This spring, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library invites the community to read the works of Edgar Allan Poe and be a part of One Book One Community. Each year, two books are chosen in the spring and summer, respectively, as official One Book One Community selections. A variety of community partners collaborate to bring the city interesting programming and events throughout the year.

The purpose of One Book One Community is to provide readers with a shared reading experience that leads to open dialogue. Anyone can participate. Pick up Poe lit at any Library location or bookstore and start reading. The library will offer a number of programs this spring to celebrate the selection, including book talks/performances, children’s programs, and more.

The Edgar Allan Poe Infoguide,, is an all access pass to all things One Book One Community where you can learn about Poe’s life, find discussion questions, click the link to the library’s POE-terest Pinterest page, check out library links to fun articles like “10 Weird Things About Edgar Allan Poe” (#6 – We know him as the man with the mustache, but he only made it a mainstay late in life), and much more.

Also check The Source and our websites, or, each month this spring for event details and times.

Trace your family roots with Edna Jordan Smith, the Genealogy Lady, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Scotlandville branch, 7373 Scenic Highway, when she presents Genealogy Techniques for African Americans. For more information or to register, call (225) 354-7550.

Do you need help with your African-American History Month project? Come to the River Center branch, 120 St. Louis St., at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, to check out what tools the library has to offer that can help you in your research. You can search through the databases and find primary source documents and scholarly research on a variety of topics.

For more information, call (225) 389-4959.

Guests from the St. George Fire Protection District will talk to children about fire safety and about what to do in case of a fire, at the Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Afterwards, St. George firefighters will show their firemen’s gear and explain how it keeps them safe during a fire. Weather permitting, children will be treated to a close-up tour of the fire engines. For more information, call (225) 756-1160.

African American Read-In:

  • ?Eden Park branch, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road, will have an African-American Read-In 2:20 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Children 6-11 will read selected short poems by African-American poets. For more information or to register, call (225) 231-3260.
  • ?Jones Creek Regional branch will “Stop and Read” at 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays in February. Children’s Room staff or guest speakers will read a book or tell a story to the children present. Each book/story will either be by an African-American author or have African-American characters. For more information or to register, call (225) 756-1160

Book club:

  • ?Monday Morning Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss The Summons by John Grisham.

Ascension Parish Library

Every person has a story to tell. Maybe you’re just not sure how to get yours from your head onto paper — or that computer screen. Don’t let that pesky blinking cursor intimidate you. Laugh your way through creative writing exercises and learn some interesting techniques that will give your writing a bit more polish at a Teen Writers’ Workshop. This hands-on, pens-to-paper workshop will take place at 4:30 p.m. at all Ascension Parish Library locations. At the Donaldsonville branch, 500 Mississippi St. in Donaldsonville, and Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73 in Geismar, programs will take place on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Main branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. in Gonzales, and Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42 in Prairieville, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26.

This program is free and open to all teens in the sixth grade and up. For more information, call the library in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, and in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052.

Livingston Parish Library

Book clubs:

  • ?Mystery Mavens will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Members will discuss mystery books to read as a new club.
  • ?Spine Tinglers Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss The Woods by Harlan Coben.
  • ?Livingston Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston. Members will discuss In the Garden of Beastsby Erik Larson.
  • ?Sunny Side Up Inspirational Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn.

Lafayette Public Library

Start with a moldering castle, a glittering ball and an eccentric laird, toss in several elegant noblemen, three kidnapped heiresses, and stir. Is this a recipe for disaster or “happily ever after”? Step into the fairy tale realm of Regency Scotland, as authors Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway discuss their latest joint effort, The Lady Most Willing … : A Novel in Three Parts, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Local author Deborah LeBlanc will moderate as the authors talk about their books, the romance genre and the collaborative writing process. Refreshments provided. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

The Writes of Spring Writing Contest is now accepting submissions. Students in grades K–12 are invited to submit an original piece of short fiction, non-fiction, drama (high school only), or poetry in English or French, along with a completed entry form to any Lafayette Public Library branch by Friday, March 22. First, second, and third place winners will be selected. The awards ceremony for high school winners will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. The ceremony will include a poetry reading by local poet Kelly Clayton. Winning authors will be notified by phone.

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Poetry series

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, the winter installment of the Voices Seasonal Reading Series will feature a special evening of literary readings by poets Camille Martin and Lana Wiggins, and fiction writer Matthew Hofferek at Carpe Diem! Gelato – Espresso Bar, 812 Jefferson St. in Lafayette. The public is invited.

Poet and collage artist Martin grew up in Lafayette. She lived for many years in New Orleans, earning an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Orleans and a PhD in English from LSU. She has lived in Toronto since 2005. She has performed her poetry in more than 30 cities in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and France.

Her fourth collection of poetry, Looms, was recently published by Shearsman Books. Her other books are Sonnets, Codes of Public Sleep, and Sesame Kiosk.

Martin is working on “The Evangeline Papers,” a poetic sequence based on her Acadian/Cajun heritage and her participation in archaeological digs at an 18th-century village in Nova Scotia, where her finds included ancestral pipes and wine bottles. Martin blogs on things literary at Her website is

Hofferek is a fiction writer from Denton, Texas, who is also an EMT. He believes great writing comes only from honesty and a little invention. He admires Ernest Hemingway and has studied his life and work extensively. He has just begun to market his creative work. He lives in Lafayette.

Wiggins is the author of Notes from Refuge (2008) which chronicles her life in New Orleans pre- and post-Katrina through poetic narratives, and Root. Sprout. Blossom: Life Bag of a Flower Child (2012) a quirky Southern novel that flashes between present day New Orleans and a small town in the 1960s Deep South.

Wiggins holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has been published in a wide variety of magazines. Wiggins lives in Lafayette and teaches American Literature and Creative Writing at the ULL.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Clare L. Martin at or (337) 962-5886.

Writers’ group

Barnes & Noble Westbank, 1601B West Bank Expressway in Harvey, is hosting a Writers’ Group 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. This is a networking and critiquing forum for writers of all skill levels. Be prepared to read what you are working on, to take constructive criticism and to give it.

SOLA meeting

The Southern Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America (SOLA) announces thespeakers for its 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, meeting at 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie. Speakers will be New York literary agent Donna Bagdasarian, president of Publication Riot Group, and Dutton senior editor Denise Roy. They will offer a dual presentation, “It’s All About Relationships – Relationships between authors and agents, agents and editors, and authors and editors.” Attendees can expect insight into the world of publishing, including what these professionals would like to acquire and tips to make your work ready to submit.

A business meeting will precede the speakers, who will talk at 11 a.m. Guests are welcome to attend two meetings before joining SOLA. See more information at the website,


Virginia Barkley, author of Clutterbusting for Busy Women, will sign copies of her book 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Items for Book Events were provided by East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, Voices Seasonal Reading, Barnes & Noble and SOLA.