Week Four of the BP Library Summer Reading Program

Week Four of the Bienville Parish Library 2023 “All Together Now!” Summer Reading Program continues with “Louisiana in Story and Song” by Rickey Pittman, the Bard of the South.  This performance is a mixture of intriguing stories, flags, historical relics, and interactive activities with a mix of original and traditional music performances. Learn about the famous and infamous characters in Louisiana History!

What is a bard?

According to Wikipedia, a bard was a professional storyteller, verse-maker, music composer, oral historian, and genealogist in ancient Celtic times. He was employed by a king or chieftain to commemorate one or more of his ancestors and to praise his own heroic activities.

Today a bard is still a professional storyteller and music composer that travels from place to place teaching through songs and stories about the heroics of men and women in history. The traveling bard might also sing songs and tell colorful stories of the dastardly deeds of thieves, rogues, and pirates in history too!  

Here are the dates and times for program times for each library:

Wednesday, June 28

Gibsland Branch at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 29

Arcadia Main Library at 10:00 a.m.
Ringgold Branch at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, June 30

Castor Events Center at 10:00 a.m.

Saline Branch at 2:00 p.m.


This reading incentive motivates your reader to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages they read during their summer vacation! We also encourage readers to select books with AR points. Most schools have an accelerated reading program and while you’re collecting brag tags, you can also collect AR points. When you head back to school, you’ll be ready for the new school year!

The 2023 Summer Reading Program is designed to help:

  • Children stay motivated to read.
  • Develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Provide access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Gives access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.
  • Most of all – HAVE FUN!

Look for the Pull & Post Fridge Flyer in the Bienville Parish Library Event Guide for times and a list of performers. You’ll also find all you need to know at your Bienville Parish Library website at: www.bienvillelibrary.org


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