Ascension Parish Library Events

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ask-a- Lawyer Sessions

Take advantage of Ask-a- Lawyer sessions, free and individual counseling sessions, to be held at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales on Tuesday, May 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Attorneys will be available for one-on-one 15-minute sessions for legal advice on a first-come, first-served basis offered by the Pro Bono Project of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. For more information, call 647-3955.

Readers are Winners during Booklover’s Summer

Why let the kids have all the fun? Summer reading is not just for kids; get the whole family involved. This summer, Ascension Parish Library is introducing Beanstack, a new online software to help record and manage its summer reading programs at the library. Paper entry forms will still be available at all library locations. Join the adult summer reading program … Booklover’s Summer.

Beginning May 24, readers will sign up online at or stop by your local Ascension Parish Library for a Booklover’s Summer entry form. Readers will receive an Ascension Parish Library tote bag for reading or listening to three books. One tote bag per reader, while supplies last. Readers will also be eligible to win the Flavors of New Orleans Grand Prize featuring the Best Choice set of three Cast Iron Cookware including casserole/Dutch oven, gratin, and griddle pan. This oven to table cookware, crafted of porcelain enamel cast iron, will be a kitchen staple providing outstanding heat retention and distribution. This prize also includes a copy of the book, Kevin Belton’s Big Flavors of New Orleans by Kevin Belton and Rhonda Findley, and a sampling of some of New Orleans’ best flavors. Every time you read or listen to three additional books, you will earn another chance to win the grand prize. One grand prize will be awarded at each library location on August 3.

For details on how to enter Booklover’s Summer, visit our website at, visit Beanstack at, or drop by any library location for an entry form.

Summer Family Movie Morning: Moana

Kick off your summer with a family movie at the library! Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown will host a Summer Family Movie Morning showing of Moana on Saturday, May 26, at 10:00 a.m. Moana, from Walt Disney Animation Studios, is an animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. This film is rated PG - Parental Guidance is suggested and some material may not be suitable for children.

Space is limited, so call Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at 673-8699 to register.

Summer Reading Kicks Off at Ascension Parish Library

Let’s make some noise! Readers of all ages will rock out this summer as Ascension Parish Library presents our “Libraries Rock” youth and teen summer reading programs. Join us as we explore music, geology, and more. We’ve got it all! Earn prizes for reading, and enjoy all of the great performers and programs at the library.

Children, from birth to 8th grade, who register for the Youth Summer Reading Program will receive a calendar, reading log, activity log, pencil and a Libraries Rock button. At 250 minutes read, each reader receives a Libraries Rock tote bag, a certificate of completion, and a bookmark. If you log 500 minutes of reading, you’ll receive bonus prizes which include a free bowling pass courtesy of Premier Lanes, a free meal from Chipotle, and a free movie pass from Malco Theatres. For every 250 minutes read the young reader also earns one chance at a Libraries Rock t-shirt. Drawings are held weekly at all four library locations. Finally, the reader who logs the most minutes by the end of the summer will receive a special prize for being our Outstanding Reader.

Teens, from 6th – 12th grade, can participate in our Teen Summer Reading Program. For every teen program you attend and every book you read, you’ll earn points and eventually badges. After you earn 500 points, you’ll receive a Library Rocks messenger bag, a free bowling pass courtesy of Premier Lanes, and a chance to spin our prize wheel! After that, read more books and attend additional teen programs to earn chances to win one of our end of the summer prize giveaways.

Registration for both our Youth and Teen Summer Reading programs begins Thursday, May 24. You can register in person at any library location or online at For more information, please call Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Dutchtown at 673-8699, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Gonzales at 647-3955. This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.

