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

2010 AARP Tax-Aide Schedule

This is a free service from AARP volunteers to help low and middle-income taxpayers file their taxes with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Spaces are limited so get there early!

East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library-7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, La 70806 (E-File)
Mondays: February 1st through April 5th
Tuesdays: February 2nd through April 6th
Wednesdays: February 3rd through April 7th
Thursdays: February 4th through April 8th

Bluebonnet Regional Branch-9200 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, La 70810 (E-File)
Mondays: February 1st through April 12th
Wednesdays: February 3rd through April 7th

Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library-11300 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge, La 70814 (Paper returns only)
Thursdays: February 4th through April 8th

Central Branch Library-11260 Joor Road, Baton Rouge, La 70818 (E-File)
Tuesdays: February 2nd through April 6th
Wednesday: February 3rd through April 7th

Broadmoor United Methodist Church-10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, La 70815 (E-File)
Mondays: February 1st through April 12th 8:00am-11:00am
Tuesdays: February 2nd through April 6th 8:00am-3:00pm
Wednesdays: February 3rd through April 7th 8:00am-11:00am
Thursdays: February 4th through April 8th 8:00am-11:00am

Baker City Hall-3325 Groom Road, Baker, La 70714 (E-File)
Mondays: February 1st through April 5th

Ascension Parish American Legion Post 81-421 East City Park, Gonzales, La 70737 (E-File)
Wednesdays: February 3rd through April 7th
Fridays: February 5th through April 9th

(Note: All locations are closed on February 16th for Mardi Gras)

Basic Gardening Series

Got Green thumbs? Me neither! Luckily help is at hand from experts! The Bluebonnet Branch is hosting the Basic Gardening Series from the Louisiana Master Gardeners.

Thursday, January 21, 6:30pm

  • Hey Look Me Over: Assessing the Maturing landscape
  • Isn’t THAT Rich?
  • Easy Seeding, Sunny Annuals

Thursday January 28, 6:30pm

  • Goodbye Shade, Hello Sun…
  • Did an Insect Do That?

Thursday, February 4, 6:30pm

  • The Tall and Short of Trees and Shrub
  • Jeepers Creepers

Thursday, February 11, 6:30pm

  • Creative Container Gardening
  • Landscaping Made Easy

A Spring Gardening Series will take place at the Carver Branch. Wednesday February 17, 6pm Roses for the home and Landscape. Wednesday March 10, 6pm Home Vegetable Gardening. Wednesday April 21, Bedding Plants and Wednesday May 19, 6pm Crape Myrtles. For more details check The Source.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday January 18, we celebrate the achievements of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  Here is a fantastic website of resources from the Martin Luther King, Jr Research and Education Institute. You can read all about the man and listen to his landmark speeches.

There are also many events being held at the library, here are but a few of them, for full listings see our daily calendar:

January 9, 2:30pm, Eden Park Branch Martin’s Big Words
January 9, 2:30pm, River Center Branch ‘I Have a Dream’

January 12, 10:00am, Greenwell Spring Rd Branch Crazy ‘Bout History: Bringing to Life Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 4:00pm, Carver Branch Unity-Dr. King’s Dream

January 16, 10am, Baker Branch African-American Heroes: Martin Luther King Jr. and Justice Sunday

Christmas Treats @ The Library

Live @ Chelsea’s: Come out to Chelsea’s Cafe on Wednesday December 16th  and listen to some holiday favorites such as Let it Snow and I’ll be Home for Christmas sung by crooner Ned Fasullo.

On Saturday December 19th we have Movies on the Lot, relive the drive-in movie experience and enjoy Christmas classics projected on to a big screen in the Main Library parking lot. 6:30pm Bah, Humduck! A looney Tunes Christmas and 7:00pm A Christmas Story.

There are too many holiday programs and events going on this month to list here so for full details take a look at our newsletter The Source, available online or in branches.