The Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch will host its Fourth Annual Multi-Cultural Festival tomorrow, Saturday, July 19, from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Many Drums, Different Beats, One Song”. Everyone is invited to join us at the Library for an afternoon of dancing and demonstrations from the Baton Rouge Belly Dancers, Lion Dancers, North Baton Rouge Dance Project, and the Yang Guang (Sunshine) Chinese Dance Troupe. We’ll also have bagpipe music from the Baton Rouge Caledonian Society. Come and enjoy free food, fun, and festivities!
The Library has a wonderful new resource available called PolicyMap, a powerful mapping platform that displays a wide variety of data brought together from a number of agencies. You can choose statistics for a given area that will be displayed on a map. Multiple data points can be layered over each other to identify patterns as well. There are pre-created reports that can be quickly accessed and printed for patrons. This is a bit different from our usual resources as it can only accessed by staff, but patrons can request information from PolicyMap from the Reference Department of their local branch. Staff can research a request and print information from PolicyMap for any patron for free. Some of the data you’ll find in PolicyMap includes: • Demographics • Incomes & Spending • Housing • Lending • Quality of Life • Jobs • Education • Health • Federal Guidelines
Sign up for these free webinars that will help you get the most out of our powerful ReferenceUSA database. Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate. Below are the rest of the dates through September in the “Summertime and the Searchin’ Is Easy” series.
Day/Date: Fridays (July 11 (today), 18; August 8, 15; September 5, 12, 19)
Time: 11:00 am (1 hour)
Designed for the patron new to using our database, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. The training will cover the Four Essentials anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA, would want to know in order to be successful using the resource. This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks, and techniques. Click here to register for any of the session dates.
Day/Date: Mondays (July 14, 28; August 11, 25; September 8, 15, 29)
Time: 2:00 pm (1 Hour)
Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business. Topics include: • name search for business • locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally • locate subject manager experts and professional services • find investors, venture capitalists and angels • network with other businesses in your area or in your industry • develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities • understand community demographics • survey locations for expansion • conduct competitive analysis • plan delivery routes and service areas • source new employees
Click here to register.
Day/Date: Wednesdays (July 30; August 13, 27; September 10, 17)
Time: 2:00 pm (1 Hour)
Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy. Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history, and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research. We will also explore the New! Jobs & Internship module which adds a new dimension to job searching. Click here to register.
Day/Date: Select Tuesdays (August 26, September 9)
Time: 2:00 pm (1 hour)
Ever wonder how marketers and advertisers ‘target’ specific messages to you? Find out how you access the same type of data for your neighborhood or city. Anyone who is interested in understanding the purchase preferences of a community will find this data both interesting and informative. Learn how to navigate this section of ReferenceUSA and then apply the data to your needs. Click here to register.
Day/Date: Alternating Tuesdays (July 29, August 26, September 30)
Time: 2:00pm (1 hour)
Data Visualization is the next BIG thing in data. Going beyond static lists of information, ReferenceUSA can help you ‘visualize’ data elements on a map. Great for understanding how locations relate to each other or seeing densities within a specific area, the ReferenceUSA mapping tools give you a new and powerful way to better understand the landscape. Learn how to build a map to display results and how to manipulate the mapping tools to your advantage. Click here to register.
Day/Date: Alternating Tuesdays (July 15, August 12, September 16)
Time: 2:00pm (1 hour)
One of the essential requirements for planning for the future is to understand the past. ReferenceUSA has been compiling Business and Consumer data for many years and this data has been available in file format for advanced research projects. In response to the increased interest in accessing historical business information, ReferenceUSA has developed an innovative online tool for librarians, research professionals and library patrons to connect to
powerful information that presents a vivid picture of what the business landscape looked like in a given area at a given point in time. Click here to register.
Big Baby’s back in Baton Rouge! The fourth annual Booking It with Baby literacy tour starts tomorrow, July 10, and runs through Saturday the 12th. Los Angeles Clipper and Baton Rouge native Glen Davis will be traveling through his hometown via the library’s mobile unit to bring books and promote literacy to children in the community, including several stops at local libraries. Davis will be at the Eden Park Library at 9:30 a.m. July 10 to dedicate the first reading center of many (the goal is to add one each year) to be located at that site. He will conduct a site unveiling and participate in a story time from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Eden Park Library. The reading center at Eden Park will include tables, as well as smart tables with iPads and educational apps and programs, a story time floor, individual reading spaces, and manipulative and interactive centers.
Another tour stop is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 11, at the Main Library at Goodwood. The tour and the Reading Centers are a result of a partnership between the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System.
The Jones Creek Regional Branch Library is celebrating 24 years of service to the community, and we want you
to celebrate with us! We’ve planned some great programs and activities throughout the month starting today, July 7, and ending Sunday, July 20. Join us at the Library for all sorts of fun! Dates and times are as follows:
- Monday, July 7, noon: Staff Appreciation Day: Here’s your opportunity to let us know what you love most about the branch and its staff.
- Tuesday, July 8, 10 a.m.-noon AND Wednesday, July 16, 10 a.m.-noon: Enjoy Morning Coffee: Come to the Library for a pick‑me‑up when you enjoy a cup of joe.
- Wednesday, July 9, all day: JCR Brand Day: The staff will wear fun Library T‑shirts.
- Tuesday, July 15, all day: We Wear Many Hats Day: Come to the Library wearing your favorite hat or cap.
- Thursday, July 17, all day: Throwback Thursday: The 90s: Enjoy a blast from the past when staff wear clothes and hairstyles from the 90s.
- Thursday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.: Happy Birthday Bingo Nite: Enjoy a lively game of Bingo while wearing your favorite 90s‑style outfit!
- Saturday, July 19, 4:30 p.m.: 24th Anniversary Reception: Patrons are invited to enjoy free cake and punch in celebration of the occasion.
- Sunday, July 20, 3 p.m.: Civic Appreciation Reception: Join us for a reception in appreciation of our meeting room groups.