Choosing the Right Contractor Seminar

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If you have construction questions, please join UREC at the library’s Delmont Gardens Branch on Saturday, January 14th, from 12-2 PM to learn about choosing a contractor, avoiding price gauging and contractor fraud, and finding resources on construction and financing. Registration is available online. To learn more about the Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), please visit their website.

Finish the year with a good book!

We’ve collected the ten most popular titles for adults, teens, and children to help you pick out something great in this last week of the year.

Adults

  • Stedman, M. L. The light between oceans
  • Hannah, Kristin. The nightingale
  • Murray, J. J. You give good love
  • Hiaasen, Carl. Razor girl
  • Woods, Stuart. Smooth operator
  • Coulter, Catherine. Insidious
  • Morgan, Sarah. Lost to the desert warrior
  • Steel, Danielle. Rushing waters
  • Moyes, Jojo. Me before you

Teens

  • Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a wimpy kid
  • Kubo, Tite. Bleach
  • Mashima, Hiro. Fairy tail
  • Yancey, Rick. 5th Wave
  • Kawahara, Kazune. High school debut
  • Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the deathly hallows
  • Alexander, Kwame. The crossover
  • Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay
  • Patterson, James. Maximum Ride
  • Toriyama, Akira. Dragon Ball Z

Children

  • Park, Barbara. Junie B., first grader
  • Dean, James. Pete the cat
  • Brown, Marc Tolon. Arthur’s Halloween
  • Seuss. Hop on Pop
  • Bridwell, Norman. Clifford’s first Halloween
  • Bridwell, Norman. Clifford’s Halloween
  • London, Jonathan. Froggy’s Halloween
  • Bridwell, Norman. Clifford’s day with Dad
  • Carle, Eric. Little cloud
  • Holm, Jennifer L. Babymouse
We love you!

Food for Fines 2016

If you’ve built up some fines, but know that the library is awesome and incidentally a great way to save money that you can use on your loved ones (you can check movies out for free!), December is your time to give back to the community while you get back the use of your library card.

With Food for Fines, every non-perishable food item you bring in gets you one dollar off your library fines. Non-perishable foods include:

  • canned vegetables!
  • canned soups!
  • dried beans!
  • canned meats!
  • flour!
  • rice!
  • peanut butter!
  • pasta!
  • corn meal!
  • cereal!
  • protein bars!
  • and so on!

The program starts on December 1st, ends on December 30th, and will entirely benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Let’s go!

Soup from everyone, for everyone!

Crochet for a Cause

If you’ve been holding on to plastic grocery bags just in case you ever found a use for them, we’ve found you an escape route!

The Crocheting for a Cause program turns plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. Each 3′ x 6′ mat is made of plarn, a “plastic yarn” made of recycled grocery bags. It takes about 500 bags to make enough plarn for one mat. The preparation takes about eight hours, and crocheting a bag takes about six to eight hours. When they’re finished, the mats are donated to Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless.

Sunday’s program at the Main Library will feature a presentation from Gerry Stark on how to make the plarn and the pattern for the sleeping mats. You’ll be able to take that knowledge home, and use it to make your own mats to donate.

Join us this Sunday, November 27th, at the Main Library on Goodwood, from 3-5 PM, to learn more about this excellent program, and how you can get involved.

Veterans Day 2016

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The first Veterans Day was held in 1926 based on a declaration from Congress that World War I had finally come to an end. An armistice, or cease of fighting, for “the Great War” was called on November 11th, 1918. The holiday was actually called Armistice Day until 1954, when it turned out that “the war to end all wars” would be followed by World War II and United States involvement in the Korean War. The holiday is now intended to honor all members of the United States military that have served in conflict.

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The original Star Spangled Banner, used in the American Revolution.

Many of our branches have developed book displays and exhibits to mark the holiday. You can also visit the National World War II Museum’s website to see and hear oral histories conducted with United States veterans from all over the country.

We thank you for your service.

Attic Treasures

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Forget what’s in your wallet! What’s in your attic? Bring your collectibles, antiques and other treasures for expert review at the 16th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles event at the Main Library at Goodwood 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, November 12. It’s very similar to what you see on Antiques Roadshow, which runs on LPB TV. Hundreds of people lined up with their treasures at last year’s event. This is the time to raid your attic, closets and garages for that interesting or antique art, old toys, pottery, jewelry, rifles, war artifacts, small furniture or other item of interest and have them evaluated by skilled professionals. There is a limit of three items per person at the event, and experts will be on hand to look at your collectibles and antiques.

Come for the antiques viewings, but bring your Library card to stay and visit our facilities! For more information on the Attic Treasures event, call (225) 231-3740 or go online to the Library’s website at www.ebrpl.com.

If you have something you think might be valuable, use the p4A Antiques database to do some research! It’s free with your library card!

Final Flood Debris Set-Out Date

With East Baton Rouge Parish flood debris collection efforts moving into their final stages, City-Parish officials announced recently that crews will soon conduct a final collection pass and asked residents to move any remaining flood debris curbside to the public right-of-way by Sunday, Nov. 6.

Debris removal teams will continue to collect flood debris in the weeks following this set-out deadline, at which point a final collection pass will be initiated across all flood impacted areas in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish. Any flood debris that is not curbside by Nov. 6 may not be collected by debris removal crews, based on when trucks initiate their final pass within certain neighborhoods or streets. City-Parish officials are urging any residents who are unable to meet this final flood debris set-out deadline to contact the Department of Environmental Services as soon as possible by dialing (225) 389-4865.

The City-Parish recently established a web-based form for residents to use in reporting specific addresses where flood debris still needs to be collected, located at http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris. Residents who have moved their debris curbside should continue to use this form through Nov. 6 to report the location of their flood debris, or by calling 1-888-721-4372.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts at their homes should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, located at www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

More than 1.6 million cubic yards of flood debris have been collected by City-Parish crews since efforts first began Aug. 20, which represents one of the largest-ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind. For more information and to track the progress of these ongoing clean-up efforts, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris.