With Kanopy, our BRAND NEW entertainment resource, you can watch up to 15 indie films, classics, documentaries, and more each month. Every film you play can be watched an unlimited number of times for three days before you need to spend another play credit to watch it again. Kanopy can be accessed from any device, including Roku! Watch anything from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an excellent Iranian vampire flick, to Plastic Paradise – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a documentary about what happens to the things we throw away. Set up a playlist and watch them one right after the other! Set up more than one playlist to make sure you remember to inflict very bizarre second of movies like Eraserhead on your friends! The possibilities are endless!

Gale Courses have some New Options!

As your children and/or school-age relatives slide into summer and you start considering a family vacation, keep in mind that there’s never a bad time to learn something new. You can even take classes on your smartphone with Gale Courses!

Gale is launching a brand-new site optimized for use with mobile devices. 152 of their fabulous six-week courses are available on the new platform: check out the full list in the Excel document below!

Gale Courses on New Platform as of May 17

The new version is responsive, intuitive, and has more ways to learn. It also comes with a new car smell! (But you will have to imagine that for yourself.) Some classes may be available in both old and new platforms while they make the shift, but stick around – the new one is great. It’s never been easier or more fun to pick up a new skill.

Some of it comes from the internet!

Try Gale Courses today!

OverDrive’s Streaming Video

Did you know that OverDrive, one of our many fabulous digital resource collections, has not only more audiobooks than you could listen to in a lifetime AND more ebooks than you could read while remaining gainfully employed, BUT ALSO more streaming videos than you could shake a stick at (should you be so inclined)?

So many choices! So many options! So many Muppets! (Who doesn’t love the Muppets?! Watch Muppet Treasure Island and educate yourself. Just don’t try to base your Treasure Island book report on it.)


Come on, EBRP – let’s go to the movies!

Popular Lynda Learning for May

Being outside today seems like a soaking wet bummer, so if you’re staying inside and dry, entertain and train your brain with Lynda! Here are the top ten courses:

  1. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  2. HTML Essential Training
  3. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  4. Illustrator CC 2017 One-on-One Essential Training
  5. Project Management Foundations
  6. JavaScript Essential Training
  7. WordPress Essential Training
  8. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  9. Online Marketing Foundations
  10. Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Personal development is essential! And Lynda now has classes on soft skills – check out the “Career Development” section.

Landlord/Developer Rental Flood Recovery Programs Open May 15th

The Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) will be releasing details regarding funding guidelines for both the Neighborhood Landlord Rental Program and the Multifamily Restoration Gap Program, by issuing two separate Notifications of Funding Availability (NOFA’s) on May 15.

LHC will offer program seminars to answer NOFA-specific questions according to the schedule below. An overview of each of the two programs can be reviewed in the interim at restore.la.gov under the “Recovery Assistance” tab.  Both programs are aimed at providing additional rental housing units across the state, especially in the HUD-designated 10 most impacted/distressed parishes affected between the March and August 2016 flooding events. Between the two programs, more than $74 million will be made available to landlords and developers to repair, reconstruct or create new rental units in Louisiana.

The Neighborhood Landlord Rental Program covers new and existing rental properties consisting of properties with seven or less units, and the Multifamily Restoration Gap Program covers existing properties with 20 or more units.

The seminars are designed to provide interested applicants an opportunity to ask questions about the application process prior to the application deadline for each program. Each program is set to move quickly in coming weeks in order to allow property owners to determine next steps needed to move forward with their construction efforts.

Property owners and developers interested in attending these workshops can attend one in any location offered in the list below, as the same content will be shared at each workshop.  The content will also be shared online following the conclusion of the event series. Preregistration is required and can be completed online.

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 3:00 PM: East Baton Rouge Parish Library – Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017, 3:00 PM: LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 42126 Veterans Ave., Hammond, LA 70403
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 3:00 PM: Lafayette Public Library – Main Library, 301 West Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 3:00 PM: Ollie Burns Branch, Ouachita Parish Library, 5601 Hwy. 165 By-Pass, Richwood, LA 71202

Check Out a Living Book

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s (EBRPL) Human Library™ program, a success at the early April Ebb and Flow Festival, will open again Saturday, May 6, at the Main Library at Goodwood, from 1-5 PM.  The program allows “readers” to check out Living Books — that is, people who share the story of their lives, in a fascinating and thought-provoking one-on-one conversation. The event for adults aims to help expand understanding, present different perspectives, and challenge stereotypes through dialogue. The effort is led by EBRPL staff and is free to the public.

During the event, “book jackets” will be available for perusal at Main Library regarding Living Book titles,  including Dealing with PTSD from Post-9/11 Service at Ground Zero, Atheist in Louisiana, Raising an Interracial Family, Intersex Introvert Syncretist Polytheist, Muslim Immigrant, Trans Lesbian, and more. Participating “readers” of the Living Books are allotted 30 minutes to experience the Living Book(s) of their choice, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback.

Those wanting a “pre-taste” of the event can listen to the Baton Rouge Arts Council radio show April 23 interview, featuring three of the event’s organizers and two of Saturday’s Living Books, or read The Advocate’s article on the Human Library at the Ebb and Flow Fest. You can also keep an eye on the library’s Instagram or Facebook page for daily posts of selected book titles and blurbs. Let us know you’re coming, and invite your friends, through the event page!