Literacy Texts

Are you interested in developing your child’s reading skills? Your East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Literacy Projects offers quick and easy ideas for encouraging literacy at home through a new text message service. Starting Thursday, August 1, text the word LITERACY to (225) 400-1336, to receive family activity prompts and ideas right to your mobile phone every Thursday evening. Please be assured that your telephone number will not be used for any other purpose. Feel free to unsubscribe at any time by texting OPT OUT. Standard message and data rates may apply.

Don’t forget the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! Read a book (any book) to your child or children — infant, toddler and/or preschooler — as part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. If your child asks for you to read the same book more than once, please do — over and over! Parents can enroll in the program at your local Each Baton Rouge Parish Library branch’s Children’s Room. Any of our 14 branches’ Children’s Room Library staff can even offer book title suggestions, too. And when your child reaches the goals of 250, 500, 750 and 1,000 books, your East Baton rouge Parish Library will have special reading incentive gifts just for them. They include:

  • 250 books – A special sticker and a book bag
  • 500 books – A special sticker and a decal of Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand
  • 750 books – A special sticker and a poster of Off We Go!
  • 1,000 books – A special sticker and a certificate of merit, a copy of Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand and an invitation to a special party to be held every August at the Main Library at Goodwood for those who complete the program.

How to Buy a Business

Do you want to become an entrepreneur but don’t want to start from scratch? Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood on Tuesday, August 20th, beginning at 6 PM, and learn how to buy a business. Robert Bourgeois, CEO of Sunbelt Business Brokers, will discuss the advantages of buying an existing business, how to choose which business to buy and what kind of financing it takes.

Registration is required. Please call 225-231-3733 or register online here.

Get Ready for Voter Registration Week!

To commemorate Voter Registration Week, Registrar of Voters Steve Raborn is reminding citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish to make sure they are registered to vote and to either register or update their registration as needed before the fall elections.

The Registrar of Voters Office will also be conducting a voter registration drive during Voter Registration Week, September 2nd through 6th.  Citizens who need to register to vote or update their registration may do so online at www.GeauxVote.com or in person at the Registrar of Voters office or at the voter drive conducted at branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

In order to provide East Baton Rouge Parish citizens an opportunity to register to vote near their home or workplace, the Registrar’s office will visit library branches during the week of September 2nd through 6th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on the following dates:

  • September 2        (Labor Day – State Holiday)
  • September 3        Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library – 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.
  • September 3        Scotlandville Branch Library – 7373 Scenic Hwy.
  • September 3        Central Branch Library – 11260 Joor Rd.
  • September 3        Fairwood Branch Library – 12910 Old Hammond Hwy.
  • September 3        Zachary Branch Library – 1900 Church St.
  • September 4        Carver Branch Library – 720 Terrace St.
  • September 4        Delmont Gardens Branch Library – 3351 Lorraine St.
  • September 4        Main Library – 7711 Goodwood Blvd.
  • September 5        Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library – 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Rd.
  • September 5        Eden Park Branch Library – 5131 Greenwell Springs Rd.
  • September 5        Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library – 11300 Greenwell Springs Rd.
  • September 6        Jones Creek Regional Branch Library – 6222 Jones Creek Rd.
  • September 6        Baker Branch Library – 3501 Groom Rd.

Applicants registering to vote in person should bring valid identification that establishes identity, age, and residency.  You must submit your current Louisiana driver’s license, if you have one, or your birth certificate or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age, and residency.  If you have no picture ID, you may bring a utility bill, payroll check, or government document that includes your name and address.

To cast a ballot in the upcoming October 12, 2019 election, the last day to register to vote in-person or by mail is September 11, 2019.  September 21, 2019 is the last day to register to vote online through the GeauxVote.com website.  Early Voting will be held September 28 through October 5, 2019.

What Will You Make?

Do you like science? Do you like art? Do you like it when technology and creativity get mashed together in a perfect combination of beauty and innovation? You’re going to LOVE the Maker Faire!

Every year, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library hosts a Mini Maker Faire. Everyone from LIGO LA (the research institute that discovered gravity waves) to local artist, puppeteer and probable wizard Clay Achee (Beyond the Garage! Ziggy and the Junkyard Band!)  has been a Maker. This year, we want YOU!

Are you a fashionista who makes their own clothes? Bring your best outfit, and sign up to be in the fashion show! Do you weave your own tapestries? Come teach us how! All are welcome at the 2019 Mini Maker Faire, and we can’t wait to make new things with you.

Popular Lynda Courses for August

Send the kids back to school, and use the free time to learn some new skills yourself. Lynda’s free online classes are totally self-directed, and totally free with your library card! Here are the most popular classes with Baton Rougeans this month:

  1. Photoshop CC 2019 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  2. Cert Prep: Project Manager Professional (PMP)
  3. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  4. Cert Prep: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (100-105)
  5. Microsoft Project 2016 Essential Training
  6. Managing Office Politics
  7. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  8. CompTIA A+ (220-901) Cert Prep: 5 Networking
  9. CompTIA A+ (220-901) Cert Prep: 1 Core Processing
  10. Learning Bentley MicroStation

The Digital Library is always open!

Jones Creek Regional Branch Reservations

Last month, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library hosted two Open House opportunities at the Jones Creek Regional Branch. Residents were invited to meet and chat with members of Library administration and staff who shared details about the renovation, including new floor plans, phasing information and more. Go to the Library’s website at www.ebrpl.com for continued updates. If you missed the Open House, here’s what was covered:

Planned Updated & New Amenities

DEDICATED SPACES FOR ALL AGES:

  •  Totally separate Children’s Room with Story Time Activity Space, Study Rooms & Reading Nooks
  • Totally separate Teen Space with dedicated Teen Activity Room & Study Rooms
    MEETING ROOMS & COLLABORATIVE SPACES:
  •  10 Collaborative Study Rooms, including Study Rooms in the Teen & Children’s areas
  • 1 Conference/Training Room with seating for 18 people
  • 3 Meeting Rooms, seating up to 264 people
  • 1 Quiet Room

EXPANDED & ENHANCED TECHNOLOGY:

  • 56 Computer Stations, including special area for Computer Classes
  • 2 Self Check Kiosks
  • 4 Copier/Print Stations
  • Digital Lab with 3D Printing
  • Enhanced technology in each Meeting Room & Collaborative Study Room
  • Improved book accessibility & increased browsing and display areas
  • Updated/Improved facilities to meet all current standards
  • Including a Family Restroom & a single use restroom
  • New square footage totals 37,706 sf., which is an increase of 3,501 sf. from the current 34,205 sf.

Renovation Process/Phased Construction

To minimize closures, construction will be done in two phases over 18 months. During each phase, a large portion of the building will be closed so that construction can take place in that specific area, while other areas remain open to the public to access books, the audio/visual collection and technology. A portion of the adult/teen book collection will be temporarily stored offsite. High-demand circulating items will remain on site. Because this will be an active construction site, not only will space be limited for programs, computer use and quiet study, but at times there also will be noise and other distractions. We apologize for this temporary inconvenience. Meeting Rooms also will be renovated; use will be limited. At times, restrooms will be unavailable but substitute facilities will be provided. Parking will be reduced during construction. Again, we apologize for this temporary inconvenience.