St. Tammany Libraries reopen for curbside service

The Covington Library prepares for reopening with curbside-only service. Pictured, left to right: STLF Board member Herb Hamilton and his wife Nan; Library Director Kelly LaRocca; Covington Head Librarian Sally McKissock

St. Tammany Libraries reopen with curbside-only service

St. Tammany Libraries reopen with curbside-only service

May 21, 2020

Six of the St. Tammany Parish Libraries have reopened after being closed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic:

      • Causeway Branch – 985.626.9779
      • Covington Branch – 985.893.6280
      • Madisonville Branch – 985.845.4819
      • Mandeville Branch – 985.626.4293
      • Slidell Branch – 985.646.6470
      • South Slidell Branch – 985.781.0099

These six branches will be open for curbside-only service. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Requested items will be placed on a table outside the library, where the requesting patron can retrieve them.

In compliance with safety guidelines, all items returned to the library will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are returned to circulation. Because of this and other issues, the Library is asking for patience and understanding from its patrons while we all adjust to this new (but temporary) situation.

To reserve an item (book, DVD, CD, etc.) for pickup, visit the library’s website or call any of the open branches. If an item is available at your library, it is possible that you’ll be able to pick it up the same day you request it, but a longer wait time is possible.

For those who do not have a library card yet, the Library is also offering instant, temporary library cards (for free) on its website. Click here to apply.

Outstanding items checked out before the pandemic lockdown began are now due on July 1.

The Library is offering free WiFi (password-free) within the parking lots at all of its locations.

More information is available in the latest episode of the St. Tammany Library Podcast, which can be subscribed to via Apple Podcasts or streamed below. 

Saving Historical New Orleans event rescheduled for September 17, 2020

Saving Historical New Orleans event rescheduled for September 17

Originally scheduled for April, the St. Tammany Library Foundation’s annual Distinguished Speakers Series event was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

April 17, 2020

Every year, the St. Tammany Library Foundation presents its Distinguished Speakers Series, an event that brings together writers, artists, and great minds from around Louisiana to celebrate the cultural and literary past and future of the state. The 2020 installment, originally scheduled for April 2020, had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, is now officially scheduled for September 17, 2020.

The event will bring together the creators of the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center’s  book Building On the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans. Susan Langenhennig and Danielle Del Sol of the PRC, journalist John Pope, and photojournalist Chris Granger will participate in a panel discussion of the book and of the PRC’s efforts to ensure that New Orleans’s rich past is remembered and honored.

Many individuals and businesses come together every year to help put on this event. The St. Tammany Library Foundation is deeply grateful to the event’s sponsors for their generosity toward the Foundation and their flexibility in continuing to support us during these uncertain times. 

Nobel Sponsors

Charlene Mediamolle
Councilman Steve Stefancik

Pulitzer Sponsors

Adams and Reese LLP
Jane Golemi | BCA, Inc.
Herb Hamilton & Nan Hamilton
Suzanne Myers & Bob Myers
Resource Bank
Roth Stokes 360
Jeff Schoen | Jones Fussell, LLP
Ann Shaw & Steve Shaw

Newberry Sponsors

Mary Jane Becker & John Becker
Lane Carson & Laura Carson
Hon. Mike Cooper
Blaise Ernst | Morgan Stanley
Howard Knowles & Rhonda Knowles
Paul Lea, Jr. APLC
Robert Morgan & Argiro Morgan
Mr. & Mrs. William Nunez
Pool Corp
Tchefuncte Animal Hospital
Betty Viener & Rudy Viener
D. Randolph Waesche | Resource Management LLC
Trudy Williamson

Caledcott Sponsors

Carol Beane
Selene Eagan-Tingle | State Farm
Fifth District Savings Bank

Americans went to the library more often than the movies in 2019

Americans went to the library more than the movies in 2019

February 17, 2020

According to survey data gathered by Gallup, Americans visited a library over the course of a year more times than they went to see a movie at a cinema. “Visiting the library remains the most common cultural activity Americans engage in, by far,” Gallup says in its analysis of the data. 

The people surveyed reported visiting a library an average of 10.5 times in 2019, which was the most of any activity. In second place was going to the movies, at 5.3 times per year. 

Among the survey’s other findings were reports that women visit libraries nearly twice as often as men (13.4 times per year for women versus 7.5 for men), and that the age group visiting libraries most often is 18-29 (15.5 times in 2019).

Interestingly, there was not a significant difference between how often families with children and those without children visited the library. Households with children went 10.1 times in 2019, and those without went 10.8 times. 

What all this reinforces is that, as leisure activities change, as more people stay home to use their smartphones and computers, as movie theater attendance drops, libraries remain as popular and vital as ever.

