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

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. 

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.