Veterans Day 2016

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The first Veterans Day was held in 1926 based on a declaration from Congress that World War I had finally come to an end. An armistice, or cease of fighting, for “the Great War” was called on November 11th, 1918. The holiday was actually called Armistice Day until 1954, when it turned out that “the war to end all wars” would be followed by World War II and United States involvement in the Korean War. The holiday is now intended to honor all members of the United States military that have served in conflict.

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The original Star Spangled Banner, used in the American Revolution.

Many of our branches have developed book displays and exhibits to mark the holiday. You can also visit the National World War II Museum’s website to see and hear oral histories conducted with United States veterans from all over the country.

We thank you for your service.

Attic Treasures

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Forget what’s in your wallet! What’s in your attic? Bring your collectibles, antiques and other treasures for expert review at the 16th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles event at the Main Library at Goodwood 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, November 12. It’s very similar to what you see on Antiques Roadshow, which runs on LPB TV. Hundreds of people lined up with their treasures at last year’s event. This is the time to raid your attic, closets and garages for that interesting or antique art, old toys, pottery, jewelry, rifles, war artifacts, small furniture or other item of interest and have them evaluated by skilled professionals. There is a limit of three items per person at the event, and experts will be on hand to look at your collectibles and antiques.

Come for the antiques viewings, but bring your Library card to stay and visit our facilities! For more information on the Attic Treasures event, call (225) 231-3740 or go online to the Library’s website at www.ebrpl.com.

If you have something you think might be valuable, use the p4A Antiques database to do some research! It’s free with your library card!

Final Flood Debris Set-Out Date

With East Baton Rouge Parish flood debris collection efforts moving into their final stages, City-Parish officials announced recently that crews will soon conduct a final collection pass and asked residents to move any remaining flood debris curbside to the public right-of-way by Sunday, Nov. 6.

Debris removal teams will continue to collect flood debris in the weeks following this set-out deadline, at which point a final collection pass will be initiated across all flood impacted areas in the City of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish. Any flood debris that is not curbside by Nov. 6 may not be collected by debris removal crews, based on when trucks initiate their final pass within certain neighborhoods or streets. City-Parish officials are urging any residents who are unable to meet this final flood debris set-out deadline to contact the Department of Environmental Services as soon as possible by dialing (225) 389-4865.

The City-Parish recently established a web-based form for residents to use in reporting specific addresses where flood debris still needs to be collected, located at http://gis.brla.gov/reportdebris. Residents who have moved their debris curbside should continue to use this form through Nov. 6 to report the location of their flood debris, or by calling 1-888-721-4372.

As a reminder, construction and reconstruction waste materials are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement and thus will not be collected by City-Parish debris removal crews. The disposal of any such materials is the responsibility of the homeowner and/or contractor. Residents who are initiating new construction or reconstruction efforts at their homes should use licensed contractors to perform this work and secure in writing how the contractor plans to dispose of any construction or reconstruction materials. To locate a licensed contractor, residents can go online to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) website, located at www.lslbc.louisiana.gov, and click the “Contractor Search” button.

More than 1.6 million cubic yards of flood debris have been collected by City-Parish crews since efforts first began Aug. 20, which represents one of the largest-ever flood debris removal efforts of its kind. For more information and to track the progress of these ongoing clean-up efforts, visit http://gis.brla.gov/debris.

Red Stick Farmers Market

If you are looking for fresh, healthy produce for your family, look no further than the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Main Library at Goodwood located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd. where the Market returns after a summer hiatus. Every Tuesday starting October 11, the Baton Rouge Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance (BREADA) Red Stick Farmers Market will hold a seasonal market from 8 a.m. until noon.

Enjoy a hearty selection of farm-fresh produce, goods, cooking demonstrations and more. With locations around Baton Rouge, the Red Stick Farmers Market brings locally-sourced products straight to your neighborhood.

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Wife and husband Elizabeth Henriquez and Jose Manuel Henriquez shopped this summer for fresh peppers at the Red Stick Farmers Market at the Main Library at Goodwood.

What can’t you do at the library?

Disaster Recovery Resource Fair

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Southern University Law Center, the State of Louisiana, the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge Mayor-President’s Office, and others are hosting a Disaster Recovery Resource Fair for homeowners and renters who were impacted by the flood.

The fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Southern University Law Center, 2 Roosevelt Steptoe Drive in the A.A. Lenoir Hall, on Southern University’s campus. It will feature one-stop shopping for information and resources from a variety of federal, state, local and not-for-profit agencies to help residents in the recovery efforts. Participants will find information on the Shelter at Home program, flood insurance, foreclosure prevention, title issues and successions, disaster tax relief, loans, unemployment, housing counseling, legal services, and more.

The event is free and open to the public. American Sign Language interpreters as well as Spanish and Vietnamese language translators will also be available. Similar events are being planned in Ascension and Livingston parishes in the near future.

Mayor Holden would like to remind the citizens of Baton Rouge to verify that they are working with a licensed contractor in their construction or reconstruction efforts, and specifically to get a written plan of the contractor’s plan of work, including the materials and equipment they will use and how the debris will be removed.

The library continues to update the Disaster Recovery guide with information about Baton Rouge’s flood recovery resources.

For more information about the Disaster Recovery Resource Fair, call (225) 389-5350.

Flood Resources Update 9/21

The Food Bank continues to visit neighborhood distribution points to provide food to those in need. Times and locations are announced the day before on their website. Their warehouse has been repaired and sanitized, and they are in the process of moving operations back to the Fraenkel Center at 10600 S Choctaw Drive. Call them at (225) 359-9940 for more information.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge has put together a website on creative relief opportunities for local artists and community groups. This includes emergency grants from institutions like the Joan Mitchell Foundation and CERF+, as well as fundraising by Louisiana businesses and artists.

