It’s Not Just for Summer Anymore

End of the Summer Reading Parties start this week at most of our branches, but there’s still time to start – and finish – the program for this year! If you’re between the ages of freshly hatched and nearly spoiled (that’s birth and, you know. Well into your golden years), you can still pick up a reading log at any library in the EBRPL system, and as long as you turn it in by July 31st you’ll get a prize pack!

Books make great travel companions for those end-of-summer trips!

But you don’t have to stop reading just because summer’s winding down! We’ve got lots of ways to keep books with you everywhere you go on your smart device (like a phone or tablet):

There are events throughout the year for kids, teens, twenty-somethings, and adults – check our online events calendar so you don’t miss out.

Keep reading alive! Keep the love of books alive! We’ll see you next summer, and we will also see you (we hope) in every season until then.

Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane season seems to be kicking off a little more energetically than any of us want, so let’s go over some disaster preparedness resources!

  • The National Hurricane Center’s website is a great resource for lists of what to have on hand in a disaster and how to make sure you’re ready for anything. Check it out! (“Snacks” don’t get their own category, but it can’t hurt!)
  • Red Stick Ready, the Facebook page of the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, will keep you informed of weather events and local resources as they happen or become available. (Baton Rouge is one of only two cities in Louisiana to be certified “Storm Ready” by the National Weather Service!)
  • The library’s Hurricane Resources infoguide has lots of information on what to do to prepare for a storm, as well as what to do should your home be affected. (Tropical Storm Cindy isn’t a hurricane and is not likely to become one, though – phew!)

Stay safe! Stay dry! We’re open today for all your entertainment and information needs, especially via the Digital Library, which never closes!

Popular Lynda Learning for May

Being outside today seems like a soaking wet bummer, so if you’re staying inside and dry, entertain and train your brain with Lynda! Here are the top ten courses:

  1. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  2. HTML Essential Training
  3. Excel 2013 Essential Training
  4. Illustrator CC 2017 One-on-One Essential Training
  5. Project Management Foundations
  6. JavaScript Essential Training
  7. WordPress Essential Training
  8. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  9. Online Marketing Foundations
  10. Photoshop CC 2017 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Personal development is essential! And Lynda now has classes on soft skills – check out the “Career Development” section.

Landlord/Developer Rental Flood Recovery Programs Open May 15th

The Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) will be releasing details regarding funding guidelines for both the Neighborhood Landlord Rental Program and the Multifamily Restoration Gap Program, by issuing two separate Notifications of Funding Availability (NOFA’s) on May 15.

LHC will offer program seminars to answer NOFA-specific questions according to the schedule below. An overview of each of the two programs can be reviewed in the interim at under the “Recovery Assistance” tab.  Both programs are aimed at providing additional rental housing units across the state, especially in the HUD-designated 10 most impacted/distressed parishes affected between the March and August 2016 flooding events. Between the two programs, more than $74 million will be made available to landlords and developers to repair, reconstruct or create new rental units in Louisiana.

The Neighborhood Landlord Rental Program covers new and existing rental properties consisting of properties with seven or less units, and the Multifamily Restoration Gap Program covers existing properties with 20 or more units.

The seminars are designed to provide interested applicants an opportunity to ask questions about the application process prior to the application deadline for each program. Each program is set to move quickly in coming weeks in order to allow property owners to determine next steps needed to move forward with their construction efforts.

Property owners and developers interested in attending these workshops can attend one in any location offered in the list below, as the same content will be shared at each workshop.  The content will also be shared online following the conclusion of the event series. Preregistration is required and can be completed online.

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 3:00 PM: East Baton Rouge Parish Library – Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017, 3:00 PM: LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 42126 Veterans Ave., Hammond, LA 70403
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 3:00 PM: Lafayette Public Library – Main Library, 301 West Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017, 3:00 PM: Ollie Burns Branch, Ouachita Parish Library, 5601 Hwy. 165 By-Pass, Richwood, LA 71202