Lynda for December

Gifts have been given, and it’s time to get yourself a little something – why not pick up a new skill for free with Lynda? Lynda’s online classes are self-directed, and when you’ve created a free account with your library card number, you can learn anywhere you can connect to the internet. Now offering both hard and soft skills, you can learn how to spruce up your small business’s website or become more confident in your managerial skills, all from one convenient site. Here are the most popular courses in East Baton Rouge this month:

  1. Writing Customer Service Emails
  2. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  3. Building Resilience
  4. Time Management Fundamentals
  5. Serving Customers Using Social Media
  6. Phone Based Customer Service
  7. Working with Upset Customers
  8. CISSP Cert Prep: 1 Security and Risk Management
  9. CompTIA Security+ (SYO-501) Cert Prep: 1 Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities
  10. Troubleshooting Common PC Issues for Users


Have Yourself a Crafty Little Christmas

Running short on funds and time, with people still on your Christmas list? Use one of the library’s crafting resources to make something special for your special someones!

Creativebug has free video tutorials on everything from traditional painting, to fiber arts, to handmade journals! With so many options easily sorted by difficulty and approximate length of effort, Creativebug will have you done with your Christmas gift planning in two shakes of a container of glitter.

The library’s Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center draws from popular sources of patterns for crocheted and knitted works, as well as sources for recipes – so if you accidentally make something you like too much to give away, you can find a new recipe for fancy baked goods to give them, instead! They never have to know.

Already decided you’re going to make a quick scarf or hat or something, but tired of the same old patterns? OverDrive has lots of pattern books for all kinds of things! Check out a quick sample of some of the titles available now:

Popular Lynda Courses for November

Did you know Lynda offers classes in soft skills, too? This month’s popular classes are almost all about customer service. Get the tools you need to become a better manager FREE with your library card! You can find Lynda in the Digital Library, and access it from anywhere with your library card number. Here are the ten most popular classes:

  • Customer Service Foundations (2014)
  • Communication Foundations (2013)
  • Effective Listening
  • Writing Customer Service Emails
  • JavaScript Essential Training
  • Excel 2016 Essential Training
  • Time Management Fundamentals
  • Phone-Based Customer Service
  • Customer Service: Creating Customer Value
  • Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics


Introducing EBRPL’s latest digital resource, Creativebug!

With Creativebug, you have access to over a thousand video classes on how to do everything from knitting to party planning. There’s even a section just for kids!

Stuck in an artistic rut? Their Daily Practice playlists will send you on new creative journeys into whatever art your soul desires – jump-start your enthusiasm for a style you’re already using, or pick up some new skills! It’s all free with your library card.

You’ll find Creativebug in the Digital Library on our website. Go get creative!

Gale Courses

Lynda isn’t the only way to learn online with the library – if you want a more directed class with an experienced virtual instructor, check out Gale Courses! Each course lasts six weeks. Two lessons are released per week, and you have two weeks to finish the coursework in each lesson. Here are the ten most popular courses:

  1. Speed Spanish
  2. Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016
  3. Accounting Fundamentals
  4. Project Management Fundamentals
  5. Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
  6. Explore a Career in Medical Coding
  7. Discover Sign Language
  8. Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2017
  9. A to Z Grant Writing
  10. Introduction to SQL

Lynda: Popular Courses for August

Send the kids back to school, and learn a little something for yourself! Online classes with Lynda are self-directed – so you can learn at your own pace. They come with lessons and practice work you can complete to make sure you understand the concepts you’re learning. And, of course, it’s completely free with your East Baton Rouge Parish Library card! Check out the top ten courses:

  1. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  2. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  3. JavaScript Essential Training
  4. Project Management Foundations
  5. HTML Essential Training
  6. Time Management Fundamentals
  7. Python Essential Training
  8. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  9. Online Marketing Foundations (2014)
  10. Data Science Foundations: Fundamentals

NoveList Plus

End your book slump with NoveList Plus! If you’re not sure what to read next, you can browse by genre (broken down by age group), appeal, or just check out a recommended reads list. Looking for something new to recommend to your child, or your classroom full of them? They’ve got lots of resources for teens, tweens, and tinies (young children), and they include benchmarks like the Lexile score and Accelerated Reader points!

Have you ever read a book so good that it ruined you, at least for a couple of days, for all other books? All you have to do is search for the book and check out the read-alikes on the right-hand side of the screen, and you’ll find something that will get you excited again!

With NoveList Plus, you’ll never have a reading slump again. It’s free with your library card!

Lynda: Popular Courses for June

There’s always time to learn something new! Check out the ten most popular classes available now on Lynda, a free resource you can access from home with your library card. You can find it in the Digital Library.

  1. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  2. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  3. JavaScript Essential Training
  4. Project Management Foundations
  5. Online Marketing Foundations (2014)
  6. Having Difficult Conversations
  7. HTML Essential Training
  8. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  9. Time Management Fundamentals
  10. Python Essential Training

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