Mid City Micro-Con!

by Erica Villani

Do you love comics? Cosplay? Creators? Of course you do! Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood Saturday, April 27th, for Mid City Micro-Con: Building Worlds, Breaking Molds. We’re celebrating the diversity found in comics, their fans, and their creators. This year’s featured guest is Ashley A. Woods, whose work includes Niobe (now in development with HBO!); Tomb Raider: Survivors Crusade; and Lady Castle.

Ashley A. Woods, creator of Niobe

The Mid City Micro-Con features creators from all across Baton Rouge and Louisiana area, such as cosplayer Ninja YoYo, cartoonist Keith “Cartoonman” Douglas, podcasters Blerdish, and so many more, all in the arts and comics market in the large meeting room. (Thanks to LSU’s School of Library and Information Sciences for sponsoring our market!)


There will be workshops and panels on everything from how to design, storyboard, and draw diverse characters in comics; to “The Influence of Ink: How Comics Can Change the World” with moderator Rodneyna Hart and speakers Ashley A. Woods, Jason Reeves, Keith Chow, and Chip Reece; to a whole room dedicated entirely to cosplay, with events running all day. You can find a complete list of artists and events on our infoguide.

Speaking of cosplay, we’re having a contest! Come as your favorite character – maybe it’s Sherlock Holmes, from our One Book, One Community read, The Hound of the Baskervilles! Maybe it’s Captain Marvel, or Black Panther, or Storm! Find out how to participate on our infoguide. All are welcome!

With a green screen photobooth, more talks and activities than you could ever dream of, and absolutely TONS of prizes, there’s something for every single human in Baton Rouge. We’ll see all of you next Saturday!

Careers in Healthcare

The healthcare sector is one of the largest employers in the Baton Rouge area. They offer a large variety of well paying jobs. Recruiters from Baton Rouge General Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center will discuss the jobs and careers available, their open positions and staffing needs, and their application procedures. Join us Monday, April 29th, at the Main Library on Goodwood from 6-8 PM to learn more.

Please note that this is an informational event, not a job fair. Registration is required; please call (225) 231-3733 to register, or go online.

Job Search Scams: How to Recognize and Avoid Them

Sometimes free isn’t free. Sometimes job offers aren’t real. Sometimes online companies are just trying to scam you. If you’re concerned about getting tricked in your job hunt, come to this seminar.

Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood on Wednesday, April 17th, at 11:30, when Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak will discuss common job search scams. Learn which clues to look for, how to safeguard your own information, and how to job search safely and securely.

Registration for this program is required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or register online.

Authors After Hours with Lisa Wingate

Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13, for a FREE Authors After Hours event featuring New York Times Bestselling author Lisa Wingate! A former journalist, inspirational speaker and author of thirty novels, Wingate’s work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award and the Christy Award. She will be at the Library to discuss her blockbuster hit, Before We Were Yours, which remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than one year, was Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award winner for historical fiction. A question-and-answer period and book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of Wingate’s books will be available for purchase at the program.

Career Center Resume Seminar

Rick Wright, of the Career Center, will lead a workshop on how to write a great resume.

  • Learn to structure your resume so that it showcases your most valuable skills
  • Learn formatting techniques that will make your resume look clean and professional
  • Learn the biggest red flags employers look for on resumes and how to avoid them

Join us at the Zachary Branch on Thursday, April 11th, from 6-8 PM.

Registration is required; please call (225) 658-1850 to register.

Don’t Miss More Sherlock Holmes Events!

Have you read The Hound of the Baskervilles? Join us on the moors for more Sherlock Holmes goodness! Here are just a few of the upcoming events:


  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) starring Basil Rathbone – March 28 at 7pm @ Main Library at Goodwood
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) starring Peter Cushing – April 25 at 7pm @ Main Library at Goodwood
  • Mr. Holmes (2015) starring Ian McKellan – April 10 at 7pm @ Main Library at Goodwood
  • TGIF Movie Matinee: Sherlock Cinema – March 29 at 1pm @ Jones Creek Regional Branch
  • Sunday Movie Matinee: Sherlock Cinema – March 24 & 31 at 3pm @ Jones Creek Regional Branch

Escape Rooms

  • For children – Sherlock Holmes knows the antidote to neutralize the poison in the water supply. However, he has been hit on the head and can’t remember!!  Children ages 9 – 11, can sign up to be part of small groups that try to find the antidote, working together to find the answer within 20 minutes!  Call (225) 231-3760 to register for one of the four twenty minute sessions at one of these locations:
    • March 9 at 10am @ Main Library at Goodwood
    • April 6 at 2:30pm @ Jones Creek Regional Branch
    • April 13 at 2:30pm @ Bluebonnet Regional Branch
    • April 25 at 3pm @ Carver Branch
  • Teens are invited to the Sherlock Holmes Teen Escape Room March 16 at 3pm at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. The game’s afoot and the safe is locked – can you find a solve a series of clues within a set time limit to solve the case?
  • 20somethings can also join in on The Explosive Situation: An Escape Roomat the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library on March 25 at 6:30pm!

All these and SO much more – genuinely too much to put in a single blog post. Check out the One Book, One Community 2019 infoguide for more!

Henry Watson: My Life and Art

When Louisiana artist Henry Watson sees an old cypress board, he doesn’t just see a piece of wood – he sees a story! Adults are welcome at the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, for a FREE presentation led by Watson as part of the Special Collections Lecture series about what inspires his art and life. Watson has been making stories come to life through his art for more than 30 years, and his three-dimensional bas-relief creations made from aged cypress wood can be found in museums, galleries and private homes, plus in the Baton Rouge Room Archives at the Main Library. For more information, call (225) 231-3751.

Lady Sherlock: Book Talk with author Sherry Thomas

Celebrate the spring One Book One Community selection, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a riveting book talk led by Sherry Thomas, author of the Lady Sherlock series including A Study in Scarlet Women.

Thomas will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, to explore with adults the notion that the beloved character Sherlock Holmes can be anyone – even a woman. In Thomas’s books readers meet Charlotte Holmes who has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of women in an upper class society. When London is struck by three unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and father, Charlotte is determined to find the real wrongdoers and clear the family name. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Copies of Thomas’s books will be available for purchase at the program.

To learn more about the author, visit her website. Check out ReadOneBook.org to learn more about the One Book One Community season!

Red Stick FutureFest Making Expo

Show your digital works at the Making Expo at Red Stick FutureFest!

The Making Expo will be happening on March 29th, 2019 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Digital Media Center on LSU’s campus. You’re invited to show your creative digital projects, video games, DIY experiments, Robotics, 3D printers, or anything else you’ve got – just sign up online.

If this is your kind of show, don’t forget to keep an eye on the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire website, happening this year on October 19th! Updates on how to be one of this year’s Makers will go out soon, and you don’t want to miss it.