In addition to regular programs, the following special East Baton Rouge Parish Library programs will be held for all ages throughout February. The asterisks indicate which programs require pre-registration. For more information about or to register for all the programs listed, call the branch where the event is scheduled directly or visit www.ebrpl.com.
The Library’s Featured Events, www.ebrpl.com (225) 231-3750
Release the Hounds: Come to the One Book One Community Kickoff Party!
It’s that time again … time to begin this year’s One Book One Community (OBOC) celebration of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! Everyone in the whole family is invited to join us for a fun, FREE street party at the Main Library at Goodwood from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, February 23. You won’t want to miss this family-friendly event that’ll formally kick off the spring reading program with activities including FREE food, games and prizes, crafts, face painting, an old-fashioned Cake Walk to win a delicious confection, live music by the Waelandanna band, plus a visit from Sherlock Holmes and much more! In addition, events will be planned throughout the spring through May with book clubs, community groups, discussions on addiction and substance abuse, film screenings and more related to the book and its author. For more information about this year’s OBOC season, the book and a full schedule of events and programs, visit www.ReadOneBook.org.
EBRP Library Special Collections Celebrates African-American History Month!
To celebrate African-American History Month, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Special Collections Department will have displays highlighting the Civil Rights Movement in Baton Rouge, prominent people who have affected change in both the African-American community in Baton Rouge and beyond, as well as an exhibit of local African-American artists and musicians. Special Collections also will introduce its partnership with Google Arts and Culture, a platform that allows the public to connect with art and history from culture institutions around the world. February will mark Special Collections first-ever digital exhibition which will highlight the history of the Baton Rouge blues music scene. Genealogy enthusiasts are invited to register to attend the Resources for African Americans class taught by the knowledgeable and skilled genealogy staff at the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5. Additional information will be posted to the Baton Rouge Room and Genealogy InfoGuides, but patrons are welcome to stop by the Special Collections Department located on the second floor of the Main Library. For more details, program registration or suggestions, call (225) 231-3751.
African-American Read-In 2019!
Each year during the month of February, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations and interested citizens are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month by hosting an African-American Read-In. Everyone is invited to the Library to enjoy and/or participate in several FREE programs to celebrate this annual event! To find out more about the national program, visit http://www.ncte.org/aari. Registration is required for all. For program details and to register, call the Library branch location directly.
Here’s the schedule:
- 4 p.m. Mondays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25, River Center Branch
- 4:30-5:45 p.m. Monday, February 11, Fairwood Branch
- 3 p.m. Saturday, February 16, Scotlandville Branch
- 4:45-5:30 p.m. Monday, February 18, Baker Branch
- 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, Carver Branch
- 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, Eden Park Branch
VITA Super Tax Day!
Come to the Main Library at Goodwood from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, February 9, to receive FREE tax preparation assistance through the Capital Area United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program! No registration is necessary, just show up. If spouses are filing jointly, both must be present. Can’t make it? Call 2-1-1 to find your nearest tax site and schedule an appointment. For more information, visit https://www.cauw.org/supertaxday.
Here’s what you should bring:
- Photo identification
- Social Security card or ITIN for each family member
- W-2 forms for all jobs, all 1099 or 1098 forms and information on other income received
- Child care provider information
- Checking and savings account information for direct deposit
- Other relevant information about income and expenses
Get FREE Legal Counsel with the Ask a Lawyer Program
Adults can come to the Jones Creek Regional Branch from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 9, to take advantage of FREE confidential and individual counseling offered by the Pro Bono Project of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Area attorneys will be available for one-on-one, 15-minute sessions for legal advice on a first-come, first-served basis.
Inter-Civic Council of Baton Rouge’s Non-Profit Fair!
Do you want to learn the missions and visions of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Baton Rouge Area? Perhaps you’d like to find rewarding opportunities to get involved in helping others. If so, come to the Main Library at Goodwood from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, February 16, for the Inter-Civic Council of Baton Rouge’s Non-Profit Fair! See and hear from organizations including the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Cancer Center, Families Helping Families, Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, O’Brien House and many more. For more information, call Laura Gilliland at (225) 335-4419.
