National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal for aspiring writers is to write a 50,000 word novel (about 175 pages) starting no earlier than November 1 and finishing before November 31.

By signing up at the National Novel Writing Month website (also known as NaNoWriMo), you can create a profile and access the participant forums, where you can finds tips, hints and helpful encouragement. You can post excerpts of your novel for others to read. When you are ready, you can submit your novel for an official word count, which is “read” by a computer. If you succeed, you get a certificate and the satisfaction in having finished a novel.

According to NaNoWriMo, the key to success is to worry less about the quality and more about quantity. The brute force method must work, because every year more and more people finish as “winners”.

Learn more:

National Novel Writing Month FAQ

Wikipedia: National Novel Writing Month

Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center is a great place to find information about literature and authors. It has full text journal articles, author biographies, timelines, and reviews about literature from around the world and throughout history. For example, you can find:

  • Several biographies of Ernest Hemingway
  • Literary analyses of A Confederacy of Dunces, with titles such as “A Confederacy of Dunces as Reverse Satire: An American Subgenre” and “Ignatius Reilly and the Concept of the Grotesque in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces
  • An article on romanticism from Encyclopedia of Literature
  • A timeline of literary events that happened in 1929

There is also a Guide to Conducting Literary Research which has articles on choosing topics, organizing a research paper, and creating a Works Cited page, among many other topics.

To access Literature Resource Center, go to the library’s database page and choose Gale Group Databases. From there choose Literature Resource Center – LRC.

Business Person of the Month: Dr. Anne Odenweller, D.C.

Dr. Anne Odenweller, D.C.


Odenweller Chiropractic Clinic

13580 Coursey Blvd, Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA
Phone 2225-755-0499
FAX 225-756-8029

Dr Anne Odenweller

“Whatever you can do or think you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
    — Goethe

“This above all, to thine own self be true.”
    — William Shakespeare

“Doctors of Chiropractic care are trained to improve the function of the nervous system through the manipulation of joints so that the body can function more productively, and without pain” Jefferson Hennessy wrote in a recent article in Acadiana Profile. This description of the profession is one Dr. Anne Odenweller (known as Dr. Anne to her patients) embraces. She believes motion is life. “I don’t just treat patients, I try to educate them on preventive measures to help them attain and maintain a healthy life.”

Born and raised in Ohio, she had chiropractic care growing up, which sparked her interest in the field. The family’s chiropractor educated them on health care rather than sick care, introducing her mother to information about nutrition and health foods. Dr. Anne was taught chiropractic first, medicine second and surgery last. She finds it rewarding to help people feel better. “So many times people feel immediate relief after an adjustment.”

At a young age Dr. Anne decided on chiropractic as her career choice. She liked being active, working with her hands, making and repairing things, and didn’t think a desk job would suit her temperament. “Chiropractic is sort of a mechanical profession.” She also had another goal in life—to join the Army. Her dad had been in the Army, and she loved looking at books he had which were put out by different battalions during WWII. “I felt it was my duty to serve, to help protect the country and preserve our freedom.” She joined the service after her freshman year at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio and was able to complete a second year of college going part-time and nights to Harford Community College while stationed in Maryland.

She worked as a Medical Corpsman for the first two years of her stint in the Army before being chosen for the AMOSIST Program (Ambulatory Military Outpatient System.) There was a shortage of physicians due to the Viet Nam War, so corpsmen were trained to triage sick call patients, take care of minor illnesses and work under the guidance of the doctors. During her four years of active duty, Dr. Anne worked and trained in several states, but spent most of her time in Maryland assigned to Aberdeen Proving Grounds. She was never deployed out of the country, though she loves to travel and learn about other cultures. She switched her military occupational specialty to helicopter maintenance while in the second year of her two–year Army Reserve obligation.

Dr. Anne’s pre-chiropractic study, with its emphasis on the sciences–chemistry, biology and anatomy, had prepared her for entrance into the Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas. With the aid of the GI Bill, she finished her four years there and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Her postgraduate studies include Chiropractic Orthopedics, Sports Injuries, Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Animal Chiropractic. “I’ve always loved seminars.” She’s had continuing education courses in nutrition, whip-lash injury and adjusting techniques for the extremities.

After she graduated, Dr. Anne did temp work in various chiropractic offices in several states and had to pass the state boards to be licensed in each one. Although there is no national license in the field, chiropractors are required to take the National Board Exams before graduating. She was encouraged by a friend from Texas Chiropractic College who was practicing in New Orleans to take the state boards to practice in this state. Louisiana was the last state in the union to license chiropractors, and the profession has been firmly established here for many years now.

