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!


Summer Reading Kicks Off Today

Join us at the library to make sure your summer is packed with great books, fun programs, and fabulous prizes. With a program for every age group, everyone can participate! All locations of the Library will have reading logs for each age group (Children, Teens, and Adults). These logs will be available until the end of July. While each group has a different theme and guidelines, the goal is the same: READ!

Every Hero Has a Story is this year’s theme for the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Summer activities will feature events that spotlight the performing arts, visual arts, literature, and science – all showing children how to tap into their creative sides. Children will receive a free book and special incentives just for reading! Ages Birth-11. For more information, call 231-3760.

The theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program this year is Unmask! Once you read six books, you’ll get a prize pack which includes includes a backpack, mason jar mug, a superhero rubik’s cube, and a superhero footbag. Prize packs will be available while quantities last, and winning tickets are drawn each Monday for cool prizes. The top reader in the parish will receive an iPad mini, donated by OverDrive! Teens grades 6 to 12. For more information, call 231-3770.

The Adult Program, Escape the Ordinary, for ages 18 and up, will be filled with a variety of interesting events. Adults are asked to read three books in order to receive a summer prize pack which includes a library tote, and there will be weekly drawings for various prizes. One of the three books can be substituted by attendance to any adult summer program. The last day of Adult Summer Reading is July 31. At the end of the program, a special drawing will be held for all participants. Call 231-3740 for more information.

Are you as excited as we are? Pick up a reading log at your local branch starting today and check our newsletter The Source or our events calendar to see all the great events coming up! Share with us on social media what you’re reading this summer using hashtags #readBR and #ebrpl. srp

Book Review: Hungry for Paris

Hungry for Paris: The Ultimate Guide to the City’s 109 Best Restaurants by Alexander Lobrano. Reviewed by Louise Hilton. 

Food writer Lobrano takes the reader on a gourmet tour of Paris in this updated edition of his 2008 guide. Detailing his 109 favorite restaurants, grouped geographically, the chapters are interspersed with short essays on life in the City of Light. The helpful appendices include restaurant listings by type, price range, and places open on weekends (many Parisian restaurants are closed then).

Lobrano covers only restaurants where you would be certain to have both a delicious meal and a warm welcome (no surly Parisian waiters here). He focuses on French food but includes a variety of cuisines and food trends such as locavore dining and gastrofusion. Unlike many restaurant guides, this one reads like a memoir, as he tells the story behind each restaurant, recounts his best meal at each, and gives menu recommendations.

Lobrano is a true gourmand, his passion for great food coming across in sensual prose. Although I couldn’t quite shake the feeling he is a bit smug, I still say if you’re lucky enough to visit Paris, check out his book for an interesting and honest take on the restaurant scene. And if you’re simply armchair traveling, read it for the mouthwatering descriptions of dreamy food (and dreamy Paris).

*This review was first published in The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

Authors’ Row

Authors’ Row, our annual event featuring Louisiana published authors, is this Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. Writers will be in attendance to discuss their works and sign their books. Many new authors participate in this program, and they just may be tomorrow’s bestsellers! Check out our April Source newsletter for a list of authors scheduled to appear.authors-row

Brace Yourselves: Game of Thrones Trivia is Coming

Baton Rouge 20somethings, compete head to head at our 4th Game of Thrones Trivia Challenge! Join us this Thursday, April 9, at 7:00 pm at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. Don’t worry about spoilers – questions will only cover the first four books and the first four seasons of the show. If you’re between 19 and 30ish, don’t miss it!


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library has launched a program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their parents to encourage exposure to reading at an early age and make it a lifelong habit fo1K-BooksBeforeKindergartenBearBookArtPosterLetterSize.pdf - Adobe Readerr children.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is just what its name describes. The goal is for parents to have read 1,000 books to their young children before they start kindergarten. That may sound like a lot of books at first, but it’s really easy! If parents read just one book a night to their children, that equals 365 books a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. With most children starting kindergarten at age 5, you’ll have a lot more books read by then than you’ll need – which isn’t a bad thing ever.

Have a child who wants to read that favorite, torn-up dinosaur book over and over again?  No worries. Each time you read it, it counts! So the concept is simple, the program is easy, and the rewards are priceless. All you need is perseverance, creativity, and the ability to make reading exciting for a child.

Parents can enroll in the program at your local EBRPL branch’s Children’s Room. Any of our 14 branches’ Children’s Room Library staff can offer book title suggestions, too. And when your child reaches the goals of 250, 500, 750 and 1,000 books, your East Baton Rouge Parish Library will have special reading incentive gifts just for them. They include:

  • 250 books – A special sticker and a book bag
  • 500 books – A special sticker and a decal of “Bear Reading to Friends”1kBooksEdSignup3-15atDelmontGardensB Kaleigh 032415-4 by Will Hillenbrand
  • 750 books – A special sticker and a poster of “Bear Reading to Friends”.
  • 1,000 books – A special sticker and a certificate of merit, a copy of the book Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand and an invitation to a special party to be held every August at the Main Library at Goodwood for those who complete the program.

The program ends when your child reaches 1,000 books OR starts kindergarten. But the gift of reading lasts a lifetime! For more information, contact Children’s Coordinator Pabby Arnold at 231-3761 or, visit your local Library branch, or log on to our website.

OverDrive Big Library Read: Shakespeare Saved My Life

Join us and other libraries worldwide as together we take part in a huge community read of the inspiring true story Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates. The Big Library Read program started March 17 and will run through March 31. During this time, the eBook will be available for simultaneous use, which means no holds or waiting lists. We will have unlimited eBook copies of the book available through OverDrive. Check out a copy and join our Big Library eBook Read today!

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Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before — supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars.

Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years—a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life.