Back to School Library Events

It may feel like July’s just getting started, but the start of this school year is just around the corner. With community back-to-school events all over the parish starting as early as this very weekend, why not stop by and get your kid (and/or yourself!) all prepped for the new year? Here’s a list of where the library will be through August:

Saturday, July 20

  • Democracy Prep Recruitment Fair and Library Card Sign up, 4055 Prescott Road, 8am-5pm
  • Salvation Army’s Backpack Giveaway, 4025 W. Brookstown, 8am-2pm
  • B2School Expo, New Gideon Baptist Church 2552 Balis Drive, 8am-2pm
  • Health Fair, Jewel J Newman Community Center 2013 Central Road, 9am-7pm
  • Community Block Party, (location TBA was Straightlife Baptist Church), 9am-3pm
  • McKinley Senior High School Annual Community Block Party, 800 East McKinley Street, noon-7pm
  • Apollo 11, Highland Road Park Observatory, 13800 Highland Road, 5pm-1am

Sunday, July 21

  • B2School Carnival, St. John Baptist Church, 820 Old Rafe Meyer Road, 1pm-4pm

Tuesday, July 23

  • Books N Bytes, White Star Market, 4624 Government Street, 5pm-8pm

Wednesday, July 24

  • Laser’s Retirement Seminar, 8401 United Plaza Boulevard, 8am-1pm

Saturday, July 27

  • B2School Health Screening, BR General Mid-City, 8am-1pm
  • 4th Annual Back to School Expo, 5905 Groom Road Baker, 9am-1pm
  • Pack the Sack, MLK Community Center Gus Young, 4000 Gus Young Avenue, 9am-1pm
  • Summer Jam, Gus Young Park, 4200 Gus Young Avenue,  10am-4pm
  • Back2School Bash, Park Forest Elementary School, 10717 Elain Drive, Noon-4pm

Monday, July 29

  • B2School Block Party, 346 E. Buchannan Street, 10am-3pm

Tuesday, July 30

  • Welcome Back, Audubon Elementary, 10730 Goodwood Boulevard, 11am-3pm

Friday, August 2

  • Black Out Loud Conference, Southern University, Times TBA

Saturday, August 3 

  • Black Out Loud Conference, Southern University, Times TBA
  • 11th Annual District 6 Back to School Extravaganza, BRCC 201 Community College Drive, 8am-1pm
  • B2School supply give away, Zachary High School, 4100 Bronco Lane, 8am-1:30pm
  • Back to School, Great King David Church, 222 Blount Road, 9am-3pm
  • Capital City Collison’s Back to School, LA Leadership Institute, 5763 Hooper Road, 8am-noon
  • B2School Wellness Expo, Bethany Church, 13855 Plank Road, 10am-3pm

Sunday, August 4

  • Black Out Loud Conference, Southern University, Times TBA

Monday, August 5

  • South Baton Rouge Charter Orientation, 9211 Parkway Drive, 9am-3pm
  • Welcome Back, Audubon Elementary School, 10730 Goodwood Boulevard, 1pm-5pm

Tuesday, August 6

  • Welcome Back, THRIVE Academy, 2585 Brightside Drive, 11am-3pm
  • Welcome Back, THRIVE Academy, 2585 Brightside Drive, 4:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday, August 7

  • Welcome Back, THRIVE Academy, 2585 Brightside Drive, 4:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday, August 10

  • B2School Extravaganza, FYSC, 1120 Government Street, 7am-12:30pm
  • Give 365, 8240 Hooper Road, 9am-3pm (rescheduled from July 13th due to weather)
  • Community Outreach Day, Jordan Methodist Church 4619 Stearns Street, 9am-3pm
  • Riding Your Way to Success, Johnson’s Court 5505 Hollywood Street, 10am-2pm
  • National Health Care Day, Hartley/Vey Park, 1702 Gardere Lane, 10am-2pm
  • Back to School, Knock Knock Museum, 1900 Dalrymple Drive, 10am-4pm

