What To Read While You Wait For Game of Thrones

Thanks to everyone who came to our Game of Thrones Extravaganza last Friday! We had a great turnout, and we were thrilled to see each and every one of you. If you sat this one out, you should check out the pictures on Facebook – they’ll motivate you to come to the next one!

There’s a rumor going around that the final season of Game of Thrones might not air for two full years. That’s a fully bonkers amount of time to remember who any of these characters even are – and if you don’t keep your mind in tip-top epic fantasy plot-remembering shape, there’s no way you’ll be able to remember who the good guys are when it all starts up again. So here are some read-alike series to tide you over while you wait!

Here are four ongoing series to keep you in delicious suspense while you wait for what happens next (all the links go to the first book):

And four that are already complete, if you’re tired of the torture of an unfinished story:

While you wait out the weather, you can look for all of these and more on the Digital Library!


Do you see Beyoncé up there? Okay, library users, now let’s get information about how to download free music (that we can keep forever! for real!) from some of the greatest artists of all time.

Every active library user gets seven (7) free downloads per week, which you can use however you want. You can get a new song every day! You can get an entire album by downloading seven songs every week until you’re out of songs! You can even download music videos. One music video takes two download counters, so you can only get three and a half of them every week, or three music videos and one song, or two music videos and three songs, or whatever combination you like the best (as long as the other combination you like is “one video and five songs,” because that’s the only remaining option).

You can also stream as much music as you like while you’re connected to the internet! Your streaming time and the number of downloads you have left for that week is up in the top right corner of the screen:

Game of Thrones Extravaganza – TONIGHT!

You’ve seen the flyer –

you’ve seen some of the great giveaways we’ve made to have around the place (and they are epic) –

you are seeing for the FIRST TIME some of the decorations that have been specially made for this event by one of our ridiculously talented maesters –

you might have even seen one of our very own 20somethings librarians jousting with pool noodles on WAFB!

DID YOU KNOW that you can come look at, put on, play with, or make all of these things and MORE this very evening??

Check out the date and time on the flyer – the Game of Thrones After-Hours Extravaganza is TONIGHT starting at 6:30! Come have a snack from the food trucks, make a family crest, test your trivia knowledge against our crack team of experts, and watch awesome demonstrations by the Society of Creative Anachronism. Winter is coming…so spend an evening somewhere nice and warm.

Jones Creek Renovation – SNEAK PICS

Remember the Jones Creek Regional Branch renovation project’s architectural charrette? It took place on August 10th, at the Jones Creek Regional Branch? There were pictures of the plans, and so on?

Well CHECK IT OUT: pictures from the charrette, and other information about the planned renovation, are available on the renovation project’s very own infoguide! Here’s a sneak peak of library director Spencer Watts admiring the new floor plan:

You can get a closer look at the presentation boards themselves, including plans, designs, and a whopping great list of new features in this handy design guide!

If you like the Jones Creek Regional Branch, take a look at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library Construction Project infoguide today!

*Pics are not terribly sneaky.

Back to School with the Library

Good afternoon, class. Today we’ll be learning about the homework help resources available through the Digital Library.

Book reports? English papers? Try Artemis, The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry.

Geography? With Culture Grams, you can learn about the way people live all over the world.

Science? Literally too many to list again, so go check out that subject in the Digital Library!

There are databases of biographies! There are databases of art research! There’s loads of history, and if you don’t get a handle on it, you might be doomed to repeat it!

We’ve got everything you need to get a jump on your research, and if you’ve got some homework problems you’re just not sure of, we’ve got something for that, too – check out Homework Louisiana for free, live, online tutoring with a real human!

Going back to school doesn’t have to be a drag. The library wants to help you make this the best year ever. Stop on by, or use some of the links above to visit us online. Have a great year, BR!

Meanwhile, Back at Café du Monde

A little bit of theatre, a lot about cuisine and how food plays an important part of our culture and lives!

The only live food story show that originally premiered in Baton Rouge has swept the country with hundreds of touching and humorous food stories told by unique personalities celebrating the 2nd Universal Language – FOOD and how our lives revolve around the satisfaction of it. A bestselling coffee table/cookbook of the food stories and recipes was published by Pelican Publishing and has been endorsed by Chef Emeril Lagasse, Chef John Besh and Rex Reed.

Everyone has a “Café du Monde” – their little slice of heaven and a metaphor for their favorite food place where you know what you are ordering, you know it’s delicious, you know you can afford it, and you know you are with family or good friends and, while you are there, life is really wonderful! These humorous, spontaneous, and heartfelt stories all have the common thread of food – our culture and relationships, personal life stories, restaurant experiences, past love affairs and more.

Featuring stories by:

  • Smiley Anders
  • Jerry Leggio
  • Franz Borghardt
  • Teresa Day
  • Fairleigh Jackson
  • Kara Castille
  • Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library Renovation Project Architectural Charrette

The Jones Creek Regional Branch Library is slated for a major renovation! The Cockfield Jackson architectural firm has been selected to design and oversee this capital project. As with other construction projects, we are soliciting your input.

Residents throughout the community are invited to participate in an informal architectural charrette at the Jones Creek Regional Branch from 4 until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 10. We also will host a formal presentation from 6:30 until 8 p.m. the same day. Members of the architectural team along with Library staff will be present to share and explain the initial concept designs for the project and to gather public feedback.

This project derives from the Branch Renovation Assessment Study used during the 2015 millage tax election. The Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library renovation project and Jones Creek Regional Branch Library project are first to be planned because they are the oldest branches in need of renovation. The project will be phased over approximately 18 months, to minimize disruption to patrons.

Exceptional Lives: Disability Resource Guides for Louisiana

EBRPL is excited to share the launch of Exceptional Lives on August 9th!  This is a free online resource for families who have a loved one with a disability.

The platform consists of personalized, step-by-step guides on how to navigate disability-related processes such as special education, health insurance and filing for Supplemental Security Income PLUS a comprehensive Resource Directory of disability-related services.

You can search by zip code, child’s age, and services they need. Exceptional Lives also provides support for families through a phone helpline, e-mail and text messaging.

The platform will launch Wednesday, August 9 in Louisiana with 11 how-to guides and a robust resource directory for the entire state. We will be sharing additional information and links leading up to and following the launch, but for now, check out the following video: