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ANITA YOUNG Ascension Parish Library

Bookworm Bash

Hey, Kids! This is Worm, friend of Spider and Fly, cordially inviting you to wiggle your way over to my fabulous Bookworm Bash at the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:00 AM, where you’ll learn how to be a worm like me.

We’ll play games that teach you all about worms and what they do! We’ll giggle while we wiggle, during a worm story and song and just be “squirmy wormies all day long.”

This program is open to children of all ages. If you have any questions about the program please call the Ascension Parish Library in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

So make like a slinky and wiggle on down!

Sharpie Tie-Dye

Hey tweens, let’s create some groovy Sharpie Tie-Dye items at Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales. Please bring your own white or light colored cotton T-shirt, pillowcase, or socks to the library on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM. All other materials will be provided. This program is for tweens in grades 4th-8th. Call Gonzales at 225-647-3955 for more information.

Pajama Storytime at the Library

If you love hearing stories before bedtime, then put on your favorite PJ’s and join us at Ascension Parish Library for a snow themed Pajama Storytime. We’ll read great stories, sing fun songs, and you’ll get to make your very own snowman craft to take home. Pajama Storytime will be held on Thursday, January 8 in Gonzales and Galvez, and on Tuesday, January 13 in Donaldsonville and Dutchtown. All Pajama Storytimes begin 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.

Lego Club Meets

Whether you are a first time builder or a master at Lego construction, you are sure to have a fun time putting the pieces together at Ascension Parish Library’s Lego Club. Try to construct our Lego Challenge or simply build whatever you like on January 15, 2015 at 6:00 PM in Gonzales. We provide the Legos, but materials and creations must stay at the library, so you might want to bring a camera to capture the moment!

Lego Club is open to children of all ages. Duplo Blocks and Mega Bloks will be available for younger children. Please remember to leave your own Legos at home. We don’t want you to lose your favorite pieces! For more information on this program, contact the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955.

Tips for keeping fruits and veggies fresh

Did you know that fruits are high in natural acids and can be safely canned in a boiling water bath? Or that jam and jelly can be kept up to a year in a freezer? If you are interested in learning more about canning and preserving fruit and vegetables, then join us at Ascension Parish Library – Galvez on Tuesday, January 20th at 6:30 PM for a presentation on this topic. Cynthia Clifton, Associate Extension Agent from LSU Ag Center, will present tips for keeping fruits and veggies fresh by using various canning and preservation methods. For more information about this program or to register, please call Ascension Parish Library – Galvez at 622-3339.

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 www.scorebr.org. 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.