East Baton Rouge Parish Library Partners with Google Arts and Culture

East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to announce our partnership with Google Arts and Culture!  Google Arts and Culture is a platform that allows cultural heritage organizations to bring their art and cultural collections to the masses using their state of the art platform.

In honor of Black History Month, EBRPL has published its first ever online exhibit, “The Baton Rouge Swim-in” on Google Arts and Culture! The exhibit examines the attempted integration of City Park pool in 1963 by African-American activists and how that event along with others contributed to the desegregation of local recreational facilities in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Visit the Google Arts and Culture website to see our exhibit and explore the thousands of collections made available by cultural organizations from around the world.

Have a suggestion or comment? We would love to hear from you! Contact us at 225-231-3752 or email Emily Ward at eward at ebrpl.com.

One Book, One Community 2019 Kickoff Party

It’s that time again … time to begin this year’s One Book One Community (OBOC) celebration of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! Everyone in the whole family is invited to join us for a fun, FREE street party at the Main Library at Goodwood from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, February 23. You won’t want to miss this family friendly event that’ll formally kick off the spring reading program with activities including FREE food, games and prizes, crafts, face painting, an old-fashioned Cake Walk to win a delicious confection, live music by the Wael and Anna band, plus a visit from Sherlock Holmes and much more!

In addition, events will be planned throughout the spring through May with book clubs, community groups, discussions on addiction and substance abuse, film screenings and more related to the book and its author. For more information about this year’s OBOC season, the book and a full schedule of events and programs, visit www.ReadOneBook.org.

Operation Fresh Start 2019

Join Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and friends and neighbors all over the city at the first 2019 installment of Operation Fresh Start, the Mayor’s community-wide clean-up effort! We’ll start on Saturday, February 16, at 8 am. Operation Fresh Start begins with a Saturday of beautification and litter pickup by volunteers, followed by a week of concentrated and aggressive DPW cleanup focused on clearing litter and blight as well as improving landscapes throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.

With seven locations across the city, you can find one near you! Citizens and organizations interested in volunteering for Operation Fresh Start can sign up here.

Where will YOU get a fresh start?

  • Baker: Meet at Baker Municipal Auditorium, 3325 Groom Rd, Baker, LA 70714
  • Downtown: Meet at Repentance Park, 275 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • Eden Park: Meet at Star Hill Baptist Church, 1400 N Foster Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
  • Gardere: Meet at Hartley/Vey Park at Gardere, 1702 Gardere Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
  • Mid City: Meet at Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, 419 N 19th St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • Scotlandville: Meet at Mane Attraction Barber Shop, 1808 Kaufman Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
  • Woodshire Village/O’Neal Lane: Meet at Temple Baptist Church, 3650 O’Neal Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70816


Yes, They Are Hiring: State and City-Parish Civil Service

If you’re interested in getting a civil service job with the state or city-parish government, you won’t want to miss this seminar. Our panel will feature a representative from the Louisiana State Department of Civil Service, as well as a representative from the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of EBR Recruitment Division. Each of them will discuss the types of career paths offered within their organization, the openings they’re seeking to fill at the moment, and the proper procedures for applying.

Please note that this is an informational seminar, not a job fair.

To register, please call the Career Center at (225) 231-3733, or visit their website.

Un-Fake the News

Find real facts with library resources like CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints.

CQ Researcher publishes reports on important and interesting issues – everything from self-driving cars, to domestic poverty, to the changing movie industry, and more! Reports are thoroughly fact-checked and include citation footnotes, so you know where everything comes from and why it matters. There’s even a pro/con feature to acknowledge differing interpretations of the facts. If you’re a student, check out the “Hot Topics” articles – with the additional research resources included with every article, it’s a great place to start a research project!

Opposing Viewpoints in Context, provided by Gale, is a research database for the social issues that are at the forefront of the public mind. Each topic has viewpoints, either in the form of articles from other sources with added commentary or articles created specifically for the Opposing Viewpoints collection, from both sides of the aisle. You’ll find supplementary photos, videos, and statistical analysis. It’s another great place to get a grounding in a topic that matters to you.

Both are free, as always, with your library card – and the Digital Library is always open!

Self-Publishing @Your Library

Are you an aspiring author? Are you an author who’s decided to take a less traditional publishing path? The library has truly fantastic resources for writers at all stages of content creation. Let’s check them out!

CREATE your ebook with Pressbooks! Pressbooks is an ebook design and formatting platform, so if your manuscript is already complete, all you have to do is copy and paste the text and it should identify all your chapter headings for you. If you’re not quite finished, you can even write your book right there in the program. Pressbooks makes sure that your book will be properly formatted and coded to be available to ebook readers everywhere, and they even have a cover design template you can use, with stock images and cover designs to choose from. It’s fully customizable, and your books will be ready to go just like that!

SHARE your ebooks with Self-e, the Library Journal’s platform for ebook submission! Ebooks submitted to Self-e go straight into a local collection of works by Louisiana authors. You retain all the rights, and if you’re selling your works on another platform, you can include a link to the sales page. Library Journal reviews all submissions, and some even get chosen as “Select” titles, included in Biblioboard collections all over the US and even Canada!

If you submit through Self-e, people can DISCOVER your books on Biblioboard! Biblioboard is always available, with no holds and no waiting on any titles, EVER. Share your books on social media with friends, family, and the rest of the world, and watch your audience grow!

The library is thrilled to support local indie authors – get started on creating and sharing your works today, and watch while you get discovered by all of Louisiana!