>>It’s September and this is the Library
Road Show. On the show today, scanning, fall programs. and cradle to K.
All that and more coming right up.
Library Road Show. I’m Mary Stein and this is a production of your East Baton
Rouge Parish Library System. Fall brings a heightened awareness of hurricane
season, since most of the storms with the biggest impact on Louisiana have
occurred in autumn. For that reason the Mayor’s office of Homeland Security and
Emergency Preparedness has launched a new Red Stick Ready app. This one-stop
shop delivers an on-the-go resource for real-time communication and reliable
updates during emergency response and disaster situations. If you’d like help
downloading the free app, please visit reference librarians at any branch, or
attend a class at the main library at Goodwood at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday
September 12 or September 26th. You can find out more at Red Stick ready.com.
Fall also brings some of the library’s favorite programs.
First up, the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire takes launch on Saturday October 6th. This year’s theme takes a page from our
spring One Book-One Community title “Hidden Figures” and celebrates all manner
of makers of rockets and space stuff, as well as makers from many other high-tech
and low-tech fields. It’s a fun day for the whole family. Then on October 12th
and 13th, artist Brian Floca joins us for the 41st annual Author Illustrator
program. Brian’s Thursday night program is entitled Building Locomotive, and will
go into the creation of his newest book This free event is open to kids, parents,
educators, and people who just like children’s literature. Brian’s Friday
workshop, “Draught of a Draught”, is a special ticketed event geared to
teachers and librarians. For more information, visit the website EBRPL.com
or contact children’s services at 225-231-3760.
Later on we feature Attic Treasures, Pride Community History Fest,
and finally the Louisiana Book Festival. All that in addition to business as usual.
>>Free access to books, audio, and library resources are just a few of the benefits
available to you, when you get a library card. Need free access to a computer? You
get that! Want free access to premium digital resources like Mango Languages
and Lynda.com? You get that! Need to book a meeting space? You get that! Heck you
can even check out a telescope or use a digital printer with your library card.
If you live in East Baton Rouge Parish, pick up your free library card from your
local branch library today. Premium access to everything the library system
has to offer is waiting for you.>>Fall also brings a change in the weather and a
change in focus at the library. I’m talking about homework time. And for all
you parents out there who are especially dreading math homework, we’ve got the
answer. Adams St. Pierre joins us now to explain in the digital downlow.
>>School is back in session get ahead of the game and head over to Homework Louisiana, your
one-stop shop for homework help and tutors. Homework Louisiana has live
tutors available for you to use from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through
Thursday, or you can drop off a question or submit a paper for review for those
tutors to look at. But that’s not all. This kindergarten to college online
resource can help you prep for the SAT and ACT, prep for the AP exams, or get
ready for middle school. You can even take practice quizzes on virtually any
subject, search your writing tips, and more. And it’s all free with just your
library card. To check out Homework Louisiana, head over the digital library
page at EBRPL.com.>>Thanks Adam. Homework Louisiana’s free online
tutoring service is starting to get a workout. All your student needs is his library card to
access the special tutor.com portal and connect with an instructor qualified to
help with whatever subject and grade is needed. Remember this live tutoring
service is available Sunday night through Thursday night from 2 p.m. in the
afternoon until midnight. This is a fabulous complement to the library’s
other online learning tools in the digital library:
resources like Learning Express, Opposing Viewpoints, Scholastic flicks, Interactive
Science and statistics. Now lets shift gears, and check in with Kayla Perkins, reporting in
from beyond the stacks. Have you ever wanted to scan negatives and oversized
prints, or other non-standard media? Have you looked at the price of high-end
scanners? If you’re a library card holder you don’t have to? They say a picture is
worth a thousand words, and family documents and photos are even more
valuable. The library Special Collections Department offers free
professional-grade scanning to help you digitize your memories. We’re at the main
library a good wood for scan day. Let’s check it out.>>Essentially patrons can
come in, they can bring any type of memory that they have: if they have a
photograph, if they have negatives, if they have color slides, a big piece of
art, they can bring that in and we allow them use of our scanners.
>>This is a free service available at the Baton Rouge Room archive inside the main library at
Goodwood. Library staff even provide one-on-one assistance to help you use the equipment.
>>We sit down with them and give them a brief demo on how to use the
scanner and then we just let them loose and they scan for about an hour.
>>While the lion’s share of scanning is done using the large format flatbed scanner,
the archive room also has specialty scanners for things like books and posters.
