Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas 2009: Fun Links

Here's a great site if someone is tough to buy for...Try Gift Finder, a nifty online service that offers suggestions based on gender, age, interests, etc. Try it! It seems to work pretty good.

Hosting a party and want to offer something season-appropriate at the bar? has a healthy selection, including the "Mistletoe Martini" & "Fog Log Nog."

The Library of Congress' "Modern History: Christmas" page.

The History Channel's History of Christmas

Louisiana Links

Where y'at? How about spending Christmas in New Orleans, maybe?

Celebration in the Oaks is the big light show that fills New Orleans' City Park with Christmas wonder every year. And, of course, the neat little train. Great for families with young kids!

If you want a few days a bit further away (without going TOO far away), The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is something to think about. It gets bigger every year until it now draws in tourists from all over the mid-south.

Louisiana Greetings lets you send a Saints or LSU greeting card.

The Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana has some great information about Jewish Holidays.

Anyway, we hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Terrebonne Parish Library System.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, Melvil Dewey!


158 years ago today (Dec. 10, 1851), the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System was born in Adams Center, NY.

Did you know?

>The Dewey Decimal System is proprietary, meaning that somebody--the Online Computer Library Center of Dublin, Ohio--OWNS it. And, yes, they will SUE you if you use it for profit-making purposes without their permission. No kidding.

>Before Dewey came up with and standardized his system, library collection organization varied widely from place to place...and even within the SAME place! Under "location," a catalog might say something like "Third Floor, Norton Hall, Shelf Nearest the Stairs, Shelf No. 118A." Some libraries even arranged books by size and color, regardless of content. Not very efficient.

>Dewey was obsessed with efficiency, and came up with a system that allowed library users to find a book within fields and subfields of knowledge relative to one another, rather than in relation to a fixed location or shelf number.

>The "decimal" part of the Dewey Decimal System allows the system to be infinitely expandable...there is always room for something else. For instance, the system was first formally codified in 1876, before, say, airplanes. But now we find airplanes in at 629.13 or thereabouts. 629, when it was thought up, was "Other Engineering," which is exactly what aerodynamics would have been considered in Dewey's day.

Now, none of this might sound like a really big deal, but it revolutionized library organization and made your life (and mine) a lot easier when visiting your local public library.

Get to know the Dewey Decimals System...and put it to use soon!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pearl Harbor Day 2009

Today is the 68th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor. That day, 2400 American servicemen died in one of the most infamous sneak attacks in all of military history.

Below are some links with some information about Pearl Harbor and American involvement in the Second World War.

The National Park Service's Pearl Harbor Attack Page

The USS Arizona Monument

The Library of Congress' Pearl Harbor Page

The National D-Day Museum's Lesson Plan "A Day of Infamy: Analyzing FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech"

Radio Days: The Bombing of Pearl Harbor--Includes captivating, authentic radio bulletins from the Day of Infamy.

Historical Photos of the Attack, Archived by the U.S. Navy

World War Two Photos in the US Archives

When Fear Was Stronger Than Justice: Executive Order 9066

Friday, December 4, 2009

Chase Giving on Facebook

Attention Facebook users:

Please vote for the Friends of the Terrebonne Parish Public Library on the Chase Giving Facebook page. Type in "Friends of the Terrebonne Public Library" in the search box and then click “GO”.

When the page comes up, click on "Vote."

You have to become a Facebook user and a fan to vote, and you're allowed to vote 20 times!

All the money raised goes to the Friends, and then back to us at the library!

PS. Please pass this along to your Facebook friends. Post it on your page in your status update, and let everyone know!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

National Write a Business Plan Month 2009

December is National Write a Business Plan Month and users of the Terrebonne Parish Library System are in luck!

Among our many amazing and useful databases is the Gale Small Business Resource Center which includes "Sample Business Plans" for various types of businesses.

Also, in our Gale Virtual Reference Library , we offer the Business Plans Handbook, which, in the appendix, has a blank business plan one can cut, paste, and fill in.

The quick links at the bottom of this page are searchable; just enter terms, click, and start using Gale!

Also, don't forget the many business plan books we have in the library's here to see what our online card catalog has to offer.

Remember: writing a business plan might be your first step to financial independence.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Public Service Message: Tell a Teen

"The study showed that drivers who text and drive become more than one third slower than if they were coherent and not texting – this was compared to a person at the DUI limit or under the influence of illegal drugs. Text messaging lowered reaction time by 35 percent, while people high on marijuana slowed down 21 percent and those who were drunk slowed down by 12 percent."--Transport Research Laboratory, UK

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Workplace Safety Information

Every day in America, according to the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration, sixteen people die while doing their jobs. Of course, some are firefighters or police killed in the line of duty while doing jobs that are by nature somewhat dangerous. But others are just regular folks who become the victims of inattention, ill-training, recklessness or, worst of all, a co-worker or customer's criminal intent or mental illness.

Below are some links that you or someone you know might find informative (or life saving). Pass the information along.

OSHA--The Occupational Safety Hazard Administration--The Federal agency charged with making sure that American workplaces know what being safe means...and with making sure that workers can blow the whistle on those which aren't.

