2013 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Winners!

The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award is a reading enrichment program of the Louisiana Center For The Book (LCFTB). The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the recognition of outstanding books. Thousands of Louisiana students voted and the results are in!

3-5th Grade:
Winner: Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas
Honor: The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

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6-8th Grade:
Winner: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Honor: The Limit by Kristen Landon

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9-12th Grade:
Winner: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Honor: Matched by Ally Condie

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2013 LYRC Award Nominees 6th-8th Grade

The Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award (LYRC) is a reading enrichment program, encouraging young people to read and to decide on which of the books they read should win the award.  For more details and how to vote see LYRC on the State Library of Louisiana’s site. There are three separate age group categories; last time we looked at the 3-5th grade list.

(drum roll, please) Here are the nominees for 6th-8th grade:

The Call (Book 1 in The Magnificent 12 series) by Michael Grant

The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

The Limit by Kristen Landon

Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Max Cassidy: Escape From Shadow Island by Paul Adam

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

2013 LYRC Award Nominees 3-5th Grade

The Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award (LYRC) is a reading enrichment program, encouraging young people to read and to decide on which of the books they read should win the award.  For more details and how to vote see LYRC on the State Library of Louisiana’s site. There are three separate age group categories and we’ll look at the nominees for the other groups in the coming weeks.

(drum roll please) Here are the nominees for 3-5th grade:

All Star! : Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever by Jane Yolen.

The Case of the Lost Boy: The Buddy Files Book 1 by Dori Hillestad Butler. Illus. Jeremy Tugeau.

Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. Illus. Juan Wijngaard.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill. Illus. Bryan Collier. 

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor.

The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco.

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer. Illus. Josee Massee.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama. Illus. Loren Long.

Ol Bloo’s Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble by Jan Huling. Illus. Henri Sorenson.

The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts.

The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, Volume 1 by Jacqueline West Illus. Poly Bernatene.  

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord.

We the Children: Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School Bk. 1 by Andrew Clements, Illus. Adam Stower.

Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson.

Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas.


Studying Shakespeare in school?  Confused by Elizabethan English???   Improve your understanding of Shakespeare’s plays!!  Use TumbleBookCloud to listen to the dramatized audio version as you read along on the screen — it’s almost as good as a movie!

TumbleBookCloud offers read-along, audio and ebook titles for middle school and high school students featuring  online text and complete audio narration.  The collection includes Teen Novels, high interest level books, graphic novels and classics of American and English literature. The eAudiobooks are also helpful for English as a Second Language students who want to practice reading and listening in English.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior offers the same great features as TumbleBookCloud, but the titles are geared to elementary and middle schoolers.

*TumbleBookCloud files play on your computer but are not downloadable to portable devices such as MP3 players.

Muzzy Online: Languages for Kids

Muzzy Online is a vibrant, award-winning language learning program for kids ages 3 and up! It is an entertaining way to introduce children to a new language. It features fun interactive games, animations and cartoons. They will have a blast! You can access Muzzy Online through the EBRPL Kids page or through the Online Databases page.

There are 8 languages available on Muzzy Online:
Mandarin Chinese,

All you need to access this great resource is your library card!

Homeschool Resources @ The Library

Is your family a homeschooling family? If so, please join us at one of our programs this month where we’ll show you what the public library has to offer parents who homeschool their children. We’ll introduce you to our collections, databases, websites, and more!

River Center Branch, Saturday, August 11, at 10:00 a.m.

Scotlandville Branch (presented with Delmont Gardens staff), Thursday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m.

Main Library, Saturday, August 18, at 10:00 a.m.

For more information, call (225) 231-3760.

Can’t make it? Check out the online course for homeschooling parents on Ed2Go, our newest online learning resource!

Swine Palace – “How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?”

by Louise Hilton

Swine Palace’s latest show is the musical “How Do You Run with a Shell on Your Back?”, a collaboration between Playmakers of Baton Rouge and Swine Palace, directed by resident ensemble member Jenny Ballard, with musical direction by Jason Bayle. The story follows six students from different social groups who are stuck in detention in the library (of all places!) and are deathly bored. They are also loathe to be seen with one another (“My friends’ll freak out if they saw me with you… Ew!,” they sing in the opening number). You have the jock, the teacher’s pet, the misfit, the popular (and mean) girl, the nerd, and the class clown. Think The Breakfast Club for the tween/teen set.

To pass the time, the wacky substitute teacher Mr. Sopperstein encourages the students to use their imagination to act out scenes from one of the books in the library, Aesop’s Fables. The kids join forces to do just that, enacting three of the most enduring fables through song: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “Androcles and the Lion,” – whose accompanying song “Thorn in My Paw” is a stand-out as it follows the lovesick class clown Ari as he swoons over the popular Savannnah – and “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The kids realize soon enough that they’re not so different after all and the closing number, “Who’d’ve Ever Guessed,” is an up-tempo ode to friendship and finding common ground no matter how different we may seem upon first glance.

“How Do You Run” is fast-paced and short enough (60 minutes) to hold kids’ and teens’ attention and keep them entertained. With a talented cast, lively musical numbers, and its heartwarming message of acceptance, friendship, and of course, the power of imagination, this family-friendly show is definitely worth seeing.

The play opens tonight at 7:30 and runs through Sunday, August 5, in the Studio Theatre in the Music and Dramatic Arts Building at LSU. There are also 2:00 p.m. matinees on August 4 and 5. Company B will perform Thursday and Sunday. Tickets are $10, available at the door only. Get there early as the play is likely to sell out! Doors open at 7 p.m.

End of Summer Reading Children’s Parties!

Join us in sending Summer Reading out with a bang! These parties are great fun for kids and not to be missed. There will be games, a spacewalk, a clown, prizes, refreshments and face painting! How can you not go? For more information, please call your local branch and groups must register.

Monday, July 23
Central Branch 10:00am
Bluebonnet Regional Branch 6:30pm

Tuesday, July 24
Carver/River Center Branch joint party at the Carver Branch 10:00am

Wednesday, July 25
Zachary Branch 10:00am
Jones Creek Regional Branch 6:30pm

Thursday, July 26
Delmont Gardens Branch 10:00am
Eden Park Branch 3:30pm

Monday, July 30
Scotlandville Branch 10:00am
Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch 6:30pm

Tuesday, July 31
Baker Branch 10:00am
Pride-Chaneyville Branch 3:00pm

Wednesday, August 1
Main Library 10:00am