Library has music, art, crafts for youths

Billy Jonas is bringing his collection of homemade musical instruments to the Ascension Parish Library for a rousing performance.

Jonas, who uses buckets, barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion to make music, will perform at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Library’s Dutchtown branch and at 2 p.m. that day in Donaldsonville.

Youths attending become part of the show, a news release from the library says.

The program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism; and Louisiana State Arts Council.

The library’s summer program schedule also includes Trish Ransom’s debris art workshops.

Using bottle caps, hammers and a lot of imagination, children will create their own piece of art during these two-day workshops. The program is limited to children entering second grade and above.

Space is limited to 20 participants, and registration is required. Debris Art with Trish Ransom, Part II is scheduled for Wednesday, with a 10:30 a.m. program in Gonzales and a 2 p.m. program in Dutchtown.

For more information or to register, please call or stop by any Ascension Parish Library location.

Again this year, the library has planned make-and-take crafts for children of all ages.

While craft workshops are open to children of all ages, children under the age of 8 may need parental assistance with the craft.

The library is bringing back a classic retro craft with its pet rock workshop. Children will get a rock for a pet and a box for a home. The library will provide craft supplies such as construction paper, yarn and glue for children to complete the project.

Pet Rocks is scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday in Galvez, and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 19 at the Dutchtown branch.

Youths who enjoy telling jokes and aren’t afraid of getting up in front of an audience will have fun at the library’s first Kid’s Comedy Hour.

Each child will get three minutes to be the star of the show and make the audience laugh. The program is open to children ages 3 through 12 and their families.

Jokes must be squeaky-clean.

Kid’s Comedy Hours will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Donaldsonville and July 18 in Dutchtown.

For more information, or to register, please call or stop by any Ascension Parish Library location.

Many of the programs at the library this summer focus on the theme, “Dig Into Reading.” Each week, the library offers programs that explore worlds beneath the earth’s surface.

Return to the days gone by during the library’s “Old West Afternoon.” Children will be scrounging for gold and a good tale or two at 2 p.m. Monday at the Galvez branch.

The program is designed for second- through fifth-graders but everyone is welcome to attend. Younger children may need assistance from a parent or older sibling.

Children will learn about liquids and solids during the library’s Mad Science Lab at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., July 18 at the Donaldsonville branch. Registration is required.

For more information on summer programs, call the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, or in (225) Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052.

All library programs are free and open to the public.