At the Library

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

College Financial Aid night

The Ascension Parish Library will host a special Financial Aid Night presented by a speaker from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA). This presentation will help both parents and students better understand the requirements of TOPS, Federal PELL grants, Federal Student Loan Programs, as well as other forms of financial assistance for students planning to attend college. The LOSFA representative will discuss the requirements, for both coursework and grade point average, that high school students need in order to apply for these forms of financial assistance. The LOSFA representative will also be available for any questions parents and students may have regarding these financial aid programs. Everyone is welcome to attend. The program will focus on forms of financial assistance for first-time college attendees. Registration is required.

Financial Aid Night will take place Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Gonzales location of the Ascension Parish Library starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information on this program or to register, contact the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 225-647-3955.

Free computer training

Ascension Parish Library offers the following free computer training seminars during January. In Gonzales: Jan. 22 – Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, 10 a.m.; Jan. 26 – Job Searching on the Internet, 6 p.m.; Jan. 27 – Discovering Email, 10 a.m.; Jan. 28 – Introduction to Microsoft Publisher, 10 a.m. Seminars are free and open to the public and registration is not required. For more information, call the library at 225-647-3955 in Gonzales.

Math literacy program for preschoolers

Join the library for an exciting preschool series that introduces early math concepts to young children by using well-known and loved picture books. 

Developed by the Vermont Center for the Book, this early literacy series provides hands-on math lessons for children aged 4 and above. Led by a librarian, parents and children interact together with stories and activities that develop needed language and critical thinking skills of young children.

The series “You Can Count on Mother Goose” is on Thursday,  at 10 a.m. at the Gonzales location of the Ascension Parish Library.  Parents and caregivers may call or visit the library to sign up for the program.  Children must reach their fourth birthday by Jan. 13, 2008 in order to participate in the program.

To register for the program or for more information, contact the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 225-647-3955.

The History of Louisiana’s Creoles of Color

How did Louisiana come to have thousands of free people of color long before the Civil War?

How did they gain their freedom? What contributions did they make to our state and its development? Join us at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales as Mary Gehman, a licensed New Orleans tour guide and former Assistant Professor of English at Delgado Community College in New Orleans addresses these and many other questions about the unique role of people of French-African-Indian descent who formed a third tier of antebellum society. They were neither slave nor entirely free; they were not white Creole, yet shared the same culture. Gehman has completed extensive research on this culture and has published several books, The Free People of Color of New Orleans, Touring Louisiana’s Great River Road, and Women and New Orleans.

She focuses this discussion on the book, The Free People of Color of New Orleans and covers the influence of Creoles of Color on Ascension Parish, including Pierre Landry and King Oliver. A book signing of all three books follows the talk. This program takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, call the library at 225-647-3955.

Explore! Science workshop Jan. 22

Have you ever wondered how the universe works? This is a question that has fascinated and baffled humans for generations. From ancient explorers to modern-day scientists, everyone has their reasons and stories of why the sun rises each day and the moon comes out at night. In a special Explore! Fun with Science workshop, the Ascension Parish Library investigates the relationship between our planet, Earth, and its two most important counterparts: the sun and the moon. Library staff starts the exploration by sharing an early Native American tale on how light was brought to the world. This discussion of ancient belief leads to modern-day science and how scientists help us uncover the mysteries that once baffled humans. During the program, children can participate in a number of hands-on activities, including acting out a live demonstration of the Earth and Sun’s rotation. The program concludes with participants creating their own sundial.

Let’s Explore Day and Night workshops are designed for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. The program is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22 at the library’s Gonzales location starting at 5 p.m. To ensure there are supplies for everyone available, the library asks parents to register their children in advance by calling the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 225-647-3955.

This workshop is part of a series of workshops the Ascension Parish Library plans to present during 2009 as part of the Explore! Fun with Science series developed by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, a research facility of NASA.

Free ‘Who & How Can I Help My Family?’ workshop

Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge presents the “Who & How Can I help My Family?” workshop  Thursday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Gonzales Library. Learn about the different agencies and how they can help you and your family. 

A resource and health fair will also be included in the workshop. This workshop is open to the public and completely free. Refreshments will be served.