In keeping with the St. Tammany Parish Library's commitment to showcase talented local individuals to provide lessons, provoke new interests or lead to discussions of hobbies or personal pursuits, the library will present the combined visual art and musical performances by Lifetime Achievement Awardee and celebrated clarinetist Ben Redwine and contemporary visual artist Leslie Redwine.

The artistic duo will host "Art & Jazz with the Redwines" for adult patrons on June 13 at the Slidell Library and the Covington Library on June 14. Both events will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Patrons will also be immersed in an exhibit of artwork by abstract expressionist painter, Olga Albizu, whose paintings were used for record jackets for bossa nova albums produced by RCA and Verve Records. Her work has been described as lyrical. Seating is limited and registration is required for both events. Those interested can register at the library’s website,

The Redwines will also provide musical events for the library’s younger patrons. Children and their parents will have the opportunity to enjoy a "Symphony Storytime" from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 13 at the South Slidell Library, and on June 14 at the Covington Library. No registration is required for the storytime events.

The Summer Reading program is in full swing at the library. Anyone who hasn't yet registered can do so now at the or speak to a librarian in any of the branches. 

In more library news, a special congratulations to Abita Springs branch manager Kay Redd. She was given the Public Service of the Season award from the Abita Springs Friends of the Park for her exceptional dedication, commitment and passion for providing outstanding service to the town of Abita Springs.

“I have worked at Abita Springs’ library for 23 years and loved every moment and plan to work many more. Thank you for honoring me but it is so easy to love coming to work when I have awesome staff and wonderful patrons,” said Redd.


MIRROR MIRROR: At the Slidell Library on June 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., licensed cosmetology instructor Annvernette Green will present a workshop for teens interested in a career as a licensed cosmetologist. Registration is required at

FACT VS FOLKLORE: Using her own research of a branch of her St. Tammany Parish ancestors, Sheila Delacroix will demonstrate how properly conducted genealogical research can be used to affirm or refute the family stories that are passed down in families and communities. Meet with her on June 10 at the Madisonville Library from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Register at

MYSTERY: Teens aged 12-18 are invited to partake in a whodunit mystery dinner at the Slidell Library on June 9 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Event will start promptly at 7 p.m.; doors will open at 6:45 and will close at 7:10 p.m. Dinner will include chicken tenders, chips and cookies. Registration is required at