2015 By the Numbers

In the last year, patrons of EBRPL have gotten even more out of the library than ever before! Check it out:

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And you can’t forget the digital content:

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Thanks for your support, EBRP! Let’s make this year even better than the last! Give us a call at (225) 231-3750 to learn more about any of our awesome services, or stop in at any of our fourteen locations to take a class, make a craft, or just hang out. We’re always happy to see you!

Long Live the King and Queen!

Guest post by Emily Ward

It is that time of year again! Time to pull out those ball gowns and tuxedos to pay homage to the new king and queen.  If you have had the good fortune to attend one of the balls hosted by local Mardi Gras Krewes then you know how amazing those costumes can be, and you may have even wondered what happens to those costumes once the show’s over.

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The Baton Rouge Room Archives has worked closely with a number of Krewes to preserve their organization’s memory.  One of the Baton Rouge Room’s favorite services offered is the preservation of textiles.  We have worked with groups such as Krewe de la Capitale, Krewe of Romany, Mystic Krewe of Apollo, and Krewe of Artemis to preserve ball costumes, back pieces, club records, and memorabilia.

One of our more extensive collections comes from the Mystic Krewe of Apollo, a gay men’s organization that puts on an extravagant, traditional-style Bal Masque in support of AIDS research.  Each Bal Masque has a theme which is central to the evening’s main entertainment, the tableau in which members are uniquely costumed to represent the theme of the ball. The costume pictured below, is of King Apollo IV, from the 1985 Bal Masque, Bal_Masque_II_Knight_in_Shining_Armor“Games that we Play.” As you can see from the intricate detail and size of the costume a great deal of time and skill goes into creating them.  The Krewe of Apollo has utilized the skills of costume designers, Carol Guion, who has been working for Apollo since the early 1990s, and Charles West, who was one of the group’s first designers.  The designers are integral part to the development of a theme for the festivities and begin working on designs almost a year in advance.

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King Apollo IV

Another Krewe represented in the Baton Rouge Room is the Krewebrr424 of Romany.  This Krewe, created in 1949, was one of Baton Rouge’s first women’s Krewes.  In many ways this ball served as a debutant ball.  In order to serve on the court or to be Queen, women had to be between the ages of 17 and 25 and never been married, and their mothers had to be members in good standing.  Loretta Shelton has been the Krewe’s costume designer for 40 years and before that, costumes were designed by Frances Doyle and other members.

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Romany Cape

If you are interested in seeing more costumes in the Baton Rouge Room collection, check out the Baton Rouge Digital Archive to see sketches and images from the balls.  If you or someone you know are interested in donating a costume to the Baton Rouge Room, please contact us at 225-231-3752 or at meastin@ebrpl.com.

Add Video: Krewe of Romany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDMragYBjvk

 

EBRPL Won a SoMe!

The Baton Rouge Social Media Awards were Thursday night, and who took home the “How May I Help You?” prize? None other than your local library!

We love social media, and we’re so glad to be able to help so many people through the powers of the internet. Check out all the ways you can get in touch with us online:

All of our social media sites produce great content on our programs and resources, just for you.

Shout-out to the EBRP Library PAC for winning the prize for “Politically Correct”!

You really like us!

International Creativity Month

January is International Creativity Month! Join us in celebration!

We’re holding a little contest. Since the library has so many craft-based programs and a 3D printer of our very own, we really want to highlight our patrons’ creativity by picking the best library-made thing of the month!

There are lots of ways to enter. You can:

Isn’t it great to have options?

Halloween potion bottles craft at the Fairwood Branch
Halloween potion bottles craft at the Fairwood Branch
A selection of the reference department director's 3D printed nerdery.
A selection of the reference department director’s 3D printed nerdery.

Anything that you make at a library program or get us to 3D print for you (for a $1.00 submission fee, plus $0.10/gram of material) is fair game. We’ll gather the ten best creations into a Facebook album, and you’ll all get to vote. You could win a gift certificate to a local business! (More on that as it develops.)

If you’ve never used a 3D printer before, no biggy! Sketchup Make (formerly Google Sketchup) is a free 3D modeling program with lots of tutorials to teach you everything you need to know. Sites like Thingiverse also have free model files that you can customize as much as you want!

So come on, EBR! Show us your creative side.

Christmas is Busting Out All Over

So many events, displays, and decorations are showing up at library branches all over the parish, you simply will not believe your eyes. We learned from The Santa Clause that believing is seeing, though, so take a look!

Holiday movies!

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Plenty of Mrs. Claus visits left!

Wednesday, Dec 2, 10:00 Bluebonnet
12321489_10153260719068861_7244359405826808423_nThursday, Dec 3, 10:00 Central AND Carver
Monday, Dec 7, 10:00 Scotlandville
Tuesday, Dec 8, 10:00 Delmont Gardens AND Greenwell Springs
Wednesday, Dec 9, 10:00 Pride
Thursday, Dec 10, 10:00 River Center
Monday, Dec 14, 10:00 Eden Park
Tuesday, Dec 15, 10:00 Main
Wednesday, Dec 16, 10:00 Zachary
Thursday, Dec 17, 10:00 Fairwood
Monday, Dec 21, 10:00 Baker

Christmas trees at the Jones Creek Branch!

