Tax Help Schedule

Lots of organizations want to help you get your taxes done on time this year! All you have to do is bring in your tax documents (click here to get the full list!) and you’ll leave with your tax return on its way. Starting February 4th, check out these schedules to find out when your local library branch will host free tax helpers:


Main Library at Goodwood Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8 am till noon from Feb 4 through April 8
Bluebonnet Mondays and Wednesdays 9 am till 11:45 am from Feb 3 through April 8
Central various days: Feb 4,5,11,12,20,21,26; March 2, 3, 10, 11, 17,18,19; April 1,2,7,8,14 9 am till 2 pm from Feb 4 through April 14


Baker Sundays 2:30 pm till 4:30 pm on Sunday from Feb 1 through April 5
Baker Saturdays 9:30 am till 4:30 pm on Saturday from Feb 1 through April 5
Carver Thursdays from 2:30 – 7:30 pm on Thursday from Feb 6 through April 2
Fairwood Saturdays 9 am till 1pm on Saturday from Feb 22 through April 11
Greenwell Springs Saturdays 9 am till 11 am on Saturday from January 30 through April 14
Jones Creek Tuesdays, Thursdays 9:30AM – 12:30PM 1:30PM – 4:30PM 5:30PM – 8:30PM from Feb 1 through April 14
Jones Creek  Saturdays 9:30 am till 12:30 pm on Saturday from Feb 1 through April 14

And who could forget Super Tax Day, held at the Main Library on February 15th! They’ll be here till 5PM, no appointment necessary.

LSU Tigers Through History

Today’s the day – our own LSU Tigers will take the field against Clemson for the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship! From their first season way back in 1893, the Tigers have been a huge part of the culture of Baton Rouge. If the modern era isn’t providing you with the Tigers lore you crave, take a look at some of the digital history archives you can use to find even more.

This ticket to the 1959 Sugar Bowl, in which the Tigers beat Clemson 7-0 to win their first-ever national championship, has been carefully preserved by the Baton Rouge Room. You’ll find it in the Baton Rouge Digital Archive.

This hopeful headline by James Edmunds was published in the Gris Gris newspaper in 1973. The Tigers made it to the Southeastern Conference that year, finishing with a 3-3 record. (The article is a hilarious analysis of a chant against rival Ole Miss that you may very much enjoy.)

Here’s an Advocate photo of 1986 LSU running back Sammy Martin (held aloft) with teammates John Hazard, Eric Andolsek, Nacho Albergamo, Keith Melancon and Ralph Norwood. Through the Digital Archive, you can access the Advocate’s entire historical photography archive. You can read their articles through Newsbank.

Don’t take our word for it; in the Digital Library, you can find lots of other historical journalism resources under the “Newspapers & Magazines” subject heading. What will YOU learn?

Grow with Google 2020

Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood for two classes on how to use the power of Google to build your business and jump-start your job search! On Thursday, January 23rd, you can take the following classes:

  • Get Your Business Online, 1PM – With a Business PRofile on Google, your business can stand out for free across Google Search and Maps. Learn about Google’s tools for customer engagement and reaching new customers.
  • Power Your Job Search with Google Tools, 3PM – Discover and keep track of job opportunities on Google Search. In this workshop, you will use collaborative tools of G Suite and Google Search to enhance your job search experience.

Background Checks for Employment

Running a background check on potential employees has become a standard part of the hiring process. Could there be something in your background that is hurting your chances of being hired? Alexis Anderson, former human resources director and founder of the nonprofit PREACH, will discuss what types of information can be found in these checks and what a job seeker can do to improve his or her situation.

This program will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd, from 11:30 AM – 1 PM, at the Main Library on Goodwood. Registration is required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or register online here.

Gardening for Hummingbirds

Photograph by Dennis Demchek

Mark your calendar now! The Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Foundation will host a FREE Garden Discoveries series at the Main Library at Goodwood at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020, led by avid bird watcher and nature photographer Dennis Demcheck. Adults are invited to enjoy Gardening for Hummingbirds, the first installment of the series which will cover how to attract hummingbirds to the home garden year round. Learn which plants provide food and shelter for Louisiana’s local bird beauties, and stick around after the presentation for a bird walk in the Botanic Garden adjacent to the Library!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, East Baton Rouge Parish! The library is closed today, but will reopen tomorrow at all branches for regular hours. In the meantime, the Digital Library is always open! You just need a library card.

Like the photo above? Find lots of primary sources like it with open access content from Biblioboard!

We’re proud to be your local library, and we look forward to making this year even better than the last. Here’s to a fabulous 2020!