Cool Stuff For Kids is specially dedicated to identifying books, sites, and resources for the juvenile patrons of the West Baton Rouge Parish Library as well as to informing families of special library events and programs intended for children, from the newborn infant to the upper elementary school student.





The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award is a reading enrichment program of the LCFTB. The program was founded in 1999 with the first award given in 2000. Participation in this program has climbed from 5,485 votes the first year to over 29,000 students participating in 2009. The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the recognition of outstanding books. The program is underwritten by Dr. James R. and Anne A. Peltier with additional support from Perma-Bound Books.  Now entering its 11th year, the program continues to encourage Louisiana’s youth to read for pleasure.

Promotional materials, including posters, brochures, bookmarks, and seals for award books, are available free of charge while supplies last.

After reading hundreds of books intended for upper elementary and middle school students, a committee of public and school librarians nominate two lists of books, one for students in grades 3 - 5 and one for students in grades 6 - 8. The lists are well-balanced selections of high-quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and were all published in the same year, two years prior to being considered for nomination. Students may read or listen to the books and vote for their favorite one.

Please visit the State Library of Louisiana for more information about the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice program.

2013 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Winners

Winner: Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas

Honor: The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco



Trailers For Our New Books





Our Wonderful Shows


        “Take Out the Garbage and the Trash!”  was suppported by the Dow Chemical Community Grant. 

        It's a mostly true story about birds. Beautiful birds who spend their lives swimming in or living near rivers, lakes, ponds, and the sea. Amazing birds who fly long distances from their summer homes in the far north to their winter homes in Louisiana. No doubt you've seen some of them already - ducks, egrets, and pelicans - or you have seen their pictures. This is their story of how and why they migrate to Louisiana and what they do while they live here in the winter.

        The show features more than fifty puppets and is performed by eleven members of the library's puppet theatre company, a group of mostly retired teachers and principals who enjoy performing for the students. The company has been presenting annual shows since 2005.



2013 Summer Program

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Books Websites Homework Events/Programs

                Beacon Street Girls

Fall Event

Summer Event Photos


  Great Websites for Kids

 Prime Time





Saturday Morning Fun

Summer 2013

Baby & Toddler



Postcard Poetry by WBR Students



Preschool Storytime

Summer 2013



Libri Foundation Books



LEGO Club 2013



Science Books








The Youth Services Department is committed to serving children and teens, their families, educators
and care givers in accordance with the mission of the West Baton Rouge Parish Library.
Our department contributes to the growth and development of children and teens by:
  • collaborating with and offering outreach services and programs to schools, childcare centers, and community organizations which serve children
  • enabling them to work independently while encouraging them to seek assistance when necessary
  • offering activities and programs to educate them, enrich their lives, and encourage their use of the library and bookmobile
  • providing a network of services in the community
  • providing an attractive and inviting facility for children and their families
  • providing a collection in a wide variety of print and non-print formats that is current and representative of different points of view and which meets their recreational and informational needs
  • teaching children and teens how to use the library and its resources
  • treating children and teens with patience and respect