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Pelican State Credit Union Hosting Free Financial Workshop in Covington

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Covington, LA—Covington residents looking to increase their credit scores can join Pelican State Credit Union on Tuesday, July 27, for a free credit workshop and jambalaya dinner—complete with dessert and coffee!
Guests will learn all about the fundamentals of credit reports and scores, including a full breakdown of how credit scores are calculated and the information provided in credit reports. Whether they’re looking to buy a house, save extra money, or just take their credit score to the next level, guests will learn tips and facts from one of Pelican’s Credit Counselors on how to get there!
Have questions about a specific credit situation? All guests will have the opportunity to get their questions answered at the end of the workshop.

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310 W 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433
When: Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Doors open at 5:30 pm, presentation begins at 6:00 pm

This event is particularly special because it also celebrates the one year anniversary of Pelican being a part of the Covington community!
A free jambalaya dinner will be provided to all guests as well as cookies, coffee, and soft drinks. In addition to the free food and credit information, everyone who attends also has the chance to win a Keurig coffee machine!
This workshop is completely free and open to the public. Pelican membership is not required to attend the workshop, receive dinner, or win a prize. Residents can RSVP for the event at pelicanstatecu.com.
To learn more about this event and any other upcoming events, visit pelicanstatecu.com/events. ###

About Pelican State Credit Union
For over 60 years, Pelican State Credit Union has been providing financial services to individuals and their families throughout the state of Louisiana. The credit union is dedicated to improving the lives of its members through safe, competitive products and educational services. Pelican was originally chartered as the Department of Hospitals Credit Union, located in downtown Baton Rouge, to serve Louisiana charity hospitals, mental health centers, and state office personnel. They have since grown into the largest state-chartered credit union in Louisiana now serving over 60,000 members. For information, visit pelicanstatecu.com.

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STPL Initiates Strategic Plan Process

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COVINGTON- The St. Tammany Parish Library has begun the process to create a Strategic Plan for services. After a series of special meetings last week, the St. Tammany Parish Library Board of Control selected Carson Block Consulting, out of a pool of six total applicants who responded to the Request for Proposals, to implement the planning process.

“We are ready to start this process and we are excited to invite the community — both current and future patrons — to be a part of strategic planning for the future of our St. Tammany Parish Library system through their input and participation,” said Kelly LaRocca, Director St. Tammany Parish Library. “This plan will be our roadmap for the future, and will give us foundational tools to move the library forward for many years to come.”

This will be the first Strategic Plan for Services for the St. Tammany Parish Library. Carson Block Consulting will work collaboratively with the St. Tammany Parish Library, the St. Tammany Parish Library Board of Control, and the entire St. Tammany community to gather data through community research to identify several key metrics including: aspirations of the community; strategic areas of focus, obstacles and opportunities; and potential library service strategies. The planning process will offer several opportunities for community input including public meetings, focus groups, surveys, and interviews. The planning process will culminate with the creation of the Strategic Plan containing actionable and attainable library service goals, activities and objectives for the short, medium and long-term future. The entire process is expected to be completed in early 2022.

The estimated cost of the planning process is $75,000 excluding travel expenses.

The St. Tammany Parish Library has been serving the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for over seventy years. Our twelve branches offer over 542,000 loanable items including books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. The library’s website offers 24/7 access to downloadable audio and e-books, music downloads, research tools, magazines, and newspapers. Our programs and services are designed to meet residents’ cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs.

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St. Tammany Parish Library Announces Operational Updates

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COVINGTON- The St. Tammany Parish Library announces opportunities for patrons to return and more fully enjoy our 12 branches, as most State and Parish-mandated COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

“We are happy to resume some pre-COVID services and lift capacity limits. As we move forward, we will continue to evaluate operations and modify as-needed, based on our progress through this pandemic,” said Kelly LaRocca, Director of the St. Tammany Parish Library. “Our goal is to make library usage as easy and as safe as possible for our patrons as well as our employees. We appreciate the flexibility our patrons and our staff members have shown during these months. ”

The hours of operation for library branches remain as they have been since early March of 2021: large branches (Causeway, Covington, Madisonville, Mandeville, Slidell, and South Slidell) are open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., while small branches (Abita Springs, Bush, Folsom, Lacombe, Lee Road, and Pearl River) are open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Patrons will notice a few changes to services that were put in place during COVID-19, while some services will remain. Circulation desk staff has resumed full-service checkout of items for all patrons. Capacity numbers, social distancing recommendations, mask mandates, and materials quarantines are no longer in place. All library branches will continue to provide sanitizing stations for patrons who wish to access hand sanitizer, masks, and alcohol wipes. The CDC does recommend that individuals who are unvaccinated continue to mask.