>>The scanners that we use are professional-grade so, for example, the
flatbed scanner has the ability to scan, not just documents, but it can also scan
your negatives and it can scan color slides, something that you wouldn’t see
with your scanner at home. You can also control dpi, which is the resolution
of the image. You can control the color and the light. And with the other
scanners, the book scanner, in particular, it scans overhead rather than
from the bottom, which reduces the amount of damage that you can do to a book, both
physically and from light damage as well, because the light is a little further
away from the book. And then with the map scanner it has a capability of scanning
really large items, which most people aren’t going to buy a large scanner like
that and then store it in their home just on the off chance they might need
to scan something really big. I have the software opened up on the
computer. To begin we’re always going to open the lid, place our item onto the the
screen here, close the lid and you can really place the the image anywhere on
the scan bed. From here we’re going to adjust some of these components to make
sure that we’re getting the best image possible, so for example, we’re setting
this to photo, we’re scanning to grayscale so that we reduced the size of
the image, rather the size of the file so that we’re not, you know, taking up too
much storage space. We’re setting the resolution dpi to 350 which is a typical
archival standard. I’m going to go ahead and push scan here. This tells it where
to send the the scanned image, once it’s finished, so I just sent it to desktop.
Right here you can change the name of your image and then there’s a little
ticker that will count how many times you’ve used that particular prefix. And
then here’s where you decide what file format you would like to use. So
typically, for an image that you’re scanning for preservation purposes we
suggest, or recommend rather, that you scan to a tif which is a preservation
format. It doesn’t compress so it typically is a rather large image size.
But in terms of preserving your data, tif is the best way to go. So we’ll push okay.
You go through all that, it’s going to scan, and then whenever you’re done you
pull the image off of the scanner.>>Scan days are typically held once a month.
Find out when the next one is at www.EBRPL.com.>>Patrons can certainly use the
scanner. We do ask that they try to make an appointment first. If they just so
happen to be walking into the library and just, kind of on a whim, wanted to use
the scanner, they certainly can come up and ask if one of the archivists is
available to show them how to use it, or to set it up for them, but we definitely
appreciate an appointment first. Now that’s a useful resource. To find out
what’s coming up next, pick up a copy of our monthly newsletter, The Source, or
visit us online at www.EBRPL.com.>>Thanks Kayla. We’ve been opening up the use of our
special scanners for a while now, though people really
didn’t get serious about it or see the value until after the great flood of
2016. It’s a terrific way to safeguard precious memories and even better, make
them shareable to the rest of the family. Stay right there.
After the break, Wil Minten joins me for a chat right here on the Library Road Show. You’re watching the September edition of
the Library Road Show. Everything you need to know about your local library
system. Now just a few short months ago, I spoke with Will Minton about the mayor’s
new cradle to K initiative. Wil joins me now for an update on this very
important project. Okay Wil, first off why do we even need a program like cradle to K?
>>Cradle to K is really important because parenting is really
hard. So what we’re trying to do with cradle to K, is offer parents a very
simple and clear framework that they can use to inform their daily habits with
their children. And that framework is really grounded on our pillars of
patience, curiosity, and conversation.>>And unlike so many other programs that are
good for us, this is not a program where somebody just comes and lectures to you
and says, “Do it this way.” it’s totally different. Exactly, so we really focus on
a facilitation model and an acid-based model. So we bring
parents together and we give them opportunities for reflection around
these different pillars. And we have facilitators in those conversations, and
the facilitators are important, but it’s really about the insights and
experiences that parents are bringing, themselves.>>Because peer to peer, they’ll
believe each other before they’ll believe an expert won’t they?
Right. Experts often like to focus on the the information that they think is important,
without enough emphasis on the way that people are engaging with that
information. We think the way that people engage with the information is
critical. Information by itself doesn’t tend to change behavior, no matter who
you are? There are all sorts of things I know that I should be doing, that I’m not doing.>>But with that peer group, in a way
it’s kind of like exercise. If you’re exercising with a peer group, they’re
crackling along and that whole cohort kind of moves forward, a little bit. So
what are we trying to do? We’re not trying to exercise our bodies, instead
we’re trying to get parents to spend time with their children, to read to
their children, even before they’re born, and to and to engage using those three
pillars. I especially love that you have patients in there. That is so important.
So cradle to K has been in effect for a little bit more
than a year. What has actually taken place with this initiative?
>>So we’ve done a number of things. The first thing we did, was talk with all the different
partners who work in the space, so we could figure out how we could, sort of
catalyze partnerships and add real value. After we did that, we created some
original programming. So we set up these family engagement corners at WIC clinics,
which is a partnership with the library, the Department of Health, as well as
Southern Service Learning Program. We had about 200 parents come out to at least
one of the events and close to 100 parents come out to multiple events.
And this is where we really did the facilitation model that we were
talking about before. We have parents sitting in in circles and just sharing
the the stresses and joys of parenting. You know our survey data was incredible
from it. Parents really appreciated that opportunity. The information, by
itself, doesn’t change behavior. What changes behavior are these opportunities
for reflection and creating social norms around certain ideas.
