Antique map enthusiast, geologist and museum director Dave Morgan will be the featured speaker at the monthly Foundation for Historical Louisiana Heritage Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. The lecture, titled “French Contribution to Louisiana Cartography: Printed Maps from 1660-1806,” will be at the Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.

Morgan will display selected historic maps from his personal collection and will discuss the French influence during pre-colonial periods in the Mississippi basin. He will also discuss the map collection, showing original rare maps, many of which are hand-colored.

Morgan, who has been researching and collecting historic maps for more than 40 years, owns Baton Rouge’s only map museum, called CARTE (Cartographic Acquisition, Research, Teaching, and Exhibition) Museum. The non-profit museum is located on Christian Street near the Perkins Road overpass. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Wednesday and by appointment. The museum exhibits change from time to time featuring various maps from the extensive collection.

Morgan got interested in cartography while working with his father, the late James Plummer Morgan, head of the LSU Geology Department, who traveled in the 1950s to Seville, Spain, the National Archives and the Library of Congress to research many of the early period maps in his work on state and federal Tidelands litigation with the state of Louisiana.

Morgan has continued the tradition and has had many maps restored giving visitors to the museum insights into early history. At the lecture, Morgan will show 16 maps chosen for their importance cartographically and historically. The earliest will portray embryonic, emerging glimpses of French printings of the Mississippi basin and their progression in later printings. The last map of 1806 by Bartholemy Lafon represents the best mapping of what became the State of Louisiana, says Morgan.

The event will feature refreshments at 6 p.m. by Calandro’s Select Cellars. The lecture will begin 30 minutes later in the East Room of the Old Governor’s Mansion. EBR Parish Library

Teens ages 13-17 are invited to meet and greet young adult author Shelia Goss at the Scotlandville Branch, 7373 Scenic Highway, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Goss will discuss the Lip Gloss Chronicles book series. Door prizes will be given away. For more information, call (225) 354-7500.

Zachary branch, 1900 Church St., children’s book club will continue its adventures with Flat Stanley at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. This month’s selection is The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Sara Pennypacker.

Children ages 7-11 will discuss the book, learn fun facts about Mount Rushmore presidents, and discover where the Book Bunch’s Flat Stanleys have been.

If you haven’t made your own Flat Stanley to send around the world yet, you can do so at this meeting. For more information or to register, call (225) 658-1860.

Book clubs:

•Bluebonnet Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Members will discuss Rabbit Run by John Updike.

•Kitchen Corner Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.

•Jones Creek Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende.

Livingston Parish Library

Do you love the Livingston Parish Library? Want to support library activities and not sure how you can help? Join the Friends of the Livingston Library, a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission to support the Livingston Library System through yearlong fundraising and volunteer efforts.

The group, launched in 2008, meets quarterly to discuss the best way to distribute their resources among their ongoing projects.

FOLLS typically raises between $7,000 and $9,000 a year for the library system. Most of those funds are generated through the ongoing book sales FOLLs puts on at the Albany-Springfield or Denham Springs-Walker Branch each quarter with book donations. The group also has at least one shelf of donated books for sale at any time in the Albany-Springfield, Denham Springs-Walker and Watson branches. The funds go directly to the library system for anything the branches need, from PA systems and book carts to puppets and prizes for library programs.

Long term goals for FOLLS include an emphasis on planned giving and supporting the library when it seeks to renew a tax funding its operations in 2014. But in order for those goals to come to fruition, Hutchins says, FOLLS needs to build its volunteer base. While FOLLS has around 50 members on its official roll, only about 12 are active in the organization. That’s why Hutchins and other members are stepping up recruitment efforts.

Pick up and fill out an application at any of the Livingston Parish Library’s five branches or email it to FOLLS at folls@attnet. You can also visit the Friends of the Livingston Library page on Facebook for the latest FOLLS news or the Livingston Parish Library website at for more information.

Have you ever wished that packing up a library computer to take home was a possibility? Now patrons can do just that thanks to the Livingston Parish Library’s participation in a statewide laptop checkout program sponsored by the State Library.

The Livingston Parish Library has received 10 laptops that are now available for checkout at the Denham Springs-Walker and Livingston branches with a valid library card and a picture ID. Patrons in good standing may check out the laptops for a period of four days. The laptops are Internet-ready so patrons can take them to any hot spot to access the Internet. The laptops also have GPS software that allows the State Library to recover them in the event of loss or theft.

The State Library in partnership with public libraries is implementing the program statewide through an $8.8 million competitive grant awarded in February 2010 from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program of the Department of Commerce.

Young Writers Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Denham Springs-Walker Branch 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs

Edward Livingston Historical Association will meet 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Main branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston.

Book clubs

•Cover2Cover Tween Book Club will meet 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Albany Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond.

•Prize Winning Book Club will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. Call (225) 664-3963 for details.

•Eclectic Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Spring. Members will discuss Against Gravity by Famoosh Mashiri.

Poetry contest deadline

The deadline for the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2nd annual Poetry Contest, judged by new Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane, is fast approaching. Poets can submit two-four original, unpublished poems of any style or theme, with a combined length of up to 400 lines, by Thursday, Aug. 18.

Grand Prize is $1,000, a VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 26th annual Festival (March 21-25, 2012), publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine and a public reading on a literary panel at the 2012 festival.

The top 10 finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the 2012 festival. This pass admits to more than two dozen events designed to inspire, encourage and educate writers of all genres. Additionally, their names will be published on

Submissions are accepted by mail and online. Read the full guidelines and instructions at

Entry fee is $20, and the entries must be postmarked by Aug. 18. Other deadlines include the One-Act Play Contest, Nov, 1; and the Fiction Contest, Nov, 15.


Jennifer Barnes Maggio, author of Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom, will host the “HPC Single Moms Fall Kickoff Event” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Road.

Tom Piazza, author of Devil Sent The Rain, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Philip R. Ratcliffe, author of Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Warren Perrin, author of Vermilion Parish, will sign copies of his book at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Barnes & Noble, 5705 Johnston St. in Lafayette.

Items for Book Events were provided by Foundation for Historical Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library and the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.