November 20Somethings Programs

Here are some cool programs lined up this month for 20Somethings, starting with Game Night tonight!

20Somethings Game Night 20somethings color
Calling all 20-Somethings! Join us for a free night of fun and games at the Zachary Branch tonight at 7. Bring a friend and your favorite game to share with the group or play one of ours. Choose from Bananagrams, Set, Trivial Pursuit, Wii games, and much more!

An Introduction to Micro RPG with Cthulhu Dark
Come to the Library this month to hang out with other 20-Somethings 19-30ish and enjoy a role playing game (RPG). Head over to the Main Library at Goodwood at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 13, to choose one of 12 investigators and risk your sanity to uncover the truth in this one-shot Cthulhu Dark Game. No experience is necessary, and newcomers are welcome for this very rules light system. Simply choose a name and occupation to start playing!

Get Your Game On!
If you enjoy video and board games and are looking for a way to meet other gaming enthusiasts ages 19-30ish, come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, to play free board games such as Settlers of Catan and 7 Wonders and video games including Rock Band and Minecraft.

Introduction to Investing for 20Somethings
Calling all individuals ages 19-30ish looking to start investing for the first time! Financial advisors Bennett Blackledge and Patrick Talamo from Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 29, to give a free brief overview into the wide world of investing. You’ll find out the difference between bonds, mutual funds and trusts, why getting into the stock market might be beneficial, how you can make the most of your money, and more!

October 20Somethings Events

Here’s the line-up of 20Somethings events planned this month. Want more info? Head over to our 20Somethings Facebook page!

Get Your Game On! If you enjoy video and board games and are looking for a way to meet other game enthusiasts ages 18-30ish, join us at the Main Library at Goodwood tonight, October 14, and Tuesday, October 28, at 6 p.m. to play board games such as Settlers of Catan and 7 Wonders and video games such as Rock Band and Minecraft.

Halo Day: Sometimes you just need to kick back and enjoy an aw20somethings coloresome video game. Come to the Baker Branch Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, and get together with other 20-somethings to chill out with Halo on the Xbox.

Crafternoon: Wire-Wrapped Jewelry  Come hang out with other 20-somethings at the Main Library at Goodwood at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, to create wire-wrapped marble necklace pendants and button flower rings. All supplies provided.

We had a great time at Horror Movie Night last weekend and we have one more Halloween-themed event coming up:

‘Buffy’ Buffs Night  Are you a “Buffy” Buff? Then head over to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to test your knowledge of all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We’ll be playing a trivia game covering all seven seasons of the popular television series.

Halloween Fun for All Ages

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EBRPL is excited to offer a great line-up of special events to get you ready for Halloween! Here’s the list of events at our branches around the parish, everything for storytimes for children to craft and movie events for teens, 20-somethings, and adults! Don’t forget to bring along your goody sack. All events are free and open to the public, and the first one, a pumpkin decorating class for adults, is today at 1 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood (see below for details)!

FOR LITTLE GHOULS AND BOYS

All About Owls Story/Craft at River Center Branch

Do you love owls? If you do, you’ll want to hang out with other owl admirers ages 4-8 at the River Center Branch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 11, to hear readings of several books about owls. Enjoy listening to stories like Jane Yolen’s Caldecott Award-winning Owl Moon, Il Sung Na’s A Book of Sleep and I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen, which is about a baby owl who wants his friends to see him as the skilled hunter he is. Afterwards, kids can create an owl friend from craft foam and stick-on jewels.  Registration is required. (225) 389-4967.

Monster Mask Story/Craft at Baker Branch

The Baker Branch would like to wish author Ed Emberley a happy birthday! Children ages 5-8 can come to the Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18, to celebrate by hearing a reading of his book Go Away, Big Green Monster! Afterwards, each child will make monster masks using plates and other craft materials. Registration is required. (225) 778-5940.

Spooky Ghosts Story/Craft at Baker Branch

Children ages 9-11 can join us at the Baker Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to hear readings of select horror stories from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark retold by Alvin Schwartz. Afterwards, we’ll make spooky ghosts using poster boards and other craft materials.  Registration is required. (225) 778-5940.

Make a Halloween Greeting Card Story/Craft at Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch

Holler and scream, it’s time for Halloween! Children ages 3-7 should come to the spooky Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, to hear a reading of Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin. Afterwards, we’ll have fun celebrating Make A Difference Day by making paper Halloween cards for the Youth Oasis Children’s Shelter. Registration is required. (225) 274-4440.

