Learn something new with EBRP Library free classes starting January 2022


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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) released its free program of classes starting in January. Classes are for all ages—covering a wide range of subjects from the arts to business. Some programs include; cartooning, fiction writing and resume writing seminars.

Classes are held virtualy and in person. If interested in a obtaining a library card visit here.

The EBRP Library program brief schedule is listed below—or visit ebrpl.com for more inofrmation;

Abe Lincoln at the Library

Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. to hear a first-hand account from Abraham Lincoln of the history of the United States of America. Mr. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter who bears a remarkable resemblance to “the Great Emancipator” and who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times.

Basic Cartooning For Artistically-Challenged

Learn how to liven up your PowerPoint slides with author, illustrator and corporate consultant, Mike Artell!  In this free workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood, Mike will give you the skills you need to, “illustrate your point.” No artistic skills? You don’t need ‘em. But you have to be able to think funny and think quickly. Be literal. Exaggerate. Simplify.

Jump Start Orientation: Building a Better America Today with AMOA!

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that each of us has the ability to create the America we deserve to live in, that each person has value and has the power to do the right thing. An understanding of diversity, inclusion, and equity is a foundational building block to ensuring a better America for us all. Join us for a Jump Start Orientation at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3:00 p.m. to learn more about how you can participate this Spring through monthly lunch & learn sessions with local speakers and through taking self-guided courses at your own pace. Learn more and register at www.theamoa.org or email americamyoysterassociation@gmail.com

Toward a Larger Freedom: Ten Years of Citizen Power Organizing with Together Baton Rouge

The exhibit, Toward a Larger Freedom, will be on display throughout the month of January at the Main Library at Goodwood. It is an installation of oral histories by local civic and civil rights leaders paired with portraits by photographer Lily Brooks. The exhibit highlights the vital role everyday citizens play in strengthening democracy and honors the Together Baton Rouge leaders who have spent a decade organizing to improve the quality of life in their city, parish, and state. There will also be a panel discussion about the exhibit on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebratory Read Aloud

As part of the parish-wide celebration centered around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and his passion for literacy, community members of all ages are invited to come and read aloud at the Library on either Saturday, Jan. 15 or Sunday, Jan. 16.  A selection of books and poems will be available for readers to choose from, or readers may bring their own. Registration is not required.    

Locations are as follows, in reference to the press release.

Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Baker Branch, Carver Branch, Central Branch, Eden Park Branch, Fairwood Branch, Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library

Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3:00 p.m.: Delmont Gardens Branch, Scotlandville Branch, Zachary Branch Library

Sunday, Jan. 16 at 3:00 p.m. Main Library at Goodwood, Bluebonnet Regional Branch, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, Jones Creek Regional Branch Library

This event has been modeled on the National African American Read-In, a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world, according to the release.  

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., (225) 763-2250

Innovation Space Badging Class

The Innovation Space at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch has various tools you can use to create something awesome! The Space features audio equipment including professional microphones and a soundboard for recording songs and podcasts. The Space also has a 3D printer that patrons can use to print things like figurines, smartphone cases, earrings, toys, and more! Adults, teens, and kids, ages 10 and up, can attend a training course in December to use items in the Space. Once you have completed the class, you will be able to reserve the room and equipment for personal use. Reserve your spot by registering online in the events calendar at //ebrpl.co/calendar.

Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2:00 p.m. – 3D Printer Class

Saturday, Jan. 15 at 2:00 p.m. – Button Making Class

Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:00 p.m. – Audio Equipment Class

Grown-Up Gaming League

Calling all adult gamers! Join us for the Grown-Up Gaming League (GUGL) at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch.

Wednesday, Jan.12 at 6:00 p.m. Theme Night: Introduction to Catan

Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 6:00 p.m. Theme Night: Virtual Reality Headsets

Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 6:00 p.m. Open Board Game Night

Baton Rouge Film Club

Film fanatics can join the Baton Rouge Film Club at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch on Monday, Jan. 10 at 6:15 p.m. The club is hosting a series on movies starring legendary actor Robert Mitchum. This month they will watch and discuss the crime drama The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

Fiction Writers Workshop

Local writers can join the Fiction Writers Workshop to get feedback on their fiction stories. Email Jordan Courtney at jcourtney@ebrpl.com to get started. We are holding an in-person meeting on Monday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch to meet other local authors and discuss story ideas.

