Laissez le bon temps rouler! Shreve Memorial Library celebrates Mardi Gras with parades, story times, arts and crafts, music and movement! Programs will take place at several library branches throughout the month. In addition, the library will take part in two local Mardi Gras Parades. All programs are free, and the public is encouraged to attend.
On Thursday, February 13, preschoolers are invited to “Down by the Bayou Mardi Gras Celebration” at Hamilton/South Caddo Branch. Children will participate in a parade inside the branch, enjoy a festive story time and complete a Mardi Gras craft. The program will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in the large meeting room at the branch, located at 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.
Everyone is encouraged to drop in at the Blanchard Branch Tuesday, February 18 through Thursday, February 20 to learn more about how Mardi Gras is celebrated and to make a Mardi Gras mask. Blanchard staff will read excerpts and show pictures of the book, Mardi Gras Parades, Costumes and Parties by Elaine Landau, to explain how Mardi Gras is celebrated in Louisiana. The Blanchard Branch is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and open Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The branch is located at 344 Alexander Street in Blanchard.
The Genealogy Department will host a special program highlighting a Mardi Gras tradition – the King Cake – on Tuesday, February 18. Join the department in a discussion on the history of the King Cake and how it was adopted over time in various countries and cultures. Attendees will also get a chance to sample King Cakes from local bakeries. The program takes place on Tuesday, February 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Broadmoor Branch, located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive.
The Broadmoor Branch will also host “Story Time: Mardi Gras” for preschoolers. Preschoolers are invited to “Story Time: Mardi Gras” on Wednesday, February 19 for preschoolers. The Mardi Gras-themed story time will feature age-appropriate books enhanced by music, movement, crafts, and other activities. The program begins at 10:30 a.m.
Children and teens are invited to “Colorful Creators: Mardi Gras Tree Painting” at the Hosston Branch, 15478 Highway 71 in Hosston, on Wednesday, February 19. Attendees will paint drawings of trees in the traditional Mardi Gras colors. Participants may stop in any time between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to complete their painting.
Teens, children, and adults are encouraged to join in the Mardi Gras fun at Wallette Branch on Friday, February 28. Participants will engage in “Mardi Gras Masks Making.” The activity will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the Wallette Branch, located at 363 Hearne Avenue in Shreveport. All materials to make masks will be provided.
In addition to these programs, Shreve Memorial Library’s Mobile Library and mobile makerspace, the SML Make & Go, will participate in two upcoming local Mardi Gras parades. The units will ride in the Krewe of Centaur Parade on Saturday, February 15 and the Krewe of Gemini Parade on Saturday, February 22.