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.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library has launched a program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their parents to encourage exposure to reading at an early age and make it a lifelong habit fo1K-BooksBeforeKindergartenBearBookArtPosterLetterSize.pdf - Adobe Readerr children.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is just what its name describes. The goal is for parents to have read 1,000 books to their young children before they start kindergarten. That may sound like a lot of books at first, but it’s really easy! If parents read just one book a night to their children, that equals 365 books a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. With most children starting kindergarten at age 5, you’ll have a lot more books read by then than you’ll need – which isn’t a bad thing ever.

Have a child who wants to read that favorite, torn-up dinosaur book over and over again?  No worries. Each time you read it, it counts! So the concept is simple, the program is easy, and the rewards are priceless. All you need is perseverance, creativity, and the ability to make reading exciting for a child.

Parents can enroll in the program at your local EBRPL branch’s Children’s Room. Any of our 14 branches’ Children’s Room Library staff can offer book title suggestions, too. And when your child reaches the goals of 250, 500, 750 and 1,000 books, your East Baton Rouge Parish Library will have special reading incentive gifts just for them. They include:

  • 250 books – A special sticker and a book bag
  • 500 books – A special sticker and a decal of “Bear Reading to Friends”1kBooksEdSignup3-15atDelmontGardensB Kaleigh 032415-4 by Will Hillenbrand
  • 750 books – A special sticker and a poster of “Bear Reading to Friends”.
  • 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.

The program ends when your child reaches 1,000 books OR starts kindergarten. But the gift of reading lasts a lifetime! For more information, contact Children’s Coordinator Pabby Arnold at 231-3761 or, visit your local Library branch, or log on to our website.

Mrs. Claus Is Comin’ to Town

Mrs. Claus is in Baton Rouge and visiting the libraries around the parish! She’s had a busy month so far but you still have a chance to meet her. Here’s her schedule for next week before she heads back up to the North Pole to help Santa finish getting ready for the big night:

• Monday, December 15 – Eden Park Branchmrs-claus
• Tuesday, December 16 – Fairwood Branch
• Wednesday, December 17 – Scotlandville Branch
• Thursday, December 18 – Baker Branch

Children ages 2-9 are invited to join the fun. Registration is required. To register just call the Library branch directly. All visits to branches will be held at 10 a.m.

Halloween Fun for All Ages


EBRPL is excited to offer a great line-up of special events to get you ready for Halloween! Here’s the list of events at our branches around the parish, everything for storytimes for children to craft and movie events for teens, 20-somethings, and adults! Don’t forget to bring along your goody sack. All events are free and open to the public, and the first one, a pumpkin decorating class for adults, is today at 1 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood (see below for details)!


All About Owls Story/Craft at River Center Branch

Do you love owls? If you do, you’ll want to hang out with other owl admirers ages 4-8 at the River Center Branch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 11, to hear readings of several books about owls. Enjoy listening to stories like Jane Yolen’s Caldecott Award-winning Owl Moon, Il Sung Na’s A Book of Sleep and I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen, which is about a baby owl who wants his friends to see him as the skilled hunter he is. Afterwards, kids can create an owl friend from craft foam and stick-on jewels.  Registration is required. (225) 389-4967.

Monster Mask Story/Craft at Baker Branch

The Baker Branch would like to wish author Ed Emberley a happy birthday! Children ages 5-8 can come to the Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18, to celebrate by hearing a reading of his book Go Away, Big Green Monster! Afterwards, each child will make monster masks using plates and other craft materials. Registration is required. (225) 778-5940.

Spooky Ghosts Story/Craft at Baker Branch

Children ages 9-11 can join us at the Baker Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to hear readings of select horror stories from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark retold by Alvin Schwartz. Afterwards, we’ll make spooky ghosts using poster boards and other craft materials.  Registration is required. (225) 778-5940.

Make a Halloween Greeting Card Story/Craft at Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch

Holler and scream, it’s time for Halloween! Children ages 3-7 should come to the spooky Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, to hear a reading of Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin. Afterwards, we’ll have fun celebrating Make A Difference Day by making paper Halloween cards for the Youth Oasis Children’s Shelter. Registration is required. (225) 274-4440.

Bats in the Library Story/Craft at River Center Branch

When Halloween is drawing near, creepy creatures do appear. Ghouls and ghosts cause a fright, witches and bats fly through the night! Witches cook up frogs for their brew and bats check out a book or two! Join other children ages 5-10 at the River Center Branch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 25, to hear a reading of Bats in the Library by Brian Lies. Afterwards, children can create a library bat craft.  (225) 389-4967.

