Library Celebrates The First TeenTober!

by Jennifer Rifino, Teen Services Coordinator

The library will join in the new, nationwide celebration TeenTober with special events and programs spotlighting all the great resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment.

TeenTober will be hosted by libraries every October starting in 2019 and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library.

Moreover, according to Teen Services Coordinator Jennifer Rifino, "It is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users."

The Teen Department is hosting special programs and events during TeenTober, including Teen Amnesty Month, Archaeology Day and "An Evening with Newbery Award Winning Author Kwame Alexander".

The library wants to make sure that teens have access to all books and services. To ensure this, the library celebrates TeenTober with “Teen Amnesty Month”, where any teen ages 12 – 18 who has lost his/her library card may have it replaced for free, and/or return overdue books checked out on his/her card and have the overdue fines waived.

All teen readers and budding writers are invited to meet author Kwame  Alexander at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 18, at the Slidell Branch.  Mr. Alexander will discuss his books, the writing process and his life. Books will be available for purchase for autographing.  The event is free and open to the public.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser proclaimed October 2019 as Louisiana Archaeology Month, with a special Archaeology Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26,  at the Madisonville Branch.  This free, all-ages event filled with interactive activites is designed to give people a glimpse at Louisiana's archaeological treasures that have historical value and to also hear from leading experts in the field.  Archaeology Day attendees will also receive free admission to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum located next door where the LA. Department of Archaeology is featuring a special exhibit on the Mardi Gras Shipwreck.

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