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Celebrate National Library Week with the Terrebonne Parish Library System

Tuesday April 05, 2022 07:39 am - 420 Views - Posted By Items of Interest
Celebrate National Library Week with the Terrebonne Parish Library System

Happy National Library Week! You might be familiar with all the James Patterson books, computers, prints, and crafts available to you at your library branch, but did you know there’s so much more you can do to get the most from your time at the library?  

Genealogy and LA Collection 
Trace back your ancestry using our genealogy collection and databases! The Main Library has an expansive collection of censuses, obituaries, graveyard records, church records, and more. The library system also has subscriptions to Ancestry.com, Fold3, HeritageQuest, and Digital Sandborn that are available on any computer connected to the Terrebonne Parish Library’s internet. Alongside the Main Library’s genealogy collection, all our branches have books and other resources on local history spread across the reference and nonfiction sections. 

Check out our genealogy page for more information on our genealogy collection. 
Here’s an ongoing list of local resources available.

Microfilm 
Local newspapers are often great sources for historically- and genealogically-based research. The Main Library has an expansive collection of the Houma Courier and various other newspapers on microfilm for anyone to access—even without a library card.   

Creative Lab 
The Creative Lab is a free, library-operated workspace for patrons 15 and older available at the Main Library. The lab has tools, materials, and machines for patrons wanting to make their creative ideas into reality. We currently have 3D printers, Cricut cutting machines, sewing machines and a serger, a Glowforge laser cutter, lightboxes, a laminator, and assorted handicrafts and art tools. 

Instructional classes on how to use the Cricuts and beginning sewing are available, as well as demonstrations and Open-Lab hours. 

Visit our Creative Lab page to learn more.

Book Clubs 
Almost all branches have book clubs for patrons to join! Call your library branch to see what club is offered and meeting times. 

The Main Library also offers a not-so-book-club alongside more traditional ones. The Name Pending Book Society is partially a book discussion, partially tangent conversations. (Join us Tuesday, April 26th at 6pm for our next meeting.) 

Check Terrebonne Parish Library System calendar for up-to-date information on when and where groups are meeting.

Informal Classes and One-on-One Sessions 
All library branches offer informal “classes” on a variety of things. Classes include how to use Microsoft Word or Excel, Internet basics, resume building, ESL, and more. There are also Device Drop-Ins, where patrons are welcome to bring in a device for a librarian to help show you how to use it.  

Check our calendar for up-to-date information on when and where what classes are being held.

Southern Writers Workshop 
The Southern Writers Workshop is an adult writing group that meets at the Main Library to discuss writing, share works, offer creative and editing support, and motivate each other. Writers of all skill-levels are welcome to join this macabre and quirky group. 

Check Terrebonne Parish Library System calendar for up-to-date information on when they’re meeting next. 

StoryWalk® 
A StoryWalk® is a fun way to get kids active by combining story time with exercise. A children’s book is set up page-by-page and spread out along a walking path, and families are encouraged to read by walking from page to page. The Terrebonne Parish Library hosts several a year. Contact the library at 985-876-5861 (ex. 233) to find out when the next one will be held. 

Sensory Kits 
The Main Library has Sensory Story Time at Home kits, made possible by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Each kit goes with a theme and includes three books, four rhythm sticks, two egg shakers, two scarves, two exercise bands, one sensory game or activity, and a binder full of songs to use with the items. The kits can be checked out at the children’s help desk to any patron with an account in good standing. Like our other items, they can be kept for up to two weeks.  

Summer Feeding Program 
During the summer months, the Terrebonne Parish Library System partners with Second Harvest Food Bank to offer lunches to children over school break. There is no sign-up, but contact the library at 985-876-5861 (ex. 233) for more information. 

Seed Library 
The Terrebonne Parish Seed Library is a free, accessible seed sharing project made to encourage the Terrebonne community to grow its own food through education that cultivates community resilience and sharing. The Seed Library is in the Reference Department of the Main Library and available to anyone who wants to participate. 

Comb through the catalog drawers of seed packets, choose what plant you’d like to grow, log it in the member binder provided, and get to planting! When your harvest grows, save some seeds from what flourishes and donate them back to the Seed Library to be used by another community member. 

Learn more about the Seed Library here. 

E-Resources 
The library has a variety of e-resources available to the public across several fields. Apps like HooplaLibby, and Kanopy can be used from anywhere with internet access to check out e-books, audiobooks, comics, music, songs, movies, and documentaries. Just sign in with your library card and PIN (your six-digit birthday) and browse the selections. 

If you don’t have a library card, you don’t even have to come in to get a number. Due to COVID, the Terrebonne Parish Library System introduced an e-card. Fill in the required information on this form to receive a number, (You can always request a physical card from the library after getting your number, as well.) 

Mango Languages can help you learn different languages—including Pirate—in one convenient place. 

We also have subscriptions to Peterson’s Test Prep and Driving Test Prep to help you study for whatever exam is coming up.  

Our subscription to Weiss Financial Ratings is designed to teach about several finance-based topics like stocks, credit unions, and financial literacy in an easily digestible way. 

Alongside all these, we have databases for a variety of research areas including genealogy, art, literature, math, science, home improvement, medical, philosophy, maps, and more. Britannica E-booksWorld BookGale, and the Louisiana Digital Library are all accessible on mytpl.org

Learn more about these e-resources here:  

Hoopla | Libby | Kanopy | Mango Languages | Peterson’s Test Prep | Driving Test Prep | Weiss Financial Ratings | Library Databases 

Community Garden  
The Terrebonne Parish Library partnered with Live Healthy Houma Coalition, LSU Ag, and the St. Francis Vegetable Garden to plant a vegetable and pollinator garden on the side of the Main Library near the Children’s Department. All produce grown is donated to the food bank. The garden is open to anyone, even when the library is closed. Helpful QR codes bring up a page full of information about the plants growing so you can learn something new while admiring the view. 

Study Rooms 
When you need a quiet place to study or attend a Zoom meeting, a study room at the Main Library or North Branch is an excellent choice. We have free WiFi—just bring your laptop and study materials. Small study rooms can accommodate four people and large ones can accommodate six people comfortably. 

Stop at the Reference desk at the Main Library or at the front desk at the North Branch to check into a room. 

To ensure a room at the time you need it, you can call your preferred library ahead of time to reserve one. 

Downtown Houma Makers Market 
The Downtown Houma Market located at the South LA Seed Store has been rebranded as a Makers Market and is now held in the parking lot of the Main Library every Tuesday from 3 PM to dark. Rebranding the market has broadened the vendors to be anyone who grows, produces, or creates. There is no entrance fee for shoppers, and it is free to participate as a vendor. For more information or to become a vendor, please visit mytpl.org/market/ or follow their Facebook page at @DowntownHoumaMakersMarket

Contact

Hours of Operation

  • Monday thru Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address

  • P. O. Box 2768
  • Houma, LA 70361
 
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