Thursday, October 31, 2013

10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival

Its that time of year again! 
The Louisiana Book Festival is back and ready to celebrate literature, literacy, and Louisiana fun.
The event, which takes place this Saturday, November 2nd at the State Library of Louisiana, State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum and in tents around the area is free and open to the public.


Check out this year's key authors/speakers including Ernest Gaines, Pulitzer Prize-winners Shirley Ann Grau and Rick Bragg, and Duck Dynasty's Alan Robertson among others.
Also enjoy live music, delicious food, and tons of activities for the whole family.
Planning to attend and want to plan your day ahead of time? Download the new Louisiana Book Festival app for your smart phone!
For more information about the Festival check out the website here and don't forget the driving directions!
Let us know if you plan to attend in the comments.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Calling All Visual Artists!

Would having your art seen by over 250,000 people every year and $3000 dollars in your pocket give you that validation?

The Calcasieu Parish Public Library is seeking a local artist to redesign the Innovation Studio that is located inside of the Central Library located at 301 West Claude Street in Lake Charles.
The upcoming Innovation Studio will be a collaborative space for all ages and will include 3D printing technology, high end audio/visual software, state of the art computers and much more! The purpose is to encourage patrons to become creators and maker, inventors and engineers, artists and designers.

“The library wants our patrons to take their dreams and turn them into a reality and we would like the design of this room to reflect this purpose,” said Clare Coleman, Central Library branch manager. “If you’re an artist and you want to have your design seen by the over 250,000 patrons that come to Central Library each year, we encourage you to apply!”

Artists are encouraged to submit an idea and quote. The winning designer will receive $3000 and the chance to recreate their idea for all to see.

All interested parties must complete a Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Special Service District Request for Qualifications form by 4:00 p.m. on November 25, 2013 to be considered.

Quotes must be submitted to, faxed to (337) 433-8932, or dropped off at the Police Jury building (see "Request for Qualifications" form for address).

Patrons can also stop by Central Library to view the room for inspiration.

“The Innovation Studio is going to be a great place for creative minds to interact with other likeminded individuals, and as an artist I will be excited to see one of my fellow local artists have the chance to be a part of it! ” added Christy Duhon, Public Information Officer for the library. “It’s a great way to bring a community together.”

This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum & Library Services.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Architectural Digest's Most Spectacular Libraries Around the World

Libraries are about so much more than storing your favorite media!

As writer Tim McKeough proves, they can also be beautiful examples of style, architecture, and history.

The November issue of Architectural Digest features a selection of the "most spectacular libraries around the world."

View the magazine's online slideshow here or check out one of the library's copies.

Let us know if you have visited any of these beauties in the comments.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Happy Howl-O-Ween!

Are you planning a Halloween party but don’t know where to start? Why not haunt your local library for some frighteningly good ideas? From scary pumpkin carvings and spooky house decorations; to horrific face painting and creepy costumes; to spirited libations and hauntingly good edibles, you can dig up great books to cover it all. Your library even has Halloween sound effects on CD that will add just the right amount of atmospheric chill to your ghoulish gathering.  Before you know it, your home will become the most haunted crept in town! But that’s not all! Your library is filled with untold numbers of the scariest literature ever written and some of the spookiest movies ever directed. So come to the library and see what jumps out and screams… BOO!

Better Homes and Gardens: Best of Halloween Tricks & Treats (Library Copies)
Cool ideas for a personalizing any Halloween party
From spooky to whimsical and everything in between, this all-new edition of Best of Halloween Tricks & Treats is a treasure-trove of neat ideas and helpful how-tos for adding a personal touch to Halloween parties and celebrations. You'll get instructions for throwing Halloween parties that are festive for the whole family and learn how to make Halloween decorations that will transform your home into the spookiest place on the block. Plus, you'll get tasty recipes for Halloween treats, easy-to-follow craft projects, and step-by-step instructions for making handmade Halloween costumes that are clever, creative, and fun.
  • Halloween party ideas and kitchen-tested recipes
  • Instructions for making handmade Halloween decorations and crafts
  • Halloween costume patterns and ideas for kids' games
Best of Halloween Tricks & Treats shows you how to create imaginative Halloween celebrations whatever your level of crafting ability.

Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween by Stephen Brown (Library Copies)

With gorgeous full-color photos and step-by-step instructions for making 20 whimsical Halloween crafts—including some never-before-published Glitterville favorites—Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween is the go-to guide for America’s second-biggest retail holiday. Celebrate the season of costumes and candy with Glitterville's guide to creating a wondrously wacky and whimsical holiday! Treat yourself to the kookiest compilation of crafts and decor assembled from Glitterville's creator, Stephen Brown, judge of Craft Wars on TLC. Glitterville's Handmade Halloween is full of bright, colorful photos, step-by-step holiday how-tos, and over-the-harvest-moon decorating ideas to make your home sparkle and shine this spooktacular season.
A great book for intermediate to experienced crafters, Glitterville's Handmade Halloween will delight readers as they make their way through the playfully photographed pages of the book, which include full, never-before-published instructions for making some of Glitterville's most sought-after items, including Halloween candy garland and the studio collection of folk figures.

