End of Summer Reading Children’s Parties

Games! Spacewalk! Clowns! Face painting! Refreshments! Prizes! There will be tons of fun to celebrate the end of summer! Children ages 3 and up are invited to the library to enjoy our always popular end of Summer Reading parties! All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult or responsible adolescent. For more information, call the individual branch.

Central Branch: Monday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.
Bluebonnet Regional Branch: Monday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.
Carver Branch & River Center Branch: Tuesday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. (at Carver Branch)
Fairwood Branch: Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
Zachary Branch: Wednesday, July 23, 10:00 a.m.
Jones Creek Regional Branch: Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Delmont Gardens Branch: Thursday, July 24, 10:00 a.m.
Eden Park Branch: Thursday, July 24, 3:00 p.m.
Scotlandville Branch: Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch: Monday, July 28, 6:30 p.m.
Baker Branch: Tuesday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.
Pride-Chaneyville Branch: Tuesday, July 29, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library: Wednesday, July 30, 10:00 a.m.


Booking It with Baby Tour

Big Baby’s back in Baton Rouge! The fourth annual Booking It with Baby literacy tour starts tomorrow, July 10, and runs through Saturday the 12th. Los Angeles Clipper and Baton Rouge native Glen Davis will be traveling through his hometown via the library’s mobile unit to bring books and promote literacy to children in the community, including several stops at local libraries. Davis will be at the Eden Park Library at 9:30 a.m. July 10 to dedicate the first reading center of many (the goal is to add one each year) to be located at that site. He will conduct a site unveiling and participate in a story time from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Eden Park Library. The reading center at Eden Park will include tables, as well as smart tables with iPads and educational apps and programs, a story time floor, individual reading spaces, and manipulative and interactive centers.

Another tour stop is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 11, at the Main Library at Goodwood. The tour and the Reading Centers are a result of a partnership between the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System.

Summer Reading Begins Tomorrow!

This summer is sure to be packed with great books, exciting programs, and fabulous prizes. With a program for every age group, the entire family can participate!

Fizz, Boom, READ! 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 side. Ages Birth-11. For more information, call 231-3760.

The theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program this year is Spark a Reaction. Teens ages 12 to 18 may start their journey by signing up at any library location to begin their quest. For more information, call 231-3770.

The Adult Program, Celebrating 75 Years of Service, 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. One of the three books can be substituted by attendance to any adult summer program. There will be weekly drawings for various prizes. 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. For more information, call 231-3740.

What are you waiting for? Pick up a reading log at your local branch starting tomorrow and check our newsletter The Source or our events calendar to see all the great events coming up!summer-reading-14

Early World of Learning

World Book’s Early World of Learning is a fantastic resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. There are three interactive learning environments featured:

Trek’s Travels offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, such as numbers, shapes, colors, and opposites.

Welcome to Reading provides leveled reading practice to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. This site incorporates The Lexile Framework® for Reading to make sure every child meets with success.

Know It offers a richly visual interactive encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them.

Check out Early World of Learning today in our Digital Library – free with your library card!




Book Review: The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Reviewed by Louise Hilton.


The 2013 Newbery Medal, awarded by the American Library Association for the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”, went to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and I couldn’t agree more with the decision.

The titular Ivan is a gorilla living in a shopping mall as a sort of roadside attraction.  Ivan has few memories of his early years in the jungle and instead has adapted to his new, human-controlled environment and befriended the elephants in the neighboring cages.  Ivan enjoys watching television and eventually discovers a real passion: art.  He spends days drawing with crayons, etching out sheet after sheet of banana peels, apple cores, and other everyday objects.  I won’t give too much away but Ivan’s artwork gains widespread attention and eventually leads to a better life for his fellow animals and himself.

The story is all the more heart-wrenching when you discover that the novel is based on the true story of a gorilla kept in captivity for twenty-seven years at a shopping center in Washington before finally a public outcry led to his eventual transfer to Zoo Atlanta.

