Pride-Chaneyville Community History Festival

The whole family is invited to come enjoy a day of free fun at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, for the 10th Annual Community History Festival! This year’s theme is All Aboard the Country Express, and we’ll celebrate with model trains, fun crafts, music, delicious food, a photo booth and more! Activities also will include a live horseshoeing demonstration, farm animals, face painting, pumpkin painting, sack races and of course, the Old-Fashioned Cake Walk. Local vendors will be available for the purchase of homemade and handcrafted items. For more information, call the Circulation Desk at the Pride-Chaneyville Branch at (225) 658-1540.

LPB’s Great American Read Reveal Party

You are invited to LPB’s Great American Read Reveal Party on Tuesday, October 23rd at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library main branch on Goodwood!

Doors open at 6PM for food, games, prizes, plus vote for the novel you think will be America’s most loved – one lucky person will win a $100 gift card from Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs! You are welcome to come dressed as your favorite book character (not required)!

At 7PM, we will check out the finale of “The Great American Read” together to see which novel was voted #1. Space is limited, so RSVP now!

Flood Resilience and Recovery Study

Researchers from Louisiana State University request your participation in a Community Well-being and Recovery Study. The primary purpose of this study is to determine how the Great Flood of 2016 has impacted the greater Baton Rouge community. Responses from both those who flooded and those who did not are welcome.

This study is voluntary and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.  All responses are confidential. In appreciation of your participation, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of several $100 awards.

To participate in the survey, visit the project’s website, or go directly to the survey’s website. scan the QR code in the attached flyer or copy and paste the survey URL into your Internet browser;

The researchers thank you in advance for completing the survey. Your response is important. Getting direct feedback from residents of the greater Baton Rouge region is critical to understanding the role of severe weather events in health and community well-being. If you have any questions about the study, please contact the researchers at (225) 578-4099 or

Popular Lynda Courses for October

If the weather ever cools down, it’ll be a great time to stay inside and cozy up to a new digital class from Lynda! If it doesn’t, well, at least the air conditioning will keep your brain from overheating from all the new knowledge you can pack into it with Lynda’s free classes. You can find Lynda in the Digital Library, and access it from anywhere with your library card number. Here are the ten most popular classes:

  1. Customer Service Foundations (2014)
  2. Effective Listening
  3. Communication Foundations (2013)
  4. Illustrator CC 2018 One-on-One Fundamentals
  5. Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics
  6. JavaScript Essential Training
  7. Customer Service: Creating Customer Value
  8. Writing Customer Service Emails
  9. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  10. Visio 2016 Essential Training

What’s YOUR #BRWebstory?

How much did it cost to eat out in Baton Rouge in 2017?  Which local artist painted that mural on the side of the pawn shop on Government and how to do I learn more about them? What was game night like at Woodlawn High School? These are the types of questions researchers might ask in the future when exploring what Baton Rouge was like in 2016, 2018, and onwards, and web archiving offers a unique opportunity to collect this information in real time and at a large scale.  In order to give future generations the most accurate picture possible the East Baton Rouge Parish Library needs your help to ensure the picture we paint with our our collecting practices represent Baton Rouge the way YOU see and understand Baton Rouge.

#BRWebstory is an initiative meant to guide the library’s collecting of archived websites for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Web Archive.  On the second Tuesday bi-monthly, the library will ask community members to answer questions regarding their experience in Baton Rouge.  For example, in the July edition of #BRWebstory, EBRPL asked the community what their favorite local restaurants were in Baton Rouge, and y’all did not disappoint!  We received so many responses that we were able to build a collection of 100 URLs, or websites, to preserve and make available to researchers in Baton Rouge and around the world!

A sample of restaurant information captured with web crawlers.

The October edition of #BRWebstory wants to know more about local makers.  We know everyone has made plans to to attend the Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 6th at the Main Library so makers should be fresh in the brain.  Know of a maker that wasn’t able to attend but should still be included in the web archive? We want to know about them!

To submit, keep a lookout for the #BRWebstory post on the library’s social media.  If you have a submission, simply type it into the comments. If you’d prefer to stay anonymous, there will be a submission link in the post that will allow you to submit via webform.  We will not collect any personal identifying information.

We can’t wait to see who your favorite makers are! To learn more about the web archive and the collections we’ve been curating visit the Baton Rouge Room Infoguide or take a look at the collections on the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Web Archive.

For questions, comments or suggestions contact Emily Ward at 225-231-3752 or

Guest post by library archivist Emily Ward.

Banned Books Week

The last week in September is Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week celebrates books that have been banned or challenged by schools, libraries, and anybody else inclined to participate in the censorship of unorthodox or unpopular ideas. Did you know that Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, has made the banned books list almost every year since it was published?

Check out the American Library Association’s list of the ten most challenged books of 2017 for your next great read:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
  3. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
  4. The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini
  5. George written by Alex Gino
  6. Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee
  8. The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
  9. And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole
  10. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

You can find more information on these titles, other frequently banned and challenged books, and the role libraries play in defending free speech at the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned & Challenged Books website.

Pumpkin Painting for 20somethings

Halloween is coming up fast, and that means it’s time to decorate! Still not totally sure you can trust yourself to use a knife and come out with all your fingers intact? Nervous about pumpkin carving, which, after all, is basically just stabbing squash over and over again? Come paint a pumpkin instead! The Zachary Branch will have pumpkin painting on Tuesday, October 23rd, starting at 6 PM. Call (225) 658-1850 to register!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Do you have a library card? You can get one for free at any of East Baton Rouge Parish’s fourteen library branches – all you need is a photo ID and proof of residence in this parish! Having a library card gets you access to almost two million items (including a telescope!), as well as our study rooms, and two dollars of free printing every day. The library also offers absolutely oodles of programming for kids, teens, twenty-somethings, adults, and anyone else you’ve got hanging around in need of entertainment or education.

If you haven’t been by in a while, September is a great month to check out what’s new at your local library! Everybody’s going back to school, and there’s no better place to get free online homework help, check out research materials, or just kick back with a good book or movie.

DNA and Family History

Due to extremely popular demand, we have scheduled an extra session of the class DNA and Family History to be held on October 2 at 7pm in the Tech Lab! Genetic testing can reveal clues to your family history. Learn about different types of DNA tests and what they can tell us and the restrictions they present. Call 225-231-3751 to register.

To learn more about genealogy resources available through the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, visit their infoguide!

Red Stick Ready

Hurricane season is roaring up out of the gulf – are you Red Stick Ready? The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is ready to help. Visit their website, or download their app for your Apple or Android phone.

If you would like more information, the Library also has a storm readiness infoguide full of local stormy weather resources. Stay dry this year, Baton Rouge!