Popular Lynda Courses for October

Educate yourself with one of this month’s most popular courses on Lynda, free with the internet and your library card.

  1. SOLIDWORKS 2020 Essential Training
  2. Illustrator 2020 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  3. Illustrator 2020 Essential Training
  4. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 4 Making TCP/IP Work
  5. Learning DaVinci/Resolve 16
  6. GIMP Essential Training
  7. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 5 Securing TCP/IP
  8. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  9. 3ds Max 2021 Essential Training
  10. Excel Weekly Challenge

Stuff to Do When the Library’s Closed (for Hurricane Delta)

All branches of the library are closed today because of Hurricane Delta, which feels like between the fiftieth and one millionth hurricane to threaten to attack Baton Rouge this hurricane season. Here are some great library resources you can use while we’re closed. They’re also great to keep yourself from staring out the window and trying to hurry the storm along with the power of your mind!

Read (or listen to) a book with OverDrive and/or its smart device app, Libby! Remember what Gaston said in Beauty and the Beast: if you read, soon, you’ll start “getting ideas and thinking.” Wonderful!

Don’t have the attention span right now? Keep your hands and mind busy with a craft from Creativebug! You can search for crafts you already kind of know how to do, or focus on beginner classes in a new category. If you absolutely can’t bear being away from the library today, take a look at the bookbinding classes and start a library of your own.

Maybe a movie will drown out the sound of the wind and rain. Take a look through IndieFlix and Kanopy, and find your new favorite film.

All these resources and many more are freely available in the Digital Library to everyone with an East Baton Rouge Parish library card. We’ll see you as soon as the storm’s over.

Learn Spanish with Mango

Did you know? Although Dia de los Muertos takes place at the same time as Halloween, the two events are very different. It begins on October 31st and lasts until November 2nd. It is believed that spirits of departed loved ones return. Across Mexico, sugar skulls and pan de muerto (bread of the dead) are left as offerings. Dia de los Muertos is a time of celebrating those who have passed away.

Learn some Spanish (for free!) through Mango Languages — available for free to anyone with an East Baton Rouge Parish library card!

2020 Mid City Micro-Con Videos

Were you unable to attend the all-virtual Mid City Micro Con on August 28th? No fear! We recorded the whole livestream and each of the breakout sessions, and we’ve conveniently edited them for your viewing pleasure. Find all of them on our YouTube channel, visit our infoguide for more information, or read on for a short synopsis of each event. (If you saw the livestream, check out our YouTube channel for extra content from this year’s creators!)

  • In Living Color: YouTube, Podcasts, & Online Content – This virtual panel discusses comics and content creation beyond the page, featuring INDAFILM (creators of Trapped In Anime), Gamma Rae Cosplay, Donterrian Kelly (creator of Anime On A Couch), Tyronecia Moore, and moderator Chenese Lewis.
  • Creating Authentic Storyworlds: Latinx Representation in Comics – Representation matters. And authentic representation matters even more. But what makes for authentic representation? Join us as we dialogue with comics artists, writers, scholars, and graphic design professionals in exploring how to create authentic storyworlds that include Latinx images and voices. Featuring Henry Barajas, Javier Hernandez, Luisa Restrepo, William “Memo” Nericcio, and moderator Stephen Andes.
  • Our Experiences & How They Drive Our Storytelling with Jason Walz – Jason Walz, creator of Last Pick, Homesick, & A Story for Desmond, will talk about how a variety of voices, perspectives, and interests shape the stories we tell. He’ll share his route into comics, his creative process, and the importance of disability representation in comics and art.
  • Live Drawing Lunch Break – Cartoonist Ethan Killett does some live drawing between panels!
  • Self-Publishing Comics with the Tuskegee Heirs Crew – Join Greg Burnham and Marcus Williams, creators of Tuskegee Heirs and The Search for Sadiqah, as they explain all things self-publishing and why it’s important in today’s climate. A Q&A session will follow their presentation, moderated by Keith Cooper.
  • Let’s Make Comics! with Javier Hernandez – Cartoonist Javier Hernandez conducts an interactive workshop where you’re guided through the steps into making a one page comic. We’ll do some character designs then proceed to work on the comic together. All you need is a connection to the internet as well as a pencil and some sheets of paper to draw on!
  • Bring it Back: Using the Past to Create the Future – Join us for a virtual panel exploring the role history plays in comics and artistic expression. Featuring Moana McAdams, Nuri McAdams, Katlin Sweeney, and moderator Rodneyna Hart.
  • Cosplay Competition Awards – Join us as we celebrate everyone who registered for the virtual cosplay competition & reveal the winners! Featuring judges Ninja Yoyo Cosplay, Gamma Rae Cosplay, and Lady Luna Loveless of Cajun Moon Creations.
  • Worldbuilding: Creating the World of Sankofa’s Eymbrace with Antoine GHOST Mitchell & Erica AYXA Williams-Mitchell – What makes an Afro-Fantasy? Join Antoine GHOST Mitchell & Erica AYXA Williams-Mitchell as they present to you many cultural elements that went into creating their ongoing comic book series, Sankofa’s Eymbrace.

