Tax Day Approaches! Final Tax Assistance Schedules

Tax Day (Tuesday, April 17th, this year) is so soon, but never fear! We have several events leading up to the due date to help you get your taxes all squared away.

If you go to any of these events, please be sure to bring:

•Photo ID for you and your spouse
•Social Security or ITIN for all family members
•All W-2, 1099 & 1098 forms
•Child care provider name, address and tax number
•Checking & savings account numbers
•Last year’s tax return
•Any other relevant income & expense information

FREE Super Tax Day at Jones Creek! Representatives from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be at the Jones Creek Regional Branch from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, for a day of free tax assistance. For more information, call the Reference Desk at (225) 756-1150. Walk-ins are welcome.

AARP Tax Aide at the Library
The AARP Tax Aide program is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service. Tax aides will be at the Library through mid-April to E-file tax returns and help with most of the tax issues that are faced by low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to adults ages 60 and older. Here’s the schedule:

Main Library at Goodwood – 8 AM – noon
•Tuesdays, April 3 & 10
•Wednesdays, April 4 & 11

Bluebonnet Regional Branch – 9 – 11:45 AM
•Mondays, April 2 & 9
•Wednesdays, April 4 & 11

Central Branch – 9:30 AM – noon
•Tuesdays, April 3 & 10
•Wednesday, April 4

FREE Tax Prep with VITA
Adults are welcome at the Library this month to have their taxes completed free of charge by certified professional tax preparers from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). The Capital Area United Way (CAUW) offers an appointment booking feature from their website that can help make your tax prep process go smoothly. Here’s the schedule:

Baker Branch
•5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 5 & 12
•9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 7 & 14
•2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sundays, April 8 & 15

Carver Branch
•3:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 3 & 10
•9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7

Fairwood Branch
•5 – 8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 4 & 11
•9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays, April 7 & 14

Jones Creek Regional Branch
•9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. & 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 3 & 10
•9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. & 5 – 8 p.m. Thursdays, April 5 & 12
•9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 7 & 14

Gale Courses

Hard skills, soft skills, old skills, new skills – you can learn anything with Gale Courses!

Brush up on your computer skills!

Learn how to start, run, or grow your own business!

Get yourself (or your children) ready for standardized testing!

Find ways to take your daily life to the next level!

You can even find an online community of parents, and get some great tips!

Gale Courses has everything, and it’s freely accessible anywhere you can use the internet and log in with your library card. Try it today!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sign up today for East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program!

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Reading to your child is a great way to encourage literacy from an early age, and this program provides extra incentive for reluctant readers. There are neat prizes available for every 250 books read, and the library will provide reading logs to help you keep track:

  • 250 books – A special sticker and a book bag
  • 500 books – A special sticker and a decal of Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand
  • 750 books – A special sticker and a poster of Off We Go!
  • 1,000 books – A special sticker and a certificate of merit, a copy of the book Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand and an invitation to a special party to be held every August at the Main Library at Goodwood for those who complete the program.

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Does your little one have a favorite that they want to hear over and over again? You can count it every time. Reading the same book several times lets kids get familiar with the story, and they’ll start to get an idea of the way stories work. Books read at daycare, pre-k, Head Start, and library storytimes count, too!

Check out the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten guidelines or call your friendly neighborhood children’s librarians for more information!

April is National Poetry Month

April may be cruel, but add some verse and it’ll clear right up! Join a poem-a-day challenge with National Poetry Writing Month, or just read some of your favorite poet’s favorite works – browse through call number 811 to find poets from now to Shakespeare and beyond.

Have a favorite poem you want to learn more about? Check out LitFinderLitFinder provides access to the full text of poems, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. It also provides biographies, images, and critical essays for people interested in the context of their favorite works.

Whether you’re a poet or a person looking to read outside of their comfort zone, poetry has a place for everyone. Write a haiku on your break, or stop by the Eclectic Truth Grand Slam Finals on April 13th for some spoken word in our very own town – the possibilities are endless.

Authors After Hours: Kate Moore

We’re celebrating the One Book One Community selection Hidden Figures with a look at some other little-known women in history. Adults are invited to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 PM Saturday, March 24, for a free book talk on The Radium Girls:
The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women with author Kate Moore. In the book, Moore traces the lives of more than a dozen American women who were employed as luminous watch-dial painters as early as 1917. She tells how these women, some barely in their 20s, were enchanted by high pay and the allure of the paint’s luminescent substance: radium. Carefully researched, the work will stun readers with its descriptions of the glittering artisans who, oblivious to health dangers, twirled camel-hair brushes to fine points using their mouths, a technique called lip-pointing. By the end of 1918, one out of six American soldiers owned a luminous watch, but the women who made them that way didn’t experience such glowing results. Copies of the book will be sold at the event. Stick around after the discussion to have your book signed by the author!

Careers in Multi-Level Marketing

Find out the good, bad, and ugly about multi-level marketing (MLM). For many people, it is a good second income, and a few even earn large incomes, but some lose money working in MLM. Come discover whether you have what it takes to be successful in direct sales.

Our panel will consist of representatives with Primerica, Mary Kay, and Plexus Worldwide, who will tell their MLM journeys, discuss what one needs to be successful, and provide information about their companies.
This free seminar will take place at the Main Library on Thursday, March 22nd, from 6-8 PM. Registration is required; you can do so online or by calling the Career Center at (225) 231-3733.

AtoZ World Food

Who’s hungry? If you’re a live human, you’re going to need to eat at some point. But how can you choose? Find new recipes from all over the planet with AtoZ World Food!

There’s so much to learn! Every day, a new country is featured at the top of the page, and you can click there to learn about food culture, recipes, and ingredients common to that part of the world. If you’re looking for something specific, the lower part of the page has links to recipes and food culture for all countries, all kinds of ingredients, and reference materials if you want to learn more about something specific. (There’s a full glossary of words that have to do with coffee. What a gift on a pre-caffeinated morning!)

When you create a free account with your library card, you can save all kinds of recipes and later sort them by country, title, or category (the site breaks recipes down into appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and snacks).

Learn more about the world we live on in the most delicious way possible with AtoZ World Foods.