Centers for Disease Control's Workplace Safety--A well-organized and comprehensive resource on occupational and workplace safety, complete with easy-to-understand publications.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety Hazards (NIOSH)--Has a great website that helps you answer the question: "Is my workplace safe?"

The National Safety Council--This hotlink will take you to the website of the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas chapter of the National Safety Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to safer products and workplaces.

The Louisiana Department of Labor's Workplace Safety FAQ--Questions and answers about running a safe workplace.

Fatal Facts--OSHA Reports about specific situations in which workers died on the job. Includes investigator opinions as to how the accidents might have been avoided.

Louisiana's Worker's Compensation Page--Links for if the unthinkable happens.

Safety and Health Topics: Workplace Violence (OSHA)--Dealing with co-workers who may be unstable and potentially violent.

Workplace Violence--An excellent handbook, written by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, about the danger of workplace violence and how it can be dealt with by co-workers, supervisors and law enforcement.

The USDA Handbook on Workplace Violence Prevention and Response

Workplace Safety Education

The Terrebonne Parish Library has a wide selection of industrial and workplace safety videos and books available.

Terrebonne Parish Catalog Search: "Industrial Safety."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Louisiana Legal Resources

Louisiana Constitution of 1974--Searchable by article number, not keyword.

Louisiana Revised Statutes--Search Louisiana's legal code by citation and keyword.

Terrebonne Parish Code of Ordnances

Louisiana Administrative Code--Subject Index

Legal Public Notices--Legal and public notices from around the state of Louisiana.'s guide to free online legal help.

Louisiana Boards and Commissions Database

Thomson-Gale Legal Forms Database

Louisiana Advocacy Center--Free legal help for the elderly and disabled.

Louisiana State Bar Association Opinion Service--Registration required. The LSBA Opinion Service allows the public to obtain the latest opinions released from Louisiana appellate courts.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans' Day: Repost

Today is Veterans' Day, when America honors all those who have served the country in the military. The Terrebonne Parish Library Reference Department has put together some links to information that veterans and their families might find useful.

The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs is dedicated to providing quality care and service for America's former servicemen.

VA Home Loan Guaranty Services provides home loan and mortgage information to veterans.

Housing and Urban Development has many housing programs for veterans worth looking into.

Mental health resources for returning veterans can be found at the website of SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration.

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs tries its best to help veterans--especially those returning from service overseas--find the help and services they need.

The National World War Two Memorial has message boards, a registry and an e-store for veterans of the watershed conflagration.

The Korean War Memorial homepage has information about the monument and the war it commemorates.

The Vietnam Memorial Wall page has information about the memorial and a tool to search for names on the face of the monument.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween: More Than Just Costumes

Brief History of the Holiday

From The Dictionary of Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World by Omnigraphics Press, Inc.:

"Halloween has its ultimate origins in the ancient Celtic harvest festival, SAMHAIN, a time when people believed that the spirits of the dead roamed the earth. Irish settlers brought their Halloween customs—which included bobbing for apples and lighting jack-o’-lanterns—to America in the 1840s.

"In the United States children go from house to house in costume—often dressed as ghosts, skeletons, or vampires—on Halloween saying, 'Trick or treat!' Though for the most part the threat is in jest, the 'trick' part of the children’s cry carries the implication that if they don’t receive a treat, the children will subject that house to some kind of prank, such as marking its windows with a bar of soap or throwing eggs at it. Most receive treats in the form of candy or money. But Halloween parties and parades are popular with adults as well.

"Because nuts were a favorite means of foretelling the future on this night, All Hallows’ Eve in England became known as Nutcrack Night. Other British names for the day include Bob Apple Night, Duck (or Dookie) Apple Night, Crab Apple Night, Thump-the-door Night, and, in Wales, APPLE AND CANDLE NIGHT. In the United States it is sometimes referred to as Trick or Treat Night."

Safe Halloween Links

The National Safety Council's Halloween Safety Fact Sheet

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission's Excellent Halloween Safety Alert

Safe Halloween Tips from the Centers for Disease Control...A handy, printable PDF of SAFE HALLOWEEN tips is also available from the CDC.

E-How Video Link: How To Inspect Halloween Candy

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Activities For Kids & Teens

The rest of October will be busy for the Terrebonne Parish Library System, with many Halloween-themed events and craft times for kids and teens. Here's what's happening from now until Halloween.

For Kids

Thursday, 10/22 at 5 p.m.
Haunted Library Storytime for
pre-k – 3rd graders.
Chauvin Branch

Saturday, 10/24 at 2 p.m.
Halloween Craft Workshop for
pre-k – 3rd graders.
Main Library

Monday, 10/26, Wednesday,
10/28, and Thursday, 10/29
from 3-5:30 p.m.
Halloween Pumpkin Painting
Craft. Bring a clean pumpkin.
Montegut Branch

Monday, 10/26 at 4 p.m.
Halloween Story Time and Candy
Workshop for k – 4th graders.
Dularge Branch

For Teens

Friday, 10/23 at 4 p.m.
Wii Games and
Halloween Craft
Dularge Branch

Tuesday, 10/27 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Pumpkin Painting Workshop.
Bring a clean pumpkin.
Montegut Branch

Wednesday, 10/28
from 4-5:30 p.m.
Playstation 2 “Buzz
Quiz” Game.
Registration is required--call 985-575-2639
Gibson Branch

Saturday, 10/31 at 2 p.m.
Michael Jackson
featuring his Live
in Bucharest –
The Dangerous
Tour and a
Michael Jackson
East Houma Branch

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month! October is traditionally the time of year when people start firing up heaters and fireplaces (soon, we hope!), so this is also the time people need to be mindful of what it takes to keep fires from happening.

