Baton Rouge


Our thoughts are with our Baton Rouge community today. We have compiled a list of resources available for those who need assistance or who are looking for ways to give back.

If you need to talk, there are counselors available at the Baton Rouge Grief Recovery Center. You can contact them by calling (225) 924-6621.
Our Lady of the Lake Hospital has pulled together a few tips from their physicians on how to talk to your children about violence or sad events in the news.
You can access our InfoGuide on Coping with Traumatic Events & Disasters for resources and books the library offers.
There are several places where you can donate blood:
  • Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donor Center will be open from 8am-8pm today and tomorrow. They will have normal hours the rest of the week 8 am to 6 pm Monday – Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. They are located on the first floor of the hospital. 
  • LifeShare Blood Center will be open from 10am-6pm Monday and Wednesday and 8:30am-4:30pm on Friday. You can also visit their website to schedule an appointment. They are located at 3849 North Boulevard.
  • United Blood Service is located at 8234 One Calais Ave. You can access their website to schedule an appointment to donate.
WAFB has a list of community events planned.

And the Oscar Goes To…

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oscarsIt’s that time of year again! The 87th Academy Awards air this Sunday, February 22, at 6 p.m. on ABC. Check out the official website for all things Oscar: backstage videos, red carpet galleries, Oscar music moments, and more. Here’s a printable list of the nominees from Fandango or try this interactive Oscar ballot from CNN. And don’t miss the official site of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the governing body behind the Awards) for the history behind Hollywood’s most legendary night.

All of this year’s eight Best Picture nominees are available in our catalog (or will be available shortly): American SniperBirdmanBoyhoodThe Grand Budapest HotelThe Imitation GameSelmaThe Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.

The Library also offers a great selection of titles about the Academy Awards, including the newly updated 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards by Robert Osborne, Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy by Debra Ann Pawlak, Oscar Fever: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards by Emanuel Levy, Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards by Bronwyn Cosgrave, and Behind the Oscar: The Secret History of the Academy Awards by Anthony Holden.

For fun fictional takes on the frenzy of Oscar season, try Best Murder of the Year by Jon P. Bloch, Murder at the Academy Awards by Joan Rivers (yes, that Joan Rivers), Oscar Season by Mary McNamara, and Celebutantes by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Kalighi Hopper (Dennis’s daughter).

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday night!

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Skype with Author Event: Frans de Waal

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Join us next Tuesday, February 24, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood for a speage-of-empathycial meeting of the RENEW Book Club. Formerly called the Compassionate Book Club, our new name is the RENEW Book Club, which stands for Reading Engaging Nonfiction to Expand our Worldview and this month’s title, The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society by renowned scientist Frans de Waal, does just that. Dr. de Waal is a Dutch primatologist and ethnologist, currently serving as the C. H. Handler professor of Primate Behavior at Emory University, and he will be joining us for a Skype Q&A session during the book club meeting! We hope to see you next Tuesday for this special event.

Library Closed for Mardi Gras

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Laissez les bons temps rouler! All EBRPL branches will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday, February 17) for the Mardi Gras holiday. We will resume normal business hours on Wednesday the 18th. The Digital Library is open 24/7 though, so you can still access digital magazines, music, and eBooks. See you Wednesday. And in the meantime, why not head over to our Louisiana Love board on Pinterest for Mardi Gras recipes, photos, and more?

Mardi Gras Mambo




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We’re pleased to highlight a new addition to our Digital Library: PressDisplay, an online newspaper database that offers instant access to over 3,000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60 languages! There’s no special software required or downloading involved. Simply search for a publication by title, country, or language, and you can skip right to your favorite section (Front Page, Entertainment, Sports, you name it). You can then read the articles in full color on your computer or even download, print, or email them as desired. PressDisplay is available from any computer with your library card, so click here and start exploring news from around the world today.

Check out our YouTube video highlighting PressDisplay here: