The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is a hub of activity and resources for kids, teens, and adults alike. Find a full list of East Baton Rouge Parish Library Happenings and programs offered in March; there is always something new to discover and learn. From storytime and arts and crafts for young children to coding classes and book clubs for teens, to technology workshops and author talks for adults; the library provides a welcoming and engaging environment for all ages. In addition to these events, the library also offers an extensive collection of books, DVDs, and online resources, making it a valuable resource for the entire community.
East Baton Rouge Parish Library Happenings
Ready, Set, Read! Press Start Program
This program provides a new monthly booklet for 3 years, packed full of family fun! The tips and activities in these booklets are designed for use with things already found around the house without the need to buy anything. Each booklet includes Community Connections, an insert with a selected list of community events, and the EBRP Library Children’s Storytime schedule for you to post on your refrigerator.
Completing all 12 booklets each year earns your child a FREE book of their choice and an entry into the annual gift card drawing, courtesy of the Patrons of the Public Library.
Pick up your booklet in the children’s room at any of our 14 locations!
Baton Rouge Library Storytime at the Library
Storytime gives children an excellent introduction to books and the Library. It increases their attention spans and develops their social skills by involving them in stories, poetry, and songs. The Children’s Services staff hopes Storytime will be an enjoyable experience for each child, leading to a lifelong love of books and reading. Visit this link for a list of Library Storytimes at each branch.
Baton Rouge Library Story & Craft/Activity
Story & Craft/Activity programs provide a literacy-based social setting to get creative! Hear a book read while making or doing something interesting. Check out the schedule below for Story & Craft/Activity opportunities taking place this month. *Indicates registration required. To register, call the Library location directly. Visit this link for a list of Library Story & Craft/Activities at each branch.
13th Annual Community History Festival: The Sportsman’s Life!
Saturday, April 22 at 10 AM – 2 PM| Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library
Come out and join the Pride-Chaneyville Branch in celebrating their 13th Annual Community History Festival, The Sportsman’s Life, on Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The whole family will enjoy a day of FREE country fun, food, games, crafts, and entertainment. Activities will include rodeo roping, a bouncing bull pen, archery, basketball arcade, virtual reality headsets, electronic reel fly fishing, football toss, boxing bags, face painting, balloon animals, storytimes, artesian BBQ and hot sauce cooking demos, and much more!
There will be guest speakers, including an author talk and book signing with famed chef Philippe Parola on his new book Can’t Beat ‘Em, Eat ‘Em! followed by a tasting of delicious invasive game gumbo! You can purchase a copy of his book at http://cantbeatemeatem.us/ and have it signed at the festival.
Various artists and craftsmen will participate, along with local vendors who will have homemade and handcrafted items available for purchase. The Louisiana Lagniappe Dulcimers and the Upbeats will provide music for the event. The ever-popular old-fashioned Cake Walk will be held every hour! We will have everything from local professional athletes meet and greets, oral histories, boy scouts, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, LSU’s Renewable and Natural Resources Department, local hunting, fishing, sports, rodeo booths, and more!
Come take a step back in time, revisiting the storied past of the Pride- Chaneyville area. We will be harking back to the old days, celebrating the sportsman’s life throughout our area, and passing down sportsman’s wisdom to the current day. For more information, call 658-1540.
Artsy Smartsy Saturday
Saturday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m. | Pride-Chaneyville Branch
Kids ages 6-11 are invited to Artsy Smartsy Saturday at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch on Saturday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m.! Join us to read and discuss the book Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch, watch an erupting volcano demonstration, and make your own decorative volcano to take home! Registration is required. To register, please call 658-1560.
The Kids’ Orchestra
Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. | Main Library at Goodwood
Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. | Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Collect new musical skills! Discover new library books! Experiment with new dance steps! Kids’ Orchestra invites children, ages 5-11, to an experiential program that combines library books with music education. Each month, children will explore a theme as they learn about an instrument, sing a song, explore a dance, and play a game – all inspired by a book in the East
Baton Rouge Parish Library collection.
What is a conductor? What are they doing when
they wave their arms and batons? How does a child
decide to start composing music? Hear the story of
a young girl who gets to go to an orchestra concert
because her uncle gets sick; the experience changes her. Learn a Renaissance dance, meet a professional musician, practice naming instruments, and conduct a giant orchestra.
In April, there are two opportunities to attend this fun program! See dates and times below. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
• Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. – Main Library at Goodwood
To register, please call 231-3760.
• Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. –Bluebonnet Regional Branch
To register, please call 756-1160.
April Showers Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 1 or Sunday, April 30 | River Center Branch
Find umbrellas around the children’s room and learn how to say rain in different languages at River Center Branch’s April Showers Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, April 1 or Sunday, April 30. Stop by any time on
Easter Activity Packet
Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m | Jones Creek Regional Branch
Happy Easter! Kids ages 4-11 can stop by the Jones Creek Regional Branch on Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., to pick up an Easter activity packet, which includes a word
find, a dot-to-dot, and some craft projects.
Saturday, April 15 at 3 p.m | Zachary Branch
Kids ages 6-9 are invited to the Zachary Branch on Saturday, April 15 at 3 p.m. to create an animal of their choice using LEGOs from our collection. They will be asked to describe
it, and it will be displayed in the Library during the following week.
Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Zachary Branch
April is National Frog Month! Kids ages 6-11 are welcome to stop by the Zachary Branch on Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., to assemble a frog craft.
Saturday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. | Jones Creek Regional Branch
Join the Jones Creek Regional Branch on Saturday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. for a children’s yoga class taught by Jaci Aaron. Kids ages 4-7 are invited. Please wear shoes and bring your own mat or towel. Registration is required. To register, please call 756-1160.
