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St. Charles Parish Library News and Events December 2021

- 2021 -

COZY

READING

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December 1 - December 31

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December 2021

Bookpage is published monthly

to share information about the

events, materials, and services of

the St. Charles Parish Library.

Library Board of Control

Celeste N. Uzee, President

District VII

Beverly A. DeLaune, Vice-President

District III

Charlene Alexander-Armstrong

District I

Annie Harmon

District II

Randy Matherne

District IV

Tammy M. Windmann

District V

Lori Lyons

District VI

Holly Fonseca, Ex-Officio Member

Leann Benedict, Board Secretary

Holidays and Closures

Christmas Eve Dec 24

Christmas Day Dec 25

Christmas Day Dec 27

(observed)

New Year’s Eve Dec 31

New Year’s Day Jan 1

New Year’s Day

(observed)

On the Cover

Jan 3

Register for our new reading

challenges!

What’s Inside

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In This Issue

Author Event with Royd Anderson 3

Featured Five 3

Library News 4-5

Monthly Calendar 6-7

Events for Adults 8

Events for All Ages 9

Events for Teens 10

Events for Children 11

Storytime 11

Locations and Hours 12

Royd Anderson: Local Author

Talk and Book Signing

Join us on Saturday, December 11 at 10:00am at the East

Regional Library in Destrehan for a conversation with historian

and documentarian Royd Anderson, author of New Orleans

Disasters: Firsthand Accounts of Crescent City Tragedy, a new

book that outlines seven local tragedies and their fallout.

Anderson will be signing copies of his new book, and books will

be on sale for $20.

Attendees are welcome to stay after the book signing for a

viewing of Anderson’s 2006 documentary film, The Luling Ferry

Disaster.

About the Book

With more than one thousand books on Hurricane Katrina,

somehow not one work examines a collection of Crescent City

calamity—until now. In the book, seven tragedies and their

fallout are explored through gripping firsthand interviews,

planting readers amid the chaos.

The book revisits the agony

of the Luling ferry disaster,

the horror of Pan Am Flight

759 slamming into a Kenner

neighborhood, and the Mother’s

Day bus crash on 610 that

claimed twenty-two lives.

Sift for answers in the unsolved

fires of the Rault Center and the

UpStairs Lounge. Investigate

the Continental Grain elevator

explosion and experience the

terror of the Howard Johnson’s

sniper.

About the Author

Royd Anderson is a filmmaker and historian based in

New Orleans, Louisiana. He specializes in documentary films

about tragic Louisiana events often overlooked by historians.

featured

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Coming Soon:

Book to Screen

Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah

She Said

Jodi Kantor &

Megan Twohey

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

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Library News

Reading Challenges

Track your reading all year long with Beanstack!

Sign up for our free reading tracking app at

myscpl.beanstack.com, or log into your existing

account to participate in our upcoming challenges.

Cozy Reading Challenge

Get cozy and wrap yourself up in a good book

while you earn badges and rewards during our 2021

Cozy Reading Challenge.

Log 180 minutes of reading from December 1

through December 31 to complete this

challenge. It will be fun for all ages!

Upcoming 2022 Challenge: 10 To Try

10 to Try is a challenge that asks you to complete

a combination of reading books and library

activities. This is an ongoing challenge starting in

January to keep track of your reading, encourage

you to try different genres, and explore new

library resources! Earn digital badges all year and

once you’ve completed 10 books or activities,

you’ll receive a brag tag!

Pre-registration begins December 20. View the

challenge details and reading recommendations

at www.myscpl.org/readingchallenges.

Libby App

If you haven’t downloaded the award-winning Libby App for your phone or

tablet to read your eBooks and listen to audiobooks, now is the time! Use Libby

to borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from the library—all for free with

your library card.

Libby is free and easy to get started for new users, and it provides a

streamlined experience for current OverDrive app users.

The Libby App was inspired by library and user feedback and designed to get

people reading as quickly and seamlessly as possible. It was named one of

Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade.

