Food for Fines 2017

Get ready! Food for Fines, the library’s non-perishable food items fine repayment program, will start again on December 1st. If you’ve built up some fines, but know that the library is awesome and incidentally a great way to save money that you can use on your loved ones (you can check movies out for free!), December is your time to give back to the community while you get back the use of your library card.

With Food for Fines, every non-perishable food item you bring in gets you one dollar off your library fines. Non-perishable foods include:

  • canned vegetables!
  • canned soups!
  • dried beans!
  • canned meats!
  • flour!
  • rice!
  • peanut butter!
  • pasta!
  • corn meal!
  • cereal!
  • protein bars!
  • and so on!

The program starts on December 1st, ends on December 30th, and will entirely benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Let’s go!

Book Tasting for 20somethings

20somethings are invited to a “book tasting” at the Zachary Branch Library! Selections of books from different genres will be available at different tables.  Participants will get five minutes at each table to read, or “taste,” a particular selection of books.  It’s a great way to experience new genres. Call the Zachary Branch at 225-658-1850 for more information, or go on down on November 17th at 4 PM for literary tapas.

Veterans Day 2017

The first Veterans Day was held in 1926 to celebrate the end of World War I. The holiday was actually called Armistice Day until 1954, when it turned out that “the war to end all wars” would be followed by yet more violent conflict (specifically World War II and the Korean War). The holiday is now intended to honor all members of the United States military that have served in conflict.

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The original Star Spangled Banner, used in the American Revolution.

Many of our branches have developed book displays and exhibits to mark the holiday. You can also visit the National World War II Museum’s website to see and hear oral histories conducted with United States veterans from all over the country, particularly those from Louisiana.

We thank you for your service.

Sock It To Me Sock Drive

Socks are the most requested and least donated article of clothing in homeless shelters. In an effort to help make this item available for those in need, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Children’s Services Department will once again join with Baton Rouge Parents magazine’s 13th Annual Sock It to Me Drive to collect socks that will be distributed to area homeless shelters, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, and Bethany House, a facility for cancer patients at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

The drive began Wednesday, November 1, and will last through Thursday, November 30. Over the past few years, Children’s Services collected thousands of pairs of socks for Baton Rouge Parents.  To participate, patrons can drop new, unworn socks in the collection box that will be in the Children’s Room at each Library location. For more information, call Children’s Services at (225) 231-3760.

Multilevel Marketing

Do you have what it takes to be successful in direct sales?  Come and check out if Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) is for you.  A few people in this field earn large incomes, and for many it is a good second income, but some people do lose money working in MLM.  Find out the good, the bad, and the ugly about MLM.   Could it be an opportunity for you?

June Lyle, Regional Vice president with Primerica; Elsa Galarza, Mary Kay Consultant; and Rachael Goff, Gold Ambassador with Plexus Worldwide, will tell their MLM journeys, discuss what it takes to be successful, and talk about their companies.

Join us Wednesday, November 15th, from 11:30 AM – 1 PM, at the Main Library on Goodwood. Preregistration is required; please call (225) 231-3733 to register, or do so online.

This event is sponsored by the Career Center.

GIS Day 2017

GIS stands for geographic information systems. GIS Day is a grassroots educational event created and promoted by the GIS company Esri that enables GIS users and vendors to open their doors to schools, businesses and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS. Join us for a community-based speaker event promoting Louisiana careers in geography!

This year, GIS Day will be held at the Main Library on Goodwood on Wednesday, November 15th, from 4-6 PM. Don’t miss it!

National Novel Writing Month 2017

Hello, wrimos, writers, storytellers, and people of Baton Rouge! Have you ever wanted to write a book? Well, November is the month for you.

Join the National Novel Writing Month challenge, and try to write 50,000 whole words in the thirty (30) days that make up November. It sounds impossible, or at least a little impractical – and frankly we can’t argue the latter. But it’s also a whole bunch of fun! There’s a robust local community of wrimos (a wrimo, of course, is a NaNoWriMo participant) that cheer each other on.

The library is a great place to  Come Write In! Check out the scheduled write-ins for the Main Library and the River Center Branch:

Main Library at Goodwood

  • Thursday, November 2nd, 6  – 9p.m.
  • Thursday, November 9th, 6  – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16th, 6 –  9 p.m.
  • Friday, November 24th, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 30th, 6 –  9 p.m.

River Center Branch Library

  • Saturday, November 25th, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 26th, 2:30 – 5 p.m.

If any more write-ins get scheduled for other library branches, you’ll be able to find them on our calendar. Check out the NaNoWriMo forums for your home region to get in touch with other local writing devotees, and announce your novel today!

Pride-Chaneyville 9th Annual Community History Festival

The whole family is invited to come enjoy a day of FREE FUN at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, October 28, for the 9th Annual Community History Festival! This year’s theme is ‘50s Flashback, and we’ll celebrate a blast from the past that’s loaded with vintage games, fun crafts, music, delicious food, a sock hop and more! Activities also will include a live horseshoeing demonstration, farm animals, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack races and of course, the Old-Fashioned Cake Walk. Local vendors will be available for the purchase of homemade and handcrafted items. For more information, call the Pride-Chaneyville Circulation Desk at (225) 658-1540.