Health Information: Infant Formula Shortage

The library has prepared an infoguide on meeting your baby’s nutrition needs during the formula shortage. You can find information on alternate sources of formula, suggestions for community groups to contact, and links to government websites on infant nutrition and resources.

If your family has been affected by the recall and you are concerned about your supply, DO NOT:

  • water down formula
  • try to make formula at home
  • feed infants with toddler formula

Instead, DO:

More information is available on the Health Information: Infant Formula Shortage infoguide.

Open Data Day and Citizen Data Academy

Each year, International Open Data Day serves as way for governments around the world to highlight the benefits of open data and engage communities in the development of data-driven solutions to common civic challenges.

The City of Baton Rouge hosted a virtual event on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, featuring “lightning talks” with City-Parish leaders who use data daily to improve programs and services and make better decisions in areas like public safety, drainage, stormwater management, blight and code enforcement, health and human services, and more. You can view the recording at

Citizen Data Academy

The City-Parish Citizen Data Academy is a free, citizen-focused education and training series Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome launched in 2020. The series connects City-Parish technology and innovation subject-matter experts with Baton Rouge residents, helping participants understand and unlock the full power of City-Parish data — how to find it, what it includes, and how to use it to understand trends and improve quality of life in our community. In 2021, Mayor Broome announced the launch of an on-demand video series designed to take this same information and distill it into short, convenient YouTube video segments that residents can use to navigate the City-Parish’s vast data and GIS resources — regardless of their technical expertise. Access the series at

12th Annual Community History Festival

The 12th Annual Community History Festival—At Grandma’s House will be held on Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch. The whole family will enjoy a day of FREE country fun, food, games, crafts, and entertainment. The Louisiana Lagniappe Dulcimers and the Upbeats will provide music for the event; the ever-popular, old-fashioned Cake Walk will be held every hour; and there will be an activity based on everything Grandma used to know and do from ancestry to oral histories, gardening, cooking, household hints, sewing, cleaning for company, milking the cow, words of wisdom and more. Come take a step back in time, revisiting the storied past of the Pride-Chaneyville area

One Book, One Community Kickoff Party

Join us this Spring 2022 for our 16th Annual One Book One Community series celebrating the 2006 memoir, Atchafalaya Houseboat by Gwen Roland! Bring the whole family to enjoy delicious food & refreshments, live music from RJ & Kreole Smoove, crafts, & community organizations celebrating Louisiana landscapes, nature, cultural heritage, & more.

For more information about this year’s OBOC selection and a full schedule of events and programs, visit

Library Closed for Mardi Gras

All branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be closed tomorrow, March 1st, for Mardi Gras, and will reopen on Wednesday, March 2nd, for regular hours. The digital library is always open!

Curious about local Mardi Gras history? Check out the Baton Rouge Digital Archive for more images like the one above! We’ve featured a costume design sketch for the 1983 Bal Masque II Queen of the Mystic Krewe of Apollo. You can find many other images of southern Louisiana parades, balls, and costumes from sources like The Advocate Historical Archives and local krewes.

Preserving History: Mardi Gras (recorded lecture)

Louisiana State Archivist Catherine J. Newsome and Archives Exhibit Curator Angela Cinquemano discuss the challenges and rewards of preserving Mardi Gras paraphernalia for future generations, highlighting some of the items on display at the new Mardi Gras exhibit at the State Archives of Louisiana.

To view the recorded lecture, click here. To learn about Mardi Gras history preserved right here at the Main Library on Goodwood, visit the Baton Rouge Room’s infoguide or the Baton Rouge Digital Archive.

African American Read-In

Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, February 26 at 10 a.m. as we participate in the African American Read-In. This national event encourages communities to join together to celebrate African American authors. Participants of all ages will read or recite kid-friendly poems, books, and songs by famous African-Americans. Special guests will include Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and representatives from 100 Black Men. Please call (225) 231-3760 for more information and to register.