Hurricane Hotline

What is it?

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Hurricane Hotline is a one-stop resource for your information needs during hurricane season.

What’s in it?

  • Hurricane Hotline has the latest topical weather advisories for the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico regions
  • Information on hurricane preparedness such as securing your home, creating an emergency supply kit, and taking care of pets.
  • Should a hurricane or tropical storm impact the Baton Rouge area, information on evacuation, shelters, closures, and re-openings will be available.
  • Hurricane Hotline has a history and science section with information for teachers and students.

Google Map Hack: Gmaps Pedometer

Ever wondered about the distance of your liesurely walk around Independence Park? Your afternoon bike ride through your neighborhood or your commute home? Check out this Google Map Hack: Gmaps Pedometer. Its great for plotting your routine daily walk, run, bike ride, or trek to the market. Here’s a way to find out the answer.

Q: What is the distance if you were to walk from the reference desk to the roadside sidewalk and all the way around Independence Park and back?

  • Visit Gmaps Pedometer:
  • In the box labeled ‘Jump to’, type “7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA”; select “zoom: 16” from the drop down menu; click “go”.
  • Switch to a topographical view of the map by clicking the “Topo” button (top left corner of the map). Now you see the library!
  • To begin plotting, click “start recording” (upper left of the screen).
  • To plot a point, simply double click—notice that the characteristic red push pin appears.
  • Once you are done with plotting and wish to save this search, simply click “save route“—this generates a URL for your trip.

A: Approximately 1.5298 mi. (see URL)

Note: The accuracy is more or less based upon your ability to carefully move and click the mouse and to patiently plot points along a curve.

Bonus: Turn on the calorie counter by simply clicking “on”.  While it does require that you enter your age, which is significant to calculating calories burned, it does not ask you to enter the level of intensity of your activity — a giveaway that it is not completely accurate. The name “Gmaps Pedometer” leads one to believe that this might be only accurate for a low intensity walk as opposed to a medium intensity bike ride or a high intensity run.

Business Person of the Month: Dave Tullier

Dave Tullier


Dave’s Bicycle Repair


Dave Tullier, owner of Dave's Bicycle Repair, with fully loaded touring bicycle

After 27 years of repairing bicycles, and many more years of serious bicycle riding, I still enjoy what I do for a living. I repair your bike as if it were my own.  — Dave Tullier

Since 1956, May has been designated as National Bicycle Month. Why not join hundreds of thousands of folks across the country in commemorating this spectacular event? Call Dave’s Bicycle Repair to ensure that your bicycle is in excellent repair and that you are absolutely ready to roll!

One of Baton Rouge’s most unique services, Dave’s Bicycle Repair is a mobile business which offers free pickup and delivery directly to your door, by appointment. Dave performs expert & economical repair on all brands; sells new & reconditioned bicycles (Adult Trikes, Commercial Bicycles & Trikes, Tandems, Recumbents, Bike Trailers & Trail-A-Bikes); provides quality bike parts, tires & tubes, tools & lubricants, and accessories—everything from the proper clothing to first aid products, from sun block to energy bars. “Call me for a price on building wheels or building a bike. Whether it’s a tune-up, a complete overhaul or up-grading parts and accessories, I’ll be happy to help.”

Truly committed to getting everyone on a bike, Dave also builds special needs bicycles and can craft customized fittings for children and adults with disabilities who enjoy bicycling and look forward to the freedom of being outdoors and completely mobile. “I enjoy encouraging people of all ages to get on a bicycle and ride,” he says, “And I especially have enjoyed the opportunities I’ve had to meet folks over age 50 who have ridden across the country on a bicycle.” A Marine Veteran who served in Vietnam, Dave also enjoys meeting the numerous veterans who travel to Baton Rouge.

A graduate of Schwinn Factory School and the Adventure Cycling Leadership School, Dave is very down-to-earth and quite approachable even for novices who may be intimidated by the prospect of bike shopping. One of his regular customers, a 68-year old man who just started cycling in 2004, should serve as an inspiration to everyone who thinks they cannot ride a bike. The man rides 30+ miles per day in Baton Rouge and has figured out a way to ride Airline Highway all the way down to the bridge and back. Dave realizes that, “People ride bicycles for all sorts of reasons, from better health to saving money on fuel, or as an alternative to driving to work.” Whether you are a commuter, a competitive cyclist, an adventure tourist, or simply enjoy riding in the neighborhood after work, he has the equipment you need. With memberships in Baton Rouge Bicycle Club, League of American Cyclist, and Adventure Cycling Association, he also has the information and resources to help plan anything from a cross-continent trek to a day’s outing to the Tammany Trace.

