DIG Magazine is once again partnering with the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation, which encourages city youth through focusing on literacy, athletic and healthy recreational events and activities.
Davis’ tour, “Booking it with Baby,” begins Wednesday, July 25, and runs through Saturday, July 28. The partnership’s goal is to reach more than 1,500 children ages 5-15 to create awareness of childhood literacy and demonstrate the positive impact reading has on youth and on the entire community. DIG Magazine and the Glen, “Big Baby” Davis Foundation, in conjunction with the Manship Theatre have announced an upcoming tour stop: DIG Big into Literacy, 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 27, in the second floor lobby of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St.
Proceeds will be donated to the Glen “Big Baby” Foundation. Its mission is supported by donations from individuals, corporations, grants and fundraising. DIG Big into Literacy attendees will have the opportunity to hang out with Davis, of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Supporters of DIG Big in Literacy will be offered complimentary food, use of a photo booth, music, door prizes, silent auction and more. Attendees can try to beat Davis at his second favorite sport by challenging him to EA’s NCAA Football 2013 video game competition and have a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $21.50 and are available online at http://www.manshiptheatre.org and at the Manship Theatre box office.
To learn more, visit the foundation’s website http://iambigbaby.com/foundation or contact the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This summer’s One Book/One Community selection is A Silence of Mockingbirds by Karen Zacharias. Want an opportunity to meet the author and discuss the book? Zacharias will come to Baton Rouge on Thursday, July 26, for a free program at LSU’s Cox Communications Center for Student Athletes. The program starts at 7 p.m.
For more information about One Book/One Community, visit http://www.ReadOneBook.org or call (225) 231-3710.
Drag your living or dead corpse to the library for a gruesome and grisly night of horror, the Zombie Prom. Costume contests, fake blood, oozing sores and open wounds, this program has it all. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Galvez branch, 40300 La. 42 in Prairieville; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Donaldsonville branch, 500 Mississippi St. in Donaldsonville; 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Dutchtown branch, 13278 La. 73 in Geismar; and at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the Main branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd. in Gonzales.
n South Branch Bookies will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at South branch, 23477 La. 444 in Livingston. Members will discuss Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik.
The Grasshopper and The Ant, a puppet show performed by Karen Konnerth and her Calliope Puppets is coming to West Baton Rouge Parish. The show will be presented at 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Addis Community Center, 7520 La. 1 South, Addis; and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Port Allen Community Center, 749 N. Jefferson St., Port Allen.
In this show, Grasshopper fritters away the summer singing and playing games when he should be busy, like Ant, gathering food for the coming harsh winter.
The show is appropriate for ages 5-12.
Local magician Mitch Richard will put on a show full of fun interactive comedy and magic. He is a juggler, magician, balloon artist, comedian and bubble artist. Ages 3-13. Richard’s show will be presented 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Butler Memorial branch, Martin Luther King Center, 309 Cora St. in Lafayette.
Zoo Zoom — Little Traveling Zoo on Wheels will be visiting North Regional Library, 5101 N. University Ave. in Carencro, 10 a.m.-noon Monday, July 23. This traveling zoo is not just a petting zoo. Animal activists Brett and Lori Matte bring their collection of both exotic and native animals to educate children and adults about how to interact with these animals with both respect and kindness. All ages.
The Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., is hosting a summer lecture series featuring Southern University professors and instructors. The free programs are held at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Museum galleries will remain open until the program begins and guests are invited to arrive early to view the exhibits. Final lecture in the series will be Thursday, July 26. Dr. Peter Breaux’s talk, “Louisiana and the 19th century pursuit of equality,” will chronicle the genesis, development and achievements of the earliest quest for civil rights in the state.
For more information, call (225) 342-5428 or email LSMBR.email@example.com. The museum is wheelchair accessible.
Maple Street Book Shop, 7529 Maple St. in New Orleans, will host an evening of fiction and poetry from several local and touring authors represented by Aqueous Books, Ampersand Books and Prick of the Spindle Literary Journal. Readings begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Those scheduled to appear are: Carissa Halton, author of The Mere Weight of Words; Ben Rogers, author of The Flamer; Derrick Medina, poetry featured in Prick of the Spindle literary journal; Clark Therriot, New Orleans-based poet; Thaddeus Conti, New Orleans-based poet; Benjamin Lowenkron, Baton Rouge-based poet; Eric Elliot, author of the poetry collection The Graves We Dig; and Carrie Causey, author of the poetry collection Ear to the Wall.
Ron Thibodeaux, author of Hell or High Water: How Cajun Fortitude Withstood Hurricanes Rita and Ike, will sign copies of his book at 1 p.m. Saturday July 28, at Barnes & Noble CitiPlace, 2590 CitiPlace Court, Baton Rouge.
Items for Book Events were provided by DIG Magazine, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, West Baton Rouge Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library and Capitol Park Museum.
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