Children’s Book Week

There’s always a celebration going on at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL), and this one’s just for kids! Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7, is Children’s Book Week. Kids ages 0-11 are invited to stop by any library branch location to enjoy having their picture taken holding their favorite book and enter a drawing for a FREE surprise book! There will only be one book giveaway per library branch location. Each child’s color photo will be printed FREE either immediately, or will be available for pickup on a later day.

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The program is administered by Every Child a Reader, and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the anchor sponsor.

Check out the events scheduled at each library branch location:

  • 9-6 a.m. May 1-6, Baker Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book!
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, May 1, Bluebonnet Regional Branch: Have your photo taken reading your favorite book to Pickles the Alligator!
  • All day May 1-5, Carver Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book!
  • All day May 1-3, Central Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book!
  • All day May 1-7, Delmont Gardens Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book, and we’ll post it to our READ bulletin board which will display every child’s picture!
  • 2-7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Eden Park Branch: Have your photo taken with Buddy the Reading Dog holding your favorite book! A FREE color copy of your photo will be available for pickup Friday, May 5.
  • 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 6, Fairwood Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book!
  • 3-5 p.m. May 1-5, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book! A FREE color copy of your photo will be available for pickup at noon Monday, May 8.
  • 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Jones Creek Regional Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book!
  • 2-5 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Main Library at Goodwood: Have your photo taken with your favorite book! A FREE color copy of your photo will be available immediately.
  • 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, Pride-Chaneyville Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book! Afterwards, color a small frog finger puppet craft.
  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. May 1-6, River Center Branch: Choose from two characters including an elephant or piggy to make a paper bag puppet craft! Later, have your photo taken with your favorite book!
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, Scotlandville Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book!
  • All day May 1-6, Zachary Branch: Have your photo taken with your favorite book! A FREE color copy of your photo will be available for pickup Saturday, May 6.

You can find more information about Children’s Book Week at the CBC event website. To learn more about your local branch’s celebration, call them! The number for the Children’s Room at the Main Library at Goodwood is (225) 231-3760. You can also visit the Children’s Department online!

(If your child is between the ages of 1 day and kindergarten, why not sign them up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten while you’re at it? The fun never ends at the library!)

Louisiana SNAP Outreach

KiEtha Gage, SNAP Outreach Coordinator will be visiting the East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries to help clients apply for SNAP benefits, complete redeterminations, simplify reports, report changes, and print SNAP budget summaries with SNAP’s mobile unit. All information will be kept confidential and this service is free of charge! Dates and locations are as follows:

  • Thursday, May 4 from 10:00 AM– noon at the Scotlandville Library
  • Friday, May 5 from 10:00 AM- noon at the Central Library
  • Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 AM-noon at the Eden Park Library
  • Friday, May 12 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Bluebonnet Library
  • Friday, May 26 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Jones Creek Library
  • Saturday, May 27 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Carver Library

For more information, please contact SNAP Outreach Coordinator KiEtha Gage at 225-287-8857 or by email at kietha@brfoodbank.org .

The Human Library Will Open This Weekend

With the deepening political divide and the increased splintering of culture across America, the task of relating to one’s fellow man can seem daunting. Yet, precisely for those reasons, it is crucial that we make the effort now to learn about and understand one another. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is hosting a Human Library™ this spring, a program designed to expand understanding across cultures, present new perspectives, and challenge stereotypes through dialogue.

Each Living Book will share their perspective, answer the reader’s questions, and discuss common stereotypes or prejudices about the culture or community that they represent.

The Human Library Organization was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, as an outgrowth of the Stop the Violence youth organization. Its founders aimed to decrease hate crimes by fostering dialogue among the diverse groups in the community. The first Human Library event featured 50 Living Books, representing all segments of society. The program was such a resounding success that it has been replicated by organizations across the world under the guidance of the Human Library Organization.

Baton Rouge’s first Human Library will be held as part of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Ebb and Flow Festival, which will be held at the Mississippi Riverfront in downtown Baton Rouge on April 1 and 2. Living Books available at the Ebb and Flow Festival will include titles such as Queer Biracial Genderfluid Dancer, From Zanzibar to Baton Rouge, Atheist in Louisiana, and Man on the Border(line).

Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful with Mayor Sharon Weston Broome

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is partnering with Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful and the Great American Cleanup for an inaugural “Mayor Broome’s Clean Sweep EBR“, and you’re invited!

Along with lots of local businesses and community groups, you (and your brightest red T-shirt) can help celebrate 200 years of Louisiana’s capital city with a city-wide litter pick-up. The event will take place next Saturday, April 1st, from 9-11 AM, with registration beginning at 8:30.

Projects will take place in all twelve Metro Council districts, and will be concentrated in the following areas:

  • District 1: Brown Heights Subdivision @ Faith Baptist Church
  • District 2: Fletcher Williams Road (between Progress Road and Central Road)
  • District 3: The Gardere Community @ Gardere School on GSRI
  • District 4: Central Thruway and Goodwood Boulevard (between Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Flannery Road)
  • District 5: Zion City Area
  • District 6: Smiley Heights/Old Bird Station Area
  • District 7: Winbourne Area
  • District 8: South Park @ Coursey Boulevard
  • District 9: O’Neal Lane @ Hobby Lobby
  • District 10: Downtown Baton Rouge @ Visit Baton Rouge
  • District 11: Stanley Aubin/Toulon Drive Area
  • District 12: Hyacinth Avenue between Staring Lane and Perkins Road

Sign up today to Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful, or call (225) 381-0860 for more information.