4th of July Star-Spangled Celebration

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The best place to be on Independence Day is downtown Baton Rouge. Enjoy the celebrations with good food, a wonderful selection of bands, and a breathtaking fireworks display. The annual Star-Spangled Celebration takes place on the Mississippi riverfront by the USS Kidd. Don’t miss the F-15 fighter flyby, vintage aircraft mock attack, and hot air balloons lighting up the night sky.

Events kick off at 8am and the day of patriotic entertainment culminates with ‘Fireworks on the Mississippi’ at 9pm. For a full schedule of events, head on over to the Downtown Development District website.

Christmas Sights & Sounds

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Our Sights and Sounds InfoGuide keeps you up to date with the latest audio and DVD additions to the library catalog, as well as providing highlights of different audio/video genres available. It’s definitely worth visiting often! To help you get in the Christmas spirit there is now a section on the guide dedicated to the holidays.

Find that perfect CD of Christmas music or check out some old and new DVD favorites. From A Charlie Brown Christmas and Home Alone, to festive tunes crooned by the Rat Pack, you’ll find a great selection on Sights and Sounds!

Festival of Lights 2011

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One of my favorite events of the year is the Downtown Festival of Lights. Don’t miss this wonderful evening around the Shaw Center for the Arts / Lafayette Park on Friday, December 2nd, 4-9 p.m.  The Mayor will switch on the nearly half a million Christmas lights that illuminate downtown and the Christmas tree.

There is lots of family fun and entertainment, including live festive swingin’ music from Ned Fasullo and his Big Band Orchestra, movies, the holiday express train, free ice skating and six tons of real snow!

Mrs. Claus and her elves will be on board the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Book Mobile accepting letters to Santa, so make sure to stop by and say hello.

Head on over to the Downtown Development District’s site for more information and for a full schedule of events.

Louisiana Book Festival 2011

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Join us at the 8th Annual Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, October 29, at Capitol Park from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It’s a fantastic fun day for the whole family including workshops, food, music, crafts and exhibits. Take a look at this list of all the featured authors that will be appearing, including the 2011 Louisiana Writer Award winner James Wilcox.

For more information visit the festival website: www.louisianabookfestival.org and we’ll see you out there!