The Vinyl Underground

Adults interested in vinyl record collecting can come to the Bluebonnet Regional Branch on Monday, Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m. for The Vinyl Underground! Participants can meet other vinyl enthusiasts, listen to records and discuss albums.

Delmont Gardens Branch, 3351 Lorraine St., (225) 354-7050

Sharing Hope Presentation

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) will present “Sharing Hope” at the Delmont Gardens Branch on Friday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m. LaShonda Williams, Executive Director of NAMI Louisiana, will discuss the barriers African Americans face when it comes to understanding and treating mental health. Attendees will also learn about mental health resources in the community.

Faux Stained Glass

Adults can make their own faux stained glass at the Delmont Gardens Branch on Monday, Jan. 10 at 10:00 a.m. All materials will be provided and registration is required. Call (225) 354-3050 to register.

Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Hwy.,  (225) 924-9385

Writers Rendezvous

Local writers can join our monthly writing group at the Fairwood Branch on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 6:00 p.m. This is an informal group where people can meet, share ideas, and get feedback on current projects.

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek Rd., (225) 756-1150

Crochet Compassion

The Crochet Compassion Group is back at the Jones Creek Regional Branch! Anyone can join this group to help make sleeping mats from plastic shopping bags for the homeless in our community. The group will also be participating in Knitted Knockers to make handmade, soft and adjustable breast prostheses for people who have undergone mastectomies. Join us on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. and give back to your community!

Intro to Yoga

Yoga can sometimes seem intimidating but this class will make it easy! Grab a yoga mat or towel and join us for Intro to Yoga on Monday, Jan. 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jones Creek Regional Branch.

Main Library at Goodwood, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., (225) 231-3750

Garden Discoveries

Have you ever wondered why some gardens outshine others? Could it be their landscape design? The Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation will host a FREE Garden Discoveries presentation on Saturday, January 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood led by Buck Abbey a Landscape Architect and retired professor of the LSU School of Landscape Architecture.

Crochet (and Knit) for a Cause

Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting and want to give back to the community? Join us on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood to work on projects that benefit those in need. Patterns and some supplies will be provided, though participants are encouraged to bring their own knitting needles and crochet hooks.

Resume Writing Seminar

Learn how to make your resume look great at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10:00 a.m. This seminar will cover everything from formatting techniques to avoiding the red flags employers look for. Registration is required. Register at https://www.careercenterbr.com/events or call (225) 231-3733.

Historical Louisiana Newspapers at LSU

The Special Collections Department is presenting a free program on the Historical Louisiana Newspaper Collection at LSU on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood. The presentation will be led by Hans Rasmussen, Head of Technical Services at LSU Hill Memorial Library.

Employment and Financial Background Checks

Running a background check on potential employees has become a standard part of the hiring process. Could there be something in your background that is hurting your chances of being hired? Join us for a free program on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood. Alexis Anderson, former Human Resources Director and founder of the nonprofit PREACH, will discuss what types of information can be found in these background checks and what a job-seeker can do to improve their situation. Registration is required. Register at https://www.careercenterbr.com/events. For more information, call (225) 231-3733.

Saturday Science: Physics in Fiction

Dr. Shane Stadler of LSU will share how the science of physics has been portrayed in literature as he presents Physics in Fiction on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 1:00 p.m.

River Center Branch Library, 250 North Boulevard, (225) 389-4967

Exploring Our Grant Resources

Looking for funding for a non-profit? Interested in funding for further schooling? Join us at the River Center Branch on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. to learn about the grant resources we have at the library!

For general information about the Library, call (225) 231-3750 or visit the Library’s online calendar at www.ebrpl.com.

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