OFF THE SHELF

MOST CHECKED OUT BOOK: “A Wanted Man: A Reacher Novel” by Lee Child

MOST REQUESTED BOOK: “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis

MOST CHECKED OUT AUDIO BOOK: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

MOST CHECKED OUT CD: “21” by Adele and “Ceremonials” by Florence and the Machine

MOST CHECKED OUT DVD: “The Complete Update Your Writing” series and “The Hunger Games.” Both DVDs are in the Teen Collection.

FUN FACT:

What do brainy Baton Rougeans do in their spare time? They browse online and download from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. Last year, library patrons made almost 10 million online search queries on every subject under the sun and retrieved about 2.5 million records from the library’s special online databases. They downloaded 158,900 books from OverDrive, plus 71,993 tunes from Freegal Music, and are starting to enjoy the new downloadable magazine resource, Zinio. Opera in Video was the sleeper of the year, logging an astounding 160,382 views.

Want to check it out yourself? Access Online Databases and the Digital Library from the library’s website, http://www.ebrpl.com. An East Baton Rouge Parish Library card will be needed.

REFERENCE QUESTIONS:

What is the origin of Valentine’s Day?

“Feb. 14 is St. Valentine’s Day. Although tradition includes legends of several St. Valentines who lived and perhaps were martyred in the early Christian period, it is not known how this name came to be linked with the pagan goddess of love, Venus. Nevertheless, St. Valentine’s Day was a time of celebrating love, with love lanterns, love-knot jewelry and special ‘love foods’ such as pheasant and quail eggs, geese, apples and pears. At St. Valentine’s Day feasts, each guest was expected to wear a love token which might be a love-knot, a pin in the shape of a sideways 8 representing love without end, or a capital ‘A,’ representing the Latin saying amor vincit omnia (love conquers all).”

Source: “FESTIVALS AND HOLIDAYS” in Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature found in the library’s Literati database

What are the words to “La Danse de Mardi Gras,” the Cajun Mardi Gras song?

In Cajun French: “Les Mardi Gras s’en vient de tout partout,

Tout alentour le tour du moyeu,

Ça passe une fois par an, demandé la charité,

Quand-même ça c’est une patate, une patate ou des gratons

Les Mardi Gras sont dessus un grand voyage,

Tout alentour le tour du moyeu,

Ça passe une fois par an, demandé la charité,

Quand-même ça c’est un poule maigre, ou trois ou quatre coton maïs.”

Source: http://worldmusic.about.com/od/northamerican/a/CajunMardiGrasSong.htm

Visit Infoguides at http://www.ebrpl.com and select Mardi Gras for a local spin on the festival, including video, music and more.

Compiled by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library staff.