by Jennifer Smarr

Hop over to your Rapides Parish Library this month, where you will discover fresh new programs for an entire “fluffle” of interests and age groups! There is something for every bunny, from new reading challenges and literary highlights to new STEM programs and speaking series.

Get your paws on a book and challenge yourself, your friends, and your family in the Easter Basket Read-Off! Using the Beanstack app, log each book you read between March 7th and April 11th. Each book that you log will be equivalent to one prize drawing entry. Children have the opportunity to win an Easter Basket. At the same time, teen winners will receive a free pass to Wayback’s Arcade, and adult winners will receive a beautiful hanging basket for spring!

This month, literary highlights include Women’s History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Read Across America Week, and more. Children will have a “Seuss-tastic” time celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday during Read Across America Week! Seuss-themed parties, crafts, and storytimes will be held at several branch locations. Discover our “Seuss-errific” plans on the event calendar of the RPL website ( Children, teens, and adults alike will enjoy the variety of book clubs and book displays available!

If science and math perk your ears, then you will be glad to learn that RPL has partnered with CenlaSTEM to bring two new STEM programs to the community. STEM components (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are part of our daily lives more than you can imagine! The new CenlaSTEM Lifelong Learner Lectures promise to be fun and exciting lectures that introduce you to various STEM topics. The March 22nd lecture at Westside Regional Library from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm will introduce engineering and teach us how it is relevant in our lives. Fourth through eighth-grade students will learn awareness and knowledge of the environment in the CenlaSTEM Teaches Project Learning Tree Camp on March 28th through April 1st at Main Library. From 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, the first session is intended for fourth and fifth-grade students. The second session from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm is designed for sixth through eighth-grade students. Guardians may register their students by contacting Tara DeMarco at 318-445-2411 x 1036.

No matter your interest, there is a book, program, or challenge for every bunny this Spring! Visit the event calendar of the RPL website at to find the perfect activity for you!



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