Bolstered by Applegate’s engaging writing style and her brave choice to tell the story in the first person with Ivan himself as narrator, The One and Only Ivan is an exquisite – and important – read. I highly recommend this uplifting story to readers of all ages.

My favorite blurb about the book comes from author Gary Schmidt: “In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity, and our own possibilities.  Read this.”  Indeed.

LASM Let It Snow @ your library!

Let It Snow @ your library

let it snowChildren ages 2‑11 are invited to attend the Louisiana Art and Science Museum’s presentation of Let It Snow at 13 branches throughout the library system during the month of December. The favorite holiday program features a variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi‑media finale by the Trans‑Siberian Orchestra. This family‑friendly soundtrack is visually enhanced with full‑dome animation, laser imagery and special effects. Dates, times and locations are listed below. For more information and to register, contact the branch directly.

Mon, Dec 9, 2:30 – 5:30
Baker Branch Library

Sat, Dec 14, 10:30 – 1:30
Bluebonnet Regional Library

Wed, Dec 4, 2:00 – 5:00
Carver Branch Library

Thurs, Dec 12, 3:00 – 6:00
Central Branch Library

Thurs, Dec 5, 3:00 – 6:00
Delmont Gardens Branch Library

Wed, Dec 11, 10:00 – 1:00
Eden Park Branch Library

Wed, Dec 11, 3:30 – 6:30
Fairwood Branch Library

Tues, Dec 17, 10:00 – 1:00
Greenwell Springs Regional Library

Sat, Dec 21, 10:00 – 1:00
Jones Creek Regional Library

Thurs, Dec 19, 2:30 – 5:30
Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library

Tues, Dec 3, 10:00 – 1:00
River Center Branch Library

Tues, Dec, 10, 10:00 – 1:00
Scotlandville Branch Library

Wed, Dec 18, 10:00 – 1:00
Zachary Branch Library

Check out a Disney Digital Book

Would you like a little more magic with your eBooks? Then take a look at our Disney Digital Book collection available through Overdrive. You’ll find over 600 titles from classic characters like Cinderella and Peter Pan, to more recent adventures from kid’s favorites like Cars and Monsters Inc. Titles offer interactive features to enhance the book such as a ‘magic pen’ that pronounces words with just one click, and the ability to look up word definitions.

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Disney books work a little differently than regular Overdrive books. Due to the powerful graphic components of the books they aren’t available on mobile devices. They will work marvelously though on laptops, PCs and Macs. They also can’t be returned early once launched. Here are some of the books you can enjoy:

AladdinBig Boo RescueBug's LifeFive Minute Adventure StorytimesGo Stitch GoKiss the Frog

A Visit with Mrs. Claus and the Holiday Clown

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and once again Mrs. Claus and her elf are coming to visit each of our Library branches! We’ll also have a visit from a Holiday Clown. Be sure to bring your letters to Santa for Mrs. Claus to take back to the North Pole with her! The dates of Mrs. Claus’ visits are listed below. For more information, call (225) 231-3760.

Baker Branch
Wednesday, December 18, 10:00 a.m.

Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Wednesday, December 4, 10:00 a.m.

Carver Branch
Thursday, December 5, 10:00 a.m.

Central Branch
Tuesday, December 3, 10:00 a.m.

Delmont Gardens Branch
Thursday, December 19, 10:00 a.m.

Eden Park Branch
Monday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.

Fairwood Branch
Monday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.

Greenwell Springs Regional Branch
Tuesday, December 10, 10:00 a.m.

Jones Creek Regional Branch
Monday, December 9, 10:00 a.m.

Main Library
Saturday, December 14, 10:30 a.m.
*The Holiday Clown will be at the North Pole and unable to attend

Pride-Chaneyville Branch
Wednesday, December 4, 10:00 a.m.

River Center Branch
Thursday, December 12, 10:00 a.m.

Scotlandville Branch
Wednesday, December 11, 10:00 a.m.

Zachary Branch
Tuesday, December 17, 10:00 a.m.

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