One Book, One Community: Hidden Figures Launch Party

Blast off with us at the One Book One Community launch party celebrating Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly at the Main Library at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 24! 2018’s title was first announced at the annual Louisiana Book Festival downtown in October 2017.

There’ll be free food, music, games, prizes, stargazing and even a “Moon Walk” cake walk! Our special guests include Dr. Tamiara Wade, former Learning Expert at the NASA Stennis Space Center; and Alyssa Carson, a 16-year-old aspiring astronaut who attended Space Camp seven times, Space Academy three times, Robotics Academy   once, and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Advanced Space Academy! Learn more about Carson at Partners Forum 35 also will be on hand to welcome the NASA STEM Team!


Lots of other events, programs, movie nights, book talks, crafts and more related to the book and OBOC will be scheduled throughout the community all spring long. All the events are FREE. A schedule and related information, as well as an InfoGuide, is posted at, and it will be updated periodically with additional events.

Here’s a sample of the great things to come:

  • LASM Discovery Dome Presents Magic Tree House: Space Mission & We Are Stars – Discovery Dome presentations run March 5 – 28; For a full schedule, pick up a copy of the Library’s monthly newsletter The Source, or visit the online calendar at
  • Book Talk with Author of The Radium Girls Kate Moore -7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Main Library at Goodwood
  • Hidden Figures Movie Night on the BIG Screen – 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, Main Library at Goodwood
  • The World Behind Hidden Figures with Dr. Renee Horton -2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, Main Library at Goodwood
  • History of Flight with Jim Slade & Katharine Wright – 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, Main Library at Goodwood
  • And many more!

For more information about the FREE One Book One Community launch party, call (225) 231-3750. To learn about any of the Library’s other free programs, events or resources, visit us online.

Fantasy Book Club

Good morning, campers. If the daily grind is getting you down, please come with us on a variety of magical journeys. We’re speaking, of course, of the nearly-brand-new Fantasy Book Club at the Greenwell Springs Branch.

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You can find Watership Down all over the place, like in our online catalog. It’s a great book. We have it on good authority that if you read it and then go to book club, there will be snacks. Enjoy!

One Book, One Community Kick-Off Bonanza

Join us at the Main Library for an old-timey festival to kick off One Book, One Community 2016!

obocElectHueyPostersg2-16If you’ve been carefully avoiding library resources because your reading list has gotten ridiculous and you just can’t add another book to it (…not that we can relate), you may not know that this year’s book is Kingfish by local historian and dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business, Dr. Richard D. White, Jr. The book is a biography of notorious Louisiana governor Huey P. Long. It begins with his beginning, and ends with a thoughtful analysis of the long-lasting effects of his political machinations. The middle is full of all kinds of scandals. So you should read it anyway! Everything else you’ve got checked out can totally be renewed until later!

But first you should come to the party, this Saturday, February 20th at 6:30 PM on the plaza at the Main Library, on Goodwood! We’ll have all kinds of food, music, games, and activities, including a sing-along of the LSU fight song “Every Man a King” (which Governor Long helped write); soap-box debaters; mock voting; and at least one of our dear librarians will be dressed up in a seersucker suit!



Raising Cane’s, Taylor Made Concessions, and Bertrand Bailey’s Down Home Country Cooking will all be providing free concessions! There will be performances by the Greater Baton Rouge Barbershop Quartet and the Michael Foster Project! There will be free face painters, caricaturists, and a cakewalk, to name just a few of the entertainment options. You can even win something, like a party pack from Raising Cane’s!

With this much going on, I mean, we’re not saying we’ll think badly of you if you don’t come, but we WILL be very sad. For you. For missing out. So when you think better of it and show up, don’t forget to use the hashtag #readEBR on Twitter and Instagram to let us know what a fabulous time you’re having!

Book Review: The Other Language

The Other Language by Francesca Marciano. Reviewed by Louise Hilton.*


Italian author and screenwriter Francesca Marciano presents a stunning collection of short stories with her latest work, The Other Language. other-language

All of the nine stories feature Italian characters and share common themes of wanderlust and change. Marciano’s protagonists come from all walks of life and are scattered across the globe — from New York to Kenya to Rome — but each protagonist is yearning for something (or someone) else but not in an off-putting way.

Highlights are “Chanel,” about a filmmaker who buys a Chanel haute couture gown for the David Awards (the Italian equivalent of the Academy Awards) and, through a series of setbacks, ends up never wearing it, and “The Presence of Men,” in which an old seamstress in a remote Italian village receives the commission of her life when a Hollywood actor hires her to make him a bespoke wardrobe.

I usually don’t go for short stories, but this collection is a gem. It takes talent to create a fully developed atmosphere and characters the reader will care about in some way in just a handful of pages. Marciano has it in spades. Brava.

*This review was first published in The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) on Sunday, August 9, 2015.

Harper Lee Celebration


Harper Lee published her second novel Go Set a Watchman this summer, a follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. To celebrate this beloved Southern author, we are hosting an exciting event this coming Monday, August 3, at the Main Library at Goodwood: we will read To Kill a Mockingbird aloud from start to finish! The all-day readathon will feature librarians and special guests from the community. This is a great opportunity for students to experience this iconic American classic in a unique way right before school starts or for adults to discover or revisit this important read. Join us anytime on this Monday the 3rd starting at 8:30 a.m. and follow #MockingbirdMonday and #ebrpl on social media.

Mark your calendars for a book discussion of the much-anticipated Go Set a Watchman on Tuesday, September 15, at 7 p.m., also at Main. We have lots of copies of the book in a variety of formats at the library and we can’t wait to hear what you think of it at the book discussion!


Join Us on Goodreads

Have you heard? The Library is on Goodreads now! Goodreads is a social media site for book-lovers (and aren’t we all?) and we’re excited to bring you the latest books our book clubs across all of our branches are reading, staff picks, discussion groups, and other good reads (pun intended). Add us as a friend on Goodreads – we can’t wait to hear from you and see what you’re reading!

African American Young Adult Authors at the Library

Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood this week as we host featured authors from the 2015 LSU Young Adult Literature Conference. The theme of the conference is African American Cultures in Young Adult Literature and we will be hosting prominent authors throughout the week.Crossover

Tonibrown-girl-dreaming-by-jacqueline-woodsonght (Monday, June 1), Kwame Alexander and Jacqueline Woodson will be reading from and discussing their books at 7 p.m. Alexander won the 2015 Newbery Medal for his novel The Crossover while Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming was a 2015 Newbery Honor book.

The rest of the schedule is:

Coe Booth, Wednesday, June 3, 7 p.m.

Booth is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels: Tyrell, Kendra, tyrelland Bronxwood. Her first middle grades novel, Kinda Like Brothers, was released in 2014.

Sharon Draper and Sharon Flake, Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m.

Sharon Draper is the author of the best-selling novels Out of My Mind, The Jericho and Hazelwood trilogies, and Panic. She wcopper-sunas the National Teacher of the Year and a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards.

Sharon Flake is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels The Skin I’m In, You Don’t Even Know Me, and The Unstoppable Octobia May.flake

Everyone is invited to this special series so we hope to see you there!