Pokemon Go @yourlibrary

Pokemon Go is one of the most fun things that’s hit the app store in a long, long time, and you can play too at almost all of our fourteen library branches.

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These are just a few of the Poke Stops, and one of the Poke Gyms, that are within walking distance of the Main Library, most of which are located in the BREC’s beautiful Botanic Gardens:

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(One of our librarians hit the one in the center already, which is very conveniently accessible inside the building. For context, the parking lot is over on the right, and the street on the left is Independence Boulevard.)

Carver Branch has set up a great display to welcome all new trainers to their gym, and it’s already attracting new Pokemon for the catching:

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You can even use training to be a Pokemon master for good! Check it out:

We’ve heard reports of all kinds of rare Pokemon at all of our branches. They must like books, too. Come to the library to pick up some Pokeballs, catch some Pokemon, and who knows – you might catch some knowledge, too.

Get A Life with EBRPL

Do you like things? Do you want to talk about those things with other living humans? Do the humans in your life maybe not want to talk about the things you like as much as you do? At the library, you can meet loads of people who – well, let’s be real: they might not like the stuff you like. But they’ll definitely talk to you about it.

It’s so hard to get people into, just totally picking something off the top of my head at random ha ha ha, ectofolk-microhouse solipsynthm remixes.

Here’s a list of all the pop culture and creative groups at the library that are just waiting for you:

  • Baton Rouge Film Club – meets at the Greenwell Springs Road Branch every second Tuesday of the month. May’s movie is On the Waterfront!
  • Music Club – This brand-new appreciation society meets once a month at the Greenwell Springs Branch to listen to and talk about great music. The next meeting is May 25th.
  • Ukulele for Beginners – Speaking of music, learn how to play your own at the Eden Park Branch. Ukuleles are provided, but you can also bring your own.
  • Fiction Writers Workshop – There are lots of writing groups all over the place at EBRPL! The Fiction Writers Workshop, which meets at the Greenwell Springs Branch on the first and third Mondays of every month, is just one of the great options.
  • Adult Arcade – Come join other adults at the Main Library to play PS4 games on a giant screen.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information about upcoming events like these!

And maybe all of our parents will finally relax a little bit.

Get a Great Job

We’ve all had a little time to settle into the year, but there’s no reason not to look around for ways to make 2016 your best year yet by getting a new job!

This doesn’t have to be you! You could be April after she gets her awesome new job in DC instead!

The Career Center has a lot of great resources to help you in your job hunt – they’re even having an awesome seminar on “Mastering the Job Interview” tomorrow morning from 10-11:30 AM at the Main Library. You can register by calling them at 225-231-3733.

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In addition to brushing up on your Microsoft Office skills in one of our introductory computer classes, you can also take a class specifically targeted towards improving your resume! There are two next week:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, Carver Branch, 10 AM-12 PM
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, Bluebonnet Regional, 10 AM-12 PM

And if you want to take the Leslie Knope route, be sure to sign up for the seminar on “Federal Government Jobs in Louisiana” happening on March 18th! You can learn all about what doing something for your country can do for you.

This could be you, too! Except with less sarcasm!

The Year of Financial Literacy

The new year is a time for reflection. A time to make many resolutions, and possibly even to keep some, even if you simply promise yourself that this year you will put less pressure on yourself to be a totally different person because your new “Birds of Geographic Regions” calendar told you to.

Unfortunately, it is definitely a time to start getting real about paying off your student debt. The library can help you figure it out!

Come to one of our “20somethings Financial Literacy: Graduating with Student Debt and Building Credit” programs at the Greenwell Springs Branch, featuring Bennett Blackledge from Gulf Coast Bank! Presentations will be held Monday, January 11th, from 7:00-8:30, and again on Tuesday, the 19th, at the same time.

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If you can’t make the presentation or you want more info, use your library card to log into our Financial Literacy database. It’s got everything from basic money management tutorials to lessons on how the economy actually works.

Go forth and save money!

International Creativity Month

January is International Creativity Month! Join us in celebration!

We’re holding a little contest. Since the library has so many craft-based programs and a 3D printer of our very own, we really want to highlight our patrons’ creativity by picking the best library-made thing of the month!

There are lots of ways to enter. You can:

Isn’t it great to have options?

Halloween potion bottles craft at the Fairwood Branch
Halloween potion bottles craft at the Fairwood Branch
A selection of the reference department director's 3D printed nerdery.
A selection of the reference department director’s 3D printed nerdery.

Anything that you make at a library program or get us to 3D print for you (for a $1.00 submission fee, plus $0.10/gram of material) is fair game. We’ll gather the ten best creations into a Facebook album, and you’ll all get to vote. You could win a gift certificate to a local business! (More on that as it develops.)

If you’ve never used a 3D printer before, no biggy! Sketchup Make (formerly Google Sketchup) is a free 3D modeling program with lots of tutorials to teach you everything you need to know. Sites like Thingiverse also have free model files that you can customize as much as you want!

So come on, EBR! Show us your creative side.