Readers of all ages can choose from eBooks and audiobooks on virtually every

subject, including bestsellers and new releases. You can even send and read

your borrowed eBooks to your Kindle, or use Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or a

Bluetooth connection to listen to audiobooks in your car.

All titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period so there are

never any late fees.

Farmers’ Market at the Library

The German Coast Farmers’ Market has a new Saturday location—

the parking lot at the East Regional Library in Destrehan!

The Farmers Market will be every Saturday (except on holidays)

from 8:00am until noon. The library opens at 9:00am, but

bathroom access begins when the market opens.

We are planning some fun things in conjunction with the market,

so check the event calendar and see what we have going on!

In December, the Farmers Market will take place Wednesday,

December 22 and Wednesday December 29 from 1:00pm until

5:00pm. It will not take place Saturday, December 25 or Saturday,

January 1.

For more information about the German Coast Farmers’ Market,

visit www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org or visit them on

Facebook.

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December 2021

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Storytime 10:30am (C) at NORCO

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Nerd Night Online 5:30pm (T)

ONLINE via Discord

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Creative Crafters: Holiday Ribbon

Wreath 12:00pm (A) at NORCO R

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Art Squad Lessons with Becca

Hillburn 6:00pm (10+) at EAST R

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Storytime 10:00am (C)

at ST. ROSE

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Storytime 10:30am (C)

at HAHNVILLE

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Crafty Winter Morning 9:00am (C)

at EAST

All events are free and

open to the public.

Children under the age of 10

must be accompanied

by a parent or caregiver.

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It’s All in the Thumb! 10:00am (A)

at HAHNVILLE R

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It’s All in the Thumb! 2:00pm (A)

at HAHNVILLE R

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Christmas Jeopardy 5:00pm (Aa)

at PARADIS R

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Gift Wrapping 6:00pm (Aa)

at ST. ROSE

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Storytime 10:30am (C) at NORCO

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Book Discussion Group 11:00am

(A) at ST. ROSE

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Drop-In Gift Wrapping 2:00pm

(Aa) at ST. ROSE

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Nerd Night Online 5:30pm (T)

ONLINE via Discord

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Holiday Mocktail Party 6:00pm (A)

at EAST R

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Creepy Tales! 6:00pm (T, Tw)

ONLINE via Zoom R

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Learn with us Bus 10:00am (C)

at PARADIS

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Drop-In Gift Wrapping 10:00am

(Aa) at ST. ROSE

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Storytime 10:30am (C) at EAST

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Teen Time - Infinity Photo Cube

4:00pm (T) at ST. ROSE R

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Storytime 10:00am (C)

at PARADIS

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Storytime 10:30am (C) at EAST

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Make Your Own Reindeer Food

6:00pm (C) at EAST R

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Storytime 10:30am (C) at NORCO

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Nerd Night Online 5:30pm (T)

ONLINE via Discord

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Drop-in Gift Wrapping 11:00am

(Aa) at ST. ROSE

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Teen Hangouts 6:00pm (T)

at EAST

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Thursday Thrills 4:00pm (T)

at PARADIS

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Art Squad Hangouts with Becca

Hillburn 6:00pm (10+) at EAST R

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Learn with Us Bus 10:00am (C)

at ST. ROSE

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Storytime 10:30am (C)

at HAHNVILLE

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Cookbook Club 11:00am (A)

at PARADIS

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Drop-In Gift Wrapping 11:00am

(Aa) at ST. ROSE

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Storytime 10:00am (C)

at ST. ROSE

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Storytime 10:30am (C)

at HAHNVILLE

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Dazzling Snowflakes 6:00pm (Aa)

