At Ask-A-Lawyer (AAL), a free service provided by the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Pro Bono Project, volunteers provide legal advice to all comers. Ask-A-Lawyer holds sessions at various social service agencies including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the Charles R. Kelly Community Center (formerly known as the Delmont Service Center) of Baton Rouge, the East Baton Rouge Parish Branch Libraries and the surrounding area. Ask-A-Lawyer is first-come, first-serve. Times and locations vary; dates through the end of the year are listed below.

  • 8/18/18 – Delmont Gardens Branch – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 8/21/18 – Livingston Council on Aging – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9/12/18 – Donaldsonville Senior Center – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9/15/18 – Eden Park Branch – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9/19/18 – Catholic Charities – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 10/4/18 – Charles R. Kelly Community Center – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 10/6/18 – Baker Branch – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 10/17/18 – Catholic Charities – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 10/25/18 – Main Library on Goodwood – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 11/6/18 – West Baton Rouge Parish Library – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 11/10/18 – Zachary Branch Library – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 11/14/18 – Catholic Charities – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 12/1/18 – Carver Branch Library – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 12/6/18 – Charles E. Kelly Community Center – 9:00-11:30 AM

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Extravaganza

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published twenty years ago – come celebrate the best series ever with us! Kids, teens, twenty-somethings, adults, and whoever else wants to stop by are welcome to play games like quidditch, make their own wands, compete in trivia games, visit a master of divination for a peek into the future, and more! There will even be a performance of wizard rock band, Tonks & the Aurors. Don’t miss out – join us Saturday, September 1st, starting at 3PM!

Gale Courses

Lynda isn’t the only way to learn online with the library – if you want a more directed class with an experienced virtual instructor, check out Gale Courses! Each course lasts six weeks. Two lessons are released per week, and you have two weeks to finish the coursework in each lesson. Here are the ten most popular courses:

  1. Speed Spanish
  2. Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016
  3. Accounting Fundamentals
  4. Project Management Fundamentals
  5. Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
  6. Explore a Career in Medical Coding
  7. Discover Sign Language
  8. Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2017
  9. A to Z Grant Writing
  10. Introduction to SQL

Career Center Job Club

Job Club for Job Seekers in Professional Careers

 SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 – DECEMBER 16, 2018




The Career Center of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is sponsoring this 14-week job search and networking group (job club) for job seekers in professional careers. Job searching can be a lonely and discouraging activity, and this group will provide you with a safe space and like-minded professionals. Share experiences, network, encourage, learn the latest job search techniques, and be accountable to each other. This workshop is free of charge and open to individuals in professional careers who are seeking employment.

Weekly Schedule

  •  Week 1 – Introduction and Job Search Basics
  • Week 2 – Traditional Job Search 201
  • Week 3 – Resumes
  • Week 4 – Informational Interviews and Networking
  • Week 5 – Job Search Letters
  • Week 6 – Personal Branding and Developing the Elevator Pitch
  • Week 7 – Everything You Need to Know About the Interview, Part 1
  • Week 8 – Everything You Need to Know About the Interview, Part 2
  • Week 9 – Social Media for the Job Search
  • Week 10 – Managing Personal Finances
  • Week 11 – Dealing with Change / What If I Didn’t Get the Job
  • Week 12 – Salary Negotiation
  • Week 13 – Starting Your Own Business
  • Week 14 – What if I Do Get the Job? How to get off to the right start

Exceptional Lives Webinar

Join us for an Exceptional Lives webinar next Wednesday, August 15th! It will be held in the Tech Lab at the Main Library, starting at 2PM.

Exceptional Lives Louisiana is a free resource for families who have a child with a disability. The Exceptional Lives platform is made of step-by-step guides on topics like finding and enrolling in special education, signing up for additional health insurance, and filing for Supplemental Security Income. They also maintain a comprehensive directory of disability-related services, which is searchable by zip code, child’s age, or service required.

Lynda: Popular Courses for August

Send the kids back to school, and learn a little something for yourself! Online classes with Lynda are self-directed – so you can learn at your own pace. They come with lessons and practice work you can complete to make sure you understand the concepts you’re learning. And, of course, it’s completely free with your East Baton Rouge Parish Library card! Check out the top ten courses:

  1. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  2. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  3. JavaScript Essential Training
  4. Project Management Foundations
  5. HTML Essential Training
  6. Time Management Fundamentals
  7. Python Essential Training
  8. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  9. Online Marketing Foundations (2014)
  10. Data Science Foundations: Fundamentals

Call for Makers 2018

Hey, Baton Rouge! The Call for Makers is open for another month – it closes at the end of August! Send in your application to participate in the greatest show (and tell) on Earth today!

Launch Your Imagination at the 2018 Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire on October 6th! The theme this year is space, but if you’re a biologist with research to share, or a backyard inventor with something people NEED to see, we want you. The Faire is open to all comers!

Are you a fashion designer? Bring your designs! Are you a musician? We’d love to have you perform! We’d especially love to see anything with an interactive component that you can do with Faire attendees.

Don’t wait – apply NOW!

BYOB: Bring Your Own (Hated) Book

Have you ever stopped in the middle of your book to debate whether the relief of throwing it across the room would be worth the potential damage to your surroundings? Well, pick that book back up and bring it to the Zachary Branch for Bring Your Own Book: Books You Hate edition! You can talk all about why you hate it, why you thought you’d like it, and when you gave up – or why you soldiered bravely on.

This meeting of Bring Your Own Book will be held at the Zachary Branch on Tuesday, August 21st, at 6PM. Please call (225) 658-1840 for more information.

Learn to Play Magic: The Gathering

Come join us for a beginner’s introduction to Magic: The Gathering, a card game that combines strategy and fantasy! We will review the basic rules and play practice hands to help players familiarize themselves with the types of cards and how to play.

This event is geared towards those who are new to Magic, and participants will receive a starter deck to learn with, instructions, and a box in which to store your decks. Ages 14+, or ages 11+ with a participating parent.

Registration is required; please call (225) 231-3750 and ask for Ashley to register.