Centenary’s Magale Library is gearing up to host a brand new, innovative community event on Saturday, March 9. The College’s academic information hub will be the gateway for Magale Fest, a new community festival featuring live music, carnival-style games and activities, and food and beverages from great local food trucks. A.J. Haynes, a 2010 Centenary graduate and frontwoman for the band Seratones, will headline the Magale Fest live performances as part of a week-long visit to her alma mater. Magale Fest runs from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, and is free and open to the public.
Other musical performances in Centenary’s Hargrove Memorial Amphitheatre (“the Shell”) include New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Sarah Quintana and Centenary students. Festivalgoers can view a DNA-inspired student art installation created by Centenary’s biology program and participate in games and activities on Centenary’s beautiful Quad hosted by Centenary student groups and academic departments such as Chi Omega, Outreach, and the Frost School of Business, which is hosting a full-sized football toss-and-target game on the Quad. Community partners for the event include the Shreve Memorial Library and Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park, whose offerings will include encounters with a screech owl. Food can be purchased from local vendors such as Cajun Asian, Taqueria el Eden, and Dripp Donuts. Thrifty Liquor will provide beer and wine sales for patrons 21 and older.

“Magale Fest is an opportunity to celebrate libraries as centers of community engagement and lifelong learning in general, and specifically to invite the Shreveport-Bossier community to come and experience some of what Magale Library and Centenary College have to offer beyond excellent academics,” explained Patrick Morgan, Magale Library director. “From live music and great food trucks to games and fun activities provided by Centenary departments and student groups as well as local institutions, Magale Fest is an event the whole family will enjoy.”

For more information and ways to participate, visit centenary.edu/magalefest or contact Patrick Morgan at pmorgan@centenary.edu.