Small Business Clinics

Does your business need a boost? Join EBRPL’s business librarian for tips and tricks on how free library resources can help you jump-start or turbo charge your entrepreneurial dreams! Business clinics will be held at the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Scotlandville Branch: Wednesday, September 12, 2-4 PM
  • Delmont Gardens Branch: Wednesday, September 19th, 2-4 PM
  • Carver Branch: Thursday, September 27th, 2-4 PM

Natural Hair Support Group – first ever Hair Show!

Do you have natural hair? Do you want to show it off to the world? Join the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library’s Natural Hair Support Group for their first-ever hair show! People will model all kinds of easy, beautiful natural hairstyles that you can totally master on yourself. The show starts Saturday, September 15th, at 10 AM.

Interested in participating and modeling your own lovely locs? Contact Nicollette Davis at for more information!

Art & Addiction: Special Program by Ben Peabody

September is National Recovery Month, and its purpose is to raise awareness and celebrate the successes of people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is recognizing National Recovery Month by hosting Addiction: Sabotage, Sobriety, Surrender, at the Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., which is a compelling exhibition featuring the vibrantly striking works of artist and author of Art & Addiction Ben Peabody. The display will run September 1-30.

A native of Baton Rouge, Ben Peabody attended Louisiana Tech University, where he received a B.A. in Art Education. Later studies include a M.A. in Instructional Media from Southern University and additional work on a M.F.A. at Louisiana State University. Influenced by his love of the water and its mysteries and by Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Guadalupe Posada, Peabody’s work fuses figurative and expressive art with geometric, abstract art. His series, Art & Addiction, is based on personal experiences, research and stories of persons in recovery. Stories are interpreted through the symbolic use of objects, words and colors reflecting his imagination. This body of work was created over a 19-year period. Peabody has been a full-time artist since 2001 showing in group and solo shows in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and New Mexico.

There also will be a FREE special program led by Peabody at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 16, that will feature two of the subjects of his art, as they speak about their experiences in overcoming addiction. Presenter Cory W. will discuss Higher Power, and Fred B. will talk about Shake N’ Bake. Enjoy funky blues and swamp pop tunes before the program begins by D.B. Cooper.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark will share insights on the effects of addiction and the staggering statistics that reflect the toll it takes on life and longevity. Representatives from various community addiction resource groups and organizations also will be available at the program. A book signing will follow the program. Signed copies of the author’s book will be available for purchase at the event.

Additional resources and more detailed listings are available in the Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery Resources InfoGuide. Please note that inclusion of a resource in the InfoGuide or printed materials should not be considered an endorsement or medical advice.

For more information, about the Art & Addiction exhibit and special program, call (225) 231-3750. To learn more about National Recovery Month, please visit their website.


At Ask-A-Lawyer (AAL), a free service provided by the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Pro Bono Project, volunteers provide legal advice to all comers. Ask-A-Lawyer holds sessions at various social service agencies including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the Charles R. Kelly Community Center (formerly known as the Delmont Service Center) of Baton Rouge, the East Baton Rouge Parish Branch Libraries and the surrounding area. Ask-A-Lawyer is first-come, first-serve. Times and locations vary; dates through the end of the year are listed below.

  • 8/18/18 – Delmont Gardens Branch – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 8/21/18 – Livingston Council on Aging – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9/12/18 – Donaldsonville Senior Center – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9/15/18 – Eden Park Branch – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9/19/18 – Catholic Charities – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 10/4/18 – Charles R. Kelly Community Center – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 10/6/18 – Baker Branch – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 10/17/18 – Catholic Charities – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 10/25/18 – Main Library on Goodwood – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 11/6/18 – West Baton Rouge Parish Library – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 11/10/18 – Zachary Branch Library – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 11/14/18 – Catholic Charities – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 12/1/18 – Carver Branch Library – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 12/6/18 – Charles E. Kelly Community Center – 9:00-11:30 AM

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Extravaganza

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published twenty years ago – come celebrate the best series ever with us! Kids, teens, twenty-somethings, adults, and whoever else wants to stop by are welcome to play games like quidditch, make their own wands, compete in trivia games, visit a master of divination for a peek into the future, and more! There will even be a performance of wizard rock band, Tonks & the Aurors. Don’t miss out – join us Saturday, September 1st, starting at 3PM!

Summer Reading Parties Start Monday!

Has your child signed up for summer reading? Summer reading parties start this Monday! Check the list below for the celebration at your local branch:

  • Central Branch –  Monday, July 23rd, 10AM
  • Bluebonnet Regional Branch – Monday, July 23rd, 6:30PM
  • Carver Branch – Tuesday, July 24th, 10AM
  • Fairwood Branch – Wednesday, July 25th, 10AM
  • Zachary Branch – Wednesday, July 25th, 10AM
  • Jones Creek Regional Branch – Wednesday, July 25th, 6:30PM
  • Delmont Gardens Branch – Thursday, July 26th, 10AM
  • Eden Park Branch – Thursday, July 26th, 3PM
  • Scotlandville Branch – Monday, July 30th, 10AM
  • Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch – Monday, July 30th, 6:30PM
  • Baker Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 10AM
  • Pride-Chaneyville Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 3PM
  • Main Library on Goodwood – Wednesday, August 1st, 10AM

Teens can celebrate, too! The teen summer reading party schedule is as follows:

  • Fairwood Branch – Tuesday, July 24th, 3:30PM
  • Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch – Saturday, July 28th, 3PM
  • Baker Branch – Monday, July 30th, 2PM
  • Eden Park Branch – Monday, July 30th, 3PM
  • Pride-Chaneyville Branch – Monday, July 30th, 4PM
  • River Center Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 1:30PM
  • Delmont Gardens Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 2:30PM
  • Jones Creek Regional Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 2:30PM
  • Bluebonnet Regional Branch – Tuesday, July 31st, 4PM
  • Main Library on Goodwood – Wednesday, August 1st, 12PM
  • Zachary Branch – Tuesday, August 7th, 6PM

Not finished with your reading logs? No problem! Finished reading logs can be turned in until August 15th to win prizes and an entry into the big prize drawing! Keep reading, Baton Rouge!

Resume Seminar

Lynnette Lee, of the Career Center, will lead a workshop on how to write a great resume.

  • Learn to structure your resume so that it showcases your most valuable skills.
  • Learn formatting techniques that will make your resume look clean and professional.
  • Learn the biggest red flags that employers look for on resumes and how to avoid them.

This event will take place on Saturday, July 21st, at the Main Library on Goodwood, from 10:30 AM – 12 PM. Registration is required; you can call the career center at (225) 231-3733 or go online to register.

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!

Lunch and Learn: Reference USA

Do you want to grow your small business? Join us Monday, June 18th, at 11:30 AM for a lunch and learn session with ReferenceUSA. With ReferenceUSA, you can do all kinds of sales and marketing research, learn about other businesses in your area, and more! A light lunch will be served. For more information, email us at