The first ever Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire is two weeks from tomorrow! Join us Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood for a family-friendly day celebrating creativity and resourcefulness. Click here to register. Tickets are free! Visit the official Maker Faire site or call 231-3750 for more information. We hope to see you on the 20th!
All branches of the Library will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. We are open all weekend though so come by to check out some good reads, movies, and music to get you through the holiday weekend! Click here to browse our catalog and here for a list of all 14 locations.
Here’s one more thing you can do this weekend: enter the contest to name our new bookmobile! We have a new 38-foot-long digital bookmobile we’ll be using around the parish to teach computer classes and highlight our digital library on the go. If we pick your suggestion, you’ll win a library prize pack. The deadline to enter is this Sunday, August 31, so what are you waiting for? Click here for details.
The Baton Rouge Room Archives is hosting a special movie afternoon this Saturday, August 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the Main Library. We will screen two Louisiana films: “McCrea 1971″ and “Louisiana During World War II”. The first selection, by Southeastern University graduate students Nicholas Brilleaux and Scott Caro, is a documentary about the Celebration of Life music festival in June 1971 in McCrea, Louisiana. Local uproar, an expensive legal battle, and disruptive summer weather wreaked havoc on the eight-day lineup, which originally included the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beach Boys. Shortages of food, water, and medical facilities contributed to the misery of festival-goers. The film combines long-lost footage and interviews with musicians and attendees to present the story of Louisiana’s forgotten rock festival.
The second film, produced by Jerry Sanson of LSU-Alexandria’s Department of History and Political Science and Southeastern’s History and Political Science Department Head William Robison, examines Louisiana’s many contributions to the Allied victory in World War II and how the war affected our state. The film features commentary from a dozen experts and addresses military maneuvers in Louisiana, the contributions of many Louisiana manufacturers to the war effort, and the war’s impact on the state’s politics, economy, culture, and race and gender relations. The documentary is based on Sanson’s book Louisiana During World War II: Politics and Society, 1939-1945.
Call 231-3752 for more information and come join us this Saturday!
We’re starting a new book club this month! The first meeting of the 中文读书会 – Chinese Book Club is next Thursday, August 28, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood. We’ll be discussing two novels by famed Chinese writer Ailing Zhang (张爱玲): 倾城之恋 (Qing Cheng Zhi Lian) and 半生缘 (Ban Sheng Yuan).
The books we’ll be reading this year will be in both Chinese Simplified and Traditional characters to include people from different Chinese-speaking areas.