Spring Storytime Concludes at Ascension Parish Library

Recently, Ascension Parish Library concluded its Spring Storytime Series. Ascension Parish Library hosts a variety of storytimes for children of all ages. These programs help foster early literacy skills needed by young children to successfully enter school. The following children completed Storytime at Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales, Galvez, and Dutchtown: Jason Alvarez, Caroline Arceneaux, Jules Babin, Elisha Ballard, Liam Ballard, Amiyah Bazile, Asher Bazile, Lila Belcher, Cayden Bennett, Finley Bennett, Torey Bennett Jr., Olivia Bergeron, Chloe Bernhard, Collin Bielema, Ethan Blackstock, Luke Blakemore, Alyse Blanchard, Alexander Boland, Ava Bourgeois, Emalyn Bourgeois, Huse Braddock, Tapp Braddock, Lennon Branch, Natalie Brandt, Sebastian Brandt, Caroline Briody, Cora Brouillette, Joel Brugger, Ella Bullion, Claire Callegari, Magdalene Chabarria, Malachi Chabarria, Evelynn Chappell, Auriel Charles, Kathryn Chategnier, Jaxon Chatman, Alexander Clemons, Piper Cook, Hannah Coupel, Jude Devillier, Owen Devillier, Kensley Dickerson, Mason Duplessis, Bella Escamilla, Caleb Eubanks, Kyle Eubanks, Hannah Falgoust, Luke Falgoust, Gio Fazzio, Mia Fazzio, Kensley Fefee, Kortlynn Fefee, Cruz Fernandez, Wesley Ficklin, Wyatt Ficklin, Ava Francois, Cohen Fritchie, Leighton Furlow, Richard Galland Jr., Mila Gauthier, Anthony Gisclair, Marleigh Guidry, Levi Guiffreda, Hadley Guillien, Macie Guitrau, Mathis Guitrau, Elizabeth Hallback, Lucy Hannegan, Lyra Hannington, Jackson Hawkins, Damon Heagy, Daniel Hebert, Emma Hebert, Sebastian Heilman, Millicent Hennigan, Alexander Hernandez, Sophia Hernandez, Elliot Holley, Liam Hunt, Kiera Inglés, Fiona Inglés, Ava Ingram, Bemy James, Makenzie James, Jordan Jarvis, Zoe Johnson, James Johnston, Hunter Jones, Parker Jones, Amaya Joseph, Ephraim Kestenholz, Zachary Knotz, Arnav Kumar, Hudson Lambeth, Stella Landry, London LaPorte, Ellie LeBlanc, Greyson LeBlanc, Melody Leger, Jayden Lin, Bailey Lowery, Gabriel Loy, Jared Luque, Levi Mack, Carter Mangum, Cooper Markerson, Lawsen Mayer, Daniel McWilliams, Luke McWilliams, Ember Miguez, Rylee Miller, Annalise Millet, Rylee Millien, Brecken Montgomery, Elijah Moore, Cooper Nelms, Alasqa Nembhard, Cameron Nguyen, Landon Odaniel, Millie Onebene, Michael Padgett, Christopher Pagendarm, Colin Pagendarm, Charlotte Paille, Hannah Paille, Samuel Paille, Carter Pecue, Hailey Pelzel, Maxwell Pennington, Emilana Percle, Nolan Phillips, Annie Pittman, Clark Pittman, Gianna Polito, Ada Polzin, Sergio Ramirez, Sofia Ramirez, Kendrick Randolph, Lucas Rice, Leona Ripple, Kate Robert, Evie Robichaux, Evan Rodriguez, Joseph Rodriguez, Cataleya Roth, Samuel Rush, Ethan Schrock, Addison Scott, Noah Shep, Theo Sideris, Cadence Simon, Sawyer Slavich, Kylie Spence, Bowden Stroyewski, Eassa Thoms, An Tran, Aurora Valeros, Ricardo Vallejo, Brynn Vaughn, Aiden Vidrine, Evangeline Walker, Gwendolyn Walker, Brooklyn Wells, Tammy Wescott, Arianna Whittington, Jack Wilhelm, Corbyn Williams, Coren Williams, and Jacob Williams.

For more information on library programs and activities, contact Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, Gonzales at 647-3955, Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

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