Louisiana State Fire Marshall Information Page

National Fire Protection Association Fire Safety Page--Great information for teachers and kids! Centers for Disease Control's guide to preventing fire-related injuries and deaths.

JUST FOR KIDS--The U.S. Fire Administration--Kid-friendly information from the Department of Homeland Security.

And Remember! You can get a free smoke detector from any office of the Houma Fire Department in Terrebonne Parish! Just call Fire Chief Todd Dufrene's office at (985) 873-6391 for more information.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


The Terrebonne Parish Library can now answer TEXT QUESTIONS.
(standard message rates apply)

Here’s how you do it:

Text us at 66746 and start your question with mytpl

Like this:

mytpl What time do you close on Sundays?

We'll get back to you as fast as possible.

Call 876-1733 with any questions.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Terrebonne Parish Library Book Discussions: Fall and Winter 2009

The Terrebonne Parish Library System hosts monthly book discussions at various branches. It's a great chance to come and share insights on interesting books.

The schedule for the remainder of 2009 shapes up like this:

Main Library--Thinking Out Loud

NOTE: All Thinking Out Loud discussion groups hosted by Jackie Jackson.

Tuesday, October 6th, 6:30 PM
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Tuesday, November 3rd, 6:30 PM
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Tuesday, December 1st, 6:30 PM
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows

East Branch Library--Second Thoughts

Saturday, October 24th, 11:00 AM
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Saturday, November 21st, 11:00 AM
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Saturday, December 19th, 11:00 AM
Marley & Me by John Grogan

Dularge Branch Library--Eager Readers

Monday, October 19th, 1:30 PM
The Killing Tree by Rachel Keener

Monday, November 9th, 1:30 PM
My Sisters by Ann Roth

Monday, December 7th, 1:30 PM
Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright

For more information, contact Adult Services Coordinator Lauren Ledet at
985-876-5158, ext. 234.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Project Recovery

The Terrebonne Parish Library System announces its partnership with LSU's School of Library and Information Science (LSU SLIS) for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program “Project Recovery.”

LSU SLIS was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to recruit and educate 30 students for professional employment in southern Louisiana libraries. Students eligible and selected to participate will receive IMLS-funded scholarships to earn master’s degrees in librarianship focusing primarily on academic, public, and school libraries.

Following completion of their coursework, students will be required to find employment in an academic, public, or school library in Southern Louisiana affected by hurricane disasters. On September 23, at 1p.m., Dr. Robert Ward will provide an information session for individuals interested in taking part in Project Recovery. This session will take place in the DISTANCE EDUCATION CLASSROOM, located on the second floor of the Main Library at 151 Library Drive in Houma, near the Civic Center.

Dr. Ward will be available throughout the day beginning at 10am to talk with individuals one-on-one and answer any questions they may have. Contact Lauren Ledet at 876-5158, ext. 234 for more information.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monster Movie Madness 2009

It's coming soon. The seventh annual Monster Movie Madness film series begins October 5th, 2009. This year's selections:

>October 5th--Devil Girl From Mars-See a giant robot with porch-light head! Don't miss it!

>October 12th--The Giant Claw-A ridiculous-looking giant bird eating ridiculous-looking model planes and just generally doing ridiculous-looking things while looking ridiculous.

>October 19th--King Dinosaur-BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

>October 26th--Plan 9 From Outer Space-Our traditional closing movie. So bad you can't believe it...or look away.

All movies will be shown at the MAIN LIBRARY at 151 Library Drive in Houma. MOVIES WILL BE SHOWN FROM 6PM--8:30PM.

If you came last year, you might have been disappointed because of equipment failures (we were still recovering from Gustav). But THIS year, we'll do all we can to assure that all goes off without a hitch.

Of course, we will have free drinks and popcorn at each movie, and the audience is encouraged (if not required) to make snarky comments pointing out the many, many flaws in each film.

Contact Darryl Eschete at 985-876-1733 ext. 202 for more information.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Did you know that studies have shown that kids who have library cards make better grades than kids who don't have library cards? Did you know studies have also shown that adults who get library cards lose, on average, ten pounds within a year of getting it?

Just kidding about that last part, but the first part is true.

So, if you have a library card already, encourage a friend--especially a young friend--who doesn't have one to get one. And if you don't have one, GET ONE! They're free if you've never had one before and are available at any branch. If you had a library card and lost it at some point, the replacement fee is five dollars.

For a child to get a library card, they need a parent or guardian's signature and must be able to write their first and last name.

If you can, help a child get a library card and introduce him or her to the library. You'll be opening the door to a bigger, brighter, more successful world for that child...and for all of us.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Meet Bud Johnson!

