Pumpkin Painting for 20somethings

Halloween is coming up fast, and that means it’s time to decorate! Still not totally sure you can trust yourself to use a knife and come out with all your fingers intact? Nervous about pumpkin carving, which, after all, is basically just stabbing squash over and over again? Come paint a pumpkin instead! The Zachary Branch will have pumpkin painting on Tuesday, October 23rd, starting at 6 PM. Call (225) 658-1850 to register!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Do you have a library card? You can get one for free at any of East Baton Rouge Parish’s fourteen library branches – all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence in this parish! Having a library card gets you access to almost two million items (including a telescope!), as well as our study rooms, and two dollars of free printing every day. The library also offers absolutely oodles of programming for kids, teens, twenty-somethings, adults, and anyone else you’ve got hanging around in need of entertainment or education.

If you haven’t been by in a while, September is a great month to check out what’s new at your local library! Everybody’s going back to school, and there’s no better place to get free online homework help, check out research materials, or just kick back with a good book or movie.

DNA and Family History

Due to extremely popular demand, we have scheduled an extra session of the class DNA and Family History to be held on October 2 at 7pm in the Tech Lab! Genetic testing can reveal clues to your family history. Learn about different types of DNA tests and what they can tell us and the restrictions they present. Call 225-231-3751 to register.

To learn more about genealogy resources available through the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, visit their infoguide!

Red Stick Ready

Hurricane season is roaring up out of the gulf – are you Red Stick Ready? The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is ready to help. Visit their website, or download their app for your Apple or Android phone.

If you would like more information, the Library also has a storm readiness infoguide full of local stormy weather resources. Stay dry this year, Baton Rouge!

Small Business Clinics

Does your business need a boost? Join EBRPL’s business librarian for tips and tricks on how free library resources can help you jump-start or turbo charge your entrepreneurial dreams! Business clinics will be held at the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Scotlandville Branch: Wednesday, September 12, 2-4 PM
  • Delmont Gardens Branch: Wednesday, September 19th, 2-4 PM
  • Carver Branch: Thursday, September 27th, 2-4 PM

Natural Hair Support Group – first ever Hair Show!

Do you have natural hair? Do you want to show it off to the world? Join the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library’s Natural Hair Support Group for their first-ever hair show! People will model all kinds of easy, beautiful natural hairstyles that you can totally master on yourself. The show starts Saturday, September 15th, at 10 AM.

Interested in participating and modeling your own lovely locs? Contact Nicollette Davis at ndavis@ebrpl.com for more information!

Art & Addiction: Special Program by Ben Peabody

September is National Recovery Month, and its purpose is to raise awareness and celebrate the successes of people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is recognizing National Recovery Month by hosting Addiction: Sabotage, Sobriety, Surrender, at the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., which is a compelling exhibition featuring the vibrantly striking works of artist and author of Art & Addiction Ben Peabody. The display will run September 1-30.

A native of Baton Rouge, Ben Peabody attended Louisiana Tech University, where he received a B.A. in Art Education. Later studies include a M.A. in Instructional Media from Southern University and additional work on a M.F.A. at Louisiana State University. Influenced by his love of the water and its mysteries and by Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Guadalupe Posada, Peabody’s work fuses figurative and expressive art with geometric, abstract art. His series, Art & Addiction, is based on personal experiences, research and stories of persons in recovery. Stories are interpreted through the symbolic use of objects, words and colors reflecting his imagination. This body of work was created over a 19-year period. Peabody has been a full-time artist since 2001 showing in group and solo shows in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and New Mexico.

There also will be a FREE special program led by Peabody at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 16, that will feature two of the subjects of his art, as they speak about their experiences in overcoming addiction. Presenter Cory W. will discuss Higher Power, and Fred B. will talk about Shake N’ Bake. Enjoy funky blues and swamp pop tunes before the program begins by D.B. Cooper.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark will share insights on the effects of addiction and the staggering statistics that reflect the toll it takes on life and longevity. Representatives from various community addiction resource groups and organizations also will be available at the program. A book signing will follow the program. Signed copies of the author’s book will be available for purchase at the event.

Additional resources and more detailed listings are available in the Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery Resources InfoGuide. Please note that inclusion of a resource in the InfoGuide or printed materials should not be considered an endorsement or medical advice.

For more information, about the Art & Addiction exhibit and special program, call (225) 231-3750. To learn more about National Recovery Month, please visit their website.