Home Improvement Reference Center

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!

Lynda in the Spring

The weather is fluctuating between eighty degrees and something a lot colder than that. It’s March. Spring is more or less what you call this, so celebrate a new growing season by expanding your mind and/or skill set with Lynda! Here are the top ten courses:

  1. Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals
  2. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  3. HTML Essential Training
  4. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  5. Project Management Fundamentals
  6. Illustrator CC Essential Training (2015)
  7. WordPress Essential Training
  8. JavaScript Essential Training
  9. Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2015)
  10. Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Fundamentals are essential this season! Acquire some for yourself.

Holiday Movie Breaks

Do you like movies? Do your kids like movies? Let’s be real – are your kids out of school for the next few weeks, and do you want to keep liking them until school starts back up in January? Take the whole family to the library for a nice, relaxing motion picture with the following holiday-themed feature films:

  • TODAY, Main Library, 2:00 PM – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The good one. The claymation one. The only one that matters. A holiday staple, and no mistake.
  • Now through January 4th, Main Library, 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM – Holiday Movie Break! Come chill out for a little while in front of some of the Christmas greats.
  • Friday, December 23rd, Jones Creek Branch, 1:00 PM – The regular TGIF Movie Matinee gets into the spirit with The Santa Clause. Watching Tim Allen try to safely negotiate a kayak under a Christmas tree never gets old.

If you’d rather stay home where it’s warm and you know where all your snacks are, don’t forget about OverDrive’s streaming movies, InstantFlix, the Criterion Collection, Screening Room, Theatre in Video, and everything else in the “eBooks and Entertainment” section of the Digital Library! Have a great winter break, EBRPL!

Gale Interactive: Science

We’re going to do science to things.

Gale Interactive: Science is an awesome internet place to hang out for anyone who’s interested in biology, chemistry, earth science, or 3D models of skeletons. (They have a lot of those, and it’s great.)


It’s a great resource for middle and high schoolers, with tons of review material like guided interactive lessons and self-initiated quizzes, and for educators who maybe don’t want to clean up frog guts for the rest of the semester (the curriculum corresponds to state and national education standards), but it’s also just really, really cool. Each lesson comes with a 3D model that you can move around to examine from different angles, and on which you can zoom in to see different parts (including muscles beneath the skin, and bones beneath those) more closely. (Except in chemistry, where it’s much more, you know, electrons and whatnot.)

Probably the coolest part, in our sort-of-expert opinion, is the 3D models that you could totally print out with the library’s 3D printers. Have you ever wanted a dinosaur skull just, you know, around? They make great Christmas tree ornaments!

Gale Interactive: Science – a great way to put the fun back in science fundamentals! (We are required to use a certain number of puns per year.)

Free Media Refresher Post II: Horrible Weather Boogaloo

If you’re trapped inside and you feel like you’re about to start climbing the walls because frankly it has rained enough this year, may I suggest some light escapism via free stuff from the library? There’s more now than ever before! (Because growth and development is important, even, or especially, in public institutions.)

Let’s go!


  • OverDrive – One-stop shop for all your ebook and audiobook needs! Can you call something a “shop” if it’s free? You get the idea.
  • One Click Digital – EVEN MORE ebooks and audiobooks! If it’s not in OverDrive, it might be here. There is no overlap in the two collections, providing you with even more content.
  • Comics Plus Library Edition – The place to go for single-issue comics!
  • TumbleBooks – Books for the kindergarten through third graders among us. If you need a way to keep your little ones from complaining too much about being stuck inside, this is a great one!


  • Zinio – Digital copies of all your favorite periodicals!
  • Flipster – Magazines without downloading!
This could be us, but you playing.


  • Criterion Collection – Streaming content of all films considered part of the Criterion Collection. Neat!
  • IndieFlix – Short and full-length indie films you can access with your library card!
  • Qello Concerts – Filmed recordings of live concerts! What a great way to get out of the house without actually, you know, having to get out of the house.
  • OverDrive – EVEN MORE THINGS (what can’t it do?) (Control the weather. Ugh.)

Learn some things!

  • Languages! The linked infoguide has information about most of our language learning provided software, like Mango, Muzzy (a great resource for kids!), ESL, and Signing Savvy! We’ve also got Pronunciator.
  • Computer programming! So many options. Safari Tech Books is great if you like to learn from books, or sites like Treehouse, Atomic Training, and Lynda can teach you via recorded video and audio lessons that show you exactly what to do to get the results you want.
  • Why not try going back to school with the Gale Virtual Reference Library? It has lots of titles to help you prepare for entrance exams like the SAT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, Nursing and Civil Service Exams.

There’s literally nothing you can’t do!

We use this gif a lot because it’s just so true.

Lynda in the Fall

As the nights get longer and the air gets colder, give yourself a reason to stay indoors with a popular course from Lynda!

  1. Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals
  2. Communication Tips
  3. WordPress Essential Training
  4. Up and Running with C++
  5. SEO Fundamentals
  6. Java Essential Training
  7. HTML Essential Training
  8. Photography 101 (2012)
  9. C++ Essential Training
  10. Becoming a Web Developer: Full Stack vs Front End

If you’ve been affected by the events of this summer, or if the encroaching darkness makes you a little uneasy, make sure to check out the new Happiness Tips course. Author Chris Croft will release one new tip every Monday on topics like misbeliefs about happiness, focusing on good, building gratitude, eliminating sources of unhappiness, and reducing stress. It’s free with your library card!

Home Improvement Reference Center

The Home Improvement Reference Center is a new resource for people who want to do their own home repairs and remodeling. It has information on everything from routine maintenance to building your own window frames.


The toolbox will help you keep track of what you’ve learned and what you need to know. The Homeowner’s Journal is an especially helpful feature you can use to track the kinds of materials you’ve used and how often maintenance has been done, so you know what you’ll need to match when repairs or replacements need to be made.


If you are a homeowner, this is a great resource for you to learn how to fix things around your house, or just to keep track of what needs to be done.

SELF-e and Biblioboard

It’s time to get that novel out of the bottom drawer of your desk, dust it off, and get it published – with the library’s new self-publishing duo, SELF-e and Biblioboard.

When you submit a book to SELF-e, it goes through a low-key review process by Library Journal – mostly just to check for file formatting errors and very basic readability standards, like the occasional presence of verbs. Some books are chosen as “Select” titles, which are shared with Biblioboard users across the country.


All accepted titles, though, will be published to the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Biblioboard collection. Readers will be able to add them to favorites lists, comment on their favorite parts, and share their opinions with other Biblioboard users – it’s kind of like Goodreads, but the books are already there, too.

SELF-e and Biblioboard are great resources for everyone who’s interested in reading and connecting with local authors – and for those authors who want to reach more readers with their self-published works. Try them today, or check out our infoguide for more information!