Bud Who?

Bud Johnson is the one-time sports information director at Louisiana State University and current director of LSU's Jack & Priscilla Andonie Museum.

He is the author of The Perfect Season: LSU's Magic Year , a book telling the story of the LSU football team's 1958 season, during which the LSU Tigers went undefeated all the way through.

Mr. Johnson will be at the MAIN LIBRARY this coming Saturday, September 5th from 1:30pm--5:00pm.

Copies of the book will be available and the author will be answering questions and signing copies!

For more information, call 985-876-1733, ext. 234.

Monday, August 31, 2009

September Project 2009: Spiritual Freedom

The Terrebonne Parish Library is taking part in the September Project this year with a series of displays celebrating the protected American right to freedom of religious expression.

On the first floor of the Main Library, you'll find the Introductory Display Table, the Buddhism Table and the Minority and Alternative Faiths Table. On the second floor, you'll find Christianity, Judaism, The Freedom to Not Believe, Islam and Hinduism. Each display features a placard informing you of how many practitioners of that particular faith are in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Each display also offers a selection of books and DVDs selected to give you a well-rounded and fair view of each faith.

We selected the faiths for the displays based on the numbers of practitioners, but we did our very best to be inclusive and fair.

For more information on the library's participation in The September Project, contact Darryl Eschete at (985) 876-1733, ext. 242 or send him an email.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Salem Press-History From Home

The Terrebonne Parish Library System has something students of history in school and out might appreciate:

The Salem History Database

Just click the link and enter your Knowledge Card barcode in the blank (no spaces), and you are off and running.

The content in here is so high-quality that it's almost unbelievable, and you can get it all from home. Everything from Aesop to Zoroaster, FULL TEXT. No charge, of course. It's your tax dollars at work!

Be sure to tell a friend or a student you know!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Databases+Librarians+You=Better Grades?

School has started and we wanted to go over how to get to our databases once again.

Go to this page:

Terrebonne Parish Library Databases

and check out the many useful databases we've got.

As an information professional I guarantee that, with a little practice, you or a student you know can use these databases to make finding high-quality information much, much easier. And that should make better grades easier, too.

We're especially proud to announce that we've got WORLD BOOK ONLINE up and running. That link is set to take you directly to the World book "Info Finder," and that should be a good start.

Also, be sure to check out the Louisiana State Library's Databases. Just enter your Knowledge Card (Library card) number in the blank.

And don't forget to ASK TESS! if you have a research or study question you just can't seem to answer.

The Terrebonne Parish Library's Reference Department takes its motto seriously: "Your Information is Our Mission."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Louisiana Land Loss Links & Landsat

By the time a child born this year is 41 years old, Louisiana will have lost 2600 square miles of the coastal land it had in 1932. Unless something is done and done quickly, the Gulf of Mexico will be visible from downtown Houma before many people reading this are too terribly old. Below are some links with information about land loss and coastal erosion.

National Wetlands Research Center: Louisiana Coastal Land Loss

Louisiana Department of Resources: Louisiana Coastal Facts

Animation: The Rise and Disappearance of Coastal Louisiana (Requires Flash 8)

BTNEP: The Barataria National Estuary Program

Restore or Retreat

Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Blog

Len Bahr's LA Coast Post--Home to many, many more good links.

Landsat: Coastal Erosion in Real Time

Finally, take a look at the Landsat archives and the Global Visualization Viewer (GLOVIS) to see the picture from space. Landsat is a landform-cataloguing satellite that flies over us, takes digital photographs of the planet and beams them down.
To look at current images of our coastline, just enter 28.9 in the latitude box and -90.5 in the longitude box. To look at older images, click on the pulldown menu that says "Landsat 7 SLC-Off (2003->)" and pick an older mission. "Landsat 1-3 MSS" is from 1972 to 1982, "Landsat 4-5 MSS" is from 1982 to 1992 and "Landsat 7 SLC-Off" is from 1999 to 2003.

Those little abbreviations on the pulldown menu (MSS, SLC) stand for technical stuff on the Landsat Satellite. Read more about it here:

What Does "SLC OFF" Mean?

What Does MSS Stand For?

What Does TM Stand For?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Find a Loved One...Find a Business

The Terrebonne Parish Library subscribes to ReferenceUSA, a database that allows patrons to look up residences, businesses and doctors and health professionals throughout the United States.

Just enter your Knowledge Card (library card) number and select what kind of search you want to do: residential, business, new business (businesses licensed with the past 12 months), or health professionals/physicians.

If you have any questions, send email to Reference Librarian Darryl Eschete.

Monday, August 17, 2009

LSU AgCenter: Online Tools for Flood, Windspeed

The kind and dilligent folks at the LSU AgCenter have clued us in to some great online tools for getting a good idea of what storm surge and windspeed might look like during the next hurricane.

Just enter your address and city and see what mother nature could do if she were in the mood.

Windspeed & Ground Elevation--LSU AgCenter's Windspeed & Elevation Map

Flood Maps--Louisiana Flood Map Portal

LA Mapping Project--Terrebonne Parish

Beyond This Sky, Another World?

Some out-of-this-world neat stuff is coming up in the next week at the library.

