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!!!

Summer Reading Program 2009

We have a summer reading program for all ages. Read some great books, take part in exciting events and win some great prizes! Check out The Source for more information and  Summer Reading events over the next few months.  Reading logs will be available from May 21.

The theme for the Children’s Summer Reading Program is
Be Creative @ Your Library!
For more information call 231-3760

The Young Adult Summer Reading Program theme is
Express Yourself @ Your Library.
For more information call 231-3770

The Adult Program theme is
Big Fun on the Bayou.
For more information call 231-3740

Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day

On Saturday May 23rd it is Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day. Items can be dropped off at the east side of the Memorial Stadium parking lot from 9:00am-1:00pm. This is only open to East Baton Rouge Parish residents and commercial waste is not allowed. Time to get rid of the stuff we all end up hording because we don’t know how to dispose of it. Items accepted range from acids and solvents to paint and tires.

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

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

In Need of Computer Skills?

There are a variety of computer classes taught by great instructors at the EBR Parish libraries all year round. These include a general introductory class called Computers Without Fear. Other classes include Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to Gmail from Google, as well as beginning and intermediate classes on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.

Whatever your skill level or need we have the class for you, and all classes are free!!

Check the Main Library Computer Class Schedule.

Check the Branch Library Computer Class Schedule.