New in the Digital Library: Mometrix

You’ve worked hard and are well on your way to your dream career. Only one thing stands in your way…a test. Mometrix can help! Their database includes thousands of study guides, practice tests, and flashcard titles for 1,500 exams making Mometrix the most comprehensive test preparation company in the world. Their Product Development Department works hard to keep the materials aligned with the latest exam standards. Mometrix offers test prep in fields such as business, construction, law, healthcare, and real estate, just to name a few. You can also find test guides for K-12 students and college admissions! Access to this invaluable resource is FREE; all you need is your Library card! Visit here to invest in your future, today!

Popular Lynda Courses for March

Want to see what Baton Rouge is learning this month? All these classes and so, so many more are available for free with your library card – set up your Lynda account today!

  1. Learning PCB Design with EAGLE
  2. Illustrator 2020 Essential Training
  3. Illustrator 2021 Essential Training
  4. Excel Statistics Essential Training: 1
  5. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 4 Making TCP/IP Work
  6. Time Management Fundamentals
  7. Learning Grasshopper
  8. Final Cut Pro X 10.4.9 Essential Training
  9. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  10. Staying Organized While Working Remotely or On-Site

Mapping Injustice: Navigating the Criminal Legal System 101

Advancement Project National Office and organizing partners around the United States present a forum series designed to provide a summary of the various phases of a criminal case form arrest to re-entry. We will provide resources and insights to support those looking to learn more about the criminal legal system, along with a roadmap that will assist people as they confront various obstacles including:

  • Information to effectively distinguish between state and federal law enforcement agencies in an effort to understand and diminish the reach of their powers;
  • Mapping stakeholders across the legal system, including judges, prosecutors, sheriffs, and others;
  • Questions to ask your lawyer (court-appointed or private) or the lawyer of a loved one;
  • Potential collateral consequences resulting from a criminal case, including housing, immigration, and employment issues;
  • Community-designed strategies for fighting against oppressive bail practices and demanding accountability from elected officials;
  • Support resources to meaningfully advocate for individuals impacted by incarceration

Our goal is to arm community partners with tools to fight against these discriminatory systems, while we simultaneously work to dismantle them by learning from grassroots organizing groups focused on tackling these issues.

All sessions will be streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube.

  • Session One: Thursday, February 4, 2021 – 7-8:30p EST
    • Policing, Arrest, and Pretrial
  • Session Two: Thursday, February 18, 2021 – 7-8:30p EST
    • Trial, Sentencing, and Plea Negotiations
  • Session Three: Thursday, March 4, 2021 – 7-8:30p EST
    • Incarceration and Re-Entry

Speakers Include:

  • Inez Bordeaux, Organizer – Close the Workhouse Campaign
  • Anthony Boyd, Organizer + Participatory Defense Hub Leader – Michigan Liberation
  • Chris Bufford, Campaign Strategist – Advancement Project National Office
  • Ashley Carter, Deputy Director, Justice Project – Advancement Project National Office
  • Erin Keith, Staff Attorney – Detroit Justice Center
  • Linda Franks and Rev. Alexis Anderson, Organizers + Community Advocates – East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform Coalition
  • Chantá Parker, Managing Director – Neighborhood Defender Service Detroit

Popular Lynda Courses for the New Year

Welcome to 2021! This month, Baton Rougeans are interested in learning new computer programs, making art, and digital marketing. All these classes and so, so many more are available for free with your library card – set up your Lynda account today!

  1. SOLIDWORKS 2020 Essential Training
  2. Python for Students
  3. SOLIDWORKS: Animations
  4. Python: Programming Efficiently
  5. Drawing and Painting in Photoshop
  6. Audio Mixing Bootcamp
  7. Introduction to Graphic Design
  8. Windows Server 2019: DHCP and DNS
  9. Online Marketing Foundations
  10. Excel Weekly Challenge

Lynda Courses for November

Lynda can teach you everything from selling your old stuff on Ebay to beautifully photographing your family for the holidays. Educate yourself with one of this month’s most popular courses on Lynda, free with the internet and your library card.