Expanded curbside debris removal began Monday, September 19th. To take advantage of the Private Property Debris Removal program, the debris must be within 30 feet of the public right-of-way, and residents must have sent in a signed Right-of-Entry form to the City-Parish. Debris removal is only available within limits of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. Forms can be turned in at the following locations, where they will be picked up by representatives:

  • PRIMARY LOCATION – Cypress Building, 10201 Celtic Drive, Suite B
  • Chaneyville Community Center, 13211 Jackson Road
  • Pride Library, 13600 Pride Port Hudson Road
  • Jewel J. Newman Community Center, 2013 Central Road
  • Charles R. Kelly Community Center, 3535 Riley Street
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave.
  • Jones Creek Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road
  • Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 E. Washington Street
  • Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Highway

While the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch is still closed, our bookmobile will be out there from 10 AM – 5 PM today with outreach personnel and FEMA representatives to help answer your flood-related recovery questions. We’ve also recently acquired the Home Improvement Reference Center, a database chock full of do-it-yourself remodeling and repair information. It’s accessible anywhere there’s internet with your library card number.

The Recycled Reads used book sale will begin again this Saturday, September 25th, at our new(ish) location at 3434 North Boulevard.

Flood Updates 9/14

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden announced that the City-Parish will present daily televised debris removal updates on Metro Channel 21 starting Thursday, Sept. 15. The updates will be held Monday through Friday daily at 11:00 a.m. in the temporary Metro Council chambers on the ninth floor of City Hall, 222 St. Louis Street, and will feature Department of Environmental Services Director Karen Khonsari and the city-parish’s debris collection contractors. Each briefing will feature information about where debris is being collected that day, as well as information for residents pertaining to debris removal. Residents will also be able to view these daily video segments on the City-Parish’s website, located at http://www.brgov.com, and on the City-Parish Facebook page, located at http://www.facebook.com/cityofbatonrouge.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is conducting neighborhood food distributions while their primary facility undergoes repairs. Locations and times change daily to reach different areas of the city. Distributions will resume on Friday, September 16th, and will be announced and verified the day before on their Neighborhood Distributions website.

The application deadline for a home or business repair loan from the Small Business Administration is October 13th. Complete your applications as soon as possible for full consideration.

Finally, all library hours and library services (except for usage of the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch) are back to normal. This means that at the Main Library, we’re open from 8 AM-10 PM M-Th; 8 AM-6 PM F-Sat; and 2-10 PM on Sunday. All branches are open from 9 AM-8 PM M-Th; 9 AM-6 PM F-Sat; and 2-6 PM on Sunday. The Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch remains closed for repairs.

Flood Resources Update 9/7

If you missed last week’s Flood Forum, conducted with various representatives of state and federal government and disaster response agencies, you can view a video playlist of the entire event on YouTube.

The Red Cross is accepting applications for limited financial assistance of up to $125 per person for those who do not qualify for federal disaster assistance, but sustained major damage to their homes. They are also working to connect flood survivors with other agencies and support structures that can help them get back on their feet. Registration is available online, or by calling 855-224-2590.

The New Orleans Opera Association, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other arts organizations of Louisiana have come together to stage a fundraiser for those affected in the Baton Rouge floods. The event will take place tomorrow, September 8th, from 7:30-9:30 PM, at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans. Funds will be administered through the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Creative Relief Fund, to benefit artistic, educational, and social support organizations throughout the city.

If your home still needs gutting, mucking out, or mold remediation, register online or by calling the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at 1-800-451-1954 and a representative from AmeriCorps will come to assess the damage. AmeriCorps will honor September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance this year by working in the Baton Rouge community, supplemented by community volunteers, in a “blitz muck-and-gut operation.” Sign up soon to get your house on the list.

Finally, your library update! Library hours at Main, Bluebonnet, Jones Creek, and Zachary through this weekend will be 8 AM – 9 PM M-Th; 8 AM – 6 PM F-Sat; and 2-6 PM on Sunday. This means that all branches except the Main Library on Goodwood have returned to their usual hours. The Greenwell Springs Branch remains closed for repairs. Interlibrary Loan is once more open for requests.

Help Special Collections Archive the Web

East Baton Rouge Parish Library is partnering with the Internet Archive’s Archive-it web archiving service to archive the resulting web presence of the Alton Sterling shooting which took place on July 5th, 2016 and the Baton Rouge Police mass shooting which occurred one week after on July 17th, 2016.  The purpose of the web archive is to capture relevant information regarding the events including the discourse surrounding it for future historians.

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Special Collections is heading this effort and is asking its fellow Baton Rougeans to contribute to the web archive by sending us links to news articles, video, blog posts, social media, photographs, and anything else you can find on the web.  You can do this by visiting the Baton Rouge Room Infoguide Web Archive or going directly to the web form. The infoguide will also provide more information about what a web archive is, the terminology used, and also provide links to some good examples of web archives created by other institutions.

We found it necessary to add the Louisiana Flood 2016 collection to the web archive.  We are asking the community to contribute any digital photographs, videos, or relevant sites to this collection as well.  A web form is available for submission of files or web links here.

We will also be archiving other sites relevant to the history of Baton Rouge such as governmental sites, community organization sites and social media pages, and any other that are recommended to us and fall with our collecting scope.  For more information or to ask questions, feel free to contact Emily Ward, Digital Archivist, at eward@ebrpl.com or you can call at 225-231-3752.