ONLINE via Facebook R

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Author Royd Anderson - New

Orleans Disasters: Firsthand

Accounts of Crescent City

Tragedy 10:00am (A) at EAST

LOCATION

● ●East Regional

in Destrehan

● ●West Regional

in Luling

● ●Hahnville

● ●Norco

● ●Paradis

● ●St. Rose

●●Online

AGE GROUPS

A = Adults

T = Teens

Tw = Tweens

C = Children

Aa = All Ages

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Cookbook Club 6:00pm (A)

at EAST

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Christmas Wishes Ornament

6:00pm (A) at ST. ROSE R

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Book Discussion 6:00pm (A)

at EAST

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Library Closed

Christmas Holiday

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Gingerbread House 10:00am (C)

at HAHNVILLE R

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Christmas Wishes Ornament

11:00am (A) at ST. ROSE R

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Gingerbread House 2:00pm (C)

at HAHNVILLE R

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Nerd Night Online 5:30pm (T)

ONLINE via Discord

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Drop-In Winter Crafts

1:00pm - 4:00pm (Aa) at PARADIS

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Be Among Us 5:30pm (T, Tw)

ONLINE via Zoom R

● ● Teen Hangouts 6:00pm (T)

at EAST

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ACT/SAT Study Group 4:30pm (T)

at EAST R

Library Closed

Christmas Holiday

Library Closed

New Year’s Eve

Library Closed

Christmas Holiday

All activities are

subject to change.

Check www.myscpl.org

for more information and

schedule changes.

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Registration is required

for some events.

Online registration opens

14 days before the event.

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Adults

Families &

Authors

Author Royd Anderson - New Orleans Disasters:

Firsthand Accounts of Crescent City Tragedy

Join us for a conversation with historian and documentarian

Royd Anderson, author of New Orleans Disasters: Firsthand

Accounts of Crescent City Tragedy, a book that outlines seven

local tragedies and their fallout. Anderson will be signing

copies of his new book and books will be for sale for $20.

Patrons are welcome to stay after the book signing for a

watch party of Anderson’s 2006 documentary film, The Luling

Ferry Disaster.

Royd Anderson is a Cuban-American filmmaker and

historian based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He specializes in

documentary films pertaining to tragic Louisiana events often

overlooked by historians.

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Saturday, December 11 at 10:00am

Book Discussion

Book Discussion Groups

We have two book discussion groups for adults that meet

monthly. Read the book then join us to discuss.

Everyone is welcome!

ST. ROSE BRANCH

Wednesday, December 8 at 11:00am

A Daughter’s Daughter by Mary Westmacott

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Tuesday, December 21 at 6:00pm

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks

Crafts

Creative Crafters R

Welcome Creative Crafters! The season is upon us so let’s

celebrate by making a holiday ribbon wreath. We’ll supply

the materials and your hands are the only tools you’ll need to

create this brightly colored gem for your front door.

NORCO BRANCH

Thursday, December 2 at 12:00pm

Christmas Wishes Ornament R

Jingle all the way to our Crafters Circle event, where we’ll

create a fun “Christmas Wishes” Ornament for your holiday

tree.

There are two different time slots for this craft - please only

register for one date as space for this program is limited.

ST. ROSE BRANCH

Monday, December 20 at 6:00pm OR

Wednesday, December 22 at 11:00am

It’s All in the Thumb!! R

Push your way into the holiday season. Enjoy a quick craft

on canvas with thumb tacks to symbolize the Christmas

season. This season will be merry and bright as we are

creating delightful memories!

There are two different time slots for this craft - please only

register for one date as space for this program is limited.

HAHNVILLE BRANCH

Monday, December 6 at 10:00am OR

Monday, December 6 at 2:00pm

Food & Cooking

Cookbook Clubs

Enjoy the camaraderie and cuisine!

Everyone will choose a different recipe from a selected

cookbook and prepares it for the following meeting.

Participants will share information about their recipe and

dish.

PARADIS BRANCH

Friday, December 10 at 11am

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Monday, December 20 at 6pm

Holiday Mocktail Party R

Mocktails are mock cocktails - they’re pretty and tasty

like cocktails, but they’re alcohol-free! Learn how to

make different mocktail recipes to serve your party

guests throughout the holiday season at this interactive

program.

