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.

Garden Discoveries: A Druid’s Garden: From Magic to Medicine

The Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation will host a FREE Garden Discoveries series event, “A Druid’s Garden: From Magic to Medicine,” led by Art Scarbrough, on Saturday, February 10 at 10 a.m. He will share about herbs used in folklore and will describe magical plant practices through the ages with an emphasis on this season of love! Art is a member of the Baton Rouge Botanic
Garden Board, a member of the Herb Society of America, Master Naturalist, and practicing Druid. Weather permitting, a tour will follow of the Baton Rouge Botanic Gardens adjacent to the Library. Registration is available at here, or call 231-3750 for registration assistance. Learn more at here.

Group Tai Chi Class

Join us for free, hour-long Tai Chi sessions and meet friends through group practice. Together with the Tai Chi Club, we will explore the yin and yang of mind-body and find the way of nature in Tai Chi. By the end of the series you will have learned a full Tai Chi routine to practice on your own and share with people around you. This month’s sessions will take place on Sunday, February 4 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, February 25 at 6 p.m. Wear flat shoes and comfortable clothes!

Say Cheese! with Dr. Chuck Boeneke

Discover the world of cheese-making with LSU’s Dr. Chuck Boeneke at the Jones Creek Regional Branch on Saturday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m. He will present a video on cheese-making, provide a live demonstration, and read The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka. Registration is required.
To register, please call 756-1160. Following the program, there will be a drawing to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see a performance of The Stinky Cheese Man at the Manship Theatre.

Revolution Natives

The Friends of Hilltop Arboretum will hold its annual symposium Resolution Natives: Ecological Restoration Meets Traditional Garden Design on Saturday, January 27, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Main Library at Goodwood.

What does it mean to live in a liberated landscape? Do you dream of ditching the weeding, fertilizing, and watering? Have you ever wondered how to make the shift from traditional garden design to ecological landscape design? Resolution Natives will explore what it means to have a successful garden – one that is rewarding, stimulating, and environmentally friendly, and how the incorporation of natives into the designed landscape can change the way you think about what a garden should do and be. Keynote speaker, Larry Weaner, will share his knowledge about environmental science and the traditions of garden design, expanding on his book, Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change. Dr. Malcolm Vidrine and Dr. Charles Allen will take us along on their journey of ‘Rewilding Acadiana’ and explore what it means to act in a manner that curbs foreseeable impacts of climate change while living in Louisiana, and how to select native plants to rewild your own property. Ashlee Brackeen and Caitlin Roberts of Swamp Fly Landscapes will provide insight on the creation and maintenance
of residential landscapes that bring ecological wonder and sensorial beauty while providing nourishment and connectivity to the nonhuman world. Several vendors will be in attendance and will provide resources, information, and an extensive collection of native plants for sale. Register by January 15 to take advantage of early registration pricing! Members of Friends of Hilltop Arboretum $60, Non-Members $70, Students $30. Late Registrations: Members $70, Non-Members $80, Students $35. For additional information and to register, here, email hilltop@lsu.edu, or call 225-767-6916.

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.

Ballet Showcase with Jean Leigh Academy Dance

Immerse yourself in a family-friendly ballet performance on Sunday, February 25 at 4 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood, where the library will serve as a stage for a showcase of classical ballet variations. Dancers from the Jean Leigh Academy of Dance will transport the audience into a world of refined artistry and storytelling. The performance will include variations such as “Kitri” from Don Quixote, “Lilac Fairy” from Sleeping Beauty, and “Odalisque” from Le Coraire, among others, and will last approximately 45 minutes.