The St. Tammany Parish Library has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in The Big Read. During the month of September, the library invites residents to read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and participate in events featuring the book. The Things They Carried is a fictionalized account of the author’s experiences during the Vietnam War. Please join us for one or all of the following events:
Our Opening Celebration will kick off The Big Read. The party will feature a keynote address by Lane Carson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs as well as a presentation of Vietnam Veterans Oral Histories as compiled by Neil Guilbeau of Nicholls State University.
Thursday, September 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Blvd., 646-6470
Barnes and Noble Bookfair and Events
Bookfair-Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the St. Tammany Parish Library
Events- Saturday, September 8, Time TBA
3414 Highway 190, Suite 10, Mandeville, 626-8884
A series of book discussions at both the Slidell and Causeway Branches led by Dr. Susan Blalock. Each week’s discussion will cover a different topic.
Wednesday, September 12
Wednesday, September 19
Wednesday, September 26
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18
Tuesday, September 25
Tuesday, October 2
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Library book clubs all across the parish will be discussing The Things They Carried during September.
Military Leadership in Vietnam
A lecture by Dr. Harry Laver of Southeastern Louisiana University
Friday September 14, 2:30 to 4:00, Slidell Branch, 646-6470
A Series of Three War Films
World War II Film
Released in 1957 and staring William Holden, this film earned 7 Academy Awards.
Monday, September 10, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Slidell Branch, 646-6470
Vietnam War Film
Released in 1987, this film earned actor Robin Williams an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Monday, September 17, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Slidell Branch, 646-6470
Iraq War Film
Released in 2008 and starring Jeremy Renner, this movie earned six Academy Awards.
Monday, September 24, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Slidell Branch, 646-6470
iCook Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Join the teen cuisine cooking club to discuss the culture of Vietnam and make Spring Rolls.
Monday, September 10, 6 p.m., Slidell Branch, 646-6470
Thursday, September 13, 6 p.m., Covington Branch 893-6280
Monday, September 24, 6 p.m., Mandeville Branch 626-4293
Manga Meet-up- Vietnamese Manga
Tonight’s discussion will be on Manga and Graphic Novels in Vietnam, including the Vietnam War-based Apocalypse Meow by Motofumi Kobayashi
Monday, September 10, 6 p.m., Mandeville Branch 626-4293
Vietnam War Film
Released in 1994, this film won 6 Academy Awards and earned Tom Hanks a Best Actor in a Drama Oscar.
Saturday, September 15, 2 p.m., Slidell Branch, 646-6470
Saturday, September 22, 2 p.m. Covington Branch 893-6280
Pizza and Pages Teen Book Club
Discuss books and eat pizza!
September 17, 6 p.m., Slidell Branch,Discussing Everybody Sees Ants, 646-6470
September 27, 6 p.m., Covington Branch, Discussing any book about Vietnam, 893-6280
iCraft Vietnamese Paper Lanterns
This DIY craft will have teens making beautiful paper lanterns while learning about the history behind them.
September 20, 6 p.m., Covington Branch, 893-6280
Writing Pics and Drawing Words
Teens will hone in on their writing and drawing skills focusing on the Vietnam War.
Monday, September 24, 6 p.m., Slidell Branch, 646-6470
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest. www.neabigread.org