Cosplay Photoshop Crash Course with Ninja Yoyo

We’re so excited for the Mid City Micro-Con, coming at you on YouTube Live this Saturday! Because it’s all virtual this year, we’ve asked some of our excellent creators if they would be interested to make some prerecorded content to share with all of you. Veteran cosplayer and graphic designer Cheri Ayers-Small, known as Ninja Yoyo Cosplay, has a fantastic tutorial on how to use Photoshop along with some basic phone camera tricks to boost your cosplay content. Check it out!

Want more Ninja Yoyo Cosplay? Of course you do! Tune in to the Mid City Micro-Con and catch Ninja Yoyo as one of our cosplay contest judges.

One Book, One Community 2020

2020’s One Book, One Community read is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

From the author’s website: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Join us this Saturday at 6PM to celebrate our 2020 read. You’ll enjoy a live musical performance by I Am I, delicious snacks, lots of local organizations, and more!

Tax Help Schedule

Lots of organizations want to help you get your taxes done on time this year! All you have to do is bring in your tax documents (click here to get the full list!) and you’ll leave with your tax return on its way. Starting February 4th, check out these schedules to find out when your local library branch will host free tax helpers:

AARP

Main Library at Goodwood Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8 am till noon from Feb 4 through April 8
Bluebonnet Mondays and Wednesdays 9 am till 11:45 am from Feb 3 through April 8
Central various days: Feb 4,5,11,12,20,21,26; March 2, 3, 10, 11, 17,18,19; April 1,2,7,8,14 9 am till 2 pm from Feb 4 through April 14

VITA

Baker Sundays 2:30 pm till 4:30 pm on Sunday from Feb 1 through April 5
Baker Saturdays 9:30 am till 4:30 pm on Saturday from Feb 1 through April 5
Carver Thursdays from 2:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursday from Feb 6 through April 2
Fairwood Saturdays 9 am till 1pm on Saturday from Feb 22 through April 11
Greenwell Springs Saturdays 9 am till 11 am on Saturday from January 30 through April 14
Jones Creek Tuesdays, Thursdays 9:30AM – 12:30PM 1:30PM – 4:30PM 5:30PM – 8:30PM from Feb 1 through April 14
Jones Creek  Saturdays 9:30 am till 12:30 pm on Saturday from Feb 1 through April 14
Zachary TBD TBD TBD

And who could forget Super Tax Day, held at the Main Library on February 15th! They’ll be here till 5PM, no appointment necessary.

Grow with Google 2020

Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood for two classes on how to use the power of Google to build your business and jump-start your job search! On Thursday, January 23rd, you can take the following classes:

  • Get Your Business Online, 1PM – With a Business PRofile on Google, your business can stand out for free across Google Search and Maps. Learn about Google’s tools for customer engagement and reaching new customers.
  • Power Your Job Search with Google Tools, 3PM – Discover and keep track of job opportunities on Google Search. In this workshop, you will use collaborative tools of G Suite and Google Search to enhance your job search experience.

6th Annual Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire

The 6th annual Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire is happening in just ten short days – do you have your free tickets yet? This year, “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth” features a fashion show, an aerialist show, demonstrations by the Society for Creative Anachronism, and so much more. Our makers range from beekeepers to robotics clubs to fashion designers, with a lot of stops in between. We’ve got programs on hand sewing, virtual reality, building your own speakers, and more! There’s something for everyone, and you don’t want to miss it.

It all kicks off next Saturday, October 19th, at 10 AM, all over the Main Library on Goodwood. You can find information about the schedule and list of makers on our website. We’re thrilled to be sponsored this year by BREC, the MidCity Makers Market, Coca Cola, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Joann Fabrics. Register for a free ticket through EventBrite to be automatically entered into a drawing to win a Cricut Explore Air 2!

Grow with Google @Your Library

Grow with Google is coming to Baton Rouge! On Friday, October 11th, you can attend free workshops at the Scotlandville Branch Library and develop digital skills that will help you grow your business or find a new job. They’re even offering one-on-one coaching with a Googler to help you learn how to maximize your use of programs like G Suite, Google Ads, Google Analytics, and more. Here’s the schedule:

  • 9:30-10:30 For Nonprofits – Discover Digital Resources to Empower Your Community
  • 11:30-12:30 Reach Customers Online with Google
  • 1:30-2:30 Get Your Business Online
  • 3:30-4:30 Power Your Job Search with Google Tools
  • **9:30-4:30 1:1 Coaching Available

Registration is required, and spots are limited. Find more information about the event and register online!

Business Owner Workshop

Join us and parters SCORE, SBA, and more for a free workshop on social media for business! Next Monday, September 16th, you’ll learn the basis of forming a business plan, managing your personal and business credit, managing your cash flow, the foundations of social media, increasing opportunities with merchant services, and start-up financing. Register online!