Bats in the Library Story/Craft at River Center Branch

When Halloween is drawing near, creepy creatures do appear. Ghouls and ghosts cause a fright, witches and bats fly through the night! Witches cook up frogs for their brew and bats check out a book or two! Join other children ages 5-10 at the River Center Branch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 25, to hear a reading of Bats in the Library by Brian Lies. Afterwards, children can create a library bat craft.  (225) 389-4967.

Skeleton Bones Story/Craft at Eden Park Branch

Children ages 5-8 will listen to a reading of Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween by David Biedrzycki at the Eden Park Branch at 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 27. Afterwards, each child will create a Halloween costume craft. Registration is required. (225) 231-3240.

Halloween Pumpkin Story/Craft at Scotlandville Branch

Trick or treat! Join other kids ages 4-8 at the Scotlandville Branch at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, for a special Halloween-themed story time. Children will hear a reading of The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll and Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton. Afterwards, we will paint a watercolor pumpkin craft. Registration is required. (225) 354-7540.

Monstergarten Story/Craft at Carver Branch

Kids ages 4-8 will want to drop by the Carver Branch at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, for a “spooktacular” story time and craft! We’ll hear a reading of Monstergarten by Daniel J. Mahoney and then create monster puppets using paper bags. Registration is required. (225) 389-7440.

Not-So-Spooky Spiders Story/Craft at Fairwood Branch

Eek! Spiders can be scary, but we’ll show you a different side of these eight-legged creatures. Children ages 6-10 are invited to the Fairwood Branch at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 30, to get a new perspective on the creepy crawlers. We will listen to a reading of Spider Stampede, the first book in the SWITCH series of books about bugs by Ali Sparkes. Kids will learn interesting facts about spiders and look at cool pictures from our non-fiction collection. Afterwards, you can make a fun spider and web craft. Registration is required. (225) 924-9385.

Skeleton Story/Craft at Bluebonnet Regional Branch

Halloween is the perfect time for skeletons to come out and roam. Children ages 5-11 are invited to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 30, to hear a reading of stories about skeletons! Afterwards, we’ll make a Halloween skeleton craft using Q-tips.  Registration is required. (225) 763-2240.

 

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Monster Resort Movie for Teens at Carver Branch

Teens can come to the Carver Branch at 4 p.m. Monday, October 6, to watch a movie in which Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s daughter Mavis.  (225) 389-7440.

Teen Halloween Movie at Central Branch

Teens can get ready for Halloween at the Central Branch at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, with a zombie love story! Bring your friends and come watch a movie about a zombie who falls in love with a human. (225) 262-2640.

Movable Mummies at Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch AND Main Library at Goodwood

Teens can come to the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch at 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, to create moveable mummies using floral wire and linen fabric scraps. Discover the many ways can you can position your mummy! Can’t make it? Head over to the Main Library at Goodwood at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, to make this cool holiday craft. Registration is required. (225) 274-4440.

Paranormal Curse Takedown at Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch

Teens are invited to the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 18, to watch an animated horror comedy film in which 11-year-old Norman Babcock speaks with the dead, including his late grandmother and other ghosts in his town, but almost no one believes him. Watch what happens when this misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (225) 274-4440.

Masquerade Mask Craft for Teens at Baker Branch

Hey teens, do you need a last-minute mask for Halloween? If you said yes, you’ll want to bring your buddies to the Baker Branch at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, to use our supplies to create a unique masquerade mask. You’ll be good to go, just in time for fright night!  Registration required. (225) 778-5940.

Spooky Spider Pendant at Zachary Branch

If you are a teen who wants a cool new piece of jewelry, head over to the Zachary Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to make a spooky spider pendant using beads and craft wire. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. (225) 658-1840.

Teen Tech: Spooky Stop Motion Animation at Delmont Gardens Branch

It’s the perfect time to polish up our iPads, ready some props and try our hands at creating spooky short films in stop motion. Teens can come to the Delmont Gardens Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to create The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline movie-inspired short films. Registration is required. (225) 354-7050.

Halloween Movie Day for Teens at Fairwood Branch

Teens are invited to the Fairwood Branch at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 25, to enjoy a movie about three witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem, Mass., on Halloween night after being dead for three centuries. It’s up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.  (225) 924-9385.

Creepy Creatures Made of Felt at Main Library at Goodwood

It’s almost time for Halloween, and this craft is just what you’ll need to get into the festive mood. Teens are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, to make some creepy-but-cute zombies made from felt. Registration is required. (225) 231-3750.

Zombie Cat Felties at Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch

Teens will enjoy making this craft just in time for Halloween! Come to the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch at 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, to make a zombie cat doll using felt. Registration is required. (225) 274-4440.