Country Living Spooky & Bright: 101 Halloween Ideas (Library Copies)            
When October arrives, thoughts turn to Halloween and all things scary. To make your holiday marvelously macabre, Country Living has a collection of 125 creepily cool ways to create meaningful memories for family and friends. With ghoulish delight, Spooky & Bright revels in Halloween's magic and mystery with to-die-for pumpkin displays, blood-chilling haunted houses, sinfully sweet treats (like spider-web cupcakes), hair-raising party and trick-or-treat suggestions, and decorating tips with a dark sense of humor. You'll go batty over every devilishly delightful idea!

Other Halloween books available: 
  • Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects by Susan Wesinger
  • Halloween with Matthew Mead by Matthew Mead
  • Betty Crocker Halloween cookbook by Betty Crocker
  • Extreme costume makeup : 25 creepy & cool step-by-step demos by Brian Wolfe
  • Fun face painting ideas for kids by Brian Wolfe and Nick Wolfe
  • Dog trick or cat treat : pets dress up for Halloween by Archie Klondike
  • Extreme pumpkin carving by Vic Hood
  • How to build hair-raising haunted houses by Magan Cooley Peterson
Other spooky reads available:
  • Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans by Jeanne, DeLavigne
  • The Big Book of Ghost Stories edited by Otto Penzler
  • Famous Ghosts And Haunted Places by Gordon J. Lynch, Diane Canwell and Jonathan Sutherland
  • Ghosts : Recent Hauntings by Paula Guran
  • Who Was Dracula? : Bram Stoker's Trail of Blood by Jim Steinmeyer
  • The Little Book of True Ghost Stories by Echo L. Bodine

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween Programs

Looking for something safe and fun for the toddlers, teens, and in-betweens to do this Halloween season?

Look no further than your favorite Calcasieu Parish Public Library branch, which will have special events up until its time to trick-or-treat.

Visit the Calcasieu Parish Public Library events calendar for info on everything from story time to Zombie Prom.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Never say never with James Patterson

Library Copies
12th of Never (2013)

by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

A Women’s Murder Club novel.

It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor--while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor's description to the last detail.

Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life. – Amazon.

Other titles in the Women’s Murder Club series:
  • 11th Hour (2012) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, Audio book on CD, and eAudio.
  • 10th Anniversary (2011) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, Audio book CD, eAudio, and Playaway.
  • 9th Judgement (2010) Available formats: eBook and eAudio.

Be sure to explore your library for other great titles by James Patterson!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Attn: 4th-12th graders!!! Its' the Letters About Literature Contest

Letters About Literature, the Library of Congress Center for the Book national reading and writing contest for students sponsored on the state level by the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana, is now accepting entries. To enter, fourth through 12th grade students write personal letters to authors, living or dead, from any genre explaining how what they read changed the student’s view of the world or themselves and submit their letters to the national headquarters.
The national LAL team will choose up to 50 entries in each level from each state; from those, Louisiana finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges from throughout the state. Louisiana’s first place winners’ entries will then be submitted to the Library of Congress for the national competition with the chance of winning $1,000.
Louisiana state winners in each level, to be announced in April, will receive $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place and will be recognized at next year’s Louisiana Book Festival, scheduled for Nov. 1, 2014.
Students may enter through their school or local library or on their own in one of three levels: level 1 for grades 4-6, level 2 for grades 7-8 and level 3 for grades 9-12.
The student’s letter and entry coupon must be sent directly to Letters About Literature, P.O. Box 5308, Woodbridge, VA 22194. The postmark deadline for level 3 is Dec. 10, 2013; for levels 1 and 2, it is Jan. 10, 2014.  Please do not send the entries to the Louisiana Center for the Book; they cannot be forwarded or returned.
The Louisiana Letters About Literature contest is made possible by the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana in partnership with the Louisiana Writing Project.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Staff Pick: "Zero Hour" by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

A Kurt Austin Adventure from the NUMA files

Library Copies
It is called zero point energy, and it really exists—a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, however—until one scientist discovers a way. But he does not intend to use his discovery for good. Rejected and vilified by the international community, he plans to use zero-point energy to exact terrifying revenge on entire nations, constructing machines of unthinkable destruction… machines that could unleash world-altering earthquakes and create fissures in tectonic plates. He claims that the fate of whole continents will be his to command. But the truth may be more terrifying still. For others believe that once the force of zero-point energy is released… it cannot be controlled.
Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA team begin a desperate race to find these deadly machines and destroy them before they’re activated. But other parties are also in the hunt, and theirgoals may be more sinister. From barren plains of the Australian outback to the crashing waves of the Great Southern Ocean, to a volcanic, icebound island, the team will risk everything to stop the devastation before it’s too late. Rich with the endless imagination and explosive action that are his hallmarks, Zero Hour is another thrilling work that’s classic Cussler. — from book flap.
Other Kurt Austin Adventures with the NUMA team:

  • The Storm (2012) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, and Audio book on CD. 
  • Devil’s Gate (2011) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, Audio book on CD, eBook and eAudio. 
  • Medusa (2009) Available formats: Standard and Large print books, Audio book on CD, eBook and eAudio. 
  • The Navigator (2007) Available formats: Standard print book, Audio book on CD, and eAudio.

