The library will be closed Monday, May 25th to observe Memorial Day. We will resume normal hours Tuesday, May 26th.

Message from the Director

Spring into Programs! Spring rains bring green grass, good books, and lots of Library programs for all ages! Betcha there’s something here that will pique your interest and send you hurrying to the Library!

Garden Seeds Give-away – pick up your “garden in a bag” and see how green your thumb is! For spring and fall plantings, you will get a selection of vegetables, companion plants, and herbs.

“Textile Crafters” meet second Tuesdays every month. Bring your project and supplies, and visit with others who knit, crochet, bead, or whatever!

“Born to be Wild” is the spring Puppet Extravaganza! Incorporating STEM objectives, these performances will educate and entertain May 11-15.

“Saturday Morning Fun” for babies and toddlers and their families will liven up the Library on Saturday mornings in June.

Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults will bring Superhero themes throughout the Parish starting in June. Great books, fun activities for all!

And remember our basic computer classes on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings. Advanced classes are also available.

Come one, come all, to your Library!

Beth Vandersteen, Director  

Library News and Announcements

WBR Library Announces 20th Annual Spring Art Show

West Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 20th Annual Spring Art Show opened with a reception on Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Library, 830 North Alexander Avenue, Port Allen. Now in its 20th year, the library supports local artists who are residents of or enrolled in art classes in Iberville Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, and West Baton Rouge Parish. They were invited to enter their best work, to be critiqued and judged by Keith Andry, a member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the Louisiana Watercolor Society.

Cash prizes and ribbons were awarded as follows: BEST OF SHOW – Margaret Sarradet Acosta – Brusly; PROFESSIONAL: 1st, Lana Bernard Toniolo – Ventress, 2nd, Susan LaBauve – Plaquemine, 3rd, Susan LaBauve – Plaquemine, Honorable Mention: Sarah E. Fabre – Ventress, Debra Sullivan – Port Allen, Maureen M. Gaudin – Oscar Bing Zheng – Port Allen, Mark Erwin – Brusly, Betty LaBauve – Plaquemine; NON PROFESSIONAL: 1st, Suzanne Lamotte – Port Allen, 2nd, Steve Martin – Erwinville, 3rd, Amy Jones – Port Allen, Honorable Mention: Lanie Hebert – Addis, Katherine Perry – Port Allen, Farren V. Cline, Port Allen, STUDENT: 1st, Bonnie Kleinpeter – Addis, 2nd, Eva Sumrall – Bueche, 3rd, Dannie Kennedy – Baker, Honorable Mention: Gloria Borskey – Brusly, Cheslyn Simpson – Plaquemine; and BEST NEW ENTRANT: Juan Baldera – Port Allen.

Area businesses and individuals supported the Art Show with their donations of time, expertise, and monetary contributions which were used to offer prize money to the winners. The Library is very proud to name these donors to the “Brush and Palette Club” in recognition of their support of the Library and the arts community in the Tri-Parish area. This year, we thank and recognize these contributors: Iberville Bank, Aguillard Electric, River City Roofing and Sheet Metal, Hall Davis and Sons Funeral Services, American Gateway Bank, Clay Stewart State Farm Insurance, and Hughes Mechanical Contractors LLC. Special appreciation also goes to the West Baton Rouge Museum staff who are invaluable in hanging the exhibit each year, Larry Russo Contractor for his assistance, and The Floral Boutique for a floral arrangement.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is invited to view the show which will remain on display through May 7, 2015 in the Library meeting room. For more information, please call, visit, or connect to West Baton Rouge Parish Library, 225-342-7920 or

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