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.

Summer Camps in the Baton Rouge Area

**Click here for 2012 Summer Camp listings**

School will be out soon and you’re looking at a whole summer with kids at loose ends! What to do?!?!? There’s always summer camp…

Summer Camps in the BR Area

The Advocate has a list of 28 summer programs, both educational and recreational, that will take place in the Baton Rouge Area — everything from baseball to cheerleading, to educational enhancement. It’s all there.

But you’d better get your homework done now if you want your children to have a great summer (and stay out of your hair in the process). These programs are popular and can fill up quickly! Check out summer camps in BR today and avoid the summertime blues.

AARP Tax-Aide Schedule

AARP Tax-Aide is a free service that can answer most tax issues faced by low and middle-income taxpayers and assist with filing. Special attention is given to those aged 60 and older. Spaces are limited so check in advance with each location to see when the sign up sheet is posted each day.

Main Library: 7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 225-231-3750

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30am to 11:30am thru April 8th. E-File.

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library: 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 225-763-2250

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:15am to 11:30am thru April 13th. E-File.

Greenwell Springs Rd Regional Branch Library: 11300 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70814 225-274-4450

Thursdays, 9:00am to 12:00pm thru April 9th. Paper returns only.

Central Branch Library: 11260 Joor Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818 225-262-2650

Tuesdays and and Wednesdays, 9:15am to 12:00pm thru April 8th. E-File.

Broadmoor United Methodist Church: 10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815 225-924-6269

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8:00am to 11am, Tuesdays 8:00am to 3:00pm, thru April 9th. E-file.

Baker Branch Library: 3501 Groom Road, Baker, LA 70714 225-778-5950

Mondays, 9:00am to 12:00pm thru April 6th. E-File.

Ascension Parish American Legion Post 81-421. East City Park, Gonzales, LA 70737 N/A

Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00am to 11:30am thru April 8th. E-File

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

It’s Mardi Gras time again, and taking in a parade is the perfect pastime in between library visits.  Below is the schedule for this year’s parades. Click the name of the parade to see the route.

Saturday, February 7 6:30pm Krewe of Jupiter
Friday, February 13 7:00pm Krewe of Artemis
Saturday, February 14 2:00pm Krewe Mystique de la Capitale
6:30pm Krewe of Orion
Sunday, February 15 2:00pm CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts
To participate with your dog, visit: FAQ’s and registration form
Friday, February 20 7:00pm Krewe of Southdowns
Saturday, February 21 12:00pm Spanish Town Parade

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a celebration of African American culture, history and accomplishments. There are a number of related events taking place at library branches this month including documentary screenings and a photograph exhibit. Be sure to take a look at our newsletter The Source for details. Here is a selection of useful online resources:

African American History: Resources from the Library of Congress.

Black History: A site from the History channel including some informative videos.

Black History Month Diversity: A variety of resources from the diversity website of the government.

Celebrate Black History: Biographies, photographs, timeline and more.

Black History from A remarkable resource containing copies of original historic documents. Visiting this site from inside the library gives you access to premium features.

We have some great resources available in print and through our online databases. Take a look at our African American History Collection.

The Big Read: One Book/One Community

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and its community partners present the Winter/Spring 2009 One Book/One Community selection:

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.

The kickoff event for this community reading project is Saturday, February 7, at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market. There are numerous events scheduled, including a Gala Evening with Ernest Gaines at Baton Rouge Community College on Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 pm. Gaines will be joined by Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey, student film directors, critics and scholars for a panel discussion and a screening of A Lesson Before Dying at the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion.

Complete list of One Book/One Community events