One Book, One Community: Hidden Figures Launch Party

Blast off with us at the One Book One Community launch party celebrating Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly at the Main Library at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 24! 2018’s title was first announced at the annual Louisiana Book Festival downtown in October 2017.

There’ll be free food, music, games, prizes, stargazing and even a “Moon Walk” cake walk! Our special guests include Dr. Tamiara Wade, former Learning Expert at the NASA Stennis Space Center; and Alyssa Carson, a 16-year-old aspiring astronaut who attended Space Camp seven times, Space Academy three times, Robotics Academy   once, and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Advanced Space Academy! Learn more about Carson at Partners Forum 35 also will be on hand to welcome the NASA STEM Team!


Lots of other events, programs, movie nights, book talks, crafts and more related to the book and OBOC will be scheduled throughout the community all spring long. All the events are FREE. A schedule and related information, as well as an InfoGuide, is posted at, and it will be updated periodically with additional events.

Here’s a sample of the great things to come:

  • LASM Discovery Dome Presents Magic Tree House: Space Mission & We Are Stars – Discovery Dome presentations run March 5 – 28; For a full schedule, pick up a copy of the Library’s monthly newsletter The Source, or visit the online calendar at
  • Book Talk with Author of The Radium Girls Kate Moore -7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Main Library at Goodwood
  • Hidden Figures Movie Night on the BIG Screen – 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, Main Library at Goodwood
  • The World Behind Hidden Figures with Dr. Renee Horton -2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Main Library at Goodwood
  • History of Flight with Jim Slade & Katharine Wright – 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, Main Library at Goodwood
  • And many more!

For more information about the FREE One Book One Community launch party, call (225) 231-3750. To learn about any of the Library’s other free programs, events or resources, visit us online.

Author Talk: Randall Ladnier with The Brides of La Baleine

Author Randall Ladnier will be at the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, to discuss his book The Brides of La Baleine. The book covers the history of 88 young French women who volunteered to come to the Louisiana colony in 1720 to become brides for the soldiers and settlers here.

The young women were transported on a ship named La Baleine, and they arrived in Biloxi in January 1721. Many of them married and had large families, with thousands of their descendants still living in the Gulf Coast states (including Louisiana!). For instance, one young woman named Catherine Melier married Pierre Prudhomme in 1724, and now their family line consists of more than 700 different surnames! Ladnier himself is a direct descendant of a bride named Marie Angelique Girard.

Adults are invited to this free event hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Department. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Mid City Micro-Con: Welcome to Wakanda

Don’t miss the first-ever East Baton Rouge Parish Library micro-con! Our very first in-house convention will feature comics creators, artists, and professional cosplayers based everywhere from right here in Baton Rouge to – well, all over the country. We’ll have everything from panels on diversity in media, to documentary screenings, to art workshops, and more! Want to dress up like your favorite character? Come in full costume and compete in our cosplay contest! Want to meet some of Louisiana’s best comics artists? Check out the Comics and Arts Market!

The very first Mid City Micro-Con will happen on Saturday, February 10th, from 10 AM-5 PM. This year’s theme is “Welcome to Wakanda,” so if you’ve already got your tickets to Black Panther, there’s no better place to get ready for the February 15th release date. Come be super with us!

Beneath the Weight: Free Workshops to End Stress Eating

Don’t miss the second session of Beneath the Weight, tomorrow at the Main Library on Goodwood! Participants can get in touch with what is happening in their minds when overeating, become mindful eaters, and design and implement their own long-lasting healthy eating lifestyles. The second and third sessions will be held January 13th and January 20th, both from 9:30 AM – 12 PM. Registration is available online.

Happy New Year!

Fireworks viewed from the roof of the Baton Rouge River Center Library, 1993.

Happy New Year, East Baton Rouge Parish! The library is closed today, but will reopen tomorrow at all branches for regular hours.

In the meantime, the Digital Library (and the Digital Archive, where this great picture of 1993 fireworks over the Mississippi was found) are always open! You just need a library card.

We’re proud to be your local library, and we look forward to making this year even better than the last! Here’s to a fabulous 2018!

Red Stick Revelry

You can celebrate Our Fair City all of this New Year’s Eve with Red Stick Rising and Red Stick Revelry!

Red Stick Rising, a great event for kids and parents, will happen during the day from 11 AM-1 PM in the North Boulevard Town Square. The Arts Council will run hands-on print-making, face-painting, and (non-permanent) tattooing activities. You and your kids can listen to champion fiddler James Linden Hogg while you watch the dedication of the Bicentennial Plaque, take in Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s Bicentennial Proclamation, and enjoy a dance performance by Of Living Color. We’ll sing Auld Lang Syne count up to the raising of the Red Stick, which will stay raised until midnight.

Come back at 9:00 PM for Red Stick Revelry, a New Years Eve party like no other (because it happens right here in Baton Rouge, of course). Phat Hat will play in Galvez Plaza until the new year. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss, so come on out and meet 2018 in our very own 200-year old Baton Rouge!

Find more details online (including a special VIP package!), and don’t forget to check out the Facebook page.

Happy (almost) New Year!