Glen “Big Baby” Davis, former LSU star and current basketball pro in the NBA, is returning to his hometown of Baton Rouge Wednesday-Saturday, July 20-23, and partnering with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library to promote reading and literacy.

Davis will also announce the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation. He will visit children to read to them, give out and sign copies of his children’s book, Basketball with Big Baby, and participate in several other Library and community events, including hang-out time with teens at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Zachary branch, 1900 Church St.

Davis will also make visits to Summer Reading Parties at other library branches.

The festivities wrap up on Saturday, July 23, with programs including a community-wide event at Cortana Mall at noon, and a parade through Perkins Rowe at 4 p.m.

At Cortana Mall, Heart Association officials are inviting students in grades 2-8 to participate in the second annual Go Healthy Challenge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 500 students who complete health challenges will receive a free backpack and school supplies. LSU athletes will be on hand to help students navigate various stations set up in the mall in the JCPenney Plaza near entrance 2. The goal is to teach children that healthy living and an active lifestyle are the keys to fighting childhood obesity.

After children learn about health and nutrition, the importance of reading is on the agenda with Davis. He will be at Cortana with the Bookmobile from noon to 2:30 p.m. to sign copies of his kids’ book and to host a free skills demonstration across from Hibbett Sports, just inside entrance 2 (by Virginia College). The first 200 children who visit the Bookmobile will receive a free, autographed copy of the book.

“The library bookmobile is a great way to encourage kids to read by bringing books to them,” explained Davis. “I’m looking forward to encouraging kids that reading is cool and can be fun!”

Both Cortana Mall events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Cortana Mall customer service at (225) 927-6747.

For more information, visit http://www.ebrpl.com or http://www.iambigbaby.com.

As part of the Summer One Book One Community series, a panel of local mental health experts and families affected by mental illness will discuss the situation of the mentally ill in Baton Rouge at the Jones Creek Regional Branch at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21. This year’s book selection is Crazy by Pete Earley.

For more information, call (225) 231-3745.

Thanks to a BTOP stimulus grant secured by the State Library, 10 laptops will be available for checkout at the Main Library. Adults with a Library Card in good standing and picture ID may check out a laptop for three days, on a first come, first served basis. For more information about how to check out a laptop, call (225) 231-3740.

The Baton Rouge Room Archives of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is seeking participants for its Oral History Project. Where Were You...? documents the experiences of different generations in Baton Rouge.

The first phase of the project will document stories of World War II and the Great Depression. If you or someone you know lived through the Depression or participated in the War effort either at home or abroad, you can fill out a pre-interview form (found at the reference desk at any library or online) and the archivist will contact you to arrange an interview.

For more information, call (225) 389-4960.

Book clubs:

•Jones Creek Book Club will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

•Bluebonnet Branch Book Club will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Members will discuss Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

•Join the Eclectic Book Club for teens at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch. Read whatever you like - all genres are welcome. Meet other teens who like to read too, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20.

For more information, call (225) 763-2270.

Livingston Parish Library

Coming to America, a class to assist people who are new to the country in customs and culture of the U.S., will be offered noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Main branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston. Information and assistance is provided in the areas of education, job market, child care and other information new residents of Livingston Parish need. The program is provided in Spanish and English.

Javier Juarez takes the audience across the border to Mexico with settings, costumes, and dance selections illuminating the different regions of Mexico. Registration is required for this event. To register or for details, call the branch hosting your preferred event.

This program is at:

•10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Main branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston.

•2 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Albany-Springfield branch, 26941 La. 43, Hammond.

•10 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.

•2 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs.

•10 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at the South branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston.

Young Writer’s Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.

Book clubs:

•Eclectic Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Members will discuss an autobiography or biography of their choice.

•Brown Baggers Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson.

•Prize-Winning Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs. Members will discuss Charming Billy by Alice McDermott.

•Book Hooks, a book discussion group, will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the South branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston. Members will discuss Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.

Lafayette Public Library

Singer/songwriter Farmer Jason Ringenberg educates kids with toe-tapping tunes and eco-friendly chats about forest diversity, the ecology of eating, and interesting facts about animals we encounter. Rigenberg will be at the Youngsville Branch, Twin Oaks Plaza, 506 Lafayette St., Suite C in Youngsville, 3-4 p.m. Monday, July 18. This program is recommended for ages 5-10.

Explore the intriguing world of Sherlock Holmes this summer when Library Mystery Sleuths meet 6:15-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the Conference Room of South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St. Members will discuss Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith.

HeartLa meeting

HeartLa, the Baton Rouge chapter of Romance Writers of America, will hold its monthly meeting, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 23, at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Bluebonnet branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Membership is open to writers of all genres. Guests may attend two meetings before becoming members. This month, New Orleans author Robin Wells will be the guest speaker.

Signings

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards and author Leo Honeycutt will sign copies of Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at Barnes & Noble, Perkins Rowe, 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd.

John Miliken Thompson, author of The Reservoir, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Ernest Hill, author of Family Ties, will sign copies of his book at 3 p.m. Saturday July 23, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court.

Kaye Dacus, author of The Art of Romance, will sign copies of her book 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Life Way Christian Store, 5915 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Sandra Mizell, author of Live! You Didn’t Die!, will sign copies of her book 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Bible and Book Center, 4242 Government St.

Johnette Downing, author of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs and Today is Monday in Texas will sign copies of her books at 9:30 a.m. at Castletree Camp, St. George’s Episcopal School, 923 Napoleon Ave. in New Orleans.

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