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ReferenceUSA: Historical Business Data Reports

April 7, 2014

ReferenceUSA now offers Historical Data Reports for U. S. businesses! This new module delivers incomparable access to anyone wanting to have a historical reference for their city, an industry, or even an individual business.  This powerful insight will be beneficial in recognizing trends and opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, and community planners.

ReferenceUSA is offering a series of free webinars that will teach you how to get the most out of this great database, including a new webinar that covers the Historical Business Data module. Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate.

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ReferenceUSA Search Essentials

Most Fridays (April, May, June)
April 4, April 11, May 2, May 9, May 16, June 13, June 20, June 27
Time: 11:00 AM Central (1 hour)

This session is designed for anyone new to ReferenceUSA. We will cover the Four Essentials anyone will 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.

ReferenceUSA Historical Business Data

Day/Date: select Tuesdays (April, May, June)
April 1, April 29, May 20, June 10
Time: 2:00 PM Central (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.

As with all of the ReferenceUSA products, the Historical Data module has simple to navigate interface
that is your entrée to an immense universe of interesting business information. Click here to register.

Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business Using ReferenceUSA 

Day/Date: Most Mondays (April, May, June)
April 7, April 14, May 5, May 12, May 19, June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30
Time: 2:00 PM Central (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.

Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies using ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Most Wednesdays (April, May, June)
April 2, April 9, April 16, April 30, May 7, May 14, June 11, June 18, June 25
Time: 2:00 PM Central (1 hour)

Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy. This webinar will cover the importance of having accurate information for applications and résumés, 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.

ReferenceUSA Consumer & Lifestyle Data

Day/Date: select Tuesdays (April, May, June)
April 8, May 6, June 17
Time: 2:00 PM Central (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.

ReferenceUSA Big Data & Mapping

Day/Date: select Tuesdays (April, May, June)
April 15, May 13, June 24
Time: 2:00 PM Central (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.

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Jones Creek Pacers Walking Club

April 4, 2014

Join us at the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library this Monday, April 7, for the first meeting of our new walking club called the Jones Creek Pacers. Come at 6 p.m. for an informational meeting and then it’s Ready, Set, Walk time at 6:30. Wear casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes. We’ll discuss appropriate goals, tracking, warming up, etc., and we’d like your input on walking times, distances, and frequency.

For more information or to register, visit the Jones Creek Reference desk or call (225) 756-1150. Your Pace or Mine?

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Business Person of the Month: Anne Milneck

April 2, 2014

­Red Stick Spice Co.
Anne Milneck, Owner
7970 Jefferson Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA

(225)930-9967

Monday through Friday, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

www.redstickspice.com

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”

 – Julia Child

Red Stick Spice Company gives its customers the personal attention they expect and deserve and offers products ranging from spices to blends and rubs, from olive oils and vinegars to high-quality loose tea.  They sell the best spice blends from local chefs, award-winning grill masters, regional farmers, and they even blend some of their own. Red Stick Spice Company captures the delicious, unique flavors of our region. “Food is our passion,” says owner Anne Milneck. “In South Louisiana, we’re lucky enough to enjoy the benefits of bountiful produce and fresh seafood, and it’s important that it’s seasoned to perfection.”

Milneck is originally from LaPlace, Louisiana, and has made Baton Rouge her home for more than 20 years. She studied journalism at LSU and earned a culinary degree from the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University in 2010. While her children were still at home, Anne launched a small catering business called “Lunch Lady” that specialized in gourmet boxed lunches. When the opportunity arose to purchase the Red Stick Spice Co., it was a no-brainer. “I’m a trained chef, but working in a restaurant wasn’t a good fit for my family. I work around the things I love (food) but in a less stressful environment.”

Red Stick Spice Company already had a reputation for offering a variety of high-quality spices, teas, oils, and vinegars. Anne says one of the most appealing features of the store is its ability to provide the exact amount of spice that a customer wants. And she’ll let you taste it, too. To ensure the freshness and quality of the products she sells, she doesn’t keep large amounts in stock. For the most part, what you see on the shelf is what is available.

Since buying the store, Milneck has added more spice mixes, including a few she combines on-site. Her Bayou Lafourche blend combines bay leaf and filé along with salt, garlic, granulated onion, and other dry spices. She also prepares classic French herb blends, herbes de Provence, bouquets garnis and fines herbes. She has increased the number of chili offerings for fans of spicy food, and she has a revolving list of barbecue rubs that complement seasonal foods.  Anne is also looking to add more organic spice offerings as they come available. The store also stocks award-winning loose teas along with 15 new varieties.

Red Stick Spice Company sells infused olive oils from small family farms in California, including garlic and jalapeno. The herb or vegetable is pressed in the same press as the olives, resulting in a deeper and richer flavor than simply letting a garlic clove float around in a bottle. “The difference between olive oil here and olive oil from a grocery store is huge.  A lot of olive oils are actually oil blends, not 100 percent olive.” The store also carries extra virgin olive oils, flavored oils, and avocado oil.

