The Highland Road Park Observatory will present a variety of physical science experiments of interest to children and their families at the Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14.

Patrons are invited to check out UV bracelets, hematite magnets and the Armatron, with a few new surprises for this summer.

For more information or to register, call (225) 756-1160.

Come and palaver, chant, babble, verbalize, prattle, speak, gab, gossip, rhapsodize, and talk about all your favorite books at the Pride-Chaneyville branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road. At 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, find out what your friends are reading and get a sneak peek at the books you’ll be reading this fall. For more information, call (225) 658-1540.

Book clubs:

•Baker Morning Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 11, at the Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss The Girl with A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.

•Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at noon Tuesday, July 12, at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Members will discuss culinary mysteries.

Livingston Parish Library

In a presentation which barely scratches the surface of the rich story and puppetry traditions of Latin America, Calliope Puppets presents three tales inspired by their travels in Central and South America. “The Singing Tree” is a beautiful myth explaining the origin of Guatemala’s national instrument, the marimba. Then, in a story well known in all South America from Argentina’s famed writer and puppeteer Javier Villafa?e, “Juancito y Maria,” the title characters prove their bravery and love. In the Mexican folk tale “El Tlacuache y el Coyote,” the clever opossum Tlacuache tricks the trickster Coyote.

Presented with traditional hand puppets along with a six-foot tree and featuring Guatemalan marimba, Argentine tango, and Mexican La Banda music, this dynamic show is fun for all ages.

This event is supported in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program.

Calliope Puppets schedule is:

•10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12 - Main branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston.

•2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 - Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond.

•10 a.m. Wednesday, July 13 - Denham Springs-Walker Branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.

•2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 - Watson Branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs.

•10 a.m. Thursday, July 14 - South Branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston.

Local dancers with Tri Parish Ballet will present the ballet Cinderella at:

•10 a.m. Wednesday, July 13 - Main branch, 13986 Florida Blvd.

•1 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 - South Branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston.

•3 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 - Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond.

•10 a.m. Friday, July 15 - Denham Springs-Walker Branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.

•2 p.m. Friday, July 15 - Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs.

Call the branch hosting your preferred event for more details.

Friends of Livingston Parish Library System (FOLLS) will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. FOLLS supports the Livingston Parish Library by raising funds and helping to inform the public of the services provided by the libraries.

The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. If you are interested in learning more about FOLLS, contact folls@att.net.

Book clubs:

•Albany-Springfield Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11, at the Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. Members will discuss Drowning Ruth by Christine Schwartz.

•Sunny Side Up Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at Watson Branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Too Good To Be True by Trish Perry.

•Young Adult Genre Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at South branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston.

•Livingston Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Main branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston. Members will discuss Winter’s Tale by Marc Helprin.

Ascension Parish Library

In celebration of local history and the days gone by, Ascension Parish Library Main branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. in Gonzales, will host Louisiana author Gaynell Bourgeois Moore at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. Moore will discuss her book, I Saved the Best For Last: The Amazing Journey of a True Cajun Lady. Moore, local author, artist, musician, and historian, will share her story that will bring back memories of early Ascension and the local Cajun life along with the people and places of these times.

Moore was born in Ascension parish and has lived most of her life in south Louisiana. In her book, she describes the strong Cajun culture which continues to play such a large and colorful role in her life and makes her very proud of her heritage.

A book signing and reception will follow the discussion. Space is limited; please call the library at (225) 647-3955 or any library location to register.

WBR Parish Library

Zoo Zoom, The Little Zoo on Wheels, will be visiting West Baton Rouge Parish on Wednesday, July 13. Zoo Zoom introduces preschoolers to a range of animals, both mundane and exotic. The presentation is meant to boost children’s awareness of animals and educate them on some of their behavioral and physical differences, as well as foster respect for animal life.

At 10 a.m., Zoo Zoom will be at West Baton Rouge Parish Library, 830 N. Alexander Ave. in Port Allen.

At 1 p.m., Zoo Zoom will be at the Erwinville Community Center, 5110 Rougon Road, Erwinville.

Lafayette Public Library

Reality-defying illusions, spellbinding magic tricks, and lots of laughs are in store when Rob Rue takes the stage with his magic and illusion show. This show is recommended for ages 3-12 years. Rue will visit the Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Ave. in Carencro, next to North Regional branch, 3-4 p.m. Monday, July 11.

Book club:

•SciFi/Fantasy Book Club will meet 6:15-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in the conference room at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.

Signings

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards and Leo Honeycutt, author of Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana, will sign copies of the book at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Barnes & Noble Corporate Woods, 2590 Citiplace Court. Edwards and Honeycutt will also sign books at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Barnes & Noble Perkins Rowe, 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Cara Hoffman, author of So Much Pretty, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, 7100 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans. If you wish to attend the event, RSVP to Veronica Brooks-Sigler at vbrooks@maplestreetbookshop.com.

Items for Book Events were provided by East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, West Baton Rouge Parish Library and Lafayette Parish Library.