EBRP library to offer free programs for all ages in October

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- For month of October, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will offer free in-person and or virtual program for all ages beginning Oct. 6.

For more information on the programs or to register visit www.ebrpl.com.

Here is a list of the programs that will be offered:

The Library’s Featured Events, www.ebrpl.com (225) 231-3750

The 44th Annual Virtual Author-Illustrator Program Featuring Salina Yoon

Everyone, including teachers, students, homeschoolers, librarians, writers, artists and children’s literature enthusiasts, is invited to join us via Zoomat 9 a.m. Thursday, October 7, for a FREE program suitable for children and anyone who is interested in Yoon’s work.  Pre-registration is required. Visit the Events Calendar at www.ebrpl.com to register. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants before the program. Teachers, librarians, writers, artists and children’s literature enthusiasts are invited to reconnect with the Library via Zoom at 10 a.m. Friday, October 8, for a special FREE virtual workshop presented by Yoon. In this workshop, “Creating a Culture of READERS!”, Yoon will highlight how to inspire students to find those books that they can connect to, and show educators/librarians how to create their own concept book using their creative thinking skills, which is an activity they can recreate in their classroom and use with their students. Yoon will also share the many different ways to create a culture of readers, for today, tomorrow, and the future. To register for the Friday, October 8 virtual workshop, call the Main Library Children’s Room at (225) 231-3760, or sign up on the Events Calendar. The workshop will be archived and freely accessible to all registered participants for two weeks.

The 8th Annual Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire

Join us for the 8th Annual Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire, family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness! This year’s weeklong hybrid event, lasting October 18 – 23, will celebrate makers, library makerspaces, and folks with a passion to learn new skills through interactive workshops, grab & geaux crafts, an outdoor maker market, a showcase of robotics excellence, and a celebration of terrible robots fighting sumo style! Learn new skills through makerspace workshops at branch libraries across the EBR starting Monday, October 18! Fabric bookmarks, electronics take-aparts, lasercutting, 3D printing, Cricut demos, and more! Explore YOUR libraries’ makerspaces to start your journey towards creation and innovation! View the complete schedule and register today at batonrouge.makerfaire.com Then on Saturday, October 23, join us from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood for an outdoor maker marketgrab & geaux crafts for all ages, and two special robotics events! We’ll start with “America’s Next Top Robot,” a robot fashion show of epic proportions showcasing area school robotics teams and end the day with a sumo-style robot fight called “Hebocon!” Hebocon comes from the Japanese word “Heboi” which means “clumsy, unskillful, bungling, poor, and bad,” so this competition is all about creating terrible robots for fun! All Hebocon “robots” will be comprised of recyclable materials, torn apart toys, and random electronics put together by YOU the public. No experience with robotics? No problem! This event is geared towards folks that have NO EXPERIENCE with robotics and all “high tech” robots will be graded on a curve. Can’t make it in-person? Watch the live stream of America’s Next Top Robot & Hebocon at facebook.com/EBRPL. Seating is limited and registration is required to attend all makerspace workshops and robotics events. Find the full schedule of events, apply for the outdoor maker market, and register for workshops and robotics events at batonrouge.makerfaire.com. For more information, send an email to makerfaire@ebrpl.com.

Get Organized Fall Series with Alyssa Trosclair

Join Louisiana’s only Certified Professional Organizer, Alyssa Trosclair, as she helps you develop a greater understanding of the hoarding disorder, including causes, common issues faced by family members, and safety and health risks associated with the disorder. Learn about effective options to assist a hoarder and what resources are available to support the entire family at the Main Library at Goodwood at 1 p.m. Monday, October 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, October 24. To comply with social distancing guidelines, in-person seating is limited and registration is required to attend. Registration will be available in the Events Calendar at www.ebrpl.com or call (225) 231-3750 for registration assistance.

Spooky Stories with Mike Anderson

In celebration of the haunting holiday season, Mike Anderson will be at Libraries in October to share his spooky stories at select locations. Though the stories will be fit for older elementary-aged children, all those brave children without fear may join us for the spooky fun! Registration is required. For more and to register, call the Library location directly. Here’s the schedule:

  • 4 p.m. Monday, October 25, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 26, River Center Branch
  • 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 26, Delmont Gardens Branch
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 27, Carver Branch
  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, Fairwood Branch
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, Main Library at Goodwood
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 28, Scotlandville Branch
  • 10 a.m. Saturday, October 30, Pride-Chaneyville Branch
  • Noon Saturday, October 30, Zachary Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 30, Jones Creek Regional Branch

Jumpstart Read for the Record!

Each year, Jumpstart Read for the Record encourages people across the United States to read the same book on the same day to increase awareness about the importance and impact of early literacy. This year’s Jumpstart book is Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang. On Thursday, October 28, several of our Libraries will host walk-in readings of the book and encouraging families to read the book together. Your family can come to these locations, listen to or read the story and take a FREE book home, while supplies last, Here’s where your family can do a walk-in reading:

  • Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • Carver Branch
  • Delmont Gardens Branch
  • Fairwood Branch
  • Jones Creek Regional Branch
  • Main Library, Pride-Chaneyville Branch
  • Scotlandville Branch
  • Zachary Branch

LSU Museum of Natural Science Special Saturdays: Putting the ‘fun’ in Fungi!

