Spring, traditionally a time of change, is here, and maybe you would like to try something knew or even learn a new skill. The Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL), on Second St., and the Northeast Branch (NEB), in Campti, have a plethora of programs to help you shake yourself out of the winter doldrums, whether you are a child, teen, or an adult!
The NEB kicks off with its first event of the month with an acrylic painting class. This will be the project for this month’s Adult Crafting Club. The class will meet at 10 am on April 3, 10, and 24. Space is limited and sign-up is required.
And If you’ve overcome your fear that your computer is out to get you, but you’re still not sure it LIKES you, perhaps the NEB’s Basic Computer Class II could help you further warm up to your digital compatriot. The first course offering, on April 6 at 10:30 am, will cover basic skills and use of Microsoft Office Suite programs: Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher. Space is limited, so sign up early for this chance to learn how to take full advantage of the library’s and your own computer. Those interested in any NEB events may register by phone at 318-476-3280.
Adult programming at the NPL will begin with a gardening class on April 3 at 6 pm, with local gardener Kevin Walker. Mr. Walker will be offering tips to get higher yields from your backyard vegetable garden. No sign up is required for this event.
And, as you may have heard, coloring your cares away isn’t just for children anymore. With the rising popularity of adult coloring, many people are finding joy and stress relief through something they haven’t done since grade-school. The NPL invites people to come and enjoy these mental benefits at Adult Coffee and Coloring on April 6 from 10-11:30 am. There is no sign-up, and light snacks, coffee, coloring pages, and color pencils are provided.
Those wishing to further relax and rejuvenate their minds, can also do so with their bodies at April’s adult fitness series, Yoga with Richard. Join in with gentle yoga poses, geared to all ability levels. Sign-up for this series is open to both adults and teens and will meet at 6 pm on April 6, 12, 19, and 27. Those interested may reserve their spot at the Second Floor Circulation Desk, or by calling Adult Programmer, Martha Uchino, at 318-238-9246.
Teens also have ample opportunity to participate at their local library this month. First, at Art with Annabel for Teens, on April 4 at 6 pm at the NPL. There, Children’s Librarian, Annabel Jones, will be helping kids, 6th-12th grades, construct a collaborative wall art piece to be used on the Open Mic Poetry Café Night later in the month. Sign up is required for this event. Another popular event for teenagers at the is the new high school Random Fandom club. Here teens meet and discuss their favorite anime, movies, books, games, and anything else that they think others would enjoy. The first meeting will be April 5, from 5-6:30 pm; no sign up is required! Also, if teens would like to take part in planning and requesting programs and events for their age group, they can join the Teen Advisory Board, which meets April 6, from 5-6:30 pm. For more information or to register for any teen events, patrons may call Michelle Pichon, Teen Programmer, at 318-238-9240.
The NPL’s Children’s Department is starting April with a month-long egg hunt! Children who find the golden egg that is hidden in the Children’s area on the first floor will receive a prize. The location will change each day, so kids can participate multiple times throughout the month.
Dodge those April showers and check out a book, a movie, and a special program next week at your local library. These activities are just from the first week of the month, for more information and a full calendar of events, you may visit natlib.org.