The BREC Baton Rouge ZooMobile Visits Libraries this Month!
The BREC Baton Rouge ZooMobile has come back to the Library! Children ages 4-11 are invited to the Library in February to enjoy these FREE informative and entertaining programs designed to educate audiences about wildlife conservation. Attendees will be amazed as they get up close and personal with several live animals at each program and learn about their bone structures, fur and more! Each presentation lasts about one hour. Registration is required for all. For more information and to register, call the Library location directly. Here’s the ZooMobile schedule:
- 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, Baker Branch
- 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, Main Library at Goodwood
- 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, River Center Branch
- 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, Jones Creek Regional Branch
- 4 p.m. Thursday, February 21, Eden Park Branch
- 4 p.m. Thursday, February 28, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Baker Branch Library, 3501 Groom Rd., (225) 778-5950
Heroes of African-American History: Marian Anderson
To celebrate African-American History Month, Southern University history professor and Director of the Mwalimu Institute Dr. Charles Vincent will be at the Baker Branch at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 23, to present a discussion for all ages on trailblazer Marian Anderson! An acclaimed singer whose performance at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 helped set the stage for the civil rights era, Anderson was born February 27, 1897 in Philadelphia. Much of her life was spent breaking down barriers for other African-American performers. FREE school supplies will be given to the first five students to arrive!
Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., (225) 763-2250
*Record a Song in the Innovation Space!
Are you a musician or singer and want to record a song on professional equipment? Patrons ages 12 and up can come to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch’s Innovation Space at any time Saturday, February 2, to record a song for FREE! Come check out Bluebonnet Library’s! All you need to bring is your instrument (or voice) and a flash drive to save your song. We’ll have microphones, an audio mixer and knowledgeable staff to help you record your track with GarageBand. To register, visit the online events calendar at www.ebrpl.com or call (225) 763-2250.
Making Communication Possible with Louisiana Relay
Outreach Coordinator Bobbye Abney will be at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, to demonstrate for adults the FREE services of Louisiana Relay, the organization that makes telephone conversations possible for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have difficulty speaking on the phone. Abney will show patrons how the captioned telephone works, explain the communication options that are available and provide the necessary forms to apply for this service.
Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St., (225) 389-7450
Seven Essential Knots You Need to Know
Join other adults at the Carver Branch at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, to learn how to complete seven essential knots! This skill is useful for everything from survival to hunting, and more. It even can help you keep large items secured properly during transport!
African-American History Month Film Day
Adults are welcome at the Carver Branch 3:30 p.m. Monday, February 18, to see the big-screen depiction of a thrilling court case argued by a young Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. In this 2017 biographical legal drama film, Chadwick Boseman portrays the civil rights champion in who would later argue several cases, including the landmark Brown vs. the Board of Education, during his earlier years as a traveling attorney for the NAACP.
Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd., (225) 231-3250
African-American History Trivia!
Celebrate African-American History Month by joining other teens at the Eden Park Branch at 3 p.m. Monday, February 18, for African-American trivia! Categories will include firsts, music, sports, inventions and more. Test your knowledge to win the grand prize! Cookies and lemonade served.
The Art of Alma Thomas Story/Craft
Children ages 8-11 can come to the Eden Park Branch at 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, to celebrate African-American History Month and learn about the exuberantly bold art of Alma Woodsey Thomas! We will read about her life in Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison, and then create our own interpretations of her colorful paintings.
Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Hwy., (225) 924-9385
Introduction to 3D Drafting for Teens
To draw in 3D means to illustrate something that has volume or space. Would you like to learn more about 3D drafting? Teens can come to the Fairwood Branch at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, to find out the basics of 3D drafting with an online program!
*Mardi Gras Story/Craft
It’s Carnival time! Join other kids ages 4-9 at the Fairwood Branch at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23, for readings of On Mardi Gras Day by Fatima Shaik and Dinosaur Mardi Gras by Dianne de Las Casas. After the stories, each child will make a pair of Mardi Gras glasses and wear them to dance and parade to Mardi Gras music in the Children’s Room! We’ll end the hour with some festive Mardi Gras coloring pages.
Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., (225) 231-3750
Join the Job Club Networking Group!