Patrons may notice less furniture in our branches and remaining social distancing stickers on the floors. While not required, social distancing is still encouraged, and we’ve cleared the way for what we call “brisk browsing” as we remain in Phase 3. Manipulatives, activity cubes, and our AWE Learning Stations in our Children’s areas remain covered and unavailable for use at this time. Library administration will reevaluate and update their availability in the early fall.

Meeting and study rooms are open. Study rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis in branches with study room availability. Meeting rooms have resumed pre-pandemic capacities. These capacities are available online by location. Reservations are required for the meeting rooms, and can be made online at www.sttammanylibrary.org/application-for-use-of-meeting-room.

Public computers are available for use. Reservations to use these computers at small branches will no longer be necessary. Computer use is limited to one-hour time slots, and some computers will remain shut down to continue to maintain distancing.

As things return to normal, patrons will see overdue fines and other library fees resume. Currently, all fines and fees, with the exception of replacement costs for lost items, remain suspended until June 30, 2021. Beginning July 1st, all items currently checked out and currently overdue will begin to accrue overdue fines. All items checked out on or after July 1st, will be subject to overdue fines if they are returned after the due date. Fees for faxes and replacement library cards also resume on July 1st. Replacement fees for long overdues — or items that have been out for more than 90 days — will be posted to patron accounts beginning July 1st. When long overdue items are returned, the replacement fees are waived and patrons are not charged.

Fines and fees are as follows:

Books, audiobooks, and CDs – 10 cents per day.

DVDs – 25 cents per day.

Interlibrary Loan late fees – $1.00 per day.

Downloadable items return automatically and don’t accrue late fees.

The maximum late fee for an STPL item is $5.00.

Replacement library card – $3.00

Faxes – 10 cents per page

Copies – 10 cents per page

Color Copies – 50 cents per page

The following services implemented during COVID-19 will remain:

Virtual Programming: Programming will remain both virtual and in-person as it is now, during the Summer Reading Challenge, as well as going forward.

Wi-Fi in branch parking lots. While Wi-Fi was always available at our branches inside and outside pre-COVID, Federal CARES Act Funding made available through the State of Louisiana through the State Library of Louisiana in the summer of 2020, coupled with funding from the St. Tammany Library Foundation, presented the opportunity to boost Wi-fi capabilities so that anyone can access and utilize a strong Wi-fi signal from the parking lot of every branch.

Contactless curbside service will remain in place at all branches. Curbside service ends after sunset each day.

Instant Access library cards for St. Tammany residents are now permanent. Residents can apply for a card online and get instant access to on-line library materials. These cards can also be used for inside and curbside service. Apply here: www.sttammanylibrary.org/library-card-request .

Virtual Programming will continue. Going forward, patrons can expect a blend of virtual and in-person programming.

You may read the Governor’s most recent Proclamation Number 93 easing Phase 3 restrictions, here. You may read St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper’s Executive Order here.

Patrons who have questions are encouraged to speak with staff at their local branches, or visit www.sttammanylibrary.org for complete information.

The St. Tammany Parish Library has been serving the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for more than 70 years. Our twelve branches offer over 542,000 loanable items including books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines. Our website, www.sttammanylibrary.org offers access to downloadable audio and e-books, music downloads, research tools, magazines, and newspapers 24/7. Our programs and services are designed to meet residents’ cultural, informational, educational, and recreational needs.

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STPL Storytime at the Covington Trailhead

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On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the St. Tammany Parish Library introduced Storytime at the Covington Trailhead! Join your favorite librarian as they interact with your little ones through stories, music, rhymes and more!

Storytime is 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday in June at the Covington Trailhead.

