1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sign up today for East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!

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Reading to your child is a great way to encourage literacy from an early age, and this program provides extra incentive for reluctant readers. There are neat prizes available for every 250 books read, and the library will provide reading logs to help you keep track:

  • 250 books – A special sticker and a book bag
  • 500 books – A special sticker and a decal of Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand
  • 750 books – A special sticker and a poster of Off We Go!
  • 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.

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Does your little one have a favorite that they want to hear over and over again? You can count it every time. Reading the same book several times lets kids get familiar with the story, and they’ll start to get an idea of the way stories work. Books read at daycare, pre-k, Head Start, and library storytimes count, too!

Check out the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten guidelines or call your friendly neighborhood children’s librarians for more information!

April is National Poetry Month

April may be cruel, but add some verse and it’ll clear right up! Join a poem-a-day challenge with National Poetry Writing Month, or just read some of your favorite poet’s favorite works – browse through call number 811 to find poets from now to Shakespeare and beyond.

Have a favorite poem you want to learn more about? Check out LitFinderLitFinder provides access to the full text of poems, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. It also provides biographies, images, and critical essays for people interested in the context of their favorite works.

Whether you’re a poet or a person looking to read outside of their comfort zone, poetry has a place for everyone. Write a haiku on your break, or stop by the Eclectic Truth Grand Slam Finals on April 13th for some spoken word in our very own town – the possibilities are endless.

2018 AARP Tax-Aide Schedule

Horrifyingly for all of us, it’s that most dreaded of seasons again. It’s time to pay the piper (if the piper’s day job is in the Internal Revenue Service). That’s right, treasured friends – it’s tax season. Please note that the following schedule of AARP volunteer tax aide hours does list library addresses, but is in no way run by library staff.

In addition to the following dates and times, check out Super Tax Day next Saturday, February 3rd, from 9 AM – 3 PM at the Main Library! VITA (a separate volunteer-tax-help program) will be here to get you through your taxes. You can find your full schedule, and a printable version of the AARP schedule, at the bottom of this post.

East Baton Rouge Main Library-7711 Goodwood Blvd., B.R. La. 70806
E-File 8:00am-noon

  • Tuesdays February 6th through April 10th
  • Wednesdays February 7th through April 11th
  • *Closed on EBR Parish Holidays

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library-9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, La. 70810
E-File 9:00am-11:45am

  • Mondays February 5th through April 9th
  • Wednesdays February 7th through April 11th
  • *Closed on EBR Parish Holidays

Central Branch Library-11260 Joor Road, Baton Rouge, La. 70818
E-File 9:30am-12:00pm

  • Tuesdays February 6th through April 10th
  • Wednesdays February 7th through April 4th
  • *Closed on EBR Parish Holidays

*Broadmoor United Methodist Church – 10230 Mollylea Dr., Baton Rouge, La.

  • Mondays February 5th through April 9th 8:00am-11:00am
  • Tuesdays February 6th through April 10th 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Wednesdays February 7th through April 11th 8:00am-11:00am
  • Thursdays February 8th through April 12th 8:00am-11:00am
  • *Closed February 13th for Mardi Gras

Click the following links for printable versions of the AARP and VITA tax volunteer schedules:

2018 Tax-Aide Schedule 2018 VITA Schedule

Good luck, everybody!

LASM’s Discovery Dome

This year, it’s not just for kids! LASM’s Discovery Dome holiday laser light show will have a special, one-time-only performance for adults and teens on Wednesday, December 20th, at the Main Library. You can register by calling the circulation desk at (225) 231-3740.

If you’ve got kids, there are lots of chances to bring them to see it for themselves! Check out this year’s schedule:

  • Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch: Monday, December 4, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Eden Park Branch: Monday, December 4, 3-6 PM
  • Delmont Gardens Branch: Tuesday, December 5, 3-6 PM
  • Bluebonnet Regional Branch: Wednesday, December 6, 3-6 PM
  • Fairwood Branch: Thursday, December 7, 3:30-6:30 PM
  • Carver Branch: Monday, December 11, 10 AM-1 PM
  • Jones Creek Regional Branch: Monday, December 11, 5-8 PM
  • Central Branch: Tuesday, December 12, 3-6 PM
  • Zachary Branch: Wednesday, December 13th, 10 AM-1 PM
  • Scotlandville Branch: Wednesday, December 13th, 3:30-6:30 PM
  • Main Library at Goodwood: Thursday, December 14th, 2:30-5:30 PM
  • Pride-Chaneyville Branch: Monday, December 18, 3-6 PM
  • Baker Branch: Tuesday, December 19, 1:30-4:30 PM

You can sign up for your branch’s event by calling them directly. Let it at least pretend to snow, EBR!

Healthy BR

The day after Thanksgiving is a great time to think about getting healthy! The Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative (Healthy BR) is working on a community health needs assessment for our parish. They’ve identified the top 10 health issues for Baton Rouge, including access to care; cancer; cardiovascular disease and stroke; diabetes; infant care; healthy living; injury prevention; mental health; sexually transmitted infection, including HIV; and substance abuse, but they need your help to figure out how the community prioritizes these concerns.  Click here to take the survey and make Baton Rouge a healthier place!