program Crosses Finsh Line

Aug 3, 2016

The Ouachita Parish Public Library brings its summer reading program to a close on Saturday, August 6 with the final "Read Strong" event. All branches throughout the parish are included, as well as Kiroli Park and Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

Eileen Kontrovitz explains that as part of a national program, the summer reading challenges respond to lower levels of reading activity over the summer for most students. The program also seeks to promote more reading in general by both children and adults.

"Born to Run" Challenges Readers and Athletes

Jun 14, 2016
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Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by journalist Christopher McDougall is the 2016 River Reads selection by the Ouachita Parish Public Library.

Born To Run tells the story of McDougall's quest to find the source of his foot pain. The trail eventually leads him to Mexico's rugged and remote Copper Canyons, where the legendary running tribe called the Tarahumara call home.

Costumes And Prizes In OPPL's Pumpkin Bash

Oct 29, 2015
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Tricky weather won't stop the treats at the Ouachita Parish Public Library's 26th Annual Pumpkin Bash.

Saturday's event takes place inside the Main Branch in Monroe.  "We start at 10 a.m.  with fun for the whole family.  We'll have special book characters, including Biscuit, whom the kids will recognize and love," says library director Robin Toms.

OPPL Highlights Library Card Month

Aug 31, 2015
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Many children discover reading and responsibility by holding a library card.  September is recognized as National Library Card Month.  

The Ouachita Parish Public Library has created a campaign to encourage area students to sign up for a library card.  OPPL's Youth Services Coordinator Lakeisha Bosworth says information sessions are planned for a number of schools.

"The Peanuts character, Snoopy, is the honorary chair for the campaign.  With the new Peanuts movie coming out in November, we're celebrating the sign up month ahead of its release," she said.