GIS DAY Louisiana!

GIS stands for geographic information systems. GIS Day is a grassroots educational event created and promoted by the GIS company Esri that enables GIS users and vendors to open their doors to schools, businesses and the general public to showcase real-world applications of GIS. Join us Wednesday, November 14th, at the Main Library on Goodwood, for a community-based speaker event promoting Louisiana careers in geography! The event runs from 4-6 PM and is free and open to the public.

Representatives from various groups and organizations will be at the Library to discuss topics pertaining to geographic information systems. Check out the GIS Day program schedule below:

• Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)
• United States Forest Service (USFS) Strike Team
• Renewable Resources Using GIS
• Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
• Digital Literacy and GIS


Louisiana Book Festival

The 15th Annual Louisiana Book Festival, a celebration of readers, writers and their books, returns 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, November 10, in downtown Baton Rouge’s Capitol Park! The FREE festival will feature presentations by local and national bestselling authors, panel discussions, and activities for children and teens, live music, food so much more!

Be sure to visit the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s booth to get a preview of the next One Book, One Community title. For more information, complete list of authors and events, or to volunteer, visit their website. Follow Book Festival updates on Facebook and Twitter and download the Louisiana Book Festival mobile app.

National Novel Writing Month 2018

It is said that we all have a book in us. If you’re ready to start exploring the story you might have to tell, November is the month for you!

Join the National Novel Writing Month challenge, and try to write 50,000 whole words in the thirty (30) days that make up November. It sounds impossible, or at least a little impractical – and frankly we can’t argue the latter. But it’s also a whole bunch of fun! There’s a robust local community of wrimos (a wrimo, of course, is a NaNoWriMo participant) that cheer each other on.

When your book is finished and you’re thinking of publishing it, why not try self-publishing? The library has a great ebook formatter, and with Self-e, your book can become part of a national collection of Library Journal Selected Reads!

The library is a great place to  Come Write In! Check out the scheduled write-ins for the Main Library and the River Center Branch:

Main Library at Goodwood

  • Thursday, November 1st, 6  – 9p.m.
  • Thursday, November 8th, 6  – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 15th, 6 –  9 p.m.
  • Friday, November 23rd, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 29th, 6 –  9 p.m.

River Center Branch Library

  • Thursday, November 8th, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 22nd, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

If any more write-ins get scheduled for other library branches, you’ll be able to find them on our calendar. Check out the NaNoWriMo forums for your home region to get in touch with other local writing devotees, and announce your novel today!

Watch “Coco” Friday, October 26th, at the Main Library!

Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ Movie on the Plaza! Ghouls, ghosts and goblins of all ages can come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Friday, October 26, to watch Coco on the BIG screen in the Outdoor Plaza! This 2017 animated fantasy film is about young Miguel who is an aspiring musician, but his family has had a ban on music for generations. On his journey to follow his dreams, he enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-greatgrandfather, who is a legendary singer. Feel free to dress in your favorite Halloween costume, and bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit comfortably while you watch. The film also will be simulcast in the Large Meeting Room for those who prefer this option. Local vendors and food trucks will be on site for the purchase of refreshments. Please note that the Library closes for business at 6 p.m. that day. Be there, if you dare!

Pride-Chaneyville Community History Festival

The whole family is invited to come enjoy a day of free fun at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, for the 10th Annual Community History Festival! This year’s theme is All Aboard the Country Express, and we’ll celebrate with model trains, fun crafts, music, delicious food, a photo booth and more! Activities also will include a live horseshoeing demonstration, farm animals, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack races and of course, the Old-Fashioned Cake Walk. Local vendors will be available for the purchase of homemade and handcrafted items. For more information, call the Circulation Desk at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch at (225) 658-1540.