We’re celebrating the One Book One Community selection Hidden Figures with a look at some other little-known women in history. Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 PM Saturday, March 24, for a free book talk on The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women with author Kate Moore. In the book, Moore traces the lives of more than a dozen American women who were employed as luminous watch-dial painters as early as 1917. She tells how these women, some barely in their 20s, were enchanted by high pay and the allure of the paint’s luminescent substance: radium. Carefully researched, the work will stun readers with its descriptions of the glittering artisans who, oblivious to health dangers, twirled camel-hair brushes to fine points using their mouths, a technique called lip-pointing. By the end of 1918, one out of six American soldiers owned a luminous watch, but the women who made them that way didn’t experience such glowing results. Copies of the book will be sold at the event. Stick around after the discussion to have your book signed by the author!
Who’s hungry? If you’re a live human, you’re going to need to eat at some point. But how can you choose? Find new recipes from all over the planet with AtoZ World Food!
There’s so much to learn! Every day, a new country is featured at the top of the page, and you can click there to learn about food culture, recipes, and ingredients common to that part of the world. If you’re looking for something specific, the lower part of the page has links to recipes and food culture for all countries, all kinds of ingredients, and reference materials if you want to learn more about something specific. (There’s a full glossary of words that have to do with coffee. What a gift on a pre-caffeinated morning!)
When you create a free account with your library card, you can save all kinds of recipes and later sort them by country, title, or category (the site breaks recipes down into appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and snacks).
Learn more about the world we live on in the most delicious way possible with AtoZ World Foods.
Reading logs went out yesterday, and are available for pickup at all branches. We’ve got THREE WHOLE PROGRAMS this year – one for kids, one for teens, and one for adults – so there’s no reason not to put some books in your face this summer.
Adults can join Red Stick Reads! Teens in 6-12th grade and children from birth to fifth grade will Build a Better World with every book they finish. Everyone who turns in their completed reading log by July 31st will be handsomely rewarded!
With Kanopy, our BRAND NEW entertainment resource, you can watch up to 15 indie films, classics, documentaries, and more each month. Every film you play can be watched an unlimited number of times for three days before you need to spend another play credit to watch it again. Kanopy can be accessed from any device, including Roku! Watch anything from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an excellent Iranian vampire flick, to Plastic Paradise – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a documentary about what happens to the things we throw away. Set up a playlist and watch them one right after the other! Set up more than one playlist to make sure you remember to inflict very bizarre second of movies like Eraserhead on your friends! The possibilities are endless!
Whether or not your house flooded in August, it can always use a little upkeep. For those jobs that help make your protection from the elements feel a little homier, we’ve got the Home Improvement Reference Center.
Go in to tackle a specific repair, or check out the “Decorating” section for ideas to spruce up your space. If you’ve got more serious issues to address, there’s even a section on how to work with contractors so your house looks the way you expect when they’re gone. There’s also a sample Homeowner’s Journal you can use to keep track of maintenance work you’ve done and make sure you schedule regular upkeep.
As you may know if you have a child under ten, Bob the Builder asks, “Can we fix it?” Bob the Builder tells us, “Yes. We can.” Good skill, people of Baton Rouge!
Hello, Baton Rouge! As you should know by now, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Baton Rouge. Civic institutions and businesses all over the city will hold special events all year to celebrate the establishment of this place we call home. You can find information about Baton Rouge history, BR200 events, and other ways to celebrate on the Baton Rouge 200 website.
The library is in on it, too – don’t miss the history timeline, made by the very fine folks in the Baton Rouge Room! They’ve incorporated some images and details from our local history collection, including pictures of historic places and people from Baton Rouge’s earliest days. They also contributed to a photo slider of pictures from all over town – you can just click and drag to see the changes.