Skeleton Bones Story/Craft at Eden Park Branch

Children ages 5-8 will listen to a reading of Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween by David Biedrzycki at the Eden Park Branch at 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 27. Afterwards, each child will create a Halloween costume craft. Registration is required. (225) 231-3240.

Halloween Pumpkin Story/Craft at Scotlandville Branch

Trick or treat! Join other kids ages 4-8 at the Scotlandville Branch at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, for a special Halloween-themed story time. Children will hear a reading of The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll and Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton. Afterwards, we will paint a watercolor pumpkin craft. Registration is required. (225) 354-7540.

Monstergarten Story/Craft at Carver Branch

Kids ages 4-8 will want to drop by the Carver Branch at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, for a “spooktacular” story time and craft! We’ll hear a reading of Monstergarten by Daniel J. Mahoney and then create monster puppets using paper bags. Registration is required. (225) 389-7440.

Not-So-Spooky Spiders Story/Craft at Fairwood Branch

Eek! Spiders can be scary, but we’ll show you a different side of these eight-legged creatures. Children ages 6-10 are invited to the Fairwood Branch at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 30, to get a new perspective on the creepy crawlers. We will listen to a reading of Spider Stampede, the first book in the SWITCH series of books about bugs by Ali Sparkes. Kids will learn interesting facts about spiders and look at cool pictures from our non-fiction collection. Afterwards, you can make a fun spider and web craft. Registration is required. (225) 924-9385.

Skeleton Story/Craft at Bluebonnet Regional Branch

Halloween is the perfect time for skeletons to come out and roam. Children ages 5-11 are invited to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 30, to hear a reading of stories about skeletons! Afterwards, we’ll make a Halloween skeleton craft using Q-tips.  Registration is required. (225) 763-2240.



Monster Resort Movie for Teens at Carver Branch

Teens can come to the Carver Branch at 4 p.m. Monday, October 6, to watch a movie in which Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s daughter Mavis.  (225) 389-7440.

Teen Halloween Movie at Central Branch

Teens can get ready for Halloween at the Central Branch at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, with a zombie love story! Bring your friends and come watch a movie about a zombie who falls in love with a human. (225) 262-2640.

Movable Mummies at Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch AND Main Library at Goodwood

Teens can come to the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch at 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, to create moveable mummies using floral wire and linen fabric scraps. Discover the many ways can you can position your mummy! Can’t make it? Head over to the Main Library at Goodwood at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, to make this cool holiday craft. Registration is required. (225) 274-4440.

Paranormal Curse Takedown at Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch

Teens are invited to the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 18, to watch an animated horror comedy film in which 11-year-old Norman Babcock speaks with the dead, including his late grandmother and other ghosts in his town, but almost no one believes him. Watch what happens when this misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. (225) 274-4440.

Masquerade Mask Craft for Teens at Baker Branch

Hey teens, do you need a last-minute mask for Halloween? If you said yes, you’ll want to bring your buddies to the Baker Branch at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, to use our supplies to create a unique masquerade mask. You’ll be good to go, just in time for fright night!  Registration required. (225) 778-5940.

Spooky Spider Pendant at Zachary Branch

If you are a teen who wants a cool new piece of jewelry, head over to the Zachary Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to make a spooky spider pendant using beads and craft wire. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. (225) 658-1840.

Teen Tech: Spooky Stop Motion Animation at Delmont Gardens Branch

It’s the perfect time to polish up our iPads, ready some props and try our hands at creating spooky short films in stop motion. Teens can come to the Delmont Gardens Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to create The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline movie-inspired short films. Registration is required. (225) 354-7050.

Halloween Movie Day for Teens at Fairwood Branch

Teens are invited to the Fairwood Branch at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 25, to enjoy a movie about three witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem, Mass., on Halloween night after being dead for three centuries. It’s up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.  (225) 924-9385.

Creepy Creatures Made of Felt at Main Library at Goodwood

It’s almost time for Halloween, and this craft is just what you’ll need to get into the festive mood. Teens are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, to make some creepy-but-cute zombies made from felt. Registration is required. (225) 231-3750.

Zombie Cat Felties at Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch

Teens will enjoy making this craft just in time for Halloween! Come to the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch at 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, to make a zombie cat doll using felt. Registration is required. (225) 274-4440.

