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“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Have you ever labored to understand someone else’s point of view? Have you ever been frustrated that someone else doesn’t understand you?

Your struggle is not new – people have been striving forever to find understanding and acceptance. One tool we can use to examine other people’s perspectives is the letters they write. We’ve teamed up with Baton Rouge theater and community groups to present a live dramatic reading of letters from throughout American history, showcasing a diverse array of issues and perspectives.

This event will take place on Saturday, October 15th, at the Main Library on Goodwood, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

Home Improvement Reference Center

The Home Improvement Reference Center is a new resource for people who want to do their own home repairs and remodeling. It has information on everything from routine maintenance to building your own window frames.

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The toolbox will help you keep track of what you’ve learned and what you need to know. The Homeowner’s Journal is an especially helpful feature you can use to track the kinds of materials you’ve used and how often maintenance has been done, so you know what you’ll need to match when repairs or replacements need to be made.

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If you are a homeowner, this is a great resource for you to learn how to fix things around your house, or just to keep track of what needs to be done.

Flood Resources Update 9/21

The Food Bank continues to visit neighborhood distribution points to provide food to those in need. Times and locations are announced the day before on their website. Their warehouse has been repaired and sanitized, and they are in the process of moving operations back to the Fraenkel Center at 10600 S Choctaw Drive. Call them at (225) 359-9940 for more information.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge has put together a website on creative relief opportunities for local artists and community groups. This includes emergency grants from institutions like the Joan Mitchell Foundation and CERF+, as well as fundraising by Louisiana businesses and artists.

Expanded curbside debris removal began Monday, September 19th. To take advantage of the Private Property Debris Removal program, the debris must be within 30 feet of the public right-of-way, and residents must have sent in a signed Right-of-Entry form to the City-Parish. Debris removal is only available within limits of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. Forms can be turned in at the following locations, where they will be picked up by representatives:

  • PRIMARY LOCATION – Cypress Building, 10201 Celtic Drive, Suite B
  • Chaneyville Community Center, 13211 Jackson Road
  • Pride Library, 13600 Pride Port Hudson Road
  • Jewel J. Newman Community Center, 2013 Central Road
  • Charles R. Kelly Community Center, 3535 Riley Street
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave.
  • Jones Creek Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road
  • Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington Street
  • Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway

While the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch is still closed, our bookmobile will be out there from 10 AM – 5 PM today with outreach personnel and FEMA representatives to help answer your flood-related recovery questions. We’ve also recently acquired the Home Improvement Reference Center, a database chock full of do-it-yourself remodeling and repair information. It’s accessible anywhere there’s internet with your library card number.

The Recycled Reads used book sale will begin again this Saturday, September 25th, at our new(ish) location at 3434 North Boulevard.

Baton Rouge Blues Gala

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The 2016 Blues Gala will be hosted by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation at the Main Library on Goodwood. Festivities will begin at 6:00 PM in the outdoor plaza area.

Honorees Henry Gray and Kenny Neal, along with other Baton Rouge musicians and many of our citizens, remain affected by the flood. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to these Baton Rouge blues musicians.

The event will include performances from honorees Henry Gray and Kenny Neal, as well as tributes to Rudy Richard and Raful Neal. Tickets can be purchased online.

Flood Updates 9/14

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced that the City-Parish will present daily televised debris removal updates on Metro Channel 21 starting Thursday, Sept. 15. The updates will be held Monday through Friday daily at 11:00 a.m. in the temporary Metro Council chambers on the ninth floor of City Hall, 222 St. Louis Street, and will feature Department of Environmental Services Director Karen Khonsari and the city-parish’s debris collection contractors. Each briefing will feature information about where debris is being collected that day, as well as information for residents pertaining to debris removal. Residents will also be able to view these daily video segments on the City-Parish’s website, located at http://www.brgov.com, and on the City-Parish Facebook page, located at http://www.facebook.com/cityofbatonrouge.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is conducting neighborhood food distributions while their primary facility undergoes repairs. Locations and times change daily to reach different areas of the city. Distributions will resume on Friday, September 16th, and will be announced and verified the day before on their Neighborhood Distributions website.

The application deadline for a home or business repair loan from the Small Business Administration is October 13th. Complete your applications as soon as possible for full consideration.

Finally, all library hours and library services (except for usage of the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch) are back to normal. This means that at the Main Library, we’re open from 8 AM-10 PM M-Th; 8 AM-6 PM F-Sat; and 2-10 PM on Sunday. All branches are open from 9 AM-8 PM M-Th; 9 AM-6 PM F-Sat; and 2-6 PM on Sunday. The Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch remains closed for repairs.

Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

Black Quotidian is an excellent resource for anyone interested in African American history and culture. Each day, a newspaper article from that date in history is posted from sources like the Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American,Chicago Defender, and Philadelphia Tribune, along with summary of and short commentary on the events discussed or the period in history from which the article is taken.

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While the articles tend to have a focus on historical events, particularly when the date has historical significance, curator Matt Delmont also includes human interest pieces on everything from beauty pageants to homecoming dances. The project is intended to bring attention to the depth and variety of information available through African-American newspapers and to encourage their use in the classroom. Articles are posted as PDFs and include any photographs published with the original issue.

Black Quotidian is a fascinating project worth investigating by anyone with an interest in history, culture, or journalism, particularly that with an African-American focus.