Movies in the Plaza

Every Friday in June (starting with this very night!) the Main Library will show a free family movie in the Plaza at 7 PM! Check out the schedule:

  • June 2nd (tonight)! – Zootopia
  • June 9th – Tangled
  • June 16th – Field of Dreams
  • June 23rd – Back to the Future
  • June 30th – The LEGO Batman Movie

In case of weather, movies will be shown in the Large Meeting Room.

Summer Reading!

It’s finally here! It’s summer reading time!

Reading logs went out yesterday, and are available for pickup at all branches. We’ve got THREE WHOLE PROGRAMS this year – one for kids, one for teens, and one for adults – so there’s no reason not to put some books in your face this summer.

Adults can join Red Stick Reads! Teens in 6-12th grade and children from birth to fifth grade will Build a Better World with every book they finish. Everyone who turns in their completed reading log by July 31st will be handsomely rewarded!

You’ll be like Bilbo, but with library goodies!

Sign up today!

Kanopy

With Kanopy, our BRAND NEW entertainment resource, you can watch up to 15 indie films, classics, documentaries, and more each month. Every film you play can be watched an unlimited number of times for three days before you need to spend another play credit to watch it again. Kanopy can be accessed from any device, including Roku! Watch anything from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an excellent Iranian vampire flick, to Plastic Paradise – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a documentary about what happens to the things we throw away. Set up a playlist and watch them one right after the other! Set up more than one playlist to make sure you remember to inflict very bizarre second of movies like Eraserhead on your friends! The possibilities are endless!

Home Improvement Reference Center

Whether or not your house flooded in August, it can always use a little upkeep. For those jobs that help make your protection from the elements feel a little homier, we’ve got the Home Improvement Reference Center.

Go in to tackle a specific repair, or check out the “Decorating” section for ideas to spruce up your space. If you’ve got more serious issues to address, there’s even a section on how to work with contractors so your house looks the way you expect when they’re gone. There’s also a sample Homeowner’s Journal you can use to keep track of maintenance work you’ve done and make sure you schedule regular upkeep.

As you may know if you have a child under ten, Bob the Builder asks, “Can we fix it?” Bob the Builder tells us, “Yes. We can.” Good skill, people of Baton Rouge!

Baton Rouge 200, the Library, and You!

Hello, Baton Rouge! As you should know by now, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Baton Rouge. Civic institutions and businesses all over the city will hold special events all year to celebrate the establishment of this place we call home. You can find information about Baton Rouge history, BR200 events, and other ways to celebrate on the Baton Rouge 200 website.

The library is in on it, too – don’t miss the history timeline, made by the very fine folks in the Baton Rouge Room! They’ve incorporated some images and details from our local history collection, including pictures of historic places and people from Baton Rouge’s earliest days. They also contributed to a photo slider of pictures from all over town – you can just click and drag to see the changes.

This year’s One Book, One Community read, Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, is also a tie-in! We’ll have programs to celebrate both community events at all of our branches. Keep an eye on the events calendar to find out about new fun happening near you.

Baton Rouge Film Club presents Red Carpet Classics

Don’t miss the last two red carpet classics, shown for free at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library! (Specifically, the Main Library on Goodwood.)

Catch Taxi Driver this Friday at 7 PM…

…and The Godfather next Friday, January 27th, at 7PM.

Stick around after the film to talk to other fans and film buffs about what you’ve seen!

Let’s go to the movies!

One Book, One Community 2017

Baton Rouge’s One Book, One Community read for 2017 is…drumroll please…we know it’s hard to pretend you hear a drumroll emanating from a blog post, but just go with it, for the sake of the children…Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi!

Mark Twain has shaped our views of who and what America is as a nation and of who and what we might become. We will kick off the series with an After-Hours Catfish and Mud Pie Party at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 6:00 PM, complete with lively music, amusements, country-style refreshments and a visit from Mark Twain himself, as portrayed by Warren Brown. As a Mark Twain scholar, Brown received the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for his Chautauqua-style portrayal of Samuel Clemens. Warren Brown’s uproariously authentic characterization of Mark Twain’s stories and lecture series is guaranteed to entertain. Go to the OBOC 2017 infoguide to learn about the book, the author, and ways you can play along.

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This year’s One Book, One Community celebrations will connect with our celebrations of Baton Rouge’s bicentennial! Check out the bicentennial website to find information about celebratory events at the library and throughout the parish, including a list of 200 things you can do to celebrate the city we call home.

Get reading, Baton Rouge!

Adult Coloring Sessions at the Library

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For many, this holiday season is not going to be terribly relaxing. Come unwind (and make yourself something pretty!) at one of the library’s adult coloring sessions!

  • Main Library at Goodwood – 7 PM Tuesday, November 29th
  • Carver Branch – 3 PM Wednesday, November 30th
  • Pride-Cheneyville Branch – 4 PM Tuesday, November 22nd
  • Eden Park Branch – 6 PM Thursday, December 1st
  • River Center Branch – 3:30 PM Monday, December 5th

You can bring your own coloring book and colors, or you can use the materials we provide. It’s a great way to unwind!

Check Out the New Library Catalog!

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On Wednesday, October 26, the Library unveiled a newly designed catalog for the public to use. By November 28, the new catalog will become primary. However, we still will offer a link to the old catalog for patron use until January 2, 2017.

The new catalog has been designed to work well on all screen sizes, from the monitor on your desk to the screen on a cell phone. To see the differences between the old and the new catalogs, visit the InfoGuide at http://ebrpl.libguides.com/NewCatalog.

The new catalog also contains the following new features:

  • Search results will be sorted by relevancy. This means the results you see are more likely to match what you searched for. It currently only works with keywords searches. However for non-keyword searches, it will sort by popularity which should still produce better results than our current catalog which sorts by year of publication.
  • Patrons will be able to temporarily renew their Library card online. If a card has expired, they may click on a button on the My Account page to renew their card for 21 days. This option to renew is only available once the card has expired, and is only available on the account once per year. This means that after the 21-day extension, patrons will only be able to renew their card by visiting a Library in person.
  • Online registration for new patrons will be available. Patrons who find us online but do not yet have an account with us will be able to register for a temporary online card. This card number may be used to access our databases and e-resources and place holds from our catalog. The card number will expire after two months. After that time, patrons would need to renew their account in person and receive a permanent, regular use Library card.
  • Passwords will replace name codes. Currently, when patrons sign into their account online, they must type in their card number as well as their name code. The name code is the first four letters of the last name followed by the first three letters of the first name. Beginning on October 26, all new patrons will use a password to log in to their account instead of a name code. The default password for these new patrons will be their date of birth in the dd/mm/yyyy format. All current patrons will still log in using their name code as their password. All patrons with an email address, current and new, will be able to change their password at any time and reset their password if forgotten.
  • Patrons will be able to add or change their email address from the My Account page.
  • Patrons will be able to add and access linked accounts from the My Account page. This means parents will be able to link their child’s account to their own. They can then use that link to easily renew the child’s items without leaving their account. This requires an email address on all linked accounts.

We’d love to hear your feedback! To let us know what you think of the new catalog, simply click the green button at the top of the new catalog page to leave your comments via the Feedback Form.