Savvy Southerner: EBRP Library provides free education and entertainment

Savvy Southerner

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) is temporarily operating in a limited capacity, as the governor’s stay-at-home order continues. The online services however, are anything but limited, according to EBRP Library assistant director Mary Stein. Resources in the Digital Library range from education to entertainment, and all are free with a library card.

To sign up for a free temporary online library card, click here.

What is available for free online?

Downloadable e-books and audiobooks through the online portals, OverDrive and RBDigital.

Entertainment magazines are also available in RBDigital and through Flipster Magazines. In Flipster, you’ll find current issues of InStyle, Cooking Light, Money, Essence, Shape, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, The Atlantic and more.

The “East Baton Rouge Parish Library Kids” Facebook page offers live virtual storytime every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., while the library is temporarily closed during the pandemic. You will also find ‘Family Fun Friday’ posts offering a weekly family activity.

Children’s videos and interactives can be found in TumbleBooks (K-3 online books), the Scholastic Flix platform, Early World of Learning, Miss HumbleBee’s Acadamy, PebbleGo, Muzzy, Sesame Street and more.

Free online tutoring help is available for students in kindergarten through college, via Homework Louisiana. One-on-one tutoring is temporarily unavailable due to the pandemic, however the skills center is still available.

Stream television shows, movies, documentaries and more through OverDrive’s Screening Room. Kanopy is a free service for movies, documentaries and foreign films.

Listen to music and download up to seven songs per week with your card through Freegal.

RB Digial Platform provides IndieFlix for streaming shorts, feature films and television shows.

Pongalo is full of Spanish telenovelas and Qello Concert by Stingray provides free music concerts.

Through Gale Courses, you can sign up to take a class on personal development and learn how to enhance your job resume, start an online business, or learn a new language.

Mango Languages gives people a chance to learn a new language.

A full listing of online resources available through the Digital Library may be found here.

For questions about your library card, the circulation department continues to operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Call (225) 231-3740 with questions.

If you need help researching a particular topic or assistance with accessing any of the online services, call the reference department at (225) 231-3750.

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