Summer Reading Parties Start Monday!

Has your child signed up for summer reading? Summer reading parties start this Monday! Check the list below for the celebration at your local branch:

  • Central Branch –  Monday, July 23rd, 10AM
  • Bluebonnet Regional Branch – Monday, July 23rd, 6:30PM
  • Carver Branch – Tuesday, July 24th, 10AM
  • Fairwood Branch – Wednesday, July 25th, 10AM
  • Zachary Branch – Wednesday, July 25th, 10AM
  • Jones Creek Regional Branch – Wednesday, July 25th, 6:30PM
  • Delmont Gardens Branch – Thursday, July 26th, 10AM
  • Eden Park Branch – Thursday, July 26th, 3PM
  • Scotlandville Branch – Monday, July 30th, 10AM
  • Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch – Monday, July 30th, 6:30PM
  • Baker Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 10AM
  • Pride-Chaneyville Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 3PM
  • Main Library on Goodwood – Wednesday, August 1st, 10AM

Teens can celebrate, too! The teen summer reading party schedule is as follows:

  • Fairwood Branch – Tuesday, July 24th, 3:30PM
  • Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch – Saturday, July 28th, 3PM
  • Baker Branch – Monday, July 30th, 2PM
  • Eden Park Branch – Monday, July 30th, 3PM
  • Pride-Chaneyville Branch – Monday, July 30th, 4PM
  • River Center Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 1:30PM
  • Delmont Gardens Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 2:30PM
  • Jones Creek Regional Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 2:30PM
  • Bluebonnet Regional Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 4PM
  • Main Library on Goodwood – Wednesday, August 1st, 12PM
  • Zachary Branch – Tuesday, August 7th, 6PM

Not finished with your reading logs? No problem! Finished reading logs can be turned in until August 15th to win prizes and an entry into the big prize drawing! Keep reading, Baton Rouge!

Summer Reading 2018!

Summertime is FUN time! Your East Baton Rouge Parish Library has planned a Summer Reading Program for every age group, so the whole family can participate.

Parents and guardians can pick up registration materials for kids ages 0-11 in the Children’s Room at any library location starting Tuesday, May 29, through Tuesday, July 31. Children who reach their reading goals or read at least five books by Wednesday, August 15, will receive a reading certificate, a FREE book, and other cool prizes, plus have their name entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate!

Summer reading keeps your brain working, and can help you get ready for college and even your future career! It also helps you prepare for the reading comprehension portions included in most standardized tests. Teens going into grades 6-12 can sign up in the teen section at any branch and pick up their reading log starting Tuesday, May 22nd. To complete the program, read any six regular books, or 18 graphic novels, by Wednesday, August 15th, and you’ll receive six Library Bucks (good for paying off fines!), a drawstring backpack and a pair of earbuds! Plus, if you keep reading, you’ll be entered into the weekly prize drawing. Every three regular books or nine graphic novels you read gets you an entry into the drawing for cool prizes like autographed books, virtual reality headsets and more! Read as much as you can, because the top reader across East Baton Rouge Parish will receive a Kindle Fire Tablet bundle!

Why should kids and teens have all the fun this summer? We’ve got a Summer Reading Program designed just for adults ages 18 and older that will get your pages turning! Adults are asked to read three books starting Friday, June 1, and can pick up a log through Tuesday, July 31. Each reader has until Wednesday, August 15, to submit their list of completed books in order to receive a summer prize pack. For more information about the 2018 Summer Reading Program for all ages, contact your Library location directly, or visit us online.

 

DIY Gifts at the Library

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to let the people in your life know what you mean to them. If you’re broke as a joke, or at least as broke as a witty comment, come to one of the library’s truly excellent craft programs and leave with something handmade for that special someone. Here is a convenient list of what’s coming up before the end of the year!

Bluebonnet

  • Morse Code Jewelry, December 20th, 3-4 PM – Teens, come to Bluebonnet to make an awesome bracelet or necklace using morse code to spell out a special message! Keychains can also be made. All materials will be provided.

Carver Branch

  • Crafty Christmas, December 19th-December 23rd, 4-5 PM – Teens can come any day or every day to make a new Christmas craft from ornaments to wrapping paper. Materials will be provided.
  • Rocky and Rita Reindeer, December 27th, 10 AM-1 PM – Children can make their own Rocky or Rita Reindeer to use for holiday decorating. Materials will be provided while supplies last.