Upcoming dates:
10:30am-11:30am
June 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
July 6th
For more information, contact Jennifer Mayer at (985) 871-1220 or children@stpl.us

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National Library Week

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The St. Tammany Parish Library will join libraries across the country to celebrate National Library Week Monday, April 5, through Saturday, April 10!

The library will offer Food for Fines from Monday, April 5, through Saturday, April 17. Each non-perishable food item donated will reduce library fines by $1. Although the library is not currently charging overdue fees, Food for Fines can be used for old charges. All donated food items will be donated to our Northshore Food Bank in Covington, the Samaritan Center Food Bank in Mandeville and the First Baptist Church of Slidell Food Pantry.

National Library Week is a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.

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Friends of the Library Valentine’s Book Sale this Saturday

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The Friends of the Library West St. Tammany announces a book sale on Saturday, January 30th, 2021, from 9 am to 4 pm. They are hosting the event at their new location, 1301 N Florida St. in Covington, near the fairgrounds.

In addition to offering low prices on all items, the FOTL is holding a special sale of all paperback romance fiction at 10 books for $1 in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. Other selections such as children’s books, hardbacks, CDs and DVDs will also be discounted. State and Parish COVID mandates will be in force.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that uses its funds to supplement the Parish Library’s annual budget, purchase equipment, and support projects at the West St. Tammany branches. Books retired from the shelves of the Parish Library system and donated books and media from the community are sold by the non-profit FOTL to the public at low prices.

Learn more here: www.sttammanylibrary.org

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St. Tammany Parish Library Modifies Hours Due To Return To Phase Two

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From St. Tammany Parish Library:

ST. TAMMANY- The St. Tammany Parish Library’s Causeway, Covington, Madisonville, Mandeville, Slidell and South Slidell Branches will open with adjusted hours while continuing to offer curbside service from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday beginning Wednesday, December 2, due to Louisiana’s new phase two restrictions. The Abita Springs, Bush, Folsom, Lacombe, Lee Road and Pearl River Branches will offer curbside service and computer use by appointment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning Wednesday, December 2.

Library users who wish to use curbside service can place holds via the library website, www.sttammanylibrary.org/; the library iOS app, STPL Mobile; or by calling the branch of their choice to request curbside pick-up service. These requests can include books, audiobooks and DVDs. The Abita Springs Branch, 71683 Leveson St., can be reached at (985) 893-6285. The Bush Branch, 81597 L.A. 41, can be reached at (985) 886-3588. The Causeway Branch, 3457 U.S. 190, Mandeville, can be reached at (985) 626-9779. The Covington Branch, 310 W. 21st Ave., can be reached at (985) 893-6280. The Folsom Branch, 82393 Railroad Ave., can be reached at (985) 796-9728. The Lacombe Branch, 28027 U.S. 190, can be reached at (985) 882-7858. The Lee Road Branch, 79213 U.S. 40, can be reached at (985) 893-6284. The Madisonville Branch, 1123 Main St., can be reached at (985) 845-4819. The Mandeville Branch, 844 Girod St., can be reached at (985) 626-4293. The Pearl River Branch, 64580 L.A. 41, can be reached at (985) 863-5518. The Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd., can be reached at (985) 646-6470. The South Slidell Branch, 3901 Pontchartrain Dr., can be reached at (985) 781-0099.

Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and magazines are available anytime. For more information, visit www.sttammanylibrary.org/library-apps/.

Checked out library materials may be returned during this time. No overdue fines are currently being charged.

ABOUT STPL: The St. Tammany Parish Library has been serving the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for seventy years. Our twelve branches offer over 542,000 loanable items including books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines. The library’s website offers 24/7 access to downloadable audio and eBooks, music downloads, research tools, magazines and newspapers. Our programs and services are designed to meet resident’s cultural, informational, educational and recreational needs.

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Friends of the Library to Open New Location – Volunteers Needed

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The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany ( FOTL) hope to re-open for business mid-November at their new location at 1301 North Florida Street near the fairgrounds in Covington, next to the LSU Ag Center. Look for the sign on the side of the white building. President Debbie Reed and husband Bob found the new location this past spring.

