“Off the Shelf” column for Dec. 30, 2012

Wonder what people are reading, watching, listening to or want to know about? Here’s a report from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library staff.

MOST CHECKED OUT BOOK: “Creole Belle” by James Lee Burke

MOST CHECKED OUT AUDIO BOOK: “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

MOST CHECKED OUT MUSIC: “Whitney: Greatest Hits”

MOST RESERVED TITLE: “The Racketeer” by John Grisham

MOST CHECKED OUT DVD: “Tower Heist”

FUN FACT:

More than 3,050 square yards of carpet, 1,750 square yards of sheet vinyl, and 3,350 square yards of resilient tile flooring are headed for the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional and Delmont Gardens branch libraries.

Bluebonnet will be closed for a few weeks beginning Thursday, and Delmont Gardens will close beginning Jan. 18 for a few weeks so that workers can remove old flooring, move shelving, and install new flooring.

Look for special nature-themed designs in each children’s area. Since opening in 2005, more than 1.4 million patrons have walked through the doors at the Delmont Gardens branch, and more than 5.2 million have visited the Bluebonnet branch since it opened in 1993.

REFERENCE QUESTIONS:

What are the top New Year’s resolutions?

Top resolutions in 2012 were losing weight, getting organized, spending less and saving more.

Source: http://www.statisticbrain.com

How did the New Year’s ball drop
start?

The tradition of lowering the 11,875-pound, 12-foot-wide glowing geodesic sphere from the top of One Times Square started in 1904 to mark the opening of the Times Building.

The building’s been the site of a New Year’s Eve party every year since with the exception of 1942 and 1943.

Source: http://www.nypl.org

Happy New Year from the East Baton Rouge Parish libraries.

Ed Cullen

Advocate staff writer