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Monday, December 13 at 6:00pm

All ages

Gift Wrapping

Are you looking for a secret place to wrap your gifts? We

have the perfect spot! Bring your gifts to the library and wrap

them here. Supplies will be provided for wrapping gifts and

making tags.

ST. ROSE BRANCH

Monday, December 6 at 6:00pm

Drop-In Gift Wrapping

ST. ROSE BRANCH

Tuesday, December 7 at 10:00am - 3:30pm

Wednesday, December 8 at 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Thursday, December 9 at 11:00am - 5:30pm

Friday, December 10 at 11:00am - 4:30pm

Christmas Jeopardy R

Come test your holiday knowledge by playing Christmas

Jeopardy! Perfect for families!

PARADIS BRANCH

Monday, December 6 at 5:00pm

Gingerbread House R

Celebrate the holiday season by making a Gingerbread House

with your loved ones.

This program is designed for families.

There are two different time slots for this craft - please only

register for one date as space for this program is limited.

HAHNVILLE BRANCH

Wednesday, December 22 at 10:00am OR

Wednesday, December 22 at 2:00pm

Adults

R Registration opens 14 days prior to events.

Adults

Adult events are for ages 18 and up unless otherwise noted.

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Teens

R Registration opens 14 days prior to events.

Children

R Registration opens 14 days prior to events.

Arts

Art Squad with Becca Hillburn

Explore your artistic side with fellow artists and professional

comic artist Becca Hillburn. No experience necessary!

Art Squad Lessons R

Thursday, December 2 at 6:00 pm

We will learn how to draw hands, make comics, use colors,

or anything you want to practice! Today, we’ll be doing some

water-marbling, a cool technique that lets you transfer paint

to paper using water!

Art Squad Hangouts R

Thursday, December 16 at 6:00 pm

Hang out and get inspired while you work on your own art!

Join us for our last Art Squad of the year as we make zines

capturing all the memories we made this past year!

For ages 10 - 17.

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Crafts

Dazzling Snowflakes R

Sparkling, dazzling snowflakes will bring you some holiday

cheer! Create a glittery, colorful magnet to add to your

holiday decorations. Each bag contains instructions and

items for you to do the activity at home. Registration closes

December 10.

ONLINE VIA FACEBOOK

Friday, December 17 at 6:00pm

Teen Time: Infinity Photo Cube R

Join us for Teen Time to create an infinity photo cube using

wooden blocks, duct tape and photos of your choice!

ST. ROSE BRANCH

Tuesday, December 7 at 4:00pm

Games and Activities

Thursday Thrills

Drop in for Thursday Thrills, which include arts and crafts to

ping pong and fun in between.

PARADIS BRANCH

Thursday, December 16 at 4:00pm

Gaming

Nerd Night Online

Welcome to Nerd Night Online!

Join us on our teen Discord channel for multiplayer video

games, digital board games, role-playing adventures, and

silly hangouts. Email kari.duet@myscpl.org for the Discord

invite link.

ONLINE VIA DISCORD

Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, & 22 at 5:30pm

Be Among Us R

Things are looking a little sus! Who is the impostor? Can

you stop them before they destroy everything?

Download the free mobile game Among Us before joining

the event. You’ll get a Zoom link via email when you

register.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Wednesday, December 29 at 6:00pm

School & Career

ACT/SAT Study Group R

With standardized testing rolling out during the school

year, come join our study group to help prepare you for

the ACT and SAT.

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Thursday, December 30 at 4:30pm

Social

Creepy Tales R

Join if you dare, and you’re in for a scare!

Devin will read spooky stories from the web (is that spider

or internet...?) and you’ll enjoy creepy treats while you

listen.

Registration closes December 6.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Monday, December 13 at 6:00pm

Teen Hangouts

Food. Movies. Games. Chill. Reclaim the Teen Room and

make it your space to relax and unwind.

