Popular Lynda Courses for November

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:

  • Customer Service Foundations (2014)
  • Communication Foundations (2013)
  • Effective Listening
  • Writing Customer Service Emails
  • JavaScript Essential Training
  • Excel 2016 Essential Training
  • Time Management Fundamentals
  • Phone-Based Customer Service
  • Customer Service: Creating Customer Value
  • Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics

Creativebug

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.

You’ll find Creativebug in the Digital Library on our website. Go get creative!

Get Your Tech On

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!

Sign Up for Summer Reading Today!

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!)

Intro to Arduino for Teens

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:

Stargazing at the Library

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:

  • Thursday, June 7
  • Thursday, July 5
  • Thursday, August 2
  • Thursday, September 6
  • Thursday, October 4
  • Thursday, November 1
  • Thursday, December 6

For more information about our telescope, please call the Circulation Department at (225) 231-3740. To learn more about space, or about astronomy research done in Baton Rouge, contact the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society and the Highland Road Park Observatory.

An image from Space.com of the Milky Way’s center and bulge over the ESO 3.6-metre telescope.

Great American Read

LPB & Your EBRP Library want to see your shelfie! In preparation for The Great American Read, which will air on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) starting September 11, LPB is having a “Shelfie” contest! Between Friday, June 1, and Tuesday, July 31, go to your local Library location and take a photo of yourself with any of America’s Best Loved Books – see the list here!

Assistant library director Mary Stein poses with a few of her favorite Great American Reads!

Share your “Shelfie” on Instagram, and be sure to tag it with @lpb_org, #GreatReadPBS and #ebrpl. On Friday, August 3, LPB will draw five “Shelfies” at random and each will win an LPB mug, T-shirt and booklight. For more information, visit the Great American Read InfoGuide.

Next Week Is National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week by visiting the library! No matter what branch you call home, there’s always something going on – check out our online events calendar for fun activities for your whole family.

Can’t make it in? The Digital Library is always open. You can find everything from academic journal articles to streaming movies, with stops for ebooks and business classes along the way.

We’re your library, and we love you! Have a great National Library Week!

One Book, One Community and LASM Discovery Dome

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s (LASM) Discovery Dome is coming to Libraries again for a special FREE presentation celebrating this year’s One Book, One Community selection: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Children of all ages will enjoy Magic Tree House: Space Mission when they travel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House® best-selling children’s book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they’ve discovered. Viewers will get a peek into the treehouse and follow Jack and Annie on an exciting adventure as they meet a helpful astronomer and an astronaut!

Adults and teens are invited to the Library to watch We Are Stars, the film that explains what we are made of, how the sun was created and how a star is made.

The full Discovery Dome schedule is below:

  • 10 a.m. Monday, March 5, River Center Branch
  • 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, Main Library at Goodwood (Adults & teens, We Are Stars)
  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Eden Park Branch
  • 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • 3 p.m. Thursday, March 8, Central Branch
  • 5 p.m. Monday, March 12, Jones Creek Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch
  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Delmont Gardens Branch
  • 3 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Scotlandville Branch
  • 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 19, Carver Branch
  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Baker Branch
  • 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, Pride-Chaneyville Branch
  • 3 p.m. Thursday, March 22, Main Library at Goodwood
  • 3 p.m. Monday, March 26, Fairwood Branch
  • 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Zachary Branch

To register, or for more information about these free Discovery Dome events, call the Children’s Room at the Library location directly. Call the Circulation Desk at the Main Library at (225) 231-3740 in reference to the presentation for adults and teens. To learn more about the Library and any of its other free programs, events and resources, visit us online!