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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!



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!



Harry Potter Book Club and Birthday Party

July 28, 2014

Join us this Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library for our last meeting of the Harry Potter Book Club! We’re throwing Harry a 34th birthday party and having a trivia contest and costume contest with prizes. Muggles welcome.



Shapeoko Event a Success

July 25, 2014

Our Shapeoko build event was a great success! Check out these photos from July 19 of members of our staff and some of our patrons collaborating on building this new 3D milling machine that we will be adding to our Makerspace soon.





Build a Shapeoko 3D Milling Machine

July 16, 2014

Join us this Saturday (July 19), at 1 p.m. at the Main Library for an afternoon of “making”! You’ll be able to get hands-on experience helping us build our brand-new Shapeoko 3D milling machine that we’ll be adding to our Library Makerspace. Call 231-3750 for more information.


Jones Creek Is Turning 24!

July 7, 2014

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.

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library


Kurzweil 3000 Firefly

June 25, 2014

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of a great new piece of assistive technology at East Baton Rouge Parish Library! It’s a software called Kurzweil 3000 Firefly and it will convert text to speech for webpages and documents on your computer. In the coming months, it will also be installed on library computers at all of our locations.

In order to get started at home, visit the Kurzweil InfoGuide and click on the Using Kurzweil at Home tab. Click the download link for your operating system: Windows or Mac. Follow the prompts to install on your computer. Remember you want to install the “Web License” version. You will need to call the Reference desk at 231-3750 or your local branch to have your account set up.

Not only can you download it to your computer, you can also use the Kurzweil Firefly iOS app for screen reading on the go. You can scan or save files to your account and access them from the Firefly app. There’s also a Firefly Web App which can be accessed by visiting Whenever you scan or upload a file, it is available to you to read on your Kurzweil account and you can access it either through the software or by using one of the apps.

For more information, please check out our Kurzweil InfoGuide to learn more about this amazing new technology, available now at your local library.



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