A couple of reminders:

Thursday, August 20 at 6:30 pm at the MAIN LIBRARY--Mr. Cliff Fenton will give a lecture on "Human Life Out of This World: The Moon by 2020 and Mars in the Future." He'll discuss what it takes to support human life as we begin to discover further from out home planet.

Tuesday, August 25 at DUSK at the Main Library--Mr. Gene Dalton, local astronomer, will provide an evening of star gazing through telescopes until 9 p.m. (In case of bad weather or poor visibility, will be rescheduled for Wednesday the 26th or Thursday the 27th).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Accelerated Readers Made Easy

If you have a child in Terrebonne Parish Schools and you want to find books for the Accelerated Reader Program, you can make it easier on yourself by going to this website:

AR Bookfinder

Just click the button next to "Parent," then click "Submit."

You'll be taken to a search box where you can type in a particular title to see if it is on the Accelerated Reader list.

OR, you can click the "Advanced Search" tab at the top and search by Title, Author, ISBN and even topic and subtopic! There is also an option to search by ATOS Readability Level, which basically tells you what grade level (and month of that grade) for which the book is appropriate.

Finally, there is a "Collections" tab, which lets you simply pick books from lists of literary award-winners, state-specific award winners, and books picked by librarians.

For more information, contact Terrebonne Parish School District's Reading Curriculum specialist Tonya Allen at 985-876-7400.

Monday, August 10, 2009

TOPS-Friendly Databases

So. School is back in, huh? And maybe this year you or someone you know really has to start getting serious in order to meet TOPS core curriculum requirements.

Well, the Terrebonne Parish Library System has some databases that will definitely help make getting through the TOPS curriculum easier.

Click on the course side for databases that may help.

Carnegie Units Course

4 English I, II, III, and IV

1 Algebra I (or 2 units of Algebra IA and IB)

1 Algebra II

1 Geometry, Trig, Calculus or Advanced Math

1 Biology

1 Chemistry

1 Earth Science, Environmental Science,
Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II,
Physics I or II, or Physics for Technology

1 American History

1 World History, Western Civilization,
or World Geography

1 Civics and Free Enterprise

1 Fine Arts Survey
(or 2 units of performance, visual art,
studio art; or 1 unit from other
subjects in this curriculum)

2 A single foreign language

.5 Computer Science, Computer Literacy,
or Business Computer Applications

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Old West Gunslingin' @ The Terrebonne Parish Library

If you come by the Main Branch, be sure to stop at the display cases in the lobby and on the second floor to take a look at the "Pan Handle Pete" collection, left with us by Emile Hebert.

Mr Hebert's collection includes memorabilia of the Old West, The "Hollywood West" and even models of the types of guns and rifles used by gunfighters and lawmen in the days of Billy the Kid and Doc Holliday.

Also on display are badges, whips, boots and hats as well as movie posters, pictures, lunchboxes and newspaper clippings.

Old West Links

Dakota State University's Old West Page--More resources than you can shake a Widowmaker at.

Stanford University: Exploring the West

The Library of Congress History of the Old West Collection

Legends of America: Old West Legends

Tracking Down Billy the Kid: Teacher's Lesson Plans (Library of Congress)

The American Old West Museum

"Hollywood West" Links

Old Time Radio Westerns--What was all the fuss about? Listen and see!

Stanford University: Hollywood Westerns

Images Journal's In Focus: The Western

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Next Storm Surge: How High's the Water, Mama?

The LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Sea Grant and Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing will be presenting "The Next Storm Surge" at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library on Monday, August 17 from 5pm-8pm in the large meeting room.

The presentation will include:

> Historical Hurricane Impacts on Coastal Louisiana; Factors Influencing Hurricane Storm Surge in Coastal Louisiana

> “What If” Hurricane Storm Surge Impacts on Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes

> New Flood Zones: What They Mean and How They Will Impact You

This program was hosted at the Main Library last year and, since then, storm surge and wind-speed models have been updated, taking the impact of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike into account.

Lsu AgCenter staff will be available to help those in attendance access windspeed, ground level and storm surge models available online through the LSU AgCenter.

Attendance is free.

For information on other locations where this meeting will be held, follow this link:

Storm Surge Meetings, August 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Map Database

The Terrebonne Parish Library now subscribes to a cool, new database.

A to Z Maps Online, a product of World Trade Press, is a huge database of maps from all around the world (all royalty-free), including weather maps, fishing maps (of our area), topographic maps and some historical maps and aerial photos of important cities. But there's even more than that.

A to Z Maps Online explains that it:

" the worlds largest subscription-based database of proprietary, royalty-free world, continent, country, and state maps. Included in the 4,000+ maps are: political maps, physical maps, outline maps, population maps, precipitation maps, climate maps, and other thematic maps. New maps are added to the collection every month."

To use this FREE service, just click on the above link (a link on the library's website should be up soon), and enter your library card number in the box on the upper right. Then, pick what kind of map you want to look at in the menu on the left. OR, just click on on one of the maps to the right! It's fun just to browse and see what's in there!

If you have any questions, e-mail the reference department and let us know.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Terrebonne Parish Recycling

After years of waiting, residents of Terrebonne Parish can finally recycle their trash.