Pajama Party Movie Night
Children ages 5-11 and their families are invited to the Jones Creek Regional Branch children’s room on Monday, April 24 at 6:15 p.m. to watch The Great Muppet Caper, in which a group of muppet reporters investigate the crime of the century. Children may wear their pajamas and bring a stuffie or blanket to snuggle with during the film.
EBR Schools Talented Music Spring Concert
You’re invited to the EBR Schools Talented Music Spring Concert on Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m. featuring pieces by Vivaldi, Bach, Strauss, Schubert and more!
Sounds of Science Series – Family Event
Saturday, March 25 at 1 PM | Main Library at Goodwood
Join the East Baton Rouge Parish Library in collaboration with the LSU School of Music, the LSU Department of Astronomy and Physics, and the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication for the Sounds of Science series on Saturday, March 25 at the Main Library at Goodwood. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be activities for children and adults, including the LaSPACE/MARS Truck, Storytimes, and Interactive Music Making. At 7 p.m., a Sounds of Science panel discussion and musical performance will be held in the large meeting room. For more information, visit ebrpl.co/soundsofscience.
Write Time! with Boo Milton
April 4th at 6 PM | River Center Branch
Join the Library on Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. at the River Center Branch for Write Time!, a FREE poetry and general creative writing session for adults ages 18-33. Beginners and seasoned writers will enjoy creating poems and spoken word pieces while connecting with other creatives. This event is hosted by media personality Boo Milton with a live DJ and refreshments. And mark your calendar for next month’s Write Time! session on Tuesday, May 2 at 6 p.m.! Register for any or all of these monthly sessions at ebrpl.com/calendar or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m.
Teens and adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. for Saturday Science, LSU’s free public talk series connecting the community to science and technology. This month, Dr. Juhan Frank will speak on how some stars attract each other, dance, and merge. Many stars, perhaps most, that appear as a single point of light in the sky, are in
fact two or more stars bound together by gravity. Some are so far apart that they age as single stars without ever interacting beyond the gravity that binds them and may die without affecting each other. Others are close enough to exchange mass and change their lives. Some are still closer, so that gravity’s fatal attraction will bring them so close that they end up merging into a single object. What follows depends on the masses of the pair. Sometimes the merger explodes as a supernova, sometimes produces a different type of cataclysm, and sometimes the product survives as a single star of unusual and puzzling properties. These “Interacting Binary Stars” and “Stellar Mergers” teach us a great deal about the evolution of the universe and the origin of the chemical elements.
Practice ACT Test
Thursday, April 13
Brush up on your ACT test-taking skills! Students ages 13 and older can come to the Zachary Branch on Thursday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. to take a free practice test. The practice test is organized to run like the real ACT test to give teens experience in the type of questions to expect as well as the testing environment. Please bring sharpened number 2 pencils, a permitted calculator, and a snack for the break. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, call 658-1870.
Baton Rouge Concert Band Spring Concert
Sunday, March 26 at 5 PM | Main Library at Goodwood
Grab your passport and join the Baton Rouge Concert Band on Sunday, March 26 at 5 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood for their spring concert, “A Musical Passport through Europe and the British Isles.” There will be marches, jigs, folk songs, and more. From Norway and Belgium through the Balkans and Germany into France and on to the British Isles, your feet will be tapping and your heart will be singing!
Virtual Author Talk Series
The Library continues its Author Talk Series with three new authors in April! Each live, virtual event features a different bestselling author, along with an interactive Q&A session where participants can ask questions directly to the author. See April selections and dates/times below. Visit libraryc.org/ebrpl to register for these virtual events, learn about other upcoming conversations with bestselling authors, and view previous author talk recordings. For more information about these and other virtual events, visit ebrpl.co/virtual.
Free Saturday Tutoring
The Baton Rouge Magnet High School Beta Club will be offering FREE tutoring services on Saturdays, April 1, 15, 22 & 29, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the Main Library at Goodwood! Beta members will offer help for elementary, middle, and high school students. See subjectsoffered below. Only 60 spots are available
each Saturday. Registration is required. Register online at ebrpl.co/tutor or call 231-3770.
• Elementary students: English, Math, Science, and Reading
• Middle schoolers (6th grade – 8th grade): English, Math, and Science • High schoolers: English, Math (9th – Calculus), and Science
• Upon advanced request, they will provide French, Spanish, and Latin tutoring.
National Library Week
Show your appreciation and support for libraries by visiting your East Baton Rouge Parish Library during National Library Week, April 23-29! The theme for National Library Week 2023 is “There’s More to the Story,” illustrating the fact that in addition to the books in library collections, available in a variety of formats, libraries offer so much more. Local libraries now lend items like museum passes, games, arduino kits, paintings, and hotspots. Library programming brings communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, and lectures. And library infrastructure advances communities, providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for businesses, job seekers, and entrepreneurs.
National Library Week is a time to highlight the essential role that libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. Check out the testimonials from EBRPL patrons included in each section of this month’s Source! In addition to visiting your local branch, you can shout out your love for libraries on social media by following EBRPL on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.
April 2023 Monthly Branch Calendars
- Main Library
- Baker Branch Library
- Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library
- Carver Branch Library
- Central Branch Library
- Delmont Gardens Library
- Eden Park Branch Library
- Fairwood Branch Library
- Greenwell Springs Branch Library
- Jones Creek Regional Branch Library
- Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library
- River Center Branch Library
- Scotlandville Branch Library
- Zachary Branch Library