Baton Rouge’s Human Library

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is holding a Human Library event in April as part of the Arts Council’s Ebb and Flow Festival, and again in May at the Main Library on Goodwood. The Human Library is a program in which readers can check out Living Books – people who share the story of their lives, in a fascinating and thought-provoking one-on-one conversation. The program will expand understanding, present different perspectives, and challenge stereotypes through dialogue.


We are now accepting applications for Living Books. If you are part of a group which is frequently misunderstood or marginalized, or if you have a unique life perspective, you may be an excellent candidate! Please fill out the online application for an opportunity to make your voice heard.

For more information, contact Ned Denby at 225-231-3750.

Choosing the Right Contractor Seminar


If you have construction questions, please join UREC at the library’s Delmont Gardens Branch on Saturday, January 14th, from 12-2 PM to learn about choosing a contractor, avoiding price gauging and contractor fraud, and finding resources on construction and financing. Registration is available online. To learn more about the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), please visit their website.

Finish the year with a good book!

We’ve collected the ten most popular titles for adults, teens, and children to help you pick out something great in this last week of the year.


  • Stedman, M. L. The light between oceans
  • Hannah, Kristin. The nightingale
  • Murray, J. J. You give good love
  • Hiaasen, Carl. Razor girl
  • Woods, Stuart. Smooth operator
  • Coulter, Catherine. Insidious
  • Morgan, Sarah. Lost to the desert warrior
  • Steel, Danielle. Rushing waters
  • Moyes, Jojo. Me before you


  • Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a wimpy kid
  • Kubo, Tite. Bleach
  • Mashima, Hiro. Fairy tail
  • Yancey, Rick. 5th Wave
  • Kawahara, Kazune. High school debut
  • Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the deathly hallows
  • Alexander, Kwame. The crossover
  • Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay
  • Patterson, James. Maximum Ride
  • Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball Z


  • Park, Barbara. Junie B., first grader
  • Dean, James. Pete the cat
  • Brown, Marc Tolon. Arthur’s Halloween
  • Seuss. Hop on Pop
  • Bridwell, Norman. Clifford’s first Halloween
  • Bridwell, Norman. Clifford’s Halloween
  • London, Jonathan. Froggy’s Halloween
  • Bridwell, Norman. Clifford’s day with Dad
  • Carle, Eric. Little cloud
  • Holm, Jennifer L. Babymouse
We love you!

Food for Fines 2016

If you’ve built up some fines, but know that the library is awesome and incidentally a great way to save money that you can use on your loved ones (you can check movies out for free!), December is your time to give back to the community while you get back the use of your library card.

With Food for Fines, every non-perishable food item you bring in gets you one dollar off your library fines. Non-perishable foods include:

  • canned vegetables!
  • canned soups!
  • dried beans!
  • canned meats!
  • flour!
  • rice!
  • peanut butter!
  • pasta!
  • corn meal!
  • cereal!
  • protein bars!
  • and so on!

The program starts on December 1st, ends on December 30th, and will entirely benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Let’s go!

Soup from everyone, for everyone!

Crochet for a Cause

If you’ve been holding on to plastic grocery bags just in case you ever found a use for them, we’ve found you an escape route!

The Crocheting for a Cause program turns plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. Each 3′ x 6′ mat is made of plarn, a “plastic yarn” made of recycled grocery bags. It takes about 500 bags to make enough plarn for one mat. The preparation takes about eight hours, and crocheting a bag takes about six to eight hours. When they’re finished, the mats are donated to Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless.

Sunday’s program at the Main Library will feature a presentation from Gerry Stark on how to make the plarn and the pattern for the sleeping mats. You’ll be able to take that knowledge home, and use it to make your own mats to donate.

Join us this Sunday, November 27th, at the Main Library on Goodwood, from 3-5 PM, to learn more about this excellent program, and how you can get involved.

Veterans Day 2016


The first Veterans Day was held in 1926 based on a declaration from Congress that World War I had finally come to an end. An armistice, or cease of fighting, for “the Great War” was called on November 11th, 1918. The holiday was actually called Armistice Day until 1954, when it turned out that “the war to end all wars” would be followed by World War II and United States involvement in the Korean War. The holiday is now intended to honor all members of the United States military that have served in conflict.

The original Star Spangled Banner, used in the American Revolution.

Many of our branches have developed book displays and exhibits to mark the holiday. You can also visit the National World War II Museum’s website to see and hear oral histories conducted with United States veterans from all over the country.

We thank you for your service.