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Free fun at the Zachary Branch Library

By Lauren Pope, staff writer

Did you know that EBRP Library System is one of the top, star-rated library systems in the country? What does this mean? Well, it means that our library system, including Zachary Branch Library, has high circulation levels, many programs and events, and solid funding and support. 

What does that mean for us? It means a world of knowledge and entertainment is at your fingertips. From summer reading programs to knitting clubs and teen craft grab bags, the library should be your first stop for free summer entertainment. Here are some highlights….

Summer Reading Program

The 2023 Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 through August 15. You can earn incentives and virtual badges for completing your summer reading this year. Register online at https://ebrpl.beanstack.org or at the circulation desk. With levels for children, teens, and adults, the entire family can enjoy prizes and fun. One of the prizes for the teen program is a full sized box of Sour Patch Kids. The teen librarians definitely understand incentives. 

Kids Programming

There is so much happening at the library this summer for children that it would be impossible for us to list everything here, so be sure to check out the Zachary Branch Events Calendar but here are a few of our top picks:

Professor Universe presents INTO THE DEEP. 

Tuesday, June 13, 10:00 AM, Ages 5 and up, Registration required

In this program, scientific concepts are conveyed through fun, play, and audience participation. Kids will learn how amazing systems of global currents unite the ocean, and how most of our oxygen comes from the sea.

Baton Rouge Mounted Patrol

Tuesday, June 20, 10:00AM,  Ages 6 and up, Registration required

Families are welcome to meet the officers and their equestrian partners.  The Baton Rouge Mounted Patrol will trot out their finest equine officers and share a demonstration of their day-to-day activities. 







Teen Programming

Teen programming includes everything from a film camp to a stomp rocket competition and grab bag crafts. Again, check the Community Calendar for the full line up, but don’t miss these top picks!

Remote Controlled Robots

Thursday, June 29, 2:30 PM

Teens will build a motorized toy vehicle and test their “driving” skills by putting it through a variety of challenges. 

Summer Film Camp 

Monday-Friday, June 19-23, 10AM-1PM,  Ages 13+ . Call the Zachary Teen Desk at  225-658-1870 to register.

Free filmmaking summer camp for teens 13+ Students will learn the basics of filmmaking under the guidance of an experienced local filmmaker. The final projects will premiere at the Mid City Micro-Con on August 5th at the main library. Limited to 15 students per camp.






Giant Board Games

Thursday, July 27, 4:00 PM

Sure, Uno is fun…and ruthless. But have you ever wanted to play GIANT Uno? Now’s your teen’s chance to crush the competition on a massive scale. There’s also a giant Sorry board and massive Spoons. You could say it’s kind of a big deal. 

Adult Programming

Book Club

Thursday, June 15 at 10AM, The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Learn to Knit

Every Tuesday at 6 PM

Are you an experienced knitter or a beginner looking to learn? All adults are welcome. Bring your needles and yarn to the library to join in the fun.


Saturday, June 10, 3 PM

B-I-N-G-O Adults are invited t o a fun-filled time of playing bingo and winning prizes. 





Upcycled Wine Bottle Vase

Thursday, June 15, 6PM

The flowers are in bloom! Come by the Zachary Branch Library to paint your very own vase to display beautiful garden flowers. 


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