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Free Seminar Aids in Starting Your Own Business

Ascension Parish Library invites all interested persons to attend a free small business seminar, Starting and Financing a Small Business. It is designed for individuals who want to learn what it takes to start and run a successful small business. The program will focus on helping participants learn how to determine the feasibility of their idea as well as how to obtain a small business loan. The speaker is Leighton Bryant, Business Development Consultant at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and A&M College – Baton Rouge. The seminar will be held at the library in Gonzales, on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 647-3955 today!

Mother Goose: Maps

Where am I? How do I get there? If you want to learn about maps, come join us at the Gonzales branch of the Ascension Parish Library for Mother Goose: Maps. We’ll read stories, and have fun with activities that will help us learn all about maps and how to use them. We will even get to follow a map of the library and find hidden treasures. Join the fun on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. This program is for children ages 4 – 7. For more information please call Gonzales at 647-3955.

The Art of Sand Painting

The art of sand painting is a very old and honored tradition in the Navajo culture. This program will allow tweens to create their own designs, which could be as simple as a flower or as complex as a geometric design. To learn about and to experience this ancient art form, please join us at the Dutchtown location of the Ascension Parish Library on Saturday, September 20 at 10:00 a.m.

This program is free and open to the public. It is limited to tweens in grades 4-8. Registration is required. To learn more about this program or to register, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown by calling 673-8699.

West Florida: Colony to Republic

The Republic of West Florida declared its independence on September 23, 1810. What would become the Louisiana parishes of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and West Feliciana staged a successful rebellion against an unpopular Spanish government and formed a sovereign nation which lasted for exactly 90 days. On the 204th anniversary of that rebellion, the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales will host the history of West Florida as remembered by a man whose destiny was entwined with that of the Florida Parishes. On September 23 at 6:00 p.m., Don Carlos de Grand-Pré, Governor of Baton Rouge from 1799 until 1808, will tell the fascinating and largely forgotten tale of West Florida, from colony to republic. Please call 647-3955 for more information or to register.

Learn Child Safety with Louisiana State Trooper Jared Sandifer

Do you know that you should look both ways before crossing the street? Or that you shouldn’t talk to strangers? We are happy to have Louisiana State Trooper Jared Sandifer visiting the library this month. He will teach you everything that you need to know to stay safe!

Be Safe will take place on September 22 in Galvez, and on September 25 in Dutchtown. All programs will take place at 6:30 PM. This program is designed for children aged 4 to 8, but everyone is welcome. To find out more information on this program, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, Gonzales at 647-3955, Galvez at 622-3339 or Dutchtown at 673-8699.

National Alopecia Awareness Month

September is National Alopecia Awareness month. Alopecia, the medical term for hair loss, is experienced by over 90 million Americans. Hair loss can be a very sensitive subject, and it is often overlooked or misconceived. It can occur as a natural part of aging, due to a disease or injury, or due to medications. Living with alopecia can also be hard to cope and difficult to manage.

Join the Ascension Parish Library on Tuesday, September 30, at 6:00 p.m. in Donaldsonville, for a presentation by Trichologist, Ynohtna Tureaud, on the different types of alopecia, the causes of alopecia, and ways to cope with this disease. Tureaud, who has been in the hair care industry for the past 15 years, has been a Trichologist for over three years specializing in hair loss and scalp disorders. Ms. Tureaud, a graduate of the National Trichology Training Institute in Stockbridge, Georgia, is a Certified Trichology Practitioner through the American Medical Certification Association.

Let’s be aware of alopecia and fight it! For more information on library programs, call Gonzales at 647-3955, Donaldsonville at 473-8052, Galvez at 622-3339, or Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Free Small Business Consulting

Ascension Parish Library offers free small business consulting on the second Monday of each month at the library in Galvez, 40300 Hwy. 42, Prairieville. Persons wanting to start or improve a small business receive a private, two-hour consultation designed to provide professional help in areas of business planning, financing, marketing, and accounting.

This service is provided by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University – Baton Rouge and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). All services are free and confidential. To schedule an appointment call the Louisiana Small Business Develop.m.ent Center at (225) 922-0998.

SCORE offers Free Counseling

Ascension Parish Library and SCORE – Baton Rouge offer free, on-site counseling in Ascension Parish for new business start-ups and mentoring for existing businesses. Counseling sessions are held at two library locations each month by appointment: the first Tuesday morning and third Tuesday afternoon at the library in Gonzales and the second and third Thursday evenings at the library in Dutchtown.

SCORE - Counselors to America’s Small Business, a nonprofit Association and a resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide.

Counselors are active or retired business owners and executives with extensive experience, who follow the steps on “How to Start and Manage a Successful Business.” This includes help on the Business Plan, Financial Forecast, Marketing & Sales, Legal and Accounting suggestions, Business Insurance needs, and the Bank Loan Package preparation. SCORE counselors follow a strict code of ethics and confidentiality.

This year SCORE will begin expanding its education opportunities in the community for small businesses with a new Simple Steps Program and a stronger Community Alliance Program. These New Programs will help SCORE become an even more valuable resource in our community.

To learn more visit the SCORE WEB SITE AT To schedule a counseling appointment, call (225) 381-7130 or toll-free (877) 381-7130 and specify which library location you prefer: Gonzales or Dutchtown.