>>There you go. Creating a social norm and one way to do that is through social media. So you
hooked into social media in a very big way. It’s all about Facebook and
communicating online. And again, building that cohort, building that network of
people, all encouraging each other and giving each other support. That’s really
been wonderful to see. And Wil, it’s our people, it’s East Baton Rouge
families, it’s our norms. It’s not just something that’s happening over in
Chicago or Washington DC. So I think our parents really appreciate that.
>>Right. And with social media, first I encourage everybody to go check out
cradle to K Baton Rouge. Facebook is where we’re most active. And
with our social media strategy, we really are trying to elevate local voices and
create this peer-to-peer dialogue. So we’ve done a series of videos, I think
over 20 videos at this point, with different parents in the community, where
they’re talking about these pillars of patience, curiosity, and conversation; what
it looks like in their own lives. And then we’re able to promote it,. And then
they promote it with our within their own social networks, and we get this sort
of dynamic reach about these ideas.>>I love that. So what’s in store for the future?
>>Well, right now we’re looking to expand beyond our direct programming. We’re really
proud of the results that we had through our actions and these partnerships with
parent club and the WIC family engagement corners. And
we’re gonna continue to do that, but right now we’re trying to get the
message about our pillars, to come through all of our other partners as well.
So it’s not just a city initiative, but parents are seeing this
through the school system, through the library, at public transit, at doctors
offices. And we want to get all of our partners around this common language, so
we have a clear message of what supportive parenting looks like.
>>After the break, Kim Noble Calhoun, plus a book review
from one of our youngest library patrons. All that and more, coming up next on the
Library Road Show.
the Library Road Show. Kim Noble Calhoun is a writer, spoken word poet,
photographer, educator, and overall creative. Kim is also the author of the
book, “It’s Not Performance, Its Purpose”. Kim joins me now, to discuss her work, by
phone. Kim, how did you get started as an author. Well I’ve always been curious, as
a child, about words, language meaning, and understanding people.
I’ve always loved books. I can literally sit for hours, reading. And I was
catapulted into writing, after my father died, when I was five years old. It was a
therapeutic way for me to grieve and understand his death in a different way.
>>What’s your latest book about?>>Well, my latest book is title “It’s Not
Performance, Its Purpose: The blessing and burden of becoming a creative worshiper.
So this book discusses the journey of creativity, from a biblical perspective,
and how we can use it or use our creativity to the glory of God.
Creativity, I believe, is such a universal language. It’s so beautiful, and it’s really
important to understand why God gave us this gift.>>What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write this by God. I also realized that creativity
is something that’s not often addressed in church culture. And really, sometimes
is outright ignored. There are some people I know, who have less courage, some
people who still leave churches, and they devote their creative gifts to secular
works because they feel like they don’t fit in, so this book is like a guidebook to
the misunderstood, creative mind, and also for people who mentor them, who
work with creative people. Because the schedules are different, the
mindset is different, but we really want to be able to understand how people work
in a way, at least, even a little bit, in order to help them well. So I want
creative minds to also know that there is a place for them in God.
>>How can people connect with you and your work?>>People can connect with me through my
website, which is www.poetnoble.com. Poet Noble is kind of like, my stage name, when I
do poetry. a lot of people know me as that. On Instagram, also poet noble. I have
information there, on my website, about my books, photography, my imprint initiative
which is to help create, to worshipers and more. I’m also available for spoken
word poetry bookings, if anyone wants to contact me about that. Thank you
very much for your time.>>Thanks Kim. Now let’s check in with Madison, one of
our youngest readers, to find out what she’s checking out.
>>Hi, my name is Madison. I am 9, and my favorite book is Tangled. Tangled is about this beautiful girl. She
has her own hair and her mother wanted to cut it off. And she let people go
down, she lives in this big castle and she, people used to climb up her hair.
Chapter one. Rapunzel giggles as her father struggle to free himself from a
tangle of long streamers. it’s not funny, King Frederick.
Oh have you any idea how difficult with lift up her long blonde braids before he could
finish. My grandma and my mom bring me to the library. When I come to the library,
my favorite thing is to read books. thanks Madison. Plenty more where that
book came from. Stay right there, you’re watching the
Library Road Show. Do you wonder how your family landed
here? Do you really know your family roots?
