Red Stick Revelry

You can celebrate Our Fair City all of this New Year’s Eve with Red Stick Rising and Red Stick Revelry!

Red Stick Rising, a great event for kids and parents, will happen during the day from 11 AM-1 PM in the North Boulevard Town Square. The Arts Council will run hands-on print-making, face-painting, and (non-permanent) tattooing activities. You and your kids can listen to champion fiddler James Linden Hogg while you watch the dedication of the Bicentennial Plaque, take in Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s Bicentennial Proclamation, and enjoy a dance performance by Of Living Color. We’ll sing Auld Lang Syne count up to the raising of the Red Stick, which will stay raised until midnight.

Come back at 9:00 PM for Red Stick Revelry, a New Years Eve party like no other (because it happens right here in Baton Rouge, of course). Phat Hat will play in Galvez Plaza until the new year. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss, so come on out and meet 2018 in our very own 200-year old Baton Rouge!

Find more details online (including a special VIP package!), and don’t forget to check out the Facebook page.

Happy (almost) New Year!

Learn a Lot with Lynda

The semester’s over, but whether you’ve finished school for now or are long done with your degree, that’s no excuse to stop learning! Check out the ten most popular classes available now on Lynda, a free resource you can access from home with your library card. You can find it in the Digital Library.

  • Excel 2016 Essential Training
  • Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  • JavaScript Essential Training
  • HTML Essential Training
  • Project Management Foundations
  • Excel 2013 Essential Training
  • Online Marketing Foundations
  • Data Science Foundations: Fundamentals
  • WordPress Essential Training
  • Premiere Pro 2017 Essential Training: The Basics

Free Archive and Genealogy Classes

If genealogy, archiving or learning about history is your hobby – or maybe your passion, you won’t want to miss the FREE upcoming classes for adults hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Department at the Main Library at Goodwood, located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd.


An example of a stylized family tree.

In *Introduction to Genealogy, held 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 18, adults are invited to join us for a beginner class that will cover how to conduct genealogical research, which types of records are used to track a family’s history, which databases the Library offers to assist your research, and what types of resources the Genealogy Department has in its collection to help you fill in the gaps in your family tree. The class will last approximately one hour and will include time for questions. To register, call (225) 231-3751.

In Researching Female Ancestors, held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, we will explore some common problems that arise when researching female ancestors. We will discuss research techniques, explore records created by women, and highlight resources that will help guide genealogy research. To register, call (225) 231-3751.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Department consists of the Genealogy and Archives Departments, plus the Baton Rouge Room. The Baton Rouge Room collects, manages, preserves and provides access to items that represent significant historical actions of local governments, businesses, residents and institutions of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. These items include but are not limited to photographs, manuscripts, documents, periodical publications, audiotapes and memorabilia. The Genealogy Collection focuses on southern states and includes and includes FREE patron access to microfilm of slave papers, legal records, city directories, plantation records, church records and passenger records, plus print resources including books, newsletters, magazines, local histories, family genealogies and vertical files. The Department also offers electronic resources such as Library edition, HeritageQuest, Fold3 and other internet resources.

Fight the Winter Blues with Wonder Woman

Winter blues getting you down? Take a break from the holiday season hustle to watch Diana of Themyscira just kind of win everything for a few hours. It’ll be screened next Tuesday, December 19th, at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, from 6-8 PM.

Want even more Wonder Woman after that? Check out the new novel Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, or pick up a Wonder Woman graphic novel, for more about the Princess of Themyscira.

East Baton Rouge Parish Library to Partner with the Internet Archive to Collect Local Websites

by archivist Emily Ward

A web archive is like a time capsule. An archivist sends out a web crawler that will capture web content, and then the captured content is archived and made available in a web archive. The purpose of the web archive is to ensure the archived content’s long-term preservation. Equally important, a web archive allows for authentic playback and access to the archived content. This means archived websites should appear and function as they did on the day they were captured.

Why is it important to preserve websites? Research suggests that the average lifespan of a webpage is just 90 days. Additionally, the internet has become one of the main modes of disseminating information from the highest levels of government, to international and local businesses, all the way down to you. We use the internet to describe our lives— who we are, what we like, what we don’t like, what we think is funny, good, bad, sad, and on and on. In the past, we used letters, photo albums, scrapbooks, home videos, and other analog materials to learn more about our family or a certain time period. But today we put everything that we had once put on paper onto the web. If we don’t start collecting these materials now, a whole generation will be unknowable.

The website captured November 7, 2017
The website captured November 7, 2017
The website captured March 7, 2017
The website captured March 7, 2017

In an effort to prevent this impending Digital Dark Age, EBRPL is participating in “Community Webs: Empowering Public Libraries to Create Community History Web Archives,” an IMLS funded program led by the Internet Archive. The goal of the program is to educate public librarians in the art of web archiving and to ensure that endangered local history websites are being collected and preserved. EBRPL has been archiving local web content for the past year, and were, before this program, one of only five public libraries in the country doing this type of work!

Shows the various dates the website was crawled.
Shows the various dates the website was crawled.

We would like our web archives to be built by the people who live in, and contribute to the history of Baton Rouge. Therefore, we are asking the public to help create the collections that researchers will use in the future to study the history and culture of Baton Rouge. If you or someone you know has created or knows of a website, social media page, YouTube video, blog, etc. that should be captured and preserved please consider submitting the URL and accompanying information via our URL submission form, accessible through our page on Community Webs or by making an “EBRPL Website Capture Request.”

If you would like to learn more about web archiving please check out the Baton Rouge Room Infoguide. You can access the EBRPL Web Archive through the Digital Library. If you have any questions or suggestions, contact Emily Ward at or by phone at 225-231-3752.