Louisiana Earth Day 2012

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Louisiana Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd from Noon to 8:30pm. It’s a great day out for the whole family, downtown along North Boulevard from the Old State Capitol to the Old Governor’s Mansion. There will be music performances from some great Louisiana musicians, a poetry slam, fashion show, flash mob and a play. See the complete printable schedule of all the stages.

There are lots of educational activities for children and adults to join in with.  As well as all the good food, music and atmosphere you’ll also find environmental tips, information and innovations that can help us all live a bit greener!

Visit the official Louisiana Earth Day Official site for maps and more!

Do We Have Your Email Address on Your Library Account?

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If we have your email address on your library account there are some major benefits! The biggest one being that when your ‘on hold’ items become available, you’ll be notified right away. No more waiting for a note to arrive in the mail, during which time you could have been enjoying your book, CD or DVD.

Likewise if you have something overdue, you’ll get a notice before the fines have a chance to build up. (You can also sign up for LibraryElf and get email reminders when an item is due) Email notifications can mean faster pick ups and that can shorten the amount of time folks have to wait on a hold list.  Wow, are there no end to the benefits?!

It’s also better for the environment, emails mean no paper notice has to be printed and no envelope and stamp have to be used. You wouldn’t believe how many notices have to be sent out each week. Next time you’re at the library check and see if we have your email on file. Rest assured we will never send you spam!

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 Saturday, November 19.  This is only open to East Baton Rouge Parish residents and commercial waste is not allowed. Items accepted range from batteries and pesticides, to pool chemicals and tires. See the complete list of items accepted.

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.

Bike Louisiana

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This resource from the Louisiana Department of Tourism highlights some of the best trails and road routes for cyclists around Louisiana. You can find trails by region, difficulty level and by terrain type.

Other features include listings of bicycle organizations around the state, safety advice, rules of the road and upcoming cycling events.

So whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride or a serious challenge you’ll find it here. Have fun, enjoy the exercise and beautiful scenery, and ride safe!

Looking to take a ride around Baton Rouge? Take a look at the city’s bikeability map tool BikeBR

Donate Your Used Books to the Library

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If you have books you’d like to get rid of, you can donate them to the library! Some books may make it into the collection, but most donated books go to the Recycled Reads Book Sale, which takes place on the last Saturday of the month from 9am to 1pm at our book sale facility 13505 Hooper Road.

Proceeds of the sale go to the Patrons of the Public Library, the Library’s friends group. The Patrons of the Public Library help in funding children’s programming during the summer and throughout the year, such as the Author/Illustrator Program and other programs designed for the community.

You can drop books off at any library branch, but if you have a large number to donate please call ahead. Please no moldy or generally funky books. We really appreciate your donations and come along to Recycled Reads to pick up some great bargains!