Readers, bibliophiles, book lovers, bargain hunters, alert: The spring 2018 Friends of the Terrebonne Library choice used book sale begins Thursday at the main library in Houma. That's the good news.

However, Thursday, the opening day of the sale, is strictly members only. You have to be a member in good standing of the Friends to get a first day chance at the tables of choice books before they have been picked over by the crowds of later shoppers.


The trick: Lapsed Friends and complete newcomers can pay their dues at the door before entering the sales area where the wide assortment of choice books, fiction and non-fiction are waiting.

Prices Thursday, Friday and Saturday are reasonable, as usual. Shoppers stack their choices beside a yardstick and pay 75 cents per inch of thickness.


Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. The sale takes place in the large meeting room at the entrance to the library.


By the bag: On Sunday, prices drop dramatically. The books, tapes and DVDs that are left after three days of heavy shopping are sold by the bagful. Shoppers buy standard brown paper grocery bags at the door for $3 each and fill them to the top with books and more. If it fits in the bag, it's yours, and reasonable over-filling is tolerated. Multiple bags are encouraged. Assistance to get your loot loaded into your car is available for the asking.


Warning: At prices like these, don't expect alphabetical order. The sale begins with fiction, non-fiction and perhaps a dozen other classifications, but as the sale goes on, shoppers select, then reject, books to purchase, and distinctions become muddled. The standard inquiry, "Do you have books by (your favorite author)?" has a standard answer. "Probably, but you will have to go over what's on the tables for yourself."

That means reading the information off the spines of hundreds of books, or more. It is useful to team up with other shoppers, learning what they are seeking and alerting them if you find their target instead of yours. The red-aproned Friends volunteers will tell you if they have run across the author you seek, but the real hunting is up to you. Information: Jessi Suire at 850-5301.


Good Earth Market: Back next month for its second year, the Wetlands Discovery Center has scheduled a market for gardeners, farmers and those seeking plants to restore gardens singed by the freeze.

It's planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7 on the grounds where the Discovery Center intends to build its home, 112 Library Drive, Houma, next to the Courtyard by Marriott near the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center and Terrebonne's main library.

The market also includes educational workshops. Native plants, vegetables, ornamentals, fresh eggs, jams, jellies, baked goods, homemade soaps and lots more. Booth spaces are available to vendors from all aspects of the gardening and farming industry. Vendor applications will be accepted from now until all spaces are filled, but a late fee will be charged after March 23.

Download applications from, call 580-7289 or email


Oops: The information phone number I provided last week for that Cajun music cruise April 15 was missing a digit. Call 504-433-3335.


Lucky dress: Etta Sonnier tells me there is more to the story of the wedding dress she wore when she and Gene were married some 60 years ago, and which was worn later by her daughter-in-law. The garment has somehow survived a couple of hurricanes in good condition.

"I had it with me when we were living in Buras," Etta recalls. "My mother came to visit and offered to store it in her home, where there was more space. She took it, and when Buras was flooded by Betsy, it was high and dry."

More recently, the same dress was in Texas being altered for another wedding when Harvey flooding came. The dress was saved again, being among the few items the seamstress was able to take with her when evacuating before the flood.

And another thing, the brides who have worn the Sonnier dress are all still married.


Tryouts: Le Petit's late-April production, "Two Across," continues auditions for a couple about 50 years old at 6:30 tonight at the theater, on the corner of Main and Grinage streets in Houma.


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