Henry Watson: My Life and Art

When Louisiana artist Henry Watson sees an old cypress board, he doesn’t just see a piece of wood – he sees a story! Adults are welcome at the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, for a FREE presentation led by Watson as part of the Special Collections Lecture series about what inspires his art and life. Watson has been making stories come to life through his art for more than 30 years, and his three-dimensional bas-relief creations made from aged cypress wood can be found in museums, galleries and private homes, plus in the Baton Rouge Room Archives at the Main Library. For more information, call (225) 231-3751.

Dependable Strengths: Identifying Your Own Excellence

If you are ready to take your job, career, or life in a new and more fulfilling direction, come and start here. In this workshop you will identify your own unique potential for excellence and get tips on how to develop it. You will identify your strengths and plan your next steps for developing them.

This seminar is presented by Mike Cragin, a Certified Facilitator from the Center for Dependable Strengths.

Registration is required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or register online.

Lady Sherlock: Book Talk with author Sherry Thomas

Celebrate the spring One Book One Community selection, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a riveting book talk led by Sherry Thomas, author of the Lady Sherlock series including A Study in Scarlet Women.

Thomas will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, to explore with adults the notion that the beloved character Sherlock Holmes can be anyone – even a woman. In Thomas’s books readers meet Charlotte Holmes who has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of women in an upper class society. When London is struck by three unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and father, Charlotte is determined to find the real wrongdoers and clear the family name. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Copies of Thomas’s books will be available for purchase at the program.

To learn more about the author, visit her website. Check out ReadOneBook.org to learn more about the One Book One Community season!


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Videos, summaries, and articles are organized into three core competencies:

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And you’re off! Get started today with Accel5! It’s in the Digital Library, free with your EBRP library card. Go, go!

Red Stick FutureFest Making Expo

Show your digital works at the Making Expo at Red Stick FutureFest!

The Making Expo will be happening on March 29th, 2019 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Digital Media Center on LSU’s campus. You’re invited to show your creative digital projects, video games, DIY experiments, Robotics, 3D printers, or anything else you’ve got – just sign up online.

If this is your kind of show, don’t forget to keep an eye on the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire website, happening this year on October 19th! Updates on how to be one of this year’s Makers will go out soon, and you don’t want to miss it.

How to Organize for an Efficient Job Search

Join Louisiana’s only Certified Professional Organizer, Alyssa Trosclair, to learn about how to organize for an efficient job search. We will discuss the importance of staying organized throughout the job-seeking process. You will also learn various organizational methods and tools that can help make sure you stay organized and maximize your employment potential.

Registration required. Please call 225-231-3733 or register online here.

Popular Lynda Courses for February

Take a free class online with Lynda, available in the Digital Library! Lynda’s online classes are self-directed, so you can learn something new anywhere you can get an internet connection. Spruce up your small business’s website or become more confident in your managerial skills with hard and soft skills all available from one convenient site. Create a free account with your library card number, and get started with one of their dozens of learning paths! Here are the most popular courses in East Baton Rouge this month:

  1. Customer Service Foundations
  2. Time Management Fundamentals
  3. Troubleshooting Common PC Issues for Users
  4. Writing Customer Service Emails
  5. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  6. Building Resilience
  7. Nikon D5100 Essential Training
  8. Windows 10 October 2018 Update Essential Training
  9. Learning Tinkercad
  10. Excel 2016 Essential Training

Find Your Ancestors with Genealogy at EBRPL

Did you know that you can track down distant relations and learn about your many-times-great-grandparents for free at your local library? With the resources and excellent staff members in the Genealogy Department, finding information about your family history is a snap.

From the area? Try the Advocate Historical Archive, a nearly complete collection of every edition of Baton Rouge’s The Advocate ever published.

Not-so-local? Ancestry.com is one of the finest genealogical resources out there. It can only be used in-house, so you will have to be at any of the library branches either on your laptop or on one of our public computers, to use it. However, you’ll be able to freely access all of their great features when you’re here.

Military records are available through Fold3, and you can access English and Irish genealogy records through Find My Past – that one’s also only available in the library or on library wifi. You can also access collections of African American historical newspapers and early records of free people of color in Louisiana.

Learn who you are, and find new connections to your past – it’s all free at the library!