Crafty Kids Storytime

Join us at the Moss Bluff Library this Tuesday, October 15th, for stories and crafts at 4:00 P.M.

The Crafty Kids Storytime, held on on select Tuesday afternoons, is for all ages but is especially geared toward Kindergarten through second grade.

Come out and have some fun!                 

Monday, October 7, 2013

It's the Teen Read Week Bookmark Contest!

Hey Teens! Want to show your design talent? Want to get noticed? Have a design idea to promote reading?
Your Library is looking for a cool bookmark design to distribute to library patrons throughout the parish! The winning artist will receive great prizes as well as have their design used parish wide! 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Get Ready to Tailgate!

School is back in session and fall is at hand. Time to put on your team colors and flock to the nearest stadium for that beloved turf war we call Football! There will be faces painted; smack talked; and cheers screamed. But before everyone rushes to their stadium seating, there is one important ritual to complete before the game begins, and that’s Tailgating! Tailgating is an American original and though it now can include other sporting events, it is at football games that Tailgating works its most potent magic. Fans plan their tailgating parties well in advance of game night, and festivities begin with fans staking out prime parking spots, sometimes days before the game. As the term suggests, Tailgating started out as a pregame grilling party around the tailgate of someone’s truck, but now any vehicle will do and the food has gone way beyond just grilling. Some fans actually camp out in the stadium parking lot in RVs and camper trailers, making it possible to stay overnight in complete comfort. Though Tailgating started out as just a few people getting together to eat a good meal and socialize before the game, the act of Tailgating has grown into so much more. For some, Tailgating has become the social event of the year. Unlike being in the stadium where fans must focus on the game, Tailgating allows fans to mix and enjoy fellowship, community and great food. In fact, some fans love Tailgating so much, that they don’t actually go in to see the game, but stay for the joy of being with their friends. If you live for Tailgating season and want some new recipes to wow your friends, come to the library and checkout some of the wonderful party food cookbooks we have available. Here are just a few.
                                Geaux Pokes! Geaux Tigers!

The Southern Tailgating Cookbook: A Game-Day Guide for Lovers of Food, Football, and the South by Taylor Mathis (2013)
Library Copies
“According to tailgating enthusiast Taylor Mathis, "You'll understand why a game day in the South is unlike any other" when you read this cookbook. Mathis traveled across twelve states to document the favorite foods and game-day traditions embraced by thousands of fans at colleges and universities throughout the football-crazy South. Featuring 110 vibrant recipes inspired by Mathis's tailgating tours, The Southern Tailgating Cookbook is chock-full of southern football culture, colorful photographs of irresistible dishes from simple to extravagant, and essential preparation instructions.
Recipes cover a full day of dishes, with meals for every taste. From Chicken-Sweet Potato Kabobs to Zesty Arugula and Kale Salad to Deep-Fried Cookie Dough, there is something for every fan. Mathis also serves up day-before checklists, advice on packing for a tailgate, food safety information, and much more. His entertaining rundowns on unique southern football traditions--from fans' game-day attire and hand signals to the music of the marching bands--are sure to lift both seasoned and novice tailgaters to greater heights of tailgate pleasure.” – Amazon

The Official SEC Tailgating Cookbook: Great Food Legendary Teams Cherished Traditions by The Editors of Southern Living Magazine (2012)              Library Copies
“Included in this first-ever tailgating guide approved by the SEC: The inside track on throwing the best tailgate in the South, with tips for great grilling, make-ahead dishes, packing recipes for traveling, and how to make it special at home! Extra Points give plenty of options for using the recipes beyond game day for year-round celebrating. Recipes perfect for any kick-off time, including Scrambled Egg Muffin Sliders, Fried Chicken Bites, and Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs plus travel-ready beverages, sides, and desserts. Custom-created recipes for SEC team cupcakes, deviled eggs, spritzers, and menus for each of the 14 SEC football teams.” – Amazon

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

All Branches Closed Friday, October 4

Dear patrons,

All of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library's branches will be closed this Friday, October 4th for Staff Development day. 

This day will give library staff an opportunity to receive training that will help us serve you better.

For 24/7 access to library resources, please visit our website at

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Classy Glass Etching!

Interested in learning a new craft?

Check out the DeQuincy Library's class on Classy Glass Etching this Thursday, October 3rd, from 10-11 am.

Participants will learn how to etch on glass vases. Materials will be supplied.

For more information and to register for the class in advance, please see the Calcasieu Parish Public Library Event Registration page.