Library Summer Reading Programs open this month at East Baton Rouge Parish Library. This summer is sure to be packed with great books, exciting programs and prizes. With a program for every age group, the entire family can participate.

All locations of the Library will have reading logs for each age group (children, teens, and adults) beginning in late May. While each group has a different theme and guidelines — the goal is the same — to read.

Dig Into Reading is this year’s theme for the Children’s Summer Reading Program – logs may be picked up beginning Tuesday, May 21, and will be handed out through Wednesday, July 31. Summer activities will feature events that spotlight the performing arts, visual arts, literature, and science, all showing children how to tap into their creative side. Children will receive a certificate, a book and special incentives just for reading. Children who are unable to read may join the read-to-me program and have an adult or older child pledge to read to them. Children’s summer reading logs completed and turned in through Thursday, Aug. 15, will earn children a reading certificate, coupons from area vendors and a chance to win a special prize from a local business or school supplies. The program is open to all children, from birth to age 11. For more information, call (225) 231-3760.

The theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program this year is Beneath the Surface. Teens ages 12 to 18 may start their journey by signing up at any library location to begin their quest starting Wednesday, May 22. This summer will include a variety of activities: cool crafts, gaming and book discussions. For every three books read, teens will qualify to enter the weekly prize drawing. Teens can also earn “library bucks” that can go towards any library fine. For the first six books read, teens will receive prize packs (while quantities last). Teen Summer Reading ends Thursday, Aug. 1. For more information, call (225) 231-3770.

The Adult Program, Sweet Reads, for ages 18 and up, will feature a variety of events. Adults may pick up a reading log beginning Wednesday, May 22, and are asked to read three books in order to receive a summer prize pack. This year’s prize pack will include a library tote and coupon to the Library’s gift bookstore, Recycled Reads or the option to have $3 taken off an existing library fine. One of the three books can be substituted by attendance to any adult summer program. There will be weekly drawings for various prizes. The last day of Adult Summer Reading is Thursday, Aug. 1. At the end of the program, a special drawing will be held for all participants. For more information, call (225) 231-3740.

Join the staff at the Carver branch, 720 Terrace St., at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, for the next portion of the NEH grant program, Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. This event will be a book discussion of When Asia was the World, a scholarly look at the political, religious and cultural historical situations that buoyed the fortunes of the Asian, Middle Eastern and African societies via trade routes between 700 and 1500 AD. For more information or to register, call (225) 389-7450.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, the Rev. Jimmie Bratcher and the Rev. John Blewitt will discuss the historical and current relationship between the blues and religion at the Fairwood branch, 12910 Old Hammond Highway. A mini-concert is also part of the program. For more information, call (225) 924-9385.

Book clubs:

  • ?Carver Book Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Carver branch, 720 Terrace St. Members will discuss Creole Bell by James Lee Burke.
  • ?New Seekers Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.
  • ?Teen & Tween Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Zachary branch, 1900 Church St. Attendees can have tea and biscuits to celebrate the birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Members will discuss Doyle’s 24-page short story, “The Copper Beeches,” and learn about Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson.

For more information, call (225) 658-1870.

Livingston Parish Library

The Livingston Parish Library is starting off its summer reading programs for adults, kids and teens this month.

Adults ages 18 and older are invited to discover some groundbreaking reads at the library. Pick up an entry form for summer reading Saturday, June 1, through Wednesday, July 31. Read three books, eBooks or audiobooks to be entered into a grand prize drawing to win a Cajun cooking gift basket. A smaller weekly prize drawing will also be held at each library branch.

Kids can dig into reading at the Livingston Parish Library by joining the summer reading program on or after Wednesday, May 22, through Saturday, July 27. Books are fun for everyone, whether you read by yourself or your parents read to you. Babies through age 11 can learn all about the wonders under their feet — roots, buried treasure, evidence of ancient civilizations, dinosaur bones, and more.

Once you sign up at the Youth Services desk of any of our five branches, you can read and attend great library programs to earn prizes such as a book bag and a Sonic ice cream. You will also be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle or a gift card.

Teens can explore what’s beneath the surface of books, the earth, mysteries and more by participating in the Livingston Parish Library’s teen reading club. Ages 12-18 are invited to read and take part in special events offered Wednesday, May 22, through Saturday, July 27. Sign up at the Youth Services desk of any of the five branches.

Teens who complete the program by reading books and attending library events will receive a backpack, a Raising Cane’s meal, and a chance to win more prizes such as an eReader or a gift card.

All giveaway prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Livingston Library System (FOLLS).

Young Writers Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Denham Springs-Walker Branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. The Denham Springs-Walker Branch Young Writers Club is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 17. The goal of the club is to write for both publication and performance. Call (225) 665-8118 for details.

Book club:

  • ?Eclectic Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Members will discuss The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.

Ascension Parish Library

Readers of all ages will explore life underground this summer as Ascension Parish Library presents its “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program. Join the staff as they discover the magical world beneath us, from gnomes to dinosaurs to mummies. Earn prizes for reading, and enjoy all of the great performers and programs at the library. There are plenty of programs for children of all ages to enjoy. Be a part of the action with Billy Jonas in his program, “Everybody’s in the Band.” Listen to Australian storyteller and digeridoo player Paul Taylor as he tells tales in “Wonders Down Under.” Laugh with delight as annual favorites, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, present another show. Plenty of classic Make & Take Crafts are scheduled as well, including Grass Heads, Pet Rocks, and Father’s Day Keychains.

Some programs this summer are specifically designed for second through fifth graders and require registration: “Crafting a Wreath with Nan Riffe,” “Debris Art with Trish Ransom” and a “Mad Science Lab,” just to name a few. The library also has some great programs scheduled for tweens in grades 4-8, including “Tween Spa Day,” “Tween Book Club” and “Steampunk Owls.”

Children, from birth to eighth grade, who register for the Summer Reading Program will receive a reading log, calendar, bookmark, and a Dig Into Reading button. At 100 minutes read, each reader receives a Dig Into Reading totebag, a certificate of completion, a bookmark and a pencil. For each additional 100 minutes read, the young reader can earn one chance at a Dig Into Reading T-shirt. And the reader who turns in the most T-shirt chance slips by the end of the summer will receive a special prize for being the Outstanding Reader. Registration begins Thursday, May 23.

Young Adults in grades 6-12 can join the library’s “Beneath the Surface” summer reading program. The library has invited Mary Manhein, author and forensic anthropologist, to talk about her work. There are also plenty of fun events scheduled like Calaveras Paintings, Spa Day, Guy Stuff, Resin Jewelry and a Steampunk Circus, just to name a few. For every program Young Adults attend and every book review they turn in, they’ll get a stamp on their stamp card. After three stamps, they can choose between three prizes. After that, they can turn in more book review forms and attend programs to earn chances to win one of the summer prize giveaways. Registration begins Thursday, May 23.

Adults can relax into reading during the library’s summer reading program for adults … A Booklover’s Summer. From June 1 through July 31, readers can enter weekly drawings for $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificates and also be eligible to win a grand prize featuring a Gardener’s Supply deluxe tractor scoot with a bucket basket. The package also includes two colorful gardening books for your gardening bookshelf: Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana by Dan Gill and Louisiana Gardener’s Guide by Dan Gill and Joe White. An assortment of gardening accessories will also be included. For details on how to enter, visit our website at or drop by any library location for an entry form.

For more information, call the Library in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052, in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, or in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955. 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.

One person, one voice can make a difference! Join the library as they take a look at some exceptional teen bloggers and how their opinions have had impacts far beyond their own communities. Do you have something to say? Maybe the world needs to hear it. This program is designed for teens ages 12 and older. “Writing Your Voice: Teen Bloggers Make an Impact” is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. To register or for more information, call the library Donaldsonville branch at (225) 473-8052.

Iberville Parish Library

Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane will read her poetry at the meeting room in Plaquemine branch, 24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd. in Plaquemine, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Book club:

  • ?Oak Tree Readers Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Plaquemine branch, 24605 J. Gerald Berret Blvd. in Plaquemine. Members will discuss Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

Lafayette Parish Library

Book club:

  • ?SRL Sleuths Mystery Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette. Members will discuss Shinju by Laura Joh Rowland.

Poetry slam

Lafayette Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam & Open Mic Poetry Reading will be held 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the AOC Community media multi-purpose room of the Rosa Parks Transportation Center, 101 Jefferson St., Suite 100, in downtown Lafayette. The event will feature the 2013 Lafayette National Poetry Slam Team. There is no charge at the door, but donations will be accepted.

Anyone can come in, bring original poetry and recite their creation in front of a live receptive audience.


Peggy Frankland and Susan Tucker, authors of Women Pioneers of Louisiana Environmental Movement, will sign copies of their book 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday May 19, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

David Gillham, author City of Women, will sign copies of his book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Bill Loehfelm, author of The Devil In Her Way, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Claudia Gray, author of Spellcaster, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Charles Finch, author of A Death in the Small Hours, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans.

Brock Boutte, author of Gris-Gris and the Cypress Tree: Louisiana, will sign copies of his book at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Blvd., Metairie.

Iris Floyd, author of The Others, will sign copies of her book 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Denham Springs-Walker branch of the Livingston Parish Library, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs.

Items for Book Events were provided by East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Ascension Parish Library, Iberville Parish Library, Lafayette Parish Library and Lafayette Spoken Innovation Poetry Slam & Open Mic Poetry Reading.