Popular Lynda Courses for February

Take a free class online with Lynda, available in the Digital Library! Lynda’s online classes are self-directed, so you can learn something new anywhere you can get an internet connection. Spruce up your small business’s website or become more confident in your managerial skills with hard and soft skills all available from one convenient site. Create a free account with your library card number, and get started with one of their dozens of learning paths! Here are the most popular courses in East Baton Rouge this month:

  1. Customer Service Foundations
  2. Time Management Fundamentals
  3. Troubleshooting Common PC Issues for Users
  4. Writing Customer Service Emails
  5. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  6. Building Resilience
  7. Nikon D5100 Essential Training
  8. Windows 10 October 2018 Update Essential Training
  9. Learning Tinkercad
  10. Excel 2016 Essential Training

Find Your Ancestors with Genealogy at EBRPL

Did you know that you can track down distant relations and learn about your many-times-great-grandparents for free at your local library? With the resources and excellent staff members in the Genealogy Department, finding information about your family history is a snap.

From the area? Try the Advocate Historical Archive, a nearly complete collection of every edition of Baton Rouge’s The Advocate ever published.

Not-so-local? Ancestry.com is one of the finest genealogical resources out there. It can only be used in-house, so you will have to be at any of the library branches either on your laptop or on one of our public computers, to use it. However, you’ll be able to freely access all of their great features when you’re here.

Military records are available through Fold3, and you can access English and Irish genealogy records through Find My Past – that one’s also only available in the library or on library wifi. You can also access collections of African American historical newspapers and early records of free people of color in Louisiana.

Learn who you are, and find new connections to your past – it’s all free at the library!

East Baton Rouge Parish Library Partners with Google Arts and Culture

East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to announce our partnership with Google Arts and Culture!  Google Arts and Culture is a platform that allows cultural heritage organizations to bring their art and cultural collections to the masses using their state of the art platform.

In honor of Black History Month, EBRPL has published its first ever online exhibit, “The Baton Rouge Swim-in” on Google Arts and Culture! The exhibit examines the attempted integration of City Park pool in 1963 by African-American activists and how that event along with others contributed to the desegregation of local recreational facilities in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Visit the Google Arts and Culture website to see our exhibit and explore the thousands of collections made available by cultural organizations from around the world.

Have a suggestion or comment? We would love to hear from you! Contact us at 225-231-3752 or email Emily Ward at eward at ebrpl.com.

Operation Fresh Start 2019

Join Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and friends and neighbors all over the city at the first 2019 installment of Operation Fresh Start, the Mayor’s community-wide clean-up effort! We’ll start on Saturday, February 16, at 8 am. Operation Fresh Start begins with a Saturday of beautification and litter pickup by volunteers, followed by a week of concentrated and aggressive DPW cleanup focused on clearing litter and blight as well as improving landscapes throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.

With seven locations across the city, you can find one near you! Citizens and organizations interested in volunteering for Operation Fresh Start can sign up here.

Where will YOU get a fresh start?

  • Baker: Meet at Baker Municipal Auditorium, 3325 Groom Rd, Baker, LA 70714
  • Downtown: Meet at Repentance Park, 275 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • Eden Park: Meet at Star Hill Baptist Church, 1400 N Foster Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
  • Gardere: Meet at Hartley/Vey Park at Gardere, 1702 Gardere Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
  • Mid City: Meet at Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, 419 N 19th St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
  • Scotlandville: Meet at Mane Attraction Barber Shop, 1808 Kaufman Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
  • Woodshire Village/O’Neal Lane: Meet at Temple Baptist Church, 3650 O’Neal Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70816


Self-Publishing @Your Library

Are you an aspiring author? Are you an author who’s decided to take a less traditional publishing path? The library has truly fantastic resources for writers at all stages of content creation. Let’s check them out!

CREATE your ebook with Pressbooks! Pressbooks is an ebook design and formatting platform, so if your manuscript is already complete, all you have to do is copy and paste the text and it should identify all your chapter headings for you. If you’re not quite finished, you can even write your book right there in the program. Pressbooks makes sure that your book will be properly formatted and coded to be available to ebook readers everywhere, and they even have a cover design template you can use, with stock images and cover designs to choose from. It’s fully customizable, and your books will be ready to go just like that!

SHARE your ebooks with Self-e, the Library Journal’s platform for ebook submission! Ebooks submitted to Self-e go straight into a local collection of works by Louisiana authors. You retain all the rights, and if you’re selling your works on another platform, you can include a link to the sales page. Library Journal reviews all submissions, and some even get chosen as “Select” titles, included in Biblioboard collections all over the US and even Canada!

If you submit through Self-e, people can DISCOVER your books on Biblioboard! Biblioboard is always available, with no holds and no waiting on any titles, EVER. Share your books on social media with friends, family, and the rest of the world, and watch your audience grow!

The library is thrilled to support local indie authors – get started on creating and sharing your works today, and watch while you get discovered by all of Louisiana!