A day of trains for the model/real railroad enthusiast will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Jones Creek branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. There will be PowerPoint presentations and slideshows, as well as model trains and train books on display.

Groups displaying exhibits include National Railway Historical Society, Louisiana Operation Lifesaver, The Train Collectors Association, the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders, and more. This program is for the whole family.

For more information, call (225) 756-1150.

Visit the Carver branch, 720 Terrace St., 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, to learn self-defense techniques. Cpl. Riley Harbor of the Baton Rouge City Police will discuss and demonstrate self-defense techniques you can use to make your world a little safer. Teens and adults are welcome to listen and participate. For more information, call (225) 389-7450.

Teens who have old books and aren’t sure what to do with them are welcome to stop by the Central branch, 11260 Joor Road, beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, to trade them for other gently-used books. You never know what cool page turners you’ll find. For more information, call (225) 262-2644.

Hey parents, check out the library’s new Children’s Services Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/EBRPLKids. The library will keep you updated with all of its children’s resources and programs.

Book clubs:

  • ?Brown Bag Book Club will hold its inaugural meeting noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the River Center branch, 120 St. Louis St. Bring your lunch and be prepared to talk about your favorite book, author or genre to share with the group. Members will decide what to read in the coming months at the first meeting. For more information, call (225) 389-4967.
  • ?Read Well Book Club will meet at noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Children ages 7-11 will learn more about the author of the next read, and talk about potential reads for the upcoming months. For more information or to register, call (225) 274-4460.
  • ?Books Into Movies Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Members will discuss My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt.

Livingston Parish Library

Are you interested in genealogy but have no clue where to start? The library is offering Genealogy 101, an introduction for amateur family history enthusiasts, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston. Learn about the process of starting genealogical research, resources and people that can help you, types of documents you need to collect, and how to keep it all organized. Registration is required for this event. To register or for details, call the library.

Book clubs:

  • ?Tween Book Club will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond. Members will discuss The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood. For ages 8-11 only. Pick up a copy of this month’s book at the front desk today. Call (225) 567-1441 for more information.
  • ?Sci Fi Book Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Main branch, 20390 Iowa St. in Livingston. Members will discuss On the Beach by Nevil Shute.

Iberville Parish Library

Book club:

  • e_SHrSOak Tree Readers Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Plaquemine branch, 24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd., Plaquemine. Members will discuss Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson.

Lafayette Public Library

The South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette, will be one of several venues showcasing a lineup of films as part of the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. Cinema on the Bayou is an annual five-day film festival held in and

around Lafayette, committed to advancing the understanding of Cajun and Creole cultures through film screenings, panels and cultural exchanges among French Louisiana, the U.S. and the Francophone countries of the world. The festival focuses on presenting nationally and internationally acclaimed humanities-themed documentaries and filmmakers with truly original voices. For more information, visit http://www.CinemaOnTheBayou.com.

Films scheduled to be shown at the South Regional branch are:

  • 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 — Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
  • ?Noon Saturday, Jan. 26 — My Louisiana Love, 2012, 66 min.
  • ?1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 — Premier Mots (First Words), 2012, 8 min. (Nova Scotia) (Louisiana Premiere)
  • ?1:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 —Vueltas (Comings and Goings), 2011, 19 min. (Québec) (U.S. Premiere)
  • ?2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 — Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story, 2012, 88 min. (Louisiana Premiere)

Library links

East Baton Rouge Parish Library: http://www.ebrpl.com/.

Livingston Parish Library: http://www.livingston.lib.la.us/.

Ascension Parish Library: http://main.ascension.lib.la.us/.

West Baton Rouge Parish Library: http://www1.youseemore.com/WBatonRouge/default.asp.

Iberville Parish Library: http://www.iberville.lib.la.us/.

West Feliciana Parish Library: http://wfplibrary.org/.

Audubon Regional Library: http://www2.youseemore.com/AUDUBON/.

Lafayette Public Library: http://lafayettepubliclibrary.org/.

St. James Parish Library: http://www.stjames.lib.la.us/.

St. John the Baptist Parish Library: http://www.stjohn.lib.la.us/.

St. Charles Parish Library: http://www.myscpl.org/.

Jefferson Parish Library: http://www.jefferson.lib.la.us/.

New Orleans Public Library: http://nutrias.org/.

St. Bernard Parish Library: http://www.stbernard.lib.la.us/.

St. Tammany Parish Library: http://www.sttammany.lib.la.us/home_flash.html.

St. Martin Parish Library: http://www.stmartinparishlibrary.org.

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.

Writers’ Guild seminar

The Writers’ Guild of Acadiana presents the workshop “Facebook, Twitter and Blogs, Oh My! Navigating Social Media for Writers” featuring Cheré Coen, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the South Regional branch of Lafayette Public Library. The workshop will discuss the benefits of social media (almost all of it free and easy to use) to a writer’s career, from marketing and promoting books and articles, to writing blogs for fun and profit. The seminar will include how to navigate and utilize Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linked, Tumbler and blogs. The workshop will also address issues such as SEO (search engine optimization), Facebook numbers and primacy issues, how to cross-promote using different venues and much more. Coen is a local author, freelance writer and social media expert.

The cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Send checks made out to WGA to P.O. Box 51532, Lafayette, LA 70505-1532. Visit http://www.writersguildacadiana.org.

Poetry reading

The UNO Creative Writing Workshop and the UNO Fine Arts Department will host a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the UNO Fine Arts Campus Gallery.

Poet Megan Burns, whose most recent collection is out from Dancing Girl Press, will read from her “Dollbaby poems” and the “Poetic of Nicki Minaj.” Poet Kristin Sanders, whose poetry chapbook Orthorexia is also out from Dancing Girl Press, will read and sing her newest series, “I Learned To Be A Woman From A Nineties Country Song.”

A wine and cheese reception and book signing will follow the reading.


Michael Tod Edgerton, author of Vitreous Hide, will sign copies of his book at a launch party at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Café Istanbul in the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans.

Kim Marie Vaz, author of The Baby Dolls — Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans.

James Farwell, author of Persuasion and Power: The Art of Strategic Communication, will sign copies of his book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 23, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Rene Brunet, and Jack Stewart, authors of There’s One in Your Neighborhood: The Lost Movie Theaters of New Orleans, will sign copies of their book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Keith O’Brien, author of Outside Shot, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday Jan. 24, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Cornell P. Landry, author of The Amazing Adventure Of Mardi Gras Bead Dog, will sign copies of his book at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Kenneth Antoine, author of Book Spiritual Pregnancy: Discovering Your Purpose, will sign copies of his book at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Barnes & Noble Westbank, 1601B West Bank Expressway, Harvey.

Dr. Paul Harch, author of The Oxygen Revolution, will sign copies of his book at 2 p.m. Saturday Jan. 26, at Barnes & Noble, 3414 U.S. 190 Suite 10, Mandeville.

Items for Book Events were provided by East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Iberville Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library, Barnes & Noble, Writers’ Guild of Acadiana and the UNO Creative Writing Workshop.