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Library events in Livingston Parish
For more information or to register when required, call the appropriate branch or go to and click on the online calendar.
Library branches: Main (Livingston) 225.686.2436
Albany-Springfield 225.567.1441
Denham Springs-Walker 225.665.8118
South 225-698.3015; Watson 225.664.3963

Author Susan Mustafa visits – meet the author in person
New York Times bestselling author discusses her newest book, Rock Bottom and Back: From Desperation to Inspiration, which depicts the incredible lives of people who hit rock bottom and then came back from profound despair to help others in extraordinary ways. DS/Wkr, Mar 2 and Mar 27@6:30 pm each date.

Beauty and the Beast – Celebrate a story as old as time
Ages 3-8 are invited to see this beautiful shadow puppet rendition set against stained glass scenery. Create a simple stained glass effect rose art piece afterward. Alb/Spf, Mar 6@4:30 pm; DS/Wkr, Mar 16@6 pm; South Branch, Mar 28@6 pm

Beginning Magic – Want to learn some tricks?
Ages 18 and up are invited to join local magician Craig Boudreaux as he teaches some magic basics including card and rope tricks. DS/Wkr Mar 11@2 pm. Registration required and opens two weeks before the event.

Beginning Magic
Have you always wanted to learn magic tricks, but never know where to start? Ages 18 and up are invited to join local magician Craig Boudreaux as he teaches some magic basics including card and rope tricks. Alb/Spf Mar 23@6 pm. Registration required; opens two weeks before the event.

Bubble Wizardry
Prepare to wield the power of Bubble Wizardry ,! Ages 6-11 will make a bubble wand, assemble a bubble snake maker, and investigate bubble science. Watson, Mar 4@2 pm; South Branch , Mar 18@10 am; DS/Wkr, Mar 23@5:30 pm. Registration required; opens two weeks before the event.

Chess @ Your Library – Looking for new opponents or want to learn?
Adults and teens can come out to Chess @ Your Library hosted by DS/Wkrto meet new people, play a few matches, brush up, or learn the basics Mar 6@6 pm All skill levels are welcome. Registration required; opens two weeks before the event.

Coloring & Coffee – A relaxing activity for adults
Ccome enjoy free time to color, listen to music, and socialize We’ll supply intricate coloring sheets and coloring implements. DS/Wkr, Mar 8@10 am; Alb/Spf; Mar 15@11 am.

Cookbook Challenge – Calling all home cooks, amateur bakers and wannabe chefs!
Ages 18 and up can learn to cook, improve skills, or show off your kitchen talent in the ’s new culinary book club. Our next meeting is New members are always welcome. Each month, we will each choose a recipe based a theme. The following month, participants bring their cooked dish back for everyone to sample. Main, Mar 14@6 pm. Registration required; opens two weeks before the event.

Dominoes Club – Come play Standard, Chicken Foot, and Trains
Have fun with your friends -both old and new. Alb/Spf, Mar 22@11 am.

Exercise for Seniors – Enjoy a workout led by a certified physical therapist
Come out to the Exercise for Seniors class that will keep up your heart health, maintain muscle tone, and increase flexibility. DS/Wkr, Mar 17@10 am

Joyful Reads Book Club – Do you love uplifting tales of hope and faith?
Join us for coffee and a lively discussion. Each month, we will have a different inspirational book to read and discuss. Meetings are the first Tues. of each month. South Branch, Mar 7@10:30 am.

LEGO Club – If you love Legos, join us!
Ages 5-11 meet each month for a different theme and craft. LEGOs are provided. Watson, Mar 23@5:30 pm.

LEGO Robotics Club – Enthusiasts ages 8-18 are invited
Learn more about how LEGO building and simple robots can be combined using Edison technology. Our club meets in two groups ar Alb/Spf – one @4:30 pm and the other@6 pm. Registration required; opens two weeks before the event.

LPL Improv Group – Learn and develop improvisational/sketch skills
Teens and adults are invited to participate in interactive activities and exercises to improve communication skills and provide a safe environment for creative learning and growth. Main, Mar 30@6 pm.

Murder Mystery Masquerade – Somebody wants you there, but you don’t know why
Bloodworth Falls is an isolated town full of scandal, blackmail and deceit. Nobody can seem to get along, and the government has hidden motives. The mayor is hosting a mysterious masquerade ball in the old Ravenwood Castle, and the tickets to the event sold out in hours – yet one was placed in your mailbox in an unmarked envelope. Main Branch, Mar 23, 6 pm; registration required.

Plant and Seed Swap – Do you have seeds and plants to spare?
Come out to the plant and seed swap and bring any extra plants and seeds you have, and see what others in the community have to offer. DS/Wkr, Mar 15@10 am; Main, Mar 20@11 am; South, Mar 25@10 am; Watson, Mar 30@6 pm; Alb/Spf, Mar 31@11 am.

Practice ACT Test – Are you dreading the ACT?
Find out how much preparation you need by taking a free ACT Practice Test given by the Princeton Review and see how you do in order to prepare for the real thing. DS/Wkr Mar 25, 9 am – 1 pm Registration required; visit

Spanish-English Conversation Club – Want to improve your English…or Spanish?
Come to the Conversation Club for a no-pressure, fun group ages 18 and switch off between English and Spanish to give everyone a relaxed environment in which to improve their language skills. Main, third Saturday of each month@1 pm. Registration required; opens two weeks before the event.