Books retired from the shelves of the Parish Library system and donated books and media from the community are sold by the non-profit FOTL to the public at low prices. Children’s books are .25, paperbacks are.50, hardbacks, CD’s and DVD’s sell for $1.

The FOTL is a non-profit organization that uses its funds to supplement the Parish Library’s annual budget, purchase equipment, and support projects at the west St. Tammany branches. The FOTL also sponsors the Lizabeth Millard scholarships for college from a pool of student applications submitted by senior students from St. Tammany Parish high schools. The total value of the scholarship is $2,000 for four years.

This year’s recipients were Abigail Herbert from Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Slidell, who will be attending the University of Southern Mississippi, and Victoria Miller from Mandeville High School, who will attend Southeastern Louisiana University.

Victoria Miller (left) & Abigail Herbert (right)

Scout Troop 119 and other volunteers moved books and furnishings from the previous location in Hadden Hall on Janhke Ave in May of 2019. Jim and Pat Parrie offered a storage place for books and furniture until a new location could be found. Kevin Wallace and his staff at KP’s Construction prepared that new building and the Parish Library maintenance staff installed the donated bookshelves this past summer. Once again, Scout Troop 119 and other volunteers moved the books and furniture from our storage area to the new location in September.

The FOTL are again asking for volunteers to help sort and put books on the shelves. Two free books are given to volunteers for each hour they help. The new building is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00-4:00 for volunteers only to help. Call Alice McNeal at 479-244-0503 or Debbie Reed at 504-957-5898 for more information. For help with donations contact Bob Reed at 504-782-0330.

Learn more here: www.sttammanylibrary.org

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Friends of the Library Book Sale This Weekend

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The April sale is a week early so there is no conflict with Easter weekend, therefore this month’s sale is this Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13. This month features new items in stock with specials including 6 paperbacks for $1, buy 2 get 1 free on fiction hardcover books and dvd’s. Cash or Check only, please.

The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany is an all volunteer, non-profit organization whose proceeds support the Library Branches of West St. Tammany. The group holds a monthly book sale on the 3rd Saturday and preceding Friday of each month from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Each day at Hadden Hall (106 S. Jahnke Ave.).

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Food For Fines at St. Tammany Parish Library

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St. Tammany Parish Library offers Food For Fines from Tuesday, September 4 to Saturday, September 29. The Library will forgive your fines for bringing in canned food to benefit partnering local food banks.

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StoryWalk With the Author and Artist

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StoryWalk at the Northlake Nature Center with David Lee Campbell and Peg Usner, Thursday, April 26, 2018, from 5:30 til 7:30 p.m.  StoryWalk is a fun, educational activity that lets you enjoy reading books or poems placed along a popular walking route in your community.  StoryWalk helps build interest in reading while encouraging healthy activity for both adults and children.  Originally designed to encourage children to read more, the Northlake Nature Center in collaboration with the St. Tammany Parish Library have taken this activity to a new level to introduce adults to reading outdoors while engaging in a healthy activity.
Meet author David Lee Campbell and artist Peg Usner, who present a book of art and poetry: “Nature All Around Us – Fifty Years of Life with Creatures and Native Plants in Louisiana.   There will also be a reading at the St. Tammany Parish Library – Covington location on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Call the Library for more information: 985-893-6280 ext. 2010

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This Week in Downtown Covington

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The 7th Covington Business Resource Workshop takes place this Thursday, September 21 at the Bogue Falaya Hall in the City Hall Building. The workshop focuses on Social Media in the Workplace. Presented by the City of Covington and Councilman Larry Rolling, with light refreshments courtesy of the Covington Business Association. For more information, email Larry Rolling at rollingdistrictd@aol.com or visit covla.com.

Be A Buddy, Not A Bully Marlise Eschete, Community Outreach Coordinator for The Parenting Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, will discuss the topic of bullying. Parents and children are invited to come learn about the different types of bullying, how to prevent it and what to do if you’re experiencing it. This discussion takes place Thursday, September 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library.

Troubadours Songwriter Night takes place on Thursday, September 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Covington Brewhouse. Hosted by Tommy Ike Hailey of the Northshore Songwriters Circle, this event features songwriter rounds with an open mic at the end. Held every third Thursday of the month at the Covington Brewhouse, this month features the following regional artists: John West, Matthew Chauvin, Jim Nelson, Buzz Jackson, Tony Cobb and Timothy Achan Gates.

