Socks are the most requested and least donated article of clothing in homeless shelters. In an effort to help make this item available for those in need, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Children’s Services Department will once again join with Baton Rouge Parents magazine’s 14th Annual Sock It to Me Drive to collect socks that will be distributed to area homeless shelters, the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and Bethany House, which is a facility for cancer patients at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. The drive will last through Friday, November 30.
This year, we would like to beat the 2017 Drive’s totals which were 1,083 pairs of socks contributed by Children’s Services to Baton Rouge Parents magazine’s grand total of 9,587 pairs! Our goal is to collect at least 2,500 pairs and with your help, we will! Simply drop new, unworn socks in the collection box that will be in the Children’s Room at each Library location. For more information, call the Children’s Department at (225) 231-3760.
All library branches will be closed this Sunday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans Day. All branches will reopen on Monday for regular hours. We thank all veterans for their service.
This December, bring in non-perishable food items and the library will waive one (1) dollar ($1.00) of late fines for every donated item! Help yourself by helping others. All items will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. If you have any questions, call us at (225) 231-3740.
GIS stands for geographic information systems. GIS Day is a grassroots educational event created and promoted by the GIS company Esri that enables GIS users and vendors to open their doors to schools, businesses and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS. Join us Wednesday, November 14th, at the Main Library on Goodwood, for a community-based speaker event promoting Louisiana careers in geography! The event runs from 4-6 PM and is free and open to the public.
Representatives from various groups and organizations will be at the Library to discuss topics pertaining to geographic information systems. Check out the GIS Day program schedule below:
• Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
• United States Forest Service (USFS) Strike Team
• Renewable Resources Using GIS
• Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
• Digital Literacy and GIS
The 15th Annual Louisiana Book Festival, a celebration of readers, writers and their books, returns 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, November 10, in downtown Baton Rouge’s Capitol Park! The FREE festival will feature presentations by local and national bestselling authors, panel discussions, and activities for children and teens, live music, food so much more!
Be sure to visit the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s booth to get a preview of the next One Book, One Community title. For more information, complete list of authors and events, or to volunteer, visit their website. Follow Book Festival updates on Facebook and Twitter and download the Louisiana Book Festival mobile app.
Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ Movie on the Plaza! Ghouls, ghosts and goblins of all ages can come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Friday, October 26, to watch Coco on the BIG screen in the Outdoor Plaza! This 2017 animated fantasy film is about young Miguel who is an aspiring musician, but his family has had a ban on music for generations. On his journey to follow his dreams, he enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-greatgrandfather, who is a legendary singer. Feel free to dress in your favorite Halloween costume, and bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit comfortably while you watch. The film also will be simulcast in the Large Meeting Room for those who prefer this option. Local vendors and food trucks will be on site for the purchase of refreshments. Please note that the Library closes for business at 6 p.m. that day. Be there, if you dare!
The whole family is invited to come enjoy a day of free fun at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, for the 10th Annual Community History Festival! This year’s theme is All Aboard the Country Express, and we’ll celebrate with model trains, fun crafts, music, delicious food, a photo booth and more! Activities also will include a live horseshoeing demonstration, farm animals, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack races and of course, the Old-Fashioned Cake Walk. Local vendors will be available for the purchase of homemade and handcrafted items. For more information, call the Circulation Desk at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch at (225) 658-1540.