Mark your calendar now! Join us virtually for the FREE 44th Annual Author-Illustrator Program featuring award-winning children’s author and illustrator Salina Yoon! A Geisel Honor-winner, Yoon is author and illustrator of a dozen picture books and early readers, and nearly 200 innovative novelty books, with more than 4.5 million books sold worldwide. Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, which was released in November 2019, is a picture book she co-authored and illustrated with international tidying superstar and bestselling author, Marie Kondo. Yoon’s other awards include the Award for Excellence in a Picture Book for Found, the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award for Penguin and Pinecone, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for Duck, Duck, Porcupine!, and many more.

Everyone is invited to join us via Zoom at 9 a.m. Thursday, October 7, for a FREE program suitable for children and anyone who is interested in Yoon’s work. Pre-registration is required. Visit the Events Calendar at www.ebrpl.com to register. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants before
the program.

Teachers, librarians, writers, artists and children’s literature enthusiasts are invited to reconnect with the Library via Zoom at 10 a.m. Friday, October 8, for a special FREE virtual workshop presented by Yoon. In this workshop, “Creating a Culture of READERS!”, Yoon will highlight how to inspire students to find those books that they can connect to, and show educators/librarians how to create their own concept book using their creative thinking skills, which is an activity they can recreate in their classroom and use with their students. Yoon will also share the many different ways to create a culture of readers, for today, tomorrow, and the future. To register for the Friday, October 8 virtual workshop, call the Main Library Children’s Room at (225) 231-3760, or sign up on the Events Calendar. The workshop will be archived and freely accessible to all registered participants for two weeks.

Selected books by Yoon will be available for purchase throughout October. For more information, contact Children’s Services at (225)231-3760. Pre-autographed book plates will be included with book sales. This program is sponsored by Children’s Services of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and the Patrons of the Public Library. For more information about author and illustrator Salina Yoon and her books, visit her website.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Join library lovers from all over in celebrating the many ways libraries empower by using the #LibrariesEmpower hashtag on social media between now and September 22nd. One randomly selected post will win a $100 Visa Gift and an ALA poster of The Child from Disney’s Mandalorian.

Who could say no to that face?

Visit our homepage to learn more about how your library card can help you start a business, get educated, decorate your living space, fix your car, and more!

CALL FOR MAKERS

The Call for Makers for the 2021 Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire is open now! Apply today to be a part of the greatest show (and tell) on earth. If you make anything from rugs to robots, we’d love to see it.

Hey, that’s more days than usual! Yep! Because of the pandemic and to celebrate the library’s excellent maker spaces, this year’s Maker Faire will be spread out over several days, with smaller events happening at each Maker Space.

Do I have to come to all those days? Nope! Saturday, October 23rd, is our Maker Day.

What should I bring? Robots are our theme this year! Makers of any kind are encouraged to apply.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to us on Facebook or by emailing makerfaire@ebrpl.com.

Business People of the Month: John Walker, Michelle Bolda, Cody Gros of hubley

John Walker, Michelle Bolda, Cody Gros – hubley

6160 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Phone: 800.816.9219

Article by Case Duckworth

In my talks with local entrepreneurs, I’ve found that businesses usually start in one of two ways: either they’re a passion that the founder has been able to monetize, or there is a need the founder has been able to identify and address. hubley, founded by Michelle Bolda, Cody Gros, and John Walker, is of the second type. In a series of SharePoint User Groups meetings at the library a few years ago, they discovered that a number of companies used SharePoint, but not to its full depth of capabilities. They realized that they could build a consulting business around providing services utilizing those depths, and replicate similar infrastructure to multiple clients, saving them money. That’s what hubley’s been doing for a number of clients, locally, nationally, and even globally, for the past five years. One of those clients is the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, so when I heard about hubley’s genesis here, I knew I had to get their story. I sat down with John Walker to talk about their growth, struggles, and plans for the future.

Microsoft SharePoint is a popular enterprise software for corporate intranets, which are like the Internet but private to a corporation. While intranets in general, and SharePoint in particular, can be useful for companies, John says, “most businesses don’t understand the value [SharePoint] can bring,” and end up implementing their intranet from scratch which is not always done correctly and can take a lot of time. As John and the other founders of hubley, Michelle and Cody, were meeting at the library, they realized they could save companies money by building a highly configurable intranet solution and selling it. So they built their product, leveraged existing relationships with businesses they knew were using SharePoint, and launched hubley.

