Final Flood Debris Set-Out Date

With East Baton Rouge Parish flood debris collection efforts moving into their final stages, City-Parish officials announced recently that crews will soon conduct a final collection pass and asked residents to move any remaining flood debris curbside to the public right-of-way by Sunday, Nov. 6.

Debris removal teams will continue to collect flood debris in the weeks following this set-out deadline, at which point a final collection pass will be initiated across all flood impacted areas in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish. Any flood debris that is not curbside by Nov. 6 may not be collected by debris removal crews, based on when trucks initiate their final pass within certain neighborhoods or streets. City-Parish officials are urging any residents who are unable to meet this final flood debris set-out deadline to contact the Department of Environmental Services as soon as possible by dialing (225) 389-4865.

The City-Parish recently established a web-based form for residents to use in reporting specific addresses where flood debris still needs to be collected, located at Residents who have moved their debris curbside should continue to use this form through Nov. 6 to report the location of their flood debris, or by calling 1-888-721-4372.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts at their homes should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, located at, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

More than 1.6 million cubic yards of flood debris have been collected by City-Parish crews since efforts first began Aug. 20, which represents one of the largest-ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind. For more information and to track the progress of these ongoing clean-up efforts, visit

National Novel Writing Month 2016

This year’s theme is Imagination and Beyond!

Y’ALL it’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s WRITING TIME.

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, or needed an excuse to spend 30 solid days completely entrenched in your own mildly obsessive hobby, or been curious about what it might be like to go gently and temporarily bonkers, National Novel Writing Month is for you.

Hang out with the Red Stick Wrimos, Baton Rouge’s own group of extreme November novelists, every Sunday at the CCs on Jefferson, or on Thursdays at the Main Library on Goodwood! Check the November Source for other library-focused writing events, like the Jones Creek Fiction Writers Workshop on the first and third Thursdays of every month.

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To “win” NaNoWriMo (there are no prizes but the glow of accomplishment, but oh, WHAT a glow it is), all you have to do is write 50,000 words in the month of November. You can write a whole novel! You can go rogue and write a bunch of essays! You can finally write the Batman fanfiction you’ve always dreamed of! (People do!) It’s a glorious time to let your creative juices run wild all over the rest of your life.

Come write with us!

Red Stick Farmers Market

If you are looking for fresh, healthy produce for your family, look no further than the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Main Library at Goodwood located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. where the Market returns after a summer hiatus. Every Tuesday starting October 11, the Baton Rouge Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance (BREADA) Red Stick Farmers Market will hold a seasonal market from 8 a.m. until noon.

Enjoy a hearty selection of farm-fresh produce, goods, cooking demonstrations and more. With locations around Baton Rouge, the Red Stick Farmers Market brings locally-sourced products straight to your neighborhood.

Wife and husband Elizabeth Henriquez and Jose Manuel Henriquez shopped this summer for fresh peppers at the Red Stick Farmers Market at the Main Library at Goodwood.

What can’t you do at the library?

Disaster Recovery Resource Fair

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Southern University Law Center, the State of Louisiana, the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge Mayor-President’s Office, and others are hosting a Disaster Recovery Resource Fair for homeowners and renters who were impacted by the flood.

The fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Southern University Law Center, 2 Roosevelt Steptoe Drive in the A.A. Lenoir Hall, on Southern University’s campus. It will feature one-stop shopping for information and resources from a variety of federal, state, local and not-for-profit agencies to help residents in the recovery efforts. Participants will find information on the Shelter at Home program, flood insurance, foreclosure prevention, title issues and successions, disaster tax relief, loans, unemployment, housing counseling, legal services, and more.

The event is free and open to the public. American Sign Language interpreters as well as Spanish and Vietnamese language translators will also be available. Similar events are being planned in Ascension and Livingston parishes in the near future.

Mayor Holden would like to remind the citizens of Baton Rouge to verify that they are working with a licensed contractor in their construction or reconstruction efforts, and specifically to get a written plan of the contractor’s plan of work, including the materials and equipment they will use and how the debris will be removed.

The library continues to update the Disaster Recovery guide with information about Baton Rouge’s flood recovery resources.

For more information about the Disaster Recovery Resource Fair, call (225) 389-5350.

LAST BLAST – Maker Faire 2016 is TOMORROW!

You’ve seen the posts on social media. You might even have caught one of our TV or radio spots. You know that Acadian Robotics is giving away a free 3D printer to one lucky raffle winner, and that EA Games packs are available as door prizes, and that some people might even be lucky enough to meet Mythbusters’ own Jamie Hyneman, the mustachioed demigod of geeky experimentation himself. So you know how much it would suck to miss this.


This year’s mini-Maker Faire runs from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, which is two whole hours longer than last year’s. That’s two extra hours of the concentrated power of creativity of all of Baton Rouge combining with the awesome forces of the library’s stores of knowledge and information. It’s not likely that so much magic in one place will spontaneously engineer a portal into another, cooler dimension, but…who’s to say, really? And who would want to miss it if it happened?

If somehow you’re still not convinced, check out the 2016 roster of makers! It’s ridiculous!

Check out the #makerfaire and #brmakerfaire tags on social media to see what’s happening at our techy smorgasbord and at sister events across the country!

2016 Author/Illustrator: Gene Yang

The Library’s Author-Illustrator Program was founded in 1978. This year’s author is GENE YANG, y’all, we can’t, it’s too much.

Okay, yes, we can. 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient GENE YANG, author of books like Boxers and Saints and American Born Chinese and writer on DC Comics’ The New Superman (very excited!!), will give two talks at this year’s Author-Illustrator Program. On the 13th, everyone is welcome to attend the free session, where he will discuss his relationship with comics and how he grew to use them in the stories he writes today.

On the 14th, there will be a workshop for fans, teachers, librarians, writers, and parents on “Writing Comics” (8:30-10:00 AM) and “Comics in the Classroom” (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM). The workshop has a registration fee of $25 for regular people and $10 for students. You can find the form online! All you have to do is print it, fill it out, write a check, and mail all of those things to us. (The address is also on the form.)

If you have any questions, call (225) 231-3760 for more information.


Scratch for Teens

Scratch is a free program created by MIT to teach teenagers and young people the basics of computer coding. You can create your own interactive, animated stories and games, and get feedback from other members of the Scratch community.

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Instructive and adorable.

Ten teens (say THAT three times fast!) can come to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch on Thursday, October 6th, from 3-5 PM, where the friendly neighborhood librarians will have laptops and the program set up for you to test drive.

You can complete the required registration by calling the Bluebonnet Regional Library at 763-2270.

And after you’ve done that, and it’s whetted your appetite for programming languages, get yourself signed up with a Treehouse account and learn all kinds of code! (You should also check out Lynda.)

Technology advances at an exponential rate. Grab the expanding end of that growth curve and hang on – and with programs like Scratch, have fun doing it!