Discover more about your family history at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library
genealogy Department. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library; become a member and discover
more.>>Hello. My name is Emily Ward, and I’m the digital archivist for the East Baton
Rouge Parish Library. We are located in the Special Collections Department, on
the second floor of the main library at Goodwood where Baton Rouge history comes
alive. The mission of the Baton Rouge room archives of the East Baton Rouge
Parish Library, is to collect, manage preserve, and provide access to items
that represent significant historical actions of local governments, businesses
residents, and institutions of the city of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge
Parish. These items include, but are not limited to, photographs, manuscripts,
documents, periodical publications, audio tapes, and memorabilia. Most of the time
materials in our collections are housed in archival storage containers in our
closed stacks storage area. This area is restricted by security card access and
equipped with a top-notch fire suppression system, as well as a backup
generator in case of power loss. All of this can seem intimidating, and it
does make it a little more difficult for patrons to access our historical
materials, so the staff and Special Collections, organizes a monthly display
that highlights materials from our collections that are generally hidden
from public view. Each month we select a different theme such as Black History
Month, Mardi Gras, or specific historical events like the Battle of
Baton Rouge. It’s a highlight in our display area and choose items that
reflect how our community participated in that event. This month we are
celebrating Baton Rouge goes back to school As you look through our display cases, you will see a wide variety of materials
from different collections, in our care. For example, in this case you will find
items from our yearbook collection, our vertical files, our postcard collection,
and our collection of Baton Rouge memorabilia. In other cases you will find
items from The Advocate historical archive, selections from our historical
municipal documents, and even materials from our personal collection of one of
our staff members. Here, in Special Collections Department, we like to say
that it’s all of the little pictures that make up the big picture of history.
Come to the Special Collections department, located on the second floor
of the main library at Goodwood, and enjoy all the little pictures that make up our
back-to-school display.>>You’re watching the September edition of the
Library Road Show; a production of your East Baton Rouge Parish Library System.
Did you know that there was so much interesting information about our
community, all under one roof? Come on down and view the old photographs, get
help looking up your own family tree, or dip into the history of our great
capital city.It’s all available at the main library on Goodwood, and it’s all
free with your East Baton Rouge Parish Library card.>>The dog days of summer are
coming to an end, as school is beginning for students of all ages, around the
parish. To get your pages turning this month, I have a sci-fi treat. “Annihilation”
is a 2014 novel by Jeff Vandermeer. It is the first in a series of three books,
called The Southern Reach Trilogy. The book describes a team of four women: a
biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor, who set
out into an area known as area X. The area is abandoned and cut off from the
rest of civilization. They are the 12th expedition, and on their belts are black
boxes that will glow red when they are told, should there be any danger. They are
not allowed to carry any current technology with them, with the exception
of a camera. None of the team is ever identified by
name. The story is told through the biologist’s field Journal, and it is
revealed that her husband was part of the previous expedition into the same
area. The narrator’s husband returned unexpectedly from the expedition, showing
up in their kitchen, without any recollection of how he got there. The rest of his expedition shows up similarly. A few
months later he dies of cancer, along with others in the 11th expedition. The
other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive
cancers, and mental trauma. The biologist’s husband had been part of the previous
expedition, which had taken place two years previously. The psychologist is the
group’s appointed leader. They are told that they will not be allowed to
communicate with the outside world at all, while inside area X. If something
should happen, they are told they should go to the lighthouse indicate it on
their maps, or meet at the edge of the borderlands and await extraction. They
are all told that, because of the hallucinations that other expeditions
have reported, and that they will all undergo hypnosis, which will allow them
to move through the borderlands without incident. The book has been
adapted into film and stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason
Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson. You can find it in a library near you.
And that’s how the page turns!>>I’ve been reading books from the “Great American
Read” list, and voting every day, for my favorites. This is one election where
we’re all encouraged to vote early and often. LPB will begin televising the
national PBS series on Tuesdays, starting September 11th at 7:00 p.m. We’ve set
the watch party for Tuesday, October 23rd from 6 to 8, here at the main library at
Goodwood. LPB is encouraging us to all come dressed as our favorite character,
and that’s going to be very hard to narrow down for some of us. And now, for
today’s contest visit the library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/EBEPL.
Keep sharing those shelfies of you and your favorite book from the list of
candidates for the “Great American Read.” There’s bound to be at least one on the
list, that strikes your fancy; That’s facebook.com/EBRPL. And
while you’re there, enjoy. We are not your grandfather’s library anymore.
What’s coming up on the October edition of the library road show? I’ll be zeroing
in on the library’s 41st annual Author Illustrator Series, featuring artist
Brian Floca.>>Tune in next month and I’ll take you to
the Harry Potter extravaganza.>>Coming up next month, I’ll share
another digital resource, with you.>>And I’ll be getting ready for
the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire.>>thanks so much for joining us on the Library
Road Show. And remember, your East Baton Rouge Parish Library is open 7 days
a week at each and every one of 14 branches, plus 24/7 on the web.
Check us out at www.EBRPL.com