What’s Happening at Your Neighborhood Bienville Parish Library?

In September, the Bienville Parish Library held its Annual Community Health Fair for the first time in two years! COVID restrictions prevented the library from hosting the annual event in 2020 and concerns for the safety of our senior community, postponed the event for 2021. When plans began in early 2022, we crossed our fingers and were excited to be able to host the event on September 9, 2022, at the Arcadia Events Center.


Over 60 Healthcare services and providers set up their information tables in the Arcadia Events Center to answer questions and offer information on their services. More than 400 attendees came through the Events Center, picked up brochures, asked questions, registered for fabulous door prizes, and went away with all sorts of goodies from the healthcare services vendors. Boxed lunches were grilled hamburgers deliciously prepared by Gibsland Bank and Trust, soft drinks provided were from Coca-Cola, Co., and dessert snacks were provided by Sonic Drive-In.


On September 22 and 23, Bienville Parish children from Pre-K through 3rd grade arrived by the busload to celebrate 81 years of monkey business with Curious George and the man in the yellow hat. All of the planned activities were coordinated by Bienville Parish Library’s Children’s Outreach Coordinator, Melissa Permenter. Children were engaged in fun educational activities and learned how to make delicious banana smoothies from representatives from the LSU AgCenter.


TEENtober is a nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October that celebrates teens, promotes year-round teen services, and the innovative ways teen services help teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. Statistics show that 97% of public libraries offer a dedicated section for teen books and materials. The Bienville Parish Library offers popular graphic novels and authors of the most requested titles of teen fiction. Don’t know what to choose? Just ask a library staff member for help!


It’s that time of the year! The Bienville Parish Library receives donations throughout the year and also librarians are frequently auditing their collections to make room for new titles and updated non-fiction and reference materials. The book sale began on October 1st and will continue until the end of the month. Now is the time to visit the Main Library in Arcadia and browse through the hundreds of books for some great deals on cookbooks, craft books, fiction by your favorite authors, and more!

New this year is the surplus equipment and furniture sale. Whether you’re looking for waiting room chairs, a gently used office chair, or for the very first time there are desktop computers! As the library has updated their public computers we can offer desktop computers in the surplus sale. All the computers have been factory reset and have Windows 10 Professional operating system installed. Sealed bids begin this week and final bids can be placed up to October 14th. The opening of bids begins October 17th. Come in and see what’s available!


It’s time to start thinking about the holidays! The Bienville Parish Library will be hosting its annual Craft Fair and Author’s Row on December 9th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Artisans from a variety of mediums will be selling their creations. Items vary from handcrafted quilts, soaps, candles, pottery items, boxed confections, wreaths, decorative outdoor decorations, and more! Be sure to browse the Author’s Row where independent authors of all genres, including children’s picture books, will be selling their work. It’s a perfect venue to do holiday shopping for unique and handcrafted items. Join us for lunch and visit with friends and neighbors. It’s a great time to catch up and visit with library staff!

There is always something happening at your neighborhood Bienville Parish Library! If you haven’t visited us in a while – come in and see what great things your support makes happen at the Bienville Parish Library!

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