All videos have automatically generated captions, and we’ll also be doing special posts for each video as the transcripts become available. Go make art!

Zorro: From the Page to the Silver Screen

Join the Library online at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, for the virtual presentation, The Mark of Douglas Fairbanks: How Hollywood’s First Power Couple Took Zorro from the Pulp Pages to the Silver Screen in 1920. Just visit Facebook.com/EBRPL to participate.

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were Hollywood royalty in 1920, but they were also at a turning point in their lives and in their careers. Both had divorced their previous spouses so they could marry one another—a bold move that was quite a scandal in 1920. Fairbanks was known for modern romantic pictures. Why did he choose to make a film about a masked hero from Old California in 1920?

In this presentation, Stephen Andes of the LSU Department of History shares a behind-the-scenes look at how and why the making of The Mark of Zorro was significant for the creation of action and adventure films, as well as how the film established Zorro as America’s first superhero. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation, as well as details on getting a copy of Andes’ new book, Zorro’s Shadow: How a Mexican Legend Became America’s First Superhero (Chicago Review Press, 2020).

No login is required to view the presentation. A Facebook account is required
to submit questions through the Facebook Live chat.

Lynda: Popular Courses for September

Do you want to learn a thing? Sure you do! Do you want to pay for classes? Of course you don’t! Check out these popular courses you can take

  • for free
  • from your own home
  • using only an internet-enabled device and your library card

through Lynda.com, one of the greatest online training sites around.

  1. SOLIDWORKS 2020 Essential Training
  2. Illustrator 2020 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  3. Illustrator 2020 Essential Training
  4. Online Marketing Foundations
  5. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 4 Making TCP/IP Work
  6. GIMP Essential Training
  7. Learning Davinci Resolve 16
  8. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 5 Securing TCP/IP
  9. 3ds Max 2021 Essential Training
  10. Maya 2020 Essential Training

Statista Webinar for Entrepreneurs

This Wednesday, September 16th, at 7pm, gather the information you need for business pitches, marketing plans, and product development with a free webinar from Statista. Statista is one of the world’s leading portals offering access to statistics and studies on 80,000 topics and 170 industries worldwide. Statista enables East Baton Rouge Public Library patrons to access relevant market and consumer data. In this webinar, Megan Guinane will walk through the various data tools available on the Statista platform and present real-life examples of how many businesses utilize their data.

Register online! Please note that you may register for this event up until one hour before it starts. You will receive an email reminder a day and an hour before the start of the webinar.

Author Illustrator 2020: Candace Fleming

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to present author Candace Fleming as the featured speaker for the 43rd Annual Author-Illustrator Program, which will be held Thursday and Friday, October 1 and 2, at the Main Library at Goodwood, located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Adults, teens and children are invited to attend the FREE Thursday evening program on October 1. Then on Friday, October 2, Fleming will present a program for teachers, librarians, writers, parents and lovers of children’s and young adult literature. The registration fee for this event is $25 for adults and $10 for students with a valid school I.D. Both events will include a book sale and autograph session. To register, please call (225) 231-3760.

The Author-Illustrator Program affords an excellent opportunity to hear “the story behind the story” from prominent writers and illustrators of literature for children and young adults. Some notable names in the field of literature who have been featured during these annual programs have included: Matt de la Peña, Brian Floca, Rosemary Wells, Gene Yang, David Adler, Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, Linda Sue Park, Avi, Jack Gantos, Patricia & Fred McKissack, and Richard Peck.