Need help with homework? Don’t know how to reserve a book? East Baton Rouge Parish Library can help. Families and children ages 8 and older can learn how to use the library catalog and discover what’s available in the library’s online database at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. For more information or to register, call (225) 763-2260.

Statewide and East Baton Rouge Parish Library databases available through the Library’s website offer resources for students of any age, and any curriculum - and they are free. Just visit and click on the Online Databases link. From outside the library, you need your library card number to log in. Check it out - and if you are stumped, call Library Information Service at (225) 231-3750 or text 66746 and start your question with “eref.”

For homework help: + Skills Builder: Live homework help 2 p.m.-10 p.m. daily Sunday through Thursday; Skills Builder available 24/7.

General Resources for Students:

• Student Research Center

• Searchasaurus

• Kids Search

• Credo Reference

• World Book Online Encyclopedia Literature

• Gale Literature for Students

• Literary Reference Center

Gale Group Databases Special Resources:

• Mango Languages

• Access Science

• Career Cruising

• Careers Internet

Don’t forget the library’s recommended sites for students, featured on the Children’s and Teen web pages and in the Research Guides section of the library website,

Staff from Children’s Services and Teen Services will show parents what the East Baton Rouge Parish Library has to offer parents who home-school their children - collection, databases, websites and more - at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug 27, at the River Center Branch, 120 St. Louis St., and at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Get answers to questions such as “Can we meet in the Library?” and “Does the Library have textbooks or lesson plans?” For more information or to register, call (225) 231-3760 or (225) 389-4959.

Are you interested in a career with the Federal government right here in Louisiana? They are hiring for a variety of jobs, most with good pay and good benefits. Learn all about local employment opportunities, careers, application procedures, and benefits in federal civil service. Bill Tyler, retired Administrative Officer at the Southern Regional Research Center, a federal agency based in New Orleans will present this seminar and answer all your questions. This is an informational event, not a job fair.

The seminar will take place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

For more information or to register, call (225) 381-8434, email or go to

Livingston Parish Library

South Branch Bookies will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at South branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston. Members will discuss Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg.

Coen to speak

Louisiana’s famous Cajun Country is a place where today’s travelers can still experience the rich heritage and traditions that began in the 18th century. From foodways and folk tales to music and festivals, Acadiana offers something you can’t get anywhere else. Travel writer and historian Cheré Dastugue Coen has written Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana (The History Press) and will speak about Cajun Country’s exceptional cuisine, area events and historic attractions at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Abbeville Main Library, 405 E. St. Victor St. in Abbeville.

Opening celebration

Maple Street Book Shop will be celebrating its opening, along with that of the whole center, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. in New Orleans.

Kids’ activities are planned including music, food and general good times. Some of the musical guests will be John Boutte, Henry Butler, The Treme Brass Band, Mardi Gras Indians, Chuck Perkins & Voices of the Big Easy, and Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band. A second line parade will begin at Rampart and Canal.

Children’s events:

• Illustrator Jean Cassels will sign Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Author Cornell Landry will sign Goodnight NOLA and One Dat Two Dat Are You A Who Dat? 1-2 p.m.

• Alex Beard will sign The Jungle Grapevine and Monkey See, Monkey Draw, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Beard will read and do an art activity with the children.

• Freddi Evans will read and sign The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Story and A Bus of Our Own, 4-5 p.m.

• Darryl Young, Dancing Man 504, will conduct a Head2Toe workshop for children, 5-6 p.m.


Carolyn Perry, author of For Better, For Worse will sign copies of her book 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Items for Book Events were provided by East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Cheré Coen, and Maple Street Book Shop.