Edible Book Festival

The Edible Book Festival is an international celebration of books, food, and bad puns! In conjunction with the Library’s 2024 One Book One Community selection, Tasting History, the 3rd annual Edible Book Festival will be held during the One Book One Community Kickoff Party on Friday, March 8, 5-7 p.m., at the Main Library at Goodwood. Participants are invited to choose a book and create an edible representation of its title or a wordplay on its title. Join us as we gather to view the bookish fare concocted to amuse, amaze, or, yes, even disgust onlookers and fellow participants. Vote for
your favorites in categories such as Best in Show, Wittiest Wordplay, Least Appetizing and more! Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded! To submit an entry, just bring your punny, edible creation to the Library  on Friday, March 8 between  4 and 4:30 p.m. to be displayed! Here are a few previous winners. Can you “beet” them? Come on, “cake” a chance! Give us something to “taco” ‘bout! “Gouda” luck!

Books and Music with Kids Orchestra Feb. 10

Collect new musical skills! Discover new library books! Learn new dance steps! Kids’ Orchestra invites children, ages 5-11, to an experiential program that combines library books with music education. Each month, children will explore a theme as they learn about an instrument, sing a song, explore a dance, and play a game – all inspired by a book in the East Baton Rouge Parish Library collection. Books & Music is celebrating this carnival season by placing a spotlight on “When the Saints Go Marching in,” a traditional spiritual that you are very likely to hear during February in Louisiana. You might also hear it at a New Orleans Saints football game. Brass bands in parades often play this melody. Come see Ashley Bryan’s beautiful illustrations in the book Let It Shine. Also, play a partner song game, meet a professional musician, and practice solfege syllables and hand signs. What are those? Come and find out!! See below for opportunities to attend this fun program! All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required.

Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m. – Main Library at Goodwood To register, call 231-3760.

Virtual Author Talk Series: Tessa Bailey

The Library continues its Author Talk Series with three new authors in February! Each live, virtual event features a different bestselling author, along with an interactive Q&A session where participants can ask questions directly to the author. See February selections and dates/times below.
Visit here to register for these virtual events, learn about other upcoming conversations with bestselling authors, and view previous author talk recordings. For more information about these and other virtual events, visit here.

Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m.  - Join us as the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Tessa Bailey, talks about the launch of her new super-hot sports romance duology about a bad boy professional athlete who falls for his biggest fan in her new book, Fangirl Down. Wells Whitaker was once golf’s hottest rising star, but lately, all he has to show for his “promising” career is a killer hangover, a collection of broken clubs, and one remaining supporter, Josephine Doyle. No matter how bad he plays, the beautiful, sunny redhead is always on the sidelines. He curses, she cheers. He scowls, she smiles. But when Wells quits in a blaze of glory, and his fangirl finally goes home, he knows he made the greatest mistake of his life. So, a determined Wells shows up at her door with a wild proposal: be his new caddy, help him turn his game around, and split the prize money. Can Josephine make the difference? Register to find out!

Books and Music with the Kids’ Orchestra Feb. 17

Collect new musical skills! Discover new library books! Learn new dance steps! Kids’ Orchestra invites children, ages 5-11, to an experiential program that combines library books with music
education. Each month, children will explore a theme as they learn about an instrument, sing a song, explore a dance, and play a game – all inspired by a book in the East Baton Rouge Parish Library collection. Books & Music is celebrating this carnival season by placing a spotlight on “When the Saints Go Marching in,” a traditional spiritual that you are very likely to hear during February in Louisiana. You might also hear it at a New Orleans Saints football game. Brass bands in parades often play this melody. Come see Ashley Bryan’s beautiful illustrations in the book Let It Shine. Also, play a partner song game, meet a professional musician, and practice solfege syllables and hand signs. What are those? Come and find out!! See below for opportunities to attend this fun program! All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required.

Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. – Bluebonnet Regional Branch To register, call 763-2260

Books and Music with the Kids’ Orchestra

Collect new musical skills! Discover new library books! Learn new dance steps! Kids’ Orchestra invites children, ages 5-11, to an experiential program that combines library books with music
education. Each month, children will explore a theme as they learn about an instrument, sing a song, explore a dance, and play a game – all inspired by a book in the East Baton Rouge Parish Library collection. Books & Music is celebrating this carnival season by placing a spotlight on “When the Saints Go Marching in,” a traditional spiritual that you are very likely to hear during February in Louisiana. You might also hear it at a New Orleans Saints football game. Brass bands in parades often play this melody. Come see Ashley Bryan’s beautiful illustrations in the book Let It Shine. Also, play a partner song game, meet a professional musician, and practice solfege syllables and hand signs. What are those? Come and find out!! See below for opportunities to attend this fun program! All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

Saturday, February 3 at 11 a.m. – Zachary Branch
To register, call 658-1860

Virtual Author Talk Series: Dr. Robert Lustig

The Library continues its Author Talk Series with three new authors in January! Each live, virtual event features a different bestselling author, along with an interactive Q&A session where participants can ask questions directly to the author. See January selections and dates/times below.
Visit here to register for these virtual events, learn about other upcoming conversations with bestselling authors, and view previous author talk recordings. For more information about these and other virtual events, visit here.

Tuesday, January 30 at 1 p.m. – Launch your New Year in a healthy way with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist who has long been on the cutting edge of medicine and science. He challenges our current healthcare paradigm which has gone off the rails under the influence of
Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Government. One of Lustig’s singular gifts as a communicator is his ability to “connect the dots” for the general reader, in order to unpack the scientific data and concepts behind his arguments, as he tells the “real story of food” and “the story of real food.” He insists that if we do not fix our food and change the way we eat, we will continue to court chronic disease, bankrupt healthcare, and threaten the planet. But there is hope. Dr. Lustig offers a doable plan for us to heal and restore our health and well-being with real food.

LSU Geaux Science Explorations: STEM Story Time

The LSU College of Science and Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites children in kindergarten through third grade to explore the worlds of math and science through an exciting science story
time adventure led by some of the university’s top scientists and mathematicians. Each STEM story is followed by a fun, hands-on activity that allows the young scientists to feed their curiosity and take an even deeper dive into math and science discovery. Geaux Science Explorations STEM Story Time will take place on Saturday, January 27, 10:30-11:45 a.m., at the three Library locations below.
Registration is required. To register, call the branch directly at the number provided.

Main Library at Goodwood
Book: Vivi Loves Science by Kimberly
Derting and Shelli R Johannes
Read by Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty,
Biologist/Ichthyologist at LSU
To register, please call 231-3760.

LSU Geaux Science Explorations: STEM Story Time

The LSU College of Science and Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites children in kindergarten
through third grade to explore the worlds of math and science through an exciting science story time adventure led by some of the university’s top scientists and mathematicians. Each STEM story is
followed by a fun, hands-on activity that allows the young scientists to feed their curiosity and take an even deeper dive into math and science discovery. Geaux Science Explorations STEM Story Time will take place on Saturday, January 27, 10:30-11:45 a.m., at the three Library locations below. Registration is required. To register, call the branch directly at the number provided.

Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Sun! One in a Billion
by Stacy McAnulty
Read by Dr. Catherine Deibel,
Astrophysicist at LSU
To register, please call 763-2260.

LSU Geaux Science Explorations: STEM Story Time

The LSU College of Science and Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites children in kindergarten
through third grade to explore the worlds of math and science through an exciting science story time adventure led by some of the university’s top scientists and mathematicians. Each STEM story is
followed by a fun, hands-on activity that allows the young scientists to feed their curiosity and take an even deeper dive into math and science discovery. Geaux Science Explorations STEM Story Time will take place on Saturday, January 27, 10:30-11:45 a.m., at the three Library locations below. Registration is required. To register, call the branch directly at the number provided.

Eden Park Branch
Libby Loves Science by Kimberly
Derting and Shelli R. Johannes
Read by Dr. Treva Brown, Physical
Scientist at the U.S. Naval Research
Laboratory
To register, please call 231-3260.