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.

Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch is NOW OPEN

Library staff have worked with Architectural Services to make sure the branch is once again safe for public use.

Coincidentally, the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch was already slated for major renovations; therefore certain portions of the building have been left in a less finished state so as not to spend time doing work that will soon have to be undone. This was a key decision to advance the timeline for reopening. Architects Bradley – Blewster & Associates have been selected to design and oversee the renovation project. We anticipate several months of design and will be soliciting input from citizens throughout the community, many of whom have been working through their own “flood story”. We want to hear your ideas about the newly imagined Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch. Just like the rest of the community, we are rebuilding together. The best is yet to come!

For now, though, it’s great to be home!

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. Everyone has a story; what is yours?


We are now accepting applications for Living Books. If you are part of a group which is frequently misunderstood or marginalized, or if you feel qualified to represent any of the following life experiences, you may be an excellent candidate!

  • Minority ethnicity
  • Life with a physical or mental disability
  • Non-traditional family structure
  • Military or police service
  • Religious background or beliefs
  • Community activist

Please fill out the online application for an opportunity to make your voice heard. We will respond to all applicants by email.

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.