Holiday Movie Breaks

Do you like movies? Do your kids like movies? Let’s be real – are your kids out of school for the next few weeks, and do you want to keep liking them until school starts back up in January? Take the whole family to the library for a nice, relaxing motion picture with the following holiday-themed feature films:

  • TODAY, Main Library, 2:00 PM – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The good one. The claymation one. The only one that matters. A holiday staple, and no mistake.
  • Now through January 4th, Main Library, 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM – Holiday Movie Break! Come chill out for a little while in front of some of the Christmas greats.
  • Friday, December 23rd, Jones Creek Branch, 1:00 PM – The regular TGIF Movie Matinee gets into the spirit with The Santa Clause. Watching Tim Allen try to safely negotiate a kayak under a Christmas tree never gets old.

If you’d rather stay home where it’s warm and you know where all your snacks are, don’t forget about OverDrive’s streaming movies, InstantFlix, the Criterion Collection, Screening Room, Theatre in Video, and everything else in the “eBooks and Entertainment” section of the Digital Library! Have a great winter break, EBRPL!

Gale Interactive: Science

We’re going to do science to things.

Gale Interactive: Science is an awesome internet place to hang out for anyone who’s interested in biology, chemistry, earth science, or 3D models of skeletons. (They have a lot of those, and it’s great.)


It’s a great resource for middle and high schoolers, with tons of review material like guided interactive lessons and self-initiated quizzes, and for educators who maybe don’t want to clean up frog guts for the rest of the semester (the curriculum corresponds to state and national education standards), but it’s also just really, really cool. Each lesson comes with a 3D model that you can move around to examine from different angles, and on which you can zoom in to see different parts (including muscles beneath the skin, and bones beneath those) more closely. (Except in chemistry, where it’s much more, you know, electrons and whatnot.)

Probably the coolest part, in our sort-of-expert opinion, is the 3D models that you could totally print out with the library’s 3D printers. Have you ever wanted a dinosaur skull just, you know, around? They make great Christmas tree ornaments!

Gale Interactive: Science – a great way to put the fun back in science fundamentals! (We are required to use a certain number of puns per year.)

Free Media Refresher Post II: Horrible Weather Boogaloo

If you’re trapped inside and you feel like you’re about to start climbing the walls because frankly it has rained enough this year, may I suggest some light escapism via free stuff from the library? There’s more now than ever before! (Because growth and development is important, even, or especially, in public institutions.)

Let’s go!


  • OverDrive – One-stop shop for all your ebook and audiobook needs! Can you call something a “shop” if it’s free? You get the idea.
  • One Click Digital – EVEN MORE ebooks and audiobooks! If it’s not in OverDrive, it might be here. There is no overlap in the two collections, providing you with even more content.
  • Comics Plus Library Edition – The place to go for single-issue comics!
  • TumbleBooks – Books for the kindergarten through third graders among us. If you need a way to keep your little ones from complaining too much about being stuck inside, this is a great one!


  • Zinio – Digital copies of all your favorite periodicals!
  • Flipster – Magazines without downloading!
This could be us, but you playing.


  • Criterion Collection – Streaming content of all films considered part of the Criterion Collection. Neat!
  • IndieFlix – Short and full-length indie films you can access with your library card!
  • Qello Concerts – Filmed recordings of live concerts! What a great way to get out of the house without actually, you know, having to get out of the house.
  • OverDrive – EVEN MORE THINGS (what can’t it do?) (Control the weather. Ugh.)

Learn some things!

  • Languages! The linked infoguide has information about most of our language learning provided software, like Mango, Muzzy (a great resource for kids!), ESL, and Signing Savvy! We’ve also got Pronunciator.
  • Computer programming! So many options. Safari Tech Books is great if you like to learn from books, or sites like Treehouse, Atomic Training, and Lynda can teach you via recorded video and audio lessons that show you exactly what to do to get the results you want.
  • Why not try going back to school with the Gale Virtual Reference Library? It has lots of titles to help you prepare for entrance exams like the SAT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, Nursing and Civil Service Exams.

There’s literally nothing you can’t do!

We use this gif a lot because it’s just so true.

Lynda in the Fall

As the nights get longer and the air gets colder, give yourself a reason to stay indoors with a popular course from Lynda!

  1. Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals
  2. Communication Tips
  3. WordPress Essential Training
  4. Up and Running with C++
  5. SEO Fundamentals
  6. Java Essential Training
  7. HTML Essential Training
  8. Photography 101 (2012)
  9. C++ Essential Training
  10. Becoming a Web Developer: Full Stack vs Front End

If you’ve been affected by the events of this summer, or if the encroaching darkness makes you a little uneasy, make sure to check out the new Happiness Tips course. Author Chris Croft will release one new tip every Monday on topics like misbeliefs about happiness, focusing on good, building gratitude, eliminating sources of unhappiness, and reducing stress. It’s free with your library card!

Home Improvement Reference Center

The Home Improvement Reference Center is a new resource for people who want to do their own home repairs and remodeling. It has information on everything from routine maintenance to building your own window frames.


The toolbox will help you keep track of what you’ve learned and what you need to know. The Homeowner’s Journal is an especially helpful feature you can use to track the kinds of materials you’ve used and how often maintenance has been done, so you know what you’ll need to match when repairs or replacements need to be made.


If you are a homeowner, this is a great resource for you to learn how to fix things around your house, or just to keep track of what needs to be done.

