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One Book One Community 2022: Atchafalaya Houseboat: For Kids

2022 Community-Wide Reading Program

Garden Story Trail

Take a stroll through the Independence Park Botanic Gardens next to The Main Library at Goodwood! Use the map to follow along with a different children's story each month:

MarchOff We Go by Will Hillenbrand

AprilUnderground by Denise Fleming

MayClovis Crawfish and the Big Betail by Mary Alice Fontenot

Kids Who Bird

Baton Rouge Audubon Society

  • Kids Who Bird is an exciting FREE program designed for kids ages 9-16 who are interested and excited about birds. 
  • Meetings are currently once a month and virtual, but will eventually get back to in-person bird walks and meetings.

"My Louisiana Birds"

  • My Louisiana Birds is a song written with the intent of enhancing children’s appreciation for the array of birds found in Louisiana.
  • The song is set to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas".
  • Visual guides and song sheets are also available to be more actively engaged. 

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.

Kids Databases and Resources

Look through EBRPL's collection of databases for kids of all ages!

Want to learn a language? How about French?

Look at full Scholastic series like these on Louisiana , Wetlands , Birds and Farm to Table!

Learn about all about swamps and who lives there with A Home in the Swamp, available through Book Flix. 



Did you know the Honeybee is Louisiana's official state insect?

Learn all about the Life Cycle of the Honeybee on Tumble Books for Kids!

Official Louisiana Coloring Book

Print out and color in the scenes and symbols of Louisiana with the Official Louisiana Coloring Book and some more pages!

Make a Fairy House!

Get out in a park or your own backyard to gather up natural materials to build a fairy house fit for royalty. Let the kids take the lead and ask them questions about the future inhabitants of their house!

What you need to get started:

  • A container to collect materials. You can also use the container as a base for the houses.
  • Your imagination!
  • A collection of natural building materials. these might include fallen leaves, bark from dead trees, twigs, pine cones, stones, feathers, dropped flower petals, nuts, seeds, seashells.


Watch this PBS clip to get an idea of how to start yours!

You can also check out this gallery of other fairy houses for some inspiration!