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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Oceans of Possibilities at the St. Bernard Parish Library

David LeBoeuf of Hattrick Magic

Photo Courtesy of St. Bernard Parish Library

Contributed by St. Bernard Parish Library

Summer readers are invited to make a splash at the St. Bernard Parish Library by being a part of the 2022 Oceans of Possibilities annual summer reading program beginning Tuesday, May 31. Readers can dive into weekly In-Person activities such as story craft programs, special community visitors, teen and tween workshops, guest artists and readers, and more. Grab & Go registration bags will be available at the start of the program and the first 200 families who register will receive a Super Summer Reader yard sign. The library has fathoms of fun things planned for its six-week program and is looking forward to celebrating reading and libraries with area residents at the library’s Chalmette location, 2600 Palmisano Blvd. A calendar of events will be included in the Grab & Go registration bags.

In addition to attending weekly programs, readers of all ages will have activity sheets to complete in order to be entered into the library’s end-of-summer-reading prize drawing. Lots of community sponsors have stepped up to show their support of the library’s popular summer programming by donating coupons, gift certificates, services, museum passes, and special programming.

Sponsors to date include the following: Audubon Institute, Coffee House, Crave, Facials by Skin Diva, Gulf Coast Bank, Japan Society of New Orleans, Kiwanis of St. Bernard-Arabi, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, McDonald’s of St. Bernard, National WWII Museum, Nature to Geaux, New Orleans Paddlewheels, P.J.’s Coffee, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Simply Marvelous Nutrition, St. Bernard EcoTourism, St. Bernard Parish Fire Department, and WOW Café and Wingery. The St. Bernard Parish Library is very grateful for the support these businesses have shown the library. The summer readers are richly rewarded by the generosity of all of the library’s sponsors.


All of the library’s family-oriented visiting artists and the library’s special guest Teen & Tween events are being made possible by generous grants and donations.  The library has been awarded a Louisiana Project Grant funded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. St. Bernard Parish residents, Arlette and Wayne Nunez, have been longtime supporters of the library’s youth activities and have shown their support by making an annual donation that is matched by Shell Oil’s Gifting Program. This year, their donations helped the library to expand its programming for readers ages 9 and up. The St. Bernard Parish Library is deeply honored to receive these much-needed funds. These grants and gifts make it possible for the library to offer this type of programming free of charge, close to home, in a safe environment for everyone to enjoy.

The first two artists to make waves at the library this summer are David LeBeouf of Hattrick Magic and Harvey Rabbit and Friends. David will lead teens and tweens (ages 9 and up) in a magic workshop, called Around the House Magic. Summer readers will learn how to amaze their family and friends with some slight-of-hand on Thursday, June 2 at 11:30 a.m. Then on Friday, June 3 at 3 p.m., the whole family is invited to enjoy a zany and upbeat show with Harvey Rabbit and Friends, Mr. Tim, and Ms. Laura. Harvey Rabbit and Friends are a time tested summer reading favorite of libraries and schools throughout the state. Both of these programs are free and open to the public.

Special guests aren’t the only things coming ashore at the library to kick things off.  Tuesday, May 31 will see the return of the extremely popular McDonald’s Fun Fair sponsored by McDonald’s of St. Bernard. As the library’s oldest sponsor, supporting summer readers for nearly 30 years, McDonald’s of St. Bernard is credited with making thousands of children smile with their donation of countless Happy Meal coupons. And in more recent times, their generosity has expanded to include meal coupons for our teen and tween readers and delicious McCafe coupons for the library’s biggest readers — the adults! The McDonald’s Fun Fair kick off is going to be even more festive thanks to Gulf Coast Bank. In between playing games and having fun, participants can enjoy a ride around St. Bernard on the beautiful Gulf Coast Trolley. The ride is free although parents MUST accompany their child/children on the trolley. The summer fun starts at 11 a.m. and will continue through 1 p.m.

With Covid-19, hopefully, in check, the library is making up for lost time with lots and lots of activities this summer.

Harvey Rabbit and Friends

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