Teen Halloween Movie Day at Baker Branch

Join your friends and other teens at the Baker Branch at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, for a Halloween scare fest! This month’s movie is about a woman who finds herself the victim of a terrible curse that leads to three days of escalating torment! Find out her fate when you watch. (225) 778-5940.

Bat-O-Copters at Delmont Gardens Branch

Would you like to make a rubber band-powered bat-winged helicopter model that actually flies? If so, you’ll want to join other crafty teens at the Delmont Gardens Branch at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, for this Halloween project.  Registration is required. (225) 354-7050.

Teens Make Frankenstein’s Toys at Eden Park Branch

What do you think Frankenstein’s toys would look like? Teens can use their imagination to make their own monstrous toys at the Eden Park Branch at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29.  Registration is required. (225) 231-3240.

Scary Stories and S’mores at Carver Branch

Are you afraid of the dark? Find out when you and your friends join other teens at the Carver Branch at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, to hear the spooky Morgan Roehmar’s Boys by Vivian Vande and other creepy stories. We’ll be reading and enjoying s’mores … in the dark of course! (225) 389-7440.

Teen Monster Mash Monster Bash at Central Branch

Wear your best monster costume to the Central Branch for our Halloween Monster Bash! Teens can come to the Library at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 30, to compete in a Big Foot race, a cackle contest and a zombie shoot out! Test your knowledge of monster trivia and make a tasty monster out of a cookie. Registration is required. (225) 262-2640.

Make Zombie Felties at Jones Creek Regional Branch

Halloween is the perfect time to let your inner Dr. Frankenstein have free reign! Teens can come to the Jones Creek Regional Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 30, to create a miniature stuffed zombie using an assortment of felt, stuffing and craft items. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. (225) 756-1140.

 

FOR MUMMIES, DADDIES, AND OTHER ADULTS (and sometimes Teens)

Pumpkins Come and Pumpkins Go, But A Jack- O-Lantern Steals the Show at Main Library at Goodwood

Adults can bring a festive fall spirit to the Main Library at Goodwood at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 2, to discover a variety of ways to decorate with pumpkins! Experienced holiday decorator Sheri Bell will demonstrate how to work with all pumpkin sizes, shapes, and colors. You’ll learn how to use pumpkins in casual, elegant, and fun ways to decorate your home or office this season.  (225) 231-3750.

Monday Movie Series at River Center Branch

Adults are invited to enjoy a spooky movie favorite at the River Center Branch this month. Head over to the Library at 1 p.m. Monday, October 6, to watch a supernatural comedy film in which three eccentric paranormal investigators in New York start a ghost-catching business. Come back at 1 p.m. Monday, October 20, to watch the sequel. (225) 389-4967.

Horror Movie Night for 20-Somethings at Baker Branch

What might happen if for one night there were no rules and no law? Come to the Library this month to find out. If you’re 19-30ish, you’re invited to the Baker Branch at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11, to watch a movie that follows a wealthy family that is being held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.  (225) 778-5940.

Get in the Spooky Spirit with a Creepy Craft at Eden Park Branch

Halloween fun isn’t just for kids! Adults and teens are invited to the Eden Park Branch at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 19, to make Halloween-themed jewelry! Registration is required. (225) 231-3240.

An Event for ‘Buffy’ Buffs at Main Library at Goodwood

Are you a “Buffy” Buff? Then head over to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to test your knowledge of all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Adults ages 19-30ish are invited to the Library for a trivia game covering all seven seasons of the popular television series. (225) 231-3750.

For more information, call (225) 231-3750 or check the calendar at www.ebrpl.com.

 

Book Review: X vs. Y

X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story by Eve Epstein and Leonora Epstein. Reviewed by Louise Hilton. 

X vs. Y is a cultural study written by two sisters, Eve from Generation X, and Leonora from Generation Y. They use Generation X to describe people born in the mid-sixties to late-seventies while Generation Y or millennials refers to people born around the early 1980s to late-1990s. The Epstein sisters discuss the differences (and overlaps) of their respective generations when it comes to such topics as pop culture (with chapters devoted to Books, Music, and Movies), dating, and technology. With lots of Venn diagrams and other fun graphics showing the major pop culture references of each of these categories, X vs. Y is a quick and entertaining read.

As a Gen Y-er, I had to laugh reading Leonora’s essay “How Cher Horowitz Became Gen Y’s BFF” extolling the virtues of the movie Clueless: “1997 was a big year for me. I learned leg hair was a scourge to be eradicated at all costs, Jockey training bras were the bomb, and Clueless was the greatest movie ever.”

