Book sale

Friends of the Magnolia Library’s biannual library book sale wraps up Thursday in the first-foor atrium at Baton Rouge Community College’s Acadian site, 3250 North Acadian Thruway E. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Gently used books of all genres will be available at bargain prices, with proceeds going toward library programming, student activities, community service and outreach and other library-associated activities.

Call Lauren McAdams at (225) 216-8552 to donate books.

Volunteer day

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center’s Swamp Volunteer Day is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is welcome to help improve the swamp’s habitat by aiding staff in clearing invasive plant species.

Register in advance by emailing Shannon Guidry at


The Main Library is recognizing Native American Heritage Month at 10 a.m. Saturday with a children’s program featuring Native American stories and a bubblewrap corn wreath craft.

Participation is limited to eight children. Call (225) 231-3760 to register.

Canary Islanders

The Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana meets at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Main Library.

Society member and author Stephen Estopinal will be talking about the island of La Gomera, its topography and the whistle language of Silbo. Local surnames that may have origins in La Gomera include Barossa/Varossa, Asola, deArmas, Lapaz and Rodriguez.

Email or visit for details.

Author talk

Chris Russo Blackwood will talk about her true crime/memoir book, “My Brother’s Keeper: One Man’s 30-Year Quest to Catch Two Killers,” at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Main Library’s large meeting room. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Blackwood is an author and the original founder and publisher of InRegister magazine. Her book probes the 1984 cold case killing of Baton Rouge Sonic franchise owner Gary Kergan.

Giving thanks

Celebrate 20 years of Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Baton Rouge First Church of the Nazarene, 9955 Old Hammond Highway.

People with disabilities, their family members and the community are invited to enjoy the organization’s 11th annual Thanksgiving Celebration featuring a Thanksgiving-themed photo booth, door prizes and fried turkey from Tony Chachere’s.

Making machines

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, teens at River Center Branch Library can build remote control machines and command them with wireless remote control units.

Ready for Thanksgiving

Children ages 7 to 11 can help Eden Park Branch Library prepare for Thanksgiving by decorating the Storytime Room’s bulletin board with acorns, turkeys, leaves, pumpkins and squirrels from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Decorating the bulletin board will be followed by a reading of Norman Bridwell’s “Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit.”

Teen Gaming Club

“Tekken 6” for the Xbox 360 is the game for Eden Park Branch Library’s Teen Game Club from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mouse paint

A reading of “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh and paint mixing and painting are available for children ages 5 to 8 at Carver Branch Library at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Participation is limited to eight children. Call (225) 389-7460 to register.

Volunteer appreciation

BREC is honoring all of its volunteers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with Volunteer Appreciation Movie Night at Independence Park Theatre. The evening includes giveaways, movie snacks, an awards presentation and a PG-13 movie.

Call (225) 272-9200 or email for details.

Vets at the zoo

Active-duty military members and veterans presenting valid military ID will receive free admission to Baton Rouge Zoo on Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Up to five guests will be allowed in free with a veteran or service member.

Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with grounds closing at 5 p.m. Visit for details.

Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998, or email,