Covington Brewhouse will be doing a special cask tapping this Thursday night at The Tasting Room to celebrate Louisiana Craft Beer Week and the Covington Brewhouse team has a very special announcement to make at this event. Special entertainment will be provided by the Covington Troubadours Songwriter group. Celebrate Louisiana Craft Beer Week in Covington Brewhouse style.

The Covington Farmer’s Market takes place every week on Wednesdays at the Covington Trailhead and Saturdays at the Covington Police Department. Wednesday market is from 10 a.m. Until 2 p.m. And features prepared foods for lunchtime; Saturday market is from 8 a.m. Until 12 noon and features fresh produce, prepared foods, plants, live music and a food demo. This Saturday, enjoy the music of Crispin Schroeder with a food demo by Bear Creek Road.

Join Peg Usner, Artist at St. Tammany Art Association as she presents a talk and walk through her exhibition, “The Intimacy of Plein Air Painting.” Peg will explain the meaning behind the artwork titles, give brief narration of her creative process and describe the challenges of each piece. Doors open at 5 p.m., talk begins at 5:30. Free admission. STAA is located 320 N. Columbia St.

DOTD Open House Public Meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Covington City Council Chambers, located at 222 East Kirkland Street, 4 – 6 p.m. (LADOTD) is conducting an open house public meeting for the proposed US 190B and Jefferson Ave. Roundabout project. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the project and to obtain input from interested parties with a multi-media presentation.

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This Week in Downtown Covington

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Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe hosts the first annual Bananas Fosters Silent Auction Fundraiser for St. John Storehouse Louisiana this Saturday evening, July 15, 2017 from 6 – 9 p.m. Event is $10/ person in advance, or $15/ person at the door. Featuring great auction items from local businesses, live music and food by Baba Ganoush. All proceeds go to James Storehouse Louisiana to help continue supporting our children in foster care, and those aging out of the system, by providing resources that will ease transitions and improve living conditions. Ticket information may be found online at eventbrite.com.

Meet Sidney P. Bellard, author of “A Cajun In France” at the St. Tammany Parish Library – Covington Branch’s Author Talk & Book Signing on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. “A Cajun in France: Journeys to Assimilations” is a memoir of Sidney’s life growing up speaking Cajun French, finally mastering the English language, understanding French, and eventually traveling to France. The Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library located at 310 W. 21st Ave. 985-893-6280

The Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany building at Hadden Hall holds over 30,000 gently used, donated books that are sorted into fiction and a wide variety of non-fiction categories such as: Cookbooks, Nature, History, Gardening, Biography, Computers and more.
You will find vinyl records, CD’s, DVD’s, Audio Books, Large Print, Puzzles, etc. and there is an entire room filled with children’s books! It’s a lot to explore! All proceeds from the sale benefit the Library branches of West St. Tammany. Prices range from $.25 to $1.00.

The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany is an all volunteer, non-profit organization whose proceeds support the St. Tammany Parish Library. Book Sales are held once a month on the third Friday and Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. At Hadden Hall, 106 South Jahnke Avenue. July’s Book Sale takes place this Friday and Saturday, July 14 & 15. Cash or check only, for questions or more information, Email: friendsofweststtammany@gmail.com

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Happening This Week In Covington

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Here are just a few of the events happening this weekend in downtown Covington:

Troubadours Songwriter Night takes place at the Covington Brewhouse on Thursday, June 15, from 6:30 – 9 p.m.   Down Dogs& Drafts (free Yoga) before the music starts!

Sunset at the Landing, brought to you by the City of Covington, Heritage Bank of St. Tammany and the Covington Farmer’s Market, is a free concert at the Columbia Street Landing on Friday, June 16, from 6 – 9 pm. Bring a picnic, or order something to go from your favorite spot. This month’s concert features The Necessary Gentlemen and Wake of the Dead.

