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Younger library patrons are invited to join an hour-long outdoor party on December 31 to celebrate the New Year at the Mandeville Library at 844 Girod St.

Children 5 and under, and their families, are invited to the 11 a.m. event for story time, crafts, cookies and juice and a countdown to noon. No registration is required; get more information about or by calling (985) 626-4293.

Also remember that children 9 and under cannot be left unattended in the library or at library events.

All branches will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 31 and will remain closed until January 3 for the New Year. Branches will reopen on January 4.

For customers of all ages, a reminder that the Winter Reading Challenge continues until January 29. Keep reading and win prizes! Register on

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Family members honored a loved one, Samuel Goodline, with the planting of two new live oak trees at the Mandeville Branch Library, dedicated on December 4 in a moving public ceremony.

“Really, I think the reason Sam came here was humanity. The people here were nice to him. They’ve been nice to him, and I know that’s really what he has the more appreciated,” said Jacob Goodine, whose brother died suddenly earlier this year. “I just want to say thank you for that.”

Goodine’s family said the library was a haven for Samuel, who they described as “a lifelong learner”. And Mandeville was the branch where he spent so much time. To attend the ceremony, go to

Other activities

RELAX: Join the virtual tai chi to help you unwind after the holidays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on December 29. Register on

GIVE BACK: Teens in grades 8-12 who need volunteer hours during the school year can come to the library for a chance to be a one-time volunteer and win up to two hours at the Madisonville branch from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on December 29. Register on

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