Summer Reading Continues Through July

There’s still time to participate in the Natchitoches Parish Library’s (NPL) Summer Reading Program (SRP)! Kids, teens, and adults are all invited to take part in the “reading for rewards” portion of the program until July 31. Sign-up is available on the NPL’s homepage at

Children (ages 0 to 11) can earn a “brag tag” for every two hours they read or are read to. With their sixth tag, they will also receive an SRP-themed t-shirt and an entry into the grand prize drawing. And for every two hours of reading logged thereafter, they will earn another entry into the grand prize drawing! And be sure you do not miss the final two SRP performances in the upcoming weeks.

The July 12 and 13 performances by “Say W.H.A.T. Now!” will use the arts to spread positivity. And on July 19 and 20, a previous year’s crowd favorite, “Dinosaur Experience,” will be making a return! The Wednesday shows will take place at 10 AM on the Downtown Riverbank Stage in Natchitoches and at 2 PM at the Northeast Branch in Campti. On Thursday, shows will be held at 2 PM and 6 PM at the Main Branch in Natchitoches. All shows are open to the public, and no registration is required.

Teens (ages 12 to 17) can earn a prize for every two hours of reading, up to 12 hours, with the sixth prize being an SRP-themed tote bag and an entry into the grand prize drawing. After completing 12 hours, for every additional two hours read, teens will earn extra entries for the end-of-program drawing.

Teens have two more exciting SRP events coming up. “Cultural Exchange Showcase” will take place on July 13 from 3:30 PM to 5 PM, and “Self-Care Sugar Scrub” will take place on July 20 from 3:30 PM to 5 PM at the Main Branch. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the NPL and sign-up is required for these events.

For every two hours that adults read, they will earn an entry into weekly prize drawings, and entries will accumulate from week to week. On the sixth and final week, a grand prize drawing will take place, so keep reading all summer long to increase your chances!

The two final Adult SRP programs will be “Container Gardening with a Master Gardener” (July 11, 6-7:30 PM and July 12, 3:30-4:30 PM) and “Mixed Media Art Night” (July 18, 6-7:30 PM and July 19, 3:30-5 PM).

To register for any adult or teen event, please call the NPL Circulation Desk at 318-238-9224 or send a message on the NPL’s Facebook page.

Join your community for this year’s SRP theme, “All Together Now,” and make new friends while improving your reading skills! For a full schedule of monthly events, visit to view the current NPL newsletter (by clicking the envelope icon at the bottom of the page) and follow the NPL on social media.