Book Events for Dec. 9

William J. Cooper
William J. Cooper

William Cooper, author of We Have the War Upon Us and Jefferson Davis, American, will be the featured lecturer at the Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s Heritage Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Old Governor’s Mansion, 502 North Blvd.

Cooper is LSU Boyd Professor of History.

Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. The event is free to FHLA members and $10 for guests.

Letters about Literature

The State Library of Louisiana’s Center for the Book, in partnership with the Louisiana Writing Project, announced that Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest for students, is now accepting entries. To enter, fourth through 10th grade students should write personal letters to authors, living or dead, from any genre explaining how the author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves. The national LAL team will choose up to 50 entries in each level from each state and finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges from throughout the state. Louisiana’s first place winners’ entries will be submitted to the Library of Congress for the national competition with the chance of winning $1,000.

State winners in each level, to be announced in April, will receive $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place, made possible by a Library of Congress grant. State winners will be recognized at the Louisiana Book Festival on Nov. 2, 2013.

Students may enter either on their own or through a classroom teacher, school or library. There are three competition levels: level 1 for grades 4-6; level 2 for grades 7-8; and level 3 for grades 9-10.

The student’s letter and entry coupon, available online or on the attached flier, must be sent by Jan. 13, 2013, to Letters About Literature, P.O. Box 5308, Woodbridge, VA 22194.

Teachers and home-school instructors along with public young adult librarians can download Letters About Literature lesson plans for their curricula and programming as well as find entry forms at http://www.LettersAboutLiterature.org. For more information about the State Library of Louisiana, visit http://www.state.lib.la.us.

EBRP Library

Mrs. Claus is once again helping Santa with visits to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. She will be at each branch along with an elf or two, and the Holiday Clown will of course be along for the fun.

Children are welcome to tell Mrs. Claus what they would like Santa to bring for Christmas, or give her a letter to take back to the North Pole. Visits begin at 10 a.m. at each branch on the dates listed below.

All library branches will also have Santa mailboxes throughout December.

For more information or to register, call the individual branch.

Dates and locations are:

e_SHrSMonday, Dec. 10 — Delmont Gardens branch, 3351 Lorraine St.

e_SHrSTuesday, Dec. 11 — Central branch, 11260 Joor Road.

e_SHrSWednesday, Dec. 12 — Pride-Chaneyville branch, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road.

e_SHrSThursday, Dec. 13 — Carver branch, 720 Terrace St.

e_SHrSMonday, Dec. 17 — Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road.

e_SHrSTuesday, Dec. 18 — Scotlandville branch, 7373 Scenic Highway.

e_SHrSWednesday, Dec. 19 — Eden Park branch, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road.

e_SHrSThursday, Dec. 20 — Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s Discovery Dome will visit each library branch during December. Join them on a journey in search of the celestial object that led the wise men to the Christ Child. Along the way, you will learn who the wise men really were and where they came from. Using the planetarium’s digital star field, staff can re-create the night sky of 2,000 years ago to see what the wise men saw. They will present their program four times during their visit to each branch. Programs are 30 minutes each and up to 30 people can attend each program. All programs (except Delmont Gardens) are between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Call the individual branch for times and registration.

Dates and locations are:

e_SHrSMonday, Dec. 10 — Central branch, 11260 Joor Road.

e_SHrSTuesday, Dec. 11 — Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road.

e_SHrSWednesday, Dec. 12 — Baker branch, 3501 Groom Road.

e_SHrSThursday, Dec. 13 — Bluebonnet Regional branch, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

e_SHrSFriday, Dec. 14 — Main branch, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

e_SHrSMonday, Dec. 17 — Carver branch, 729 Terrace St.

e_SHrSTuesday, Dec. 18 — Jones Creek Regional branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road.

e_SHrSWednesday, Dec. 19 — Delmont Gardens branch (1 p.m.-4 p.m.), 3351 Lorraine St.

The Greenwell Springs Road Regional branch Christmas Gala will be 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the library, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. The gala will feature gospel recording artist Jermyn “Big” Poole and Company, along with the youth and children of Reed and Reed performing vocal and piano selections. For more information, call (225) 274-4440.

Bring in non-perishable food items to your library through Dec. 30, and the library will waive $1 owed on library fines per item. All items will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information, call (225) 231-3745.

