Basic Gardening Series

Got Green thumbs? Me neither! Luckily help is at hand from experts! The Bluebonnet Branch is hosting the Basic Gardening Series from the Louisiana Master Gardeners.

Thursday, January 21, 6:30pm

  • Hey Look Me Over: Assessing the Maturing landscape
  • Isn’t THAT Rich?
  • Easy Seeding, Sunny Annuals

Thursday January 28, 6:30pm

  • Goodbye Shade, Hello Sun…
  • Did an Insect Do That?

Thursday, February 4, 6:30pm

  • The Tall and Short of Trees and Shrub
  • Jeepers Creepers

Thursday, February 11, 6:30pm

  • Creative Container Gardening
  • Landscaping Made Easy

A Spring Gardening Series will take place at the Carver Branch. Wednesday February 17, 6pm Roses for the home and Landscape. Wednesday March 10, 6pm Home Vegetable Gardening. Wednesday April 21, Bedding Plants and Wednesday May 19, 6pm Crape Myrtles. For more details check The Source.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday January 18, we celebrate the achievements of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  Here is a fantastic website of resources from the Martin Luther King, Jr Research and Education Institute. You can read all about the man and listen to his landmark speeches.

There are also many events being held at the library, here are but a few of them, for full listings see our daily calendar:

January 9, 2:30pm, Eden Park Branch Martin’s Big Words
January 9, 2:30pm, River Center Branch ‘I Have a Dream’

January 12, 10:00am, Greenwell Spring Rd Branch Crazy ‘Bout History: Bringing to Life Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 4:00pm, Carver Branch Unity-Dr. King’s Dream

January 16, 10am, Baker Branch African-American Heroes: Martin Luther King Jr. and Justice Sunday

Christmas Treats @ The Library

Live @ Chelsea’s: Come out to Chelsea’s Cafe on Wednesday December 16th  and listen to some holiday favorites such as Let it Snow and I’ll be Home for Christmas sung by crooner Ned Fasullo.

On Saturday December 19th we have Movies on the Lot, relive the drive-in movie experience and enjoy Christmas classics projected on to a big screen in the Main Library parking lot. 6:30pm Bah, Humduck! A looney Tunes Christmas and 7:00pm A Christmas Story.

There are too many holiday programs and events going on this month to list here so for full details take a look at our newsletter The Source, available online or in branches.

Downtown Festival of Lights

The 2009 Festival of Lights is tonight at the River Center Plaza, downtown Baton Rouge 4-9pm.  The Mayor will switch on the  nearly half a million Christmas lights that illuminate downtown and the 35 foot Christmas tree. Lots of family fun and entertainment including live festive music, free ice skating and six tons of real snow! This may be the only snow we get this winter so lets make the most of it.

Click here for more information and the full schedule of events

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving! Family, amazing food (lots of it) and football. Another Thanksgiving tradition is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when giant balloon replicas of our favorite characters will fill the streets of New York.  The parade, which first began in 1924 has an estimated 3.5 million people actually attend the event and over 50 million households watch the parade on TV!

Take a look at this fun retrospective with photographs of the balloons from years past from the New York Daily News.

You can also check out the official parade website which has a cool history section.

Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day

Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day is Saturday November 21. Items can be dropped off at the east side of Memorial Stadium parking lot from 9:00am-1:00pm. (Enter from Scenic Highway @ Foss Street)

This is only open to East Baton Rouge Parish residents and commercial waste is not allowed. Items accepted range from acids and solvents to propane tanks and tires.

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

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

Classes on How to Use the New Library Catalog

We will be hosting classes to help you become familiar with our new catalog and to answer any questions you may have. You will learn different ways to search the catalog to get the best results, how to place reservations, view your account and renew your books online.

This is the schedule for the classes at the Main Library:

Wednesday November 4th 12:00 Noon
Thursday November 12th 12:00 Noon
Saturday November 14th 12:00 Noon
Wednesday November 18th 12:00 Noon
Wednesday November 25th 9:00am
Saturday November 28th 12:00 Noon

Wednesday December 2nd 12:00 Noon
Monday December 7th 12:00 Noon
Saturday December 12th 12:00 Noon
Monday December 14th 9:00am
Monday December 21st 12:00 Noon
Saturday December 26th 12:00 Noon

Please call your local branch for their class schedule. For more information about these classes at Main please call 231-3750.  All classes will be held in our computer lab and there is no pre-registration.

Trick-or-Treating Times and Safety

The times for trick-or-treating on Saturday October 31st in East Baton Rouge Parish will be 5-7pm. Boils and Ghouls will be roaming the streets scaring people and collecting treats so be sure to watch out if you’re driving around town or on the way to the LSU v Tulane game.

The Baton Rouge Police Department have offered the following safety tips:

  • Never allow children to trick-or-treat without adult supervision.
  • Always stay in groups.
  • Use sidewalks and stay out of the street wherever possible.
  • Wear reflective clothing or bright costumes.
  • Trick-or-treat only in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Do not allow children to eat candy or treats until thoroughly checked by an adult.
  • Call police if any suspicious activity occurs, or if candy is suspected to be tainted.
  • Residents are urged to hand out only manufactured, sealed candy.

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Attic Treasures and Collectibles

We are holding our 9th annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch on Saturday October 31st from 9:00am to 1pm.

It’s a great chance for you to bring in those heirlooms and antiques and have them evaluated by experts! (limit 3 per person)

Some examples of categories of items that specialists will evaluate include dolls, stamps, coins, jewelry, books and paintings. You may have a hidden treasure, come along and find out!

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Can’t wait for that? You can also use our  p4A Antiques Reference Database anytime!