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Thursdays, December 9 & 23 at 6:00pm

Arts

Art Squad with Becca Hillburn

Explore your artistic side with fellow artists and professional

comic artist Becca Hillburn. No experience necessary!

Art Squad Lessons R

Thursday, December 2 at 6:00pm

Today, we’ll show you how to do water-marbling, a cool

technique that lets you transfer paint to paper using water!

Art Squad Hangouts R

Thursday, December 16 at 6:00pm

Join us for our last Art Squad of the year as we make zines

capturing all the memories we made this past year!

For ages 10 - 17.

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Crafts

Dazzling Snowflakes R

Sparkling, dazzling snowflake magnets will bring you some

holiday cheer! Each bag contains instructions and items for

you to do the activity at home.

Registration closes December 10.

ONLINE VIA FACEBOOK

Friday, December 17 at 6:00pm

Crafty Winter Morning

Drop in and craft along with us! Take a break from the

farmer’s market and check out the craft offerings.

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Saturday, December 4 at 9:00am - noon

Storytime

Introduce your children to

the love of reading. We use

stories, songs, and rhymes to

encourage children to explore

the world around them.

Themes change weekly and

play activities follow.

East Regional Library

Tuesdays at 10:30am

Norco Branch

Wednesdays at 10:30am

Hahnville Branch

Fridays at 10:30am

Drop-In Winter Crafts

Winter crafts are available for you to drop in and create!

PARADIS BRANCH

Wednesday, December 29 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Make Your Own Reindeer Food R

Join us for a cup of hot chocolate while we make some

magical food for Santa’s reindeer.

EAST REGIONAL LIBRARY

Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00pm

Gaming

Be Among Us R

Things are looking a little sus! Who is the impostor?

Can you stop them before they destroy everything?

Download the free mobile game Among Us before joining

the event. You’ll get a Zoom link via email when you register.

For ages 8 and up.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Wednesday, December 29 at 6:00pm

Social

Creepy Tales R

Join if you dare, and you’re in for a scare!

Devin will read spooky stories from the web (is that spider or

internet...?) and you’ll enjoy creepy treats while you listen.

For ages 8 and up. Registration closes December 6.

ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Monday, December 13 at 6:00pm

Paradis Branch

Tuesdays at 10:00am

Learn with Us Bus Visit - December 7

St. Rose Branch

Fridays at 10:00am

Learn with Us Bus Visit - December 10

For ages birth to 5 years.

Check www.myscpl.org for schedule changes.

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Teens

Teen events are for grades 6-12 unless otherwise noted.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Children

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Visit

West Regional Library

985-785-8471

Temporarily closed for building repairs.

Visit www.myscpl.org for reopening updates.

East Regional Library

985-764-2366

160 W. Campus Dr.

Destrehan, LA 70047

Monday-Thursday: 9 am-8 pm

Friday and Saturday: 9 am-5 pm

Paradis Branch

985-758-1868

307 Audubon St.

Paradis, LA 70080

Monday: 10 am-8 pm

Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am-6 pm

Friday: 9 am-5 pm

Saturday: 10 am-2 pm

Hahnville Branch

985-783-2341

14996 River Rd.

Hahnville, LA 70057

Monday-Friday: 9 am-5 pm

St. Rose Branch

504-465-0646

90 East Club Dr.

St. Rose, LA 70087

Monday: 10 am-8 pm

Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am-6 pm

Friday: 9 am-5 pm

Saturday: 10 am-2 pm

Norco Branch

985-764-6581

590 Apple St.

Norco, LA 70079

Monday: 10 am-8 pm

Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am-6 pm

Friday: 9 am-5 pm

Saturday: 10 am-2 pm

Bookmobile: Call 985-785-8471 for more information

Planetarium: Located at the West Regional Library

Temporarily closed for building repairs. Visit www.myscpl.org for updates.

Curbside pickup service is available from opening until 30 minutes before closing.

www.myscpl.org

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