Teen Halloween Movie Day at Baker Branch

Join your friends and other teens at the Baker Branch at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, for a Halloween scare fest! This month’s movie is about a woman who finds herself the victim of a terrible curse that leads to three days of escalating torment! Find out her fate when you watch. (225) 778-5940.

Bat-O-Copters at Delmont Gardens Branch

Would you like to make a rubber band-powered bat-winged helicopter model that actually flies? If so, you’ll want to join other crafty teens at the Delmont Gardens Branch at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, for this Halloween project.  Registration is required. (225) 354-7050.

Teens Make Frankenstein’s Toys at Eden Park Branch

What do you think Frankenstein’s toys would look like? Teens can use their imagination to make their own monstrous toys at the Eden Park Branch at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29.  Registration is required. (225) 231-3240.

Scary Stories and S’mores at Carver Branch

Are you afraid of the dark? Find out when you and your friends join other teens at the Carver Branch at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, to hear the spooky Morgan Roehmar’s Boys by Vivian Vande and other creepy stories. We’ll be reading and enjoying s’mores … in the dark of course! (225) 389-7440.

Teen Monster Mash Monster Bash at Central Branch

Wear your best monster costume to the Central Branch for our Halloween Monster Bash! Teens can come to the Library at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 30, to compete in a Big Foot race, a cackle contest and a zombie shoot out! Test your knowledge of monster trivia and make a tasty monster out of a cookie. Registration is required. (225) 262-2640.

Make Zombie Felties at Jones Creek Regional Branch

Halloween is the perfect time to let your inner Dr. Frankenstein have free reign! Teens can come to the Jones Creek Regional Branch at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 30, to create a miniature stuffed zombie using an assortment of felt, stuffing and craft items. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. (225) 756-1140.



Pumpkins Come and Pumpkins Go, But A Jack- O-Lantern Steals the Show at Main Library at Goodwood

Adults can bring a festive fall spirit to the Main Library at Goodwood at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 2, to discover a variety of ways to decorate with pumpkins! Experienced holiday decorator Sheri Bell will demonstrate how to work with all pumpkin sizes, shapes, and colors. You’ll learn how to use pumpkins in casual, elegant, and fun ways to decorate your home or office this season.  (225) 231-3750.

Monday Movie Series at River Center Branch

Adults are invited to enjoy a spooky movie favorite at the River Center Branch this month. Head over to the Library at 1 p.m. Monday, October 6, to watch a supernatural comedy film in which three eccentric paranormal investigators in New York start a ghost-catching business. Come back at 1 p.m. Monday, October 20, to watch the sequel. (225) 389-4967.

Horror Movie Night for 20-Somethings at Baker Branch

What might happen if for one night there were no rules and no law? Come to the Library this month to find out. If you’re 19-30ish, you’re invited to the Baker Branch at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11, to watch a movie that follows a wealthy family that is being held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.  (225) 778-5940.

Get in the Spooky Spirit with a Creepy Craft at Eden Park Branch

Halloween fun isn’t just for kids! Adults and teens are invited to the Eden Park Branch at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 19, to make Halloween-themed jewelry! Registration is required. (225) 231-3240.

An Event for ‘Buffy’ Buffs at Main Library at Goodwood

Are you a “Buffy” Buff? Then head over to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 23, to test your knowledge of all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Adults ages 19-30ish are invited to the Library for a trivia game covering all seven seasons of the popular television series. (225) 231-3750.

For more information, call (225) 231-3750 or check the calendar at


Author-Illustrator Program: Katherine Paterson

Teachers, writers, and fans of young reader fiction are invited to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 37th Annual Author-Illustrator Program. This year’s featured guest is world-renowned author Katherine Paterson, winner of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award. She’s the author of such works as Bridge to TerabithiaThe Great Gilly Hopkins, and Jacob Have I Loved. Her talk will focus on writing for a young audience, her writing process, and more. The Thursday, October 9, event at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public. Registration and a fee are required for the half-day workshop with Paterson on Friday, October 10, starting at 8 a.m. There is a question-and-answer session scheduled after the workshop, followed by an autograph session, and Paterson’s books will be sold for this purpose. This exciting two-day event will be held at the Main Library at Goodwood. Registration deadlines are fast approaching, so don’t miss out! The form is available online or by calling (225) 231-3760 or emailing