Meet the Authors of A Louisiana Christmas to Remember

You’re invited to meet the authors of A Louisiana Christmas to Remember, a book including three heartwarming, interconnected stories of faith, love, and restoration brought to you by three Louisiana-native authors. Will a rare snowy Louisiana Christmas bring hope to the hometown and hearts of three women from the town’s founding family? Join Morgan Tarpley Smith, Betsy St. Amant, and Lenora Worth at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, December 2 at 10 a.m. as they discuss their stories: A Louisiana Snow, Restoring Christmas, and A Christmas Reunion. Learn about their individual journeys as authors and how this one book of three stories came together.


Winter Food Drive

Help your community by donating non-perishable food items at any East Baton Rouge Parish Library location during the month of December. All items will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information, call 231-3740.

What to donate:

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Canned Soup
  • Rice
  • Breakfast Bars and Cereal
  • Dried Beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Any non-perishables (Canned foods, dried goods, chips, bottled water, nuts, etc.)

Game On! @ The Library

Bring the whole family to the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, November 18, at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., for this all-ages, free event and see how many games you can play in one day! Go from card games to life-sized games; enjoy a board game before switching to a VR headset; join a tabletop game session; connect with local gaming groups and stores like Little Wars and more! Come to the Library for some fun and friendly competition! Learn more here.

Virtual Author Talk: Joy Harjo – November 16, 2023 at 3 PM

Thursday, November 16 at 3 PM – United States Poet Laureate and winner of the 2022 Academy of American Poets Leadership Award, Joy Harjo, joins us for a chat about her most recent memoir, Catching the Light, and to discuss her rewarding lifetime as a writer and poet. In Catching the Light, Harjo examines the power of words and how poetry summons us toward justice and healing. In this lyrical meditation about the why of writing poetry, Harjo reflects on significant points of illumination, experience, and questioning from her fifty years as a poet. Harjo insists the most meaningful poetry is birthed through cracks in history from what is broken and unseen.

Home of the Happy: Murder on the Cajun Prairie

In 1983, in Mamou, Louisiana, local businessman and community leader Aubrey LaHaye was mysteriously kidnapped from his home and murdered. Forty years later, his great-granddaughter, Jordan told in her forthcoming book, Home of the Happy: A Murder on the Cajun Prairie. She will talk about her experience interviewing family and community members, and the many theories that have emerged around how and why this tragedy took place ranging from the Cajun Mafia, to a hit job, to just a random act of violence. Jordan is the Managing Editor of Country Roads Magazine and a co-host of their podcast, Detours. Come meet Jordan and hear this extraordinary story at the Main Library at Goodwood on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. as part of the Library’s Special Collections Series.

GIS Day – November 15

The City-Parish of Baton Rouge and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library are hosting GIS Day Baton Rouge at the River Center Branch on Wednesday, November 15, 6-8:30 p.m. GIS stands for geographic information systems. Presentation topics will include: LA DOTD Enterprise GIS Program, Using GIS to Manage Wildlife at LDWF, and Marking 30 Years of EBRGIS. Refreshments will be served. To register and learn more, please visit here.


Virtual Author Talk: Tiffany Aliche November 9, 2023 1 PM

Thursday, November 9 at 1 p.m. – We all want to live within our means, save for retirement, invest a little, and yet still have some left over each month for fun. But as most people know, real life can get in the way of even our best intentions! To help us set realistic goals and keep us on track to meeting them, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche has an invaluable 10-step action plan: Made Whole. With her signature down-to-earth style, her new workbook offers worksheets,
checklists, clear explanations of intimidating financial terminology, simple instruction on calculating our present situation and future needs, and handy hacks for increasing your credit score, making savings “hard to access,” and finding support to stay on track to your goals.

Virtual Author Talk Series: John Stamos – November 1, 2023 7 PM

Wednesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. Join us for an intimate conversation with Full House star, John Stamos, as he leads us through his incredibly moving and vulnerable memoir, If You Would Have Told Me. A universal story about friendship, love, loss, and the courage to embrace love once more, John Stamos’s memories is filled with some of the most memorable names in Hollywood, both old and new. Funny, deeply poignant, and brutally honest, If You Would Have Told Me is a portrait of a boy who went from believing in Disney magic to a man who learns that we have to create our own magical moments in life.

EBRPL Closes the Book on Fines

All locations of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library no longer collect fines for overdue items. Children’s materials and items checked out by senior citizens were already fine free, but as of August 1, EBRPL reduced barriers for teens and adults that need the Library’s resources whenever and wherever they are. In addition, amnesty is now available for patrons who have outstanding items. Whether the items are 5 days or 50 years overdue, bring them back and your current fines will be waived. Former Interim Library Director Kristen Edson explains, “We are joining many peer libraries across the country to further our commitment to providing access for all and being a place that inspires lifelong learning and personal economic advancement. Our new fine free policy supports the Library’s Mission to ‘provide access and connect people to information,
resources, materials, technology, and experience to make a positive difference in their lives.’” The Library will continue to set return dates for materials and send
reminders for items not checked back in or renewed by those dates. Patrons
will still be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. For more information on our fine free policy, please visit or call (225) 231-3740.