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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Library summer program offers much for children

  • Once Upon a Time, the summer reading program at Morehouse Parish Library, encourages young readers to read, learn, grow and enjoy the magic in their lives.


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  • Once Upon a Time, the summer reading program at Morehouse Parish Library, encourages young readers to read, learn, grow and enjoy the magic in their lives.
     Dee Smalling of the Girl Scouts of Louisiana will present “Uniquely Me,” a self-esteem workshop for girls ages eight through 17 between 10 a.m. and noon, Tuesday, June 9.
    Smalling explained that the program is a partnership between the Girl Scouts and Dove to encourage girls to develop a strong sense of self-esteem regarding personal values and take care of their bodies and minds.
    “It is actually for the girl to foster their positive self-esteem across the nation,” Smalling said. “It also teaches them keys to leadership.”
    According to girlscouts.org/uniquelyme: “The problem of low self-esteem is pervasive among pre-adolescent and adolescent girls in the United States. Research conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute and other organizations demonstrates that risky behavior such as smoking, drinking, unsafe sexual behavior, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies, and self-mutilative behavior are often associated with low self-esteem.”
    The program encourages young women to have respect for self and others, pride in personal accomplishments and the ability to control their own lives; the sessions are normally broken down into three age ranges in four separate exercises.
    “It can be anywhere from a one-time project to several weeks,” Smalling said and mentioned that additional sessions may be held at the Visitor Center throughout the summer.
    Rob Rue & Bobbi, a magic act, will perform 10 a.m. Thursday June 11.
    At 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, children will learn about fire prevention and get to see a fire truck up close, and kids will get to wear their favorite costumes and be treated to popcorn and a movie 10 a.m. Friday, June 19.
    Kids will get to watch Eddy Gorden, a magician, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, and teens and preteens, ages 11 through 18, will have a game day between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 27.
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