Library eBooks for Kindle

Even when you can’t get your hands on a physical library book, you can still check books out for free for your Kindle! Ebook programs like OverDrive and RBDigital can deliver digital copies of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more.

New to Kindle? Here’s a video from Amazon on how to set up your device:

Even though there isn’t an OverDrive app for the Kindle Fire, it’s still really easy to deliver OverDrive ebooks to your device. Check out our “OverDrive for Kindle” infoguide to learn more!

Learn Online with Lynda

Stuck inside? Sick of it? Expand your mind with an online course from! Here are the ten most popular courses right here in EBR this month:

  1. Illustrator 2020 Essential Training
  2. Maya 2020 Essential Training
  3. Maya 2019 Essential Training
  4. Excel Essential Training (Office 365)
  5. Windows 10 November 2019 Update Essential Training
  6. Tableau Essential Training
  7. Cert Prep: Excel Expert – Microsoft Office Specialist for Office 2019 and Office 365
  8. CSS Essential Training
  9. InDesign 2020 Essential Training
  10. R for Data Science: Lunchbreak Lessons

Get Crafty

As a wise person once said, this is the time to break out the good art supplies. Here are some library resources that can help you find the perfect thing to make with the crafty goodies you’ve been saving for a rainy day. Remember, if you don’t have a library card, you can get a temporary computer use card online!

With Creativebug, you can get inspiration with thousands of video classes on everything under the sun. New videos are released every day! Patterns, templates, and recipes can be downloaded, and you can talk to other crafters in online forums or show off your work in a community gallery.
The Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center has millions of articles and diagrams with which you can beef up your knowledge of esoteric techniques, learn new patterns, or just find out something interesting about your favorite art form.
Get some inspiration from these or any of our other online arts resources, and tell us what you made in the comments!

Library Closed to Public – Give us a call!

While we’re closed to patrons for the foreseeable future, give us a call or send us an email, and we’ll answer your questions just like normal! We can put items on hold for you to pick up at the drive-through windows at the Main Library on Goodwood or the Fairwood Branch, with curbside pickup coming soon at other locations. Stay healthy out there!

Credit-Free Titles on Kanopy

Looking for something new to watch? Check out Kanopy!

Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, documentaries, award-winning foreign films, and more! You get 10 play credits per month with your library card, but they’re also offering credit-free titles. Here’s just a small sample of your options:

Why go to a movie theater when you can bring the movie theater into your own home? Log in to Kanopy today!

Dependable Strengths: Find and Grow the Best Within You

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 complete exercises to identify your strengths and plan your next steps for developing them.

This workshop will be presented by Mike Cragin, Certified Facilitator by the Center for Dependable Strengths.

Join us Saturday, March 21st at the Main Library on Goodwood. The program is scheduled from 9 AM – 4 PM. Registration is required; please call (225) 231-3733 or register online.

Women’s History Month Exhibits

Special Collections is excited to invite patrons to view the special Women’s History month exhibits on display at the Main Library and online! The exhibit explores over 100 years of Baton Rouge women fighting to make this city a better place for all of its citizens. 

You’ll learn about the history of the Baton Rouge General Hospital and the Charity Ward Association ladies who, time and time again, came to the rescue of that institution; the Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Baton Rouge and Louisiana; the first women to be elected to political office in East Baton Rouge; and women educators committed to protecting the rights of their marginalized students.

The physical display will be available in Special Collections at the Main Library for the entire month of March! Access the online exhibit from the Baton Rouge Room Infoguide or the Library’s page on Google Arts and Culture!

Authors After Hours: Sarah M. Broom and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Adults can come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, for a special Authors After Hours event featuring New York Times Best-Selling author Sarah M. Broom, and celebrated author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.

Sarah M. Broom is the author of the 2019 National Book Award Winner and instant New York Times bestseller The Yellow House, a brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir about the relentless pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

Sexton’s The Revisioners is set in 1925 and follows Josephine who is the proud owner of a thriving farm after freeing herself from slavery. Her uneasy friendship with her white female neighbor Charlotte is jeopardized by Charlotte’s connection with the Ku Klux Klan.

For more information, call (225) 231-3750.

Salary Negotiation 101

Do you feel you deserve a raise or promotion but don’t know how to ask? Are you applying for a new job and don’t know how to negotiate your salary? Come and attend this workshop on Salary Negotiation, presented by Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak. You will learn the rules governing salary negotiations, plus techniques to conquer them and ask for more money and other benefits.

Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood on Thursday, March 12th, at 11:30 AM. Registration is required. Please call 225-231 3733 or register online here.

One Book, One Community 2020

2020’s One Book, One Community read is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

From the author’s website: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Join us this Saturday at 6PM to celebrate our 2020 read. You’ll enjoy a live musical performance by I Am I, delicious snacks, lots of local organizations, and more!