Summer Reading Parties Start Monday!

Has your child signed up for summer reading? Summer reading parties start this Monday! Check the list below for the celebration at your local branch:

  • Central Branch –  Monday, July 23rd, 10AM
  • Bluebonnet Regional Branch – Monday, July 23rd, 6:30PM
  • Carver Branch – Tuesday, July 24th, 10AM
  • Fairwood Branch – Wednesday, July 25th, 10AM
  • Zachary Branch – Wednesday, July 25th, 10AM
  • Jones Creek Regional Branch – Wednesday, July 25th, 6:30PM
  • Delmont Gardens Branch – Thursday, July 26th, 10AM
  • Eden Park Branch – Thursday, July 26th, 3PM
  • Scotlandville Branch – Monday, July 30th, 10AM
  • Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch – Monday, July 30th, 6:30PM
  • Baker Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 10AM
  • Pride-Chaneyville Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 3PM
  • Main Library on Goodwood – Wednesday, August 1st, 10AM

Teens can celebrate, too! The teen summer reading party schedule is as follows:

  • Fairwood Branch – Tuesday, July 24th, 3:30PM
  • Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch – Saturday, July 28th, 3PM
  • Baker Branch – Monday, July 30th, 2PM
  • Eden Park Branch – Monday, July 30th, 3PM
  • Pride-Chaneyville Branch – Monday, July 30th, 4PM
  • River Center Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 1:30PM
  • Delmont Gardens Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 2:30PM
  • Jones Creek Regional Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 2:30PM
  • Bluebonnet Regional Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 4PM
  • Main Library on Goodwood – Wednesday, August 1st, 12PM
  • Zachary Branch – Tuesday, August 7th, 6PM

Not finished with your reading logs? No problem! Finished reading logs can be turned in until August 15th to win prizes and an entry into the big prize drawing! Keep reading, Baton Rouge!

Exceptional Lives Louisiana

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 reqired.

Exceptional Lives also provides support for families through a phone helpline and email. Contact them by phone at  1-844-354-1212 or via email at info@exceptionallives.org.

For more information, visit their website or watch the following video:

Who Are You? Find out with genealogy research!

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors could be? Maybe you’re a princess, or a pirate! The library has access to many of the premier genealogy databases to help you get started on your search:

  • Fold3 can help you find your family’s military history.

  • Are you definitely British or Irish? Check out Find My Past.

Ancestry.com and Find My Past can only be used in-house, so when you’re done using them, why not stay for one of our genealogy classes? You can find a complete schedule in our monthly newsletter, the Source. There’s an introduction class coming up this weekend at the Pride-Cheneyville branch this Saturday at 1 PM!

Resume Seminar

Lynnette Lee, of the Career Center, will lead a workshop on how to write a great resume.

  • Learn to structure your resume so that it showcases your most valuable skills.
  • Learn formatting techniques that will make your resume look clean and professional.
  • Learn the biggest red flags that employers look for on resumes and how to avoid them.

This event will take place on Saturday, July 21st, at the Main Library on Goodwood, from 10:30 AM – 12 PM. Registration is required; you can call the career center at (225) 231-3733 or go online to register.

Get Your Tech On

Check out these upcoming tech events at your local library!

Innovation Space A/V and 3D Badging Classes – The Bluebonnet Regional Branch has a GoPro, Sennheiser microphones, a Yamaha mixer, green screens, instrument cables and XLR cables and a 3D printer available for patron use in its Innovation Space – totally FREE! Adults and teens age 12 & up welcome to attend:
• A/V Badging Class – Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m.
• 3D Printing Badging Class – Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m.
Once you’ve completed a class, you’ll be able to reserve the room on your own to create a podcast or make a cool video to upload to YouTube.

Open Play Multiplayer Virtual Reality – Adults and teens ages 13 and up can gather at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, to enjoy multiplayer virtual reality games! Come play Rec Room paintball, exterminate zombies in Dead and Buried and play futuristic Frisbee in Echo Arena on the Library’s three Oculus Rift headsets.

Tiny Tech Talks – Louisiana State University (LSU) Division of Computer Sciences and Engineering Professor Dr. Feng Chen joins us for the first in a series of educational talks featuring technology educational professionals at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 11! Adults and teens will hear from educators from across the state who’ll discuss different areas of specialty including computer sciences, engineering and everything in between. You won’t want to miss it!

NoveList Plus

End your book slump with NoveList Plus! If you’re not sure what to read next, you can browse by genre (broken down by age group), appeal, or just check out a recommended reads list. Looking for something new to recommend to your child, or your classroom full of them? They’ve got lots of resources for teens, tweens, and tinies (young children), and they include benchmarks like the Lexile score and Accelerated Reader points!

Have you ever read a book so good that it ruined you, at least for a couple of days, for all other books? All you have to do is search for the book and check out the read-alikes on the right-hand side of the screen, and you’ll find something that will get you excited again!

With NoveList Plus, you’ll never have a reading slump again. It’s free with your library card!

Tiny Tech Talks: Dr Feng Chen

Louisiana State University (LSU) Division of Computer Sciences and Engineering Professor Dr. Feng Chen joins us for the first in a series of educational talks featuring technology educational professionals at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 11! Adults and teens will hear from educators from across the state who’ll discuss different areas of specialty including computer sciences, engineering and everything in between. You won’t want to miss it!