Anne sees small business as the key to securing the lost art of close, personal attention while shopping. “My business doesn’t move at warp speed nor is high volume a priority. For every customer to receive the attention they need, it takes time.  We spend that time with each customer.  Small businesses also play a role in helping each other. We recommend other small business to our customers – and other small businesses do the same. In this way, we create a supportive web encouraging customers to shop local.” Milneck would love to see more movement of small business into Mid-City and Downtown. “Those are areas that I’d love to see grow into communities where residents can shop, eat, and play without leaving their neighborhood and I would love to be a part of that.”

For Anne, it’s important that owners participate in every aspect of the business – sales, purchasing, stocking, and even janitorial work. “When you’re willing to do any task, you learn more about your business – and it shows.  Customers can tell if you’re fully committed. One challenge Milneck encountered was finding the right people to work in the store. However, she now has a great group of people who love working with customers. Helping customers make the most of their purchases and their time in the kitchen is Anne’s main goal. For Anne, cooking represents happiness and family and comfort and joy. She wants everyone to feel the same way when they step up to the stove.

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Book Review: Empty Mansions

March 31, 2014

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. Reviewed by Louise Hilton.

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Empty Mansions is the intriguing story of the making of one of the greatest American fortunes, that of mining magnate William Andrews (W. A.) Clark, and the peculiar life of his youngest daughter Huguette. Clark was a self-made man in the grand tradition of the American dream: he went from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to the halls of Congress, amassing a personal fortune in mining (not to mention acquiring an entire railroad and selling the plots of land that would become Las Vegas along the way) to rival that of Rockefeller and the other leading industrialists of the day. Clark remains one of the 50 richest Americans of all time. His reputation eventually marred by accusations of corruption – elected to the U. S. Senate in 1899, Clark lost his seat as a result of voter bribery allegations, only to be reelected the following year and serving a single term starting in 1901 – his name is all but forgotten today, even though his election scandal helped lead to the passage of the 17th Amendment that established direct election of senators.

W. A. Clark spared no expense in building a sumptuous lifestyle for himself and his family, building sprawling estates all over the country (most of which remained empty yet fully staffed for decades in the 20th century, due to Huguette’s reclusive lifestyle, hence the book’s title). Clark instilled a love and appreciation of fine arts in his children, and Huguette remained a lifelong patroness of the arts and an avid collector of Japanese art and dolls in particular. Huguette, born in Paris to Clark and his French second wife, also kept her father’s affinity for all things French.

The crux of Empty Mansions is Huguette’s story. An artistic and loving young woman who married once, briefly, but then withdrew from society upon the deaths of her closest family members, she spent the rest of her adulthood in seclusion, communicating with the outside world via letters, telegrams, and phone calls, her life taking on an almost “Grey Gardens” aspect. Perhaps most shocking of all was her voluntary move to a series of New York City hospitals, where she spent the last 20+ years of her life. Was she preyed upon by her nurses and doctors? Were her lawyers and bankers honest in their handling of her immense fortune? Was Huguette developmentally delayed which would help in explaining some of her childlike behavior?

Authors Dedman and Newell (the latter a distant relation of Huguette’s) draw on impeccable research to present a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into one of the most prominent American families of all time. W. A. Clark’s ascent is a prime example of American can do-ism but also a cautionary tale against the pull of power and greed and what is perhaps best described as obscene wealth. More than that though, Empty Mansions introduces readers to the complex and touching story of the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark.

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Early World of Learning

March 28, 2014

World Book’s Early World of Learning is a fantastic resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. There are three interactive learning environments featured:

Trek’s Travels offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, such as numbers, shapes, colors, and opposites.

Welcome to Reading provides leveled reading practice to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. This site incorporates The Lexile Framework® for Reading to make sure every child meets with success.

Know It offers a richly visual interactive encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them.

Check out Early World of Learning today in our Digital Library – free with your library card!

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Make of the Month: Hack Your Closet

March 26, 2014

make  /māk Verb: Form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.

You can find inspiration for so many creative project ideas through the library collection. MAKE Magazine is one of the most interesting resources we have. Each bimonthly issue is full of ideas and projects of all kinds. Here is our Make of the Month courtesy of the good folks at Makezine.com. If you try this project, please let us know and we’d love to see pictures! Post them on social media using the hashtag #ebrpl. If you have ideas for other projects, post those too!

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You can get a lot more out of your closet by customizing the space to your needs. Adding a dividing wall, shelves, and a half-height closet rod are all pretty easy to do. Read about this project to pick up a few helpful hints on reworking your closet. This is an easy weekend project, including optionally repainting your closet for a nice clean look. See the full project at Makezine.com.

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EBRPL 20somethings Gaming Night

March 24, 2014

The EBRPL 20somethings group is hosting gaming nights on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Every second Tuesday will be a board game night, and every fourth Tuesday will be a video game night.

The next gaming night is tomorrow, March 25th, from 7:00-9:00 at the Main Library. We’ll be playing Minecraft on the Xbox 360. There will be a series of challenge maps for players to complete such as “Who Can Hit Bedrock First?”, “Find the Missing Bookshelf”, “Monster Hunt”, and “Build This House.”

Patrons 18 to 30ish welcome! Visit our EBRPL 20Somethings Facebook page for more info on this and future events.

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