Popular Lynda Courses for September

There’s always time to learn something new with online classes you can take at your own pace. Lynda’s free online classes are totally self-directed, and totally free with your library card! Here are the most popular classes with Baton Rougeans this month:

  1. Illustrator CC 2018 Essential Training
  2. Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics
  3. Maya 2019 Essential Training
  4. ZBrush 2018 Essential Training
  5. Illustrator CC 2018 One-on-One Fundamentals
  6. Photoshop CC 2019 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  7. CompTIA A+ (220-901) Cert Prep: 5 Networking
  8. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  9. Cert Prep: ITIL 4 Foundation
  10. Cert Prep: Project Manager Professional (PMP)

The Digital Library is always open!

11th Annual Community History Festival – Looking Back

The 11th Annual Community History Festival—Looking Back will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library.

The whole family will enjoy a day of FREE country fun, food, games, crafts, and entertainment. Activities will include Virtual Reality Gaming, bingo, pie judging contest, the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders will bring a model train for a demonstration, needle in a hay stack game, life-sized games, pumpkin painting, sack races, and much more.

We will have various artists and craftsmen participating. Local vendors will be available for the purchase of homemade and handcrafted items. The Louisiana Lagniappe Dulcimers and the Upbeats will provide music for the event. The ever-popular, old-fashioned Cake Walk will be held every hour.

Come take a step back in time, revisiting the storied past of the Pride-Chaneyville area with everything from Railroads to Ancestry, the old Country Store, oral histories, roadways, cemeteries, churches, schools, hometown heroes and more.

The Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library is located at 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Road, in Pride, LA. For more information about this event, call (225) 658-1550.

2019 Author-Illustrator Program featuring Matt de la Peña!

The Author-Illustrator Program featuring award-winning author Matt de la Peña is just around the corner! de la Peña is the New York TimesjBestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker, plus five picture books for children including Love and Last Stop on Market Street. His book Last Stop on Market Street is the winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, and was named a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book, and a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

This program is sponsored by Children’s Services of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and the Patrons of the Public Library. There’s still time to put this awesome annual event on your calendar. Everyone is invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 3, for a FREE program suitable for families and anyone who is interested in de la Peña’s work. Stick around after his talk program for a reception and an opportunity to have your book autographed by de la Peña. Only books that are purchased at this program are eligible for signing, so please do not bring other books. There will be pre-autographed book plates given away while supplies last.

Teachers, librarians, writers, artists and children’s literature enthusiasts are invited to come back to the Library at 8:30 a.m. Friday, October 4, for a special workshop presented by de la Peña. In this workshop, participants will enjoy a more in-depth look into de la Peña’s process. Registration and a fee of $25 for non-students and $10 for students with a valid school I.D. are required for this portion of the program. Pick up a registration form at any Library location. Doors open at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast, and other light refreshments will be served. Only books that are purchased at each program are eligible for signing, so please do not bring other books.

Closed for Labor Day

All library locations are closed Monday, September 2nd, for Labor Day. We’ll all be open bright and early tomorrow. If you’re jonesing for a book, audiobook, movie, or interesting fact, the Digital Library is always open!

If you’re interested in the history of Labor Day, here are some great articles:

Computer Classes @Your Library

Do you wish you knew more about computers, or know someone who could use a little extra help? Send them our way! All branches of the library offer free computer classes for beginners and even pre-beginners. Technology can be a little intimidating, but don’t be scared – we’ve got a class called “Computers Without Fear.”

Need to use a specific program for work and want to pick up some tricks? We’ve got in-person classes on the full range of Microscoft Office products. You can also access Digital Learn from the privacy of your own computer for a refresh on the basics of good internet security and completing tasks online. If you want something more detailed, online classes like Lynda.com, Gale Courses, and even computer programming through Treehouse can be great ways to get really proficient in your computer skills. Check our online calendar or monthly publication, the Source, for classes near you, and start today!

Getting a Job with the US Postal Service

Come and learn about the different jobs the US Postal Service has to offer in the Baton Rouge area. A representative from the postmaster’s office will discuss careers, hiring procedures, qualifications and testing requirements. Please note that this is an informational session, not a job fair.

This program will take place at the Main Library on Goodwood on Wednesday, August 28th, from 6-8 PM. Registration is required. Please call 225-231-3733 or register online here.

Literacy Texts

Are you interested in developing your child’s reading skills? Your East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Literacy Projects offers quick and easy ideas for encouraging literacy at home through a new text message service. Starting Thursday, August 1, text the word LITERACY to (225) 400-1336, to receive family activity prompts and ideas right to your mobile phone every Thursday evening. Please be assured that your telephone number will not be used for any other purpose. Feel free to unsubscribe at any time by texting OPT OUT. Standard message and data rates may apply.

Don’t forget the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! Read a book (any book) to your child or children — infant, toddler and/or preschooler — as part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. If your child asks for you to read the same book more than once, please do — over and over! Parents can enroll in the program at your local Each Baton Rouge Parish Library branch’s Children’s Room. Any of our 14 branches’ Children’s Room Library staff can even offer book title suggestions, too. And when your child reaches the goals of 250, 500, 750 and 1,000 books, your East Baton rouge Parish Library will have special reading incentive gifts just for them. They include:

  • 250 books – A special sticker and a book bag
  • 500 books – A special sticker and a decal of Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand
  • 750 books – A special sticker and a poster of Off We Go!
  • 1,000 books – A special sticker and a certificate of merit, a copy of Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand and an invitation to a special party to be held every August at the Main Library at Goodwood for those who complete the program.