‘Big Baby’ Davis’ literacy tour back in Baton Rouge

Orlando Magic forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis is coming back to his hometown Thursday to deliver a message to children: Reading is crucial.

The former LSU basketball standout will ride an East Baton Rouge Parish Library bookmobile Thursday to the Scotlandville Branch Library to read to children and spread the word about literacy.

Davis’ visit to Baton Rouge is part of his annual Booking It With Baby Literacy Tour and will mark the third time he has returned to Baton Rouge for the program.

“The event is all about early childhood literacy and putting age-appropriate books in the hands of children under 18,” said Sevetri Wilson, a spokeswoman for the event.

Wilson said Davis will read to the children, dance with them and hand out books.

Davis also will give away a CD composed and recorded by the former LSU basketball player that addresses literacy as well as healthy lifestyles.

Last year, the literacy outreach program reached 1,200 students in Baton Rouge, Wilson said. Wilson said they are expecting to reach more children this year.

Davis and the tour will be in Baton Rouge for three days.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway.

After that, Davis will visit children at the Family Youth Service Center, 1120 Government St., at 1:45 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Davis will hold a celebrity bowling tournament at Quarters Bowling Alley, 4530 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd.

On Sunday, Davis is holding a Friends and Family Day at Star Hill Baptist Church, 1400 N. Foster Drive, at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to attend all the events.

The literacy tour is part of The Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 to encourage inner-city youth to stay in school and away from deviant behavior and criminal activity by focusing on literacy, athletics and healthy recreational activities through different programs.