AARP Tax-Aide Schedule

AARP Tax-Aide is a free service that can answer most tax issues faced by low and middle-income taxpayers and assist with filing. Special attention is given to those aged 60 and older. Spaces are limited so check in advance with each location to see when the sign up sheet is posted each day.

Main Library: 7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 225-231-3750

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30am to 11:30am thru April 8th. E-File.

Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library: 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 225-763-2250

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:15am to 11:30am thru April 13th. E-File.

Greenwell Springs Rd Regional Branch Library: 11300 Greenwell Springs Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70814 225-274-4450

Thursdays, 9:00am to 12:00pm thru April 9th. Paper returns only.

Central Branch Library: 11260 Joor Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70818 225-262-2650

Tuesdays and and Wednesdays, 9:15am to 12:00pm thru April 8th. E-File.

Broadmoor United Methodist Church: 10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815 225-924-6269

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 8:00am to 11am, Tuesdays 8:00am to 3:00pm, thru April 9th. E-file.

Baker Branch Library: 3501 Groom Road, Baker, LA 70714 225-778-5950

Mondays, 9:00am to 12:00pm thru April 6th. E-File.

Ascension Parish American Legion Post 81-421. East City Park, Gonzales, LA 70737 N/A

Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00am to 11:30am thru April 8th. E-File

TV Shows on DVD

Did you know there are lots of TV shows on DVD available at the library? This popular part of the collection has something for everyone and new titles are always being added.

These include recent dramatic hits Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Nip/Tuck and House MD.

Comedy series  Scrubs, The Office, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Extras.

Classic series  Starsky and Hutch, Thundercats and Wings.

British series including Doctor Who, Absolutely Fabulous, and Inspector Morse.

Remember if an item is checked out it’s simple to put yourself on the waiting list through our catalog or by calling 225-231-3750. Then you’ll be notified when it is ready for you to pick up!

LOUISiana Digital Library

This collection has been assembled with the purpose of documenting the history and culture of Louisiana. The LOUISiana digital library contains over 84,000 items, many of them unique, from a variety of sources including incredible photographs, maps, diaries, state documents, paintings and videos. It was created as a collaboration between  libraries, museums and other organizations across the state.

Louisiana Digital Library

All of the digital items are available to view for free through this website. The site is user friendly and you can search in a variety of ways to find these invaluable historic items.

This unique collection offers some truly rare insights into the past and is definitely worth a visit.

Social Networking for Business

Small business entrepreneurs can take advantage of social networking sites such as FaceBook, MySpace and YouTube, to advertise, market, and promote a business.

Try some of these ebook titles from our Safari Books Online database.

Facebook Marketing: Leverage Social Media to Grow Your Business
by Steven Holzner

Marketing to the Social Web: How Digital Customer Communities Build Your Business
by Larry Weber

MySpace® Marketing: Creating a Social Network to Boom Your Business
by Sean Percival

YouTube® for Business: Online Video Marketing for Any Business
by Michael Miller

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library subscribes to the complete Safari Tech Books Online catalog. The entire collection is available to registered patrons of the library 24/7–no waiting lists, no worries about returns. Follow the Safari Tech Books link from our Online Databases

Green Home Guide

You know you want to make green improvements to your home but you’re not sure how to choose the right appliances and materials. Well, the Green Home Guide is a great place to start.

Use this site to find out about green options in paints, kitchen materials, bathroom fixtures, appliances and more. They cover all the options. You can even ask a professional about your concerns.

Check out the Green Home Guide and get a great start on improving your home and your environment.

Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

It’s Mardi Gras time again, and taking in a parade is the perfect pastime in between library visits.  Below is the schedule for this year’s parades. Click the name of the parade to see the route.

Saturday, February 7 6:30pm Krewe of Jupiter
Friday, February 13 7:00pm Krewe of Artemis
Saturday, February 14 2:00pm Krewe Mystique de la Capitale
6:30pm Krewe of Orion
Sunday, February 15 2:00pm CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts
To participate with your dog, visit: FAQ’s and registration form
Friday, February 20 7:00pm Krewe of Southdowns
Saturday, February 21 12:00pm Spanish Town Parade

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a celebration of African American culture, history and accomplishments. There are a number of related events taking place at library branches this month including documentary screenings and a photograph exhibit. Be sure to take a look at our newsletter The Source for details. Here is a selection of useful online resources:

African American History: Resources from the Library of Congress.

Black History: A site from the History channel including some informative videos.

Black History Month Diversity: A variety of resources from the diversity website of the government.

Celebrate Black History: Biographies, photographs, timeline and more.

Black History from A remarkable resource containing copies of original historic documents. Visiting this site from inside the library gives you access to premium features.

We have some great resources available in print and through our online databases. Take a look at our African American History Collection.

The Big Read: One Book/One Community

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and its community partners present the Winter/Spring 2009 One Book/One Community selection:

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.

The kickoff event for this community reading project is Saturday, February 7, at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market. There are numerous events scheduled, including a Gala Evening with Ernest Gaines at Baton Rouge Community College on Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 pm. Gaines will be joined by Chancellor Myrtle Dorsey, student film directors, critics and scholars for a panel discussion and a screening of A Lesson Before Dying at the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion.

Complete list of One Book/One Community events

Central Intelligence Agency Archives

Ever wondered what’s in C.I.A. reports about UFOs?

Want to know what intelligence the agency had during the Cold War?

Now you can find out!

Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room

The C.I.A. archives make tremendously interesting reading! Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), previously secret documents over 25 years old are automatically declassified and are available for public review.

These records date back to when the C.I.A. was first established. Many of the original documents have been scanned and can be viewed online. You can also request a declassified document that’s currently not available online.

Not all C.I.A. documents have been declassified, but those that have make fascinating reading!

Also, next time you are in the library, ask at the Reference Desk for another great resource, the C.I.A. World Factbook or view the online version.

Looking for Government Information?

How Do I get a Passport?

When Do I Itemize on my Federal Tax Return?

What is the population of the United States?

If you’re looking to find reliable government information such as grants, reports, statistics, forms, plus much more, then is the place to look. The United States government is one of the largest information producers in the world and many of these valuable resources are available for free online.

Most government agencies have their own individual websites, but this website gives you access to them all.  This large and interesting site is definitely worth a visit for the casual browser, but it’s also great for research and school projects. If you’re looking for specific government information, this is the perfect starting point for your search.

The site is also available in Spanish: en Español