“Laissez les bon temp rouler!” Join us this Mardi Gras season at the library as we celebrate with programs for every age group, including fun and tasty lectures for adults, craft-making programs for teens, and story times for children. All programs are free and open to the public.
Our Genealogy Department will host a lecture detailing the history of one of Mardi Gras’s long-standing traditions — king cakes. The program will take place on Monday, February 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Broadmoor Branch, located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive. Participants will also have the opportunity to sample king cakes from local venues.
Teens will be able to visit library branches to make their own Mardi Gras masks and kazoos. Our Wallette Branch will host a mask-making craft session on Thursday, February 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the meeting room at the branch, located at 363 Hearne Avenue.
In Hosston, teens and children will be able to make Mardi Gras masks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, February 25 and Wednesday, February 27 at our Hosston Branch. Teens can also make kazoos at our Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road. The sound of kazoos is a perfect way to ring in the Mardi Gras season. Teens will be able to make a stick kazoo as well as other noise makers on Monday, February 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. All craft materials will be provided for all programs.
Our Hamilton/South Caddo Branch will host preschoolers with a Mardi Gras Parade on Friday, February 22, and Mardi Gras story time and craft on Tuesday, February 26. Both programs will take place at the branch, located at 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The parade will take place after a story time and crafts session. Children will parade around the library, inside of the branch. During Mardi Gras story times, children will be entertained with Louisiana stories, music, and a festive mask and hat craft.
In addition to these programs, Shreve Memorial Library’s Mobile Library will also be riding in the Krewe of Centaur, Krewe of Gemini, and Krewe of Highland Mardi Gras parades.