The Livingston Parish Library hosted its yearly gathering celebrating books, literacy, and the arts during the annual Livingston Parish Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Main Branch in Livingston.
More than 1,300 people attended the fifth annual festival, a free event that featured local author discussions, book signings, live music, and activities for all ages.
More than 30 local authors participated in this year’s event, including featured authors Jack Caldwell, Lindsey Duga, and Season Vining, who all led author discussions in the library’s meeting room. Most writers were stationed in Author's Alley, where they mingled with patrons and answered questions about their work.
Apart from Author’s Alley, the festival included outdoor activities, such as face painting, bubble making, and bouncy houses. There was also a Maker’s Tent for hands-on activities for adults and children.
Inside the library, patrons were allowed to test out some of the library’s technology, such as its 3-D printer, virtual reality system and tabletop gaming. Visitors were also treated to live musical performances from The Chase Tyler Band, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, and Alexis “Papo” Guevara.
During the festival, visitors dined on free jambalaya, courtesy of Friends of the Livingston Library System (FOLLS) and Swamp Box Cafe, and refreshments from Raising Cane’s. They were also allowed to take home free books.
Highlights from the event can be viewed on the library’s website at www.mylpl.info.