Library Updates

All of Baton Rouge is working overtime to help reclaim our city, and the library workers are no exception. The schedule for this coming week will be:

  • 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday (except for River Center Branch, which closes at its normal time of 7 p.m.)
  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • 2-6 p.m. Sunday, August 28 (plans for Main on Sunday, September 4, will be reviewed early next week).

The Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch will remain closed for the immediate future.

The Main Library on Goodwood has gotten some free two- and three-page fax cards to use with our public machine; they are available at the reference desk on the second floor. Staff are still available to send longer faxes with the staff fax machine.

The Outreach Department has been distributing donations and acting as a mobile internet/device charging station for the last few weeks, and will continue to do so. Many library systems from around the country have generously offered to help us rebuild the collections of the damaged libraries; Outreach is working with them and with library systems of the other affected parishes, and will create an Amazon wishlist when the full extent of the damaged items is known.

Thank you for your support, and know that we are proud to support you in return.

Flood Cleanup Resources

There are several places that have done their best to collect all information regarding the flooding in Louisiana into a central location. Some of the sites below are comprehensive in their coverage of the flooding and of flood support resources in the community.

  • WAFB’s list of assistance and relief information is an alphabetized collection of service organizations here and in New Orleans, and how to contact them for aid.
  • The Louisiana Flood 2016 site can be slow due to heavy usage, but in particular has a section on volunteer opportunities for people who want to give their time, but aren’t sure who to contact or where to start.
  • The library’s Disaster Recovery infoguide is updated frequently with additional links to information and resources.
  • The governor’s office has created a page of Resources for Flood Victims, which covers available state and federal aid sources for finding temporary housing, registering damages for FEMA, recovering your business, and more.
  • Flood Help Louisiana is a site designed to connect contractors, shelters, volunteers, food drives, and more with people who need them. People who have something to give can register what they’re offering, and people who need help can register to be connected with someone who can help them.

The National Guard has set up points of distribution (PODs) at the following locations:

  • Miracle Place Church  2080 Main St., Baker
  • Healing Place Church    19202 Highland Road
  • First Pentecostal Church  2828 Jones Creek Road 
  • Greenwell Springs Library 11300 Greenwell Springs Road Baton Rouge, LA 70809

These locations will be open from 8 AM-8 PM until further notice, and will be distributing MREs, bottled water, and ice. People who stop by to get supplies should stay in their cars while their items are loaded in.

Flood Support Events in Baton Rouge

Especially in times of crisis, it’s important to give yourself time to wind down. If you need a break this weekend, even if just for a few hours, lots of local organizations are stepping up to provide entertainment and a chance to rest your mind for a little while, while also donating to those who were affected by the flood. Here are a few:

  • Tonight at 7 PM, the Manship Theatre will have a free showing of Mel Brooks’s Spaceballs. The Manship will be showing free family-friendly movies, with free concessions, throughout the weekend, at showtimes of 10 AM and 1 PM. Donations of canned food will go towards flood relief.
  • Sistars of Empowerment is offering a Parent Support Session where children will be cared for from 10 AM-2 PM at the Main Library. Snacks and activities will be provided for the children. Registration is available through their website. (If you or your child need additional help dealing with stress in this difficult time, please call Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana’s Kidline at 1-800-244-5373. Lines are open from 8 AM-8 PM.)
  • At 10:45 AM, join Tread BR at The Overpass Merchant for a donation-based 45-minute workout. All proceeds will benefit the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund. Bring your own mat (or towel) and water, and then pack it up to go to:
  • the Fundraiser Under the Overpass. More than thirty local restaurants, breweries, and other local sponsors have come together to provide all you can eat food and drinks for a $25 minimum donation, which will also benefit the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund. They will also be accepting donations of basic supplies like bedding, toiletries, and clothes.
  • Sunday at 9 AM, yoga studios from all over Baton Rouge (including previous Business Person of the Month, Phi Nguyen, of Agame Yoga) will have a flood-relief class for a suggested minimum donation of $20.

If you want to volunteer, but aren’t sure how, a great way to start is by contacting your local church or civic organization. WAFB’s running list of assistance and flood relief information is a great way to identify area coordinators, such as Edge Church, Family Worship Center, and the Jewel J. Newman Community Center.

And as always, if you need something to read, something to watch, or someone to help you answer a question or find information, the library is always there. We’re on a temporarily adjusted schedule of 10 AM-6 PM today and tomorrow and will be open from 2-6 PM on Sunday, and the Digital Library is always open.

Library Storm Resources

All branches of the library that have not suffered storm damage will be open from 10 AM-6 PM through Saturday, and from 2-6PM on Sunday. The Baker Branch and the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch are closed for repairs.

Library workers are available to help you with FEMA documentation and other emergency response documents. We have recently created a Disaster Recovery Infoguide that contains information specific to this weekend’s flooding and will be updated as more information is released.


This website is for people seeking Federal assistance from FEMA. There is a registration process. The contact phone is 1-800-621-3362. The FEMA “Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals & Households Program” is here:


Copies should be available at the information desk at your branch.


