Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble gobble! Family, delicious food, and football. Another Thanksgiving tradition is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when giant balloon replicas of our favorite characters fill the streets of New York. The parade, which began in 1924, has an estimated 3.5 million people actually attend the event and over 50 million households watch the parade on TV!

Take a look at this fun retrospective with photographs of the balloons from years past from the New York Daily News.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014

You can also check out the official parade website for the 2014 lineup of floats and performers and an interesting history section too with a description year-by-year of this memorable event.

Remember all EBRPL branches are closing at 6 tonight (Wednesday, 11/26) and will be closed tomorrow in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will resume normal business hours this Friday, November 28.

World of Poetry

Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry is an exciting new addition to our Digital Library. A one-stop shop for everything poetry-related, World of Poetry lets you search for a specific poem, poet, subject, region, and time period. You can find author biographies and literary criticism too. Looking for a little Keats or Whitman with your morning coffee? World of Poetry has a Listening Room where you can hear your favorite poems read out loud! Check out this database today – simply go to our Digital Library, find it in the A-Z list, and log in with your library card.


The Foundation Center Funding Information Network

The River Center Branch Library houses a specialized Grants Resource Center that serves as a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. Called Cooperating Collections until October 2013, Funding Information Network (FIN) partners serve nonprofits by funding information about grantmakers, offering training and programs related to fundraising and nonprofit management, and actively reaching out to underserved organizations within their community to connect them to these key resources. Network partners also provide resources for artists and students. The Foundation Center program manager Katie Artzner recently remarked that the new name of Funding Information Network partners “now accurately captures how our partner organizations function as a network, and it also reflects more concretely the types of resources and services they provide.”


Head over to the River Center Branch Library and take advantage of these free services or call (225) 389-4964 for more information.

Check out our Grants InfoGuide for more on the resources related to grant-writing and nonprofits available at the library, including online education courses and library databases. Our Learn4Life online learning database offers several courses on nonprofit management and grant-writing, including A to Z Grant Writing, Get Grants!, and Nonprofit Fundraising Essentials. And don’t forget to check the library catalog for a wealth of books on grant-writing and nonprofits.

The Career Center

The Career Center, located in the River Center Branch Library, offers valuable resources to job-seekers and those looking for a career change. At the Career Center you’ll find books on careers, resumes, cover letters, and interviewing. The Career Center also holds workshops on a variety of topics and a professional career counselor is available to help you by appointment.



On the Career Center site itself, you’ll find self-assessment tests, job fair event information, job postings, quality employment websites, and information about different careers. Head over to the Career Center and take advantage of these free services or call (225) 381-8434 for more information.

Check out our Jobs & Employment InfoGuide which highlights more resources available from the library including online education courses and library databases. Also check the library catalog for employment related books available all over the library system!

Follow the Library on Tumblr

EBRPL is officially on Tumblr! What in the world is Tumblr, you might ask? It’s a social media/blogging platform (think WordPress + Twitter) and we’re excited to unveil our official East Baton Rouge Parish Library Tumblr here!

If you’re interested in creating an account, it takes less than a minute and you’re in! Then you can use the handy search engine to find Tumblr sites that might interest you by searching topics you love. For example, searching for the tags #lit, #libraries, or #librarians will lead you to books- and library-related Tumblrs. You don’t need an account to check us out on Tumblr – just click here or follow the link from our homepage – but if you do have one, follow us for the latest on EBRPL and other topics we love!

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

Introducing The Digital Library

We’d like to introduce our latest branch, The Digital Library, the branch that never closes. You can now find all our online databases, eBooks, and streaming video resources in one place. We hope you like the new look and find it easy to use. It’s arranged into five distinct sections, eBooks and Entertainment, Everyone, College, Teens and Kids.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has recently launched and it’s an exciting project. The mission of the Digital Public Library of America is to bring together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Through the DPLA you can access millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more. As well as this you’ll find featured exhibitions, a really neat timeline search feature, a map search and apps.

It’s a wonderful collaborative effort, continually growing and evolving, and a valuable resource worth exploring.