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Library Closed on Labor Day

August 29, 2014

All branches of the Library will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. We are open all weekend though so come by to check out some good reads, movies, and music to get you through the holiday weekend! Click here to browse our catalog and here for a list of all 14 locations.

Here’s one more thing you can do this weekend: enter the contest to name our new bookmobile! We have a new 38-foot-long digital bookmobile we’ll be using around the parish to teach computer classes and highlight our digital library on the go. If we pick your suggestion, you’ll win a library prize pack. The deadline to enter is this Sunday, August 31, so what are you waiting for? Click here for details.

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Baton Rouge Room Movie Afternoon

August 25, 2014

The Baton RoMcCrea 1971 (2013) Posteruge Room Archives is hosting a special movie afternoon this Saturday, August 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the Main Library. We will screen two Louisiana films: “McCrea 1971″ and “Louisiana During World War II”. The first selection, by Southeastern University graduate students Nicholas Brilleaux and Scott Caro, is a documentary about the Celebration of Life music festival in June 1971 in McCrea, Louisiana. Local uproar, an expensive legal battle, and disruptive summer weather wreaked havoc on the eight-day lineup, which originally included the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beach Boys. Shortages of food, water, and medical facilities contributed to the misery of festival-goers. The film combines long-lost footage and interviews with musicians and attendees to present the story of Louisiana’s forgotten rock festival.

The second film, produced by Jerry Sanson of LSU-Alexandria’s Department of History and Political Science and Southeastern’s History and Political Science Department Head William Robison, examines Louisiana’s many contributions to the Allied victory in World War II and how the war affected our state. The film features commentary from a dozen experts and addresses military maneuvers in Louisiana, the contributions of many Louisiana manufacturers to the war effort, and the war’s impact on the state’s politics, economy, culture, and race and gender relations. The documentary is based on Sanson’s book Louisiana During World War II: Politics and Society, 1939-1945.

Call 231-3752 for more information and come join us this Saturday!

 

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Chinese Book Club

August 22, 2014

We’re starting a new book club this month! The first meeting of the 中文读书会 – Chinese Book Club is next Thursday, August 28, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood. We’ll be discussing two novels by famed Chinese writer Ailing Zhang (张爱玲): 倾城之恋 (Qing Cheng Zhi Lian) and 半生缘 (Ban Sheng Yuan).

The books we’ll be reading this year will be in both Chinese Simplified and Traditional characters to include people from different Chinese-speaking areas.

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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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