Congratulations to the recipient of the 2015 Louisiana Library Association’s Essae M. Culver Distinguished Service Award: WBR Library Director Beth Vandersteen!

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WBR Library Announces 20th Annual Spring Art Show

West Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 20th Annual Spring Art Show will open with a reception on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Library, 830 North Alexander Avenue, Port Allen. Awards will be announced at 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to enjoy the reception, honor the talented artists, and view the show which will remain on display through May 2, 2015 in the Library meeting room.

Now in its 20th year, the Library supports local artists and showcases their talents in a juried art show at the Library. Artists from Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and West Baton Rouge Parishes are invited to enter their best work, to be critiqued and judged by a professional art expert. Cash prizes and ribbons are awarded to artists whose work is named “Best of Show” as well as First, Second, and Third place in each of three categories – Professional, Non-Professional, and Art Student. Ribbons are also awarded for artists who achieve Honorable Mention in each category.

Area businesses and individuals support the Art Show each year with their donations of time, expertise, and monetary contributions which are 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.

For more information, please call, visit, or connect to West Baton Rouge Parish Library, 225-342-7920 or

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Message From the Director

Celebrating National Library Week!

Along with libraries across the country, West Baton Rouge Parish Library will celebrate National Library Week from April 13 – 18, 2015. Whether you need database access for research purposes or a good mystery for a rainy weekend, the Library is the place to be!

Books are still the heart of the Library! Now you have more choices – pick your favorites from regular print or large print, hard cover or paperback, even digital books for downloading. Books for all ages, books in all sizes, books for beginning readers and senior citizens, books of new recipes and old quilt patterns, books on home repair or hunting deer. Westerns, romance, mystery, espionage, horror, thrillers, adventure, and more!

Your library technology is the latest – come in and update your resume, email photos to the grandparents, or connect to your company’s conference via the SmartBoard. Print in color or black-and-white, or save your work to a flash drive. Attend a class in basic computing or do advanced study from CBT Nuggets. Use the Accessibility Workstation to overcome physical challenges and access the Internet or use the print-to-speech feature – it will read your documents aloud to you.

Programming at your library is plentiful! The Library Puppeteers are performing “Born to Be Wild” for busloads of students May 11th-15th. Visit our 20th Annual Spring Art Show which runs from April 11th through May 7th. Join our Textile Crafters on the second Tuesday of every month. Hear National Book Award winner Kimberly Willis Holt speak at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday May 3rd. There are always great programs happening at your Library!

Visit your Library or Bookmobile during National Library Week! We have a special treat in store for you!

Beth Vandersteen, Director  


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