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Gardening in Ascension Parish – Just Keeps Growing!

The Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association under the direction of the LSU AgCenter will begin its spring library series of educational workshops with gardening and landscaping tips geared to both novice and advanced gardeners. The first workshop to be hosted by the Ascension Parish Library is: Gardening for Hummingbirds: February 27, 6:30 p.m., Gonzales.

It is always a thrill to see a hummingbird visit our home garden. How do we, as home gardeners, accomplish this? Is adding hummingbird feeders into our garden the only way? Although hummingbird feeders provide a great source of nectar, this is only the first step. To attract and keep the hummingbirds returning every year, you must grow the right plants in your garden. Speaker Jane Patterson, President and Education coordinator for the Baton Rouge Chapter of Audubon Society, will teach us how to identify nectar-rich plants and plants that provide shelter to the hummingbird. The use of these plants together with the use of hummingbird feeders will transform our home gardens into hummingbird habitats. To register, call 647-3955.

Kanji Klub

Tiger Mask W, launched in October of 2016, followed up on the Tiger Mask manga series by Ikki Kajiwara and Naoki Tsuji, which was itself inspired by a real life pro wrestler called Tiger Mask. At this month’s session of Kanji Klub on Monday, February 19 at 6 p.m. in Gonzales, we will be watching Tiger Mask W while crafting geometric animal paper masks that are customizable and wearable. Kanji Klub is Ascension Parish Library’s anime club designed for adults ages 18 and up. It is dedicated to expanding creativity and cultural appreciation through anime and pop culture related crafting. For more information about this program, call the library in Gonzales at 647-3955.

Make & Take Craft at the Library

If you love crafting with your little ones, join us at Ascension Parish Library for our Plush Snowman Make & Take Craft. We’ll provide everything you need to make a cute snowman that will last all year long. This craft is designed for children ages five and up. Younger children may need minimal assistance to complete the craft. Our Plush Snowman Make & Take Craft will take place on Saturday, February 17 in Donalsonville and Gonzales, and on Saturday, February 24 in Dutchtown. Crafts will be available to make and take from 9:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. at each location; simply stop by at the time that is most convenient for you. For more information on this program, please contact Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Lifesize I Spy

I spy with my little eye....a lifesized I SPY game at Ascension Parish Library. Come and walk into a giant I SPY game, find the various items around the room, and collect a prize for playing the game. Families, drop by Gonzales at a time that works for you on Thursday, February 22 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., or Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All ages are welcome to play. Call Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 225-647-3955 for more information.

Prime Time at Ascension Parish Library

The Ascension Parish Library has received a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to host a family literacy program, PRIME TIME – FAMILY READING TIME, in the Dutchtown area on Tuesday nights from February 20 to March 27, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PRIME TIME is a six week series of reading and discussion programs, and is designed for children ages 6 – 10 and their families. The series includes sessions on such themes as fairness, greed, courage, cleverness, and determination. Join us as Dr. Jill Brody, a discussion leader, and Benolia Thomas, a storyteller, introduce parents to the benefits and pleasures of reading and discussing stories with their children. The program aims to expand participants’ understanding of reading through the use of children’s literature with substantial humanities content. It focuses on expanding the teaching of literature, history and cultural values. “PRIME TIME introduces families to the pleasures and benefits of reading together and the many resources and services of the public library,” said Senior Consultant, Dianne Brady. “We’re pleased to be working with the Ascension Parish Library to bring this exciting family literacy program to the citizens of Ascension Parish.” PRIME TIME programs are sponsored by the LEH, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Louisiana. The LEH is a private, statewide, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The LEH’s mission is to provide and broaden access to an appreciation of history, literature, language, philosophy, and culture to all the people of Louisiana. A nutritious meal will be served to families participating in this program. Due to the limited number of spaces available, advanced registration is required. To register for Prime Time Family Reading Time or for more information, stop by the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown or call 673-8699.

Teen Open Mic at Ascension Parish Library

Singers, songwriters, poets and musicians. . . If you have a skill that you want to show off, we have a microphone and an audience waiting for you! Bring your talent and 10 minutes of material to Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown on Thursday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. Express yourself! Listen and play in a supportive setting. Although you must be a teen in grades 6-12 to perform, friends and family are welcome to attend and watch. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at 673-8699.