Jackson Parish Library in Jonesboro is open, Chatham still closed

After the week of winter weather and severe problems with water transmission brought activity to a standstill the Jackson Parish Library (JPL) in Jonesboro is pleased to announce that they are once again open to the public. The news is not as good at the Chatham branch which will remain closed until further notice due to water damage suffered from a busted line in the ceiling sprinkler system that caused some flooding.  

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are late in returning books and materials that were scheduled to be brought back during the week of February 14th-21st you won’t be fined as long as returns are made by the end of this week. 

Scheduled events for February!

February 25th – STRESS LESS – Taking care of your heart! The LSU-Ag Center is offering important information on taking care of your heart this Thursday, February 26th from 11:00-11:30am. To register please call Cathy Judd at 318-251-5134 or Kimberlyn Jones at 318-263 -7400.

February 26th – Last call for Bookmobile design submittals! Only two more days are left to submit artwork for the exterior design of the new bookmobile that the JPL will be receiving this summer.  One winner will have their design featured on the bookmobile while all other designs will be displayed throughout the Jonesboro Branch for the community to view. 

Artist of the Month! Four more days are left to submit your artwork to have a chance to be selected as Artist of the Month. To make a submittal contact Joanna at 318-259-5697 or send by email to: events@jacksonparishlibrary.org

Win at T-Shirt! To help celebrate the upcoming March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss, readers up to the fourth grade are challenged to read as many Dr. Seuss books as possible with a T-Shirt given away to everyone who reads at least ten books. There are a few rules….
1. You must check the book out from the Library
2. A log must be kept showing what books were read.
3. Books must be read by March 2nd. 

Harry Potter collection available on Hoopla! – The entire Harry Potter collection has landed is now available through hoopla! You can enjoy the ebooks & audiobooks with your library card!

Free hand sanitizer given with checkout! While supplies last free hand sanitizers are given with each checkout throughout the month of February 

Black History Month – Only a few more days are left to be able to see the featured books available for check out in celebration of Black History Month on prominent individuals and events that have helped change the course of history. 

Learn about the COVID-19 vaccine – Do you have questions concerning the COVID-19 vaccine? Ms. Jeanette White from the Office of Public Health will be available at the Jonesboro branch, by appointment only, every Monday and Thursday at 1:00pm to answer any questions you may have and provide information. To secure an appointment either call 318-259-6601, send fax to 318-259-1146 or send email to: jeanette.glver@la.gov.

Pine Belt Multi-Purpose representative available for consultation – Client Service Manager TyAnne Williams is available for consultation. You can receive help with Unemployment Application Assistance, SNAP Benefits Application, Medicaid/Medicare Enrollment, Social Security Benefits Application and Social Security Card Applications. Information on Financial Counseling Courses, Commodities Distribution and Senior Food Boxes will also be provided. To secure an appointment please call 318-259-6444.

SNAP Program assistance – Ms. Jerlissa Elzy, who is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Coordinator is available for assistance with Food Stamp Applications and redetermination as well as helping with a simplified report by calling 318-237-7764 or 318-322-3567.

Children programs 

Art Classes: To register for March art classes please come by the Jonesboro Branch and speak with Terrye Shackleford or contact her by phone at 318-259-5697.  Classes are tentatively scheduled to be held from 4:00 to 5:00pm on select Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at the Jonesboro Branch and on select Monday’s at the Chatham Branch. 

“Grab and Go” program: Art work supplies and instructions can be picked up at the Jonesboro Branch and taken home for those who are registered. 

Reading Eggs and Math Seeds program enrolling. If you would like to enroll your child please contact: Terrye Shackleford at 318-269-5697. Please be prepared to provide a cell phone number that can be used for a text to be received that will contain your child’s username and password for the program. Please note that this program is NOT HELD AT THE LIBRARY but is for use at home. As a requirement you must have internet service at your home to participate. Your child can work on an iPad, Laptop, Computer or Kindle of any kind. There is no cost to participate. 

Homework Louisiana – Powered by tutor.com and found at HomeworkLa.org this online service is very beneficial in providing assistance with school studies for students of all ages. 

Outreach Services

Monthly personalized delivery of books, audiobooks, magazines and more are available to residents of Jackson Parish, including Nursing Home residents and in-home daycares.

Additional Services and Resources

Binge Box – Checkout multiple movies for one week that counts as only one checkout. 

Vox Books  (Books that talk) – The first audio books that live in print books. The attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read along. No need for computers, tablets or CD’s. Simply push a button to listen and read. 

Flipster – An easy to use resource for viewing best selling digital magazines. 

Freegal Music – Service that provides access to virtually every song ever recorded in over 100 countries. Includes catalog of legendary artists and over 40,000 music videos. 

Chilton Automotive Guide – A must for those do-it-yourself auto repair projects. Provides detailed sketches and instructions on virtually every repair job and new parts installation for all makes and models of automobiles. 

PrinterOn – Printing can be done from your Smartphone or Tablets through this free app by sending an email along with attachments to: jpl-jonesboro@printspots.com or jpl-chatham@printspots.com

Fax and copy services: Available at both branches. Pricing dependent on size. 

Jonesboro Branch information:

Address: 614 South Polk Avenue
Phone: 318-259-5697
Fax: 318-259-3374
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday (8:00am – 5:30pm), Saturday (8:00am – 12:00pm)

Chatham Branch information:

Address: 1500 Pine Street
Phone: 318-249-2980
Fax: 318-249-2981
Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday (8:30am – 6:00pm), Friday & Saturday (8:30am-12:30pm)

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