I know that, for the most part, we think of the library as a place we go when we want to check out the latest best selling novel or need some information for a topic of interest, but I think you'll be amazed at the huge number of special events and projects going on at Calcasieu Parish Libraries.

You'll find events that cover everything from historical information about the area to the very popular book sale.

The events coming up will be of interest to every age group.

From the Calcasieu Public Library press release:

ADULTS

Central Library, 301 W. Claude Street, 721-7116

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War:  A traveling exhibition, on display during branch hours.  January 23-March 6.

Friends of the Library-Calcasieu Book Sale:  3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8. The Friends of the Library-Calcasieu will have books for sale until 5:00 p.m.

Friends of the Library-Calcasieu Book Sale:  10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 10. The Friends of the Library-Calcasieu will have books for sale until 12:00 p.m.

Computer Security:  2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.  Adults will cover basic computer security and the best measures for securing hardware, software and data.  Registration is required.

Relationship and Self:  6:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.  Keri McCorquodale from Solutions Counseling will present tips to help improve relationships.  Registration is required.

Tablet Café:  4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11.  Adults will enjoy coffee and hot cocoa as they try out the library's new Samsung tablets.

Library Resources – Who, What, Where:  10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 12.  Adults will cover a variety of library resources and how to access and use them.  Registration is required.

Friends of the Library-Calcasieu Book Sale:  2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12. The Friends of the Library-Calcasieu will have books for sale until 4:00 p.m.

Maker Hours:  5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12.  Visit the Innovation Studio at Central Library every Thursday evening to tinker with fun technology, including 3D printing.  For more information visit www.calcasieulibrary.org/innovatelibrary.

Epps Memorial Library, 1320 North Simmons St., 721-7090

RELIC-The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History:  6:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.  In three weekly sessions, adults will examine the social class, race, and culture in the history of Creoles in Louisiana.  Registration is required.

Chocolate Mixer:  6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12.  Adults will exchange recipes for chocolate favorites.  Come and learn a new recipe.  Registration is required.

Fontenot Memorial Library, 1402 Center St., Vinton, 721-7095

Coffee and History:  9:30 a.m., Monday, February 9.  Patrons in the community will share photos and articles of history about the surrounding area.

Mike McHugh “The Dang Yankee:” 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 9.  Mike McHugh, author of the “Dang Yankee” column in The Jambalaya News will share his observations of life in Louisiana.

Free Income Tax Services:  9:00 a.m., Friday, February 13.  VITA will be available for free income tax services for those who are eligible.

Iowa Library, 107 East First St., 721-7101, 582-3597 (Iowa residents)

The Button Bracelet Project:  10:00 a.m., Monday, February 9.  Adults will create a unique bracelet using buttons.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own.  Registration is required.

Southwest Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Library, 411 Pujo Street, 721-7110

Stories in Time - Reminiscent Readings:  10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 10.  Genealogy staff will read the winning entries from the 2013 Reminiscent Writing Contest and will announce the winners of the 2014 contest.

Sulphur Regional Library, 1160 Cypress Street, 721-7141

AARP Tax Assistance:  2:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 11.  Certified volunteers will provide free, first come first served tax assistance through AARP.

Valentine's Day Craft: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12.  Adults will use the shabby chic technique to create a piece of art for their favorite valentine.  Registration is required.

Westlake Library, 937 Mulberry Street, 721-7113

Friends of the Library-Calcasieu Book Sale:  12:00 p.m., Monday, February 9.  The Friends of the Library-Calcasieu will have books for sale until 4:00 p.m.

Friends of the Library-Calcasieu Book Sale:  12:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10. The Friends of the Library-Calcasieu will have books for sale until 4:00 p.m.

Friends of the Library-Calcasieu Book Sale:  12:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11. The Friends of the Library-Calcasieu will have books for sale until 4:00 p.m.

Friends of the Library-Calcasieu Book Sale:  12:00 p.m., Friday, February 13. The Friends of the Library-Calcasieu will have books for sale until 4:00 p.m.

TEENS

Central Library, 301 W. Claude Street, 721-7116

Teen Tech Week Vine Contest – Film and Post:  During branch hours through February 28.  Students in grades 6-1 are invited to submit and 5-6 second movie clip for a chance to win prizes.  Entries will be posted online for the public to vote on.  Entry forms and rules are available at www.calcasieulibrary.org.

