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One Book One Community 2022: Atchafalaya Houseboat: Events & Programs

2022 Community-Wide Reading Program

Book Discussions

Get on the same page and join us at an Atchafalaya Houseboat book discussion!

Wednesday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. , Eden Park Branch

Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m. , Carver Branch 

Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. Main Library at Goodwood


Film Screenings

LPB Documentary Screenings of Atchafalaya Houseboat

Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood

Monday, April 11 at 6:15 p.m., Bluebonnet Regional Branch

Against the Tide: The Story of the Acadian People

Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. , Zachary Branch 

2022 Programming For Kids

Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m. , Greenwell Springs Branch

Children will create a computer swamp picture collage using Microsoft Publisher and Paint, following excerpts from the book Swamper: Letters from a Louisiana Swamp Rabbit by Amy Griffin Ouchley.

Thursday, March 24 at 10 a.m. , Main Library at Goodwood
Children will listen to White Rabbit’s Colors by Alan Baker, then create paper flowers, one to take home and one to add to our One Book One Community bulletin board.
(Ages 2-5)

Saturday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. , Main Library at Goodwood

Children will listen to excerpts from Swamper: letters from a Louisiana swamp rabbit by Amy Ouchley in honor of our One Book One Community program, then create paper flowers and wildlife to take home and to add to our One Book One Community bulletin board.(Ages 6-11)

Saturday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m. , Jones Creek Branch

Make Your Own Toad Abode! 

We will read an excerpt from Swamper by Amy Ouchley, and the book The Toad  by Elise Gravel. Afterwards, we will create a toad abode for the homeless toads in your area! (Ages 7-11)

Registration is required.

Saturday , April 2 @ TBD , Main Library at Goodwood
Louisiana-themed BINGO! (All Ages)

Wednesday, May 11 at 4 p.m. , Delmont Gardens Branch

We will be doing a Swamp Diorama to go with the book Swamper: Letters From a Louisiana Swamp Rabbit!

Children Scavenger Hunts

March 2022 , River Center Branch

Swamper, a Louisiana swamp rabbit has pictures of his home hidden around the children’s floor.  Come in to RCB, pick up an activity and hunt for the items.  Once all of the items are found, turn in the sheet for a small prize. Sorry, no groups.

2022 Programming for Teens and 20somethings

Monday, March 7 , Baker Branch 

Birch Tree Painting Grab & Geaux (All Day)

Wednesday, March 23 at 4 p.m. , Carver Branch

OBOC Discussion

Monday, April 4 , Main Library at Goodwood

Felt Magnolia Grab & Geaux (All Day)

Thursday,  April 21 at 4 p.m. , Delmont Gardens Branch

A Louisiana Love Painting craft!

Atchafalaya Musical Roots

'Des Cris de Joie': Roots of Music on the Atchafalaya

Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood

Join Nicholls State University history professor Dr. Stuart Tully on an examination of the international roots of Cajun, Zydeco, and other genres from the Bayou Region.

Gwen Roland Author Events

Atchafalaya Houseboat Author Talk and Q&A with Gwen Roland

Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m.Main Library at Goodwood

Author Gwen Roland will discuss her memoir, Atchafalaya Houseboat, followed by an audience Q&A session.

Register here!

Pass It On: Skills & Stories with Gwen Roland

Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood

 ​​Atchafalaya Houseboat author Gwen Roland will share the importance of passing on skills and stories to your loved ones.

Register here!

Witness to Change Program

Witness to Change: Community Conversations on Coastal Impacts is a book discussion program being presented by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana State University ,The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and Southern University . These discussions offer participants the opportunity to learn more about issues arising from the complex and changing human relationship to water. 

Book Discussions of Rising by Elizabeth Rush.

Sunday, March 27 at 2:00 p.m. , Hill Memorial Library

Registration is required.

Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. , Southern’s President’s House

Book Discussions of Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.

Thursday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. , Virtual Event by LSU

Registration is required.

Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m.Cary Saurage Community Arts Center

Book Discussion of The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. Hill Memorial Library

Registration is required.

Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. Southern’s President’s House

Kickoff Party 2022

Join us at the Kickoff Party!

Saturday, March 5 at 4 p.m.

Main Library at Goodwood

A free, outdoor celebration in the plaza where attendees can enjoy delicious local food, crafts, games, engagement with community organizations, and live music from RJ & Kreole Smoove.

Author Danny Heitman

A Summer of Birds with Danny Heitman

Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood

Author Danny Heitman will speak about his book A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House, sharing insight into John James Audubon’s life and experiences in Louisiana and his impact on the region.  A question & answer session will follow his discussion.

Author Marybeth Lima

Adventures of a Louisiana Birder with Author Marybeth Lima

Sunday, March 27 at 3 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood

Author Marybeth Lima will speak about her book, Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred SpeciesA question and answer session will follow her discussion.

Be Inspired! BRCC Presents

What is this Thing Called Art? A Talk on Photography & Representation

Wednesday, April 6 at 6 p.m. , The Main Library at Goodwood (Large meeting room)

This series is presented by BRCC faculty and will explore a variety of topics to inspire you from makeup to performing arts to history. Please join us for "What is this Thing Called Art?: A Talk on Photography and Representation" with Christopher Brumfield, Assistant Professor of Art and Be Inspired! 

Hiking for Health [OBOC]

Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. , The Main Library at Goodwood (Large Conference Room #102)

Outdoor activities can be an effective tool in dealing with stress and other chronic health conditions in women. At this presentation, BRCC’s Erica Burrell and Elizabeth Jeffery-Arceneaux will go over common chronic health conditions, causes, and issues facing women. They’ll discuss cost effective, and often free, ways to manage or reduce these issues and will review the Self-Care with the Social Sciences Initiative that they have started with their students. 

Whooping Crane Exhibit

Whooping Crane Exhibit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries

March and April, Main Library at Goodwood

See how you measure up to a Louisiana whooping crane! This informative display, provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries thanks to the Ladies Lafayette Club, consists of maps, pictures, educational pamphlets, and more.

Country Roads Giveaway

Country Roads is giving away a library prize pack filled with goodies:

Gift Basket of Slap Ya Mama products

Bottle of Landry Vineyard’s Blanc Du Bois

Hardback copy of Atchafalaya Houseboat

Bird-themed notepaper

Sign up for a chance to win here!

Louisiana's Great Outdoors!

Louisiana's Great Outdoors

Saturday, March 19 at 3 p.m., River Center Branch

Our One Book, One Community Read is Atchafalaya Houseboat, but we don’t need to live on a houseboat to enjoy the state’s natural resources!   Come enjoy a presentation on some of the different local ways we can all enjoy the outdoors.  How many national parks are in Louisiana?  How about state parks?  Local biking or hiking trails?  Wildlife refuge?   Love your electronic devices?   Learn about apps that will get you out of doors!  (Yes, there’s an app for that!) 

Audubon Plant Sale

Audubon Delta's Spring Native Plant Sale in Louisiana will again be held through online ordering and curbside pickup.

Louisiana Brown Pelican Discussion

Louisiana Brown Pelicans: Past, Present & Future (LDWF)

Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m., Main Library at Goodwood

The Brown Pelican is Louisiana’s state bird and an iconic species of the Gulf of Mexico. Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. to learn about its ecology and natural history, past conservation success stories, and current and future conservation challenges. Speaker Robert Dobbs is the nongame avian ecologist for the Wildlife Diversity Program at the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, an avid birder, and active in the birding community, particularly through the Louisiana Ornithological Society.

New Atchafalaya Mural

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Unveil New Mural by Sam Skrimpz