SELF-e and Biblioboard

It’s time to get that novel out of the bottom drawer of your desk, dust it off, and get it published – with the library’s new self-publishing duo, SELF-e and Biblioboard.

When you submit a book to SELF-e, it goes through a low-key review process by Library Journal – mostly just to check for file formatting errors and very basic readability standards, like the occasional presence of verbs. Some books are chosen as “Select” titles, which are shared with Biblioboard users across the country.


All accepted titles, though, will be published to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Biblioboard collection. Readers will be able to add them to favorites lists, comment on their favorite parts, and share their opinions with other Biblioboard users – it’s kind of like Goodreads, but the books are already there, too.

SELF-e and Biblioboard are great resources for everyone who’s interested in reading and connecting with local authors – and for those authors who want to reach more readers with their self-published works. Try them today, or check out our infoguide for more information!

Baton Rouge

Our thoughts are with our Baton Rouge community today. We have compiled a list of resources available for those who need assistance or who are looking for ways to give back.

If you need to talk, there are counselors available at the Baton Rouge Grief Recovery Center. You can contact them by calling (225) 924-6621.

Our Lady of the Lake Hospital has pulled together a few tips from their physicians on how to talk to your children about violence or sad events in the news.

Capital Area Human Services has helpful resources on how to cope with the recent tragedies in Baton Rouge. They are also offering three free discussion sessions with mental health professionals to help the public process the recent violent events in Baton Rouge. No registration is required and attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to the first two sessions. All sessions will be held at Capital Area Human Services located at 4615 Government Street, Building Two, Room 200.

  • Tuesday, July 19 from noon to 1 p.m.
    Managing Your Distress (in the Aftermath of a Shooting)
  • Thursday, July 21 from noon to 1 p.m.
    Helping Others Cope in Times of Tragedy
  • Thursday, July 21 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Managing Your Distress (in the Aftermath of a Shooting)

You can access our InfoGuide on Coping with Traumatic Events & Disasters for resources and books the library offers.

There are several places where you can donate blood:

  • Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donor Center They will have normal hours the rest of the week 8 am to 6 pm Monday – Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. They are located on the first floor of the hospital. 
  • LifeShare Blood Center will be open from 10am-6pm Monday, 8am-6pm Tuesday, 10am-6pm Wednesday, and 8:30am-4:30pm on Friday. You can also visit their website to schedule an appointment. They are located at 3849 North Boulevard. Blood drives on Tuesday, July 19 are scheduled for the Zachary Fire Department, 4525 Main Street, Zachary, La. from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and EFCU Financial, 10719 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • United Blood Service is located at 8234 One Calais Ave. You can access their website to schedule an appointment to donate.
  • There will be blood drive at Woman’s Hospital on Friday, August 5 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the main hospital entrance.

WAFB has a list of community events planned.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is taking donations to benefit the injured officers and their families as well as the families of the fallen officers.

You can access the GoFundMe page for Officer Montrell Jackson’s family here.

You can access the GoFundMe page for Officer Matt Gerald’s family here.

You can access the GoFundMe page for Deputy Brad Garafola’s family here.

Several local restaurants will donate 25 percent of their sales on July 25th to the families of slain officers. All other contributions collected on that date will be given to the families as well. The event is called  “25% on the 25th”. For a complete list of restaurants participating visit their Facebook page here.

The Baton Rouge Local Union 198 is holding a fundraiser for the families of the fallen officers. You can pick up a dinner for $5.00 on Wednesday, July 27 between 11am-1pm at 5888 Airline Highway.


Baton Rouge Civil Rights Resources

Baton Rouge has a long history as the center of civil rights battles, on both statewide and national fronts. A.P. Tureaud, a New Orleans resident, was instrumental in bringing true integration to state colleges and universities. The Baton Rouge bus boycott in 1953 was the first such event in the country, and served as a model for the Montgomery Bus Boycott begun by Rosa Parks two years later. Below are some of the most prominent pieces of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s collection on Baton Rouge’s civil rights history.

  • Journey for Justice: The A.P. Tureaud Story – This documentary by Rachel Emmanuel details A.P. Tureaud’s work as a member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New Orleans, including suits filed against the state to force equal funding to black and white schools in accordance withJourney for Justice: The A.P. Tureaud Story Plessy v. Ferguson. Later, when this became too expensive, he successfully sued to equalize pay for black and white teachers and to desegregate Louisiana State University and the Orleans Parish School District.
  • Oral history with Pearl George – Pearl George, a local activist and civil rights leader, was instrumental in establishing the Eden Park Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system. She campaigned tirelessly to desegregate Baton Rouge lunch counters and integrate the pool at City Park, and served three terms on the Metro City Council, where she was the first African American woman elected as a representative.
  • Signpost to Freedom: the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott – This documentary covers the strong grassroots African American community activism of Baton Rouge in the 1940s and 1950s, including the events leading upSignpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott to the 1953 bus boycott in Baton Rouge. It goes on to examine how the boycott’s organizers, and the reaction of the citizens of Baton Rouge, contributed to civil rights organizations across the south, especially the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955.
  • Our African American Legacy – EBRPL maintains a site of prominent African American community groups and a timeline of civil rights events in this city. You can visit the link to learn more about our community’s development, and how the organizations who got us here are still strengthening us today.

You can find more information about the history of the African American civil rights movement in Baton Rouge with the regularly updated Baton Rouge Civil Rights infoguide.