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LASM Discovery Dome’s “Let It Snow” Show!

We don’t have any pictures for this one yet, but it’s still gonna be great!

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, Pride-Chaneyville Branch
  • 9 a.m. – Noon Thursday, December 3, River Center Branch
  • 3-6 p.m. Thursday, December 3, Fairwood Branch
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, December 7, Eden Park Branch
  • 2:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, Central Branch
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, Zachary Branch
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, December 10, Carver Branch
  • 3-6 p.m. Thursday, December 10, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, Delmont Gardens Branch
  • 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, December 15, Scotlandville Branch
  • 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • 3-6 p.m. Thursday, December 17, Jones Creek Regional Branch
  • 2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, December 18, Main Library at Goodwood
  • 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, December 22, Baker Branch

Too many Christmas crafts and story times to list!

Literally too many. We can’t even. Check out our events calendar for crafts, make and takes, movie nights, storytimes, and opportunities to decorate at a library branch near you! Because if we listed all of them in this blog post we would be here til December 25th.

Merry Christmas!

GIS Day

What is GIS Day?

GIS Day is an international event that will be held this Wednesday, November 18th, and on other days this week in other areas. In Baton Rouge, it is a joint project of The Department of Information Services, Office of the Planning Commission, and the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. These offices will set up a map gallery in the lobby of Baton Rouge City Hall, and eBRGIS staff members will be on site to conduct demonstrations and answer questions about various GIS services.

Okay, but what’s GIS?

GIS stands for “Geographic Information Services,” which basically means maps and different kinds of geographically-based data sets. For example, information about minimum wage arranged by parish is a kind of GIS data set, and so are comparisons between things like scholastic performance and the school district’s average income. You can also use geographic information to do fun things like go geocaching!

What does this have to do with Baton Rouge?

The city government has been developing a Geographic Information System for Baton Rouge since 1992. It has led to comprehensive electronic access to accurate information about every lot and piece of property in Baton Rouge, and to the creation of maps that show things like where all the bike-friendly streets and bike paths are, where to find major Baton Rouge landmarks (including pictures and text to make a “story map”), and where traffic is particularly bad.

So many choices.
So many choices.

So, what will we see at City Hall on Wednesday?

Topographic variation beyond your wildest dreams (a bunch of maps)!

Nah, just kidding. There will definitely be maps there, chosen for their interest or the data they also display, but the event will also feature representatives from groups like City Key Baton Rouge (managed in part by your local library!) to show you how to use their sites and what you’ll get out of it, and informational talks on how GIS is being used to protect the environment, improve emergency services, and study traffic patterns so that maybe any of us can get anywhere in less than twenty minutes one day.

Check out the flyer for more information, and keep an eye on your local school websites – some of them have had scavenger hunts and all kinds of stuff to celebrate GIS Day!

The Library’s Got Style

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Uncommon Thread, a fashion-focused section of the Baton Rouge arts-focused cultural organization Culture Candy, has chosen the newly built Main Library as the location for their 2015 Wearable Art Show. This year’s event will be held on December 5th at 8:00 PM. (From 3D printing, to career counseling, to a full-on juried fashion show – we would say this isn’t your grandmother’s library, but it totally is. In fact, you should bring her around more often. We miss her. How is she?)

Uncommon Thread reached out to the library because of this year’s theme, “Epilogue.” Designers are encouraged to draw inspiration from books as both content (authors, characters, works, and genres) and medium (physical, digital, and the shift between). For those who want to enter their designs, the deadline is November 16th, with an entry fee of $20 per two entries. Accepted designers will be notified by November 23rd and must submit their finished work by November 30th. For those who would like to attend, tickets are available online for $15 (students), $20, or $35 (includes pre-show party).

Perhaps it was David Bowie who said it best: “Fashion! Turn to the left! Fashion! Turn to the right!” There’s a lot to unpack there, so if you’re looking for something else to do while you think about it, why not use our brand-new Fashion infoguide to learn how to make clothes as eye-catching as his? It’s got everything from the history of the industry to inspiration for this year’s theme. There’s still time to put together a design or two of your own!

Prove Miranda Priestly wrong.

If you want to take some inspiration from history, we particularly recommend The Vogue Archives and The Women’s Wear Daily Archive, two great resources for historical information on changes in fashion design and advertising that both have updates into the present day. Both of these databases combined present literally hundreds of years of material (get it? Because, clothes?) stretching back to the nineteenth century.

This screenshot of the first issue of Vogue ever published, dated 17 December 1892, proves that the past was both well-dressed and hilarious.
This screenshot of the first issue of Vogue ever published, dated 17 December 1892, proves that the past was both well-dressed and hilarious.

Keep an eye on our Pinterest board and our Tumblr, because as the date of the show draws near we’re going to be featuring lots of great ideas to keep you looking fresh.