Join the genealogy staff of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and some specially invited guests for a round of talks, workshops and fun with genealogy, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Find out about lineage societies like the Daughters of the American Revolution and what it means to be a member. Hear about heroes and bad guys from local researchers who just completed a new book on their family history. John Rice, a volunteer from the World War II Museum, will talk about “Women and the War.” Registration is required. Call (225) 763-2283.

Musical performer Eric Herman will bring his kids-oriented show to the Zachary branch, 1900 Church St., 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 9.

Herman’s music has been heard nationally on PBS Kids. Bursting with comedy and fun, his concerts include plenty of audience participation. Suitable for all ages; please register. Call (225) 658-1870.

This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.

Children are invited to the River Center branch, 120 St. Louis St., to hear Dennis Jones, an archaeologist from the Louisiana Archaeological Society give a presentation introducing children to archaeology in Louisiana. Jones will be talking about the ancient people who lived at the Poverty Point site in northeastern Louisiana at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 7. He will also bring artifacts to show children and give a PowerPoint presentation. For children 8-11. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call (225) 389-4959.

Dr. Jeffrey Harris from LSU will visit the Central branch, 11260 Joor Road, at 10 a.m. Friday, July 8. Harris will discuss the lives of insects, explaining what they are and what they do. He will also show examples of the ones discussed. For children ages 4 and up. Call (225) 262-2660.

Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley will visit the Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway, to discuss her newest novel, Say Amen, Again, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

Billingsley will sign books after the book discussion.

For more information, call (225) 354-7550.

Book clubs:

• Evening Book Club will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road. Members will discuss What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell.

• Books into Movies Club will meet 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Members will discuss “The Adjustment Team” from selected stories by Phillip K. Dick.

• The Book Bunch juvenile book club will meet 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Zachary branch, 1900 Church St. Members will discuss Flat Stanley: The Japanese Ninja Surprise by Jeff Brown. Suitable for ages 7-11; please register. Call (225) 658-1860.

Ascension Parish Library

On Aug. 6, 1945, the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay entered immortality by dropping the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The pilot of Enola Gay on that historic mission was Paul W. Tibbets Jr., who had named the bomber after his mother, Enola Gay Tibbets.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, Tibbets’ grandson, Paul W. Tibbets IV will be at the Dutchtown branch of the Ascension Parish Library, 13278 La. 73 in Geismar, to discuss his family’s history in the U.S. Air Force, in particular his grandfather’s service during World War II. Col. Paul Tibbets IV is the vice commander of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia.

For more information, or to register, please call the library at (225) 673-8699 or any library location.

Livingston Parish Library

Showcase your talents at the library. Watson branch, 36581 Outback Road in Denham Springs, is once again holding an Open Mic Night for patrons of all ages at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7.

Come out and try your hand at singing a song, reciting some poetry, or telling a story in front of a live audience. Coffee will be served.

Registration is required for this event. For more information or to register, call the library at (225) 664-3963.

Do you love bird watching? Let Betty Miley show you how to invite them into your yard by planting bird-friendly plants. Miley will be at the Main branch, 13986 Florida Blvd. in Livingston, at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 7. She owns Maypop Hill Nursery in Norwood. She is also a member of the Louisiana Native Plant Society and author of two books on gardening with nature.

Young Writers Club will meet 5-6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.

Adult Writer’s Circle will meet 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.

WBR Parish Library

Farmer Jason is a singer-songwriter who educates kids on farming, animals, the forest and ecology. In this performance, his participatory concert includes songs on forest diversity, the ecology of eating, and the awesome and interesting animals around us. Farmer Jackson will visit West Baton Rouge Parish on Wednesday, July 6, at:

• 10 a.m., West Baton Rouge Parish Library, 830 N. Alexander Ave. in Port Allen.

• 1 p.m., Addis Community Center 7520 La. 1 South in Addis.

Lafayette Public Library

This one is for all young poets out there who would like to speak their minds. Come and join the spoken word group, Project SOUND for a night filled with reading, writing and expressing yourself through poetry 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at North Regional branch, 5101 N. University Ave. in Carencro. This poetry night is for ages 13-18.

From 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 7, teens will explore elements of art using mixed media techniques to create abstract art work with artist Jill Broussard at the Milton branch, Cedar Village Shopping Center, La. 92 in Milton, and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette.

Pre-registration is required.

HeartLa luncheon

Fans can dine with their favorite authors in this fun and informative environment at the 5th annual Heart of Louisiana Romance Readers Luncheon Nov. 5 at Juban’s, 3739 Perkins Road.

Best-selling authors scheduled to attend include Sabrina Jeffries, Deborah LeBlanc, Barbara Colley and more. Nearly 20 noted novelists will be on hand to share their experiences. Each attendee will be seated with at least one author and all authors will be easily accessible during the pre-luncheon “meet and greet” and post-luncheon book signing.

The event is sponsored by Heart of Louisiana, also known as HeartLa, the Baton Rouge chapter of the Romance Writers of America. HeartLA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the support, encouragement and education of aspiring writers of all genres.

“Romance titles account for over one billion dollars in literature sales each year and outpace all other genres in the fiction market. We hope this event will open our community to the incredible diversity of titles classified as Romance,” said Nancy Brandt, past-president of HeartLA. “We are thrilled to have gathered so many accomplished Romance authors and look forward to hosting this fun and informative event.”

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit the chapter website:


Jennifer Barnes Maggio, author of Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom, will sign copies of her book at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Healing Place Church Missions Cafe, 19202 Highland Road, and 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 8, at HPC Single Moms Summer Social, Healing Place Church, 19202 Highland Road.

Jennifer Shaw, author of Hurricane Story, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Thursday July 7, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Sandra Mizell, author of Live! You Didn’t Die! The ravaged life of a child born from an unwanted pregnancy, will sign copies of her book 1-4 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Co-Op Book Store, 3960 Burbank Drive.

Richard D. White, author of Will Rogers: A Political Life, will sign copies of his book 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Johnette Downing, author of Amazon Alphabet, will sign copies of her book at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at LeJouet Toy Store, 1700 Airline Drive in Metairie.

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