Downtown Festival of Lights

The 2009 Festival of Lights is tonight at the River Center Plaza, downtown Baton Rouge 4-9pm.  The Mayor will switch on the  nearly half a million Christmas lights that illuminate downtown and the 35 foot Christmas tree. Lots of family fun and entertainment including live festive music, free ice skating and six tons of real snow! This may be the only snow we get this winter so lets make the most of it.

Click here for more information and the full schedule of events

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving! Family, amazing food (lots of it) and football. Another Thanksgiving tradition is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when giant balloon replicas of our favorite characters will fill the streets of New York.  The parade, which first began in 1924 has an estimated 3.5 million people actually attend the event and over 50 million households watch the parade on TV!

Take a look at this fun retrospective with photographs of the balloons from years past from the New York Daily News.

You can also check out the official parade website which has a cool history section.

Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day

Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day is Saturday November 21. Items can be dropped off at the east side of Memorial Stadium parking lot from 9:00am-1:00pm. (Enter from Scenic Highway @ Foss Street)

This is only open to East Baton Rouge Parish residents and commercial waste is not allowed. Items accepted range from acids and solvents to propane tanks and tires.

Complete list  of items accepted and to find where to recycle hazardous household materials items all year round.

For further information call the East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office 389-5194.

Classes on How to Use the New Library Catalog

We will be hosting classes to help you become familiar with our new catalog and to answer any questions you may have. You will learn different ways to search the catalog to get the best results, how to place reservations, view your account and renew your books online.

This is the schedule for the classes at the Main Library:

Wednesday November 4th 12:00 Noon
Thursday November 12th 12:00 Noon
Saturday November 14th 12:00 Noon
Wednesday November 18th 12:00 Noon
Wednesday November 25th 9:00am
Saturday November 28th 12:00 Noon

Wednesday December 2nd 12:00 Noon
Monday December 7th 12:00 Noon
Saturday December 12th 12:00 Noon
Monday December 14th 9:00am
Monday December 21st 12:00 Noon
Saturday December 26th 12:00 Noon

Please call your local branch for their class schedule. For more information about these classes at Main please call 231-3750.  All classes will be held in our computer lab and there is no pre-registration.

Trick-or-Treating Times and Safety

The times for trick-or-treating on Saturday October 31st in East Baton Rouge Parish will be 5-7pm. Boils and Ghouls will be roaming the streets scaring people and collecting treats so be sure to watch out if you’re driving around town or on the way to the LSU v Tulane game.

The Baton Rouge Police Department have offered the following safety tips:

  • Never allow children to trick-or-treat without adult supervision.
  • Always stay in groups.
  • Use sidewalks and stay out of the street wherever possible.
  • Wear reflective clothing or bright costumes.
  • Trick-or-treat only in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Do not allow children to eat candy or treats until thoroughly checked by an adult.
  • Call police if any suspicious activity occurs, or if candy is suspected to be tainted.
  • Residents are urged to hand out only manufactured, sealed candy.


Attic Treasures and Collectibles

We are holding our 9th annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch on Saturday October 31st from 9:00am to 1pm.

It’s a great chance for you to bring in those heirlooms and antiques and have them evaluated by experts! (limit 3 per person)

Some examples of categories of items that specialists will evaluate include dolls, stamps, coins, jewelry, books and paintings. You may have a hidden treasure, come along and find out!


Can’t wait for that? You can also use our  p4A Antiques Reference Database anytime!

Jay Dardenne’s Recommended Reading List & Songs

Recently Louisiana Secretary of State, Jay Dardenne, gave a presentation at the Jones Creek Regional Branch revealing his top ten  favorite Louisiana books and songs. Here’s the list!

1.Rising Tide by John Barry
Louisiana 1927 by Randy Newman

2. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Way Down Yonder Down in New Orleans by Pete Fountain

3. Huey Long by T. Harry Williams
Every Man a King by Huey Long
3a. Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long by Dr. Richard White

4. The Earl of Louisiana by A.J. Liebling
You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis

5. Bayou Farewell by Mike Tidwell
Lost in Louisiana by Jay Chevalier

6. Any book by James Lee Burke
Jolie Blond by Buckwheat Zydeco

7. Inside the Carnival by Wayne Parent
Second Line

8. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Louisiana Man by Doug Kershaw

9. The Last Hayride by John Maginnis
Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis

10. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Cotton Fields by Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter

American Experience: New Orleans

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB)  invite you to attend American Experience: New Orleans. On Wednesday July 29, 7:00pm at the Main Library on Goodwood Blvd, we will be hosting an open discussion on New Orleans. For more information call 231-3740.

Then on Sunday, July 26th at 5:00pm on LPB you can watch the television program American Experience: New Orleans. There is an LPB website for the show that can be found here.

Art Melt 2009

Art Melt is taking place on Friday July 10, 6:30pm-10pm in and around the Shaw Center in downtown Baton Rouge. This is the sixth year that the event has taken place. Art Melt is not just an art show but an evening full of music, performance and a great atmosphere. Last year over 6000 people attended and it’s fun to see downtown buzzing.

Art Melt 2009

Some of the performers include DJ OttO, Bayou Shimmy belly dancers, The Michael Foster Project, Chris Shearman. Plus you’ll see the Red Stick Roller Derby team skating around. There’s an art’s market and lots of cool stalls. There is so much going on, too much to list here. Don’t miss it!              


Fireworks on the River

It’s time for the traditional July 4th Fireworks on the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge. Have a look at the day’s complete schedule here. has a great Independence Day section. Here you can find history, facts, and view historic documents including the Declaration of Independence and listen to patriotic music.


They even have firework and barbecue safety advice for the holiday (and judging by most of the July 4th cookouts I’ve been to, that advice is much needed!) Enjoy the holiday!!!