Teachers, writers, and fans of young reader fiction are invited to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 37th Annual Author-Illustrator Program. This year’s featured guest is world-renowned author Katherine Paterson, winner of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award. She’s the author of such works as Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, and Jacob Have I Loved. Her talk will focus on writing for a young audience, her writing process, and more. The Thursday, October 9, event at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public. Registration and a fee are required for the half-day workshop with Paterson on Friday, October 10, starting at 8 a.m. There is a question-and-answer session scheduled after the workshop, followed by an autograph session, and Paterson’s books will be sold for this purpose. This exciting two-day event will be held at the Main Library at Goodwood. Registration deadlines are fast approaching, so don’t miss out! The form is available online or by calling (225) 231-3760 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free tutoring programs are starting this month at several locations around the parish, including one of our library branches (Bluebonnet Regional)! See below for the full schedule.
Games! Spacewalk! Clowns! Face painting! Refreshments! Prizes! There will be tons of fun to celebrate the end of summer! Children ages 3 and up are invited to the library to enjoy our always popular end of Summer Reading parties! All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult or responsible adolescent. For more information, call the individual branch.
Central Branch: Monday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.
Bluebonnet Regional Branch: Monday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.
Carver Branch & River Center Branch: Tuesday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. (at Carver Branch)
Fairwood Branch: Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.
Zachary Branch: Wednesday, July 23, 10:00 a.m.
Jones Creek Regional Branch: Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Delmont Gardens Branch: Thursday, July 24, 10:00 a.m.
Eden Park Branch: Thursday, July 24, 3:00 p.m.
Scotlandville Branch: Monday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch: Monday, July 28, 6:30 p.m.
Baker Branch: Tuesday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.
Pride-Chaneyville Branch: Tuesday, July 29, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library: Wednesday, July 30, 10:00 a.m.
Big Baby’s back in Baton Rouge! The fourth annual Booking It with Baby literacy tour starts tomorrow, July 10, and runs through Saturday the 12th. Los Angeles Clipper and Baton Rouge native Glen Davis will be traveling through his hometown via the library’s mobile unit to bring books and promote literacy to children in the community, including several stops at local libraries. Davis will be at the Eden Park Library at 9:30 a.m. July 10 to dedicate the first reading center of many (the goal is to add one each year) to be located at that site. He will conduct a site unveiling and participate in a story time from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Eden Park Library. The reading center at Eden Park will include tables, as well as smart tables with iPads and educational apps and programs, a story time floor, individual reading spaces, and manipulative and interactive centers.
Another tour stop is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 11, at the Main Library at Goodwood. The tour and the Reading Centers are a result of a partnership between the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System.
This summer is sure to be packed with great books, exciting programs, and fabulous prizes. With a program for every age group, the entire family can participate!
Fizz, Boom, READ! is this year’s theme for the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Summer activities will feature events that spotlight the performing arts, visual arts, literature, and science – all showing children how to tap into their creative side. Ages Birth-11. For more information, call 231-3760.
The theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program this year is Spark a Reaction. Teens ages 12 to 18 may start their journey by signing up at any library location to begin their quest. For more information, call 231-3770.
The Adult Program, Celebrating 75 Years of Service, for ages 18 and up, will be filled with a variety of interesting events. Adults are asked to read three books in order to receive a summer prize pack. One of the three books can be substituted by attendance to any adult summer program. There will be weekly drawings for various prizes. The last day of Adult Summer Reading is July 31. At the end of the program, a special drawing will be held for all participants. For more information, call 231-3740.
What are you waiting for? Pick up a reading log at your local branch starting tomorrow and check our newsletter The Source or our events calendar to see all the great events coming up!