Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Information

For those of you who want information from credible sources on the emerging swine flu situation, follow the links on the image below.

The April 28th edition of The Lake Charles American Press listed this information for those who are considering going to an emergency room for suspicion of swine flu.

Patients who may have swine flu symptoms will be subject to the following procedures should they decide to go to local hospitals, according to emergency room personnel from each:

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital — Call before going to the emergency room or walk-in clinic. Patients will speak to a physician, who will determine where they should go to be fully evaluated. Patients entering the emergency room or a clinic will be asked to wear a mask.

Jennings American Legion Hospital — An admissions clerk will route those with flu symptoms to a separate waiting area. From there, a doctor will see the patients.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital — Patients will be examined by a nurse, who will determine if they need to wear a mask until fully evaluated. Those with flu symptoms will have to keep their masks on.

Christus St. Patrick Hospital — Patients should tell the intake clerk if they may be suffering from flu symptoms. Patients will be asked to wear masks until they are evaluated.

Women & Children’s Hospital — The intake clerk has a set of questions to determine if patients have to wear a mask. If they do, the masks must stay on until the patients are seen by a doctor.

From page A3, April 28,2009

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

ALA Releases List of Most Challenged Books of 2008

Topping the list are the following titles, along with the reasons for their challenge:

1. "And Tango Makes Three," by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Anti-Family, Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2. "His Dark Materials Trilogy" (Series), Philip Pullman
Reasons: Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint, Violence

3. "TTYL"; "TTFN"; "L8R, G8R" (Series), Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

4. "Scary Stories" (Series), Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, Religious Viewpoint, Violence

5. "Bless Me, Ultima," by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Sexually Explicit, Violence

To find the complete list, visit the ALA website here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Poem in your Pocket Day

The second annual Poem in your pocket day will be next week on Thursday, April 30. As part of National Poetry Month, everyone is encouraged to carry their favorite poem in their pocket to share with friends, family, and coworkers throughout the day. For more information on how you can participate, visit http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406 .

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Did You Know...

The library is signed up with a webservice called Library Elf. This service is offered for free to our patrons and it allows you to view all materials on your account and sends alerts when items are overdue or holds are available. Alerts can be sent via email, RSS, and even text messaging. Families with mulitple cards are able to view a consolidated list of what each member has checked out and on hold. Find out more information by following the link below.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Earth Day Celebration

Saturday April 18 10am-2pm

A day filled with activities for the whole family. Visit and see CPPJ TrashSquash on display! Children can visit the Home Depot Team to make a project, or visit one of the interactive computers to learn about "Thibodeaux's Treasure," a children's guide to coastal wetlands, or "Explore Coastal Louisiana with Boudreaux and Marie." Teens can bring old jeans or other clothing to "re-purpose" them into various items like tote bags. Adults can visit the Entergy "Go Green" Team for energy-saving tips, the Mosquito Control Display, get a plantable book mark, and receive a seedling to plant.
For more information, contact the Central Library at 337-721-7116.