Last Friday's Houma Courier featured an article by Naomi King letting local residents know where the community recycling bins can be found, and what we can toss into them.

According to Ms. King's article:

"The [recycling] bins are at these locations:

>Bayou Cane Fire Department, 6166 W. Main St. (Map)

>South Houma Memorial Fire Station, 1430 St. Charles St. (Map) --NOTE: THIS BIN HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE PARKING LOT OF RITE-AID AT 1238 ST. CHARLES STREET.

>East Houma Fire Station, 2101 E. Tunnel Blvd. (Map)

"To recycle, do not separate or bag your materials. Just throw them in the windows on each side of the containers. Only plastics with the numbers 1-7 can be recycled. You can find that number inside the recycling triangle symbol on any plastic. Do not put aerosol cans, wood, plastic bags, batteries or electronics into the green bins."

It's about time, huh?

ADDED 11/12/2009:


>Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd, located in parking lot on corner of Civic Center Boulevard and Chactaw. Map

>Little Caillou Fire Station, 5610 Highway 56. Map

>The Fire House on Legion Avenue, next to the American Legion, 602 Legion Avenue. Map

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Storm Ready Day 2009

Saturday, July 25 is the Terrebonne Parish Library System's first hurricane preparedness day. Storm Ready! , as the program is called, will be going on from 9am to 6pm and will feature public information sessions on such concerns as evacuating with small children, creating a "Grab and Go" box, taking care of pets during evacuation and what kind of plan Terrebonne Parish's Office of Emergency Preparedness has ready to go.

In an effort to prepare the community for hurricanes and other emergencies, the library will provide document scanning stations for the public to scan important documents. The library will allow the public to scan birth certificates, marriage licenses, deeds, wills, and insurance information. CDs ($0.25) and jump drives ($10) will be available for purchase that day, but the public is encouraged to provide their own jump drive or CD to save the scanned items.

Schedule of the Day's Events:

9:30am & 2pm - Terrebonne Parish Emergency Plan with Earl Eues followed by question and answer period.

10:30am - Tree Safety with Barton Joffrion of LSU Ag Center.

11am & 1pm - Evacuating With Animals--Cathy Richard and Martha Neil Anthony.

10:30am and 2pm - Lillie Brunet and TRAC--Hurricane Story Time for Children. (During this story hour, parents are invited into the next room to learn tips from LaChip and LSU Ag on keeping their children healthy, calm and safe during storms, disasters, and evacuations.)

3pm - Preparing "Grab and Go Boxes"--Margaret Berlew of the LSU Ag Center.

4pm - "Food Preparation and Safety"--Margaret Berlew of the LSU Ag Center.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Giant Leap

Forty years ago today, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface, fulfilling President John Kennedy's inaugural promise that, before the 1960s were over, we would accomplish that very task.

The images and words have been replayed so many times in the ensuring four decades that we earthbound masses can easily forget what an enormous accomplishment this was, especially considering that, at the time, NASA had no computers more powerful than a Commodore 64.

To commemorate the Apollo 11 mission and the feats of its crew, we present the following list of links:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Page

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Apollo 11 Page

We Choose the Moon

The History Channel: Moon Landing

Video: The Small Step

Discovery Channel: When We Left Earth

The Nixon Library's Moon Landing Page

Friday, July 3, 2009

Visions of the Universe

Through September 4th, the Terrebonne Parish Main Library is a host site for "Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery," a travelling exhibit sponsored by the American Library Associaton, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

The exhibit features large, clear color images of various galaxies, nebulae, planets and other heavenly bodies as well as interesting, informative text about the history of astronomy and telescopes.

The exhibit (and a table full of space-related reading material) is located on the second floor, behind the information desk. You should come upstairs and take a look, when you get the chance.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Heat Safety

If you haven't noticed, it's getting really hot. There have been a few days that have been in the triple digits, if you count the heat index. And that sun! Brutal.

For the older (and much younger) set, these can be dangerous days, health-wise. But there are ways to stay safe and healthy on days like these, if you take some precautions.

Here are some links full of tips that can make life easier as you work outdoors to make a living or just tend your garden for fun.

Centers for Disease Control--"Extreme Heat"

The Heat Index--It's 90 degrees on the thermometer, but how hot does your BODY think it is?

Working in the Heat--Information from OSHA and the Department of Labor on the problems working in the heat poses and solutions possible.

FEMA's extreme heat page--Are You Ready?

The National Center for Sports Safety--Preventing Heat Exhaustion and Dehydration

Monday, June 15, 2009

Free Video Class

On July 7th and July 28th, 2009 the Terrebonne Parish Library System will offer a free amateur video production class at the Main Library. Both dates are Tuesdays and the class will start and 5:30 pm and end at 8pm. Teaching the class will be me, Darryl Eschete.

We'll go over lighting, audio, shooting, editing and finishing your videos so that you can keep them in your family's collection or share them on YouTube or any of the other online video services.

There is no need to bring any equipment other than a pencil to take notes.

Call 985-876-1733 for more information. Or, just email me, Darryl.

Also, be sure to check out the full slate of computer classes we are offering in July.