Navonathon takes place at Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe to raise money for Navon Crandle’s medical expenses following a recent traffic accident. Event begins at 5 p.m. and the party doesn’t end until 2 a.m.! Featuring free food, live music, raffle, auction & more, $10 at the door.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany building at Hadden Hall holds over 30,000 gently used, donated books that are sorted into fiction and a wide variety of non-fiction categories such as: Cookbooks, Nature, History, Gardening, Biography, Computers and more.  You will find vinyl records, CD’s, DVD’s, Audio Books, Large Print, Puzzles, etc. and there is an entire room filled with children’s books! It’s a lot to explore! All proceeds from the sale benefit the Library branches of West St. Tammany. Prices range from $.25 to $1.00.

The Friends of the Library of West St. Tammany is an all volunteer, non-profit organization whose proceeds support the St. Tammany Parish Library. Book Sales are held once a month on the third Friday and Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. To 5 p.m. At Hadden Hall, 106 South Jahnke Avenue. June’s Book Sale takes place this Friday and Saturday, June 16 & 17. Cash or check only, for questions or more information, Email: friendsofweststtammany@gmail.com

Brooks’ Bike Shop Hosts Friday Night Ride

Brooks’ Bike Shop hosts a Night Ride this Friday, June 16, 2017. All interested parties report to Brooks’ Bike Shop at 7 p.m. The ride is in preparation for the Louisiana Bicycle Festival this weekend in Abita Springs. Brooks’ Bike Shop is the World Headquarters to the Covington Bicycle Club, a local group for bicycle enthusiasts. Activities include bicycle riding, and bicycle related functions.

Covington Farmer’s Market Twice A Week

The Covington Farmer’s Market is held every Wednesday at the Covington Trailhead, featuring fresh produce and prepared foods. Live music on the trailhead stage with Farmer’s Market players. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Covington Farmer’s Market is also held Saturday at the Covington Police Department (600 Block of Columbia Street), featuring fresh produce, prepared foods, a food demo and live music. 8 a.m. to 12 noon. This Saturday, June 17th, features a food demo by Rob’s Rockin’ Dogs and the music of The Lucky Dogs beginning at 9:30 a.m.

UFO Encounters at the St. Tammany Parish Library Saturday, June 17 From 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Happy Father’s Day! Sunday, June 18

First Day of Summer is Wednesday, June 21

The 2017 Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is at 11:24 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 (Central Time). The Summer Solstice marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day. Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). wikipedia
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, solstice is from the Latin solstitium, with sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), referring to the sun appearing to stop at this time.
The Summer Solstice ranges in date from June 20 – 22 in part because of the difference between the Gregorian calendar system, which normally has 365 days, and the tropical year, which has approximately 365.242199 days.

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Flag Etiquette at St. Tammany Parish Library

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Members of the American Legion Post 16 will present a brief history of the American Flag and demonstrate how to fold and care for the flag.  Scouts and other groups are welcome in addition to the general public.  Find out about more great community events at sttammanylibrary.org.

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The Double Life: A Survivor’s Guide To Transcend Success and Tragedy

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From humble beginnings in Arkansas during the Depression era and exotic Morocco of his teen years to Oxford University as a young scholar and his eventual settling in New Orleans, David Campbell continuously found himself attracted to the mysterious and the bizarre. The Double Life: A Survivor’s Guide to Transcend Success and Tragedy chronicles Campbell’s eighty-year journey as he lived a double life and how he reconciled himself with his sexual identity, his battle with addiction, and his coming to terms with the nature of God and his place within the universe.
Campbell examines not only the personal details of his life, his family, and relationships, but also the intricacies of life as a gay man and prominent attorney in New Orleans during the 1960s, his entry into the city’s historic preservation movement of the 1980s in which he became the first person to convert a warehouse into a private residence in New Orleans’ Central Business district, and his eventual retreat to the sanctity of a nature preserve in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Along the way, he reveals the stories behind the stories in the practice of law, the art world, preservation, and conservation, all in the context of living a double life.

