Saturday’s story time at Burden program will feature storybook readings and imagination-themed activities in the LSU Agricultural Center Botanic Gardens at Burden.

Children ages 3 to 8 are invited to take part in the program, which begins at 9 a.m. with the last reading starting at 10:30 a.m.

The garden is located in the Steele Burden Memorial Orangerie.

The LSU AgCenter and the Junior League of Baton Rouge are sponsoring the program.

Call (225) 763-3990.

At the library

From arts and crafts to visiting animals, the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Library will be busy this week with programs for all ages. Here are a few of the things on tap.

Basic gardening

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will host a basic gardening class from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd. Members of the gardening club will teach participants about selecting and preparing a site for a raised bed and materials to used for the beds. During the vegetable gardening segment, participants will learn how to successfully plant and cultivate a vegetable garden. The master gardeners will also learn how to grow tomatoes and other popular crops.

Be My Valentine

Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to decorate a puppet and listen to Valentine’s Day-themed stories during a Saturday program at the Bluebonnet Regional Library.

“Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine” by Sarah Weeks, and “Lizzy and Skunk” by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, will be read during the hourlong program that begins at 11 a.m..

Registration is required, and supplies are limited. Call (225) 763-2260.


The ZooMobile will be at the Bluebonnet Regional Library at 3 p.m. Monday. The program will feature animals and is designed to teach and reinforce wildlife conservation. The program is for ages 4 and up. Registration is required.


The Bluebonnet Regional Library will host an Introduction to Pinterest class from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday. Call (225) 763-2240.

Intermediate Excel 2010

A session for Excel 2010 users called Intermediate Excel will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Bluebonnet Regional Library.

Year of the Sheep

Library patrons can celebrate the Chinese New Year with a reading of “Brave Charlotte” by Anu Stohner and make a paper plate sheep from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at Bluebonnet Regional Library.

The program is for ages 6 to 11. Registration is required. Call (225) 763-2260.

Contact Southside Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email Deadline: noon Monday.