Calendar of Events

Join our virtual programs and events on the Library's social media pages! Click here for the complete calendar of events.

Virtual Story Time

Join us for virtual story time! Read, sing and play together with your favorite children's librarians every Thursday at 4 p.m. on the Library's Facebook page.

During story time, we like to make crafts. Make the crafts with us by getting a Grab & Go Kit. Grab & Go Kits are available at all branches, while supplies last.

Ouachita Parish Public Library is pleased to offer an easy, fun and free program that puts children on the path to success. And yes, you can read 1,000 books. If you read just three books a day, you’ll reach your goal within one year. But even if you read just one book per day, you’ll reach the goal of 1,000 books in three years.

How does it work?
Register your child online here. You can then log every book you read to your child at this website.

What if my child reads the same book over and over again?
If you child is obsessed with Llama Llama, don’t force her to read something different if she’s not ready! Every time you read a book – even if it is the same book – you can log it. For instance, if you read Llama Llama six times in a row to your child, then you can log Llama Llama as six books.

What happens when my child reads 1000 books?
Keep reading! Your child will earn a sticker prize for every 100 books read. Once your child reads 1000 books, he will get to pick out a free book from the library desk.

Why should I register my child for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?
Reading books to your child, and later your child reading books herself, develops language, social, and behavioral skills.

Do books at Library story times count?
Yes! You can log every book read at story time. For the most up-to-date listing of story times, click here.

1000 books sounds like a lot! I don't think we can accomplish that.
We promise, it’s not as hard as you think! If you read 3 books every day for a year, you will have read 1,095 books. If you read 1 book every day for 3 years, you will have read 1,095 books.

Why is the Library doing this?
We believe it’s never too early to read. Our mission is to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning, and strengthen our community by serving everyone in Ouachita Parish. That includes our littlest readers. Reading to young children sets them up for success in school and in life.

Where is the parents packet?
You can download the parents packet for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten here.

Pumpkin Bash: A Children's Book Festival

The 42nd annual Pumpkin Bash: A Children's Book Festival will be a scavenger hunt to be held the month of October. 

Click here for details on all things Pumpkin Bash!