The Double Life: A Survivor’s Guide to Transcend Success and Tragedy records the accounts of a man who witnessed the beauty and devastation of life while he captures the spirit of New Orleans during the latter half of the twentieth century.    doublelifeneworleans.com
The St. Tammany Parish Library has been serving the citizens of St. Tammany Parish for more than 65 years.          (985) 893-6280      sttammanylibrary.org

 

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Liz Bragdon of Our Place Studio Announces Dates for Library Summer Reading Program

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It’s that time of year again….Summer Reading Program Time at libraries all over America!  Which means…you can find Liz Bragdon doing all kinds of fun things for kids at many of the SE Louisiana libraries.  Tuesday – Thursday of next week Liz will be sharing “Tales with a Twist: Stories That Move!” at libraries in Tangipahoa Parish. Throughout the rest of June and some of July, you can find Liz nearly everywhere in St. Tammany and also, at some of the Jefferson Parish libraries.  And remember, it’s all free!
Here are the St. Tammany dates/events for the locals – for St. Tammany, she is also doing Aerial Yoga (Tweens) & Natural Movement Fun (Teens):
June 7, Madisonville, 2:30, Aerial Yoga (Tweens)
June 8, Madisonville, 2:30, Natural Movement, (Teens)
June 9, Causeway, 2:30, Aerial Yoga, (Tweens)
June 13, Mandeville, 6 pm, Natural Movement (Teens)
June 14, Slidell, 2:30 pm, Aerial Yoga, (Tweens)
June 15, Covington 2:30 pm, Natural Movement (Teens)
June 20, Covington, 2:30, Aerial Yoga, (Tweens)
June 23, Bush, 10:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 23, Covington, 2:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 27, Slidell, 6 pm, Natural Movement Fun (Teens)
June 28, Abita, 10:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 28, Lee Rd, 2:30 Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 29, Folsom, 2:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 30, Lacombe, 10:30, Tales with a Twist (All ages)
June 30, Slidell, 1:30 & 3 pm, Tales with a Twist (All ages)

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Meeting for Parish Library’s Millage Request July 9th

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booksIn October of 2007, St. Tammany voters renewed the St. Tammany Parish Library’s millage rate of 6.33 mils. The term of this millage began in 2010 and will end in 2024. Since 2010, the library has received only a portion of the amount given by the vote. The library’s millage was rolled back so as not to unduly benefit from the rise in assessments (the full voter approved amount was never received). The library currently receives 5.35 mils with a possible maximum millage of 6.29 mils. This is an operational millage; the library has no capital funds.

Rolling the millage forward to 6.29 mils would cost the average St. Tammany homeowner with homestead exemption an additional $8.93 per year. This is the last year that the library can request a roll up of its millage before the current rate of 5.35 mils becomes the new maximum amount that the library could collect. The .94 mils the library would gain by rolling up would be solely dedicated to capital projects and be used to restore, preserve and update the library’s branches.

A Public Hearing will be held at the Parish Council Chambers on Koop Drive on July 9th 2015 at 6 pm to fully discuss the Library’s request. Learn more at www.sttammany.lib.la.us

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St. Tammany Parish Library Hosts “Battle of the Books”

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stplibrarybattlebooks2015Teams are currently forming at the Causeway, Covington, Madisonville, Mandeville and Slidell Branches for the first ever Battle of the Books competition! This book based, Quiz Bowl type event will take place on July 11th. Teams will be meeting weekly between now and then to review the selected books, train, and prepare for battle! If you have a Tween (ages 10-13) who loves to read, bring them to one of the following informational meetings where you can learn more about the event. Covington: June 2nd at 2:30, Mandeville: June 3rd at 5:30, Slidell: June 4th at 5:30. Causeway and Madisonville met last week, but there may still be room on their teams! Please give them a call if your child is interested in joining. 985-893-6280

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Covington Heritage Foundation Lecture: The Effects Of Air Conditioning On Louisiana

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heritagefoundationlecture (3)The Covington Heritage Foundation presents a lecture by scholar Dr. Ray Arsenault, “The End of the Long Hot Summer:  The Air Conditioner and Southern Culture.”  The lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Center of Performing Arts located 201 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington.

There is no registration necessary to attend this lecture, it is free and open to the public.  The lecture is made possible by the Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities, The Covington Heritage Foundation and the St. Tammany Parish Library.    www.covingtonheritagefoundation.com

The Center Of Performing Arts provides an environment in which individuals can explore their artistic expression wherever their musical dreams may lead. 
www.centerofperformingarts.net