Book clubs:

e_SHrSEden Park Branch Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the the Eden Park branch, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. Members will discuss Christmas Wedding by Janice Patterson.

e_SHrSMystery Lovers Book Club will meet at noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. Members will discuss legal mysteries.

e_SHrSCover 2 Cover Book Club will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Central branch, 11260 Joor Road. Children ages 8-11 are invited to join this new book club for a discussion of the book, No Talking by Andrew Clements. For more information or to register, call (225) 262-2660.

e_SHrSTeen Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Greenwell Springs Regional branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. For more information, call (225)274-4470.

e_SHrSGreenwell Children’s Book Club will meet at noon Saturday, Dec. 15, at Greenwell Springs Regional Branch, 11300 Greenwell Springs Road. Children ages 7-11 will present and discuss the visuals related to their previously read stories. For more information, call (225) 274-4460.

Livingston Parish Library

Experience the magic of the holiday season with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Denham Springs-Walker branch, 8101 U.S. 190 in Denham Springs. Enjoy A Christmas Carol spoof performed by the Young Writers Club, then ring in the spirit of the holidays with dulcimer lore and music presented by the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society. For details, call the Denham Springs-Walker Branch at (225) 665-8118.

Lafayette Public Library

Is Dec. 21, 2012 really the end of the world? Dr. Mark Lentz of the ULL Department of History and Geography will explain the meaning of the Mayan Calendar, with emphasis on Dec. 21, at a free lecture 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at North Regional branch, 5101 N. University Ave. in Carencro, and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at South Regional branch, 6101 Johnston St. in Lafayette.

Library links

East Baton Rouge Parish Library: http://www.ebrpl.com/.

Livingston Parish Library: http://www.livingston.lib.la.us/.

Ascension Parish Library: http://main.ascension.lib.la.us/.

West Baton Rouge Parish Library: http://www1.youseemore.com/WBatonRouge/default.asp.

Iberville Parish Library: http://www.iberville.lib.la.us/.

West Feliciana Parish Library: http://wfplibrary.org/.

Audubon Regional Library: http://www2.youseemore.com/AUDUBON/.

Lafayette Public Library: http://lafayettepubliclibrary.org/.

St. James Parish Library: http://www.stjames.lib.la.us/.

St. John the Baptist Parish Library: http://www.stjohn.lib.la.us/.

St. Charles Parish Library: http://www.myscpl.org/.

Jefferson Parish Library: http://www.jefferson.lib.la.us/.

New Orleans Public Library: http://nutrias.org/.

St. Bernard Parish Library: http://www.stbernard.lib.la.us/.

St. Tammany Parish Library: http://www.sttammany.lib.la.us/home_flash.html.

Writers’ Group

Barnes & Noble Westbank, 1601B West Bank Expressway, Harvey, is hosting a Writers’ Group 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays. This is a networking and critiquing forum for writers of all skill levels.

Signings

Ken Foster, author of I’m A Good Dog, will sign copies of his book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

Emily Ford, author of The Jews of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, will sign copies of her book 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Garden District Book Store, 2727 Prytania St. in New Orleans.

Melinda Palacio, author of How Fire Is A Story, Waiting, will sign copies of her book at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St. in New Orleans.

David Lummis, author of Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans II, and Michael Allen Zell, author of Errata, will sign copies of their books at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Where Y’Art?! at New Orleans Museum of Art, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans.

John Slaughter, author of Grand Coteau, will sign copies of his book at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Barnes & Noble, 2590 CitiPlace Court.

John Darling, author of Old War Skule, will sign copies of his book at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Barnes & Noble Perkins Rowe, 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd #100.

Leo Honeycutt, author of Gerry Lane — An American Success Story, will sign copies of his book at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Barnes & Noble Perkins Rowe, 7707 Bluebonnet Blvd #100. Gerry Lane will also be on hand to sign copies of the book.

Earl B. Heard, author of Louisiana Sports Legends and Heroes, will sign copies of his book at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Barnes & Noble Premier Center II, 3414 U.S. 190, Suite 10, Mandeville.

Iris Floyd, author of Six-of-One, will sign copies of her book 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Dream Berrie Cafe, 3851 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd.

Cheré Coen, author of Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana, will sign copies of her book 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Noel Acadien au Village at Acadian Village of Lafayette.

Items for Book Events were provided by Foundation for Historical Louisiana, State Library of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Livingston Parish Library, Lafayette Public Library and Barnes & Noble.