Book Events for Sunday, July 21, 2013

AP Images photo by ALEX A. MENENDEZ -- NBA basketball player and former LSUTiger star Glen 'Big Baby' Davis reads to children last year at a Soar with Reading event at the Orlando Public Library in Orlando, Fla.
AP Images photo by ALEX A. MENENDEZ -- NBA basketball player and former LSUTiger star Glen 'Big Baby' Davis reads to children last year at a Soar with Reading event at the Orlando Public Library in Orlando, Fla.

Former LSU basketball star Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who plays now with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, will present his third annual Booking it With Baby literacy tour Thursday through Saturday in partnership with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The three-day tour via the library’s mobile unit, will make stops throughout the city to create awareness of childhood literacy and demonstrate the positive benefits of reading.

The Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 2011 to encourage inner city youth to stay in school and away from defiant behavior and criminal activity by focusing on literacy, athletic and healthy recreational activities.

“Children are especially inspired to learn that ‘Big Baby’ writes books, too — that opens up a world of possibilities,” Library Director Spencer Watts said.

Among the events planned is a celebrity bowling tournament at 7 p.m. Friday at Quarters Luxury Bowling Alley. Visit iambigbaby.com/foundation for more information.

Lafayette poetry celebration

The Lafayette National Poetry Slam Team’s Spoken Word Performance Celebration is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Saturday in the multipurpose room at AOC Community Media, 101 Jefferson St., Suite 101, in Lafayette. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The celebration will feature Christian/Gospel singer Bernadette Steven as well as the Lafayette National Poetry Slam Team and include open mic time.

The team also is promoting its new website. Visit lafayettepoetrycommunity.com and get a free download of the team performing the group poem “I Miss You Kella!”

Book signings

Visit gardendistrictbookshop.com.

Visit octaviabooks.com.

Book clubs

EBR Parish Library

Read Well at Greenwell Children’s Book Club is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.

Children ages 7-11 will discuss their previous reading assignment and present visual projects prepared at home. Call (225) 274-4460 for information or to register.

Compiled by Advocate staff