The Big Read: One Book/One Community

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and its community partners present the Winter/Spring 2009 One Book/One Community selection:

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.

The kickoff event for this community reading project is Saturday, February 7, at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market. There are numerous events scheduled, including a Gala Evening with Ernest Gaines at Baton Rouge Community College on Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 pm. Gaines will be joined by Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey, student film directors, critics and scholars for a panel discussion and a screening of A Lesson Before Dying at the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion.

Complete list of One Book/One Community events

Can’t Find a Book?

You’ve searched for a book in our library catalog only to find that we don’t have it. You really want to read it; does this mean buying it yourself is the only option?

No! Our Interlibrary Loan staff can try to find the book for you and borrow it from another library in the state or anywhere in the country.

Just call the Library Information Service at 225.231.3750 to request a book, or fill out the online form.

Travel Guides

The weather’s chilly, so now is the perfect time to forget the cold and figure out this year’s vacation plans with our great selection of travel guides. Many of the 2009 editions are in, so get the latest information on places to stay and things to do. Whether your destination is Tennessee or Tibet, we have a guide for you!

Asia and India
Lonely Planet Publications, 2008.

Fodor’s South Africa
Fodor’s Travel Publications, 2008.

Fodor’s Walt Disney World 2009
Fodor’s Travel Publications, 2009.

Frommer’s Australia 2009
Wiley, 2008.

Let’s Go: USA
St. Martin’s Press, 2008.

Rick Steves’ Best of Europe
Westview Press, 2009.

Reading Rocket’s Books as Gifts

Looking for gift ideas for the child on your holiday list? Check out Reading Rocket’s Recommended Books for Kids. In it you’ll find lists of books by theme, interest, holiday, timeless favorites and, of course, the Books as Gifts buying guides 2004-2008.

All book entries indicate the reading level and give a brief synopsis, so you can find just the right title for your young reader. Print out the list and take it to a bookstore, or buy directly online through a link to It’s easy, fast, and Librarian-Approved!