Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day

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Time to get rid of those old hazardous materials and chemicals that pile up in the garage or in the back of cupboards! Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day is this Saturday, November 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Stadium Parking Lot. This event is for East Baton Rouge Parish residential waste only so commercial waste is not allowed. Items accepted range from cleaning products to batteries to cooking oil. See the complete list of items accepted.

Over the past 28 years, East Baton Rouge residents have safely disposed of over three million pounds of household hazardous materials through local collections like the one scheduled for this Saturday. There are many places where you can recycle household hazardous materials year-round. Looking for more information about recycling in Baton Rouge and who to contact? Head over to the Recycling Office website or contact the Mayor’s Recycling Office at 389-5194.

14th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event

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Just in time for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 75th Anniversary and the Library’s
celebration of all things historical that make up Baton Rouge, we will be hosting the 14th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event at the Main Library at Goodwood this Saturday, November 22. Now’s the time to raid your attic, closets, and garages for that interesting or antique art, toy, pottery, jewelry, rifle, war artifact, small piece of furniture, or other item of interest and see what the story is behind it and possibly what its value might be.

The free event will run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday. Come for the antiques viewings, but stay for several other big events going on at the Main Library that day (more on that on our website and this blog later this week)! There is a limit of three items per person. Experts including Jack and Ann Hood – Jewelry; Bill Lee – Paper and Advertisements; Laurann Marino – Louisiana Gold and Coins; Pauline Robertson – Native American Items; Florence Crowder – General Items; Danny Brown – Civil War/ Military items; and Mark Denham – Armaments will be on hand to look at your collectibles and antiques. Call 231-3750 or visit our website and Facebook page for more information. Don’t forget to check our antique resources like the p4A Antiques Database (as used by the Antiques Roadshow), our Antiques InfoGuide, and the library catalog too. See you Saturday!


OverDrive Digital Bookmobile Visit Today

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The OverDrive Digital Bookmobile is in town! Readers of all ages can learn about and engage with digital collections until 4 p.m. today at the Main Library at Goodwood. Aboard the 74-foot-long traveling exhibit, five separate spaces showcase eBooks, audiobooks, a gadget gallery, a video lounge, and more.

Building on the tradition and admiration of the bookmobile, which for generations has engaged communities with library materials and services, the mission of the Digital Bookmobile is to help libraries across North America promote the digital services available to their communities.

Best-selling authors. New release titles. Classics and crowd-pleasers. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Overdrive digital collection has it all. Introductory videos and interactive computer stations give visitors a chance to browse our library’s collection of eBooks, audiobooks, and more. This is a great opportunity for patrons to get hands-on experience with the latest gadgets, smartphones, tablets, media players, and other eReading devices.

To learn more, visit the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile site and EBRPL’s Digital Library.


November 20Somethings Programs

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Here are some cool programs lined up this month for 20Somethings, starting with Game Night tonight!

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Calling all 20-Somethings! Join us for a free night of fun and games at the Zachary Branch tonight at 7. Bring a friend and your favorite game to share with the group or play one of ours. Choose from Bananagrams, Set, Trivial Pursuit, Wii games, and much more!

An Introduction to Micro RPG with Cthulhu Dark
Come to the Library this month to hang out with other 20-Somethings 19-30ish and enjoy a role playing game (RPG). Head over to the Main Library at Goodwood at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 13, to choose one of 12 investigators and risk your sanity to uncover the truth in this one-shot Cthulhu Dark Game. No experience is necessary, and newcomers are welcome for this very rules light system. Simply choose a name and occupation to start playing!

Get Your Game On!
If you enjoy video and board games and are looking for a way to meet other gaming enthusiasts ages 19-30ish, come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, to play free board games such as Settlers of Catan and 7 Wonders and video games including Rock Band and Minecraft.

Introduction to Investing for 20Somethings
Calling all individuals ages 19-30ish looking to start investing for the first time! Financial advisors Bennett Blackledge and Patrick Talamo from Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 29, to give a free brief overview into the wide world of investing. You’ll find out the difference between bonds, mutual funds and trusts, why getting into the stock market might be beneficial, how you can make the most of your money, and more!

Baton Rouge Trick-or-Treat Times 2014

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The official hours for trick-or-treating in Baton Rouge for Halloween tonight are 6:00-8:00. Young ghouls and goblins will be roaming the streets collecting treats, so be sure to watch out if you’re driving around town.

Here is a list of tips from the Center for Disease Control that will allow your children to have fun this Halloween while also being safe:

  • Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and don’t run from house to house.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative lenses.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!