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!

City-Parish Talks Tech

Over the past several years, the City-Parish has made tremendous strides in developing and launching exciting digital initiatives, platforms, and technologies being used to improve quality of life for Baton Rouge residents. From the Red Stick 311 mobile app and Open Neighborhood BR platform to our award-winning GIS program and mapping products, we are focused on using technology wherever possible to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of City-Parish government.

Join us at the Goodwood Main Library Saturday, August 3rd, from 2-5 PM to learn more, watch technology demonstrations, ask questions, and share your thoughts about additional ways we can work together to build a more digital and connected Baton Rouge.

For more information, call (225) 389-3070 or email opendata@brla.gov.

Hampstead Stage Company Presents Stories in the Stars

Join the Hampstead Stage Company at the Library this month for a special presentation of Stories in the Stars! Children ages 5-11 are invited to soar through the stars in this compilation performance of Greek myths. Hear stories of the wind, sun and moon, and seasons, plus explore various constellations and starry legends. Registration is required for all. For more information and to register, call the Children’s Room at the Library location directly. Here’s the schedule:

  • 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, Delmont Gardens Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, Jones Creek Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, Pride-Chaneyville Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, Zachary Branch
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, Scotlandville Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, Baker Branch
  • 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, Eden Park Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, Fairwood Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, Carver Branch
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, Central Branch

Lady Chops Presents: Drumroll Please!

Elizabeth “Lady Chops” Vidos is a professional percussionist who performed in the Off-Broadway show STOMP for ten years. Kids ages 4-11 are invited to the Library to enjoy her exciting show, which is an interactive journey of sound exploration! Hear beats and melodies from local and international instruments, buckets and body percussion. You won’t believe your ears! Here’s the schedule:

  • 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 1, Central Branch
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, Delmont Gardens Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, Jones Creek Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, Fairwood Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, Pride-Chaneyville Branch
  • 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, Zachary Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, Main Library at Goodwood
  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, Scotlandville Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Eden Park Branch
  • 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, Baker Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
  • 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, River Center Branch
  • 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, Carver Branch

Chasing the Moon: Preview and Discussion

The Countdown has begun…join Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Main for a special one-hour preview of the ALL-NEW documentary Chasing the Moon from PBS and American Experience Monday, June 17th. The evening begins with refreshments at 6:30 followed by the screening and a panel discussion.

Chasing the Moon, a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Join us TOMORROW, April 13th, at the Main Library at Goodwood for this unique fundraising effort! The floor will open at 11:30 AM, and you can get lunch and a beautiful handmade bowl until 1:00 PM.

Presented by Baton Rouge Clinic, WVLA and FOX44, the event offers access to hundreds of handcrafted ceramic bowls from local Baton Rouge artists, followed by a simple meal. Tickets are $20, and include a delicious lunch, plus one ceramic bowl of your choosing. Additional bowls can be purchased at the event. All proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information, visit the Food Bank’s website.