Archive for the ‘EBRPL Something New’ Category



July 18, 2014

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 median age of baton rouge midcity screenshot policymap


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.


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.



Learning Lab

June 16, 2014

Come to the new Main Library to learn about some of our most popular databases. All summer long, we’ll be meeting on different days of the week in the Computer Lab on the 2nd floor to show you OverDrive (ebooks, audiobooks, and videos galore), Treehouse (web design, coding, and app creation), and Gale Courses (free online classes).

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the summer:

Open OverDrive Mondays: June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 from 2-4

Treehouse Tuesdays: June 24, July 1, 15, 22, 29 from 2-4

Open Gale Courses Thursdays: June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Call 231-3750 for details. No registration required; just show up and we’ll demo these databases for you!



May 19, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Treehouse, a great tech resource that offers a fast, easy way to learn how to code, make apps, and start a business. You can learn how to create apps for iPhone and Android devices and create web apps using PHP and Ruby on Rails. The Treehouse Course Library contains over 100 courses and hundreds of hours of video. Filter by topic, search keywords, or see what’s new. There are courses on:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • WordPress
  • Ruby on Rails
  • PHP
  • App Development for iOS and Android
  • Web Design

There are also different tracks you can follow, perfect for preparing for a job in the tech industry. The tracks are guided sets of content that will help you become a web designer or design an iPhone app. If you thrive by a more structured environment, this would be a good option for you.

You can always browse the Library to learn about a specific skill or program. Another fun feature is the points! You earn points as you complete Code Challenges, Quizzes, Courses, and Tracks. You can keep track of your points on your dashboard.

Signing up is quick and easy: simply click the Treehouse link from our Digital Library and then click “sign up” in the top right corner. Fill in your information including your library card number (all 14 digits, no spaces), create a password, and you’re in!

Check out our Treehouse InfoGuide for more information on this exciting new resource.

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