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World of Poetry

August 20, 2014

Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry is an exciting new addition to our Digital Library. A one-stop shop for everything poetry-related, World of Poetry lets you search for a specific poem, poet, subject, region, and time period. You can find author biographies and literary criticism too. Looking for a little Keats or Whitman with your morning coffee? World of Poetry has a Listening Room where you can hear your favorite poems read out loud! Check out this database today – simply go to our Digital Library, find it in the A-Z list, and log in with your library card.

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Book Review: The Coat Route

August 18, 2014

The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat by Meg Lukens Noonan. Reviewed by Louise Hilton. 

The Coat Route is a quick and interesting read on the making of a $50,000 coat. No, that’s not a typo. Journalist Noonan set out to discover the story behind this unfathomably expensive overcoat crafted entirely by hand and to determine the role, if any, that bespoke (custom-made) clothes play in our fast-paced era of instant gratification.

Noonan journeys across the globe to trace the making of each element of the coat, from Peru (home of the vicuña, a camelid whose fleece is the finest in the world) to Florence and Paris (the lining) and finally to England (the buttons) and Australia (the thread). Fun fact: The tailor specializing in bespoke clothes who was commissioned for the coat even did the stitching for the book jacket. Noonan also gives a brief history of bespoke tailoring, especially that of London’s fashionable Savile Row, but laments that the word itself has been hijacked – there are even “bespoke” ice cream shops – which diminishes the significance of this centuries-old tradition.

$50,000 for a coat is of course an obscene amount of money, and a luxury only very few could afford. But Noonan presents the story in such a way that reading about the attention and care behind this and similar garments makes you think (and cringe) about the production methods of the cheaply made clothes with the all too familiar “Made in China” labels we so often put on our backs. In the end, The Coat Route is not only a commentary on the consumer society in which we live, with its “disposable” clothes and products, but a compelling ode to artisanal industries.

*An abridged version of this review was published in The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) on 8/17/14.

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Career Center

August 15, 2014

The Career Center at the Main Library at Goodwood is now offering expanded hours of service! Career Center staff are now available Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Career Center’s mission is to serve our community as a catalyst for the development of a career-resilient, self-reliant workforce.

The next program offered by the Career Center is a Sales Careers seminar:

Learn everything about sales careers! In sales one approach doesn’t fit all. Learn all about different approaches to sales and what sales jobs are really like. Master sales trainer Carl Herrick will share his tricks and answer all your questions.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration is required – call (225) 231-3733 or email anowak@ebrpl.com.

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Save the Date – Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire

August 13, 2014

We’re excited to announce the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire on September 20, 2014.  This free, family-friendly event will be held at the Main Branch of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, and everyone is invited!

If you are a Maker – that is, if you have a hobby that involves creating, crafting, or otherwise “making” – we’d love to have you involved. To join our Faire as a Maker, visit this page.

Stay tuned for more information such as event details and Maker profiles. See you September 20th!

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FastPencil

August 11, 2014

We’re excited to announce the arrival of FastPencil, a great digital resource for do-it-yourself publishing! Log in to FastPencil today on our Digital Library site and start writing today. You can write, edit, and publish your own book or ebook. Check out our FastPencil InfoGuide and this video from our YouTube channel for more details.

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Monument Quilt Tour

August 8, 2014

The Monument Quilt Tour is coming to Baton Rouge this Tuesday, August 12. Meet at North Boulevard Town Square downtown from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a special interactive event welcoming art/activist collective FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture for an art display of the national Monument Quilt, a public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse. A crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse, the Monument Quilt offers a public space and platform to not only tell survivors’ stories but to work together to forever change how Americans respond to rape. Contact STAR Baton Rouge at (225) 615-7093 for more information. 

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NoveList

August 4, 2014

Looking for a good book to read? Check out NoveList, a great resource for book recommendations, similar authors, and more. Watch our latest Library Spotlight video from our YouTube channel below to learn more!

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