Tuesday, August 13

  • Books N Bytes, White Star Market, 4624 Government Street, 5pm-8pm

Thursday, August 22

  • LSU House Party, Middleton Library, 8pm-1am

Saturday, August 31

  • Health and Wellness Fair, Faith Assembly Church, 5045 Greenwell Street, 8am-2pm

Popular Lynda Courses for July

Maybe you’ve heard that it’s going to be a long, wet weekend – never fear, the library has some great ways to keep yourself occupied while you stay out of the weather. Lynda’s free online classes are totally self-directed, and totally free with your library card! Here are the most popular classes with Baton Rougeans this month:

  1. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  2. Photoshop CC 2019 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  3. Managing Office Politics
  4. Cert Prep: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (100-105)
  5. Interpersonal Communication
  6. Learning Bentley MicroStation
  7. Revit 2019: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial)
  8. Customer Service Foundations
  9. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  10. FileMaker Pro 15 Essential Training

The Digital Library is always open!

Legends and Lore© Marker Program

Do you know a legend about your neighborhood? The Center for Louisiana Studies is partnering with the William C. Pomeroy Foundation to mark local legends and lore and preserve the mythic  history of the United States. Any legend or piece of local lore that is believed to be true, but cannot be historically verified, is eligible for inclusion in this new preservation program. For more information about what kind of stories are eligible and how to apply for a marker, visit the Center for Louisiana Studies’s website.

Hampstead Stage Company Presents Stories in the Stars

Join the Hampstead Stage Company at the Library this month for a special presentation of Stories in the Stars! Children ages 5-11 are invited to soar through the stars in this compilation performance of Greek myths. Hear stories of the wind, sun and moon, and seasons, plus explore various constellations and starry legends. Registration is required for all. For more information and to register, call the Children’s Room at the Library location directly. Here’s the schedule:

  • 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, Delmont Gardens Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, Jones Creek Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, Pride-Chaneyville Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, Zachary Branch
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, Scotlandville Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, Baker Branch
  • 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, Eden Park Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, Fairwood Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, Carver Branch
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, Central Branch

Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire 2019 – Call for Makers is OPEN!

Calling all Baton Rouge makers! Anyone who creates anything, we want to see it – and we want to see how you do it. If you own a handmade furniture store or you’re an expert on the history of textiles, we want to hear from YOU. Come show us about the costumes you make for Louisianime! Our theme this year is fashion, so bring your best outfit, and tell us how you designed it. We’d love to see anything you’ve made that incorporates technology of any kind.

Fashion designers, keep an eye out for our fashion show sign-up! Come join us on October 19th for the most stylish event of the season. The Call for Makers is open now, so submit your application today!

The Stars in the Sky Story in Motion with Yoga Liz

Yoga Liz will be at the Library this month to share an interactive story time with kids ages 4-11. Hear and act out the English fairytale The Stars in the Sky with various yoga poses and movements, after some brief warm-up exercises. Registration is required for all. For more information and to register, call the Children’s Room at the Library location directly.

Monday, July 1 – 10am Baker Branch
Monday, July 1 – 2:30pm Zachary Branch
Tuesday, July 2 – 10am Scotlandville Branch
Tuesday, July 2 – 2:30pm Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Wednesday, July 3 – 10am Central Branch
Wednesday, July 3 – 2:30pm Greenwell Springs Regional Branch
Monday, July 15 – 10am Delmont Gardens Branch
Monday, July 15 – 2:30pm Pride-Chaneyville Branch
Tuesday, July 16 – 10am River Center Branch
Tuesday, July 16 – 2:30pm Main Library @ Goodwood
Wednesday, July 17 – 10am Fairwood Branch
Wednesday, July 17 – 2:30pm Carver Branch
Thursday, July 18 – 10am Eden Park Branch
Thursday, July 18 – 2:30pm Jones Creek Regional Branch