She visited Baton Rouge in the early eighties and settled here because “it appeared clean and green and seemed like a nice place to live.” After working four or five years for a clinic, she opened her private practice. Dr. Anne feels Baton Rouge is growing nicely and hopes future growth and development is being carefully planned. She is concerned about building in what appear to be flood plains. Believing we should be stewards of our environment and protect animals, she thinks we should preserve habitat, rather than eliminating open spaces. “I’d like our city to be aware, open and tolerant, and I’d like to see more places that are animal friendly, as in other cities and countries.”

When she is away from the office, she enjoys gardening, woodworking, travel, astronomy, studying chiropractic, and caring for animals. She has dogs, cats and a horse. When she has time she likes to read science, history, gardening and nature articles and books as well as do-it-yourself books. Visiting the library at least once a week was one of her main activities growing up. “I got lost in the world of books.” Dr Anne loves how books can transport you to other places and help you use your imagination. Whenever she has traveled, she’s used libraries in the places she’s gone. She especially enjoys visiting medical libraries. “Everyone has something to say and writing a book is a good way to do that.”

Besides the favorite quotes listed at the beginning of this profile, Dr. Anne also likes this one by St. Francis of Assissi–“Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” It pretty much sums up her philosophy of life. She likes to stay busy and feels that goals are important. From this profile one can see that the things she loves include helping people feel better, animals, books, travel, astronomy, and learning new things. Dr. Anne agrees with the old saying, “the things you love, you can’t get in catalogs.”

Business Person of the Month Archive

Finding eMedia in OverDrive

Finding books in your favorite format is easy with Overdrive, the Library’s new eMedia service.

Use the search box at the top of the page to do a simple search to find  eMedia by title or creator/author. So if you just want to find Huckleberry Finn or any eMedia titles by Mark Twain, use this option.

If you want a particular format — or you need a particular language — use the Advanced Search option.  In Advanced Search you can specify format (audiobook, video, or Adobe or Mobipocket ebook), language, publisher, or subject, as well as the book title and author/creator.  You can also perform a keyword search with Advanced Search.

Don’t feel like searching for anything?  Browse the collection using the menu links on the lefthand side of the page.  From the menu you can browse the Fiction and Non-Fiction titles, explore the Teen and Childrens’ collection, or view all titles in a particular format.   You can also see new releases, what titles the Library staff likes, what titles have been checked out the most, and what titles have been recently returned. 

Browsing is fun and allows you to sample eMedia content without committing.  You can read excerpts of ebooks, listen to audio excerpts and view movie clips — all from the comfort of your home computer!  What could be simpler (or more entertaining)?

So check out the Library’s eMedia collection and start using Overdrive today!

Overdrive For Business

What does your East Baton Rouge Parish library card, a personal computer and a fast Internet connection have in common? By using all three, you can access eMedia from Overdrive. a new service offered by the library with access to downloadable audio books, ebooks and videos.

Are there business books in Overdrive? Yes, Overdrive currently lists 25 business titles such as:

  • The 100 Greatest Leadership Principles of All Time
    by Leslie Pockell and Adrienne Avila
    Format – Mobipocket eBook
  • 101 Best Cover Letters
    by Jay A. Block Michael Betrus
    Format – Adobe eBook
  • How to Grow a Backbone: 10 Strategies for Gaining Power and Influence at Work
    by Susan Marshall and Anna Fields
    Format – OverDrive Audio Book

Good! How do I access Overdrive?

  • Go to the library’s eMedia page
  • Take a few minutes to read the Quick Start Guide. The guide has information on the type of materials available, check out procedures, and how to place items on hold.
  • Downloads are required to use Overdrive; the Quick Start Guide has instructions and links for downloading.

Put your computer into high gear and enjoy Overdrive.


With Overdrive, the Library’s new eMedia service, you can now download a variety of audiobooks, ebooks, and videos — then enjoy them from your home computer or upload them to your mp3 player, PDA, or smartphone.

Go to our eBR eMedia page to browse or search for eAudiobooks, e-books or videos then, after installing the Overdrive Media Console software,  check them out and download them.  It’s just like checking books out from the library, only better, because the items are “returned” automatically on their due date and you don’t get charged late fines.

Get started now with the Quick Start Guide.

See if your device is supported.

OverDrive Community Reserve

OverDrive is our new eMedia platform that allows you to download ebooks, audiobooks and video to your computer, transfer them to a portable device, or burn them to a CD.

Within OverDrive’s broader collection of eMedia is a collection called OverDrive Community Reserve. Participating libraries from around the world have donated materials to this collection. They have been created for educational, informational and entertainment purposes.

OverDrive Community Reserve includes video interviews with authors called Expanded Books Interviews. There are also regional materials provided by libraries from across the country, student films, music and fiction titles — and even real estate information.  These items have many copies available for check out, so there should always be one available.

Community Reserve items are included in the regular Overdrive collection, but you can also view these titles as a group by clicking on the Community Reserve icon on our eBR eMedia page.

