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Discussions of Community, Civility, and Compassion
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What is Building Common Ground?

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to announce it is one of thirty libraries across the country to be awarded the Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility, and Compassion grant from the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute. The Library will host a series of events focusing on the three major themes of community, civility, and compassion. We invite you to explore this InfoGuide for more information on this year-long initiative. You will learn all about the various events the Library is presenting as well as recommended reading and other resources. Don't forget to visit our Community Partners tab to learn more about the great work being done by Baton Rouge non-profit organizations and businesses.

For a list of the grant-winning libraries in the U. S., click here.

 

Calendar of Events

  • Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 to Monday, Dec 31, 2012: United through Reading Book Drive
      Info
    A children's book drive for United Through Reading, a non-profit that gives deployed parents the opportunity to be videorecorded reading books aloud, will last all year.
  • Monday, Feb 27, 2012: Skype Videoconference with Dr. Jeffrey Sachs at Main Library at 7 p.m.
      Info
    Best-selling author and economist Sachs will "visit" the Library via a big screen to discuss his latest book The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, about restoring America to its original promise.
  • Saturday, Apr 14, 2012: Capital Area United Way Volunteer Fair at Bluebonnet Regional Branch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
      Info
    Representatives from Volunteer! Baton Rouge, a subsidiary of Capital Area United Way, will speak about volunteering and the various opportunities for people to give back to the community.
  • Thursday, Apr 19, 2012: Holocaust Day of Remembrance at Zachary Branch Library from 7-7:45 p.m.
    Join us for the video Why We Remember the Holocaust and a dramatic interpretation of scenes from the John Boyne book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Cody Dedon, a student and member of the Baton Rouge Speech and Debate Club, will perform scenes.
  • Saturday, Apr 21, 2012: Teen Job Workshop at River Center Branch Library at 2:30 p.m.
    Teens will receive guidance on job searching. Discussion topics will include simple résumé development, job applications, proper job interview attire, and general job-hunting tips.
  • Monday, Apr 23, 2012: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Discussion Group at Main Library at 7 p.m.
      Info
    Tonight is the first in a monthly discussion group of Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, which focuses on instilling the Golden Rule in a secular way in our daily lives.
  • Saturday, Apr 28, 2012: 2nd Annual Multicultural Festival at Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library from noon-4 p.m.
    This event will bring together children and adults to experience the many cultures of our parish. Activities will include songs in native languages, native dances, cuisine, exhibits, and storytelling.
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2012: Jill Rigby Garner Presentation on Parenting at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library at 7 p.m.
    Jill Rigby Garner, author of two parenting books and founder of local non-profit Manners of the Heart, will talk about parenting in an increasingly selfish world and discuss measures parents may take to encourage pro-social behavior in their children.
  • Friday, May 18, 2012 to Saturday, May 19, 2012: Open House for Non-Profits at River Center Branch Library from 2-4 p.m. on 5/18 and 10 a.m.-noon on 5/19
    The Library will host two open houses for non-profit organizations co-sponsored by our Grants Collection and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The open houses will feature hands-on demonstrations by librarian Louise Hilton of the grants resources.
  • Saturday, May 19, 2012: Madeline Says Merci Manners Storytime at Main Library at 2 p.m.
    We will read Madeline Says Merci: The Always-Be-Polite Book by John Bemelmans Marciano and How to Behave and Why by Munro Leaf. Companion activities include a Simon Says manners game and thematic crafts. For children ages 4-8.
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2012: Jill Rigby Garner Presentation on Civility at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library at 7 p.m.
    Local author Jill Rigby Garner returns to the Library for a presentation on civility, focusing on steps to raise the level of civility and respect in the workplace.
  • Thursday, May 24, 2012: "Compassion: A Common Theme Across Creeds" Discussion Panel at Main Library at 7 p.m.
    A panel of religious leaders from the Baton Rouge community will discuss compassion as a common theme across different religious traditions.
  • Saturday, May 26, 2012 to Friday, Aug 31, 2012: "Red, Write, and Blue" Letter-Writing Campaign to Members of the U. S. Armed Forces at Main Library and all other branches
      Info
    The "Red, Write, and Blue" campaign will inspire the community to write letters to members of the United States Armed Forces who are stationed abroad and look forward to mail from home.
  • Saturday, Jun 2, 2012 to Thursday, Jul 26, 2012: One Book One Community Summer Series: A Silence of Mockingbirds by Karen Spears Zacharias Kickoff
      Info
    The annual One Book One Community series will run all summer. The chosen book focuses on child abuse, a topic of concern to the community. The Library will host book discussion groups at several branches and a program featuring Zacharias.
  • Saturday, Jun 9, 2012: Tea Time with Teddy Bears at Carver Branch Library at 2 p.m.
    Holly Richey, Miss Baton Rouge 2011-12, will lead children in a special tea time with their teddy bears. The event will focus on using your best table manners and the children will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Miss Baton Rouge.
  • Monday, Jun 18, 2012: Tween Girl Chat at Zachary Branch Library at 6 p.m.
      Info
    If you’re a girl going into 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, don’t miss this special 4 part program. Learn important “survival” tips from teen girls who have successfully made it through middle school. Parents are invited to attend first chat.
  • Saturday, Jun 23, 2012: Miss Manners Column for Teens on EBRPL's Twitter feed and Teen Facebook page
    Teens will pose questions about problems they are having via social media. The questions will be answered in a "Miss Manners"-style column that will continue all summer.
  • Sunday, Jun 24, 2012: David Earle Workshop on Anger Management for Parents and Teens at Main Library at 2 p.m.
    David Earle, author of What To Do While You Count to Ten, will lead a workshop on anger management for teens and their parents. Join us in the auditorium of the Main Library at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug 11, 2012: Civility in the Workplace Presentation at River Center Branch Library from 11 a.m.-noon
    Career coach Anne Nowak will discuss the importance of courtesy and civility in the workplace.
  • Sunday, Oct 21, 2012: Baton Rouge Center for World Affairs International Heritage Celebration at Baton Rouge River Center from noon-4 p.m.
    This all-day event will provide unique interactive opportunities for children and adults to learn about the many cultures represented in the Baton Rouge community.
 

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Club

  • Monday, Apr 23, 2012: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Group Meeting #1 at Main at 7 p.m.
    Tonight we will meet to discuss the introduction in Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Join us in the auditorium of the Main Library at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, May 21, 2012: Twelve Steps Book Group Meeting #2 at Main at 7 p.m.
      Info
    Tonight we will discuss Steps 1 and 2 in Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Join us in the auditorium at the Main Library at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Group Meeting #3 at Main at 7 p.m.
      Info
    Tonight we will discuss Steps 3 and 4. Join us in Conference Room 2 at Main at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Group Meeting #4 at Main at 7 p.m.
      Info
    Tonight we'll discuss Steps 5 and 6. Meet us in the Main Library Auditorium at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Group Meeting #5 at Main at 7 p.m.
      Info
    Tonight we'll talk about Steps 7 and 8. The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium.
  • Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Group Meeting #6 at Main at 7 p.m.
      Info
    We will go over Steps 9 and 10 tonight. Join us at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room #2 at the Main Library.
  • Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Group Meeting #7
      Info
    Tonight we will meet to discuss Step 11. Join us at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room #2 at the Main Library.
  • Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Book Group Meeting #8 at Main at 7 p.m.
      Info
    Join us at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room #2 at the Main Library as we discuss the 12th and final step in Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.
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