The Terrebonne and Lafourche public libraries are great resources for knowledge and activities. Each month, branches are packed with activities for all age groups. Go beyond book borrowing and story time and set out to learn more of what your local library has to offer in February.


Terrebonne Parish Libraries:

Dancercise for all: Work up a sweat while dancing your heart out at the Main Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma. All ages are welcome to join the dance class on Feb. 2 and Feb. 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. The FiddleStitches: Join the all-ages and skill-level group crochet and knitting class Feb. 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Main Library. Some supplies are provided. Legos: Some branches have Lego Fridays or events on Saturdays. Check the calendar online at to find out when the activity is scheduled for your local branch. ECHO: The Teen Voices of the Terrebonne Parish Library System meets the first and third Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss improvements to teen programming and services at the Main Library. Participate in a discussion, sit in on a lecture or visit a film screening. This month, events held at the Main Library include: A discussion of “The Girl in the Picture” by Denise Chong. Nicholls State University professor Scott Banville will lead the discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 6. Screening of “Selma” from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19. Screening of “The Vietnam War Documentary: Episode 5” at 3 p.m. Feb. 19. Screening of “Many Rivers to Cross” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parts one and two are on Feb. 20, parts three and four are on Feb. 21 and parts five and six are on Feb. 22.

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Lafourche Parish Public Library:

Learn a new language: Learn basic Spanish at the Lockport branch, 720 Crescent Ave., Feb. 6 and 23 at 11 a.m. or stop by French night in Lockport at 5 p.m. Feb. 14 for a story hour with French teacher Nadia Talata. Get help researching your ancestors: Visit the Thibodaux branch, 705 W. Fifth St., from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 7 to meet with members of the Lafourche Heritage Society. Chat with a local artist or author: Each month the Lafourche branches feature local authors and artists for discussions, meet and greets, and viewings. This month, authors Gale Atkins Barrow and Carrie Delatte will be at the Thibodaux Library at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Guest artist Azalea Rivet will lead an art worship for adults at 4 p.m. Feb. 14 and a kids workshop at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in Raceland. Folk artist Alvin Batiste will conduct a watercolor demonstration at 1 p.m. Feb. 17 in Thibodaux. Duck decoy wood carving artist Lawrence Torres will be at the Thibodaux Library for a discussion at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28. Join a group: The Bayou Blue library is introducing a We Fit In program for adults with specials needs. Everyone is invited to socialize, create and have a good time. They will meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Bayou Blue library, 1403 N. Bayou Drive. Explore your creative side: Most branches have programs each month that allow guests to put their hands and minds to good use. Teens can visit the Gheens Library, 153 N. Leon Drive, at 3 p.m Feb. 1 to create a decoder guide to create designs of freedom quilts. Make bird feeders at the Choctaw Llibrary, 1887 Choctaw Road, at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 or decorate glass vases at the Larose Library, 305 E. Fifth St., at 4 p.m. Feb. 28.

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