The Artist’s Way – 13-week Program

Practice The Artist’s Way with other artists and creatives who want to set fire to their spark with the Career Center’s 13-week program! Sessions are every Tuesday (except Mardi Gras) from January 23rd-April 24th, 2018, from 6-8 PM, at the Main Library on Goodwood. You can register for this excellent program by calling the Career Center at (225) 231-3733 or visiting the event website.

Call for Makers!

Hey, Baton Rouge! Remember last year’s Mini Maker Faire? We’re going to do it again on October 21st, and if you craft, build, program, design, cook, or create in any way, we want you to get involved!

This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers across the Baton Rouge area and beyond—anyone who is embracing the DIY or DIT (do-it-together!) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.  Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.

The Call for Makers has officially gone out! Apply today to make something new with us.

DIY Gifts at the Library

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to let the people in your life know what you mean to them. If you’re broke as a joke, or at least as broke as a witty comment, come to one of the library’s truly excellent craft programs and leave with something handmade for that special someone. Here is a convenient list of what’s coming up before the end of the year!

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  • Morse Code Jewelry, December 20th, 3-4 PM – Teens, come to Bluebonnet to make an awesome bracelet or necklace using morse code to spell out a special message! Keychains can also be made. All materials will be provided.

Carver Branch

  • Crafty Christmas, December 19th-December 23rd, 4-5 PM – Teens can come any day or every day to make a new Christmas craft from ornaments to wrapping paper. Materials will be provided.
  • Rocky and Rita Reindeer, December 27th, 10 AM-1 PM – Children can make their own Rocky or Rita Reindeer to use for holiday decorating. Materials will be provided while supplies last.

Central Branch

  • Silly Santa Make and Take, December 19th-December 22nd, all day (while supplies last) – Children can celebrate the upcoming holidays by making crafts where silly Santa Clauses are popping out of chimneys feet first! Ages 3 and up.

Delmont Gardens Branch

  • Burlap Rudolph Ornament Storycraft, December 20th, 4-5 PM – Children ages 8-11 will read “The Animals’ Santa” by Jan Brett and make burlap Rudolph ornaments. Limited to 12 children. Preregistration required; please call (225) 354-7060 to register.
  • 20somethings Holiday Felties, December 21st, 5-7 PM – 20somethings will make weirdly adorable Christmas tree felties.
  • Charlie Brown-themed Christmas Wreath Storycraft, December 22nd, 10-11 AM – Children read “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles Schulz and then make a Charlie Brown-themed Christmas wreath.  Limited to 12 children, ages 5-9.  Preregistration required; please call (225) 354-7060.
  • New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Storycraft, December 30th, 10-11 AM – Children will read “Frog and Friends Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve” by Eve Bunting and make a New Year’s Eve noisemaker. Preregistration required; please call (225) 354-7060.  Limited to 10 children, ages 8-11.

Eden Park Branch

  • Mindful Crafts and Meditation, December 20th and 27th, 5:30-6:30 PM –Adults are welcome to join us for a craft that increases awareness, inner peace and mindfulness. Examples include creating mandalas, prayer flags, or aromatherapy.
  • Holiday Ornaments, December 21st, 5:30-6:30 PM – Adults and 20somethings will make some beautifully unique holiday ornaments using yarn and plastic canvas.
  • Holiday Cake Balls, December 22nd, 3:30-4:30 PM – Teens will make some yummy, no-bake cake balls.

Fairwood Branch

  • Christmas Stocking Storycraft, December 17th, 11 AM-12 PM – Children will listen to the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. Then the children will decorate a stocking made out of felt. They can hang up their unique stocking just in time for Christmas. For ages 4-11. Please register by calling (225) 924-9386.

Jones Creek Branch

  • DIY Sugar Scrubs, December 22nd, 3-4 PM – Teens, learn how to make your own luxurious sugar scrubs to use as a gift or to keep for yourself!
  • Countdown to New Year’s Make and Take, December 28th, 1-4 PM – Children can stop by anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 PM to make an adorable New Year’s paper plate clock, which will be wearing a festive party hat!  All ages.

