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.

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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Lynda in the Summer

Everyone knows that summer melts your brain. Keep yours more or less reconstituted with a popular course from Lynda!

  1. JavaScript Essential Training
  2. Illustrator CC Essential Training (2015)
  3. CSS: Core Concepts
  4. Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals
  5. SketchUp 2016 Essential Training
  6. Foundations of Programming: Object-Oriented Design
  7. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  8. Outlook 2010 Power Shortcuts
  9. CSS: Page Layouts
  10. After Effects CS6 Essential Training

A mind is a terrible thing to let melt out of your ears, even when the heat and humidity are as bad as this. Keeping yours together is free with your library card.

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?


CultureGrams is a really great resource for learning about other countries – not just their physical geography, but their social and cultural landscape, too.

You can navigate through four editions: World, which focuses on countries; Kids, which is targeted towards children; States, which breaks down the United States of America; and Provinces, which does the same for Canada.

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Clicking on each edition will bring you to a simple map like the one below.

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You click on a continent, or choose from a list below this picture, and get a list of countries. Let’s look at Brazil:

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This is just a fraction of the information provided. You can learn about every country’s background, population, customs and courtesies, lifestyle, and society. The best part is that the available countries more closely match the real-life divisions in those areas – some may have a “general use” name, used by the people in that country and neighboring areas, as well as an “official” name recognized by larger governing bodies.

Summer is the time to travel – unless you’ve got no money, in which case summer is the time to think wistfully about how nice traveling might be while you stare out the nearest window and sigh becomingly. (Maybe summer is just the season to try to be a character in a Jane Austen novel.) CultureGrams can help you learn about wherever you’re going, or help you pick a place to save up for.