L.I.F.T. attendees learn about parish library programs

Pictured at the recent Hixson-Snider L.I.F.T. program on May 1 were, from left: Funeral Director/ Location Manager Jordan Mothershed, L.I.F.T. Director Amanda Mothershed, Calcasieu Parish Outreach Director Jayme Champagne, Hixson Funeral Home General Manager Joel Brinkley, and Director of the Calcasieu Parish Library System Marjorie Harrison. (Photo by Douglas DeViney, Sr.)

By Jeffra DeViney

Hixson Snider L.I.F.T., a social program for widows and widowers held their May 1st program at El Tucan Restaurant.

The large number of attendees enjoyed a free luncheon with door prize giveaways and entertainment provided by Jordan and Amanda Mothershed.

Calcasieu Parish Library personnel gave an informative program on library services.

Marjorie Harris, Director of the Calcasieu Parish Library system, gave an overview of the new DeQuincy Library expansion. The former Capital One building, located downtown, has been purchased to be remodelled into a new library facility for the town, which will offer expanded parking, meeting rooms, more books and services.

Jayme Champagne, Outreach Librarian introduced the Library To-Go program, a free delivery service to people who are homebound due to age, illness or disability. She explained that they will visit patrons who live in private homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. They are based in the Maplewood area of Sulphur, but will travel all over the parish, bringing materials to people’s front doors.

It was also discussed that at the library patrons can check out pots and pans, Wi-Fi hot spots, electronic book readers, video plays, e-books, movies, music and way much more than traditional books. Area high school yearbooks have been scanned and can be accessed via their website.

Library card sign up was offered to all attendees during the program. For more information on services and programs, go to: www.calcasieulibrary.org.

New staff members to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home were introduced, which included the new general manager, over the Hixson Group and Cemeteries, Joel Brinkley, and Eddie Ray Hoosier, Family Services Counselor.

The L.I.F.T. program will take a summer hiatus in June and July, due to the birth of Jordan and Amanda’s child and the 4th of July holiday Meetings will resume in August. Watch for future announcements in the DeQuincy News.

For more information on the L.I.F.T. program, (Living Information For Today), call 786-6000. It is a free outreach program; there are no fees or membership dues.