Check Out a Living Book

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s (EBRPL) Human Library™ program, a success at the early April Ebb and Flow Festival, will open again Saturday, May 6, at the Main Library at Goodwood, from 1-5 PM.  The program allows “readers” to check out Living Books — that is, people who share the story of their lives, in a fascinating and thought-provoking one-on-one conversation. The event for adults aims to help expand understanding, present different perspectives, and challenge stereotypes through dialogue. The effort is led by EBRPL staff and is free to the public.

During the event, “book jackets” will be available for perusal at Main Library regarding Living Book titles,  including Dealing with PTSD from Post-9/11 Service at Ground Zero, Atheist in Louisiana, Raising an Interracial Family, Intersex Introvert Syncretist Polytheist, Muslim Immigrant, Trans Lesbian, and more. Participating “readers” of the Living Books are allotted 30 minutes to experience the Living Book(s) of their choice, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback.

Those wanting a “pre-taste” of the event can listen to the Baton Rouge Arts Council radio show April 23 interview, featuring three of the event’s organizers and two of Saturday’s Living Books, or read The Advocate’s article on the Human Library at the Ebb and Flow Fest. You can also keep an eye on the library’s Instagram or Facebook page for daily posts of selected book titles and blurbs. Let us know you’re coming, and invite your friends, through the event page!

Baton Rouge’s Human Library Opens Again in May

If you missed the Human Library™ at the Ebb and Flow Festival last weekend (which was, unfortunately, closed for weather on its second day), you’ll have another chance to visit it in May! The May edition of the Human Library will open at the Main Library on Goodwood on Saturday, May 6th, from 1-5 PM.

Some of the Living Books will be “renewed” for the May event, but we’ll have some new titles, too – and if you have a story that deserves to be told, now’s your chance! Applications for Living Books for the May event are now open. If you are part of one of the following groups and have a story you want to tell, please consider applying:

  • Minority ethnicity
  • Life with a physical or mental disability
  • Non-traditional family structure
  • Military or police service
  • Religious background or beliefs
  • LGBTQIA
  • Community activist

For more information, contact Ned Denby at 225-231-3750.

Empty Bowls Baton Rouge 2017

Empty Bowls is an international project created to fight hunger and personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. This event will take place in Baton Rouge on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This unique fundraising effort offers access to hundreds of handcrafted ceramic bowls from local artists, followed by a simple meal for lunch. Tickets are $20.00 and will include one ceramic bowl of your choosing as well as lunch provided by local participating restaurants and chefs. Additional bowls can be purchased at the event.

There will also be live music, activities for kids, and children ages 12 and under will eat free. This is a great community event and proceeds from Empty Bowls are devoted to fighting hunger through the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Special thanks to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, our sponsors Dudley DeBosier, Baton Rouge Clinic, and our TV Media Sponsor WVLA and WBMG.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.brfoodbank.org. If you’d like to donate items to the silent auction or if you are an artist and would like to participate, please email emptybowlsbrdonate@gmail.com.

The Kilted Man

Veteran performer Matthew Gurnsey will give a rousing performance of traditional Irish and Scottish music at three locations this year!

  • Main Library’s Plaza on Saturday March 4th from 11 am to Noon
  • Delmont Gardens Branch on Saturday March 4th from 2pm to 3pm
  • Jones Creek Regional Branch on Sunday March 5th from 3pm to 4pm

Everyone is invited to enjoy the FREE concerts.

If you need a Celtic music fix before then, check out his website for streaming music!

BREC’s Baton Rouge ZooMobile

Forget lions, tigers, and bears; there’s still time to check out awesome animals at free programs for children. The BREC Baton Rouge ZooMobile has come back to the Library! Programs are continuing for children through late February. Children ages 4-11 are invited to the Library to enjoy these FREE informative and entertaining programs designed to educate audiences about wildlife conservation.

Kids also can see live animals at every program, including a one-eyed owl named Shakespeare! Attendees will be amazed as they get up close and personal with an armadillo and a ferret while they learn about different animals’ bone structures, fur and more! Each presentation lasts about one hour.

Registration is required for all, so call the Library location nearest you ahead of time to reserve your spot. Here’s the ZooMobile schedule:

  • 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, River Center Branch
  • 10-10:45 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, Carver Branch
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m. Thursday, February 23, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • 2:30-3:15 p.m. Monday, February 27, Jones Creek Regional Branch

For more information about these ZooMobile programs and to register, call the Library location where the event is taking place closest to you. To learn more about the BREC Baton Rouge ZooMobile, visit the website.

Oscar Night at the Library

The stars will be out for the film industry’s biggest night! Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 26, for a free, live screening of the Academy Awards show (commonly known as the OSCARS) on the big screen of the Large Meeting Room.

On this night, everyone’s a superstar! Have your picture taken with “paparazzi”, try your hand at guessing the most correct winning movies and enjoy delicious complimentary popcorn, movie candy and soft drinks while you watch. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in long gown/black tie attire or as a favorite character from a 2016 movie.

Partygoers also should feel free to bring their own finger foods that do not require heat or refrigeration. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, but doors will open at 6 p.m. for Red Carpet viewing.

For more information about the OSCARS Viewing Party, call Pabby Arnold at (225) 231-3761.

Baton Rouge 200, the Library, and You!

Hello, Baton Rouge! As you should know by now, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Baton Rouge. Civic institutions and businesses all over the city will hold special events all year to celebrate the establishment of this place we call home. You can find information about Baton Rouge history, BR200 events, and other ways to celebrate on the Baton Rouge 200 website.

The library is in on it, too – don’t miss the history timeline, made by the very fine folks in the Baton Rouge Room! They’ve incorporated some images and details from our local history collection, including pictures of historic places and people from Baton Rouge’s earliest days. They also contributed to a photo slider of pictures from all over town – you can just click and drag to see the changes.

This year’s One Book, One Community read, Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, is also a tie-in! We’ll have programs to celebrate both community events at all of our branches. Keep an eye on the events calendar to find out about new fun happening near you.

Baton Rouge Film Club presents Red Carpet Classics

Don’t miss the last two red carpet classics, shown for free at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library! (Specifically, the Main Library on Goodwood.)

Catch Taxi Driver this Friday at 7 PM…

…and The Godfather next Friday, January 27th, at 7PM.

Stick around after the film to talk to other fans and film buffs about what you’ve seen!

Let’s go to the movies!