Main Library

  • Ugly Holiday Sweaters for 20somethings, December 17th, 1-3 PM – 20somethings should bring their poor, un-decorated sweatshirts to cover them with various tacky objects. Also, snacks! The snacks are for eating, not for putting on the sweaters.
  • Santa and Snowman Make and Take, December 19th, 10 AM-4 PM – Children will be able to choose whether they would like to make a Santa or a Snowman. For children ages 3 to 11. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, no groups.
  • Holiday Ornaments, December 22nd, 2:30-3:15 PM – Children will sing Christmas carols and make holiday ornaments to take home. All children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult.  For children ages 5 to 7.  Registration is required (call (225) 231-2740) and limited to 10 children.  Sorry, no groups.

Pride-Chaneyville Branch

  • Corn Husk Angels, December 14th (today!), 4-5 PM – Teens can come to Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library and make the perfect addition to your holiday tree or to dress-up that special gift for Mom.  We’ll be making angels out of real corn husks, yarn, and felt.

River Center Branch

  • Christmas Ornaments Make-and-Take, December 14th-17th, 10 AM-4 PM (while supplies last) – Children can make their own Christmas Tree ornaments at River Center Branch Library using pipe cleaners and beads.  Bring your imagination to craft candy canes, wreaths, and more!   Children 6 and up.  Groups must register.  For more information and to register, call 389-4959.

Zachary Branch

  • Trim-a-Tree Make and Take, December 19th-23rd, 10 AM-4 PM (while supplies last) – Children can design their own Christmas Tree with construction paper, pom-poms and stickers. Ages 3-11. No registration required.
  • Pretty Paper Ornaments, December 22nd, 4-5:30 PM – Teens, come by the Zachary Branch Library and make a variety of pretty paper Christmas ornaments, like woven paper snowflakes, origami orbs and more!  All supplies will be provided.
It’ll be beautiful, no matter what!

Red Stick Making Expo

If you like making stuff and doing things, bring the fruits of your labor to the Main Library on April 30th to show them off.

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The Making Expo is part of 2016’s Red Stick International Festival, which is so big this year that it happens over two weekends – the dates are April 22nd, for opening ceremonies, video game tournament, and the digital showcase at LSU’s Digital Media Center; April 30th, the Kids’ Lab, Making Expo, and showing of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (all at the Main Library); and May 1st, the Entangled Spaces light show and animation displays at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum.

OB-viously you should check out all the other displays, but you can also set up a demonstration of your very own! You can fill out a sign-up form online to get a table’s, or half a table’s, worth of space. Any kind of digital project, artwork, or experiment that you’ve come up with on your own is welcome – you’ll just need to provide your own technology if your display requires it. (We can probably come up with things like power cords, though.)

If you’ve always wanted to show your stuff, but you’ve never been sure exactly how, this is the expo for you! The library can help – we’ve got 3D printers, Arduino kits for learning basic robotics (teens should join the Robotics Club!), and plenty of online education databases to help you learn how to pretty up your computer programming skills – like Treehouse!

Get making, Baton Rouge!

One Book, One Community Instagram Challenge

Calling all shutterbugs – if you like Instagram, you’ll love the One Book, One Community Kingfish 30-Day Photo Challenge!

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Take pictures of the key places, things, and points of historical impact mentioned in Kingfish by Richard D. White, Jr., and share them with us on Instagram with #ebrpl. You can pick up a bookmark-sized version of this list at your local library!

Coding at the Library

There’s one language we didn’t mention in our post about the language-learning resources available through the library. That language was the language of machines.

Classic.

There are lots of free programs you can find and play with online to teach yourself the basic concepts involved in learning computer code. Here are some of them: Scratch! (We’ve done library programs on this!) Codecademy! Code Avengers! Literally dozens of them! If you prefer more structure and less teaching yourself, you can also sign up for one of the coding camps put on by Louisiana Women in Technology!

And then AFTER you do all of those awesome things, come back to the library to build your skills.

Here’s our list of things that are free with your library card!

Short videos that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine! Lesson and activity tracking! Daily reminders to help you keep your momentum strong!

Six-week classes! Lessons guided by an instructor! Online interaction with other students!