Kids ages 5-12 are invited to join a fun STEM Zoom event all about fungi at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 9! Fungi are more than just the mushrooms we buy in the grocery store. They are super important to our environment! They help break down decaying material and keep the circle of life turning. Kids will learn about these spectacular spores with Spenser Babb-Biernacki, a mammologist who puts the “fun” in fungi! To access the link, go to the Library’s online events calendar at www.ebrpl.com.

Garden Discoveries: Camellias

The Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation will host a FREE Garden Discoveries series at the Main Library at Goodwood at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 9, led by Paige Mizell of Mizell’s Camelia Hill Nursery located in Folsom. Attendees are invited to learn about Growing & Caring for Camellias, the jewels of our winter gardens. With more than 200 species and 30,000 registered cultivars, camellias offer something for everyone. Mizell will give a history of camellias, introduce you to the many species that are available, the types of blooms the plants can offer, and explain how to maintain a healthy plant that will thrive all year long. Mizell will also highlight camellias with a Louisiana connection along with old favorites and new and unique offerings. Following the presentation a “Pop Up Plant Sale” will be held featuring popular camellia varieties. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Botanic Gardens. Registration is available in the Events Calendar at www.ebrpl.com.

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., (225) 763-2250

*The Vinyl Underground

Are you interested in vinyl record collecting? If so, you’ll want to join other adults at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 4, for The Vinyl Underground, where collectors and vinyl enthusiasts can connect, listen to records, and discuss their favorite albums. For our kick-off meeting, we’ll share our favorite debut album openers, songs that are the first song on an artist’s first album. To join the Underground and attend, please register by sending an email to Jordan at jcourtney@ebrpl.com.

*Electronics Take Apart

Adults and teens can come to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch at 6:15 p.m. Monday, October 18, for an Electronics Take Apart program. Come take apart old electronics, explore their parts, and build new simple gadgets and machines with the harvested parts. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by registering online on the events calendar at www.ebrpl.com.

Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St., (225) 389-7450

Be Your Own Spider Story/Craft

Come share a fun afternoon and leave with your own spider hat! Children ages 6-11 are invited to the Carver Branch at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 21, to hear a reading of The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt. After the story, kids will make a spider hat with eight legs hanging down and lots of different sizes of eyes. You can creepy crawl out of the Library trying not to scare too many patrons! 

Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd.,  (225) 231-3250

*Fuzzy Halloween Characters Story/Craft

Join other kids ages 8-11 at the Eden Park Branch at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 23, to hear a reading of No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt. Later, we’ll create a Halloween character to take home. Registration is required and limited to eight children. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no groups.

Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Rd., (225) 274-4450

*Cricut Badging Workshop: Personalized Tote Bags

Calling all crafters! Join other adults and teens at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 21, for a FREE class that will outline how to use the new Cricut Explore Air 2, and Cricut EasyPress 2! Materials and hands on instruction will be provided for making a personalized tote bag, and upon completion patrons will earn a badge to reserve and use the Cricut products at any location’s makerspace. 

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Rd., (225) 756-1150

Acrylic Art Workshop

Adults are welcome at the Jones Creek Regional Branch at 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, to make beautiful, Louisiana inspired art while learning the basics of acrylic painting, in a FREE art class led by Library staff member Martha Whittington. For more information, call (225) 756-1140.

Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., (225) 231-3750

Teen STEM: All You Need is Lovelace

Join other teens at the Main Library at Goodwood at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 9, to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day! An English mathematician and writer, Lovelace was primarily known for her work on Charles Babbage‘s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Compete with other teens to navigate a real-life labyrinth with algorithmic thinking!

Corrado Parducci: Architectural Sculptor

Writer and architectural historian Dale A. Carlson has written a book about Corrado Parducci, an Italian-American architectural sculptor based in Detroit, Michigan. Parducci’s connection to Louisiana is that he created sculptures for several buildings here in our state, including much of the ornamental sculptural trim on the New State Capitol. Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, for a FREE seminar led by Carlson on Parducci’s life and his work on these Louisiana buildings. He will give this virtual presentation from Michigan while we watch live from the Main Library. For more information, call (225) 231-3751.

Teen Tech Club

Are you into all things technology? Join other teen tech lovers at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, for a FREE workshop on the basics of electronics an C++ programming, as part of a new monthly STEM club! For more information, call (225) 231-3770.

River Center Branch Library, 250 North Boulevard, (225) 389-4967

It’s all Just a Little Hocus Pocus … and Spell Books!

The spooky season is upon us! Join other adults ages 18-30ish at the River Center Branch at 6 p.m. Monday, October 25, to watch a classic 90s Halloween film that follows the Sanderson sisters on their witchy spree. Make a fun spell book craft while you watch. All supplies will be provided.

Zachary Branch Library, 1900 Church St., (225) 658-1850

*Pumpkin Painting for Adults

Relax into the flow of the fall season at the Library! Adults can come to the Zachary Branch at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 14, to paint and decorate their own pumpkin. Use your creation as seasonal décor for your favorite home or office space.

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