The authors conclude with an interesting point about the newest generation: “Because Gen Zers have unprecedented access to information and media from both the past and present, they’ll face a different sort of challenge: figuring out how to locate value in the sea of media and entertainments they’ve grown up in. Eve has nostalgia for Sesame Street because it was one of three TV shows she ever watched as a child; would she have felt the same way if her options had been effectively limitless?” (My guess is yes, she would have because – let’s face it – Sesame Street is one of the best things ever.)

Comics Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

Days_of_Future_pastReviewed by Adam St.Pierre

Disclaimer: This review is written by someone who hasn’t read every single X-Men story arc, but has read quite a bit and loved every bit of the X-Men television show from the 1990s.

If you haven’t seen the newest installation of the X-Men movie franchise, Days of Future Past, you need to. Pretty much immediately. The film is a true comic book movie and does a phenomenal job of highlighting all of the characters from the highly lauded story line from Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Now that doesn’t mean that you can’t nitpick certain elements from the movie and compare it to the original story or talk about how certain characters were not written like that because you most definitely can do that and that kind of critique can be fun … but, ladies and gents, comics and by proxy comic book movies are supposed to be fun. 

Luckily, your library has two different collected editions of the Days of Future Past story line to help you get reacquainted with or introduced to that classic tale. Why do we have two different editions you ask? Well: The first collected edition brings together X-Men #138-141Uncanny X-Men #142-143, and X-Men Annual #4. This one is a good primer for folks that:

1.) Have not seen X-men First Class or cannot remember much about First Class

2.) Just want a short overview on X-men comics during the 1960s when it was mainly monster of the week

3.) Have not seen X-men Days of Future Past yet

4.) Don’t care about the minutiae and want the book quicker (the waitlist is currently shorter)

The only disappointing thing that I came away with this particular collected edition was that it only contains one issue that is relevant to the Days of Future Past story line.

The second collected edition is a Marvel reprint that came out earlier this year. It collects X-Men #141, Uncanny X-Men #142, New Mutants Annual #6, X-Factor #5, X-Men Annual 14, Excalibur #52, Wolverine: Days of Future Past #1-3, and Hulk: Broken Worlds 2. Which is basically every single possible issue that could deal with the Days of Future Past story arc. This is a great complete edition for folks that:

1.) Want to analyze every part of the movie and compare it to the source material

2.) Need to go back after the movie is over and fact check

3.) Want to have a protracted debate and compare it to the 1990s television show

Either collected edition is a fantastic read and honestly you could read one or both of them to get the full effect. Regardless, the T.V. show’s theme song is totally stuck in my head.

20somethings: GeoCaching Hunt

The EBRPL20somethings invite adults ages 18-30ish are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m. to geocache! What exactly is geocaching?

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Bring your smart phone and scour the grounds of the library and BREC park areas when you race against others to see who can find the hidden geocaches first. For more information, call (225) 231-3770.

EBRPL 20somethings Gaming Night

The EBRPL 20somethings group is hosting gaming nights on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Every second Tuesday will be a board game night, and every fourth Tuesday will be a video game night.

The next gaming night is tomorrow, March 25th, from 7:00-9:00 at the Main Library. We’ll be playing Minecraft on the Xbox 360. There will be a series of challenge maps for players to complete such as “Who Can Hit Bedrock First?”, “Find the Missing Bookshelf”, “Monster Hunt”, and “Build This House.”

Patrons 18 to 30ish welcome! Visit our EBRPL 20Somethings Facebook page for more info on this and future events.

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Book Review: Man Repeller

Man Repeller. Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. by Leandra Medine. Reviewed by Louise Hilton. man-repeller

Leandra Medine is a twenty-something fashion blogger best known for her cheekily named Man Repeller website, lauded as one of Time’s “25 Best Blogs of 2012” and Forbes’s “Top 30 Under 30” the same year for her trendsetting acumen. Her recent debut, Man Repeller. Seeking Love. Finding Overalls., chronicles her major life events, all best remembered by describing what she wore (and yes, that includes some definite sartorial misfires). In chapters such as “The Bermuda Shorts” and “The Lesson of the Harem Pants,” Medine takes us on a hilarious ride from New York to Paris and back.

Sure, her world – that of fashionistas in Manhattan – may be light-years away from the one in which you and I live but Medine comes across as a down-to-earth, lovable goofball. The fact that her writing is exceptional and that she has serious cred in the fashion world make her even more interesting. Overall, it’s a quick, humorous take on relationships and making your way in the world, and her ultimate message – be true to yourself, conventions be damned, and you just might find happiness along the way – is one we could all remind ourselves from time to time.

*An edited version of this review appeared in The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) on 2/09/14.