ST. Tammany Parish hosts RELIC programs

RELIC participants in Madisonville

Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) programs are underway in all four major regions of the state this year, with initial reports demonstrating the programs’ consistent public appeal. Despite winter storms that shut down many parts of the South, our longtime partners at St. Tammany Parish Public Library continue to host successful programs.

At the Madisonville branch, “Louisiana Characters: Biographies of the Bayou State” concluded with readers praising the importance of the humanities and the content of the RELIC programs. “The attendance was surprisingly good, especially since we postponed one session due to inclement weather and we had rain and cold weather for two of the other meetings,” reported the library’s Mimi Nothacker. Dr. Susan Blalock deserves special credit as a discussion leader with a special instinct for readers’ interests. Her sessions include ancillary aides that make the texts more effective, despite the significant range in content, styles and volume of reading. Audience members appreciated these efforts: “Well prepared and researched. I liked her outside sources, video clips of interviews, music, etc. Very good,” wrote one participant. Given one of the worst winter storm periods in recent history, an average session attendance of 25 participants shows the hardy spirit of St. Tammany Parish and our RELIC partners!

All RELIC programs now are paid for by hosting facilities, a testament to the quality of the programs and their importance in local humanities programming. Is RELIC in your community? If not, ask your library director or branch manager to consider hosting one. Click here for more info.

Spring 2014 RELIC Schedule
Abbeville, Vermilion Parish Library
“Louisiana Characters: Biographies of the Bayou State”
Mondays, March 13-April 24 (April 17 skipped over), 6:00-8:00 pm. 337-893-2674.

Central Branch, Bossier City, Bossier Parish Library
“The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History”
Thursdays, March 16-April 10, 6:00-7:45pm. 318-742-2337.

Gonzales, Ascension Parish Library
“I’ll Be Seeing You. . . America and World War II”
Tuesdays, March 25-April 29, 6:00-8:00pm. 225-647-8924 (Tentative).

Madisonville Branch, St. Tammany Parish Library (CLOSED)
“Louisiana Characters: Biographies of the Bayou State”
Tuesdays, January 21-February 25, 5:30-7:30pm. 985-626-9779.

Morgan City, Morgan City Public Library
“The American West in Fact and Fiction”
Wednesdays, February 12-March 19, 6:00-8:00pm. 985-380-4646.

Stubbs Branch, Monroe, Ouachita Public Library
Rising Tide by John Barry”
318-327-1490 (Tentative, dates to come)

Winnsboro, Franklin Parish Library
Rising Tide by John Barry.”
Tuesdays, March 11-25, 3:00-5:00pm. 318-435-4336.

Winnsboro, Franklin Parish Library
Cane River by Lalita Tademy.”
Tuesdays, April 8-22, 3:00-5:00pm. 318-435-4336.

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