Book Events for Dec. 30

State Library announces teen video challenge

The State Library of Louisiana will again participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s Teen Video Challenge (CSLP), a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.

Teenagers may enter the competition by creating a public service announcement that encourages teens to read and visit libraries during the summer using the theme “Beneath the Surface.”

“This is a fun competition that encourages teenagers to be creative and get excited about reading,” Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said. “Participating teens send a clear message that public libraries are important to them.”

The winning video from each participating state will be announced in spring 2013 and used by public libraries nationally to promote summer reading. The creators of the winning state video will be awarded $275 and their associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from the CSLP.

The CSLP is a grassroots consortium of 49 states, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, the Mariana Islands, Cayman Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia that provides children, teens and families with a summer reading program. Rules and details for the teen video challenge can be found on the State Library’s website, http://www.state.lib.la.us. Click Literacy and Reading, then Summer Reading Program and scroll to Teen Video Challenge.

Livingston Parish Library

Got a new gadget for the holidays? Need help setting it up with Overdrive, EBSCO, OneClickdigital, or Zinio? Visit the Denham Springs-Walker branch’s Gadget Helpdesk 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, to get tips and tricks on using your new device. The Helpdesk will be open for three hours at a time, but feel free to drop by at any time throughout. Call (225) 665-8118 or visit the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs, for details.

Are you a writer who is looking for some feedback? Then come to the Writers Circle at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Published and unpublished adult writers of fiction or nonfiction for adults, young adults or children are welcome. The group provides a forum for sharing writing, a venue for learning more about the writing craft and information about publishing and self-publishing.

Young Writers Club will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The club is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 17. The goal of the club is to write for both publication and performance. Young writers are encouraged to explore their writing interests and develop their voice and style through exciting collaborative activities.

Lafayette Public Library

North Regional Library, 5101 N. University Ave. in Carencro, will host Teen Poetry Night 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. All young poets who would like to speak their minds are invited. Come and join the spoken word group Project SOUND for a night filled with reading, writing, and expressing yourself through poetry. For ages 13-18.

Assumption Parish Library

Dianne De La Casas, author and storyteller will perform 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Napoleonville Library, 293 Napoleon Ave. in Napoleonville. She will have a special storytime and workshop: “A is for Alligator: Draw and Tell Tales from A to Z.” Learn how to create unique draw-n-tell tales that use each letter of the alphabet. Parents and children (grades PreK-6th) are welcome.

Writer’s workshop

Children’s Writers Workshop taught by author Donna Jo Napoli will be offered 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at UNO Education Building, Third Floor, Rm. 305Q, 2000 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans. The workshop is sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Louisiana Chapter. Cost is $35 for SCBWI members and $40 for nonmembers. For details visit, http://scbwi-louisiana.org.

Signings

Christy Hemenway, author of The Thinking Beekeeper, will sign copies of her book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Emily Epstein Landau, author of Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race, and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Sharon Holeman, author of Backyard Miracles, will sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

Johnette Downing, author of How to Dress a Po’ Boy, will appear in concert at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at New Orleans Jazz Park Visitors Center, French Market in New Orleans. Downing will sign copies of her book at noon Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at A Tisket A Tasket Book Shop, 910 Decatur St. in, New Orleans.

Diana Rowland, author of Touch of the Demon, will sign copies of her book at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Barnes & Noble Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville.

Van R. Mayhall Jr., author of Judas the Apostle, will sign copies of his book 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court.

Items for Book Events were provided by State Library of Louisiana, Livingston Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, Assumption Parish Library and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Louisiana Chapter.