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.

The Library’s Got Style


Uncommon Thread, a fashion-focused section of the Baton Rouge arts-focused cultural organization Culture Candy, has chosen the newly built Main Library as the location for their 2015 Wearable Art Show. This year’s event will be held on December 5th at 8:00 PM. (From 3D printing, to career counseling, to a full-on juried fashion show – we would say this isn’t your grandmother’s library, but it totally is. In fact, you should bring her around more often. We miss her. How is she?)

Uncommon Thread reached out to the library because of this year’s theme, “Epilogue.” Designers are encouraged to draw inspiration from books as both content (authors, characters, works, and genres) and medium (physical, digital, and the shift between). For those who want to enter their designs, the deadline is November 16th, with an entry fee of $20 per two entries. Accepted designers will be notified by November 23rd and must submit their finished work by November 30th. For those who would like to attend, tickets are available online for $15 (students), $20, or $35 (includes pre-show party).

Perhaps it was David Bowie who said it best: “Fashion! Turn to the left! Fashion! Turn to the right!” There’s a lot to unpack there, so if you’re looking for something else to do while you think about it, why not use our brand-new Fashion infoguide to learn how to make clothes as eye-catching as his? It’s got everything from the history of the industry to inspiration for this year’s theme. There’s still time to put together a design or two of your own!

Prove Miranda Priestly wrong.

If you want to take some inspiration from history, we particularly recommend The Vogue Archives and The Women’s Wear Daily Archive, two great resources for historical information on changes in fashion design and advertising that both have updates into the present day. Both of these databases combined present literally hundreds of years of material (get it? Because, clothes?) stretching back to the nineteenth century.

This screenshot of the first issue of Vogue ever published, dated 17 December 1892, proves that the past was both well-dressed and hilarious.
This screenshot of the first issue of Vogue ever published, dated 17 December 1892, proves that the past was both well-dressed and hilarious.

Keep an eye on our Pinterest board and our Tumblr, because as the date of the show draws near we’re going to be featuring lots of great ideas to keep you looking fresh.

Make It with the Library

Do you love arts and crafts? Did September’s Mini Maker Faire give you dreams of a display table of your very own? Do you have a favorite hobby, or are you looking for a new one to try? Well, have we got the resource for YOU.

The Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center has recipes, instructions, ideas, articles, and more on subjects from getting started with stamp collecting to whipping up a batch of wasabi mashed potatoes. Just look:

HCRC Categories

You can either run a general search through the whole database to see what comes up across categories, or click on, for example, Science & Technology for some suggested searches:

HCRC Categories Focused

With your library card, you have free access to all the guides and articles that the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center has to offer – for example, after you take the Telescope Training Class at the Main Library, you can check out the telescope and use the “Astronomy” hobby category for ideas of what to look at!

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for craft classes at a library branch near you!

Crafting for a Cause

Whether you are new to the art of crochet, want to improve your skills, or just want to enjoy the company of adult fellow crafters, the Pride-Chaneyville Branch is where you need to be! Come to the Library acrochett 1 p.m. every Thursday in May, to crochet comfort shawls. Items made through this program will be created for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge to benefit their many charitable programs, along with organizations like The Leprosy Mission in Anandaban Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal; War Veterans Hospital; Pregnancy Problem Center; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; Hope House; and the Battered Women’s Shelter. Donations of supplies or finished items also are welcome. Also, check out our Source newsletter online or at any branch for more information on other crafting events.

Criterion Collection Now Available for Streaming

The Criterion Collection is a selection of what are considered some of the greatest films from around the world, in new editions of the highest technical quality, with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film.Criterion Collection We’re so excited to announce that you can now stream the Criterion CollectCharlieChaplinCityLightsion movies through our Digital Library! Discover classic films from such legendary directors as Charlie Chaplin, Jean Renoir, Michelangelo Antonioni, and John Cassavetes, to name a few, as well as a handful of recent films too. You can try searching by title, director, decade, genre, even by country or awards. Check out the Criterion Collection and you just might find your next favorite flick. Movie night, anyone?


Louisiana Film Jobs 101

Are you interested in a career in film but don’t know where to start? If so, then join us at the Main Library this Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. for a free presentation by New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) Executive Director Darcy McKinnon and Baton Rouge Program Coordinator Elizabeth Hutchison. You’ll get an overview of the south Louisiana film industry and the resources NOVAC offers to help get a film career started. Call 225-231-3733 to register. 

Vogue Archive

vogue-archive-logoDid you know? The EBRPL Digital Library includes The Vogue Archive, a searchable archive of American Vogue magazine from its premiere issue in 1892 to the current month, available in hivogue-coversgh-resolution color! Preserving the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists, and photographers, The Vogue Archive is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture, and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

Every page, advertisement, cover, and fold-out is included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer, and brand name. You can even search by editor (e.g., Diana Vreeland, Anna Wintour), photographer (e.g., David Bailey, Richard Avedon), or other contributors (including such world-renowned artists and writers as Georges Lepape, Kate Chopin, and Evelyn Waugh). The Vogue Archive is an invaluable resource for those interested in fashion history, art, and photography, as well as modern American culture. The world of fashion is now at your fingertips so check it out today!


14th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event

Just in time for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 75th Anniversary and the Library’s
celebration of all things historical that make up Baton Rouge, we will be hosting the 14th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event at the Main Library at Goodwood this Saturday, November 22. Now’s the time to raid your attic, closets, and garages for that interesting or antique art, toy, pottery, jewelry, rifle, war artifact, small piece of furniture, or other item of interest and see what the story is behind it and possibly what its value might be.

The free event will run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday. Come for the antiques viewings, but stay for several other big events going on at the Main Library that day (more on that on our website and this blog later this week)! There is a limit of three items per person. Experts including Jack and Ann Hood – Jewelry; Bill Lee – Paper and Advertisements; Laurann Marino – Louisiana Gold and Coins; Pauline Robertson – Native American Items; Florence Crowder – General Items; Danny Brown – Civil War/ Military items; and Mark Denham – Armaments will be on hand to look at your collectibles and antiques. Call 231-3750 or visit our website and Facebook page for more information. Don’t forget to check our antique resources like the p4A Antiques Database (as used by the Antiques Roadshow), our Antiques InfoGuide, and the library catalog too. See you Saturday!