Check Out a Living Book

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s (EBRPL) Human Library™ program, a success at the early April Ebb and Flow Festival, will open again Saturday, May 6, at the Main Library at Goodwood, from 1-5 PM.  The program allows “readers” to check out Living Books — that is, people who share the story of their lives, in a fascinating and thought-provoking one-on-one conversation. The event for adults aims to help expand understanding, present different perspectives, and challenge stereotypes through dialogue. The effort is led by EBRPL staff and is free to the public.

During the event, “book jackets” will be available for perusal at Main Library regarding Living Book titles,  including Dealing with PTSD from Post-9/11 Service at Ground Zero, Atheist in Louisiana, Raising an Interracial Family, Intersex Introvert Syncretist Polytheist, Muslim Immigrant, Trans Lesbian, and more. Participating “readers” of the Living Books are allotted 30 minutes to experience the Living Book(s) of their choice, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback.

Those wanting a “pre-taste” of the event can listen to the Baton Rouge Arts Council radio show April 23 interview, featuring three of the event’s organizers and two of Saturday’s Living Books, or read The Advocate’s article on the Human Library at the Ebb and Flow Fest. You can also keep an eye on the library’s Instagram or Facebook page for daily posts of selected book titles and blurbs. Let us know you’re coming, and invite your friends, through the event page!

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 .