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ANITA YOUNG Ascension Parish Library

Music for Your Soul

The angelic sounds of traditional gospel music have reverberated throughout churches and places of worship in the Southern United States since the late 19th century. These sacred songs serve as a soundtrack for the trials and triumphs of our everyday lives. Come revel in the glory of all things gospel, as Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville presents "Music for Your Soul," Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. The church choir from St. Catherine of Sienna will perform uplifting hymns, accompanied by an accomplished musician. In addition, a group of local children and teens will present an inspirational liturgical dance. Registration is required for this event, and seating is sure to go quickly. Call 473-8052 to reserve your spot, today!

Pajama Storytime

If you love hearing great stories before bedtime, then join us at the Ascension Parish Library for our monthly Pajama Storytime. Attend in your PJ's for stories, songs, and a craft. On Thursday, Feb. 14 in Gonzales and Galvez, our theme will be Valentine's Day. You'll hear great stories about friendship and love, and enjoy heart sponge painting. On Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Donaldsonville and Dutchtown, our theme will be Penguins and Polar Bears. We'll read stories all about our animal friends from the north and south poles and make paper plate penguins!

All Pajama Storytimes start at 6:30 p.m. This program is designed for children ages 7 and younger and their families. For more information on this program, please contact the library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Creative Writing Exercises

Every person has a story to tell. Maybe you're just not sure how to get yours from your head onto paper - or that computer screen. Don't let that pesky blinking cursor intimidate you! Laugh your way through creative writing exercises and learn some interesting techniques that will give your writing a bit more polish at a Teen Writers' Workshop. This hands on, pens to paper workshop will take place at 4:30 p.m. at all Ascension Parish Library locations. Donaldsonville and Dutchtown's program will take place on Feb. 14, and Gonzales and Galvez will be meeting on Feb. 26.

This program is free and open to all teens in the sixth grade and up. For more information please call the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at 673-8699, in Galvez at 622-3339, in Gonzales at 647-3955, and in Donaldsonville at 473-8052.

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 Development Center at 225-922-0998.

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, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. Call 647-3955 today!

SCORE Offers Free Counseling at the Library

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 the first Tuesday morning and third Tuesday afternoon each month by appointment at the library in Gonzales.

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 even more valuable resource in our community.

To learn more visit the SCORE website at www.scorebr.org. To schedule a counseling appointment, call (225) 381-7130 or toll-free (877) 381-7130 and specify that you want to meet at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales.