LSU Sesquicentennial

This year marks the 150th (sesquicentennial) anniversary of Louisiana State University! There will be great events all year, including a very special LSU Day on April 24th. To commemorate this anniversary we’ve published a new research guide: LSU History

On the guide you’ll find information about upcoming sesquicentennial events, useful websites, historic photographs, details on our LSU vertical files as well as a look at some of the books in our collection.

An Evening with Donna Douglas

Don’t miss Donna Douglas appearing at the Jones Creek Branch on April 22nd at 7pm. Best known for her role as Elly May Clampett on the hit TV show The Beverly Hillbillies, she’ll be sharing anecdotes about her life and experiences.

Here are a couple of titles we have in our collection to get you into the spirit:

The Beverly Hillbillies: Ultimate Collection (DVD)

The Beverly Hillbillies: A Fortieth Anniversary Wing Ding

The Library in 2009 By The Numbers!

Here are some cool stats about the library from 2009, and lets have an even bigger 2010!

Visits Made to Library Branches: 2,188,924
Number of Cardholding Patrons: 393,812
Items in the Collection: 1,888,325
Items Checked Out: 2,284,918
Reference Questions Asked: 812,347
Programs Held: 4545
Attendance @ Programs: 143,630
Number of Times In-House Computers Used: 772,117
Number of Times Meeting Rooms Used: 2372

Community Information

Need a Math tutor? Looking for a stamp collecting club? Contact information for the Office of Family Support?

The perfect place to look is our Community Information Database where we have compiled lists of clubs, agencies, support groups and more that serve the Baton Rouge area. Each entry includes contact information, a description of services provided and the hours of operation or meeting times.

To search the database got to the library catalog and on the drop down menu select Community Info. Then enter your search term and away you go!

The database is updated regularly and new groups are added all the time. If you or your group would like to be added stop by the reference desk and pick up an application. If you have any questions or need help using the database please call us at 231-3750.

Database Guides

We have some new look guides to show you how to get the most out of our databases and to highlight which databases are best for which subjects. We also have a selection of Database Tutorials:

Database guides are divided up into the following categories:

Books and Reading
Encyclopedias and General Information
Health and Medicine
Investing and Financial Information
Legal Information
News and Current Events
Science and Technology
Special Interests

Need help using a database? Can’t find what you’re looking for? Please come to the Reference Desk or call us at 231-3750 and we’ll be glad to give you demonstrations, search tips, or any other help you need!

(To access databases from outside of the library you will need to go to Online Databases and enter your library card number.)

Dewey Decibelles Book Truck Drill Team

If you think librarians are stuffy, then you’ve never seen our book truck drill team in action. As you can see from the videos they are awesome! These dedicated individuals came together as a team to make the us proud at the Louisiana Library Association Conference. Take a look and enjoy!

The most recent performance is a Great Gatsby inspired routine promoting the current One Book/One Community selection.

All That’s Fitz

Last years performance was the epic:

Zombies Versus Heroes

Optimal Resume Database

Optimal Resume is a one stop shop for preparing your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, building a portfolio, create a skills inventory, and even building a website to share with potential employers.

All these career tools make the creation of professional looking documents easy and hassle free. Try this database and you will be very satisfied with the results.

To access this resource go to online databases (if you’re outside the library you’ll have to enter your library card number) and then select Optimal Resume from the list.

Once you are on Optimal Resume you create your own personal account which allows you to save all your documents online. No more scrambling around looking for a disk or flash drive, you can access it from any computer.

Ask A Lawyer Schedule 2010

Take advantage of free legal counseling sessions from local attorneys who will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for confidential, one-on-one, 15-minute sessions of legal advice. All programs run from 9:30am to 11:30am. Arrive early and sign up to make sure you get seen.

March 6, 2010 Zachary Branch

March 20, 2010 Eden Park Branch

April 10, 2010 Scotlandville Branch

April 24, 2010 Carver Branch

May 8, 2010 Bluebonnet Branch

June 5, 2010 Pride-Chaneyville Branch

June 19, 2010 Greenwell Springs Road Branch

August 7, 2010 Delmont Gardens Branch

September 18, 2010 Central Branch

October 23, 2010 Main Library

November 6, 2010 Jones Creek Branch

Any additional dates or changes to this schedule will be updated on this page.

Text a Librarian

Have you seen those commercials on TV and online for services you can text a question to and they send you an answer that costs a dollar or more?!!? That’s crazy!!! We already do that for free (standard message rates apply), and we’re librarians so you know you’re getting the correct and best information.

Don’t waste your money, go with the pros!

Text the Library at 66746 and start your question with “eref.”

For example:
“eref What is the formula for the area of a circle?”  Or
“eref what is the phone number for the Mall of Louisiana movie theater?” Or
“eref What DVDs do you have staring Seth Rogen?”

2010 AARP Tax-Aide Schedule

This is a free service from AARP volunteers to help low and middle-income taxpayers file their taxes with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Spaces are limited so get there early!

East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library-7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, La 70806 (E-File)
Mondays: February 1st through April 5th
Tuesdays: February 2nd through April 6th
Wednesdays: February 3rd through April 7th
Thursdays: February 4th through April 8th

Bluebonnet Regional Branch-9200 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, La 70810 (E-File)
Mondays: February 1st through April 12th
Wednesdays: February 3rd through April 7th

Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library-11300 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge, La 70814 (Paper returns only)
Thursdays: February 4th through April 8th

Central Branch Library-11260 Joor Road, Baton Rouge, La 70818 (E-File)
Tuesdays: February 2nd through April 6th
Wednesday: February 3rd through April 7th

Broadmoor United Methodist Church-10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, La 70815 (E-File)
Mondays: February 1st through April 12th 8:00am-11:00am
Tuesdays: February 2nd through April 6th 8:00am-3:00pm
Wednesdays: February 3rd through April 7th 8:00am-11:00am
Thursdays: February 4th through April 8th 8:00am-11:00am

Baker City Hall-3325 Groom Road, Baker, La 70714 (E-File)
Mondays: February 1st through April 5th

Ascension Parish American Legion Post 81-421 East City Park, Gonzales, La 70737 (E-File)
Wednesdays: February 3rd through April 7th
Fridays: February 5th through April 9th

(Note: All locations are closed on February 16th for Mardi Gras)