P4A Antiques Database

Remember that coffee table your grandparents had? The one made out of Lucite? Or maybe they had a stereo cabinet with paneled doors and metal grillwork. Or maybe you just always wanted to live in the Brady Bunch house! Modern furniture is popping up everywhere, and many people aren’t aware of how popular modern design is in the current market.

P4A Antiques database can help you identify and price those “classic” modern pieces you love. And it’s now available from you home computer if you have an EBRP Library card!

Visit our Online Databases page to explore the fabulous world of antiques and collectibles.

Business Person of the Month: Darryl Johnson

Darryl Johnson

General Manager, CEO

Socially Yours Inc.
SYI Food Services

7227 Exchange Place
Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Darryl Johnson, General Manager CEO, Socially Yours, Inc

“Teamwork makes the dream work.”
Socially Yours Inc. is a locally owned and operated catering service and facility in Baton Rouge. For over 14 years, the Johnson Family has been dedicated to treating their customers as family…with care and commitment to quality preparation and on-time delivery.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    Philippians 4:13

“No weapon formed against thee shall prosper…”
    Isaiah 54:17


Offering quality catering services for business, conference, and social events, SYI also has extensive experience in contracted food service delivery for schools, allied health facilities, and local corporations unable to provide daily meal services. Working with the USDA to prepare nutritionally balanced meals has encouraged the owners of Socially Yours, Inc. to re-launch its services with new menus that meet the balanced meal requirements of a healthy individual, but with the flavors of home.

Able to cater any function from as small as a light office lunch to a fully catered and managed reception for thousands, Socially Yours features exotic displays and food stations, from Mexican to Asian, with presentation designed to impress. Their catering facility is available seven days a week, but they are also a licensed contractor at a number of the area’s other finest catering facilities. With reasonable prices to meet any budget, Socially Yours offers extended services, including photography, set design, decoration, audio video equipment, cakes, and event coordinators.

Johnson got into this line of business indirectly through his church work. “As a minister of Music, I was taking the choir on trips and doing banquets. People started asking me to organize events for them, so I got into Food Service and catering.” He’s not a chef; his focus is on the business side where he can put his accounting experience to work. Johnson’s wife and children work with him in what is definitely a family business.

What Johnson likes most about the catering business is how it brings people together. He works with all segments of society, providing food for college campuses, rehab centers, private parties, BREC concessions, charity organizations, etc. “It’s a pleasure to be able to satisfy people’s nutritional needs as well as help them to socialize with each other.” In his business he’s also able to provide opportunities for others.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Johnson sees growth in the city’s future. His civic memberships include the Downtown Kiwanis club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Black Chamber of Commerce. Believing that people should give back to their community, the Johnson Family operates a nonprofit organization which provides meals for children during the summer.

In his spare time Johnson likes to travel, fish, and read. He mostly reads books on leadership and business, and thinks our library system provides good resources for all age groups. And of course he loves music and still works as Minister of Music for two churches.

Because his faith is such an important part of his life, Johnson named two scriptures along with his personal motto as his favorite quotations, which appear at the beginning of this profile. He operates under his own Golden Rule – “Treat other people how you want to be treated regardless of how they treat you.

Business Person of the Month Archive

Free E-Audiobooks

Here is a list of websites that offer free e-audiobooks that are downloadable and playable on mp3 players and/or iPods. Technical requirements vary from site to site. Quality of the recordings vary, with some texts read by computers. The files are generally large and are more suitable for broadband connections, however some are broken into chapters.

  • Gutenberg: The Audio Books Project — “Project Gutenberg makes audio eBooks available for some of the same great literature available in plain text. Listings are divided into two categories: Human-read and computer-generated audio books.”
  • LibraVox — A directory of e-audiobooks, some free.
  • Literal Systems — “Audio books you just can’t buy”
  • The Spoken Alexandria Project — “The Spoken Alexandria Project is creating a free Creative Commons library of spoken word recordings, consisting of classics in the public domain and modern works (with permission). AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 audiobooks available for free download and redistribution.”
  • PENNsound — A collection of free spoken poetry, including new audio recordings and existing audio archives. PennSound features “more than 200 writers and more than 10,000 recordings contributed by poets, fans and scholars worldwide.”

Build Your First Online Store

You have a small business and you would like to market your product on the Internet. Online stores are the way to go, and easy to set up. Yahoo and eBay offer e-commerce services. At Yahoo Merchant Solutions you can…

  • Choose a plan and pricing level that fits your business model.
  • Design your store using a templates or a wizard.
  • List up to 50,000 products for sale.
  • Offer payment with credit card or PayPal and automatically calculate shipping, fees, and taxes.
  • Use up to 20 GB for your store, and get your own domain name.

Komando, Kim “Make Money Online With Your Own Online Store” 7 July 2007. The Kim Komando Radio Show. www.komando.com.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States Patent And Trademark Office

Are you an inventor?

Have a product or invention that needs a patent?

This website has all the information you need to officially register your patent or trademark legally. Information is available on patents, trademarks, copyrights, how to’s, strategic planning, currents news and much more. You can also keep up to date on all the upcoming changes proposed to patent laws. This website is an official of website of the federal government and is the best source for information on patents and trademarks.

Looking for help with patents and trademarks in the Baton Rouge area, visit LSU Libraries Patent & Trademark Resources website.

Famous First Facts

Want to know who invented the traffic light, or the first lawn mower? Celebrate National Inventors Month by finding the answers in Wilson Web Famous First Facts.

You can look up information on a variety of firsts in history and print or email the articles. This is a database offered by the library, and is available at all branches. Remote access is available to East Baton Rouge Parish library card holders, so it’s perfect for late night assignments or just gotta know trivia.

Check out Wilson Web Famous First Facts today.

Do You Live in a Flood Zone?

It’s hurricane season.  Do you know if you live in or near a flood zone?  Flood zone maps and information for property owners in East Baton Rouge Parish are available online. Let us show you how to find your lot!

  • Go to http://gis.brgov.com
  • Click Online Maps
  • Under Property Search, chose search lots by Address, Subdivision, or Business Name
  • After entering your search terms, click Search
  • Results display with the option to select Map or Details
  • Select Details
  • In the Property Details Box, look for the heading Flood Zone
  • The flood zone label is a link to an FAQ page that briefly describes the nature of four different flood zones.


  • Flood zone information is not available for Baker and Zachary.
  • Java must be installed on your computer to display maps. Java is available as a free download from java.com
  • Be sure to check out our Hurricane Hotline for the latest storm information and hurricane preparedness tips!

National Hot Dog and Sausage Council

National Hot Dog and Sausage Council
July is National Hot Dog Month. Find out all the fascinating facts about hot dogs from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. For instance, “on Independence Day, Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs – enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. over five times.” That’s a lot of weenies!

Get tons of great hot dog recipes, and even download brochures on types of sausages. So get out there and celebrate National Hot Dog Month with the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council!


Search The World Over For All The Latest News, Past And Present!

Facts.com is an index of international news stories from 1940 to the present. You can search a certain day, like your birthday or, you can search a range of dates. In addition to world news you can also find science articles through Today’s Science. Many special features are available including 2008 Election Issues, Country Profiles, maps, photos, historic documents, and obituaries.

Get the facts from Facts.com both in the library and at home.