With Overdrive, the Library’s new eMedia service, you can now download a variety of audiobooks, ebooks, and videos — then enjoy them from your home computer or upload them to your mp3 player, PDA, or smartphone.

Go to our eBR eMedia page to browse or search for eAudiobooks, e-books or videos then, after installing the Overdrive Media Console software,  check them out and download them.  It’s just like checking books out from the library, only better, because the items are “returned” automatically on their due date and you don’t get charged late fines.

Get started now with the Quick Start Guide.

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OverDrive Community Reserve

OverDrive is our new eMedia platform that allows you to download ebooks, audiobooks and video to your computer, transfer them to a portable device, or burn them to a CD.

Within OverDrive’s broader collection of eMedia is a collection called OverDrive Community Reserve. Participating libraries from around the world have donated materials to this collection. They have been created for educational, informational and entertainment purposes.

OverDrive Community Reserve includes video interviews with authors called Expanded Books Interviews. There are also regional materials provided by libraries from across the country, student films, music and fiction titles — and even real estate information.  These items have many copies available for check out, so there should always be one available.

Community Reserve items are included in the regular Overdrive collection, but you can also view these titles as a group by clicking on the Community Reserve icon on our eBR eMedia page.

Looking Up Phone Numbers

Here at the library, we get a lot of calls for phone numbers. So we’ve had a lot of practice at tracking down that elusive phone number.

Our first stop is ReferenceUSA, which is accessible from our Database Page.

First, choose one of two available databases: U.S. Business (for business, companies, hospitals, etc.) or U.S Residential (for home phone numbers).

Next, type in the Company Name or the Person’s Last Name, First Name (if known), City (if known) and State. Then click on Search Now.

Don’t be discouraged if you get a “No records found matching criteria!” Databases are often unforgiving. You may need to try the name with different spellings and configurations.

If you don’t know how to spell the person’s first name, you can leave it blank. However, be aware that this may result in a long list if the name is common. For example, the last name Smith results in 1,590 records on 64 pages just for Baton Rouge.

Remember that some listings only use a first initial, so John Smith might be listed as J Smith. 

If you are unsure of spelling, you can try truncating the name using an asterisk (*). In ReferenceUSA you must have three letters before you can truncate. So if you don’t know if the listing is under Harry or Harold, you can type HAR*, which will give you all Harry, Harold, as well as Harley, Harmon, Hardy, and Harvey. This method works for last names too.

You can leave out the city if you are unsure of the city. This results in a statewide search.

ReferenceUSA does not include unlisted numbers, and cell phones are often unlisted.

Here is a list of useful online Directories and Phone Books.

Business Person of the Month: Ramona Henry

Ramona Henry


Hosea’s Bible & Robe Center

841 N. 22nd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802


Ramona Henry

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
    –Hosea 4:6
    — Isaiah 26:3

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.”

In 2001 Ramona Henry decided to follow her dream to open her own shop. Prior to becoming a small business owner she worked at the Gap as assistant manager and at Hosea’s Cleaners, which her husband Alvin Henry has owned and managed since 1978

Alvin took over the cleaning business his father started in 1924. “We went into business together full time,” Ramona says. They purchased a building and moved the cleaners to its present location. Her husband grew the business by diversifying–adding tuxedo rentals and seeking contracts with businesses. Now they clean high school ROTC uniforms, lab coats for clinics, uniforms for casinos and have contracted with local hotels to provide dry cleaning for their guests.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Ramona Henry attended McKinley Junior High and Baton Rouge High school, but finished school in California where she lived for two years. “After graduation I was just ready to come home.” Two weeks later, she met her future husband. They’ve been married almost thirty years and have a daughter, who now lives in Atlanta, and two sons, still here. Only one of their three granddaughters lives in town. All three children worked with their parents after school and on weekends; both sons still help out on Saturdays. “My daughter was already in school when we started the dry cleaners, but I had a play pen in the business with my sons.”

“I always wanted to own a Daycare, but my husband wanted to go full time into the Dry Cleaners Business.” So she shelved her dream for many years to work alongside her husband. With the example of her oldest sister who is an entrepreneur, she was still determined to have her own business. The dream changed along the way but the dream could not be denied. Her husband offered encouragement and was helpful in setting up her business. He belongs to an Economic Business Organization which teaches business owners how to grow their businesses.

“The Bible & Robe Center is something that I Love doing for myself.” When Ramona decided to open the shop, her goal was to focus on Bibles, choir and Minister’s robes and bible study materials, but she recently added Christian Tee Shirts and caps to her inventory. She employs one full time person and one part time. All three of her children have also worked in the shop. As the business has grown, Ramona feels she has also grown spiritually from the contacts she has had. “Sometimes when customers ask for a book they are looking for some direction in their lives. I have a chance to witness and help with people’s problems.”

When asked why she chose this type of business, Ramona says, “There will always be a need for Bibles.” She mostly sells in bulk to churches, Bible colleges, and other study groups. In January of this year she had a web site done professionally and hopes to generate online sales from around the country

Between the cleaners, her shop, home and family, she has very little spare time. The Henrys are very active in their church, Power and Praise Ministry, where Ramona is Director of the Women’s Ministry. Her favorite book is The Bible, but she also recommends Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer by Dr. Myles Munroe and How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur. She spent a lot of time at the library for homework and projects when her kids were in school, but not so much now that she is a bookseller.

