Glen Davis hosts ‘Booking it with Baby’ tour _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING Glen 'Big Baby' Davis. Announcement of funding for Imagination Library at YWCA Istrouma Early Head Start followed by a volunteer project where members from Women in Media’s networking organization joined forces with former LSU basketball star and NBA player Glen 'Big Baby' Davis in reading to children Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. The volunteer project was one of 20 projects happening on Friday morning, as part of United Way’s Make a Difference Day. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

The fifth annual “Booking it with Baby” tour comes to Baton Rouge this week.

From Tuesday through Friday, July 14-17, the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation in partnership with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, will highlight literacy.

Davis, a Los Angeles Clipper and Baton Rouge native, will travel through the city on the library’s new mobile unit to visit underserved adolescents at local libraries, camps and shelters.

The goal remains to create awareness of the positive impact reading has on youth and the entire community.

Raising Cane’s, the 2015 title sponsor, will kickoff the tour by inviting the community to join Davis at its location at 5211 Corporate Blvd. from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 14, for a special “Meet and Greet” and autograph signing. The following day the restaurant will host a daylong fundraiser to support the foundation’s programs and initiatives.

“Cane’s is proud to partner with the ‘Booking it with Baby’ literacy tour. Education is a main focus of our active community involvement and this is a great program for our community. We are excited to kickoff the literacy tour with Big Baby’s visit to Cane’s on Tuesday, and we invite everyone to support this great cause at our fundraiser on Wednesday,” said Raising Cane’s CEO Todd Graves.

In 2013, the foundation set an ambitious goal to outfit a library or community center in East Baton Rouge parish with a children’s reading center each year.

Through hard work and contributions from community partners, the foundation will on Wednesday unveil the second center, titled the “Big Baby and Brabham Reading Center” at Carver Library, just outside the gates of LSU where Davis spent his college playing days.

“My foundation is celebrating five years of literary excellence this year. I can’t think of a better way to commemorate this milestone than by touching a community (South Baton Rouge) that greatly impacted my life while at LSU,” Davis said.

“Through Glen Davis’ generosity, and that of his foundation, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is able to expand the book, reading and interactive learning resources at the Carver Branch Library with this special reading zone.

A similar reading area opened at the Eden Park Branch Library has become an active meeting place for mothers and young children, who are encouraging reading and participating in the experience with their sons and daughters,” said Spencer Watts, library director.

The foundation’s annual donor reception, “Dinner with Glen “Big Baby” Davis and his Celebrity Friends,” will be take place at Ruffino’s at De La Ronde, 320 Third St., from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

The fundraiser honors and recognizes community partners that work with the foundation. Tickets for this event are available for purchase at gbbdf.org.

The tour will culminate on Friday, July 17, with “Big Baby’s Happy Hour” featuring The Michael Foster Project, a fundraiser at Happy’s Irish Pub to support the foundation’s programs and initiatives.

A full schedule of this year’s “Booking it with Baby” events, times and locations, along with the tour’s sponsors, is available at gbbdf.org.