Read the full data breakdown at Gallup.com. 

March STLF Meeting

March STLF Meeting

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
Covington Branch Library | Covington, LA

Our monthly meeting will be held before our Open House event for STLF members. Learn more about the Open House event here.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.
Location: Covington Branch Library
Address: 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington, LA

Open House at Covington Library for STLF Members

Covington Library Open House

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 6:30 p.m.
Covington Branch Library | Covington, LA

The Covington Branch Library celebrated its grand reopening in February 2020 after a many months-long renovation. Please join the St. Tammany Library Foundation in celebrating the reopening at an open house on March 10. 

Hors d’oeuvre and wine will be served during a tour of the library. 

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Covington Branch Library
Address: 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington, LA

STLF helps with Covington Library’s Grand Reopening

STLF helps Covington Library celebrate its grand reopening

February 8, 2020

The Covington Branch Library celebrated its grand reopening on February 8, 2020 after a many months-long renovation.

The St. Tammany Library Foundation was there to help with the celebration. Among the many festivities was a scavenger hunt, mask designing, a silk screen-printing workshop, talks with Covington mayor Mark Johnson and New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler, and much more.

Among the many highlights of the day was an interactive concert from Curtis Pierre, a.k.a. “The Samba Man.” The Samba Man was a huge hit with both kids and their parents as he gave a hilarious and informative lesson on the music and culture of Brazil. Audience members were able to participate, by playing instruments, dancing, and singing, clapping, and chanting along.

Saving Historical New Orleans

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS SERIES

Saving Historical New Orleans

A discussion of the book Building On the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans with its creators

September 17, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS SERIES

Saving Historical New Orleans

A discussion of the book Building On the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans with its creators

September 17, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Founded in 1974, the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center (PRC) was organized by the Junior League of New Orleans as a non-profit, community group of individuals committed to the preservation and urban planning of NOLA. As such, the PRC has worked to expand the number of citizens who understand and appreciate the economic, cultural, and aesthetic importance of historic preservation, while engaging them in preservation projects and services which enhance living in historic New Orleans.

Building On the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans is the product of a team of four dedicated authors who, through a series of inspiring and gripping narratives and colorful photographs, have chronicled the efforts of the Preservation Resource Center to save the soul of the 300-year-old-city and ensure that its future will both honor and celebrate its rich past. In order to achieve this end, the authors explore the stories of the people, the places, and the methods and tools used to make preservation projects successful, which range from modest “shotgun” homes, to those of the cost and magnitude of the multi-million dollar Saenger Theater restoration project that followed the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

In praising Building On the Past, Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, among his many books, said, “This colorful and insightful book shows how passionate New Orleans preservationists have worked miracles in saving what makes our city vibrant and beautiful… and it shows how the Preservation Resource Center has positioned New Orleans for the future by revitalizing its past.”

Event Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Fourth Annual edition of our Distinguished Speakers Series. 

Fourth Annual Distinguished Speakers Series

Date: September 17, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Tchefuncta Country Club
Address: 2 Country Club Park, Covington, LA

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS SERIES

Speakers

Susan Langenhennig

A writer about New Orleans for 20 years who is also the Director of Communications for the Preservation Resource Center. Ms. Langenhennig is also a former writer and editor for The Times-Picayunne. She was a member of the newspaper’s Hurricane Katrina coverage team that received two Pulitzer Prizes for its work.

John Pope

A reporter in New Orleans since 1973 and the author of Getting Off At Elysian Fields, Mr. Pope is one of of the most celebrated obituary writers in the United States. John was also a member of The Times-Picayunne’s Pulitzer Prize team for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Danielle Del Sol

The Executive Director of the Preservation Resource Center, Ms. Del Sol served for seven years as the editor of Preservation In Print, the monthly magazine of the PRC. She also served as the PRC’s communications director. She is an adjunct lecturer in the Master of Preservation Studies program at Tulane University.

Chris Granger

An award-winning photojournalist based in New Orleans, Mr. Granger is a staff photographer for The Times-Picayunne | New Orleans Advocate as well as a photographer for multiple books and magazine publications.

Event Sponsorship

By sponsoring this year’s Distinguished Speakers Series, you’re not only helping the St. Tammany Library Foundation put on amazing events like this one, but you’re investing in the libraries of St. Tammany Parish and in the future of its residents. 

