Ouachita Parish Public Library

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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. 


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. 

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.

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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.

Library Seeks Readers Up To The "Challenge"

Jul 30, 2015
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The Ouachita Parish Public Library presents its Summer Reading Challenge Saturday.

Patrons are encouraged to attend the challenge event from noon until 2 p.m. at any library branch. OPPL Public Relation Coordinator/Main Branch Manager Holly Priestley says readers of all ages are welcome to attend.  "We want everyone to stop by read a few pages from a book or magazine and help reach our goal.  We'll have free hot dogs and drinks for participants," said Priestley.

Patrons will log pages read onto slips of paper to track the total.

Calhoun Questions Library Strategic Plan

Jun 23, 2015
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Ouachita Parish Police juror Mack Calhoun continued to express his frustration over the parish's library system in Monday's regular meeting.

Calhoun is concerned about what he perceives as a lack of oversight in creating a five-year strategic plan for the library system.  Ouachita Parish Public Library Director Robin Toms asked Associate State Librarian Diane Brown to consult with the system in developing a plan.  

Library Set To Launch 'SummerFest'

May 12, 2015
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The Ouachita Parish Public Library kicks off summer reading programs this Saturday during "SummerFest".

"We've brought back a single event to make everyone aware of the summer reading programs for kids and adults," says Lakeisha Bosworth, youth services coordinator for the library system.  The book selected for River Reads, an adult reading program, will be announced.  The summer reading challenge for kids is also highlighted during SummerFest.