Library Summer Reading launch party is in City Park Thursday, May 31

Lady Chops, Elizabeth Vidos, offers a unique and interactive performance that will have audiences on their feet no matter their ages.

The Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) is ramping up for its annual Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” and the NPL will have a launch party appropriate of such a title in City Park Thursday, May 31 from 2-6 p.m.

The headliner for the kickoff celebrations will be percussionist Lady Chops with shows at 2 and 5 p.m. There will also be a bounce house, several activity stations, plinko, face painting, popcorn and prizes.

The Northeast Branch (NEB) will also host a Sumer Reading Kick-Off June 4 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The reading portion of the program, in which all ages can earn prizes, officially lasts from June 1 – Aug. 10, however patrons can register early online, beginning May 24 at This year, reading will be tracked with bookmark reading logs that can be returned to the library to receive a weekly prize as well as an entry into the grand prize drawing. There is no limit to the number of bookmarks you may turn in; however, you may only collect six of the weekly prizes during the entirety of the program.

The children’s performances will again be at each branch location this year. Main Branch performances are Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Thursdays at 10 a.m. beginning June 6. NEB performances will be at City of Refuge Church in Campti Thursdays at 2 p.m.

For more information about the upcoming Summer reading program, visit, or the Natchitoches Parish Library Facebook page.