Central Branch

  • Silly Santa Make and Take, December 19th-December 22nd, all day (while supplies last) – Children can celebrate the upcoming holidays by making crafts where silly Santa Clauses are popping out of chimneys feet first! Ages 3 and up.

Delmont Gardens Branch

  • Burlap Rudolph Ornament Storycraft, December 20th, 4-5 PM – Children ages 8-11 will read “The Animals’ Santa” by Jan Brett and make burlap Rudolph ornaments. Limited to 12 children. Preregistration required; please call (225) 354-7060 to register.
  • 20somethings Holiday Felties, December 21st, 5-7 PM – 20somethings will make weirdly adorable Christmas tree felties.
  • Charlie Brown-themed Christmas Wreath Storycraft, December 22nd, 10-11 AM – Children read “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles Schulz and then make a Charlie Brown-themed Christmas wreath.  Limited to 12 children, ages 5-9.  Preregistration required; please call (225) 354-7060.
  • New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Storycraft, December 30th, 10-11 AM – Children will read “Frog and Friends Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve” by Eve Bunting and make a New Year’s Eve noisemaker. Preregistration required; please call (225) 354-7060.  Limited to 10 children, ages 8-11.

Eden Park Branch

  • Mindful Crafts and Meditation, December 20th and 27th, 5:30-6:30 PM –Adults are welcome to join us for a craft that increases awareness, inner peace and mindfulness. Examples include creating mandalas, prayer flags, or aromatherapy.
  • Holiday Ornaments, December 21st, 5:30-6:30 PM – Adults and 20somethings will make some beautifully unique holiday ornaments using yarn and plastic canvas.
  • Holiday Cake Balls, December 22nd, 3:30-4:30 PM – Teens will make some yummy, no-bake cake balls.

Fairwood Branch

  • Christmas Stocking Storycraft, December 17th, 11 AM-12 PM – Children will listen to the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. Then the children will decorate a stocking made out of felt. They can hang up their unique stocking just in time for Christmas. For ages 4-11. Please register by calling (225) 924-9386.

Jones Creek Branch

  • DIY Sugar Scrubs, December 22nd, 3-4 PM – Teens, learn how to make your own luxurious sugar scrubs to use as a gift or to keep for yourself!
  • Countdown to New Year’s Make and Take, December 28th, 1-4 PM – Children can stop by anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 PM to make an adorable New Year’s paper plate clock, which will be wearing a festive party hat!  All ages.

Main Library

  • Ugly Holiday Sweaters for 20somethings, December 17th, 1-3 PM – 20somethings should bring their poor, un-decorated sweatshirts to cover them with various tacky objects. Also, snacks! The snacks are for eating, not for putting on the sweaters.
  • Santa and Snowman Make and Take, December 19th, 10 AM-4 PM – Children will be able to choose whether they would like to make a Santa or a Snowman. For children ages 3 to 11. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no groups.
  • Holiday Ornaments, December 22nd, 2:30-3:15 PM – Children will sing Christmas carols and make holiday ornaments to take home. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult.  For children ages 5 to 7.  Registration is required (call (225) 231-2740) and limited to 10 children.  Sorry, no groups.

Pride-Chaneyville Branch

  • Corn Husk Angels, December 14th (today!), 4-5 PM – Teens can come to Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library and make the perfect addition to your holiday tree or to dress-up that special gift for Mom.  We’ll be making angels out of real corn husks, yarn, and felt.

River Center Branch

  • Christmas Ornaments Make-and-Take, December 14th-17th, 10 AM-4 PM (while supplies last) – Children can make their own Christmas Tree ornaments at River Center Branch Library using pipe cleaners and beads.  Bring your imagination to craft candy canes, wreaths, and more!   Children 6 and up.  Groups must register.  For more information and to register, call 389-4959.

Zachary Branch

  • Trim-a-Tree Make and Take, December 19th-23rd, 10 AM-4 PM (while supplies last) – Children can design their own Christmas Tree with construction paper, pom-poms and stickers. Ages 3-11. No registration required.
  • Pretty Paper Ornaments, December 22nd, 4-5:30 PM – Teens, come by the Zachary Branch Library and make a variety of pretty paper Christmas ornaments, like woven paper snowflakes, origami orbs and more!  All supplies will be provided.
It’ll be beautiful, no matter what!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sign up today for East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!

