Mid City Micro-Con!

by Erica Villani

Do you love comics? Cosplay? Creators? Of course you do! Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood Saturday, April 27th, for Mid City Micro-Con: Building Worlds, Breaking Molds. We’re celebrating the diversity found in comics, their fans, and their creators. This year’s featured guest is Ashley A. Woods, whose work includes Niobe (now in development with HBO!); Tomb Raider: Survivors Crusade; and Lady Castle.

Ashley A. Woods, creator of Niobe

The Mid City Micro-Con features creators from all across Baton Rouge and Louisiana area, such as cosplayer Ninja YoYo, cartoonist Keith “Cartoonman” Douglas, podcasters Blerdish, and so many more, all in the arts and comics market in the large meeting room. (Thanks to LSU’s School of Library and Information Sciences for sponsoring our market!)

 

There will be workshops and panels on everything from how to design, storyboard, and draw diverse characters in comics; to “The Influence of Ink: How Comics Can Change the World” with moderator Rodneyna Hart and speakers Ashley A. Woods, Jason Reeves, Keith Chow, and Chip Reece; to a whole room dedicated entirely to cosplay, with events running all day. You can find a complete list of artists and events on our infoguide.

Speaking of cosplay, we’re having a contest! Come as your favorite character – maybe it’s Sherlock Holmes, from our One Book, One Community read, The Hound of the Baskervilles! Maybe it’s Captain Marvel, or Black Panther, or Storm! Find out how to participate on our infoguide. All are welcome!

With a green screen photobooth, more talks and activities than you could ever dream of, and absolutely TONS of prizes, there’s something for every single human in Baton Rouge. We’ll see all of you next Saturday!

Careers in Healthcare

The healthcare sector is one of the largest employers in the Baton Rouge area. They offer a large variety of well paying jobs. Recruiters from Baton Rouge General Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center will discuss the jobs and careers available, their open positions and staffing needs, and their application procedures. Join us Monday, April 29th, at the Main Library on Goodwood from 6-8 PM to learn more.

Please note that this is an informational event, not a job fair. Registration is required; please call (225) 231-3733 to register, or go online.

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Join us TOMORROW, April 13th, at the Main Library at Goodwood for this unique fundraising effort! The floor will open at 11:30 AM, and you can get lunch and a beautiful handmade bowl until 1:00 PM.

Presented by Baton Rouge Clinic, WVLA and FOX44, the event offers access to hundreds of handcrafted ceramic bowls from local Baton Rouge artists, followed by a simple meal. Tickets are $20, and include a delicious lunch, plus one ceramic bowl of your choosing. Additional bowls can be purchased at the event. All proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information, visit the Food Bank’s website.

Things That Go Bump in the Night: Magic and Monsters in the Deep South

As part of the One Book One Community celebration of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, authors Diana Rowland, Em Shotwell, Eden Butler and Cherie Claire will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, to present a panel for adults on how they’ve used the south’s rich storytelling history to craft books involving magic, monsters and more! From folklore, to local legend, to modern creations, we celebrate a history that is ripe for creating tales to give readers chills. Be sure to bring all your burning questions!

Learn more about the participating authors here:

Don’t forget to check out all the One Book, One Community events still happening this year!

Popular Lynda Courses for April

Get started on a free online class from Lynda, available in the Digital Library! With Lynda, you can learn something new anywhere you can get an internet connection. Create a free account with your library card number, and learn everything from how to deal with difficult people to how to advertise your business on social media, and so much more. Here are the most popular courses in East Baton Rouge this month:

  1. Customer Service Foundations
  2. Writing Customer Service Emails
  3. Time Management Fundamentals
  4. Cert Prep: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (100-105)
  5. Maya 2018 Essential Training
  6. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  7. Working with Upset Customers
  8. Communication Foundations (2013)
  9. Effective Listening
  10. Windows 10 October 2018 Update Essential Training

Job Search Scams: How to Recognize and Avoid Them

Sometimes free isn’t free. Sometimes job offers aren’t real. Sometimes online companies are just trying to scam you. If you’re concerned about getting tricked in your job hunt, come to this seminar.

Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood on Wednesday, April 17th, at 11:30, when Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak will discuss common job search scams. Learn which clues to look for, how to safeguard your own information, and how to job search safely and securely.

Registration for this program is required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or register online.

Authors After Hours with Lisa Wingate

Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13, for a FREE Authors After Hours event featuring New York Times Bestselling author Lisa Wingate! A former journalist, inspirational speaker and author of thirty novels, Wingate’s work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award and the Christy Award. She will be at the Library to discuss her blockbuster hit, Before We Were Yours, which remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than one year, was Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award winner for historical fiction. A question-and-answer period and book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of Wingate’s books will be available for purchase at the program.

Career Center Resume Seminar

Rick Wright, of the Career Center, will lead a workshop on how to write a great resume.

  • Learn to structure your resume so that it showcases your most valuable skills
  • Learn formatting techniques that will make your resume look clean and professional
  • Learn the biggest red flags employers look for on resumes and how to avoid them

Join us at the Zachary Branch on Thursday, April 11th, from 6-8 PM.

Registration is required; please call (225) 658-1850 to register.

Louisiana Author Project

Are you an indie author? Do you have a novel gathering dust somewhere on your computer’s hard drive? Dust it off and submit it to the Louisiana Indie Author Project! Indie authors all over the country (and even in one Canadian province!) are participating in Indie Author Projects in their state, and Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans have teamed up to bring this great contest to you.

Any self-published adult or young adult fiction work is eligible to win great prizes:

  • $500 each in adult and young adult categories
  • Honors at the Public Library Association Conference 2020 reception in Nashville
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Louisiana public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal

If you’ve already self-published your work of fiction, that’s okay! Any indie published work available in EPUB or PDF format can be submitted between April 1st – May 31st for consideration. Winners will be announced in October.

Want to make sure your book is formatted correctly? Check out the library’s self-publishing resources! With Pressbooks, you can create the novel of your dreams and make sure it looks exactly the way you want it to. When you’re ready to submit it to the Indie Author Project, stop by Self-e! Self-e is the sharing platform to get your books on Biblioboard, our indie ebook collection, which will let readers all over Baton Rouge discover your work.

If your work is ready for submission, click here to get started: https://indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/louisiana/

Good luck and good writing, Baton Rouge!