June is Pride Month! Why not celebrate with a brief sideways glance at the past?
The Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History Since 1940 draws from collections of primary source material from over 35 countries, including detailed coverage of the AIDS crisis, the rise and progress of LGBTQ rights movements in the US and the UK, and internal records and publications of some of the first gay and lesbian groups. The Archives features interview transcripts, publications by, for, and about the LGBTQ community, personal correspondence between LGBTQ individuals, and photographs of LGBTQ life and events.
It has all the usual search features – perhaps the most interesting for Pride-related reasons is the “Photograph” limiting option in the Advanced Search – but you can also easily search by term frequency. We looked up “Pride” to see how it’s developed over time from a historical standpoint:
Celebrate the future and remember the past this Pride with the Archives of Sexuality & Gender, available for free with your library card.
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!
As your children and/or school-age relatives slide into summer and you start considering a family vacation, keep in mind that there’s never a bad time to learn something new. You can even take classes on your smartphone with Gale Courses!
Gale is launching a brand-new site optimized for use with mobile devices. 152 of their fabulous six-week courses are available on the new platform: check out the full list in the Excel document below!
The new version is responsive, intuitive, and has more ways to learn. It also comes with a new car smell! (But you will have to imagine that for yourself.) Some classes may be available in both old and new platforms while they make the shift, but stick around – the new one is great. It’s never been easier or more fun to pick up a new skill.
Did you know that OverDrive, one of our many fabulous digital resource collections, has not only more audiobooks than you could listen to in a lifetime AND more ebooks than you could read while remaining gainfully employed, BUT ALSO more streaming videos than you could shake a stick at (should you be so inclined)?
So many choices! So many options! So many Muppets! (Who doesn’t love the Muppets?! Watch Muppet Treasure Island and educate yourself. Just don’t try to base your Treasure Island book report on it.)
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!
The weather is fluctuating between eighty degrees and something a lot colder than that. It’s March. Spring is more or less what you call this, so celebrate a new growing season by expanding your mind and/or skill set with Lynda! Here are the top ten courses:
Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals
Excel 2013 Essential Training
HTML Essential Training
Excel 2016 Essential Training
Project Management Fundamentals
Illustrator CC Essential Training (2015)
WordPress Essential Training
Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2015)
Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals
Fundamentals are essential this season! Acquire some for yourself.
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.
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.)
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.)
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.
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.