  1. SOLIDWORKS 2020 Essential Training
  2. Illustrator 2020 Essential Training
  3. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  4. Excel Weekly Challenge
  5. Photoshop 2020 Essential Training: The Basics
  6. Python for Students
  7. Learning Linux Command Line
  8. Python: Programming Efficiently
  9. Learning DaVinci Resolve 16
  10. ZBrush: Modeling a Cartoon Character

Talk Like a Pirate with Mango Languages

Are you ready for some good old-fashioned goofy family fun? Sign your crew up for Mango Language’s “Pirate” course, and spend September 19th talking like a pirate!

With Mango‘s step-by-step lessons and grammar notes, you’ll be speakin’ piratically in less time than it takes a frigate to sail the Bay of Biscay. Learrrn phrases like these:

And while you’re signed in, take a look at the dozens of other languages you can learn with Mango. If you start learning Spanish now, you’ll be all set to run the Spanish Main on Talk Like a Pirate Day 2021!

Weigh anchors, me hearties – we’re off to sail the seven seas of knowledge.

Learn and Play Online with Sites for Kids

Early childhood development is so important. Here are some great resources your child can learn from while they play games, watch videos, and more – all of them are free with your library card, and they all look great on a tablet or smartphone, as well as on a computer screen.

Miss Humblebee’s Academy – your kiddos can take interactive lessons in everything from social studies to music, and you can track their progress with weekly reports emailed directly to you. The site can even remind you to make regular check-ins on soft skills needed for kindergarten. What better way to prep your children for school than by letting them play with your iPad? They’re going to do it anyway – sneak in some learning!

PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next – With lessons that read themselves, you can encourage your kid’s love of dinosaurs, animals, science, social studies, or famous historical figures by setting them up on PebbleGo. Each category offers facts in a variety of categories that they can even use in school reports. The citations and an article version of the fact in question are included right in the app. PebbleGo Next is great for older kids or more advanced learners!

ABDO Zoom – Looking for more sources for your child’s first report? Check out ABDO Zoom, an interactive encyclopedia for beginning readers. Kids can navigate on their own with simple image-and-text pairings.

Scholastic Watch and Learn – If you’ve ever wished YouTube was more educational, check out Scholastic Watch and Learn! With videos on a huge variety of topics and included vocabulary prep, optional worksheets, and quick little quizzes at the end of every video, kids can learn while they watch TV. Videos are even available in Spanish!

Popular Lynda Courses for August

Send the kids back to school, and use the free time to learn some new skills yourself. Lynda’s free online classes are totally self-directed, and totally free with your library card! Here are the most popular classes with Baton Rougeans this month:

  1. Photoshop CC 2019 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  2. Cert Prep: Project Manager Professional (PMP)
  3. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  4. Cert Prep: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (100-105)
  5. Microsoft Project 2016 Essential Training
  6. Managing Office Politics
  7. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  8. CompTIA A+ (220-901) Cert Prep: 5 Networking
  9. CompTIA A+ (220-901) Cert Prep: 1 Core Processing
  10. Learning Bentley MicroStation

The Digital Library is always open!

Popular Lynda Courses for July

Maybe you’ve heard that it’s going to be a long, wet weekend – never fear, the library has some great ways to keep yourself occupied while you stay out of the weather. Lynda’s free online classes are totally self-directed, and totally free with your library card! Here are the most popular classes with Baton Rougeans this month:

  1. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  2. Photoshop CC 2019 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  3. Managing Office Politics
  4. Cert Prep: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (100-105)
  5. Interpersonal Communication
  6. Learning Bentley MicroStation
  7. Revit 2019: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial)
  8. Customer Service Foundations
  9. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  10. FileMaker Pro 15 Essential Training

The Digital Library is always open!

Popular Lynda Courses for June

Stuck inside trying to beat the heat this June? Check out the top ten courses on and take the opportunity to learn a new skill in the nice, cool air conditioning! You can create a free account with your East Baton Rouge Parish library card any time of the day or night, anywhere you can get an internet connection. Find Lynda in the Digital Library.

  1. Cert Prep: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (100-105)
  2. Customer Service Foundations
  3. Photoshop CC 2019 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  4. Writing Customer Service Emails
  5. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
  6. Managing Office Politics
  7. Interpersonal Communication
  8. Time Management Fundamentals
  9. Learning Bentley MicroStation
  10. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals