Wireless for Hope

Representatives from the federally-funded Wireless for Hope foundation will be at library locations this February 1st -14th, providing free cell phones with 100 free minutes each month.

To qualify, a person must be on some form of government assistance. Then all you need is to fill out an application form and bring a picture ID and proof of address (application forms are available at library branches.) There is a limit of one phone per household.  For more information see www.wirelessforhope.org

Here is the schedule for when Wireless for Hope representatives will be giving out phones. At each location they will be there from 9am-5pm:

Wednesday, February 2: Delmont Gardens Branch & Baker Branch
Thursday, February 3: Scotlandville Branch & Jones Creek Regional Branch
Friday, February 4: Main Library & Greenwell Springs Regional Branch
Saturday, February 5: Main Library & Central Branch
Monday, February 7: Eden Park Branch, Greenwell Springs Regional Branch & Carver Branch
Tuesday, February 8: Central Branch & Baker Branch
Wednesday, February 9: Delmont Gardens Branch & Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Thursday, February 10: Zachary Branch & Scotlandville Branch
Friday, February 11: Greenwell Springs Road Regional & Jones Creek Regional Branch
Saturday, February 12: River Center Branch & Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Monday, February 14: Eden Park Branch & Carver Branch

New additional dates:

Thursday, February 17: Baker Branch and Eden Park Branch
Friday, February 18: Carver Branch and Eden Park Branch
Saturday, February 19: Main Library
Monday, February 21: Carver Branch and Eden Park Branch

Do You Text a Librarian?

If you need information on the run, we have the perfect service for you:
Text a Librarian! (standard message rates apply)

Text us at 66746 and start your question with “eref.”

For example:

“eref What is the population of Australia?”  Or
“eref What is the phone number for the Perkins Rowe movie theater?” Or
“eref What year was Clint Eastwood born?”

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Computer Classes Galore

Computer skills are becoming ever more important in the workplace and daily life. Fortunately there are lots of free classes available to help, for beginners who have never used a computer to those looking for a refresher on Microsoft Office programs.

Classes available include Computers Without Fear (introduction to computers), Gmail, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. There are also classes on how to use our online databases, how to make a newsletter and how to use Facebook.

To find upcoming computer classes at our library branches you can check our Computer Education Guide, our newsletter The Source, or call your local branch for details.

If you can’t make one of our classes, the State Library of Louisiana also offers many free computer and training classes. Click this link to see the schedule of upcoming classes in EBR Parish!

Travel Guide

We have some great resources at the library to help you choose and plan your next vacation, take a look at our new Travel Guide.

Whether you’re planning  a weekend in Arkansas or a dream vacation to Australia we’ve got you covered! You’ll find plenty of current travel guide books and DVDs to whet your appetite for your destination, along with useful websites full of reviews and tips.

If you don’t want to leave the house, you can also find some fascinating tales of travel from adventurous souls which make a great read or listen. Check out the Travel Guide and bookmark it to keep up with regular updates!

EBRPL Research Guides

We currently have 54 research guides that highlight fantastic resources both in the library and on the web. These resources include books, videos and high quality librarian-vetted websites.

The guides cover a variety of subjects from health information, to learning a language, to science projects for school.

You’ll find the skinny on our databases and how to use them. Information about great download services such as Overdrive for eBooks & audiobooks and Freegal for music.

You can also find out about our specialized collections such as Genealogy, the Baton Rouge Room and Grants. Take a look around and be on the look out for new guides and updates on the current ones!

Guides Homepage

A-Z list of Research Guides

Louisiana Jobs and Career Center

There is a great new careers site put together by the Louisiana State Library. Louisiana Jobs and Career Center brings together resources for the recently unemployed, job seekers, those seeking a career change and for small businesses.

You’ll find resume, cover letter and application form guides, interview tips, career assessments and job posting websites. No more trawling the web for sites when you have them all in one place!

We can’t recommend Louisiana Jobs and Career Center highly enough. It is also linked to our careers and training databases such as Career Cruising and Learning Express, so you’ll need your library card to access these tools from outside the library.

Language Learning

We’ve created a new guide to tell you about our free language resources. You’ll find information about Mango Languages (our super cool online language teaching database) CD books so you can learn while you drive and downloads for your mp3 player.

You’ll also find information on the English as a Second Language (ESL) tools we have available at the library.

Why not try learning a new language today?

Teen Health & Wellness

Teen Health and Wellness is a comprehensive database that allows teens (and those who care about teens) to research health-related issues. It’s both a research tool and a self-help resource. To find what you’re looking for you can browse by subject topic or choose from the A to Z list.

It’s written for teens by experts and covers issues such as appearance, emotions, dating and dealing with parents. Find the answers and resources you  need. You’ll also find hotlines to organizations that can answer your questions and who can be there if you need somebody to talk to.

You can access Teen Health from home or in the library. Go to our online databases page, enter your library card number (if outside the library) , select Teen Health & Wellness from the database list and you’re in.