Looking Up Phone Numbers

Here at the library, we get a lot of calls for phone numbers. So we’ve had a lot of practice at tracking down that elusive phone number.

Our first stop is ReferenceUSA, which is accessible from our Database Page.

First, choose one of two available databases: U.S. Business (for business, companies, hospitals, etc.) or U.S Residential (for home phone numbers).

Next, type in the Company Name or the Person’s Last Name, First Name (if known), City (if known) and State. Then click on Search Now.

Don’t be discouraged if you get a “No records found matching criteria!” Databases are often unforgiving. You may need to try the name with different spellings and configurations.

If you don’t know how to spell the person’s first name, you can leave it blank. However, be aware that this may result in a long list if the name is common. For example, the last name Smith results in 1,590 records on 64 pages just for Baton Rouge.

Remember that some listings only use a first initial, so John Smith might be listed as J Smith. 

If you are unsure of spelling, you can try truncating the name using an asterisk (*). In ReferenceUSA you must have three letters before you can truncate. So if you don’t know if the listing is under Harry or Harold, you can type HAR*, which will give you all Harry, Harold, as well as Harley, Harmon, Hardy, and Harvey. This method works for last names too.

You can leave out the city if you are unsure of the city. This results in a statewide search.

ReferenceUSA does not include unlisted numbers, and cell phones are often unlisted.

Here is a list of useful online Directories and Phone Books.

Business Person of the Month: Ramona Henry

Ramona Henry


Hosea’s Bible & Robe Center

841 N. 22nd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Ramona Henry

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
    –Hosea 4:6
    — Isaiah 26:3

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.”

In 2001 Ramona Henry decided to follow her dream to open her own shop. Prior to becoming a small business owner she worked at the Gap as assistant manager and at Hosea’s Cleaners, which her husband Alvin Henry has owned and managed since 1978

Alvin took over the cleaning business his father started in 1924. “We went into business together full time,” Ramona says. They purchased a building and moved the cleaners to its present location. Her husband grew the business by diversifying–adding tuxedo rentals and seeking contracts with businesses. Now they clean high school ROTC uniforms, lab coats for clinics, uniforms for casinos and have contracted with local hotels to provide dry cleaning for their guests.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Ramona Henry attended McKinley Junior High and Baton Rouge High school, but finished school in California where she lived for two years. “After graduation I was just ready to come home.” Two weeks later, she met her future husband. They’ve been married almost thirty years and have a daughter, who now lives in Atlanta, and two sons, still here. Only one of their three granddaughters lives in town. All three children worked with their parents after school and on weekends; both sons still help out on Saturdays. “My daughter was already in school when we started the dry cleaners, but I had a play pen in the business with my sons.”

“I always wanted to own a Daycare, but my husband wanted to go full time into the Dry Cleaners Business.” So she shelved her dream for many years to work alongside her husband. With the example of her oldest sister who is an entrepreneur, she was still determined to have her own business. The dream changed along the way but the dream could not be denied. Her husband offered encouragement and was helpful in setting up her business. He belongs to an Economic Business Organization which teaches business owners how to grow their businesses.

“The Bible & Robe Center is something that I Love doing for myself.” When Ramona decided to open the shop, her goal was to focus on Bibles, choir and Minister’s robes and bible study materials, but she recently added Christian Tee Shirts and caps to her inventory. She employs one full time person and one part time. All three of her children have also worked in the shop. As the business has grown, Ramona feels she has also grown spiritually from the contacts she has had. “Sometimes when customers ask for a book they are looking for some direction in their lives. I have a chance to witness and help with people’s problems.”

When asked why she chose this type of business, Ramona says, “There will always be a need for Bibles.” She mostly sells in bulk to churches, Bible colleges, and other study groups. In January of this year she had a web site done professionally and hopes to generate online sales from around the country

Between the cleaners, her shop, home and family, she has very little spare time. The Henrys are very active in their church, Power and Praise Ministry, where Ramona is Director of the Women’s Ministry. Her favorite book is The Bible, but she also recommends Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer by Dr. Myles Munroe and How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur. She spent a lot of time at the library for homework and projects when her kids were in school, but not so much now that she is a bookseller.

Business Person of the Month Archive

Sickle Cell Information For Employers And Workers

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 protects employees with sickle cell disease from job discrimination. The website of the Sickle Cell Information Center has useful information for employers and employees regarding this disease.

If I am an employer, what can I learn at this website?

  • Are people with Sickle Cell disabled?
  • Who is protected?
  • What accommodations am I responsible for as an employer?

If I am a worker, what can I learn from this website?

  • What do I do when discrimination occurs?
  • Is there someone I can contact?

The Sickle Cell Information Center has a four page discussion on the impact of the Americans With Disabilities Act on employers and employees. The last page of information has a list of organizational and government contacts.