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Lafayette Reads Together (LRT): The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Lafayette Reads Together (LRT) is a community-wide reading experience from the Lafayette Public Library, the Lafayette Parish School System and many local organizations. Visit our libraries for a free copy of the 2018 selected book, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, starting Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and join us for the following programs:

An Evening with Kwame Alexander
Author Kwame Alexander will share a bit of conversation, a dash of storytelling and a splash of performance from The Crossover and his recent books, insights and worldwide experiences in Literacy, Empowerment, Action and Poetry. This free event is open to all ages. (Book signing to follow program.)

Wednesday, January 10
6:15-6:30 PM Paul Breaux Middle School Jazz Ensemble Performance
6:45-7:25 PM Author Talk
Main Library Meeting Room

Free-Throw Thursdays
Step up to the free-throw line and shoot some competitive hoops in our virtual reality free throw game contest. Participate every Thursday in January and February in 10 minute increments. At the end of February, the top 3 players on the leaderboard will get a prize. No registration required. Ages 9 & up.

January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Main Library Makerspace

Kick Picks
Using a March Madness-style bracket, patrons can vote once a week to choose their favorite MVP basketball shoe! Open to ages 10 – 18.

Monday, January 8 – Friday, February 16
North Regional Library

Working with PoeticSoul
Discover the art of self-expression with spoken word artist and poetry educator Alex “PoeticSoul” Johnson. Ages 9 & up.

Tuesday, January 9
6:00 – 7:15 PM
Main Library

Tuesday, January 30
6:00 – 7:15 PM
East Regional Library

Homeschool Hangout
An afternoon of learning stations for Homeschooling Families with themes inspired by The Crossover by Kwame Alexander! Ages 5 – 12. Registration begins Tuesday, December 26.

Thursday, January 11 (Poetry)
2:00 – 3:30 PM
North Regional Library

Wednesday, January 17 (Poetry)
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Main Library

Wednesday, February 7 (Health and Human Biology)
2:00 – 3:30 PM
Main Library

Get in the Game
Join community partners and test out ways to be healthy and fit – try a new food, check out some exercise moves – and get in the game! All ages welcome.

Saturday, January 20
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Main Library

The Food In You
“You are what you eat,’ but how does it work? Kids will simulate a digestive system and play food games. Ages 5 – 12. Registration begins Monday, January 8.

Thursday, January 25
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Main Library

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Earn points for photo challenges inspired by The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Registration begins Monday, January 8.

Friday, January 26
4:30 – 6:00 PM
Main Library

Friday, February 23
6:00 – 7:30  PM
East Regional Library

Books & Bites Tween Club: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
It’s simple! Read The Crossover by Kwame Alexander then come talk about it with us while enjoying some yummy snacks.

Monday, February 5
5:30 – 6:50 PM
East Regional Library

LRT Film Screenings
Louder Than a Bomb  (NR, 2010, 99 minutes)
Four Chicago-area high school poetry slam teams compete in the world’s largest youth poetry festival.

Wednesday, February 7
6:00 – 7:45 PM
South Regional Library

More Than a Game (PG, 2008, 105 minutes)
Follow fellow NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his teammates as they dominate youth basketball in Ohio.

Saturday, February 24
2:00 – 3:45 PM
North Regional Library

Tuesday, March 6
6;00 – 7:45 PM
East Regional Library

The Crossover: Book Discussion
Take part in a discussion of Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover which won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for children’s literature.

Tuesday, February 20
6:30 – 7:30 PM
South Regional Library

Thursday, March 1
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Main Library

A Taste of Jazz
A jazz trio of smooth sounds and warm vocals, just right for a Sunday afternoon with vocalist Patsy Bienvenu, keyboardist and vocalist Jill Merkl, and electric bass player Lincoln Landry.

Sunday, February 25
3:00 – 3:45 PM
South Regional Library

Style It Up!
From crown braids to double dutch, faux side-shave braids and more! Try different braiding techniques with stylist Vera Taylor. Ages 12 – 18.

Tuesday, March 6
4:30 – 6:00 PM
Main Library

History of Jazz
Dr. Garth Alper, Coordinator of Jazz Studies at UL Lafayette, will discuss what makes jazz  so interesting and rewarding at the same time.

Wednesday, March 7
6:30 – 7:15 PM
Main Library

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