Summer Reading Travels – Iberville Parish Library, Louisiana; June 24-25, 2009


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6-24-09 Performing at Lasalle Parish Library Main Branch

Friends:

I just finished a wonderful summer reading tour in Iberville Parish, one of my favorite library systems in Louisiana. I just adore the librarians there! My first performance was on June 24, 2009 in the morning, at the main branch in Plaquemine.

They had such a gorgeous backdrop, based on the summer reading art, that I didn’t set up my backdrop this time. Their resident artist, Mary Anne, did such an amazing job! I had a nice crowd but the highlight of my visit to the main branch was meeting some of the team members of the Louisiana Double Dutch League. They were an amazing group of kids – bright, polite and talented! They even performed a short demonstration of the double dutch jump rope technique for me and the librarians. It was the bomb! Check out these flips! (Shout out to Taylon! Hey girl!)

6-24-09 LA Double Dutch League demonstration at the main library in Plaquemine

6-24-09 LA Double Dutch League demonstration at the main library in Plaquemine

Taylon wrote in a sweet email to me, “Hey Ms. Dianne this is Taylon. I am one of the girls from the Double-Dutch League that performed on on Wednesday June 24, 2009. We all thought that you were really funny and we’d be delighted to see you again. We loved the stories you told!!!!!!” Taylon, I would love to see y’all again as well. I was amazed by your creativity, discipline, teamwork, and talent. I hope you’ll use my story song, “Johnny Jeremiah” in your jumps!

My next show was in the afternoon at the library in White Castle. Here I am with Kitty Wood, the branch manager. Kitty is always so hospitable. Eliana and I love visiting White Castle! Love you, Kitty!

6-24-09 Dianne de Las Casas & Kitty Wood at the White Castle Library

6-24-09 Dianne de Las Casas & Kitty Wood at the White Castle Library

We had a nice crowd and we had a blast. The kids really enjoyed the show. Again, check out the lovely backdrop created by Mary Anne.

6-24-09 Dianne doing a gator chomping at the White Castle Library

6-24-09 Dianne doing a gator chomping at the White Castle Library

After our shows, Eliana and I returned to our hotel for a relaxing evening swim. Here is Eliana, trying out her new mermaid flipper and goggles. Too cute!

6-24-09 Eliana the Mermaid

6-24-09 Eliana the Mermaid

On Thursday, June 24, 2009, we visited the St. Gabriel  Library in East Iberville Parish. We took the ferry from Plaquemine and crossed the river. The library is rather small so the programs are held at the high school next door, in the band room. The crowd was lively and uninhibited. We had a ball.

6-25-09 Everyone dancing "How Funky is Your Chicken?" in St. Gabriel

6-25-09 The whole crowd dances "How Funky is Your Chicken?" in St. Gabriel

Eliana and I ate at Wayne’s near the library on River Road. We always have po boys there after our show. Then it was off to Grosse Tete. We had to cross the river again. Here is Eliana on the Plaquemine ferry.

6-25-09 Eliana on the Plaquemine ferry

6-25-09 Eliana on the Plaquemine ferry

Our show in Grosse Tete is always at the Lions Club. We usually have a pretty big crowd. But this year, the neighboring daycare did not attend so we had a smaller group. It became an intimate “porch telling,” kind of like sharing stories with your closest family. The kids even got to hear a ghost story, which they absolutely loved.

6-25-09 Signing books in Gross Tete

6-25-09 Signing books in Gross Tete

Thank you to all the girls who helped me pack up the show!

6-25-09 The Girls of Gross Tete (Eliana is in the brown & blue dress)

6-25-09 The Girls of Gross Tete (Eliana is in the brown & blue dress)

After the show, I treated several of the children to sno balls. Yum!

6-25-09 Eating monster sno balls in Grosse Tete

6-25-09 Eating monster sno balls in Grosse Tete

Eliana and I had a fantastic time in Iberville Parish. Thank you so much to Dannie, Anne, Kitty, Julie, Lydia, Brenda, and the rest of the amazing library staff. We love seeing old friends and making new friends. It’s such a treat for us – as sweet as sno balls.

Until next time! See you down the road…

Warmly, Dianne