Autism Society’s Safe and Sound Campaign Parent Forum

The Autism Society- Greater Baton Rouge, Inc. is pleased to offer a free parent forum in conjunction with Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC) and the Autism Society’s Safe and Sound Campaign. The 2 hour parent forum will focus on issues such as wandering, internet safety, disclosure to local first responder agencies, and tools available to parents to be prepared for emergencies. A discussion of the concerns that parents may have for their children will follow with the presenters.

Throughout our communities, children and adults with autism are living, going to school, working and enjoying recreational activities. Autism Society – Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, Inc. strives to improve the lives touched by autism in every aspect throughout the lifespan and to raise awareness and acceptance by promoting education; advocacy; and equal access to services. Autism is becoming increasingly prevalent; approximately 1 in 68 children has been diagnosed with Autism.

Presenters will be Captain William Cannata, Jr., and Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe. Captain William Cannata Jr. Retired, has been a member of the fire service for more than 30 years, and is the Program Director of “Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC)”, formed in 2003. He is also the parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe is the creator of the “Take Me Home Program”, a database where participants who are unable to speak or properly identify themselves to police officers, register with a photo, physical description and contact information, so first responders can provide special assistance that may be required when contact with a person with autism occurs.

The program will be held Monday, October 23, 2017, from 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Jones Creek Regional Library. Please RSVP to Beryl K. Hebert at or 255-907-5292 by Friday, October 20th.

Book Discussion with Author Faye Philips

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Department will host a free book discussion for adults featuring Baton Rouge Cemeteries author Faye Phillips. You can learn about the history of some of Baton Rouge’s oldest cemeteries at the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 18.

About the Author and Book

Author and historian Faye Phillips is a former associate dean of libraries at Louisiana State University, and has written several books about Baton Rouge. Phillips’ Baton Rouge Cemeteries is a part of the Images of America book series. It also is one of her more popular works.


Other Baton Rouge history titles include The LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens:  A Living History; and, as coauthor, The Golden Band from Tiger Land:  History of the Louisiana State University BandBaton Rouge, another in the Images of America series; and Baton Rouge:  An Illustrated History.  She is the General Editor of the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s The History of West Baton Rouge Parish: People, Places, Progress.

Indie Author Day

This Saturday, celebrate self-publishing with Indie Author Day!

If you’ve ever written a book, this is for you, whether you’ve been published or not.  We’ll be streaming some Indie Author Day webinars on writing, publishing, and marketing outside of a traditional publishing house, and we’ve brought in some local authors to talk about their experiences with self-publishing.

Want to write your own book? Check out library resource SELFe! You can electronically publish your completed manuscript and it will be automatically included in our digital indie author resource, Biblioboard. If you haven’t heard of either of those before, come to Indie Author Day to find out more!

Indie Author Day will be held this Saturday, October 14th, at the Main Library on Goodwood. We’ll kick off at 12:30 with the following authors:

  • Cheria Lane
  • Cherie Claire
  • Clare de Lune
  • Emily Cogburn
  • Josen Llave
  • Jahi Mackey

If you’re a local indie author, we’d love to have you! Call 225-231-3750 for more information about Indie Author Day.

Attic Treasures

Is your attic full of stuff you haven’t seen in you don’t remember how long? Do some fall cleaning (it’s totally a thing!) and bring what you find to the 17th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles event, next Saturday at the Main Library on Goodwood! Local experts in antiques and history will be there from 9AM-1PM to tell you what your items are worth.

Items are limited to three per person, but if you’re curious about more things, check out p4A Antiques in the Digital Library! You can use basic information about the maker and general age of your item to find out its potential value. Stop by and see us in person or online and find what you didn’t even know you had!

40th Annual Author-Illustrator: Rosemary Wells!

The Author-Illustrator Program is back, and features award-winning author of the beloved Max & Ruby series, Rosemary Wells! Everyone is invited to the Main Library on Goodwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 5, for a FREE program suitable for families and anyone who is interested in Wells’ writings.

Stick around after the program for a reception and an opportunity to have your book autographed. There will be a book signing period following the presentation. Only books that are purchased at each program are eligible for signing, so please do not bring other books. There will be pre-autographed book plates given away while supplies last.

Teachers, librarians, writers, artists and children’s literature enthusiasts are invited to come back to the Library at 8:30 a.m. Friday, October 6, for a special workshop presented by Wells. In this workshop, participants will enjoy a more in-depth look into Wells’ writing style and process. Registration and a fee of $25 for non-students and $10 for students with a valid school I.D. are required for this portion of the program. Pick up a registration form at any Library location. Doors open at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast, and other light refreshments will be served.

For more information about author Rosemary Wells, visit her website at To register for the October 6 workshop, call the Main Library Children’s Room at (225) 231-3760 to request a registration form or visit the Library’s website at You also may register the day of the program, from 8 until 8:30 a.m.

Learn Spanish for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th-October 15th is known as Hispanic Heritage Month. You can celebrate by using one of our digital language learning resources to brush up on your Spanish!

Mango! Top languages include Spanish, French, Italian, German, and, for the whimsical among you, Pirate. Mango can also be used to learn English as a second language.

Pronunciator! With 80 language options, it’d be harder to find something they don’t have.

Mango and Pronunciator both have apps, and both are free to use anywhere, but you’ll need to enter your library card number to access them.

Don’t forget Muzzy Online, if you want to jump-start your kids’ language learning centers!

And don’t miss the chance to practice your new Spanish skills at the Latin Festival this Sunday, September 24th, at the State Fairgrounds on Airline Highway!