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We are happy to announce the book for the 2019 season of River Reads is My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg. The River Reads season will extend from March 7 to April 13, ending with National Library Week.  A New York Times bestseller, My Southern Journey is a collection of memoirs that explores hilarious nuances like ordering white gravy as a vegetable at a restaurant, as well as heartwarming and heartbreaking memories of Gragg's vibrant family members. We encourage everyone who lives in Ouachita Parish to check out the book, read it and discuss it with your friends and family. You can check out a hardcover, eBook, or eAudio version of the book.  To see all the book choices please click on the book cover above.  To place a hold on the hardcover book, go to the library's online catalog at this link. To find out about the related library programs at our 10 branches please click here for our March Newsletter. 

Your Southern Journey Memoir Writing Contest

All professional, amateur, and student writers are encouraged to enter the library's Your Southern Journey memoir writing contest. Read the book and attend the memoir writing workshop at 6:30 pm, March 11 at the Main Branch. For a list of the rules and to fill out the form please click here and begin your own southern journey. Memoirs will be scored by a panel of qualified judges. Selected entries will be compiled into a book for the library archives.  

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The mission of the Ouachita Parish Public Library is to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our community by serving everyone in Ouachita Parish.


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