Louisiana Author Project – applications open April 1!

East Baton Rouge Parish Library is pleased to join in the announcement of a local author contest that will accept submissions of adult and young adult fiction, to be recognized as the top indie-published eBooks in Louisiana. The application will open on Thursday, April 1st.

Winners in each category will receive $500 as well as:

  • Inclusion in Indie Louisiana, a digital collection of local authors on BiblioBoard Library
  • Honors at the 2021 spring IAP Reception
  • Opportunities to promote the winning title at Louisiana public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full page spread in Library Journal, one of America’s oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select collection

For indie-published authors, the contest is a fantastic prospect to elevate their careers and expand their readership. Along with the accolade of the award and its perks, being recognized by librarians creates credibility and visibility in the growing marketplace of digital content and indie-published books. Winning authors will reach hundreds if not thousands of new readers via the library, and can also leverage being an award-winning indie author for additional marketing opportunities.

EBRPL is excited for this opportunity to connect with local indie authors and support them with digital resources on self-publishing, marketing, and more.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Independently-published
  • In the category of adult or young adult fiction
  • Written by a Louisiana resident
  • Available in either PDF or ePUB format

The contest will accept submissions April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020. Authors can submit at indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/Louisiana.

LPB Documentary Preview: Coded Bias

Louisiana Public Broadcasting presents a virtual preview screening of Coded Bias on Monday, March 15 at 6PM. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Shalini Kantayya, Coded Bias, from Independent Lens PBS, follows MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini, along with data scientists, mathematicians and watchdog groups from different parts of the world, as they fight to expose the discrimination within the facial recognition algorithms now prevalent across all spheres of daily life. Buolamwini’s startling discovery that the algorithm for facial recognition technology could not detect dark-skinned faces or women with accuracy led to her realization that the very machines learning algorithms intended to avoid prejudice are only as unbiased as the humans and historical data programming them.

The film explores an increasingly data-driven, automated world, where the question of how to protect individuals’ civil liberties in the face of artificial intelligence looms larger by the day. Praised as “cleareyed” by The New York Times and “a chilling plunge into Orwellian reality” by The Hollywood Reporter, Coded Bias illustrates the profound ways in which algorithms have come to shape people’s lives, with very little oversight from public and elected officials,” said Kantayya. “It’s my hope that the film pushes audiences toward a greater awareness about how these disruptive technologies impact issues of equality and equity and that it in turn encourages more people to speak up and hold the companies behind them accountable.”

Following LPB’s virtual preview screening of Coded Bias, hear from expert panelists who discuss the film and the implications of facial recognition technology. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Robyn Merrick, Vice President of External Affairs for the Southern University System. Panelists for the virtual event include Angela A. Allen-Bell, Associate Professor, B. K. Agnihotri Endowed Professor, Southern University Law Center; Kelly G. Carmena, Criminal Clinic Supervising Attorney, Southern University Law Center; and Alanah Odoms, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana.

For details and to register for this free screening event, go to www.lpb.org/codedbiasThe documentary will make its broadcast premier on LPB on March 22nd at 7pm.

One Book, One Community: The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Join us this spring as we celebrate The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom, a National Book Award-winning memoir named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times. For a complete season schedule, visit the InfoGuide at ReadOneBook.org. To register for any OBOC program, go to the Events Calendar at ebrpl.com. Check out what’s coming up:

■ Place: How Historic Resources Define Significance in Our Cultures
12 p.m. Thursday, March 11, Virtual
■ Introduction to Ancestry.com Library Edition
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, Main Library at Goodwood & Virtual
■ Resources for African-American Genealogy
10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, Main Library at Goodwood & Virtual
■ From Home Maker to Culture Shaper: Black Women’s Creative Legacy with Dr. Sharbreon Plummer
2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, Main Library at Goodwood & Virtual
■ DIY Oral History Workshop
3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, Main Library at Goodwood
■ Certified Homebuyer Education Courses with the Louisiana Housing Corporation
March & April. Visit www.lhc.la.gov/events for more information.
■ Author Event with Sarah M. Broom & Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Time TBA Saturday, May 15, Main Library at Goodwood

■ Book Discussions of The Yellow House, unless otherwise noted:
• 1 p.m. Monday, March 15, Fairwood Branch, Virtual
• 11 a.m. Friday, March 19, Zachary Branch
• 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, Main Library at Goodwood
• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, Virtual
• 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, Carver Branch, Virtual
• 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, Carver Branch (The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton)
• 12 p.m. Friday, April 16, with Dr. Robyn Merrick, Virtual

■ Grab & Geaux Craft Programs
• Yellow House Art Canvas Miniatures, all month long,
Pride-Chaneyville Branch
• Interactive Display, all month long, Scotlandville Branch
• Paper Rocket, Monday, March 1, Fairwood Branch
• Louisiana String Art, March 1,
Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch
• Family Map, March 8-14, Jones Creek Regional Branch
• Photo Coaster, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10,
Eden Park Branch
• Fleur de Lis Art, Tuesday, March 16, Fairwood Branch

Lynda for February

This month, Baton Rougeans are interested in learning new computer programs for art, certification, work, and more. All these classes and so, so many more are available for free with your library card – set up your Lynda account today!

  1. Learning PCB Design with EAGLE
  2. SOLIDWORKS 2020 Essential Training
  3. Illustrator 2020 Essential Training
  4. Illustrator 2021 Essential Training
  5. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) CertPrep: 4 Making TCP/IP Work
  6. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  7. SOLIDWORKS: Animations
  8. Audio Mixing Bootcamp
  9. Excel Weekly Challenge
  10. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 5 Securing TCP/IP

Primary Sources for Black History Month

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States is a new collection of primary source documents detailing the history of African Americans from the 1790s to the 2000s, covering slavery, the abolitionist movement, the Jim Crow era, through the civil rights movement to the recent past. Documents include contemporary newspaper articles, diaries, correspondence, government publications, and more. Material is easily searchable by time period:

  • Resistance to Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)
  • The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)
  • Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)
  • The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)
  • The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)
  • The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

This new resource from ProQuest is an excellent source of material for students of all ages, as well as those who want to learn more about our history as a nation through the words of those who lived it. It is available through the Digital Library.

Library Cards for College Students

New year, new semester, same old bills. If you’re a college student in Baton Rouge, get a library card and save some money! You don’t have to be an official resident as long as you’re a full-time student at a college or university in Baton Rouge.

What kind of stuff does your library card get you?

Call us at (225) 231-3740 for more information, and come by one of our fourteen branches to get your library card today!


Global pandemic can’t keep Baton Rouge entreprenurship down – next Tuesday-Thursday, January 19th-21st, you can join entrepreneurs, investors, founders, and more, for an incredible virtual experience you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home. Featured speakers include Jefferson Award winner and serial entrepreneur Sevetri Wilson; Lucid, LLC CEO Patrick B. Corner; and Linden Lab founder Philip Rosedale. Tickets are still available at www.celebratebrew.com – get yours today!

Get Organized with Alyssa Trosclair

Join Louisiana’s only Certified Professional Organizer, Alyssa Trosclair, as she discusses how the EMEND organizing method can help you! Registration for the four events is available online:

To comply with social distancing guidelines, in-person seating is limited and registration is required to attend.