Lynda: Popular Courses for September

Do you want to learn a thing? Sure you do! Do you want to pay for classes? Of course you don’t! Check out these popular courses you can take

  • for free
  • from your own home
  • using only an internet-enabled device and your library card

through, one of the greatest online training sites around.

  1. SOLIDWORKS 2020 Essential Training
  2. Illustrator 2020 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  3. Illustrator 2020 Essential Training
  4. Online Marketing Foundations
  5. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 4 Making TCP/IP Work
  6. GIMP Essential Training
  7. Learning Davinci Resolve 16
  8. CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Cert Prep: 5 Securing TCP/IP
  9. 3ds Max 2021 Essential Training
  10. Maya 2020 Essential Training

Talk Like a Pirate with Mango Languages

Are you ready for some good old-fashioned goofy family fun? Sign your crew up for Mango Language’s “Pirate” course, and spend September 19th talking like a pirate!

With Mango‘s step-by-step lessons and grammar notes, you’ll be speakin’ piratically in less time than it takes a frigate to sail the Bay of Biscay. Learrrn phrases like these:

And while you’re signed in, take a look at the dozens of other languages you can learn with Mango. If you start learning Spanish now, you’ll be all set to run the Spanish Main on Talk Like a Pirate Day 2021!

Weigh anchors, me hearties – we’re off to sail the seven seas of knowledge.

Statista Webinar for Entrepreneurs

This Wednesday, September 16th, at 7pm, gather the information you need for business pitches, marketing plans, and product development with a free webinar from Statista. Statista is one of the world’s leading portals offering access to statistics and studies on 80,000 topics and 170 industries worldwide. Statista enables East Baton Rouge Public Library patrons to access relevant market and consumer data. In this webinar, Megan Guinane will walk through the various data tools available on the Statista platform and present real-life examples of how many businesses utilize their data.

Register online! Please note that you may register for this event up until one hour before it starts. You will receive an email reminder a day and an hour before the start of the webinar.

Author Illustrator 2020: Candace Fleming

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is proud to present author Candace Fleming as the featured speaker for the 43rd Annual Author-Illustrator Program, which will be held Thursday and Friday, October 1 and 2, at the Main Library at Goodwood, located at 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Adults, teens and children are invited to attend the FREE Thursday evening program on October 1. Then on Friday, October 2, Fleming will present a program for teachers, librarians, writers, parents and lovers of children’s and young adult literature. The registration fee for this event is $25 for adults and $10 for students with a valid school I.D. Both events will include a book sale and autograph session. To register, please call (225) 231-3760.

The Author-Illustrator Program affords an excellent opportunity to hear “the story behind the story” from prominent writers and illustrators of literature for children and young adults. Some notable names in the field of literature who have been featured during these annual programs have included: Matt de la Peña, Brian Floca, Rosemary Wells, Gene Yang, David Adler, Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, Linda Sue Park, Avi, Jack Gantos, Patricia & Fred McKissack, and Richard Peck.

September Is Library Card Sign-up Month

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! If you don’t have a library card, there’s never a better time to get one than right now. All you need is a photo ID and a local address – a Baton Rouge driver’s license covers both! If your ID is from out of state or from another parish, you can also show a piece of mail that’s been delivered to you at a local address. Library cards are free, and with them, you can check out any of our physical items and access everything in our digital library. Sign up today!

Origami Pumpkin Garland: Grab & Geaux

Fall is so very nearly here you can almost taste it, and we’ve got some great grab and go crafts coming your way! Check out these words from our Pride-Chaneyville Branch librarian, and get your supplies there starting September 1st until they run out.

“Autumn is here and I’ve got the perfect project to decorate your home with, an origami pumpkin garland. I love a garland. They’re such a simple and inexpensive way to dress up a room. And as this one is pumpkin themed it’ll work just as well for Autumn as it will for Halloween so you can leave it up all season long. Bonus. Grab one and Geaux while supplies last!”

Cosplay Photoshop Crash Course with Ninja Yoyo

We’re so excited for the Mid City Micro-Con, coming at you on YouTube Live this Saturday! Because it’s all virtual this year, we’ve asked some of our excellent creators if they would be interested to make some prerecorded content to share with all of you. Veteran cosplayer and graphic designer Cheri Ayers-Small, known as Ninja Yoyo Cosplay, has a fantastic tutorial on how to use Photoshop along with some basic phone camera tricks to boost your cosplay content. Check it out!

Want more Ninja Yoyo Cosplay? Of course you do! Tune in to the Mid City Micro-Con and catch Ninja Yoyo as one of our cosplay contest judges.

PBS American Portrait Project

It’s your story. Have you joined in the conversation? Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) invites people across our state to take part in the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) storytelling project AMERICAN PORTRAIT. It’s a collection of stories contributed by people all over the country – a portrait designed to show and explain what it really means to be an American today.

And that story may have drastically changed over the past few weeks or months. With a health pandemic and countrywide protests, this national storytelling project is more important than ever – it’s a recorded history. So even if you took part in the project earlier, we encourage you to go back and look at some of the new prompts. If you are just getting started, it’s easy! Go to to see the simple instructions on how to upload your entry