Ask-a-Lawyer

Adults can come to the Library to take advantage of FREE, individual counseling sessions offered by the Pro Bono Project of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Area attorneys will be available for one-on-one, 15-minute sessions for legal advice on a first-come, first-served basis for advice on non-criminal matters involving Family, Consumer, Housing, Social Security, Employment, Education, and Succession law on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

February 24 – Zachary Branch

Free Saturday Tutoring

The Baton Rouge Magnet High School Beta Club will be offering FREE tutoring services on Saturdays, February 17 & 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the Main Library at Goodwood. Beta members will offer help to elementary, middle, and high school students. See subjects offered below. Only 60
spots are available each Saturday. Registration is required. Register online at here or call 231-3770.

  • Elementary students: English, Math, Science, and Reading
  • Middle schoolers (6th grade – 8th grade): English, Math, and Science
  • High schoolers: English, Math (9th – Calculus), and Science
  • Upon advanced request, they will provide tutoring in French, Spanish, and Latin

African American Heroes: Frederick Douglas

In honor of Frederick Douglass, Dr. Charles Vincent will show the documentary, Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History, at the Baker Branch on Saturday, February 24 at 10 a.m. After the viewing, Dr. Vincent will give a short presentation discussing Frederick Douglass’s life and accomplishments. The program will end with a Q&A session open to the audience. For more information, please call 778-5940.

Student Library Card Update

As required by ACT 436, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library has begun to issue new library cards for ALL minor children aged 0-17.  You may receive an email notification asking you to select the card category for your child, tween, or teen. You may also update the card status at your convenience at any library location this spring. 

Parents must choose between several card categories: 

Current, Standard Card 

For existing students, this card would retain the same check out policies as prior to 2024.  The Standard Card may be used to check-out print, AV, and other physical items, log in to use Library computers, and access databases within the appropriate collection—Juvenile (age 0-11), Tween (age 12-14), Teen (age 15-17), or Adult (age 18 and older)—based on the age of the cardholder:  

Juvenile   
(age 0-11) 
Juvenile Collection     
Tween     
(age 12-14) 
Juvenile Collection Teen Collection   
Teen       
 (age 15-17) 
Juvenile Collection Teen Collection Adult Collection, except for R-Rated Movies 

Computer Use Only Card  

This card may be used to access Library computers and database collections, either on site or remotely, within the appropriate collection—Juvenile, Tween, Teen, or Adult — based on the age of the patron. No loans of print, AV, or other physical items are allowed on a Computer Use Only Card.  

Restricted Card AKA “Bookshelf” Card  

This card may be used to check-out print, AV, and other physical items within the appropriate collection—Juvenile, Tween, or Teen—based on the age of the patron. No Computer Use, Internet or Database Access is possible with a Bookshelf Card.   

Unrestricted Card AKA “Explore” Card  

      This card may be used to check-out print, AV, and other physical items within all collections, including Adult. Exception: R-rated movies are only allowed on Adult cards. 

The implementation of this new set of tiered card categories will take place through June 1, 2024, at which time, all old cards will be blocked

In order to keep your child’s current card active as a Standard Card, a Computer Use Only Card, OR as a STUDENT eCard, parents or guardians may simply contact the Circulation Department at cardmaintenance@ebrpl.com to indicate this approved status. No new plastic card is required.  A form is also available on the website at ebrpl.co/parentalconsent.

In order to switch to either the new Restricted or Unrestricted status, parents or guardians must come in to the Library of your choice with their minor child and complete a new application; parents should present a photo ID and proof of current address to Circulation staff at that time.  

Crotchet Basics

Crotchet is the skill and hobby of interlocking yarn using a small hook. Come join other adults at the Delmont Gardens Branch on Tuesday, February 20 at 4 p.m. to learn the basics of crochet. All skill levels are welcome and supplies are provided! Learn how to construct your first chain stitch. Registration is required. To register, call 354-7050 or visit here.

How to Buy or Expand a Franchise

Have you ever thought about what it takes to own a franchise? Could purchasing a franchise be your way to entrepreneurship? Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. to learn from three of the most successful franchise owners in Baton Rouge as they provide valuable information and tips for those interested in or seeking to buy a franchise. Registration is required.

Train Time

Preschoolers ages 2-5 are welcome at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch on Tuesday, February 20 at 11 a.m. for readings of Trains by Mary Lindeen and Trains Run! by George Ella Lyon and Beth Lyon. Afterwards, we’ll play with Start-Up Circuits and Mega Bloks, plus glue shapes together to make a train picture. Registration is required. To register, please call 658-1560.

Breaking Barriers: A View from the Bench

As part of the Library’s Special Collections Lecture Series, join Judge Freddie Pitcher, Jr. at the Main Library at Goodwood on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. as he describes how he made history in Baton Rouge by becoming the first African American to be elected to judgeships at three different levels of the court system. His new book, Breaking Barriers: A View from the Bench, highlights his personal story of humble beginnings— from the bench outside the local grocery he and his
friends frequented as young boys— and how he rose from “the bench to the bar to the bench”—the judicial bench. Judge Pitcher will shed light on the perseverance and determination required to overcome obstacles. He is now with a nationally known law firm and a professor at Southern University Law Center.