Louisiana Author Project

Are you an indie author? Do you have a novel gathering dust somewhere on your computer’s hard drive? Dust it off and submit it to the Louisiana Indie Author Project! Indie authors all over the country (and even in one Canadian province!) are participating in Indie Author Projects in their state, and Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans have teamed up to bring this great contest to you.

Any self-published adult or young adult fiction work is eligible to win great prizes:

  • $500 each in adult and young adult categories
  • Honors at the Public Library Association Conference 2020 reception in Nashville
  • Opportunities to promote your book(s) at Louisiana public libraries
  • Inclusion in a full-page print spread in Library Journal

If you’ve already self-published your work of fiction, that’s okay! Any indie published work available in EPUB or PDF format can be submitted between April 1st – May 31st for consideration. Winners will be announced in October.

Want to make sure your book is formatted correctly? Check out the library’s self-publishing resources! With Pressbooks, you can create the novel of your dreams and make sure it looks exactly the way you want it to. When you’re ready to submit it to the Indie Author Project, stop by Self-e! Self-e is the sharing platform to get your books on Biblioboard, our indie ebook collection, which will let readers all over Baton Rouge discover your work.

If your work is ready for submission, click here to get started: https://indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/louisiana/

Good luck and good writing, Baton Rouge!

Become a World Traveler

Have you ever wanted to visit another country, but weren’t sure where to start? The library has a guide just for you all about how to get a passport. Find out where to apply, what to bring, and how long it’ll take with our Infoguide, “How Do I Get a Passport?

When you’re ready to head out, pick a place to go with CultureGrams. You can find all kinds of information on countries all over the world. Choose a destination that’s perfect for you.

Learn how to speak the language with Mango Languages. With over 70 language courses available in a fun, easy framework, you’ll be able to say hello to new friends on every continent.

These resources, and more, are free with your library card! Let us know where you want to go next!

Get Your Grant at the River Center Branch

Are you trying to get a grant for your nonprofit? Do you want to set up a grant to support your community? Are you just curious about how the grants process works? The East Baton Rouge Library is the place to go – specifically, the River Center Branch! In addition to being a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, one of the largest philanthropic information centers in the world, the River Center Branch has access to resources on grants and grant-writing for both nonprofits and for-profit businesses.

With the Foundation Center, you can learn everything you need to know about grants and grantwriting with free training and online classes. Access their collected information on how causes of all kinds are funded, or use their directories to identify potential funding sources.

When you’re ready to start fundraising, research potential donors with iWave! iWave has lots of information on prospective donors, including what causes they’ve contributed to in the past, how often they’ve done so, and how much they’ve donated. You’ll learn who to ask, how much to ask for, and get an idea of the best way to approach.

Whether you are a grantseeker, grantmaker, or just curious about the grants process, we can help you meet your grants-related information needs. Check out our Grants Infoguide for more information, or contact our grants librarian at (225) 389-4964 to learn more!

Don’t Miss More Sherlock Holmes Events!

Have you read The Hound of the Baskervilles? Join us on the moors for more Sherlock Holmes goodness! Here are just a few of the upcoming events:


  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) starring Basil Rathbone – March 28 at 7pm @ Main Library at Goodwood
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) starring Peter Cushing – April 25 at 7pm @ Main Library at Goodwood
  • Mr. Holmes (2015) starring Ian McKellan – April 10 at 7pm @ Main Library at Goodwood
  • TGIF Movie Matinee: Sherlock Cinema – March 29 at 1pm @ Jones Creek Regional Branch
  • Sunday Movie Matinee: Sherlock Cinema – March 24 & 31 at 3pm @ Jones Creek Regional Branch

Escape Rooms

  • For children – Sherlock Holmes knows the antidote to neutralize the poison in the water supply. However, he has been hit on the head and can’t remember!!  Children ages 9 – 11, can sign up to be part of small groups that try to find the antidote, working together to find the answer within 20 minutes!  Call (225) 231-3760 to register for one of the four twenty minute sessions at one of these locations:
    • March 9 at 10am @ Main Library at Goodwood
    • April 6 at 2:30pm @ Jones Creek Regional Branch
    • April 13 at 2:30pm @ Bluebonnet Regional Branch
    • April 25 at 3pm @ Carver Branch
  • Teens are invited to the Sherlock Holmes Teen Escape Room March 16 at 3pm at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. The game’s afoot and the safe is locked – can you find a solve a series of clues within a set time limit to solve the case?
  • 20somethings can also join in on The Explosive Situation: An Escape Roomat the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library on March 25 at 6:30pm!

All these and SO much more – genuinely too much to put in a single blog post. Check out the One Book, One Community 2019 infoguide for more!

Popular Lynda Courses for March

Celebrate the first day of spring with a free online class from Lynda, available in the Digital Library! With an absolute boatload of self-directed options, with Lynda, you can learn something new anywhere you can get an internet connection. Hard and soft skills  are available from one convenient site – punch up your PowerPoints or learn how to move smoothly through difficult customer interactions. Create a free account with your library card number today! Here are the most popular courses in East Baton Rouge this month:

  1. Customer Service Foundations
  2. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  3. Time Management Fundamentals
  4. Building Resilience
  5. Working with Upset Customers
  6. Writing Customer Service Emails
  7. Maya 2018 Essential Training
  8. Communication Foundations (2013)
  9. Windows 10 October 2018 Update Essential Training
  10. Data Science & Analytics Career Paths & Certifications: First Steps

Henry Watson: My Life and Art

When Louisiana artist Henry Watson sees an old cypress board, he doesn’t just see a piece of wood – he sees a story! Adults are welcome at the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, for a FREE presentation led by Watson as part of the Special Collections Lecture series about what inspires his art and life. Watson has been making stories come to life through his art for more than 30 years, and his three-dimensional bas-relief creations made from aged cypress wood can be found in museums, galleries and private homes, plus in the Baton Rouge Room Archives at the Main Library. For more information, call (225) 231-3751.

Dependable Strengths: Identifying Your Own Excellence

If you are ready to take your job, career, or life in a new and more fulfilling direction, come and start here. In this workshop you will identify your own unique potential for excellence and get tips on how to develop it. You will identify your strengths and plan your next steps for developing them.

This seminar is presented by Mike Cragin, a Certified Facilitator from the Center for Dependable Strengths.

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

Lady Sherlock: Book Talk with author Sherry Thomas

Celebrate the spring One Book One Community selection, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with a riveting book talk led by Sherry Thomas, author of the Lady Sherlock series including A Study in Scarlet Women.

Thomas will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, to explore with adults the notion that the beloved character Sherlock Holmes can be anyone – even a woman. In Thomas’s books readers meet Charlotte Holmes who has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of women in an upper class society. When London is struck by three unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and father, Charlotte is determined to find the real wrongdoers and clear the family name. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Copies of Thomas’s books will be available for purchase at the program.

To learn more about the author, visit her website. Check out ReadOneBook.org to learn more about the One Book One Community season!


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Red Stick FutureFest Making Expo

Show your digital works at the Making Expo at Red Stick FutureFest!

The Making Expo will be happening on March 29th, 2019 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Digital Media Center on LSU’s campus. You’re invited to show your creative digital projects, video games, DIY experiments, Robotics, 3D printers, or anything else you’ve got – just sign up online.

If this is your kind of show, don’t forget to keep an eye on the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire website, happening this year on October 19th! Updates on how to be one of this year’s Makers will go out soon, and you don’t want to miss it.