The Human Library Will Open This Weekend

With the deepening political divide and the increased splintering of culture across America, the task of relating to one’s fellow man can seem daunting. Yet, precisely for those reasons, it is crucial that we make the effort now to learn about and understand one another. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is hosting a Human Library™ this spring, a program designed to expand understanding across cultures, present new perspectives, and challenge stereotypes through dialogue.

Each Living Book will share their perspective, answer the reader’s questions, and discuss common stereotypes or prejudices about the culture or community that they represent.

The Human Library Organization was founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, as an outgrowth of the Stop the Violence youth organization. Its founders aimed to decrease hate crimes by fostering dialogue among the diverse groups in the community. The first Human Library event featured 50 Living Books, representing all segments of society. The program was such a resounding success that it has been replicated by organizations across the world under the guidance of the Human Library Organization.

Baton Rouge’s first Human Library will be held as part of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Ebb and Flow Festival, which will be held at the Mississippi Riverfront in downtown Baton Rouge on April 1 and 2. Living Books available at the Ebb and Flow Festival will include titles such as Queer Biracial Genderfluid Dancer, From Zanzibar to Baton Rouge, Atheist in Louisiana, and Man on the Border(line).

Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful with Mayor Sharon Weston Broome

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is partnering with Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful and the Great American Cleanup for an inaugural “Mayor Broome’s Clean Sweep EBR“, and you’re invited!

Along with lots of local businesses and community groups, you (and your brightest red T-shirt) can help celebrate 200 years of Louisiana’s capital city with a city-wide litter pick-up. The event will take place next Saturday, April 1st, from 9-11 AM, with registration beginning at 8:30.

Projects will take place in all twelve Metro Council districts, and will be concentrated in the following areas:

  • District 1: Brown Heights Subdivision @ Faith Baptist Church
  • District 2: Fletcher Williams Road (between Progress Road and Central Road)
  • District 3: The Gardere Community @ Gardere School on GSRI
  • District 4: Central Thruway and Goodwood Boulevard (between Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Flannery Road)
  • District 5: Zion City Area
  • District 6: Smiley Heights/Old Bird Station Area
  • District 7: Winbourne Area
  • District 8: South Park @ Coursey Boulevard
  • District 9: O’Neal Lane @ Hobby Lobby
  • District 10: Downtown Baton Rouge @ Visit Baton Rouge
  • District 11: Stanley Aubin/Toulon Drive Area
  • District 12: Hyacinth Avenue between Staring Lane and Perkins Road

Sign up today to Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful, or call (225) 381-0860 for more information.

Operation Photo Rescue

Mark your calendar now! The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is partnering with Operation Photo Rescue to help those affected by the Great Flood of 2016 recover lost memories. Operation Photo Rescue has helped after Hurricane Katrina and more recently after horrific storms and flooding in West Virginia. Patrons are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, to have up to 20 flood-damaged photos scanned and digitally restored to as close to pre-disaster quality as possible, all totally free of charge. Experienced volunteers from Operation Photo Rescue will be available to help you recapture your memories and answer any questions you may have about recovering damaged images. You will take home the originals and the restored prints will be sent to your address within six to 12 months. For more information and to schedule an appointment with Operation Photo Rescue, call (225) 231-3752.

Be a Citizen Planner!

The Capital Region Planning Commission is working on a transportation plan for the next twenty-five years, but they need your help!

The transportation plan, MOVE 2042, will include every major transportation project that will be conducted in the city of Baton Rouge until 2042. This includes things like road widening, traffic management, bike and pedestrian safety, and public transportation development. (Yay!) If a project doesn’t make it into the plan, it will have to wait – and that’s where your input comes in. Check out the turn-out for the opening event:

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Add your thoughts by taking the Move 2042 survey! It’s short, comprehensive, and shows good use of color theory, as seen in the screenshot below:

The survey will be available until April something, so you’ve got some time to make your voice heard (and maybe make your commute a little easier). Let’s get going, Baton Rouge!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is pretty much famous around here, so check out some history before you go to it tomorrow!

The Baton Rouge Room’s digital archive has a really neat scrapbook from 1954, when Fire Chief Robert A. Bogan was Grand Marshall.

Celebrate by cooking some classic (or modern) Irish food!

The color green has been associated with Ireland, and so with St. Patrick’s Day, for hundreds of years – learn why! (There’s a song about it!)

Be safe and have fun tomorrow, Baton Rouge!

Adult Coloring

Need to decompress from a long day at the office? Maybe you’re just looking for a way to get creative and relieve stress. Either way, we’re here to help! Adults are invited to join us at the Library this month for FREE coloring sessions. We’ll provide the coloring sheets and colors, but you should feel free to bring your own.

Dates, times and locations are listed below – registration is required for some.

Main Library at Goodwood

  • 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22
  • 7 p.m. Monday, March 27

Eden Park Branch

  • Thursday, March 2

Bluebonnet Regional Branch

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15

River Center Branch

  • 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 6

Authors Row

It’s that time again! Everyone is invited to the Jones Creek Regional Branch at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, to meet local Louisiana published authors. Writers will be in attendance to discuss their works and sign their books. Many new authors participate in this program, and they just may be tomorrow’s bestsellers! For a full list of participating authors, contact the Jones Creek Library at 225-756-1180.