Have you ever wanted to visit another country, but weren’t sure where to start? The library has a guide just for you all about how to get a passport. Find out where to apply, what to bring, and how long it’ll take with our Infoguide, “How Do I Get a Passport?”
When you’re ready to head out, pick a place to go with CultureGrams. You can find all kinds of information on countries all over the world. Choose a destination that’s perfect for you.
Learn how to speak the language with Mango Languages. With over 70 language courses available in a fun, easy framework, you’ll be able to say hello to new friends on every continent.
These resources, and more, are free with your library card! Let us know where you want to go next!
It’s that time again … time to begin this year’s One Book One Community (OBOC) celebration of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! Everyone in the whole family is invited to join us for a fun, FREE street party at the Main Library at Goodwood from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, February 23. You won’t want to miss this family friendly event that’ll formally kick off the spring reading program with activities including FREE food, games and prizes, crafts, face painting, an old-fashioned Cake Walk to win a delicious confection, live music by the Wael and Anna band, plus a visit from Sherlock Holmes and much more!
In addition, events will be planned throughout the spring through May with book clubs, community groups, discussions on addiction and substance abuse, film screenings and more related to the book and its author. For more information about this year’s OBOC season, the book and a full schedule of events and programs, visit www.ReadOneBook.org.
End of the year Top 10 lists are popping up all over – have you checked out any of the library’s most circulated items? Here are our lists of the most popular books, movies, and music at your East Baton Rouge Parish Library!
Hidden figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
An American marriage by Tayari Jones
The president is missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Robicheaux : a novel by James Lee Burke
The great alone by Kathleen Hannah
Origin by Dan Brown
The fallen by David Baldacci
Fifty fifty by James Patterson
The 17th suspect by James Patterson
The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney
Old School by Jeff Kinney
Tales from a not-so-popular party girl by Rachel Renee Russell
Tales from a not-so-dorky drama queen by Rachel Renee Russell
Tales from a not-so-glam TV star by Rachel Renee Russell
Tales from a not-so-perfect pet sitter by Rachel Renee Russell
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Double down by Jeff Kinney
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Green eggs and ham by Doctor Seuss
Dog Man unleashed by Dav Pilkey
Dog Man : a tale of two kitties by Dav Pilkey
Dork diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Go, dog, go by P.D. Eastman
Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus by Mo Willems
The Pigeon finds a hot dog! by Mo Willems
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Dog man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
The adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The dark tower
The hitman’s bodyguard
And finally, last but not least, we listened to:
Wow Gospel: 2018
The Rolling Stones in mono
Moana : soundtrack
Wow gospel: 2017
Black panther: the album
Queen: Greatest hits – platinum collection
50 nursery rhymes
Now that’s what I call Disney 3
Descendants 2 : original TV movie soundtrack.
Now that’s what I call Disney
Just as a reminder, the library will close tonight at 6PM and will be closed tomorrow for New Year’s Day. While you celebrate for the first of the year, why not use the always-open digital library to check out some of the most popular books of 2018? We’ll see you next year!
Did you know Lynda offers classes in soft skills, too? This month’s popular classes are almost all about customer service. Get the tools you need to become a better manager FREE with your library card! You can find Lynda in the Digital Library, and access it from anywhere with your library card number. Here are the ten most popular classes:
Introducing EBRPL’s latest digital resource, Creativebug!
With Creativebug, you have access to over a thousand video classes on how to do everything from knitting to party planning. There’s even a section just for kids!
Stuck in an artistic rut? Their Daily Practice playlists will send you on new creative journeys into whatever art your soul desires – jump-start your enthusiasm for a style you’re already using, or pick up some new skills! It’s all free with your library card.
Do not throw away your shot at triva-related glory! This Tuesday, September 18th, at 6:30 PM, join us at the Bluebonnet Library to compete with other revolutionaries for an endorsement in the election of 1800.*
*Winners may or may not be elected 3rd president of the United States.
Check out these upcoming tech events at your local library!
Innovation Space A/V and 3D Badging Classes – The Bluebonnet Regional Branch has a GoPro, Sennheiser microphones, a Yamaha mixer, green screens, instrument cables and XLR cables and a 3D printer available for patron use in its Innovation Space – totally FREE! Adults and teens age 12 & up welcome to attend:
• A/V Badging Class – Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m.
• 3D Printing Badging Class – Wednesday, July 25 at 2 p.m.
Once you’ve completed a class, you’ll be able to reserve the room on your own to create a podcast or make a cool video to upload to YouTube.
Open Play Multiplayer Virtual Reality – Adults and teens ages 13 and up can gather at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, to enjoy multiplayer virtual reality games! Come play Rec Room paintball, exterminate zombies in Dead and Buried and play futuristic Frisbee in Echo Arena on the Library’s three Oculus Rift headsets.
Tiny Tech Talks – Louisiana State University (LSU) Division of Computer Sciences and Engineering Professor Dr. Feng Chen joins us for the first in a series of educational talks featuring technology educational professionals at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 11! Adults and teens will hear from educators from across the state who’ll discuss different areas of specialty including computer sciences, engineering and everything in between. You won’t want to miss it!
Summer reading is half over – have you signed up yet? Stop by your local branch and enter to win all kinds of fantastic prizes! Summer reading is a great way to make sure your child and/or teenager stays ready for school during this long time away, and it can keep your brain sharp, too. Here are the general rules:
Children ages 0-11 must reach their reading goals or read five books and turn in their reading logs by August 15th. They’ll win a reading certificate, a free book, lots of other cool prizes, and enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate!
Teens going into grades 6-12 must read six regular books, or 18 graphic novels, by August 15th. They’ll win a great pair of headphones, a drawstring backpack, and six Library Bucks – good for paying off fines wherever in Baton Rouge your books are overdue! Teens can turn in a completed summer reading log more than once, and every entry gets you more chances to win other cool prizes!
Adults (everybody else) only have to read three books – just three! – to win a summer reading prize back, and be entered into a prize drawing of their very own!
What are you waiting for? Beat the summer outdoor heat and read! (Audiobooks count!)
Hey, teens! Do you like robots? Have you ever wanted to build your very own tiny robot? Sure you have! Learning how to build and program with Arduino gets you one step closer to the world’s first real-life Iron Man. Come to the Delmont Gardens Branch this Wednesday, June 20th, at 4 PM to learn more about Arduino, and get closer to building a biosphere on Mars! (It could happen!)
If you get really into it, or you want to brush up on your skills before you go, check out some of the library’s resources on teaching yourself programming:
Did you know you can check out more than books from the library? You can also check out a whole dang telescope, and gaze at the stars to your heart’s content. If that isn’t cool, well, what is?
The library’s Orion Skyquest XT6 Dobsonian telescope was kindly donated by the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society, and it can be checked out by adults for one week at a time. All you have to do is attend a brief training class – there’s one tomorrow night! – and you can be searching the skies almost before you know it.
The training class is held at the Main Library on Goodwood, beginning at 8 PM. Here are the telescope training dates for the rest of the year: