Ebooks, Audiobooks, Movies, Magazines, and More

Stuck at home doing holiday prep and desperately in need of a break? Check out all the digital resources you can use to freely entertain yourself without stepping away from your holiday cookies (if that’s a thing you do):

Books!

  • OverDrive – One-stop shop for all your ebook and audiobook needs! Can you call something a “shop” if it’s free? You get the idea.
  • RBDigital – EVEN MORE ebooks and audiobooks! If it’s not in OverDrive, it might be here.
  • TumbleBooks – Books for the kindergarten through third graders among us. If you need a way to keep your little ones from complaining too much about being stuck inside, this is a great one!

Magazines!

This could be us, but you playing.

Movies!

  • IndieFlix – Short and full-length indie films you can access with your library card!
  • Qello Concerts – Filmed recordings of live concerts! What a great way to get out of the house without actually, you know, having to get out of the house.
  • Kanopy – Documentaries, foreign films, and almost everything else you could possibly want!
  • OverDrive – EVEN MORE THINGS (what can’t it do?) (Control the weather. Ugh.)

Learn some things!

  • Languages! The linked infoguide has information about most of our language learning provided software, like Mango, Muzzy (a great resource for kids!), ESL, and Signing Savvy! We’ve also got Pronunciator.
  • Computer programming! So many options. Safari Tech Books is great if you like to learn from books, or sites like Treehouse, Atomic Training, and Lynda can teach you via recorded video and audio lessons that show you exactly what to do to get the results you want.
  • Why not try going back to school with the Gale Virtual Reference Library? It has lots of titles to help you prepare for entrance exams like the SAT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, Nursing and Civil Service Exams.

There’s literally nothing you can’t do!

Popular Lynda courses for December

It’s getting pretty nippy out there – keep yourself warm with the fire of knowledge! Here are the most popular Lynda courses you can take for free with an internet connection and your library card:

  1. After Effects CC 2015 Essential Training
  2. After Effects CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics
  3. Rhino 5 Essential Training
  4. Cert Prep: Project Management Professional (PMP)
  5. AutoCAD 2018 Essential Training
  6. Maya 2019 Essential Training
  7. Autodesk Civil 3D 2020 Essential Training
  8. Online Marketing Foundations
  9. AutoCAD for Mac 2019 Essential Training
  10. InDesign CC 2019 Essential Training

Christmas Movies on the Plaza

Kick off your holiday season with some classic Christmas movies on the plaza at the Main Library!

Next Friday, December 13th, join us at 7 PM for The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Right before Christmas Day itself, join us at the same time for a double feature of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Year Without a Santa Claus!

Both showings are totally FREE. We’re looking forward to starting our celebrations with you, Baton Rouge!

LASM’s Discovery Dome – Winter Shows!

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s (LASM) Discovery Dome is coming to Libraries again this year to give a special FREE presentation for children of all ages! Be prepared to be amazed at Let It Snow!, a show that features a variety of festive classics like tunes by Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, Burl Ives and Brenda Lee. This family friendly soundtrack is visually enhanced with full dome animation, laser imagery and special effects in the audio / visual setting of the Discovery Dome. Attendees also will enjoy a stunning multi-media finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Other shows include Star of Bethlehem, Magic Tree House Space Mission, and One World, Big Sky.

Each branch will host four 30-minute shows. Registration is required for all. To register, call the Library location directly.

Here’s the performance schedule:

• 9:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, Pride-Chaneyville Branch
• 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, Main Library at Goodwood (adults & teens only)
• 10 a.m. –1 p.m. Thursday, December 5, Carver Branch
• 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch
• 3-6 p.m. Monday, December 9, Fairwood Branch
• 8:45-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, River Center Branch
• 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, Eden Park Branch
• 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, Baker Branch
• 3-6 p.m. Thursday, December 12, Central Branch
• 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, December 16, Jones Creek Regional Branch
• 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, December 17, Zachary Branch
• 2:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, Main Library at Goodwood
• 2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 19, Bluebonnet Regional Branch
• 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday, December 23, Scotlandville Branch
• 3-6 p.m. Monday, December 23, Delmont Branch

Food for Fines 2019

Did you keep a DVD a little longer so you could watch it again (and again and again and again)? Did you check out War and Peace as a beach read and then just kind of pick up everything else you could find instead, and then suddenly it was December? (It happens!) Pay off your late fines and help the community by bringing in food! Starting December 1st, all branches of the library will accept non-perishable food items to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Each item you bring in will take a dollar off your late fines! For more information, call us at (225) 231-3740.

Play Outdoors LA

When’s the last time you played outside? Louisiana’s Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism wants to know all about your favorite outdoor activities! Take their survey to help plan funding for the next five years through the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. If you like kayaking, hiking, hanging out in parks, going to wildlife reserves, and/or camping, let them know! The survey is available online, or, if you prefer, you can get a paper version by calling (225) 751-4490. Results will help direct funding for renovations and new facilities. Stop reading this! Go now!

Avoid Job Search Scams with the Career Center

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. Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak will discuss common job search scams. She will explain:

  • Which clues to look for
  • How to safeguard your own information
  • How to job search safely and securely

Join us at the Eden Park Branch on Monday, December 16th, at 5:30 PM, to learn how to avoid job scams. Registration is required; please call 225-231-3250 to register.