Free Media Refresher Post II: Horrible Weather Boogaloo

If you’re trapped inside and you feel like you’re about to start climbing the walls because frankly it has rained enough this year, may I suggest some light escapism via free stuff from the library? There’s more now than ever before! (Because growth and development is important, even, or especially, in public institutions.)

Let’s go!

Books!

  • OverDrive – One-stop shop for all your ebook and audiobook needs! Can you call something a “shop” if it’s free? You get the idea.
  • One Click Digital – EVEN MORE ebooks and audiobooks! If it’s not in OverDrive, it might be here. There is no overlap in the two collections, providing you with even more content.
  • Comics Plus Library Edition – OverDrive for single-issue comics!
  • TumbleBooks – Books for the kindergarten through third graders among us. If you need a way to keep your little ones from complaining too much about being stuck inside, this is a great one!

Magazines!

  • Zinio – Digital copies of all your favorite periodicals!
  • Flipster – Kind of like Overdrive and One Click Digital, this is a supplementary digital magazine collection – this one is easier to use, and doesn’t require you to download the magazine!
This could be us, but you playing.

Movies!

  • Criterion Collection – Is not an app. Is instead streaming content of all films considered part of the Criterion Collection. Neat!
  • IndieFlix – Short and full-length indie films you can access with your library card!
  • Qello Concerts – Filmed recordings of live concerts! What a great way to get out of the house without actually, you know, having to get out of the house.
  • OverDrive – EVEN MORE THINGS (what can’t it do?) (Control the weather. Ugh.)

Learn some things!

  • Languages! The linked infoguide has information about most of our language learning provided software, like Mango, Muzzy (a great resource for kids!), ESL, and Signing Savvy! We’ve also got Pronunciator.
  • Computer programming! So many options. Safari Tech Books is great if you like to learn from books, or sites like Treehouse, Atomic Training, and Lynda can teach you via recorded video and audio lessons that show you exactly what to do to get the results you want.
  • Why not try going back to school with the Gale Virtual Reference Library? It has lots of titles to help you prepare for entrance exams like the SAT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, Nursing and Civil Service Exams.

There’s literally nothing you can’t do!

We use this gif a lot because it’s just so true.

Christmas Is Coming

Dulcimer Guy

Mike Anderson, also known as the Dulcimer Guy, will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 8, to dazzle audiences with amazing tunes. Listen only or join in by singing along to popular holiday music on the dulcimer!

Later, at 6:30 the same day, meet a strangely familiar face in the personage of Hugo Kringle, Kris Kringle’s brother, as he regales the audience with tales of growing up Santa Claus’s sibling and plays holiday music. A dulcimer may possibly be involved.

Santa’s in on it.

A Celebration of the Trees @ the Creek

The Jones Creek Regional Christmas tree display, made of trees decorated by area businesses, schools, clubs, churches, homeowners associations, and other community organizations, will open on December 1st at 9:00 AM. (If you’ve got a last-minute contribution, call (225) 756-1160 to get yours in!)

The LASM Discovery Dome is Letting It Snow!

  • 2-5 PM December 6th – Delmont Gardens Branch
  • 10 AM – 1 PM December 7th – Pride-Cheneyville Branch
  • 3:30-6:30 PM December 8th – Fairwood Branch
  • 2:30-5:30 PM December 12th – Baker Branch
  • 3-6 PM December 13th – Central Branch
  • 10 AM – 1 PM December 14th – Zachary Branch
  • 3-6 PM December 21st – Bluebonnet Regional Branch

SO MANY CRAFTS

And as always, this time of year brings out the artist in all of us. There are more holiday-themed crafting events for Baton Rougians of all ages than you can shake a stick at. (But if you should be inclined to try, please tie some ribbon on the end, so it’s festive.)

Food for Fines 2016

If you’ve built up some fines, but know that the library is awesome and incidentally a great way to save money that you can use on your loved ones (you can check movies out for free!), December is your time to give back to the community while you get back the use of your library card.