The Career Center of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is sponsoring an ongoing search and networking group for adult job seekers in professional careers. Job searching can be a lonely and discouraging activity, and this group will provide you with a safe space to meet and network with like-minded professionals who are challenged by the same job hunting process. Attendees will share job
search experiences, network tips and encouragement, and they’ll learn the latest job search techniques and so much more. Patrons are welcome to join us at the Main Library at Goodwood from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Friday in February. It’s FREE and open to those in professional careers who are seeking employment. Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak will lead the meetings, and topics discussed will differ each week. For more information, call (225) 231-3733. To register, go online to https://www.careercenterbr.com/events/.
Crazy Horse Book Talk with Author William Matson & Clown Family Members
Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, for a FREE book discussion of Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy with author William Matson, along with members of the Edward Clown Family, Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle. In the book, the Edward Clown family, who are the nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader Crazy Horse, present the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.
Louisiana Trail Riders with Author Jeremiah Ariaz
Associate Professor at Louisiana State University and author Jeremiah Ariaz will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 3, to discuss his most recent work Louisiana Trail Riders with adults. The book is a bridge between Ariaz’s long-standing interest in the American West and his current home in the South. It contains the photographs that have garnered him numerous awards and exhibitions nationally. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.
*Resources for African-American Genealogy
Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, for a class focused on resources designed to help in researching African-American ancestors. Due to the history of slavery, prejudice and discrimination against African-Americans in our country, African-Americans were routinely excluded from many records that could have documented details of their daily lives. In this class, attendees will learn several search techniques and how to navigate special records collections like African American Heritage, Ancestry.com and more that will assist in genealogical research.
*Write the Résumé That Will Get the Job!
Lynnette Lee of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Career Center will lead a workshop for adults on writing a great résumé! Come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 9, to find out how to structure your résumé so that it showcases your most valuable skills. Learn formatting techniques that will make your résumé look clean and professional. You’ll learn about the most common red flags employers look for on résumés and how to avoid them. Registration is required. To register, call (225) 231-3733 or visit www.careercenterbr.com/events.
*Yes, They Are Hiring: State & City/Parish Civil Service
If you’re looking for employment with state or local government, we’ve got great news … yes, they’re hiring! Adults are welcome at the Career Center located within the Main Library at Goodwood at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, for a FREE seminar that will detail state and city/parish job openings and how to apply for them. A representative from the Louisiana Department of Civil Service will discuss the positions the State will be hiring for in spite of budget cuts, the career paths that different state agencies offer and how to apply for them. The Recruitment and Examination Division of the city of Baton Rouge/parish of East Baton Rouge also will discuss the career options that are available, openings they are seeking to fill, as well as application procedures. Registration is required. To register, visit http://www.careercenterbr.com/events/. For more information, call the Career Center at (225) 231-3733.
Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Rd., (225) 658-1550
No-Sew Heart Pillow Craft
We’re in the mood for love … the love of crafting, that is! Teens can come to the Pride-Chaneyville Branch at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 2, to make a no-sew pillow perfect for Valentine’s Day. All supplies will be provided for this easy and fun craft.
Make Mysterious Mardi Gras Masks
Teens are invited to the Pride-Chaneyville Branch at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 23, to make a personalized Mardi Gras mask. Use fabric, puffy paint and glitter to make your craft extra mysterious!
Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Hwy., (225) 354-7550
*Resources for African-American Genealogy
Adults are invited to the Scotlandville Branch at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, for a class focused on resources designed to help in researching African-American ancestors. Due to the history of slavery, prejudice and discrimination against African-Americans in our country, African-Americans were routinely excluded from many records that could have documented details of their daily lives. In this class, attendees will learn several search techniques and how to navigate special records collections like African American Heritage, Ancestry.com and more that will assist in genealogical research.
For more information about any of these February events or others, call the Library location where the event is being held directly or visit the schedule online at www.ebrpl.com. For general information about the Library, call (225) 231-3750 or visit the Library’s online calendar at www.ebrpl.com. Can’t visit any of our 14 locations, which are open seven days a week? The Library is open 24 / 7 online at www.ebrpl.com.