Music and literature were celebrated in Baker on June 30, by New Orleans musician, singer, songwriter and author Johnette Downing.

The award-winning Downing celebrates childhood, nurtures cultural exchanges and fosters literacy through her Southern Louisiana brand of music.

At the Baker Library, Downing interacted with children by playing games, reading stories, singing songs and having youths from Baker, Baton Rouge, Central and LaPlace dance the limbo.

Carly Duhe, of LaPlace, her son, Liam Roberts, 3, and her mother, Tia Duhe, are huge fans of Downing.

“We checked to see where she would performing, sort of close by, and decided to make the drive,” Carly Duhe said. “I’m glad we did. She’s so good.”

Downing performed at 14 branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System during June, including the Pride-Chaneyville and Zachary branches.