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!

One Book, One Community 2017

Baton Rouge’s One Book, One Community read for 2017 is…drumroll please…we know it’s hard to pretend you hear a drumroll emanating from a blog post, but just go with it, for the sake of the children…Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi!

Mark Twain has shaped our views of who and what America is as a nation and of who and what we might become. We will kick off the series with an After-Hours Catfish and Mud Pie Party at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 6:00 PM, complete with lively music, amusements, country-style refreshments and a visit from Mark Twain himself, as portrayed by Warren Brown. As a Mark Twain scholar, Brown received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for his Chautauqua-style portrayal of Samuel Clemens. Warren Brown’s uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain’s stories and lecture series is guaranteed to entertain. Go to the OBOC 2017 infoguide to learn about the book, the author, and ways you can play along.

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This year’s One Book, One Community celebrations will connect with our celebrations of Baton Rouge’s bicentennial! Check out the bicentennial website to find information about celebratory events at the library and throughout the parish, including a list of 200 things you can do to celebrate the city we call home.

Get reading, Baton Rouge!

Choosing the Right Contractor Seminar

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If you have construction questions, please join UREC at the library’s Delmont Gardens Branch on Saturday, January 14th, from 12-2 PM to learn about choosing a contractor, avoiding price gauging and contractor fraud, and finding resources on construction and financing. Registration is available online. To learn more about the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), please visit their website.