Friday, June 12, 2009

DVDs to The Second Floor

Just a quick note to let our users know that non-fiction DVDs (like how-tos and documentaries) are being moved upstairs to be mixed in with the non-fiction books. We figure it will make a lot more sense and make that kind of material easier to find.

If you have any questions, call the Information Desk at 985-876-1733.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What's Going On?

If you want to stay abreast of the many, many, many events that will going on at the library this summer, try putting the Terrebonne Parish Library's Events Calendar in your "favorites."

You can even zero in on a particular branch by finding the location in the pulldown menu...that way, you'll see only what's happening in your favorite library branch.

For more information on an event that interests you, just move your cursor over the text and click. This will pop open a window telling you more about what's going on and how to get more information or register, if necessary. There will be links to print or download the event to your calendar/organizer, if you have one installed on your computer.

Call 985-876-5158 for more information on the library's calendar of events.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Barbie On Display

If you have little girls--or if you used to be one yourself--be sure to stop by the Main Library and see all 128 Barbie Dolls on display here. The collection is the property of the Library System's Youth Services Manager, Cherie Mahaffey.

Cherie owns about 150 dolls, most still in their original packaging, and she has been collecting since the age of five.

"I started collecting when people starting giving them to me," Cherie says. "I just kept it going."

The dolls will be in the locked cases in the lobby and on the second floor of the library until the end of July. For more information on the display, email Cherie or call 985-876-5861, extension 114.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Hurricane Season: Be Ready!

On June 1st begins Hurricane Season 2009. We all learned a tough lesson last year as Hurricane Gustav decided to make this area his target and sent many of us packing in a general evacuation.

Well, until November 30th, we're under the threat of hurricanes again, and it might be a good idea to read up on just how we can make ourselves more ready and thus safer this year.

Preparedness Links

Terrebonne Readiness and Assistance Coalition

Louisiana Governor's Office: Get a Game Plan

National Hurricane Center's "Be Prepared" Website

Louisiana Department of Transportation Contraflow Maps--Must be printed in "landscape."

The Department of Health and Human Services Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Supply Checklist

The Red Cross Hurricane Evacuation Supply Checklist

Weather Monitoring

The National Weather Service's Hurricane Center

Stormpulse Hurricane tracking

NOAA Hurricane Tracking Chart--Print and use.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Summertime @ The Terrebonne Parish Library

There's a lot going this summer at the library, and here are some events and programs you might want to know about:

1. The annual summer reading program, titled "Once Upon a Time" begins May 26 and ends July 25. Children through the sixth grade can read books to win prizes, participate in arts and crafts workshops and see live performances. Coupons and certificates from local businesses reward those kids who complete the program.

Teens and adults aren't left out, either. The teen summer program, "Express Yourself" will have workshops just for teens. Remind the young adult in your life that the library is a safe and sophisticated place to meet a friend or just hang out.

2. In June, a collection of folk art featuring the work of 21 southern artists from 9 states will be passing through. This display of so-called "outsider" art will feature text panels and photographs explaining where the artists got their inspiration.

3. June's Summer Performances--

Bourg Branch (11am), East Houma(2pm)--Friday, June 5--Betsy McGovern, Musician--KIDS

Main Library--Monday, June 8 (2pm)--Johnette Downing, Musician--KIDS

Bourg Branch--Monday, June 15 (11am)--Character Two, Storytellers--KIDS

Main Library--Tuesday, June 16 (1pm)--Healing Force, Musicians--KIDS, ADULTS

Main Library--Wednesday, June 17 (2pm)--GrayHawk, Storyteller--KIDS

Montegut Branch--Friday, June 26 (11am)--The Jack and Jill Players, Acting Troupe--KIDS

Montegut Branch(11am) and East Houma Branch(2pm)--Tuesday, June 30--Toni Batiste, Dancer--KIDS

Chauvin Branch--Tuesday, June 30 (1pm)--Mary Lecompte, Storyteller--KIDS

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Faces & Stories: A Portrait of Southern Writers

If you're the kind of person who finds looking at photographs of notable people interesting, then a new exhibition on display at the Terrebonne Parish Library is for you.

Through the end of May, Faces & Stories: A Portrait of Southern Writers, a travelling exhibit operated by the Southern Arts Foundation and made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, will be housed on the first floor of the Terrebonne Parish Main Library.

The photographer, Curt Richter, was commissioned to photograph the founding members of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. The project expanded until he had taken hundreds of strikingly beautiful black & white photographs of some very interesting faces.

For more information on the exhibit, call or , email Lauren Ledet at 986-876-5158, ext. 234.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

If you're already sneezing and sniffling, you know it's allergy season. Every year, the blooming of various weeds and flowers fills the air with pollens and other irritants that make life for some of us miserable. For people with asthma, this can be doubly troublesome.

