Programming Challenge for Girls 2013

The LSU Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) and Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (LA-SiGMA) invites girls 9-10th grade to participate in a one-day educational experience. PC4G wants girls to experience the fun of programming, and engage them before they make their senior high school subject choices.  It’s designed to be:  Approachable, Fun, Educational, and Challenging!

Date:  December 7, 2013 (Saturday)

Location:   Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA
Digital Media Center, West Lakeshore Drive @ East Parker

                   Room #1034

Registration:  (FREE) Girls may sign up as either a team of two or individually, for which they will be assigned a team member. Grades 9th or 10th only; there is no need for any prior programming knowledge.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Scope:  Their goal is to engage ninth and tenth grade girls in computer science and introduce them to young women undergraduate and graduate students in STEM disciplines. This event is a fun-filled chance to learn computer programming through storytelling.

To see an example of a past challenge, click here.

For more information, contact Kathy Traxler:  ktraxler (at) or 225-279-2540 or visit the Programming Challenge for Girls 2013 event page.


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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TumbleBookCloud: For Teen Audiences

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Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Review by Theresa Wagner


EleanEleanor & Parkor & Park is Rainbow Rowell’s first novel geared toward young adults, however, it appeals to those of who are of a “certain age” as well.  Set over the course of a school year in 1986, Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus and start to bond over comic books, music and alienation. These two kids don’t have the easiest life.  Eleanor is a “big girl” with bright red hair (kids on the bus call her Big Red, and she describes herself as resembling a barmaid) who has just returned to her home in Omaha, after being kicked out for a year and forced to stay with acquaintances. Every moment Eleanor is home is terrifying and claustrophobic — she shares a room with a mess of siblings and lives in constant fear of offending her abusive alcoholic stepfather, Richie.

Park is a half-Korean kid who is sort of popular but separated from the larger social order of his school both by his race and by his passion for comic books and good music. On the first day of school, Eleanor sits down next to him on the bus. Over time, she begins reading his comics over his shoulder. Then he lends them to her. They bond over music. Eventually, they begin holding hands on the rides to and from school.

Eleanor has to deal with her step-father, who doesn’t love her. She lives in poverty with her large family. She has to keep all of her possessions in a garbage bag and it doesn’t take a psychologist to know how her step father feels about her.  She also contend with the kids her at school who tease her about her weight and the clothes she is forces to wear due to her family’s financial situation. Park introduces her to a different kind of life. She sees what a normal teenage life can be like and that gives her courage and hope. Being loved by Park makes her feel less alone. Park shares his music with her. He even lends her a Walkman because she doesn’t have one just so she can experience The Smiths and Joy Division. I like that this book is set in the 1980s because teens who read it will likely go to their parents to ask them about stuff like Walkmans and mixed tapes.

At its heart, this book is a story of hope and love. Rainbow Rowell has crafted a brutally honest story about real teenage life. Even though it’s set in the 1980s, the experiences still ring true for teens today. I think that this book shows how you can rise above given circumstances to a better life.  It reminded me what it was like to be young and in love. Music is such a huge part of this book and the author has created a few playlists that a worth checking out as well.

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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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, 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.


Teen End of Summer Reading Events

River Center Branch, July 29, 12:00 p.m. We’ll play on the Xbox, eat pizza, fold origami and much more!

Main Library, July 30, 11:00 a.m. We’ll have pizza, crafts, games and cool prizes! You can also create a 2013 time capsule to be placed in the new Main Library.

Scotlandville Branch, July 30, 4:00 p.m. Pizza Palooza Party! Pizza, games, and prizes for everyone! We’ll mummify each other, play Minute to Win It, and eat delicious popcorn. We’ll have face painting, hula hoops, jump ropes, an egg race and much more!

Central Branch, July 30, 6:00 p.m.  Teen Zombie Prom: Break out your best zombie formal wear. There’ll be food, music and dancing! You may even be crowned Zombie Prom King or Queen!

Eden Park Branch, July 31, 2:30 p.m. Minute to Win It. Fun and games from the popular television game show Minute to Win It! Gather your team members and test your ability to beat the clock before 60 seconds elapses! Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Jones Creek Regional Branch, July 31, 2:30 p.m. Play games on the Xbox Kinect and enjoy some delicious pizza while you play!

Baker Branch, July 31, 3:00pm. Hang out with friends and enjoy delicious refreshments.

Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, July 31, 3:00pm. End of summer pizza party. Play games, make cool jewelry, fold origami, paint a mural and more!


Free ACT Practice Test

**Update: This is for grades 9-12.**

Teens can take a free practice ACT test on Saturday, August 24, 9:30 a.m-1:30p.m. This will be followed by a review session later in the week when scores are returned. The tests are offered at two locations on that day:

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. Call 756-1170 for more information.
The review session will be on Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.

Scotlandville Library. Call 354-7500 for more information.
The review session will be on Thursday, September 5, 6:30 p.m.

Online Registration Required: Go to (above Attend a Free Event in Your Area, click “ACT” in the “Choose Test” box and enter your zipcode.) Registration questions? Call Princeton Review at 1-800-273-8349

Arrive 15 minutes early and bring a #2 pencil and a calculator.


Looking for ACT resources? Try Learning Express for ACT courses, practice tests and eBooks. You can also search the library catalog for ACT study guides.


Summer Reading Begins!

We’re so excited! Summer Reading starts today! This summer is going to be packed with wonderful books, crafts, and programs for all ages, not to mention the super prizes. Pick up a reading log at your local branch. Check our newsletter The Source or our events calendar to see all the fabulous events coming up.

Dig Into Reading is this year’s theme for the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Ages Birth-11. For more information, call 231-3760.

The theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program is Beneath The Surface. Ages 12-18. For more information, call 231-3770.

The Adult Program is called Sweet Reads. Ages 18+. For more information, call 231-3740.