East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries, Career Centers Help Transform Lives

EBRP Libraries Transform Lives

Career Center seminars help clients with job applications, resumes, and professional advice.

While libraries are known as a hub for community programming and resources, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) has made strides to ensure that we go far beyond the old expectations of your grandfather’s library. For more than 75 years, EBRPL has served the community, working to offer quality experiences at every age and stage of life.

This time of year, the focus is often on students as they return to school. It’s an exciting time for them, but EBRPL has not forgotten about our more seasoned patrons. We’ve got amazing free programs, events and resources for adults all year long. The driving force behind our efforts is to be valuable, impactful and transformative in the lives of our patrons.

Tasked to serve the community as a catalyst for the development of a career-resilient, self-reliant workforce, the Career Center is one of the ways the EBRPL helps to transform lives. Head of the Career Center Anne Nowak has witnessed many stories of transformation. “The Career Center exists to transform lives by changing a person’s perspective, helping them find a fulfilling career and giving them hope,” she said.

The Career Center is not an employment agency or a job-training agency. It is a free public service offering trained and professional help and extensive resources to identify a client’s needs while planning a career path and conducting job searches. At the Career Center, patrons have free access to computers and WiFi, trained professionals to help with job search and applications, assistance with résumé and cover letter writing, extensive career coaching and active area job lists.

The Career Center also offers specific programming throughout the year to help jobseekers and those looking to make a career change succeed. These special programs include:

  • Artist’s Way, a 13-week workshop to help participants become inspired to live out their creativity adventurously, whether personal or professional.
  • Job Club, which offers a powerful combination networking, support and encouragement while job searching.
  • Dependable Strengths, designed for those who are ready to take their job, career or life in a new and more fulfilling direction, but need help with the transition.

For more information about the Career Center and any of its free programs, events and resources, call (225) 231-3733, or visit careercenterbr.com.

The EBRPL Small Business Services offers a variety of free tools that can be helpful for budding or experienced entrepreneurs who are looking to start or improve a business. Established organizations can receive help finding new customers, and those who are new to business can get assistance for transforming an idea into a solid business plan. We also offer free consultations with a business librarian who will guide entrepreneurs through the Library’s resources. Staff can meet with business owners and entrepreneurs to customize what we have to match their unique needs. Visit the Small Business Services InfoGuide at ebrpl.libguides.com/smallbusiness. For more information or to set up a consultation, email smallbusiness@ebrpl.com or call (225) 231-3750.

Our collection of digital resources continues to grow, with several major new online additions including the Gale Small Business Builder for business planning, Lexis Nexis Legal for in-house legal content, Mergent Intellect which is a business research directory and Kanopy for streaming films and documentaries, including the Great Courses. Learn new skills or sharpen existing ones by using Gale Courses for online learning in accounting and finance, computer applications, writing and publishing and more. Learning Express and Lynda.com resources offer more online learning for workforce development, business and high-quality teaching for colleges and universities.

With 14 convenient locations across the parish including the Main Library at Goodwood, EBRPL is open to serve you seven days per week, and 24/7 online at ebrpl.com, and in the Digital Library at www.ebrpl.com/DigitalLibrary. Get access to computers and Wi-Fi, computer classes, online databases, books and magazines, downloads and e-media, programs, concerts, book talks, game nights, various workshops and storytimes, business tools and seminars, career and technology resources and much more – all free with your Library card! Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/ebrpl, and tell us how your Library has transformed your life!

Anne Nowak leads a Career Center seminar

Kayla Perkins is the Public Relations Director at the East Baton Rouge Public Library. A native of Baton Rouge, Perkins holds a Master of Art in Mass Communications from Southern University. Perkins has worked for the library for over six hears and is responsible for composing, editing, and producing the monthly newsletter, The Source, which has distribution of more than 8,000 monthly. Perkins also serves as the in-house reporter for “Beyond the Stacks” in the Library’s monthly television show, The Library Road Show.

June 2018, Learning For Life

Learning For Life, Libraries Rock! Fun for Kids and Adults

Reading rocks! Fun for kids and adults


Children, teens and adults can sign up for the Summer Reading Program at any Library location. Read to WIN prizes!
Kids enjoy free programs at the Library each month, like this visit from Harvey Rabbit and friends.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) helps children, teens and adults establish, strengthen and enjoy their love for literature. Many of us recall summers full of swimming, bike riding, picnics and summer reading programs at the public library. We loved to read and we spent warm evenings and rainy days curled up with a wonder-filled book. Building a habit of reading laid the foundation for academic and lifelong success. But that’s not the case for every home.

When students don’t practice their reading skills over the summer, they lose ground, or as reading specialists say, they experience the “summer slide.” This regression is totally preventable, since any resident of the parish can borrow books from the public library at no cost. Even kids whose parents can’t go with them to get a library card still can come into our library branches to find a good book and a comfy place to relax and read on a hot summer’s day or even check out an e-book from home.

The Library’s annual Summer Reading Program helps encourage readers of all ages to stay motivated in getting their pages turning. This year’s theme is Libraries ROCK! The program is designed for children from birth to age 11, with special incentives every week. For reading a minimum of five books, each participating child can receive a reading certificate, coupons from area merchants and their choice of a book to take home. They also will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Wal-Mart or Target gift card, or $50 of school supplies.

And that’s not all. Nearly every day of the summer is jammed-packed with FREE fun with special performers and programs like visits from Harvey Rabbit & Friends, Farmer Minor & Daisy the Reading Pig, the Louisiana Sinfonietta and many others. Stop by any EBRPL location to sign up!

Did you know that participating in the Summer Reading Program can help teens develop high levels of literacy that are needed for higher education and future employment? It also helps prepare students for the reading comprehension portions included in most standardized tests. Teens going into grades 6-12 are invited to join the Teen Summer Reading Program by signing up in the Teen Section at any EBRPL location and picking up their reading log.

To complete the program, teens should read any six regular books, or 18 graphic novels, to receive six Library Bucks, a drawstring backpack and a pair of earbuds. Plus, if they keep reading, teen readers will be entered into the weekly prize drawing. Every three regular books or nine graphic novels results in an entry into the drawing for cool prizes like autographed books, virtual reality headsets and more. The top teen reader across East Baton Rouge Parish will receive a Kindle Fire Tablet bundle!

Why should kids and teens have all the fun this summer? We’ve got a Summer Reading Program designed just for adults ages 18 and older. Enjoy programming on a variety of topics that aim to enrich your Library experience. After reading a minimum of three books, adults can submit their list of completed titles to receive a summer prize pack. For more information about the 2018 Summer Reading Program for all ages, contact your Library branch directly, or visit us online at www.ebrpl.com.

Kayla Perkins is the Public Relations Director at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. A native of Baton Rouge, Perkins holds both a Bachelor of Art and a Master of Art in Mass Communication from Southern University. Perkins has worked for the Library for more than six years and is directly responsible for composing, editing and producing the monthly newsletter The Source, which has a distribution of more than 8,000 each month. Perkins also serves as the in-house reporter for “Beyond the Stacks” in the Library’s monthly television show, The Library Road Show

· Children, teens and adults can sign up for the Summer Reading Program at any Library location. Read to WIN prizes!