Jay Dardenne’s Recommended Reading List & Songs

Recently Louisiana Secretary of State, Jay Dardenne, gave a presentation at the Jones Creek Regional Branch revealing his top ten  favorite Louisiana books and songs. Here’s the list!

1.Rising Tide by John Barry
Louisiana 1927 by Randy Newman

2. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Way Down Yonder Down in New Orleans by Pete Fountain

3. Huey Long by T. Harry Williams
Every Man a King by Huey Long
3a. Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long by Dr. Richard White

4. The Earl of Louisiana by A.J. Liebling
You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis

5. Bayou Farewell by Mike Tidwell
Lost in Louisiana by Jay Chevalier

6. Any book by James Lee Burke
Jolie Blond by Buckwheat Zydeco

7. Inside the Carnival by Wayne Parent
Second Line

8. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Louisiana Man by Doug Kershaw

9. The Last Hayride by John Maginnis
Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis

10. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Cotton Fields by Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter

American Experience: New Orleans

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB)  invite you to attend American Experience: New Orleans. On Wednesday July 29, 7:00pm at the Main Library on Goodwood Blvd, we will be hosting an open discussion on New Orleans. For more information call 231-3740.

Then on Sunday, July 26th at 5:00pm on LPB you can watch the television program American Experience: New Orleans. There is an LPB website for the show that can be found here.

Art Melt 2009

Art Melt is taking place on Friday July 10, 6:30pm-10pm in and around the Shaw Center in downtown Baton Rouge. This is the sixth year that the event has taken place. Art Melt is not just an art show but an evening full of music, performance and a great atmosphere. Last year over 6000 people attended and it’s fun to see downtown buzzing.

Art Melt 2009

Some of the performers include DJ OttO, Bayou Shimmy belly dancers, The Michael Foster Project, Chris Shearman. Plus you’ll see the Red Stick Roller Derby team skating around. There’s an art’s market and lots of cool stalls. There is so much going on, too much to list here. Don’t miss it!              


Fireworks on the River

It’s time for the traditional July 4th Fireworks on the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge. Have a look at the day’s complete schedule here.

USA.gov has a great Independence Day section. Here you can find history, facts, and view historic documents including the Declaration of Independence and listen to patriotic music.


They even have firework and barbecue safety advice for the holiday (and judging by most of the July 4th cookouts I’ve been to, that advice is much needed!) Enjoy the holiday!!!

Summer Reading Program 2009

We have a summer reading program for all ages. Read some great books, take part in exciting events and win some great prizes! Check out The Source for more information and  Summer Reading events over the next few months.  Reading logs will be available from May 21.

The theme for the Children’s Summer Reading Program is
Be Creative @ Your Library!
For more information call 231-3760

The Young Adult Summer Reading Program theme is
Express Yourself @ Your Library.
For more information call 231-3770

The Adult Program theme is
Big Fun on the Bayou.
For more information call 231-3740

Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day

On Saturday May 23rd it is Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day. Items can be dropped off at the east side of the Memorial Stadium parking lot from 9:00am-1:00pm. This is only open to East Baton Rouge Parish residents and commercial waste is not allowed. Time to get rid of the stuff we all end up hording because we don’t know how to dispose of it. Items accepted range from acids and solvents to paint and tires.

Complete list  of items accepted and to find where to recycle certain hazardous items all year round.

For further information call the East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office 389-5194.

In Need of Computer Skills?

There are a variety of computer classes taught by great instructors at the EBR Parish libraries all year round. These include a general introductory class called Computers Without Fear. Other classes include Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to Gmail from Google, as well as beginning and intermediate classes on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.

Whatever your skill level or need we have the class for you, and all classes are free!!

Check the Main Library Computer Class Schedule.

Check the Branch Library Computer Class Schedule.

Summer Camps in the Baton Rouge Area

**Click here for 2012 Summer Camp listings**

School will be out soon and you’re looking at a whole summer with kids at loose ends! What to do?!?!? There’s always summer camp…

Summer Camps in the BR Area

The Advocate has a list of 28 summer programs, both educational and recreational, that will take place in the Baton Rouge Area — everything from baseball to cheerleading, to educational enhancement. It’s all there.

But you’d better get your homework done now if you want your children to have a great summer (and stay out of your hair in the process). These programs are popular and can fill up quickly! Check out summer camps in BR today and avoid the summertime blues.

AARP Tax-Aide Schedule

AARP Tax-Aide is a free service that can answer most tax issues faced by low and middle-income taxpayers and assist with filing. Special attention is given to those aged 60 and older. Spaces are limited so check in advance with each location to see when the sign up sheet is posted each day.

Main Library: 7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 225-231-3750

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30am to 11:30am thru April 8th. E-File.

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library: 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 225-763-2250

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:15am to 11:30am thru April 13th. E-File.

Greenwell Springs Rd Regional Branch Library: 11300 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70814 225-274-4450

Thursdays, 9:00am to 12:00pm thru April 9th. Paper returns only.

Central Branch Library: 11260 Joor Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818 225-262-2650

Tuesdays and and Wednesdays, 9:15am to 12:00pm thru April 8th. E-File.

Broadmoor United Methodist Church: 10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815 225-924-6269

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8:00am to 11am, Tuesdays 8:00am to 3:00pm, thru April 9th. E-file.

Baker Branch Library: 3501 Groom Road, Baker, LA 70714 225-778-5950

Mondays, 9:00am to 12:00pm thru April 6th. E-File.

Ascension Parish American Legion Post 81-421. East City Park, Gonzales, LA 70737 N/A

Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00am to 11:30am thru April 8th. E-File