Chatham Branch and Computer Center at Jonesboro Branch of Library reopened

Remember the day when you would come to the Jackson Parish Library and see patrons of all ages gathered in the glass enclosed area using the many computers available?  Now that the state of Louisiana has moved into Phase 3 that loosened some of the restrictions that had been imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Computer Center at the Jonesboro Branch is open once again. After nearly a year the doors have been reopened that will allow you to type and print documents, do research, surf the internet, listen to music and audio instruction or engage in social media sites.resource center

“We are pleased to be able to reopen this very popular area of the library,” said Director Floyd Knox. “While there won’t be as many stations available as there was in the past due to social distancing guidelines more patrons at one time can now have access to computers.”

CHATHAM BRANCH REOPENS: Certain sections, such as the Children’s area, remain closed off while renovation and repairs from damage caused by winter storm is still going on but the Chatham Branch of the Jackson Parish Library is now open once again. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. No fines will be accessed on books or materials that were supposed to be checked back in during the time the branch was closed.

WIN A T-SHIRT: The Jonesboro Branch opened the month by celebrating the March 2nd, birthday of Dr. Seuss. As part of the festivities a challenge to all readers up to the 4th grade was issued to read as many Dr. Seuss books as possible throughout the month of March. For those who read ten or more books the JPL will issue a Dr. Seuss T-Shirt. Come by or call (318-259-5697) to register which is required in order to insure there will be enough T-Shirts in the correct sizes available and to get your reading log which is used as verification of books read. While it is preferred that the reading material be checked out from the library, any Dr. Seuss books that you own can be logged in once they are read.dr seuss

MARCH IS A MONTH OF “SPECIAL DAYS”– Did you know that the month of March has more “special days” than any other? Twelve of the 31 days in March commemorate a wide variety of event’s, activities and important people of American history.  Palm Sunday, the beginning of Passover, moving to daylight savings time and the beginning of the Spring season all take place this month as well. Almost half of them have already been celebrated but there are several more “special days” still ahead as shown below. 

March 14Pi Day
March 15Susan B. Anthony Day
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 20World Storytelling Day
March 21World Poetry Day
March 30National Pencil Day
March 31National Crayon Day

SCHEDULE OF ADULT ACTIVITIES FOR MARCH 14-20

Monday, March 14 and Thursday, March 18: Do you have questions concerning the COVID-19 vaccine? By appointment only, Ms. Jeanette White from the Office of Public Health will be available at the Jonesboro branch at 1:00pm to answer any questions you may have and provide information. To secure an appointment either call (318) 259-6601, (318) 332 – 9204, send fax to 318-259-1146 or send email to: jeanette.glver@la.gov.


Wednesday, March 17:
Pine Belt Multi-Purpose representative TyAnne Williams is available for consultation by appointment only from 9am – 12:00pm. 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.

You are also invited to participate in a market research program sponsored by Brown’s Hearing to help evaluate a new digital hearing instrument at the Jonesboro Branch on from 10:00am – 4:00 pm. To secure an appointment call 888-781-3978.

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’S PROGRAMS

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Reading Eggs and Math Seeds program: If you would like to enroll your child in this education enrichment program 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.

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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 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 and Saturday (8:30am – 12:30pm)

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