AudioBookCloud

The AudioBookCloud offers hundreds of streaming audiobooks. There is no software to download and the books are always available. You’ll find classics from authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Orwell, and Mark Twain, as well as more contemporary fiction from the likes of Chuck Palahniuk and Orson Scott Card. There are also non-fiction titles, children’s books, and Spanish language audiobooks. All you need to access these books is your library card. Head over to The Digital Library to get started or click the banner below.

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Like streaming audiobooks and eBooks? Check out our other resources:

TumbleBookCloud: For Teen Audiences

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TumbleBookCloud Junior: For Grades 3-6

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TumbleBooks: K-3

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Author-Illustrator Program: Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue ParkThe 36th Annual Author-Illustrator Program features Linda Sue Park, renowned author of books for children and teens. On Thursday, October 3, at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Linda Sue Park will present a free program for adults, teens, and children at 7:00 p.m.

On Friday, October 4, Linda Sue Park will lead a workshop for teachers, writers and students at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch. A continental breakfast will be offered at 8:00 a.m., and Linda Sue Park’s program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required to attend the Friday workshop; the registration fee is $25 for adults and $10 for students. The Author/Illustrator Program affords teachers, librarians, parents and other interested adults an excellent opportunity for an exchange of ideas with prominent writers, artists, scholars, and performers of literature for children and young adults.

Previous notable artists in the field of literature who have been featured include Avi, Patricia and Fred McKissack, E. L. Konigsburg, Stephen Kellogg, Paula Danziger, Mercer Mayer, and Richard Peck. Both events will include a book sale and autograph session, sponsored by Patrons of the Public Library. Linda Sue Park will autograph copies of her books that will be sold at the program.

With several books for children and young adults to her name, Linda Sue Park has won numerous awards including the Newbery Medal, ALA Best Book for Children, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Skipping Stones Honor Award.

For more information about the program and to register, call (225) 231-3760.

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Author Focus: Judy Blume

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Judy Blume is a beloved American author, best known for her books for children and teens. Her children’s books include several titles featuring Peter Hatcher and his irrepressible little brother Farley, better known as Fudge (highlights are Tales of a Fourth-Grade NothingSuperfudge, and Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great), while her teen books such as Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, Blubber, and Tiger Eyes have spoken to generations of young women in particular, focusing on adolescent rites of passage and female friendship.

With Banned Books Week just around the corner (September 22-28, 2013), it’s the perfect time to revisit an old favorite by Judy Blume, since she is one of the most frequently challenged authors, in particular for her teen novel Forever.

Visit her official website at http://judyblume.com/ for more on her books, her life, and a great section for budding writers. To see all the books that we have by Blume, search the library catalog.

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Overdrive Big Library Read Selection: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth

Join us and other libraries worldwide, as together we take part in a huge community read of children’s book Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor. From September 16 through September 30 we will have unlimited copies of the book available through Overdrive as an audiobook and an eBook. Check out a copy yourself or for your child and join big library eBook read!

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Free Tutoring Programs 2013-2014

The Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) have compiled a list of free tutoring programs. Call the contact number for the location you are interested in for details. (please note that VIPS do not operate these programs)

For online tutoring try Homework Louisiana, which has live tutors available Sun-Thurs, 2-10pm, covering a variety of subjects and grade levels.

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Homework Help

School is back is session, which means catching up with friends and…homework. Don’t panic! We have the information and tools you need to conquer your homework.

Visit The Digital Library and look under the subject list for Homework Help. Our Kids page also has its own Homework Help section. Never get stuck again!

A really good resource that doesn’t even require a library card is HomeworkLouisiana provided by the State Library.  This site, powered by Tutor.com, offers live online help with homework from qualified tutors, Sunday through Thursday 2pm to 10pm. Tutors can help a range of students, from elementary school, high school, GED, college, and everyone in between. On the site you’ll also find thousands of tutorials and study guides which are available anytime.

There is also an Adult Education and Career Center that has live help available, Sunday through Thursday 10am to 10pm.

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End of Summer Reading Children’s Parties

Games! spacewalk! clown! face painting! refreshments! PRIZES! There will be tons of fun to celebrate the end of summer! Children ages 3 and up are invited to the library to enjoy our always popular end of Summer Reading parties! All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult or responsible adolescent. For more information, call the individual branch.

Central Branch: Monday, July 22, 10:00 a.m.
Bluebonnet Regional Branch: Monday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
Carver Branch & River Center Branch: Tuesday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. (at River Center Branch)
Fairwood Branch: Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Zachary Branch: Wednesday, July 24, 10:00 a.m.
Jones Creek Regional Branch: Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.
Delmont Gardens Branch: Thursday, July 25, 10:00 a.m.
Eden Park Branch: Thursday, July 25, 3:30 p.m.
Scotlandville Branch: Monday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.
Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch: Monday, July 29, 6:30 p.m.
Baker Branch: Tuesday, July 30, 10:00 a.m.
Pride-Chaneyville Branch: Tuesday, July 30, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library: Wednesday, July 31, 10:00 a.m.

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Author Focus: Roald Dahl

DahlRoald Dahl is a much-loved author, that millions of children around the world have grown up listening to, and reading his stories. I still vividly remember the first time I was taken into Dahl’s universe, reading The BFG. So many of his children’s stories have been adapted for the big screen and for the theatre. They are timeless fairy tales, often with a dark humor, with the hero almost always a child.  It was the long term partnership with illustrator Quentin Blake that brought Dahl’s characters to life even more, with such memorable representations.

So today we want to pay tribute to the Welsh writer with the incredible imagination. You can find out more about his life and his work by visiting www.roalddahl.com. Take a trip down memory lane and read one of these classics or introduce a little one to them. To see all the books that we have by Dahl (too many to feature here!), search the library catalog.

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Storyline Online

Storyline Online is a streaming video program featuring members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) reading children’s books aloud. Actors reading the books include James Earl Jones, Annette Bening, Ernest Borgnine, and Betty White. As you can imagine, the stories are a joy to listen to whether you’re a child or a grown-up. There are also activities and discussion questions to further engage with the stories.

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Storyline Online is the perfect site for supplementing the bedtime story routine with a little bit of Hollywood.