A native of Alexandria, LA, Dave attended ULM (Monroe) where he earned a degree in Education with a specialty to teach social studies and English. He taught high school history for 5 years before he realized his calling was not to be in the classroom, but to be outdoors and encouraging others to be outdoors. Dave’s uncle had owned a Schwinn shop in Lake Charles where he spent many of his teen years after his father died, so the bike business seemed a good fit for him. He owned and managed two bicycle shops for several years before becoming self-employed with his mobile bike repair service business in 1991.

Dave would like to see the face of tourism in Louisiana include not only the French Quarter, French Music, and Cajun culture, but also cycling. After all, Louisiana offers mild weather and fair terrain to enjoy cycling nearly all year round. St. Francisville, 31 miles north of Baton Rouge, is a major crossroads for cross-country cyclists from all over the world. Louisiana citizens probably are not aware of just how many world-wide touring cyclists actually fly in to BR Metro Airport on a regular basis. Listed with the Adventure Cycling Association as a sort of local touring ambassador, Dave is the person they contact to make arrangements to ship their bicycles here. He will pick up cycling tourists from the BR airport and assist them to arrive at their destination and overnight accommodations, usually in St. Francisville.

“I would like to see more tourism in Baton Rouge devoted to outdoor recreational activities along the river (such as cycling on the levee) as opposed to more gambling along the river.” On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the most bike friendly, Dave gives Baton Rouge only a 4. He supports the idea of a bike trail on the levee between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The levee should be beautified to create green spaces and bicycle pedestrian paths – places where individuals and families would be able to spend their time together outdoors safely away from road traffic. Small businesses laced along the river would be able to cater to the people along that trail. Currently the Mississippi River Trail ( bypasses Baton Rouge completely, crossing by ferry from St Francisville to New Roads and continuing down the west bank of the river to New Orleans. Dave thinks such a levee path will not only bring in cycling tourism to our city, but also provide safe riding for shorter distances for families in the small towns and communities along the river.

Besides cycling, Dave enjoys camping, canoeing, and backpacking with his wife Cindy, another Alexandria native whom he met and married several years ago. He has two grown daughters and three grandchildren. One daughter is an avid cyclist who is planning an adventure cycling tour with her dad and her children. When he finds spare time to read, his taste runs mostly to westerns and fictional books about the Marine Corps during the WWII and Vietnam wars. His favorite magazines include Bicycling Magazine and Mountain Biking. Dave expressed appreciation for the local library system which he used extensively to learn about the art of bicycle maintenance when he was working in his first bike shop.

Dave Tullier is that most lucky of men—one who has found a way to turn his avocation into his vocation. Few are able to make a living from their hobbies, sports or leisure activities. But one can plainly see from Dave’s quote at the beginning of this profile, he’s still enjoying his work (and play) after twenty-seven years.

Business Person of the Month Archive

Small Business Workshops – Summer 2007

Looking for small business workshops to attend in the Baton Rouge area? The Louisiana Small Business Development Center may have just the one for you. Here is a list of workshops being offered in Baton Rouge.

Business Boot Camp for Startups-The Basics
Saturday, June 2, 2007
8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
1109 CEBA Building
1200 Nicholson Dr. Ext.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

“Basics of starting a small businesses, exploring entrepreneurship, researching and analyzing the market, setting financial goals, building the organization and team, local resources and assistance for entrepreneurs, and war stories from entrepreneurs who starting businesses and survived the process to tell about it.”

Patent & Trademark Workshop
Saturday, June 9, 2007
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Louisiana State University
Middleton Library
Dalrymple Dr. and Tower Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

“Basic information on patent and trademarks, Search techniques, General interest information useful to inventors and researchers, and Patent Attorney will be on hand to answer questions concerning patents and trademarks.”

Additional workshops will be held in New Orleans, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Monroe. Click here to view the complete schedule, details, and registration info.

Asian Nation

Asian Nation
Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month by visiting Asian Nation. This site offers a good concise introduction to Asian culture. The site’s author is Dr. C.N. Le, Director of the Asian and Asian American Certificate Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Le discusses the history of Asian Americans and contemporary issues in Asian culture today. He refers to his site as “Asian Americans 101.” The site also has a sections for related links, a discussion forum, and message board.

Take time this month to learn about another ingredient in the culture gumbo that is Baton Rouge.


May is “Get Caught Reading Month;” and here at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library we are ready to help you find that next great book. Try using our online database Novelist. Novelist is a database of fiction with access to subjects, reviews, and annotations for over 135,000 titles. In addition Novelist provides reading group guides, read- a- like recommendations, author biographies and book talks.

Novelist is updated monthly from sources such as Booklist, Kirks, School Library Journal, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. Over 9,000 titles are added to Novelist annually, including descriptions when available.

You can browse through your favorite genres, or search for a specific title or author. If you enjoyed a particular book, look up other similar books. Novelist offers titles for adults, young adults, and children.

Find that next great read with Novelist (accessible through our Online Databases).

Business Person of the Month:Martha Breckenridge

Martha Breckenridge


Bugs Away: The Outdoor Misting Insect Control System, LLC


Martha Breckenridge

“Live by principle and treat others how you’d like to be treated”  —Author Unknown

BugsAway offers home, camp and business owners a system to provide relief from mosquitoes and many other annoying pests, which allows them to enjoy their outdoor spaces. “Once this insect control system is installed around the perimeter of the chosen sites and begins misting our water-based insecticide, clients are able to reclaim their outdoor surroundings.”

Breckenridge heard about this system in May 2005 but didn’t start looking into it for her own personal use until February 2006. “I heard about this system, investigated it and took a leap of faith.” She formed her own company, BugsAway, The Outdoor Misting Insect Control System, LLC., in May 2006. Breckenridge feels that mosquitoes are a real problem especially for the Southern states of our nation. Our home state of Louisiana breeds mosquitoes like no other because of its warm and moist climate. We are now experiencing several new breeds of mosquitoes; some that are even resistant to cold weather. What was once a seasonal mosquito problem is rapidly becoming a year round problem.

Breckenridge was a stay-at-home mom for about sixteen years. When she returned to the workforce her first job was working for a local fine jewelry retailer. Before now, she has never worked an outdoors job. “I like working in the quiet outdoors and offering a product which really works to improve the quality of life for those who enjoy the outdoors.” Breckenridge is involved in every phase of the business. She manages the business and does whatever is necessary to get the system installed right. “I am even capable of installing and maintaining the system myself if my workers need a helping hand.”

Breckenridge is a gardener. In her spare time, she likes to do yard work and work on her house. Her favorite magazines include Louisiana Home and Garden and Southern Living. Books about gardening and interior design interest her, but she also likes to read spiritual books, self-help, biographies, mysteries, business and finance books and even the occasional John Grisham. She enjoys sports, cookouts, super bargain shopping, and most of all spending time with her three children and her recently born grandson.

A native of Baton Rouge, she would like to see our city progress to a point where both citizens and tourists can see how our tax dollars are spent. Our public servants should be well-paid and more of a presence in town. We need great public schools, parks and libraries, and clean and maintained surroundings. Breckenridge is in favor of severe littering penalties. “I see our city of Baton Rouge rapidly changing, and it would be nice to see people change their old bad habits of littering. A cleaner Baton Rouge would be more inviting and prettier and might become an example for other cities to follow.”

Breckenridge believes libraries are essential to our personal growth which in turn benefits our community. Our fine library system should continue to improve services and build on its successes. “I’m close friends with a couple of librarians and they are awesome.” Librarians, with their personal knowledge about many subjects, can direct us in our reading. “We must always have an open mind ready to learn something new, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem.”

The personal quote Breckenridge chose for the beginning of this profile is a compilation. “I heard a famous leader mention he worked by principle and it stuck with me.” The second half of the quote is a variation of the Golden Rule, which she learned at church as a child. Breckenridge says the two together just make good sense as a rule for living, and she tries to apply them in her personal life and her business.

Business Person of the Month Archive


New Business Titles

April 15 – 21 is National Library Week, time to roundup and list the latest small business titles in our collection.

Titles listed above are linked to the Library’s online catalog so you can see title locations and status. Once you’re in the catalog, click on the picture of the book cover for a synopsis and other information.

Looking at Jazz – National Website

Looking at Jazz – National Website

Jazz is America’s indigenous music — born in New Orleans, developed in American cities, and exported throughout the world.

This website, provides not only an outline for our six month series on jazz, but through film clips and narration, provides a great overview of jazz history and the influence of jazz on our American culture.

Baton Rouge All That’s Jazz

Baton Rouge:  All That’s Jazz

Baton Rouge: All That’s Jazz  is our new 6 month series on the history of jazz and jazz in Baton Rouge.  This exciting series will provide monthly jazz documentary films and discussions, live jazz performances and DJ’d listening sessions. We will have two scholars well versed in jazz history to lead the film viewing and discussions. Our live performances will feature traditional jazz, big band, bebop and latin jazz forms. Local musicians, music writers and jazz radio personalities will share the jazz recordings that most influenced them in our listening sessions, “My Favorite” Things.”

Join us for all these great programs and support America’s music — Jazz!