With Food for Fines, every non-perishable food item you bring in gets you one dollar off your library fines. Non-perishable foods include:

  • canned vegetables!
  • canned soups!
  • dried beans!
  • canned meats!
  • flour!
  • rice!
  • peanut butter!
  • pasta!
  • corn meal!
  • cereal!
  • protein bars!
  • and so on!

The program starts on December 1st, ends on December 30th, and will entirely benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Let’s go!

Soup from everyone, for everyone!

Crochet for a Cause

If you’ve been holding on to plastic grocery bags just in case you ever found a use for them, we’ve found you an escape route!

The Crocheting for a Cause program turns plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. Each 3′ x 6′ mat is made of plarn, a “plastic yarn” made of recycled grocery bags. It takes about 500 bags to make enough plarn for one mat. The preparation takes about eight hours, and crocheting a bag takes about six to eight hours. When they’re finished, the mats are donated to Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless.

Sunday’s program at the Main Library will feature a presentation from Gerry Stark on how to make the plarn and the pattern for the sleeping mats. You’ll be able to take that knowledge home, and use it to make your own mats to donate.

Join us this Sunday, November 27th, at the Main Library on Goodwood, from 3-5 PM, to learn more about this excellent program, and how you can get involved.

Adult Coloring Sessions at the Library

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For many, this holiday season is not going to be terribly relaxing. Come unwind (and make yourself something pretty!) at one of the library’s adult coloring sessions!

  • Main Library at Goodwood – 7 PM Tuesday, November 29th
  • Carver Branch – 3 PM Wednesday, November 30th
  • Pride-Cheneyville Branch – 4 PM Tuesday, November 22nd
  • Eden Park Branch – 6 PM Thursday, December 1st
  • River Center Branch – 3:30 PM Monday, December 5th

You can bring your own coloring book and colors, or you can use the materials we provide. It’s a great way to unwind!

Check Out the New Library Catalog!

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On Wednesday, October 26, the Library unveiled a newly designed catalog for the public to use. By November 28, the new catalog will become primary. However, we still will offer a link to the old catalog for patron use until January 2, 2017.

The new catalog has been designed to work well on all screen sizes, from the monitor on your desk to the screen on a cell phone. To see the differences between the old and the new catalogs, visit the InfoGuide at http://ebrpl.libguides.com/NewCatalog.

The new catalog also contains the following new features:

  • Search results will be sorted by relevancy. This means the results you see are more likely to match what you searched for. It currently only works with keywords searches. However for non-keyword searches, it will sort by popularity which should still produce better results than our current catalog which sorts by year of publication.
  • Patrons will be able to temporarily renew their Library card online. If a card has expired, they may click on a button on the My Account page to renew their card for 21 days. This option to renew is only available once the card has expired, and is only available on the account once per year. This means that after the 21-day extension, patrons will only be able to renew their card by visiting a Library in person.
  • Online registration for new patrons will be available. Patrons who find us online but do not yet have an account with us will be able to register for a temporary online card. This card number may be used to access our databases and e-resources and place holds from our catalog. The card number will expire after two months. After that time, patrons would need to renew their account in person and receive a permanent, regular use Library card.
  • Passwords will replace name codes. Currently, when patrons sign into their account online, they must type in their card number as well as their name code. The name code is the first four letters of the last name followed by the first three letters of the first name. Beginning on October 26, all new patrons will use a password to log in to their account instead of a name code. The default password for these new patrons will be their date of birth in the dd/mm/yyyy format. All current patrons will still log in using their name code as their password. All patrons with an email address, current and new, will be able to change their password at any time and reset their password if forgotten.
  • Patrons will be able to add or change their email address from the My Account page.
  • Patrons will be able to add and access linked accounts from the My Account page. This means parents will be able to link their child’s account to their own. They can then use that link to easily renew the child’s items without leaving their account. This requires an email address on all linked accounts.

We’d love to hear your feedback! To let us know what you think of the new catalog, simply click the green button at the top of the new catalog page to leave your comments via the Feedback Form.