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Sickle Cell Information For Employers And Workers

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 protects employees with sickle cell disease from job discrimination. The website of the Sickle Cell Information Center has useful information for employers and employees regarding this disease.

If I am an employer, what can I learn at this website?

  • Are people with Sickle Cell disabled?
  • Who is protected?
  • What accommodations am I responsible for as an employer?

If I am a worker, what can I learn from this website?

  • What do I do when discrimination occurs?
  • Is there someone I can contact?

The Sickle Cell Information Center has a four page discussion on the impact of the Americans With Disabilities Act on employers and employees. The last page of information has a list of organizational and government contacts.

P4A Antiques Database

Remember that coffee table your grandparents had? The one made out of Lucite? Or maybe they had a stereo cabinet with paneled doors and metal grillwork. Or maybe you just always wanted to live in the Brady Bunch house! Modern furniture is popping up everywhere, and many people aren’t aware of how popular modern design is in the current market.

P4A Antiques database can help you identify and price those “classic” modern pieces you love. And it’s now available from you home computer if you have an EBRP Library card!

Visit our Online Databases page to explore the fabulous world of antiques and collectibles.

Business Person of the Month: Darryl Johnson

Darryl Johnson

General Manager, CEO

Socially Yours Inc.
SYI Food Services

7227 Exchange Place
Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Darryl Johnson, General Manager CEO, Socially Yours, Inc

“Teamwork makes the dream work.”
Socially Yours Inc. is a locally owned and operated catering service and facility in Baton Rouge. For over 14 years, the Johnson Family has been dedicated to treating their customers as family…with care and commitment to quality preparation and on-time delivery.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    Philippians 4:13

“No weapon formed against thee shall prosper…”
    Isaiah 54:17


Offering quality catering services for business, conference, and social events, SYI also has extensive experience in contracted food service delivery for schools, allied health facilities, and local corporations unable to provide daily meal services. Working with the USDA to prepare nutritionally balanced meals has encouraged the owners of Socially Yours, Inc. to re-launch its services with new menus that meet the balanced meal requirements of a healthy individual, but with the flavors of home.

Able to cater any function from as small as a light office lunch to a fully catered and managed reception for thousands, Socially Yours features exotic displays and food stations, from Mexican to Asian, with presentation designed to impress. Their catering facility is available seven days a week, but they are also a licensed contractor at a number of the area’s other finest catering facilities. With reasonable prices to meet any budget, Socially Yours offers extended services, including photography, set design, decoration, audio video equipment, cakes, and event coordinators.

Johnson got into this line of business indirectly through his church work. “As a minister of Music, I was taking the choir on trips and doing banquets. People started asking me to organize events for them, so I got into Food Service and catering.” He’s not a chef; his focus is on the business side where he can put his accounting experience to work. Johnson’s wife and children work with him in what is definitely a family business.

What Johnson likes most about the catering business is how it brings people together. He works with all segments of society, providing food for college campuses, rehab centers, private parties, BREC concessions, charity organizations, etc. “It’s a pleasure to be able to satisfy people’s nutritional needs as well as help them to socialize with each other.” In his business he’s also able to provide opportunities for others.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Johnson sees growth in the city’s future. His civic memberships include the Downtown Kiwanis club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Black Chamber of Commerce. Believing that people should give back to their community, the Johnson Family operates a nonprofit organization which provides meals for children during the summer.

In his spare time Johnson likes to travel, fish, and read. He mostly reads books on leadership and business, and thinks our library system provides good resources for all age groups. And of course he loves music and still works as Minister of Music for two churches.

Because his faith is such an important part of his life, Johnson named two scriptures along with his personal motto as his favorite quotations, which appear at the beginning of this profile. He operates under his own Golden Rule – “Treat other people how you want to be treated regardless of how they treat you.

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Free E-Audiobooks

Here is a list of websites that offer free e-audiobooks that are downloadable and playable on mp3 players and/or iPods. Technical requirements vary from site to site. Quality of the recordings vary, with some texts read by computers. The files are generally large and are more suitable for broadband connections, however some are broken into chapters.

  • Gutenberg: The Audio Books Project — “Project Gutenberg makes audio eBooks available for some of the same great literature available in plain text. Listings are divided into two categories: Human-read and computer-generated audio books.”
  • LibraVox — A directory of e-audiobooks, some free.
  • Literal Systems — “Audio books you just can’t buy”
  • The Spoken Alexandria Project — “The Spoken Alexandria Project is creating a free Creative Commons library of spoken word recordings, consisting of classics in the public domain and modern works (with permission). AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 audiobooks available for free download and redistribution.”
  • PENNsound — A collection of free spoken poetry, including new audio recordings and existing audio archives. PennSound features “more than 200 writers and more than 10,000 recordings contributed by poets, fans and scholars worldwide.”

Build Your First Online Store

You have a small business and you would like to market your product on the Internet. Online stores are the way to go, and easy to set up. Yahoo and eBay offer e-commerce services. At Yahoo Merchant Solutions you can…

  • Choose a plan and pricing level that fits your business model.
  • Design your store using a templates or a wizard.
  • List up to 50,000 products for sale.
  • Offer payment with credit card or PayPal and automatically calculate shipping, fees, and taxes.
  • Use up to 20 GB for your store, and get your own domain name.

Komando, Kim “Make Money Online With Your Own Online Store” 7 July 2007. The Kim Komando Radio Show. www.komando.com.