The Main Library at Goodwood

EBR Parish Library summer programs set to sizzle

Beginning this June, all 14 locations of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system will begin to offer their array of free summer programs for all ages.

Anyone looking to spruce up the backyard garden this summer can attend one of several Louisiana Master Gardener programs offered by the LSU AgCenter. Center representatives will stop by the Fairwood branch Thursday, June 9, to share secrets about gardening in shady areas, plus tips about landscape and patio design with Louisiana-appropriate plants. On Thursday, June 23, the group will be at the Jones Creek branch to discuss fall vegetable gardening and micro-irrigation.

For the younger crowd, Cajun Laser Tag is bringing its game to three different libraries for two free hours of laser tag in a complete obstacle course. The Bluebonnet branch will host the game next Thursday, June 2; the Main Library will get in on the fun Tuesday, June 7; and the Jones Creek branch will host the game Wednesday, June 8. Signed permission slips are required to participate.

The library becomes a haven for dance lovers this month as well. The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s production of Graduation Ball tours to several branches beginning next Wednesday, June 1. This lighthearted, comic ballet tells the story of Viennese young ladies and military cadets at their college graduation ball and is geared toward children ages 5 to 11. Advance registration is required. The Cangelosi Dance Project will also present performances of its distinctive fusion of jazz, ballet and contemporary dance styles June 20-24, and the Rhythm & Soul Dance Duo will be showing off their hip-hop moves with a focus on positive values in performances June 1-16. If your kids are inspired to do some dancing of their own, don’t miss the Sock Rockerz concerts for preschool- to elementary-age children June 6-15; the shows are designed to get everyone on their feet and moving along with the tunes.

On four Friday evenings this June, the Main Library’s outdoor plaza will be transformed into an open-air movie theater featuring family-friendly films. The lineup includes Brave June 3, Minions June 10, The Avengers June 17, and The Goonies June 24. Food trucks and vendors will be on site. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, or venture inside the air-conditioned building, where the films will also be showing in cool comfort.

And every Tuesday morning in June, the Main Library will host a special satellite version of the Red Stick Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon.

From all this to Playmakers performances, film clubs, Tai Chi and more, June promises to be a big month at the library. And don’t forget about the Summer Reading Program, which offers kids and adults alike encouragement with incentives like free books and prize drawings. Storytime sessions, many with accompanying crafts or movies, help reinforce the reading habit.

Pre-registration is required for several of these programs. For more information, check out the events calendar at, or download the library’s June newsletter here.