Monday, June 20, 2016

8 Literary and Library Podcasts to Get You Through The Summer

Through audio books (especially like the ones the library provides through Overdrive) you can get your books right into your ears while you sit on the beach or drive to your vacation destination. But what if you want to hear people talk about books and give you some recommendations or great interviews?

Enter podcasts.

After the breakout success of Serial, podcasts have become a legitimate way to spend your time learning or being entertained. Like audio books, they can be downloaded to your smartphone and taken with you. Below are eight free podcasts that give book recommendations, interviews with authors, readings of works, all of the above and even some advice. Enjoy!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Save Gale Virtual Reference Library Items Directly to Google Drive!

For those unfamiliar, the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is a wonderful resource of reference materials. Rather than being just ebooks meant to be read cover to cover, GVRL separates its materials so they can be searched chapter by chapter or as a whole. 

For instance, if you are looking for test prep materials and just need a practice test, you can access just that chapter rather than downloading the entire book. Unfortunately, this means that items cannot be used like "normal" ebooks, but can be accessed and downloaded as pdf and word files. Now, GVRL has Google Drive integration, making it easier than ever to download and study reference materials!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Keep Your Brain Strong All Summer With!

A lot of students during the summer want to veg out and relax, creating a bit of a summer slide. Don't let this happen to you or your kids! Have fun with educational packs and programs available in the SkillsCenter of through and by being a part of the library Summer Reading Program starting May 31st! Kids and adults welcome with reading prizes!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Working Americans: A Historical Collection

The library’s reference collection contains hundreds of titles of interesting, up to date information about all manner of subjects, but did you know you could find some of those books online? One of the best resources available is Working Americans.

Each volume of the Working Americans series by Grey House Publishing covers a different aspect of American life. Click the link to check out the following with descriptions from the publisher:

Working Americans Vol. 1: The Working Class, 2nd Edition

The updated Second Edition of this important reference work focuses on the lifestyles and economic life of working class families and looks, decade by decade, into the kind of work they did, the homes they lived in, the food and clothes they bought, the entertainment they sought as well as the society and history that shaped the world Americans worked in from 1880 to 2012. From the wealth of government surveys, social worker histories, economic data, family diaries and letters, newspaper and magazine features, this unique reference assembles a remarkably personal and realistic look at the lives of ordinary working Americans.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Jambalaya Writer's Conference 2016: Journalism Highlight

The 13th Annual Jambalaya Writer's Conference is almost here! This year’s keynote speaker is novelist Neely Tucker. As a staff writer for the past fifteen years, Tucker is slated to cover the 2016 presidential election for the Washington Post.

Also slated this year are editors, agents, food writers, and poets. Physiologists, detectives, folklorists, and bloggers are scheduled to provide aspiring writers help and guidance when incorporating different aspects into their writing. Conference fee is $35 for early registration, $40 at the door.

For a schedule of events, click here!
For early registration, click here!
For more information about the conference, click here!
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Monday, March 21, 2016

Be Informed: Issues and Controversies

Bill Nye the "Science Guy" said in an interview with Mashable in 2013
"The information you get from social media is not a substitute for academic discipline at all."
He was talking about the ephemeral quality of information, the ability to share a thought or photo or article on a social media platform like Twitter or Facebook in a moment as well as the ability to digest that thought in half as much time and move past it. It's armchair thinking, getting your information passively from sources that... well, at best they want you to click a link or look at their page and at worst want you to have incorrect information.

No matter if the information is useful or correct, it can go by very fast online. Finding an unbiased source, one that is not trying to sell you something or written from a slanted point of view is hard, especially with controversial topics. That's why the library offers Issues & Controversies.

Monday, February 22, 2016

HomeworkLA and Free Online Tutoring, Job Search Assistance and Academic & Career Resources

HomeworkLouisiana offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from for Louisiana residents from kindergarten students through adult learners. Get help in math, science, social studies or English from a live tutor. The services can be accessed from a Louisiana public library, from your home computer, or from your mobile device.

Receive one-to-one, real-time assistance with your job search. Online tutors are available to help navigate online job sites, complete applications, write/review resumes and cover letters and even practice for an interview

All services can be accessed from a Louisiana public library, from your home computer or from your mobile device by going to Traveling out of state? Click here for access using your library card.

Get the App To Go™ is the free mobile companion for To use the App, you will have to create an online account with

The app gives you access to Live One-to-One help, previous tutoring sessions, access to your files, and a skills center with tutorials, worksheets, and assessment tests.

Get the app now for your iOS or Android device.