This website is for those seeking disaster assistance from the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It may be easier to Google Louisiana DSNAP to access the site. Again there is a registration process. The contact phone is 1-888-524-3578.

Typically initial information necessary to complete either of these registrations includes:

Name, social security number, and birth date for each household member
Parish where you currently live
Residential address
Monthly income for each household member
Liquid resources for each household member such as:
Cash on Hand
Checking Accounts
Savings Accounts
Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
Money Market Accounts

  • The final acceptance date for federal tax returns due after August 15th has been pushed back to January 17th, 2017.
  • The Advocate is publishing a running list of parish and state offices that are closed due to flooding, and their expected opening dates, if any have been published.
  • Louisiana DOTD is maintaining a frequently updated map of road closures and areas that are still flooded.
  • All open branches (again, that’s all of them but Baker and Greenwell Springs Road) are accepting donations of new socks in all sizes. Drop off your donations at the children’s desk of your local branch.
  • BREC is opening emergency camps for children who are unable to attend school. The camps will be located at Independence, Highland, Jackson, Zachary Community Parks and T.D. Bickham Park in Baker, for a price of $14 a day or $50 per week where closures are expected to last for a longer period of time.

We are proud to be serving the community of Baton Rouge in this difficult time, and proud of our place in Southern Louisiana.

The Game of Thrones Extravaganza is Postponed

This Friday night, there’s no better place to be than safe and dry in your houses. So as excited as we are about partying it up like a much less stabby version of the Dothraki, our Game of Thrones event has been postponed. But we thought we’d give you a taste of what’s in store.

Come joust with pool-noodle horses:

The vampire horse is everybody’s favorite, and he will lead you to victory.

Come design your very own house crest and shield:

House Addams: We Gladly Feast On Those Who Would Subdue Us

Come play trivia games, and win door prizes, and watch the awesome demos Baton Rouge’s own Society for Creative Anachronism is going to put on! It’s going to be amazing, no matter when it’s rescheduled to. Be there or be a White Walker.

SELF-e and Biblioboard

It’s time to get that novel out of the bottom drawer of your desk, dust it off, and get it published – with the library’s new self-publishing duo, SELF-e and Biblioboard.

When you submit a book to SELF-e, it goes through a low-key review process by Library Journal – mostly just to check for file formatting errors and very basic readability standards, like the occasional presence of verbs. Some books are chosen as “Select” titles, which are shared with Biblioboard users across the country.


All accepted titles, though, will be published to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Biblioboard collection. Readers will be able to add them to favorites lists, comment on their favorite parts, and share their opinions with other Biblioboard users – it’s kind of like Goodreads, but the books are already there, too.

SELF-e and Biblioboard are great resources for everyone who’s interested in reading and connecting with local authors – and for those authors who want to reach more readers with their self-published works. Try them today, or check out our infoguide for more information!

Meet the Candidates for Mayor

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The Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations (FGBRCA) offers you an opportunity to meet the candidates for Mayor-President for East Baton Rouge Parish during the Mayoral Candidate Forum at the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 11. All registered candidates have been invited to the Forum, which is FREE and open to the public.

Nancy Curry, President of the FGBRCA, encourages members of the community to attend the Federation’s August meeting, stating that “These are very important positions—here’s a chance to learn something about each of the candidates.”

As part of its mission, the FGBRCA is constantly educating its member Associations in matters of mutual interest and participating in community-based organizations which seek to improve the community environment and quality of life.

Curry went on to say, “The Federation is primarily an educational organization; we encourage civic engagement and try to keep our members informed about things that are happening in the community, especially with ordinances and planning. It’s very important to educate the citizenry about the candidates for Mayor and Metro Council members—what they do has a profound effect on all of us.”

An additional forum for candidates for the East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, September 8, at the Main Library at Goodwood.

For more information about the FGBRCA, visit

Game of Thrones After-Hours Extravaganza

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Calling all Game of Thrones and Medieval fans! The Society for Creative Anachronism and your library are teaming up to provide a night of Game of Thrones activities NOT to be missed! The Society of Creative Anachronism will do fighting demos, period dancing, and leatherworking. There will also be foam jousting, make-your-own-house-crests, and passive trivia. Prizes will be awarded, and food trucks will be outside for those who wish to purchase dinner at this special, after-hours event.

The Last Mission to the Moon

Man’s last mission to the moon was Apollo 17. The spacecraft launched on December 7th, 1972; all astronauts returned safely to Earth on December 19th. You can travel along with them at Apollo 17 in Real-Time, where all 300 hours of audio, 22 hours of video, and 4200 photographs have been released to the public.

Start off with the beginning of the launch, or join in wherever the playback is now. The interface looks like this:

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The squares on the far right are images and videos that match the timestamps of the sound recording that’s playing, but you can click or scroll through as you like. You can follow along with the transcript, take a guided tour of the site and of the events, or read commentary on the mission.

This site is an amazing resource for anyone who’s ever looked up at the stars and wondered what it’s like to go to them. If space is what fuels your imagination, head to the library to check out items like these: