Meet Author Claudia Gray

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Claudia Gray, the author of YA series like Spellcaster, Evernight, and Firebird, and Star Wars novels Bloodline and Star Wars: Lost Stars, will be at the Main Library on July 18th from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Books will be available for sale at the program, and the author will sign them after the Q&A. If you want to get a refresher on your favorite characters and plot points before she speaks, check them out!

Liberty Magazine

Liberty Magazine was published weekly from 1924-1950. It was a bit like the New Yorker: it published opinion articles on everything from what clothes make you look skinny to which bits of the world the United States should go interfere with, as well as healthy doses of fiction written by some of the writers we now recognize to be preeminent in their field.

Much like our resources Women’s Wear Daily and the Vogue Archives, every page of the magazine’s original run has been scanned in high quality. In addition to the standard basic and advanced searches, you can also browse by date, contributor, and artist. So far we like searching by contributor, just for fun – we’ve found short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and political opinion pieces by H.G. Wells, to name a few.

If you like the written word, advertising, or the history of culture, this is a resource you won’t want to miss.

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Brain HQ

Do you like games? Do you like competing against yourself? Do you also like personal growth and development, with bonus statistical metrics that will help you measure up against other people in your demographic? Join up with Brain HQ and literally expand your mind.

 

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If you’ve heard of Luminosity, it’s kind of like that. Brain HQ has lots of different kinds of challenges to help you work on the things that most interest you. Games focus on the six core cognitive areas: Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence and Navigation. Most games will combine these areas in different ways, and there are a total of 27 games with over 840 combined levels.

After you’ve signed on and set up an account (which will be used to track your progress), Brain HQ will develop an optional personalized training routine that you can work through each day (or however often) to move through the levels and train your brain. You can also just play the games you like the best as much as you want.

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Brain HQ! We’ve been playing it at the library, and we love it. If you can’t trust a bunch of librarians to recommend educational games, who can you trust?

2016 Summer Reading

DID YOU KNOW that it’s summer reading time again? Summer reading time! The most magical time of the year!

We’ve got programs for children, teens, and adults, or everybody from two seconds to two hundred years of age. (If anyone in this parish is two hundred years old, well done!) Just stop by any of the library branches starting Tuesday, May 31st, to pick up your reading log and learn about the great prizes and events we’re putting on this year.

Kids will love the “Check Meowt: Read Something Groovy” theme, which is based on Pete the Cat. Teens can “Get in the Game: Read“, and adults, you get to “Exercise Your Mind. Read!

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We’re really excited to get started reading with you, Baton Rouge. Let’s go!

Recycled Reads Returns

Recycled Reads returns this month at a brand-new location! Stop by 3434 North Boulevard on Saturday, April 30th, between 9 AM and 2 PM to stock up on gently used cookbooks, DVDs, fiction, CDs, history books, and more. Recycled Reads will now continue on the last Saturday of every month, just like it did at the old location.

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Check out these pictures of the new space:

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Frank X. Mullen’s Chautauqua Performance

The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) began in 1878 as one of the first correspondence courses in the United States. It allowed people who could not attend college to obtain the fundamentals of a college education. The program grew to a kind of traveling education and entertainment show called the Chautauqua Movement, and was very popular through the mid-1920s, until the rise of readily-available automobiles and wireless radios made it easier both for people to go to larger cities for education and for entertainment to be broadcast into their homes. The Chautauqua Institution still exists in Chautauqua, New York.

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Frank X. Mullen has been performing as a Chautauquan since 1998. He has portrayed historic figures from Babe Ruth to Benedict Arnold and will be performing at the Main Library as Huey P. Long on April 10th, beginning at 2:30 PM. Humanities Chautauquans like Frank dress up as their “characters,” give monologues on their lives, and answer audience questions in character, creating a mix of education and entertainment that is like nothing else.

Easter Holiday Hours

All branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be closed today and Sunday.

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The digital library is always open, so if you want to read a book, watch a movie, take up a hobby, or learn something new, don’t forget to visit our website at any time of the day or night. Even when we’re not physically present, we’re still here for you.

Have a great weekend, Baton Rouge, and to all those who celebrate, happy Easter!