Meanwhile, Back at Café du Monde

A little bit of theatre, a lot about cuisine and how food plays an important part of our culture and lives!

The only live food story show that originally premiered in Baton Rouge has swept the country with hundreds of touching and humorous food stories told by unique personalities celebrating the 2nd Universal Language – FOOD and how our lives revolve around the satisfaction of it. A bestselling coffee table/cookbook of the food stories and recipes was published by Pelican Publishing and has been endorsed by Chef Emeril Lagasse, Chef John Besh and Rex Reed.

Everyone has a “Café du Monde” – their little slice of heaven and a metaphor for their favorite food place where you know what you are ordering, you know it’s delicious, you know you can afford it, and you know you are with family or good friends and, while you are there, life is really wonderful! These humorous, spontaneous, and heartfelt stories all have the common thread of food – our culture and relationships, personal life stories, restaurant experiences, past love affairs and more.

Featuring stories by:

  • Smiley Anders
  • Jerry Leggio
  • Franz Borghardt
  • Teresa Day
  • Fairleigh Jackson
  • Kara Castille
  • Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library Renovation Project Architectural Charrette

The Jones Creek Regional Branch Library is slated for a major renovation! The Cockfield Jackson architectural firm has been selected to design and oversee this capital project. As with other construction projects, we are soliciting your input.

Residents throughout the community are invited to participate in an informal architectural charrette at the Jones Creek Regional Branch from 4 until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 10. We also will host a formal presentation from 6:30 until 8 p.m. the same day. Members of the architectural team along with Library staff will be present to share and explain the initial concept designs for the project and to gather public feedback.

This project derives from the Branch Renovation Assessment Study used during the 2015 millage tax election. The Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library renovation project and Jones Creek Regional Branch Library project are first to be planned because they are the oldest branches in need of renovation. The project will be phased over approximately 18 months, to minimize disruption to patrons.

Exceptional Lives: Disability Resource Guides for Louisiana

EBRPL is excited to share the launch of Exceptional Lives on August 9th!  This is a free online resource for families who have a loved one with a disability.

The platform consists of personalized, step-by-step guides on how to navigate disability-related processes such as special education, health insurance and filing for Supplemental Security Income PLUS a comprehensive Resource Directory of disability-related services.

You can search by zip code, child’s age, and services they need. Exceptional Lives also provides support for families through a phone helpline, e-mail and text messaging.

The platform will launch Wednesday, August 9 in Louisiana with 11 how-to guides and a robust resource directory for the entire state. We will be sharing additional information and links leading up to and following the launch, but for now, check out the following video:

Community Barbershop

Is your kid ready to impress their teachers, dazzle their friends, and – not least – look adorable in “spontaneous” First Day of School pictures? Push ’em over the edge by cleaning up their edges with a free haircut! Licensed barbers will be at the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch next Monday, August 7th, from 6-8 PM, to set up a free community barbershop. Kids ages 5 and up can get each and every one of the hairs on their heads cut for absolutely no money, which will leave you with something to spend on a new pair of shoes when the ones they have now inevitably break at the worst possible moment.

The Community Barbershop! If you’ve got a kid, and your kid has hair, and that hair should be shorter, you won’t want to miss this. Basic hair cuts will be provided for free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

SAGE Business Researcher

SAGE Business Researcher is a new resource for the entrepreneurs in our midst, or for anyone who is interested in economy and global financial issues. (For example, those who want to know what their entrepreneur friend keeps muttering about.)

It’s especially geared towards beginning researchers. SAGE Business Researcher posts both full-length, in-depth reports, which provide both background and potential futures for broader issues, and shorter reports that go into detail about specific topics.

Check out the following overview for more information:

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher is an exciting new digital resource, available for free with your library card. CQ Researcher has been publishing well-researched summary reports on important issues affecting the United States and the rest of the world since 1923.

A new report is published weekly on a “hot topic,” and covers current and historical perspectives on the issue, as well as pro/con statements on potential resolutions.

The following video details exactly how to use the CQ Researcher web resource, including search tips:

Teen Film Festival

All summer, NOVAC and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library partnered up to give Baton Rouge teens a chance to write, direct, film, and star in their own short films.

You’ll be able to put them all in your eyes and ears (audio, you know) at the Teen Film Festival this Thursday, starting at 6:30 at the Main Library on Goodwood!

Come out to support the hard work of local teenagers, whether or not they’re related to you! Check out some of Baton Rouge’s fastest-growing talent, and be impressed – it’s all great.

It’s Not Just for Summer Anymore

End of the Summer Reading Parties start this week at most of our branches, but there’s still time to start – and finish – the program for this year! If you’re between the ages of freshly hatched and nearly spoiled (that’s birth and, you know. Well into your golden years), you can still pick up a reading log at any library in the EBRPL system, and as long as you turn it in by July 31st you’ll get a prize pack!

Books make great travel companions for those end-of-summer trips!

But you don’t have to stop reading just because summer’s winding down! We’ve got lots of ways to keep books with you everywhere you go on your smart device (like a phone or tablet):

There are events throughout the year for kids, teens, twenty-somethings, and adults – check our online events calendar so you don’t miss out.

Keep reading alive! Keep the love of books alive! We’ll see you next summer, and we will also see you (we hope) in every season until then.