Tech Buffet – Hungry for a different type of buffet?
Ages 12 -18 can sample the library’s technology @ the Tech Buffet and play with all sorts of cool gadgets and gizmos. DS/Wkr, Mar 9@6 pm; Main, Mar 15@3:30 pm; Alb/Spf, Mar 20@4:30 pm; Watson, Mar 28@5:30 pm Registration required; opens two weeks before the event.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting – Want to help out at the library?
Join the South Branch’s new Teen Advisory Board! This group’s first meeting is Mar 9@5:30 pm. Suggest programs you would like to see, volunteer at the branch, and help choose books for our Young Adult section. For grades 7 and up. The Main board meets Mar 14@6 pm; DS/Wkr meets Mar 28@6 pm.

Teen Anime Club – Calling all anime and manga enthusiasts!
Our Teen Anime Club will watch anime, discuss what manga we’ve read, learn about Japanese culture, eat snacks, play games, and more. Main, Mar 7@6 pm; Watson, Mar 16@5:30 pm , DS/Wkr, Mar 18@3 pm.

Teen Book Club – Discuss books,
enjoy refreshments, and more
If you are a teen who loves to read, this is the club for you! DS/Wkr’s, Mar 20@5:30 pm.

VITA Free Tax Preparation (for those with low & moderate incomes)
Bring 2016 tax documents such as W-2s, 1099s, and information for deductions and credits along with a copy of 2015 tax return and a Social Security card for yourself, a spouse and dependents. You may also bring proof of a bank account for direct deposit. Volunteers will prepare most simple returns, but more complicated returns cannot be processed.
Co-sponsored by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Internal Revenue Service, this program is by appointment only. Check the library website for branches, dates and times.

Wiggle Worms – Music and Movement for babies-age 5
Did you know that music and dance foster important literacy development in early childhood? Join us at for this fun and creative program for young children and their caregivers. DS/Wkr, Mar 10@10:30 am; Alb/Spf Mar 27@10 am .

Yoga for Adults & Teens –
Relax your mind and body
Free yoga class For ages 18 and up. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. DS/Wkr Mar 19@3 pm.

Young Writers Club – Calling all young writers!
The Young Writers Club, ages 10-18, help each another become better writers, provide inspiration, and offer advice and support. Each meeting, members practice writing in many different styles and genres to fine-tune skills and challenge themselves. Writers of all genres are welcome. DS/Wkr, Mar 21@5 pm.

EBR Library events at Baker, Central and Zachary
Here is a partial sampling of library events at the Baker, Central and Zachary branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. For complete listings for all branches, call your branch or visit and click on “View and Search the Full Events Calendar, and then select “Location” to choose the branch(es) you’re interested in. Additionally on, click on “View the Source Newsletter” for comprehensive descriptions of selected activities for all branches. All events are free, but some require advance registration.

Baker: 3501 Groom Rd, Baker, 225-778-5940
Free Tax Assistance through Capital Area United Way’s VITA program. Mondays & Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. through April 13, and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., through April 8. Appointment required.

Hand Quilting Basics. Those interested in learning how to hand quilt can join other adults to learn the basics in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Participants should bring their own supplies, including fabric, needle, thread, scissors and pins. March 8 and 22, 3 p.m.

One Book One Community Movie Matinee. Help celebrate this spring’s “One Book One Community” selection, “Life on the Mississippi” by Mark Twain, by watching a film of the same name which is based on the book. March 14, noon.

Central : 225-262-2640, 11260 Joor Rd, 225-262-2640
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a story and make shamrock paintings out of bottle tops and green paint! Ages 5-9. Please dress for a mess. Registration required. Tuesdays &Wednesdays, March 7-29, 9:30am-noon.

Master Gardeners at the Library! Topics include enticing common butterflies in our area to your own backyard butterfly habitat, and planting a moonlight garden. March 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

AARP Tax Aide program. Tax aide volunteers will E-file tax returns and help with common tax issues faced by low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to adults ages 60 and older. March through mid-April.

Saturday Morning Movie. Join other adults to watch an inspirational movie. Light refreshments will be served. March 11, 11am.

Lavender Candle Creations. Looking for an aromatic way to de-stress? Join other adults ages 18-30ish at the Central Branch to learn how to make a homemade lavender-scented candle using essential oil. March 25, 3 pm.

Learn to knit or crochet. Join the group and swap ideas on the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month, 5-6 pm.

Zachary: 1900 Church St, 225-658-1840.
The Louisiana Master Gardeners at the Library! The Louisiana Master Gardeners, a service offered by the LSU AgCenter, will discuss “Enticing Pollinators to Your Garden” (Find out how to entice the six most common butterflies in our area to your own backyard butterfly habitat), and “Light Up the Night with a Moonlight Garden” (learn about plants that fill the air with fragrance and blooms in the evening.) March 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

On Exhibit: Port Hudson Civil War Exhibit – A display of various Civil War artifacts from the Port Hudson State Historic Site; and ZAG Winter Exhibit – A display of various works by members of the Zachary Artists Guild.
Read Across America- Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration. Teen Council members will present dramatic readings from the Dr. Seuss book, I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today and Other Stories. Children from our audience will also be able to participate in the stories as well. Afterwards, children ages 3-8 can make a Mosaic Tiger Mask and enjoy refreshments. March 4, 11 am. Registration required.

St. Patrick’s Day Paper Plate Snakes Make & Take. Legend has it St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland into the sea. Ages 5-11 can make and decorate a “swirly” snake (while supplies last). March 13-18, 2-5 pm.

Tween & Teen Writing Group. Are you a tween or teen who loves to write? Join other tweens and teens, grades 6 and up, to discuss writing and encourage one another’s writing goals. March 11, 2 pm.
All locations- Storytimes, movies, book clubs for all ages, crafts, educational classes and more. Discover what your library has to offer!

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