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River Reads is a program to encourage all residents of Ouachita Parish to read and discuss the same book at the same time. River Reads is celebrated from March 7 – April 13, the end of National Library Week.

This book is relatable for anyone who has ever lived in the South. A New York Times bestseller, the collection of memoirs explains hilarious nuances like ordering white gravy as a vegetable at a restaurant, as well as heartwarming and heartbreaking memories of Bragg’s vibrant family members. The Library encourages everyone who lives in Ouachita Parish to check out the book, read it and discuss it with your friends. 

The Ouachita Parish Public Library will offer 30 related programs during River Reads at its 10 branches and in the community. You can look through the programs on our calendar below, or by viewing our newsletter.

All professional, amateur and student writers are encouraged to enter the library’s Your Southern Journey memoir writing contest. Memoirs should focus on their own Southern experience. We encourage participants to read My Southern Journey and attend the memoir writing workshop at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at the Main Branch Library

For complete information visit the official  River Reads page. 

Celebrate National Library Week at our branches and at pop-up events. 

  • April 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Mac’s Fresh Market on Winnsboro Road
  • April 9: National Library Workers’ Day
  • April 10: National Bookmobile Day
  • April 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the West Monroe Senior Center
  • April 10, 9-11 a.m. at Brookshire’s (4070 Sterlington Road)
  • April 10, 12-1 p.m. at Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe
  • April 10, 1-2 p.m. at Walmart (5251 Cypress)
  • April 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Downtown RiverMarket
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The Ouachita Parish Public Library is dedicated to the concept of service to everyone. This encompasses individuals and groups of every age, education, philosophy, occupation, economic level, ethnic origin and the human condition. Fulfilling the educational, informational, recreational, and spiritual needs of these people is the Ouachita Parish Public Library's broad purpose. 

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