Waive It Wednesday

**The Final Waive It Wednesday is March 30 2011**

Have you heard about Waive it Wednesday?

It means no more waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night worrying about overdue library books, no more anxiously looking over your shoulder for librarians as you go about your daily life. You can clear your conscience painlessly!

On the last Wednesday of each month you can return your long overdue books, fine free, no questions asked! Woohoo!

Summer Reading 2010

Summer Reading is here again! There will be exciting events, games, prizes and other craziness throughout the summer, see Summer Reading for details. Reading logs are available now at all branches for you to record the books you’ve read.

Adult Program: Find Sanctuary in a Book Read three books to receive a Summer prize pack! For more information call 231-3740.

Teen Program (12-18 years): Make Waves @ Your Library For every three books read, teens get an entry into a weekly prize drawing! For more information call 231-3770.

Children’s Program (0-11 years): Make a Splash @ Your Library Lots of prizes on offer. For more information call 231-3760. The Children’s Room will kick off Summer reading on Tuesday, May 25th, 10am with a special visit from Cane the Raising Cane’s mascot! Don’t forget your camera!

LSU Sesquicentennial

This year marks the 150th (sesquicentennial) anniversary of Louisiana State University! There will be great events all year, including a very special LSU Day on April 24th. To commemorate this anniversary we’ve published a new research guide: LSU History

On the guide you’ll find information about upcoming sesquicentennial events, useful websites, historic photographs, details on our LSU vertical files as well as a look at some of the books in our collection.

Louisiana Earth Day 2010

Louisiana Earth Day is celebrated on April 18th from Noon to 8:45pm. It’s a great day out for the whole family in downtown Baton Rouge. There will be music performances from Cajun, zydeco, country, blues and rock artists. See the complete schedule of all the stages.

There are lots of activities for children and adults to join in with.  As well as all the good food, music and atmosphere you’ll also find environmental tips, information and innovations that can help us all live a bit greener! Check out the Louisiana Earth Day Official site for maps and more!

Summer Camps in Baton Rouge 2010

**Click here for Summer Camp listings for 2012**

Summer is quickly approaching which can mean long days at home with bored kids. Fear not, there is a solution!

Summer Camps in the East Baton Rouge Parish Area

The wonderful people at The Advocate have put together a list of over 40 summer camp programs for different age groups. You’ll find phone numbers and websites with registration information. There is a wide variety and sure to be something for everyone, whether sporting or educational.

Summer camps can fill up quickly so don’t delay!

Great Gatsby Events in March!

This month sees some fantastic events as part of The Big Read: One Book/One Community selection The Great Gatsby.  Here are some swinging highlights not to be missed!

White Linen Party in the Rose Garden with Zelda, Thursday March 18 7:00pm, @ the Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.

Speakeasy: A Special After-Hours Library Event, Friday March 19 7:00pm, @ Bluebonnet Branch.

1920’s Duct Tape-Blue Tarp Fashion Show, Saturday March 20 2:00pm @ Bluebonnet Branch.

The Great Gatsby Drive-In Movie, Saturday March 20 6:30pm @ Main Library Parking Lot.

Project Runway-Gatsby Style, Sunday March 21 3:00pm @ Jones Creek Branch.

Boogie Bus Trip to Teddy’s Juke Joint, March 21 6:00pm (Depart from Main Library, registration required)

For more information on any of these events please call us at 231-3710 for more details!
Don’t forget to check out Great Gatsby Research Guide full of resources to add to your enjoyment of the book.

Ask A Lawyer Schedule 2010

Take advantage of free legal counseling sessions from local attorneys who will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for confidential, one-on-one, 15-minute sessions of legal advice. All programs run from 9:30am to 11:30am. Arrive early and sign up to make sure you get seen.

March 6, 2010 Zachary Branch

March 20, 2010 Eden Park Branch

April 10, 2010 Scotlandville Branch

April 24, 2010 Carver Branch

May 8, 2010 Bluebonnet Branch

June 5, 2010 Pride-Chaneyville Branch

June 19, 2010 Greenwell Springs Road Branch

August 7, 2010 Delmont Gardens Branch

September 18, 2010 Central Branch

October 23, 2010 Main Library

November 6, 2010 Jones Creek Branch

Any additional dates or changes to this schedule will be updated on this page.

The Big Read: One Book/One Community

The latest One Book/One Community title is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby. Pick up your copy of the book at the library and celebrate the beginning of the Big Read with a free soiree at Baton Rouge Community College’s Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion. 6:30pm on Thursday February 4th. It will be a fabulous 1920’s party!

There will be numerous events coming throughout the spring, including a visit with Zelda impersonator, Debra Conner, speakeasies, dance lessons, movie screenings, discussions, and of course, jazz!

To keep track of Big Read events take a look at our newest Research Guide. You’ll find lots of resources and educational material about The Great Gatsby.

African-American Read In

Throughout February as part of Black History Month, branches will be hosting reading events celebrating African-American authors. You can listen to great stories and take a turn reading aloud. Here is the schedule, please call your branch for more information.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 3:30pm Scotlandville Branch (Listen to Faith Ringgold’s book Tar Beach)

Thursday, February 11th, 11:00am Delmont Gardens Branch (Read aloud for children)
1:30pm River Center Branch (Read aloud for children, but all ages welcome to attend)

Saturday, February 13th, 2:30pm Main Library (Read aloud for all ages)

Sunday, February 14th, 2:30pm Eden Park Branch (Read aloud for all ages)

Monday, February 22nd, 10:00am Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch (Hear third grade children from Merrydale Elementary recite poems)
4:30pm Baker Branch ( Read aloud for children and teens)

Saturday, February 27th, 2:30pm Jones Creek Regional Branch (Read aloud for children, but all ages welcome to attend)
4:00pm Carver Branch (Read aloud for all ages)

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Parade Schedule 2010

**Looking for the 2011 schedule? click here!**


It’s Mardi Gras time again! Of course we all know parades are not as much fun as library visits, but anyway, here is the schedule:

Saturday, January 30th, 6pm Krewe of Jupiter

Sunday, January 31st, 1:30pm CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts

Friday, February 5th, 7pm Krewe of Artemis

Saturday, February 6th, 2pm Krewe Mystique de la Capitale
6:30pm Krewe of Orion

Friday, February 12th, 7pm Krewe of Southdowns

Saturday, February 13th, Noon Spanish Town Parade
4pm Krewe of Poseidon