Presenting Sponsor

$ 2,500
  • Seating with the speakers
  • Presenting recognition in all event materials and PR
  • Presenting signage at event
  • Logo on STLF website
  • Reserved table for 8 guests
  • 8 Invitations to the Speaker Reception
  • Photograph with Speakers
  • Autographed copy of "Building On the Past"

Nobel Sponsor

$ 1,000
  • 4 tickets to event
  • Sponsor recognition in all event materials
  • Recognition on signage at event
  • Logo on STLF website
  • Reserved table for 4 guests
  • 4 Invitations to the Speaker Reception
  • Photograph with Speakers
  • Autographed copy of "Building On the Past"

Pulitzer Sponsor

$ 500
  • 2 tickets to event
  • Sponsor recognition in all event materials
  • Recognition on signage at event
  • Logo on STLF website
  • 2 Invitations to the Speaker Reception
  • Photograph with Speakers

Newberry Sponsor

$ 250
  • 2 tickets to event
  • Sponsor recognition in all event materials
  • Recognition on signage at event
  • 2 Invitations to the Speaker Reception

Caldecott Sponsor

$ 100
  • 1 ticket to event
  • Recognition on signage at event

Founded in 1974, the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center (PRC) was organized by the Junior League of New Orleans as a non-profit, community group of individuals committed to the preservation and urban planning of NOLA. As such, the PRC has worked to expand the number of citizens who understand and appreciate the economic, cultural, and aesthetic importance of historic preservation, while engaging them in preservation projects and services which enhance living in historic New Orleans.

Building On the Past: Saving Historic New Orleans is the product of a team of four dedicated authors who, through a series of inspiring and gripping narratives and colorful photographs, have chronicled the efforts of the Preservation Resource Center to save the soul of the 300-year-old-city and ensure that its future will both honor and celebrate its rich past. In order to achieve this end, the authors explore the stories of the people, the places, and the methods and tools used to make preservation projects successful, which range from modest “shotgun” homes, to those of the cost and magnitude of the multi-million dollar Saenger Theater restoration project that followed the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

In praising Building On the Past, Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, among his many books, said, “This colorful and insightful book shows how passionate New Orleans preservationists have worked miracles in saving what makes our city vibrant and beautiful… and it shows how the Preservation Resource Center has positioned New Orleans for the future by revitalizing its past.”

Event Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Fourth Annual edition of our Distinguished Speakers Series. Click below to learn more and to purchase a sponsorship.

Fourth Annual Distinguished Speakers Series

Date: September 17, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Tchefuncta Country Club
Address: 2 Country Club Park, Covington, LA

Speakers

Susan Langenhennig

A writer about New Orleans for 20 years who is also the Director of Communications for the Preservation Resource Center. Ms. Langenhennig is also a former writer and editor for The Times-Picayunne. She was a member of the newspaper’s Hurricane Katrina coverage team that received two Pulitzer Prizes for its work.

John Pope

A reporter in New Orleans since 1973 and the author of Getting Off At Elysian Fields, Mr. Pope is one of of the most celebrated obituary writers in the United States. John was also a member of The Times-Picayunne’s Pulitzer Prize team for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Danielle Del Sol

The Executive Director of the Preservation Resource Center, Ms. Del Sol served for seven years as the editor of Preservation In Print, the monthly magazine of the PRC. She also served as the PRC’s communications director. She is an adjunct lecturer in the Master of Preservation Studies program at Tulane University.

Chris Granger

An award-winning photojournalist based in New Orleans, Mr. Granger is a staff photographer for The Times-Picayunne | New Orleans Advocate as well as a photographer for multiple books and magazine publications.

By sponsoring this year’s Distinguished Speakers Series, you’re not only helping the St. Tammany Library Foundation put on amazing events like this one, but you’re investing in the libraries of St. Tammany Parish and in the future of its residents. 

Presenting Sponsor

$ 2,500
  • Seating with the speakers
  • Presenting recognition in all event materials and PR
  • Presenting signage at event
  • Logo on STLF website
  • Reserved table for 8 guests
  • 8 Invitations to the Speaker Reception
  • Photograph with Speakers
  • Autographed copy of "Building On the Past"

Nobel Sponsor

$ 1,000
  • 4 tickets to event
  • Sponsor recognition in all event materials
  • Recognition on signage at event
  • Logo on STLF website
  • Reserved table for 4 guests
  • 4 Invitations to the Speaker Reception
  • Photograph with Speakers
  • Autographed copy of "Building On the Past"

Pulitzer Sponsor

$ 500
  • 2 tickets to event
  • Sponsor recognition in all event materials
  • Recognition on signage at event
  • Logo on STLF website
  • 2 Invitations to the Speaker Reception
  • Photograph with Speakers

Newberry Sponsor

$ 250
  • 2 tickets to event
  • Sponsor recognition in all event materials
  • Recognition on signage at event
  • 2 Invitations to the Speaker Reception

Caldecott Sponsor

$ 100
  • 1 ticket to event
  • Recognition on signage at event