The Anime Club is Expanding

The West Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Anime Club hasn’t officially met yet, but I’ve been taking all of your anime requests into consideration. You wanted a lot of stuff we didn’t have access to, and we didn’t like that. So the Youth Services Department pulled some strings to partner with Funimation Entertainment in order to provide an even wider selection of anime for the club!

FUNimation_logoKeep the suggestions coming. I’ll provide a list of all the titles we can watch at the first meeting and you guys will be completely in charge on what to watch from there! This is all very exciting and I’m so happy to be providing this club for you!


The Teen Scene is Coming!

If you’ve been in the library, you definitely know that our YA area is lacking. The walls are boring and neutral, the shelves are old and crowded, and the space is tightly cramped. In addition to this, the furniture is old, ugly, and uncomfortable. It’s not a very welcoming place.

Fortunately for you, we have plans to completely change the YA section, and we’re going to do it how you want us to. This past Saturday, August 23, we met with a few teens from each of the local high schools to discuss how they wanted to change the space to make it more inviting for the teen crowd. During the next four months, the students will design and create a comfortable, welcoming,  and appealing community center where parish high school students can gather to study, work on group projects, read, or just hang out.

The students are doing pretty much everything on their own. They’ll be supervised by art teachers from the two high schools (Janeese Font and Christie Markins) as well as local artist Dan Swetman and the librarians in the youth services department. But aside from supervision, they’ll be managing and carrying out the project all on their own, just like they would if they were contractors working on a real job.

01There are a total of seven students working on the project. They are (from left to right): Allison Bodan, Sydni Tibbits, and Jacqueline Begue (all from Brusly High School), and Trevor Hopkins and Louis Cador, both from Port Allen High School. Not pictured are Kristen McElhaten of Brusly High and Jason Wade of Port Allen. The group consists of juniors and seniors who are especially gifted at art and who are dedicated to the project.

We are excited to begin work on this project. Check back on line and at the library periodically to see their progress. And who knows, maybe you can help change the library with skills of your own!


Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on This Song Will Save Your Life by: Leila Sales.

save youElise Dembowski has it pretty rough. She’s never been a popular girl–infact, she’s been distinctly unpopular since fourth grade. She wanted to change all that in high school, so she tried to completely reinvent herself. The results were disastrous.

Now she’s sixteen years old, trying to get away from her past. But things are hard. She’s still weirder than ever and the bullying at school has only gotten worse. Things seem hopeless and Elise is convinced she’ll never be anything more than this disgusting, weird, pitiful teenager. At least, that’s what she thinks until she finds Start.

Start is an underground nightclub and it’s the first place where people there are nice to Elise. In fact, it’s the first place she feels like she could be somebody other than what everyone else at school sees. It is at Start where she learns about DJing and how she can turn her love of music into something that drives crowds wild.

This Song Will Save Your Life is a novel about learning to love who you are as a person. It has some pretty graphic scenes of and references to self-harm and bullying, so you might want to steer clear of this book if you are not in a place to read about it. However, it is ultimately an uplifting story about finding your place in life, even if it isn’t “popular.” To reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Every Day by: David Levithan.

everydayA wakes up in a completely different body every day. Boy, girl, rich, poor, fat, thin, sick, healthy, A has been everyone. This has been going on for as long as A can remember. It’s a lonely life, drifting from body to body, learning a new set of rules for a new life, but A has managed pretty spectacularly for the past sixteen years. That is, until A inhabits the body of a boy named Justin and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon.

Rhiannon is unlike anyone A has ever met before. She is beautiful, genuinely kind, and someone that A just can’t let go. Then, A does the unthinkable: A falls in love. From that moment on, A’s new purpose in life is to meet Rhiannon again, and A will use any and every body they wake up in to do it.

This starts to take a toll on A, Rhiannon, and the people whose body A inhabits. They start to remember things and it gets dangerous. A knows that they need to leave Rhiannon be and move on with their life, but it becomes harder and harder to do as A falls deeper and deeper in love with Rhiannon.

Every Day isn’t your average love story. The trials and tribulations A and Rhiannon go through are much more than your typical characters in a romance novel go through, and this novel tries to answer the question of whether true love can last through literally anything. If you like romance, drama, and thrills, then you might be interested in this book. It is also one of the nominees for the Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice Awards. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

National College Fair

flyer 1Opportunities are knocking!


The National College Fair is coming to Baton Rouge on Wedesday, October 1 at the River Center. A number of representatives from colleges around the country will be present to answer all your questions about what to do after you graduate. You can also learn about ACT strategies, financial aid options, scholarships, and anything else you might need to know about the process of attending college. Admission is FREE as long as you register for the fair before attending.


Registration is quick and simple if you follow these three steps:

1. Log on to prior to attending the fair. You will be asked to answer a few short questions about your graduation and personal information.

2. Print out the barcode registration.

3. Bring your barcode to the fair. Representatives from the college will be able to scan your barcode and instantly access your information. This will allow for a quicker transaction and more one-on-one time for you to ask questions about each college.

This is a wonderful, free opprotunity to better prepare yourself for what to do after graduation. Come to the library for more information and additional flyers!


Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Boy Nobody by: Allen Zadoff.

boyBoy Nobody has a name–he just doesn’t remember it. He isn’t allowed to remember it. Memories can interfere with the mission, and there’s nothing more important to the mission.

He goes from school to school, forever the new kid, growing close to people and then vanishing without a trace. He leaves absolutely nothing but a wake of death and destruction that cannot be traced back to him. But of course, he’s responsible for all of them.

Boy Nobody is an assassin, working for a top-secret organization that calls itself The Program. He reports to “Mother” and receives missions from “Father” and he must not ask questions about anything. The only thing he has to do is complete the mission and everything is fine.

But one day, things aren’t fine. He’s given a very strange mission with a small time window and nearly impossible parameters to work within. It seems impossible, but Boy Nobody is convinced he can still pull it off. If he doesn’t, it means being pulled out of The Program. And nobody survives being pulled out of The Program. But the challenges might prove too much for his skills.

Boy Nobody is a book that reads a lot like an action movie. He’s got the assassination skills of Jason Bourne and the gadgets of James Bond. If you like stories about spies, conspiracies, and covert military operations, you’ll definitely want to check this book out. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Stitches: A Memoir by: David Small.

Stitches-David-SmallDavid Small had an unhappy childhood. His father was a doctor who rarely ever spent time with his son when he wasn’t giving him x-rays for his sinus problems. His mother was withdrawn and angry, refusing to speak for days at at time without telling anyone why. The neighborhood kids pick on him for being sickly and different. He spent most of his time withdrawn into his own little world to cope with the loneliness.

When David was eleven, a friend of the family discovered a lump on his neck. His parents diagnosed it as simple cyst and chose to ignore it for the next three years. When he turned fourteen, he finally underwent an operation to have it removed. What should have been a simple outpatient procedure turned into an overnight stay at the hospital and a second surgery. His parents began to act uncharacteristically nice to him, but no one would tell him why. When he woke up the next morning, he had a long, ugly scar across his neck and he was missing a vocal chord, making him effectively mute.

This graphic novel is the story of what happened to David leading up to and after the surgery. It is a memoir of him dealing with the physical and emotional scars that his parents and medical problems left on him. It is dark at times, but ultimately ends in hope and empowerment. The book seems thick at over 300 pages, but many of the pages are large, wordless illustrations similar to silent movies. If you are interested in dark stories and biographies, you might be interested in this book. If you would like to reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.