Authors After Hours: Kate Moore

We’re celebrating the One Book One Community selection Hidden Figures with a look at some other little-known women in history. Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 PM Saturday, March 24, for a free book talk on The Radium Girls:
The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women with author Kate Moore. In the book, Moore traces the lives of more than a dozen American women who were employed as luminous watch-dial painters as early as 1917. She tells how these women, some barely in their 20s, were enchanted by high pay and the allure of the paint’s luminescent substance: radium. Carefully researched, the work will stun readers with its descriptions of the glittering artisans who, oblivious to health dangers, twirled camel-hair brushes to fine points using their mouths, a technique called lip-pointing. By the end of 1918, one out of six American soldiers owned a luminous watch, but the women who made them that way didn’t experience such glowing results. Copies of the book will be sold at the event. Stick around after the discussion to have your book signed by the author!

One Book, One Community and LASM Discovery Dome

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s (LASM) Discovery Dome is coming to Libraries again for a special FREE presentation celebrating this year’s One Book, One Community selection: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Children of all ages will enjoy Magic Tree House: Space Mission when they travel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House® best-selling children’s book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they’ve discovered. Viewers will get a peek into the treehouse and follow Jack and Annie on an exciting adventure as they meet a helpful astronomer and an astronaut!

Adults and teens are invited to the Library to watch We Are Stars, the film that explains what we are made of, how the sun was created and how a star is made.

The full Discovery Dome schedule is below:

  • 10 a.m. Monday, March 5, River Center Branch
  • 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, Main Library at Goodwood (Adults & teens, We Are Stars)
  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Eden Park Branch
  • 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • 3 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Central Branch
  • 5 p.m. Monday, March 12, Jones Creek Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch
  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Delmont Gardens Branch
  • 3 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Scotlandville Branch
  • 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 19, Carver Branch
  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Baker Branch
  • 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, Pride-Chaneyville Branch
  • 3 p.m. Thursday, March 22, Main Library at Goodwood
  • 3 p.m. Monday, March 26, Fairwood Branch
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Zachary Branch

To register, or for more information about these free Discovery Dome events, call the Children’s Room at the Library location directly. Call the Circulation Desk at the Main Library at (225) 231-3740 in reference to the presentation for adults and teens. To learn more about the Library and any of its other free programs, events and resources, visit us online!

Poetry Out Loud

Support Louisiana teens and foster a love for poetry by attending the 2018 Louisiana state finals of Poetry Out Loud!

High school students representing every region in the state will compete in the 2018 Poetry Out Loud State Competition on March 3, 2018.

Poetry Out Loud is a national, high school poetry recitation competition developed by the Poetry Foundation. Through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the program is free to all students and encourages them to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.

The mission of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is to foster the creative capacity and vibrancy of the capital region through advocacy, resources, and education. The Arts Council administers the Poetry Out Loud program on behalf of the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and promotes the Poetry Out Loud competition to high school students in its 11-parish region and re-grants funds to regions across the state in order to facilitate the program in their areas.

Participation helps students master public speaking skills, build self- confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Participation also increases student engagement in literature classes, provides non-academic scholarship opportunities for students, and creates statewide cultural connections for schools.

The competition will be held at the Capitol Park Museum at 12:00 PM and is free and open to the public. Justine Haka, program assistant for the Poetry Foundation, will be the keynote speaker.

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.

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility by Aquila Theatre

Do you like Jane Austen? Do you like theatre? Do you like it when things you like come together so you can enjoy both of them at the same time? Don’t miss Aquila Theatre‘s production of Sense and Sensibility on its one-night stop at the Manship on Friday, February 23rd, at 7:30 PM!

Aquila Theatre is a New York-based company dedicated to bringing classics like this one to the stage. Adapted productions tour the country to bring classic stories to the greatest number of people. Tickets are available online or by calling the Manship Theatre’s ticket office at 225-344-0334. Check out a copy of the book, or any of Jane Austen’s other works or adaptations, at the library before you go!

Author Talk: Randall Ladnier with The Brides of La Baleine

Author Randall Ladnier will be at the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, to discuss his book The Brides of La Baleine. The book covers the history of 88 young French women who volunteered to come to the Louisiana colony in 1720 to become brides for the soldiers and settlers here.

The young women were transported on a ship named La Baleine, and they arrived in Biloxi in January 1721. Many of them married and had large families, with thousands of their descendants still living in the Gulf Coast states (including Louisiana!). For instance, one young woman named Catherine Melier married Pierre Prudhomme in 1724, and now their family line consists of more than 700 different surnames! Ladnier himself is a direct descendant of a bride named Marie Angelique Girard.

Adults are invited to this free event hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Department. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Mid City Micro-Con: Welcome to Wakanda

Don’t miss the first-ever East Baton Rouge Parish Library micro-con! Our very first in-house convention will feature comics creators, artists, and professional cosplayers based everywhere from right here in Baton Rouge to – well, all over the country. We’ll have everything from panels on diversity in media, to documentary screenings, to art workshops, and more! Want to dress up like your favorite character? Come in full costume and compete in our cosplay contest! Want to meet some of Louisiana’s best comics artists? Check out the Comics and Arts Market!

The very first Mid City Micro-Con will happen on Saturday, February 10th, from 10 AM-5 PM. This year’s theme is “Welcome to Wakanda,” so if you’ve already got your tickets to Black Panther, there’s no better place to get ready for the February 15th release date. Come be super with us!

Beneath the Weight: Free Workshops to End Stress Eating

Don’t miss the second session of Beneath the Weight, tomorrow at the Main Library on Goodwood! Participants can get in touch with what is happening in their minds when overeating, become mindful eaters, and design and implement their own long-lasting healthy eating lifestyles. The second and third sessions will be held January 13th and January 20th, both from 9:30 AM – 12 PM. Registration is available online.