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

Arduino Workshops

Arduino is an electronics kit that anyone can use, and we’ll show you how at a series of workshops planned this month at different branches around the parish. Designed by engineers for artists, this easy-to-learn platform is powerful and will get you into making your own projects. Join other Makers at the Library to get started creating attractive displays, fun gadgets, robots, wearable lights, and more! Kits will be provided to adults for use during the program. Here’s the schedule:

River Center Branch: 3 p.m., this Wednesday, October 8

Fairwood Branch: 3 p.m., Saturday, October 11

Zachary Branch: 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 21

Eden Park Branch: 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 22

There will also be a Teen Robotics Club meeting at the Main Library at Goodwood at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, where you can come join other teens to tinker with Arduino. Kits will be provided for use during the program.

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Halloween Fun for All Ages

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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)!

FOR LITTLE GHOULS AND BOYS

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.

 

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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.

 

FOR MUMMIES, DADDIES, AND OTHER ADULTS (and sometimes Teens)

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 www.ebrpl.com.

 

Teen End of Summer Reading Events

Baker Branch: Thursday, July 24, 2:30 p.m. It’s the end of summer and we’re going to celebrate it with a mess! Come outside with us and play on the messy side of science with questions like what happens when you put Mentos in Diet Coke or what is elephant toothpaste?

Pride-Chaneyville Branch: Monday, July 28, 11:00 a.m. A Program “Fur” Nature Lovers: Our last program of the summer is a special presentation from the Waddill Outdoor Education Center with examples of fur and hands-on interaction.

Main Library: Wednesday, July 30, 10:00 a.m. Summer reading is over! Celebrate with pizza, snacks, gaming, and crafts!

Jones Creek Regional Branch: Wednesday, July 30, 2:30 p.m. Say farewell to the summer the right way—by playing games on the Wii-U and eating pizza!

Carver Branch: Wednesday, July 30, 3:30 p.m. Snap, Crackle, POP! Come celebrate the end of summer by using science to make a sweet treat. We’ll make our own homemade butter from scratch, blow up marshmallows in the microwave, and then combine them for a delicious edible concoction.

Eden Park Branch: Thursday, July 31, 2:00 p.m. End of Summer Reading Party: It’s the last day for Teen Summer Reading! Have you turned in your reading log yet? Come to the library for one last hurrah! Memorialize your summer by decorating a large puzzle piece, make your very own lava lamp, and enjoy the company while you eat pizza and drink lemonade. Goodbye, summer!

Bluebonnet Branch: Thursday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. French Bulletin Boards: Let’s say goodbye to summer by decorating your own French bulletin board to get yourself ready for school! Registration required.

Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch: Thursday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. End the summer with a fun book charm jewelry craft day. Have a favorite book or two or three? Then come and make tiny replicas that can be used to create a unique set of jewelry.

Scotlandville Branch: Thursday, July 31, 3:00 p.m. Send the summer reading program out with a party! Eat pizza, shoot Nerf darts at targets, color a picture, and compete against friends for prizes in a series of science-themed challenges.

Central Branch: Thursday, July 31, 3:30 p.m. Mad Scientist End of Summer Party – It’s alive! It’s time for some mad scientist fun at the Central Branch end of summer party! Compete in a mad scientist relay race, perform some wacky experiments, and more!

Delmont Gardens Branch: Thursday, July 31, 3:30 p.m. Pizza Night – Chat & Chew: Let’s end the summer on a low key note! We’ll have a chat and chew session in the Gardens meeting room and talk about the stuff you did this summer, especially the books you read and the programs you came to!

Fairwood Branch: Thursday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. Come enjoy some pizza while viewing a slideshow of pictures from the 2014 Summer Reading programs. And remember, today’s your last chance to turn in your Summer Reading Program book logs!

Zachary Branch: Thursday, August 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Kick back one last time with your friends before school starts. We’ll have games, food and plenty of fun. For grades 7 & up. Light refreshments provided.

 

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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

HiSET: The New GED

The GED (General Educational Development) exam has officially been replaced in Louisiana by the HiSET High School Equivalency Exam. This month, the Library is offering several HiSET-related programs, including informational sessions and study dates.

The first one is a Social Studies Preparation session this afternoon at 3:30 at the Eden Park Branch Library. Call (225) 231-3250 to register.

Here are the future dates and sessions at Eden Park:

Reading Preparation: Monday, May 12, 3:30 p.m.

Mathematics Preparation: Monday, May 19, 3:30 p.m.

Science Preparation: Tuesday, May 27, 3:30 p.m.

There are also two informational sessions about the HiSET scheduled at the Carver Branch Library on:

Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. and

Wednesday, May 21, at 10 a.m.

so stop by to find out what you need to know about the HiSET exam and how you can prepare for it. For more information, call (225) 389‑7450.

Our online learning database Learning Express has been upgraded to Learning Express 3.0 with HiSET test preparation now included. Access is free with your library card!

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Free SAT and ACT Practice Tests

**Update: This is for grades 9-12.**

Teens can take a free practice SAT test Saturday, January 4th, 9:30am-1:30pm and a free practice ACT test on Saturday, January 11th, 9:30 a.m-1:30p.m. This will be followed by a review session later when the scores are returned.

The  SAT practice test is offered at:
Bluebonnet Library. Call 763-2270 for more information.
The review session will be on Wednesday, January 15th, 6:00 p.m.

The ACT practice test is offered at:
Greenwell Springs Library. Call 274-4470 for more information.
The review session will be on Wednesday, January 22nd, 6:00 p.m.

Zachary Library. Call 658-1870 for more information.
The review session will be on Thursday, January 22nd, 6:00 p.m.

Online Registration Required: Go to www.princetonreview.com (above Attend a Free Event in Your Area, click “ACT” or “SAT” in the “Choose Test” box and enter your zipcode.) Registration questions? Call Princeton Review at 1-800-273-8349

Arrive 15 minutes early and bring a #2 pencil and a calculator.

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Looking for ACT or SAT resources? Try Learning Express for ACT or SAT courses, practice tests and eBooks. You can also search the library catalog for ACT study guides or SAT study guides.

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Programming Challenge for Girls 2013

The LSU Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) and Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (LA-SiGMA) invites girls 9-10th grade to participate in a one-day educational experience. PC4G wants girls to experience the fun of programming, and engage them before they make their senior high school subject choices.  It’s designed to be:  Approachable, Fun, Educational, and Challenging!

Date:  December 7, 2013 (Saturday)

Location:   Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA
Digital Media Center, West Lakeshore Drive @ East Parker

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Registration:  (FREE) Girls may sign up as either a team of two or individually, for which they will be assigned a team member. Grades 9th or 10th only; there is no need for any prior programming knowledge.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Scope:  Their goal is to engage ninth and tenth grade girls in computer science and introduce them to young women undergraduate and graduate students in STEM disciplines. This event is a fun-filled chance to learn computer programming through storytelling.

To see an example of a past challenge, click here.

For more information, contact Kathy Traxler:  ktraxler (at) cct.lsu.edu or 225-279-2540 or visit the Programming Challenge for Girls 2013 event page.
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