EBRP Library to offer free classes for all ages in December

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) will offer free classes for the month of December, in-person and online for all ages starting Dec. 4.

Some programs offered include writing cartoons, basic crochet, book publishing, and more. Upcoming events are as follows:

Food For Fines 

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is teaming up with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank again this year with the return of the Food for Fines holiday incentive! Starting Wednesday, December 1 through Friday, December 31, Library patrons who owe fines may have $1 deducted from their account for each canned good or non-perishable food item they drop off at the Circulation Desk at each Library location. All donated items will go to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. It is important to note that this applies only to charges for overdue fines. Charges for lost or damaged items are not part of the promotion since those charges represent a real cost rather than a penalty. Examples of suitable items include canned vegetables, canned soup and meat, flour, rice, peanut butter, pasta, cornmeal, breakfast cereal and bars plus any canned, bagged or boxed non-perishable food item.

For more information about the Food for Fines holiday incentive, call the Main Library at Goodwood Circulation Desk at (225) 231-3740. To find out more about the Library in general, go online to www.ebrpl.com

Writing and Cartoon Workshops with Mike Artell 

Mike Artell will present several free workshops for teens and adults in December! Artell is an award-winning author, illustrator, cartoonist, musician and professional speaker. Registration is required for each workshop. Please call the individual library to register.  

I Wrote A Children’s Book, Now What? 

  • Saturday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. – Fairwood Branch 
  • Monday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m. – Carver Branch 
  • Monday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. – Zachary Branch 

The supply of manuscripts children’s book publishers receive each year far exceeds the demand. While no one can give you a formula for getting your book published, there are things you can do to improve your chances of catching an editor’s eye. There are also some things you should avoid to ensure that your submission is not rejected out of hand.  This session will help you get started. 

Cartooning 2.0 

Saturday, December 4 at 11:00 a.m. – Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch 

This session will be most helpful to cartoonists who already have some drawing skills and want to move on to creating comics, graphic novels and more sophisticated cartoons. Emphasis will be on layout, lettering, telling the story and special effects. 

Be Inspired! BRCC Presents: What Is This Thing Called Art? 

Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood on Wednesday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. and be inspired! Local artist Christopher Scott Brumfield will talk about the many meanings of Art. His own art has given expression to memories and more recently explored dislocation and the changing notions of permanence. He has inspired many local students to experiment with new colors and forms as they create their own meaning of Art. This monthly series is presented by Baton Rouge Community College faculty and will explore a variety of topics to inspire you. 

Get Organized Series 

Life is filled with many stages. Inevitably, we will all be faced with dealing with a lifetime of our belongings. Whether that is because you are empty nesting, downsizing, transitioning to an independent living facility, or choosing to age-in-place in a less cluttered environment, confronting decades of accumulation is a daunting task. Join Louisiana’s only Certified Professional Organizer, Alyssa Trosclair, to learn ways to approach and accomplish the mental and physical challenges associated with this task at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 5 or 1 p.m. Monday, December 6. To comply with social distancing guidelines, in-person seating is limited and registration is required to attend.

Registration is available in the Events Calendar at EBRPL.com or call (225) 231-3750 for assistance. 

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 www.ebrpl.com. 

  • Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. – Audio Equipment Class 
  • Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. – 3D Printer Class 

Catan Mini-Tourney 

Join the Grown-Up Gaming League (GUGL) at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch on Saturday, December 18 from noon to 5:00 p.m as we explore the world of Catan in a mini-tournament designed to introduce new players to the game and enthusiasts to the GUGL! We have several base games of Catan and most of the expansions but feel free to bring your own! 

Record Swap Day 

Join us for Record Swap Day at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch on Saturday, December 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Adults can connect and trade records with other vinyl collectors. There will also be local vendors with tables of records to browse for purchase. 

Crochet Basics 

Do you want to learn how to crochet? Join us at the Delmont Gardens Branch on Monday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m. This class will teach the basics of crochet including how to construct your first chain stitch and how to crochet a basic grant square.

To register, call (225) 354-7050 or visit https://ebrpl.co/dgbcrochet

Christmas, Cloves, and Crafts 

Get into the spirit of the season by crafting fragrant ornaments at the Delmont Gardens Branch on Wednesday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m. Learn how to make pomander balls and gingerbread men using simple ingredients.

To register, call (225) 354-7050 or visit https://ebrpl.co/craft.

Writers Rendezvous 

Adults interested in writing can join us at the Fairwood Branch on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m. for Writers Rendezvous. This is an informal writers group where people can meet, share ideas, and get feedback on current projects. 

Holiday Music Concert 

Come out and enjoy some holiday music at the Jones Creek Regional Branch! The local band, Jemini Venture, will perform on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. They are a 5-piece instrumental and vocal group that performs a diverse cross-section of genres on acoustic instruments. 

Saturday Science: Seeing with Our Physics Eye 

We look at the world around us with our senses and see and hear its various patterns. A physicist adds to this, seeing further patterns not evident at first sight. A few principles and themes underlie this extended view. All of us can cultivate this sense. Learn more at this month’s Saturday Science on December 4 at 1:00 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood. 

Horror for the Holidays 

Revel in the dark of winter with Horror for the Holidays at the Main Library at Goodwood on Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. We will show a horror-themed movie that will scare your holiday blues all the way into the new year! Adults only. purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Compete with other teens to navigate a real-life labyrinth with algorithmic thinking! 

Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge Concert 

On Saturday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m., the Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge (COBR) will hold a concert at the River Center Branch, featuring an all-Spanish music program. The highlight of the concert will be Joaquin Rodrigo’s rarely performed Concierto Madrigal, featuring two guitar soloists, Dr. Isaac Bustos and Dr. Alejandro Montiel, both of the Texas Guitar Quartet. The concert is in large part made possible by an Arts Council COVID relief grant. 

Winter Concert  

The EBR Schools Talented Music Orchestra and Choir will perform their Winter Concert at the Main Library at Goodwood on Sunday, December 5 at 7 p.m. The performance will include works by Offenbach, Delibes, Bach, Elgar and more.  

Holiday Music with Mike Anderson the Dulcimer Guy 

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday music performed by Mike Anderson on Tuesday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood. 

St. Alban’s Ukulele Orchestra 

Join us in the Plaza at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, December 18 at 12:30 p.m. for a free holiday performance by the St. Alban’s Ukulele Orchestra.  

For more information on the programs visit www.ebrpl.com or call 225-231-3750.

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