Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Join us TOMORROW, April 13th, at the Main Library at Goodwood for this unique fundraising effort! The floor will open at 11:30 AM, and you can get lunch and a beautiful handmade bowl until 1:00 PM.

Presented by Baton Rouge Clinic, WVLA and FOX44, the event offers access to hundreds of handcrafted ceramic bowls from local Baton Rouge artists, followed by a simple meal. Tickets are $20, and include a delicious lunch, plus one ceramic bowl of your choosing. Additional bowls can be purchased at the event. All proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information, visit the Food Bank’s website.

Things That Go Bump in the Night: Magic and Monsters in the Deep South

As part of the One Book One Community celebration of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, authors Diana Rowland, Em Shotwell, Eden Butler and Cherie Claire will be at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, to present a panel for adults on how they’ve used the south’s rich storytelling history to craft books involving magic, monsters and more! From folklore, to local legend, to modern creations, we celebrate a history that is ripe for creating tales to give readers chills. Be sure to bring all your burning questions!

Learn more about the participating authors here:

Don’t forget to check out all the One Book, One Community events still happening this year!

Popular Lynda Courses for April

Get started on a free online class from Lynda, available in the Digital Library! With Lynda, you can learn something new anywhere you can get an internet connection. Create a free account with your library card number, and learn everything from how to deal with difficult people to how to advertise your business on social media, and so much more. Here are the most popular courses in East Baton Rouge this month:

  1. Customer Service Foundations
  2. Writing Customer Service Emails
  3. Time Management Fundamentals
  4. Cert Prep: Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (100-105)
  5. Maya 2018 Essential Training
  6. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  7. Working with Upset Customers
  8. Communication Foundations (2013)
  9. Effective Listening
  10. Windows 10 October 2018 Update Essential Training

Job Search Scams: How to Recognize and Avoid Them

Sometimes free isn’t free. Sometimes job offers aren’t real. Sometimes online companies are just trying to scam you. If you’re concerned about getting tricked in your job hunt, come to this seminar.

Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood on Wednesday, April 17th, at 11:30, when Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak will discuss common job search scams. Learn which clues to look for, how to safeguard your own information, and how to job search safely and securely.

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

Authors After Hours with Lisa Wingate

Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13, for a FREE Authors After Hours event featuring New York Times Bestselling author Lisa Wingate! A former journalist, inspirational speaker and author of thirty novels, Wingate’s work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award and the Christy Award. She will be at the Library to discuss her blockbuster hit, Before We Were Yours, which remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than one year, was Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award winner for historical fiction. A question-and-answer period and book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of Wingate’s books will be available for purchase at the program.

Career Center Resume Seminar

Rick Wright, of the Career Center, will lead a workshop on how to write a great resume.

  • Learn to structure your resume so that it showcases your most valuable skills
  • Learn formatting techniques that will make your resume look clean and professional
  • Learn the biggest red flags employers look for on resumes and how to avoid them

Join us at the Zachary Branch on Thursday, April 11th, from 6-8 PM.

Registration is required; please call (225) 658-1850 to register.

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!