Instructors are industry experts! Create your own playlists and personalize your learning! Vast amounts of knowledge!

Any one of these sites would be a great way to kick off your journey into the fascinating and kind of weird world of computer programming. You can also use all three together!

International Creativity Month

January is International Creativity Month! Join us in celebration!

We’re holding a little contest. Since the library has so many craft-based programs and a 3D printer of our very own, we really want to highlight our patrons’ creativity by picking the best library-made thing of the month!

There are lots of ways to enter. You can:

Isn’t it great to have options?

Halloween potion bottles craft at the Fairwood Branch
Halloween potion bottles craft at the Fairwood Branch
A selection of the reference department director's 3D printed nerdery.
A selection of the reference department director’s 3D printed nerdery.

Anything that you make at a library program or get us to 3D print for you (for a $1.00 submission fee, plus $0.10/gram of material) is fair game. We’ll gather the ten best creations into a Facebook album, and you’ll all get to vote. You could win a gift certificate to a local business! (More on that as it develops.)

If you’ve never used a 3D printer before, no biggy! Sketchup Make (formerly Google Sketchup) is a free 3D modeling program with lots of tutorials to teach you everything you need to know. Sites like Thingiverse also have free model files that you can customize as much as you want!

So come on, EBR! Show us your creative side.

The Library’s Got Style

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Uncommon Thread, a fashion-focused section of the Baton Rouge arts-focused cultural organization Culture Candy, has chosen the newly built Main Library as the location for their 2015 Wearable Art Show. This year’s event will be held on December 5th at 8:00 PM. (From 3D printing, to career counseling, to a full-on juried fashion show – we would say this isn’t your grandmother’s library, but it totally is. In fact, you should bring her around more often. We miss her. How is she?)

Uncommon Thread reached out to the library because of this year’s theme, “Epilogue.” Designers are encouraged to draw inspiration from books as both content (authors, characters, works, and genres) and medium (physical, digital, and the shift between). For those who want to enter their designs, the deadline is November 16th, with an entry fee of $20 per two entries. Accepted designers will be notified by November 23rd and must submit their finished work by November 30th. For those who would like to attend, tickets are available online for $15 (students), $20, or $35 (includes pre-show party).

Perhaps it was David Bowie who said it best: “Fashion! Turn to the left! Fashion! Turn to the right!” There’s a lot to unpack there, so if you’re looking for something else to do while you think about it, why not use our brand-new Fashion infoguide to learn how to make clothes as eye-catching as his? It’s got everything from the history of the industry to inspiration for this year’s theme. There’s still time to put together a design or two of your own!

Prove Miranda Priestly wrong.

If you want to take some inspiration from history, we particularly recommend The Vogue Archives and The Women’s Wear Daily Archive, two great resources for historical information on changes in fashion design and advertising that both have updates into the present day. Both of these databases combined present literally hundreds of years of material (get it? Because, clothes?) stretching back to the nineteenth century.

This screenshot of the first issue of Vogue ever published, dated 17 December 1892, proves that the past was both well-dressed and hilarious.
This screenshot of the first issue of Vogue ever published, dated 17 December 1892, proves that the past was both well-dressed and hilarious.

Keep an eye on our Pinterest board and our Tumblr, because as the date of the show draws near we’re going to be featuring lots of great ideas to keep you looking fresh.

Make It with the Library

Do you love arts and crafts? Did September’s Mini Maker Faire give you dreams of a display table of your very own? Do you have a favorite hobby, or are you looking for a new one to try? Well, have we got the resource for YOU.

The Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center has recipes, instructions, ideas, articles, and more on subjects from getting started with stamp collecting to whipping up a batch of wasabi mashed potatoes. Just look:

HCRC Categories

You can either run a general search through the whole database to see what comes up across categories, or click on, for example, Science & Technology for some suggested searches:

HCRC Categories Focused

With your library card, you have free access to all the guides and articles that the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center has to offer – for example, after you take the Telescope Training Class at the Main Library, you can check out the telescope and use the “Astronomy” hobby category for ideas of what to look at!

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for craft classes at a library branch near you!