Mastering the Job Interview


10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Registration required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or register online here.

Are you searching for a new job? Your performance during an interview can land you – or cost you – your dream job. Learn to perfect your job interview skills through this seminar. Career Center staff will present:

  • Tips for a great interview
  • Common traps and pitfalls to avoid
  • Interactive demonstrations for answering the most common interview questions


Call for Makers Closes Soon!

Hey, Baton Rouge! The Call for Makers is open for just a few more days, so if you want to be part of the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, get your application in soon!

Launch Your Imagination at the 2018 Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire on October 6th! The theme this year is space, but if you’re a biologist with research to share, or a backyard inventor with something people NEED to see, we want you. The Faire is open to all comers!

Applications are accepted until August 31st, so shine up your science and send it in to us!

Ace Back to School with the Library!

Kick academic butt this year with free homework help and online resources from the library! Work on research papers and find answers to your teachers’ persistent questions from the comfort of your own home with the “Homework Help” subject list in the Digital Library. Our Kids page also has its own Homework Help section. Never get stuck again!

No library card? No problem! Homework Louisiana is totally free to all Louisiana residents, whether or not you’ve signed up for an East Baton Rouge Parish library card. The site is powered by, and offers live online help from qualified tutors on Sunday through Thursday from 2-10 PM. Tutoring is available to students from elementary school all the way to college, including for the GED, and is also available in Spanish and Vietnamese. Homework Louisiana also has job search help, Sunday-Thursday, 10 AM – midnight!

September 20somethings Events

So much is happening this month, and you won’t want to miss any of it! The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Extravaganza is next weekend, so wear your best wizarding robes or your favorite Harry Potter muggle-wear and come to the Main Library on Goodwood. The event starts on Saturday, September 1st, at 3PM. Gryffindors, Slytherins, Hufflepuffs, and Ravenclaws of all ages are welcome! We will also accept wizarding students from abroad, and any muggle family members.

How to Start a Nonprofit

Are you interested in starting a nonprofit? Nonprofits are 501 (c) (3) organizations, which means they are formed for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, and they are eligible for federal and state tax exemptions. Come and attend this informative hands-on workshop to learn what is required to create a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.

The Career Center is hosting this workshop in cooperation with the Southeast Louisiana Women’s Business Center. The workshop will be presented by Joyce James, MBA, Director of SELA Women’s Business Center. Registration is required. Please call 225-231-3733 or register online here.


At Ask-A-Lawyer (AAL), a free service provided by the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Pro Bono Project, volunteers provide legal advice to all comers. Ask-A-Lawyer holds sessions at various social service agencies including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the Charles R. Kelly Community Center (formerly known as the Delmont Service Center) of Baton Rouge, the East Baton Rouge Parish Branch Libraries and the surrounding area. Ask-A-Lawyer is first-come, first-serve. Times and locations vary; dates through the end of the year are listed below.

  • 8/18/18 – Delmont Gardens Branch – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 8/21/18 – Livingston Council on Aging – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9/12/18 – Donaldsonville Senior Center – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9/15/18 – Eden Park Branch – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 9/19/18 – Catholic Charities – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 10/4/18 – Charles R. Kelly Community Center – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 10/6/18 – Baker Branch – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 10/17/18 – Catholic Charities – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 10/25/18 – Main Library on Goodwood – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 11/6/18 – West Baton Rouge Parish Library – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 11/10/18 – Zachary Branch Library – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 11/14/18 – Catholic Charities – 9:00-11:30 AM
  • 12/1/18 – Carver Branch Library – 9:30-11:30 AM
  • 12/6/18 – Charles E. Kelly Community Center – 9:00-11:30 AM

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Extravaganza

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published twenty years ago – come celebrate the best series ever with us! Kids, teens, twenty-somethings, adults, and whoever else wants to stop by are welcome to play games like quidditch, make their own wands, compete in trivia games, visit a master of divination for a peek into the future, and more! There will even be a performance of wizard rock band, Tonks & the Aurors. Don’t miss out – join us Saturday, September 1st, starting at 3PM!

Gale Courses

Lynda isn’t the only way to learn online with the library – if you want a more directed class with an experienced virtual instructor, check out Gale Courses! Each course lasts six weeks. Two lessons are released per week, and you have two weeks to finish the coursework in each lesson. Here are the ten most popular courses:

  1. Speed Spanish
  2. Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016
  3. Accounting Fundamentals
  4. Project Management Fundamentals
  5. Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
  6. Explore a Career in Medical Coding
  7. Discover Sign Language
  8. Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2017
  9. A to Z Grant Writing
  10. Introduction to SQL

Career Center Job Club

Job Club for Job Seekers in Professional Careers

 SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 – DECEMBER 16, 2018




The Career Center of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library is sponsoring this 14-week job search and networking group (job club) for job seekers in professional careers. Job searching can be a lonely and discouraging activity, and this group will provide you with a safe space and like-minded professionals. Share experiences, network, encourage, learn the latest job search techniques, and be accountable to each other. This workshop is free of charge and open to individuals in professional careers who are seeking employment.

Weekly Schedule

  •  Week 1 – Introduction and Job Search Basics
  • Week 2 – Traditional Job Search 201
  • Week 3 – Resumes
  • Week 4 – Informational Interviews and Networking
  • Week 5 – Job Search Letters
  • Week 6 – Personal Branding and Developing the Elevator Pitch
  • Week 7 – Everything You Need to Know About the Interview, Part 1
  • Week 8 – Everything You Need to Know About the Interview, Part 2
  • Week 9 – Social Media for the Job Search
  • Week 10 – Managing Personal Finances
  • Week 11 – Dealing with Change / What If I Didn’t Get the Job
  • Week 12 – Salary Negotiation
  • Week 13 – Starting Your Own Business
  • Week 14 – What if I Do Get the Job? How to get off to the right start

Exceptional Lives Webinar

Join us for an Exceptional Lives webinar next Wednesday, August 15th! It will be held in the Tech Lab at the Main Library, starting at 2PM.

Exceptional Lives Louisiana is a free resource for families who have a child with a disability. The Exceptional Lives platform is made of step-by-step guides on topics like finding and enrolling in special education, signing up for additional health insurance, and filing for Supplemental Security Income. They also maintain a comprehensive directory of disability-related services, which is searchable by zip code, child’s age, or service required.