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)
8:00am-11:30am
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)
9:15am-11:30am
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)
9:00am-12:00pm
Thursdays: February 4th through April 8th

Central Branch Library-11260 Joor Road, Baton Rouge, La 70818 (E-File)
9:15am-12:00pm
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)
8:30am-12:00pm
Mondays: February 1st through April 5th

Ascension Parish American Legion Post 81-421 East City Park, Gonzales, La 70737 (E-File)
9:00am-11:30am
Wednesdays: February 3rd through April 7th
Fridays: February 5th through April 9th

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

Census 2010

It’s 2010 and that means this is a census year! As a Census Bureau partner,  we’ve put together a Census Research Guide. Here you can find great links, multimedia, news stories and other fun and informative resources.

You can find out why we have a census, what kind of questions are asked and there is also a section on how to work for the Census Bureau in this busy year.

Overdrive Fun Facts

Christmas is nearly here and lots of lucky people will be getting  new fun electronics devices like ebook readers, fancy phones and mp3 players. Overdrive is your free source for downloadable ebooks and audiobooks!

Here are some Overdrive fun facts as featured on our twitter page. Keep checking back as we’ll add more to the list. If you have any questions or need help using Overdrive please call us at 231-3750 and we’ll be glad to help!

Fun Fact 1: All Sony ebook readers are compatible with all our ebook formats. great gift!

Fun Fact 2: There is a list of compatible devices on our Overdrive site.

Fun Fact 3: Sony readers PRS-505 and PRS-700 can play Overdrive mp3 format audiobooks. But they cannot play the WMA format.

Fun Fact 4: The Barnes&Noble ebook forum says that the Nook can handle Overdrive Adobe format ebooks. We have not verified this yet.

Fun Fact 5: Almost all Overdrive audiobooks can be played on an iPod, iTouch or iPhone. More gift ideas!! I’ll take a iPhone…

Not so  Fun Fact: The Amazon Kindle is NOT an Overdrive compatible device for ebooks or audiobooks. So sad…

Mango Languages: New Courses!

Our popular language database Mango just got even better! As well as the complete language courses already offered, there are now basic language modules ideal for learning a few words and phrases for a business trip or vacation. Basic courses are available in:

Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese. Basic English courses are provided for speakers of 14 different languages!

The courses are very user friendly including audio and text. The new basic module slides have background images themed around each language which look great!

You can access Mango from home or in the library. Go to our online databases page, enter your library card number (if outside the library)  and you’re on your way!

Wi-Fi @ the Library

Update: Free Wi-Fi now available at all branches!!!

This new service supplements the free Internet access already provided to patrons at each library location throughout East Baton Rouge Parish, via the more than 400 PCs available with free access to the Internet. Wireless Internet access means that patrons can use their own devices, with their own software, yet still have access to the Internet, including the Library’s Web site, online catalog and valuable online subscription databases.

Wireless Internet is accessible while inside the Library, and it will be available each day during the hours the Library is open. No special log-in or library card required.

Test Preparation Online

Unfortunately we all have to take tests at some point and preparing with study guides and practice tests can make a big difference.

Test preparation books are some of the most popular resources we have at the library and this can often mean they are checked out and with a waiting list. But you need it now! don’t panic! We have Learning Express, an online resource that is always available 24/7!

There are resources for all kind of tests including GED, GRE, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship. You’ll find E-books, lessons and practice tests.

Learning ExpressTo access Learning Express from home go to online databases, enter your library card number then select Learning Express-simple!