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Chained to the Land: Voices from Cotton and Cane Plantations

Lynette Ater Tanner has spent over 15 years collecting and interpreting long lost slave narratives, and now shares the intimate and revealing stories of 42 former Louisiana slaves who were interviewed during the Great Depression as part of the Federal Writers’ Project, which interviewed more than 2,200 former slaves across 17 states. This Louisiana author and owner of Frogmore Plantation comes to Ascension Parish Library in Donaldsonville on Thursday, September 11th at 6 PM, to discuss her findings and sign copies of her new release, Chained to the Land: Voices from Cotton and Cane Plantations.

Chained to the Land: Voices from Cotton and Cane Plantations presents powerful firsthand testimonies on one of the most challenging chapters in our nation’s history by showing the unique struggles of Louisiana slaves. “By making these narratives of former slaves, sharecroppers, and tenant families easily available, I hope their trials and triumphs, joys and fears will resonate within us,” Tanner said. “It’s important these stories be told and shared.”

Registration is required to attend this program which will give an informative look into our region’s past, so call the library at 473-8052 to reserve your seat today.

Pajama Storytime

If you love hearing stories before bedtime, then put on your PJ’s, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and join us at the Ascension Parish Library for Pajama Storytime. Our theme for September is Porcupines and Hedgehogs. We’ll read great stories and sing fun songs about our favorite prickly critters. Then, you’ll get to make an adorable paper plate hedgehog to take home and play with.

Pajama Storytime will be held on Tuesday, September 9 in Donaldsonville and Dutchtown, and on Thursday, Sept. 11 in Gonzales and Galvez. All Pajama Storytimes start at 6:30 p.m. This program is designed for children ages 7 and younger and their families. Toddlers and preschoolers may need the help of a parent or older sibling when making the craft.

Free Seminar Aids inStarting 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!

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 8 in Donaldsonville, on September 17 in Gonzales, 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 Develop.m.ent 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.