Here are some links that might help you get informed about asthma and allergy during this Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month:

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

American Asthma Foundation

National Library of Medicine: Asthma

National Library of Medicine: Seasonal Allergies

Medline Plus Encyclopedia: Allergies

Medline Plus Encyclopedia: Asthma

Mayo Clinic Article: Asthma and Allergies Often Occur Together

WebMD: Treating Nasal Allergies

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu & You

So there's a lot of talk about swine flu right now, and some of it is pretty scary. No need to panic, the doctors tell us, and a little information might help. So far, there have been no cases in Louisiana and with some precautions, the residents of this state might be able to keep it that way. Here are some links for people curious about the outbreak: stop shopping for all your swine flu information needs.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Information on Swine Flu

The Centers for Disease Control Swine Flu Page

The National Library of Medicine: Swine Flu

The World Health Organization: Swine Influenza

The Public Health Agency of Canada: Human Swine Influenza

The National Health Service of the United Kingdom: Swine Flu Alert

What to Do If You or Someone You Love Contracts Swine Influenza

A Little Perspective: Endemics and Pandemics of the Past

In 165 AD, smallpox killed an estimated 5 million people--about 3% of everyone on the planet. The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed 50 million, or 5%. As of this writing, there are 112 confirmed cases of swine influenza on planet Earth. History has a way of giving us some perspective like that. Here are some links about the history of disease outbreaks:

The Swine Flu Scare of 1976

Reuters Factbox: Past Flu Pandemics

The Worst Outbreaks of Disease in History

Library Books That You Might Enjoy

Terrebonne Parish Library System Catalog Search: Disease Outbreaks

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ladybug Ball

The Terrebonne Mobile Library will be available at the Ladybug Ball this weekend, so be sure to stop by and see how we bring the library show on the road!

According to the Houma Daily Courier:

"The 10th Annual Ladybug Ball, sponsored by Re/Max Good Earth Realty of Houma, is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive in Houma.

Admission is free. Activities range in price from $1 on up.

A shuttle service from the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It’s just a magical day,” said Linda Faulk, founder and chair of the event.

The Ladybug Ball centers on the release of 100,001 ladybugs and 201 butterflies, scattered into the air by local officials stationed at 10 to 12 release posts around the plantation grounds."

Click here for more information about the Ladybug Ball.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day 2009

April 22nd is Earth Day, a day to reflect on the state our planet's ecology is in and how we both hurt and help the situation with our personal choices and choices as a society.

Here are some links that might help you live a "greener" life:

The Earth Day Network--How can you join the movement to help the Earth? The website of the Earth Day Network can tell you more. US Government's Earth Day portal.

Learn the Issues--The Environmental Protection Agency's public education page. Also, the EPA's Earth Day event guide for our area of the country.

The EPA Fuel Economy Guide--Is that clunker of yours wasting gas...and money? Find out how which new models just sip and how you can get you more goin' per gallon in the car you already drive.

Topic Guide:Recycling by 42explore.

The Alliance to Save Energy--has TONS of great information, including tips for lowering energy bills.

The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN)--Keeps you up-to-date on the fight for the earth in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality--Tells Louisiana citizens what's up in the effort to keep Louisiana safe and clean and to make sure polluters get theirs.

John Muir founded the Sierra Club in 1892 to protect the wilderness of the American west. Read more about conservation issues on their website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

International Guitar Month

April is International Guitar Month! That's right: we're halfway through the month of the instrument of Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Andres Segovia and Matteo Carcassi.

So what can you do? How about buying a guitar? The Houma-Thibodaux area has many great music stores with new and used guitars available and most offer lessons.

If you already own a guitar, learn to play by checking out a book about guitar playing from the Terrebonne Parish Library System!

There are also many great online sources for guitar players:

Online guitar chord chart--Even has links that play the chord when you click it so you can hear how it sounds. has neat online guitar lessons complete with detailed video explanations of what they're teaching you. Clear views of the teachers' hands.

Free guitar lessons for beginners by

Need to tune a guitar? Here's an online tuner that makes life a lot easier for guitarists. Just select your desired tuning (standard, drop D, double drop D) and pluck away.

If you want more information about the library's resources for musicians of all stripes, call or email the Reference Department. The phone number is 985-876-1733. You can also contact us via online chat! You can find the "Instant Librarian" chat box on the front page of our website.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

National Poetry Month

And now befalls us April, the first full month of Spring,
When flowers bloom and Sun shines warm,
And honeybees take wing.

But so much more’s upon us than the lifting of winter’s curse!
To wit—This is National Poetry Month,
Thirty days of rhyming verse!

So come into the library to find a quaint quatrain,
(And maybe check a couple out),
It’s vacation for the brain!

Poetry Night

On the fourteenth eve of April,
At 7 pm, to be exact,
It’s “Poetry Night” at the East Houma Branch
Complete with drinks and snacks!

Come to read what you have written
And hear what others write,
With Erato become smitten
And pass a joyous night.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Teen Job Fair

If you or someone you know is a teen in search of a job, you'll be interested in our Teen Job Fair happening at the Terrebonne Parish Main Library April 18th from 9am-Noon.

Local teen-freindly businesses in attendance includes Rouse's Supermarket, Raising Cane's and Chick-Fil-A. In past years, many teens have successfully found work and businesses have found great employees through the library job fair.

Teens aged 15(with work certificate) to 19 are encouraged to attend and bring a picture ID. Neat dress is also encouraged.

For more information, contact reference Paraprofessional Carlos Crockett at 985-876-1733 or by email at