Teen Tech Week Video Challenge – Filming:  4:00 p.m., Monday, February 9.  Teens are encouraged to film a 60 second film advertising the summer reading program with a superhero theme.  For more information contact 721-7121.

Teen Writers Group:  4:30 p.m., Monday, February 9.  Teens who love writing will share writing tips and tricks with other teens.  Registration is required.

Teen Advisory Board:  10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 14.  The Central Library TAB group will help choose library YA programs, plan new clubs/groups, and give their opinion on what is popular with teens in the community.

DeQuincy Library, 102 W. Harrison St., 721-7087, 786-4213 (DeQuincy residents)

Teen Tuesday:  4:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.  Teens will create and decorate a Valentine card.

Epps Memorial Library, 1320 North Simmons St., 721-7090

Fondant Flowers:  4:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.  Teens will learn about food science while making Fondant flowers for cupcakes and cakes.  Registration is required.

Hayes Library, 7709 Perier St., 721-7098, 622-3605 (Hayes residents)

Fruit Roll Up Fortune Cookies:  4:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12.  Teens will make Valentine themed fortune cookies out of Fruit Roll Ups.

Iowa Library, 107 East First St., 721-7101, 582-3597 (Iowa residents)

Iowa Chess Club:  3:30 P.M., Wednesday, February 11.  All ages are welcome to learn more about and play Chess.  Registration is required.

Roblox Tournament:  3:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12.  Teens will compete in an online Roblox tournament and a champ will be crowned. Registration is required.

Moss Bluff Library, 261 Parish Road, 721-7128

YA Book Club and TAB Meeting:  4:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12.  The YA Book Club will meet to discuss their favorite books, followed by a Teen Advisory Board meeting.

Starks Library, 113 S. Hwy. 109, 743-6560 (Starks residents) or 721-7107

Teen Time:  3:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.  Teens will decorate a Mardi Gras mask and join in on a Mardi Gras parade.

Sulphur Regional Library, 1160 Cypress Street, 721-7141

Make and Take Valentine:  3:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.  Teens will surprise their valentines with a handmade craft.  Registration is required.

Westlake Library, 937 Mulberry Street, 721-7113

Fun with Science:  4:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.  Teens will experiment with simple and fun science concepts and enjoy an after school snack.

CHILDREN

Carnegie Memorial Library, 411 Pujo St., 721-7084

Walk In Story Time:  10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 11.

Central Library, 301 W. Claude Street, 721-7116

Marvelous Monday Story Time:  10:00 a.m., Monday, February 9.

Terrific Tuesday Night Story Time:  6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.

DeQuincy Library, 102 W. Harrison St., 721-7087, 786-4213 (DeQuincy residents)

Walk In Story Time:  2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11.

Epps Memorial Library, 1320 North Simmons St., 721-7090

Walk In Story Time:  11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 11.

Candy Hearts:  4:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12.  Children will learn all about how the human heart works while making fun, traditional shaped Valentine's Day hearts.

Fontenot Memorial Library, 1402 Center St., Vinton, 721-7095

Walk In Story Time:  10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 12.

Hayes Library, 7709 Perier St., 721-7098, 622-3605 (Hayes residents)

Walk In Story Time:  10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 11.

Valentine's Day:  4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 11.  Children will hear Valentine stories.

Iowa Library, 107 East First St., 721-7101, 582-3597 (Iowa residents)

Walk In Story Time:  10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 11.

Maplewood Library, 91 Center Circle, 721-7104

Walk In Story Time:  1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12.

Moss Bluff Library, 261 Parish Road, 721-7128

Walk In Story Time:  10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 11.

Starks Library, 113 S. Hwy. 109, 743-6560 (Starks residents) or 721-7107

Walk In Story Time:  2:30 p.m., Thursday, February 12.

Sulphur Regional Library, 1160 Cypress Street, 721-7141

Walk In Story Time:  10:00 a.m., Monday, February 9.

Westlake Library, 937 Mulberry Street, 721-7113

Fun with Science:  3:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 10.  Children will experiment with simple science concepts and enjoy an after school snack.

Walk In Story Time:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 12.

For a complete listing of library programs, resources and services please visit http://calcasieulibrary.org.