That was in 2016. Five years later, they have twenty employees, clients all over the United States and even internationally, and they’re gearing up to expand even more. John told me that with their new language packs, they’re ready to expand to Latin America, Europe, and the Caribbean. Though most of their team is still in Louisiana, hubley has a satellite office in Birmingham, and plans to expand even more this year. Almost all of that growth has come from organic online searches. “All our leads come through our website,” John says. “People don’t know we’re based in Louisiana until we talk to them,” which has caused a unique issue with local hiring. “We want to hire great people locally and participate in local events – we’re a good success story for Louisiana,” he says. “LED [Louisiana Economic Development] has helped tremendously. Their grants for the software development industry have allowed us to stay in Baton Rouge and hire people more quickly than we would have otherwise.”

Helming a fast-growing startup carries other challenges, too. John mentioned the managerial aspects of running a business, like invoicing, support, and payroll, were challenges, but those were mitigated by two factors: a division of labor and an open-door policy for their employees. “hubley’s founders,” he said, “have three different roles. Michelle is our operations lead, Cody is the technology visionary, and I manage business development and strategy.” Dividing the labor across those three areas of concern helped the original team procure new clients and service their existing clients’ needs as they grew. John added that they make sure to tell hires, “We’re all doing this as a team for the first time, so if you guys have any ideas or thoughts on how to improve processes, let’s chat about it.” That open-door policy, as well as a willingness to explore novel ideas, has led to hubley’s growth.

The global pandemic led to more businesses pivoting to an online-first workflow, which helped bolster hubley’s business. “It was scary in the beginning, with corporations tightening budgets,” he said, “but a lot of leadership teams figured out quickly that employees need to work together better from home, and that’s hubley. So we were able to service that need.”

I finished our interview by asking John if he had any advice for an entrepreneur starting out, or himself in the past. He said, “Stay focused on the core items you’re trying to tackle, the core needs in the marketplace. If you feel strongly that there’s a need you’re helping with, be patient. It doesn’t happen overnight.” He added, “Also, be open to team members’ feedback, and those of your clients’. And be sure to create a collaborative, welcoming atmosphere. We love working at hubley. That’s important.”

From an idea on a whiteboard at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library to a fast-growing tech start-up, hubley’s founders have pursued their vision by finding a pain-point and fixing it in their product. They’re constantly looking to improve and deliver software that can improve corporate communication within organizations. I know from experience that hubley has streamlined processes here at the Library, so I’m glad they’re here in Baton Rouge.

Garden Discoveries: Be a Bee

The Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation will host a FREE Garden Discoveries series event for families with children ages 7-10 at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the Main Library at Goodwood led by Kevin Langley of the Capital Area Beekeepers Association. Attendees can register for limited in-person seating or attend virtually on Facebook Live!
Children will be able to look inside part of a real beehive, dress up in junior beekeepers’ outfits, hats and gloves, and learn how bees collect the honey and do their waggle dance to let other bees know where the good pollen is. Families will walk around the Botanic Garden with Buzzy the Bee and the Beekeepers in search of flowers with pollen and real bees! And, at the end of the hour, they will taste three local honeys and select their favorite flavor.
To attend in-person: To comply with social distancing guidelines, in-person seating is limited and registration is required to attend. Registration is available on this webpage or call 225-231-3750 for registration assistance. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
To attend virtually: View this event virtually on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/EBRPL at 10am Saturday, June 12, 2021. A recording will be available at Facebook.com/EBRPL and YouTube.com/EastBatonRougeParishLibrary after the event.

Summer Movies on the Plaza

We are excited to announce that outdoor Movies at the Main Library are back! This FREE event will be outdoor only.  No indoor viewing this year.

The Lemonade Bus will be here. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.

Upcoming movies:

The Princess and the Frog.  June 11. 7:00 PM
Cool Runnings.   June 18.  7:00 PM
Dora and the Lost City of Gold.  June 25  7:00 PM

Summer Reading 2021

The summer reading kickoff party on June 1st announced the best time of year – summer reading time! How will YOU get involved?

Kids ages 0-5 can join the Little Ones program. Read ten books and win prizes! For every five books you read, you get entered into a drawing for a special incentive. Slightly bigger kids ages 6-11 can sign up as Young Readers, and can receive incentives for just 300 minutes of reading between now and August 15th. Sign your child up on Beanstack today!

For teens ages 12-18, every thirty-minute reading session (up to 22) is an entry into a weekly drawing. You can collect virtual activity badges online! Adults can, too, and while their challenge is finished with just 3 completed books, additional reading gets you additional entries into the end-of-summer drawing. These challenges are also tracked through Beanstack.

Sign up for your summer reading challenge today, and keep an eye on our events calendar and our monthly magazine, The Source, for in-person events at your local library!

 

Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning

New name, same great taste – online learning platform Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning! To log in, you’ll need your library card number and your library account password – just like logging in to reserve a book through our online catalog. You’ll find all the great classes and learning paths you know and love in a bright new package.

Never logged in to the library catalog? Check out this infoguide for a few tips on using your automatically generated password, or call us at (225) 231-3750 if you need further assistance.