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Reading to your child is a great way to encourage literacy from an early age, and this program provides extra incentive for reluctant readers. There are neat prizes available for every 250 books read, and the library will provide reading logs to help you keep track:

  • 250 books – A special sticker and a book bag
  • 500 books – A special sticker and a decal of Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand
  • 750 books – A special sticker and a poster of Off We Go!
  • 1,000 books – A special sticker and a certificate of merit, a copy of the book Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand and an invitation to a special party to be held every August at the Main Library at Goodwood for those who complete the program.

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Does your little one have a favorite that they want to hear over and over again? You can count it every time. Reading the same book several times lets kids get familiar with the story, and they’ll start to get an idea of the way stories work. Books read at daycare, pre-k, Head Start, and library storytimes count, too!

Check out the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten guidelines for more information, and call your friendly neighborhood children’s librarians for more information!

Train Day

Don’t miss Train Day at Jones Creek next Saturday, January 30th!

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The festivities will last from 10 AM – 4 PM and will include such delights as model train exhibitions and slideshow presentations from the experts. The National Railway Historical Society, Louisiana Operation Lifesaver, the Train Collectors Association, and the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders are just some of the fabulous exhibitors who will be out in full force to share with you everything you want to know about trains. Just look at those pictures – these model trains are legit.

Bring your kids, if you’ve got them, but definitely bring yourselves!

Venessa the Louisiana Mermaid

Do you love mermaids as much as we do? We know you’ll want to join other children ages 0-11 at the Library in January and February for a special presentation by our beautiful aquatic friend, Venessa the Louisiana Mermaid! Kids can enjoy special mermaid-themed storytimes and presentations on ocean conservancy at eight Library locations this month. Dates, times and locations are listed below. Registration is required for all. For more information and to register, call the Library location directly.

10 a.m. Thursday, January 14, Main Library at Goodwood, ages 0-6

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, Fairwood Branch, ages 0-6

10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 21, Carver Branch, ages 0-6

10 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, Delmont Gardens Branch, ages 0-6

2 p.m. Thursday, January 28, Eden Park Branch, ages 7-11

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 2, Zachary Branch, ages 0-6

10 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, ages 0-6

10 a.m. Thursday, February 18, Scotlandville Branch, ages 0-6

Summer Reading Kicks Off Today

Join us at the library to make sure your summer is packed with great books, fun programs, and fabulous prizes. With a program for every age group, everyone can participate! All locations of the Library will have reading logs for each age group (Children, Teens, and Adults). These logs will be available until the end of July. While each group has a different theme and guidelines, the goal is the same: READ!

Every Hero Has a Story is this year’s theme for the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Summer activities will feature events that spotlight the performing arts, visual arts, literature, and science – all showing children how to tap into their creative sides. Children will receive a free book and special incentives just for reading! Ages Birth-11. For more information, call 231-3760.

The theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program this year is Unmask! Once you read six books, you’ll get a prize pack which includes includes a backpack, mason jar mug, a superhero rubik’s cube, and a superhero footbag. Prize packs will be available while quantities last, and winning tickets are drawn each Monday for cool prizes. The top reader in the parish will receive an iPad mini, donated by OverDrive! Teens grades 6 to 12. For more information, call 231-3770.

The Adult Program, Escape the Ordinary, for ages 18 and up, will be filled with a variety of interesting events. Adults are asked to read three books in order to receive a summer prize pack which includes a library tote, and there will be weekly drawings for various prizes. One of the three books can be substituted by attendance to any adult summer program. The last day of Adult Summer Reading is July 31. At the end of the program, a special drawing will be held for all participants. Call 231-3740 for more information.

Are you as excited as we are? Pick up a reading log at your local branch starting today and check our newsletter The Source or our events calendar to see all the great events coming up! Share with us on social media what you’re reading this summer using hashtags #readBR and #ebrpl. srp

Scholastic Flix Collection

Scholastic Flix is a great new online collection in our Digital Library for children and early learners. There are four different interactive Flix resources available:

Scholastic BookFlix BookFlixpairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

FreedomFlix captures the dramatic and defining moments in American history. Featuring dynamic e-books of the Children’s Press best-selling Cornerstones of Freedom series that include embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips,ScienceFlix _Scholastic primary source videos and audio clips, history comes to life with FreedomFlix!

ScienceFlix With its emphasis on the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix will transform the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.

TrueFlix is the only online resource that leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subjecttrueflix-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process! This online Whiteboard resource focuses on engaging science and social studies content for students spanning grades 3-5.