AARP Tax-Aide

Beginning the week of February 5 and running through the week of April 8, AARP will offer help with tax preparation at two Library locations. Service is by appointment only. Stop by the circulation desk at either location to make an appointment and pick up required paperwork. See dates/times and locations below:

Main Library at Goodwood
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bluebonnet Regional Branch
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Super Tax Day 2024

Receive FREE income tax preparation by certified VITA tax professionals at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, February 3, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Please bring the following items with you on the day of the event:

  • Photo ID (for you and your spouse, if filing jointly)
  • Social Security Card or ITN for each family member of your household
  • All W-2 forms (wages) and all 1099 and 1098 forms
  • Child Care provider name, address, and tax ID number
  • Checking and Savings account numbers
  • Last year’s tax return
  • 1095-A Health Insurance Marketplace statement (if applicable)
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses Super Tax Day is sponsored by the Capital Area United Way, the IRS, and Entergy. For more details about the event, visit VITA’s website here.
    For inquiries, call (225) 382-3380 or email at breannap@cauw.org

Free Saturday Tutoring

The Baton Rouge Magnet High School Beta Club will be offering FREE tutoring services on Saturdays, February 3, 17 & 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the Main Library at Goodwood. Beta members will offer help to elementary, middle, and high school students. See subjects offered below. Only 60
spots are available each Saturday. Registration is required. Register online at here or call 231-3770.

  • Elementary students: English, Math, Science, and Reading
  • Middle schoolers (6th grade – 8th grade): English, Math, and Science
  • High schoolers: English, Math (9th – Calculus), and Science
  • Upon advanced request, they will provide tutoring in French, Spanish, and Latin

Break N2 Tech Workshop: Upgrading Your Business Website

If you already have or are thinking about launching a business website, Break N2 Tech wants to make sure that you have all the tools you need to put together an effective and beautiful one! Join Helena Williams, Director of the Futures Fund, at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday,
February 3, 10 a.m.-Noon, where she will guide participants through building an audience profile, addressing website needs, preparing content, and focusing on items all websites need. Elevate your business above the competition!

Katrina Stokes, EBRPL Director

Join us in welcoming new East Baton Rouge Parish Library Director, Katrina Stokes! She comes to Baton Rouge from the Warren County Vicksburg Library in Mississippi, where she served as Library Director for seven years, during which she added new collections and oversaw significant renovations, among other accomplishments. Putting down roots in a new place is nothing new for Stokes, as she grew up in a military family that moved around frequently to different parts of the world. “I enjoy the adventure of exploring an unfamiliar place. There are so many things that make Baton Rouge unique and appealing. I’m really excited about living in a college town again.”
Stokes is eager to be a part of the mission of EBRPL and brings a “can-do” attitude with her. “I am a problem-solver. Whatever issues arise, I like working with others to bring about a solution.” One of her immediate goals is to get to know Library staff and strive to make the Library a truly enjoyable place to work. “Happy employees make good employees.” She also anticipates learning more about EBRPL’s Strategic Plan and how its vision can be carried out to impact the community in the most effective and positive way. “I love a challenge,” proclaims Stokes, “and I’m honored to serve as Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.”

YouTube Roundup: Pizza Hut

Get FREE, Certified Professional Career & Job Search Help Virtually! If you need help with your job search or career, but can’t make it to the Career Center in-person, we can come to you through the power of our online videos. Our videos provide guidance on how to write resumes and cover letters, answer interview questions, complete online job applications, negotiate your salary, find
work-from-home jobs, and much more. We even have dedicated playlists for teens, Spanish-speaking citizens, and the formerly incarcerated. Whatever type of help you need with your job search or career progression, we’ve got a video for that! Check out the following videos (and more!) here:

How to Apply for a Job at Pizza Hut
In this video, we demonstrate the process of completing the online job application for restaurant chain Pizza Hut.

EBR Master Gardner February 1 Presentations

The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners is excited to open its Library series on Thursday, February 1, at 6:30 at the Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Boulevard, with two exceptional programs, “Growing Tomatoes,” and “We are Being Invaded”.

Everyone loves homegrown tomatoes, don’t they? Well, one of our newest Master Gardeners, Tony Bourgeios, will share with you many of the things he has learned about growing them. Learn the varieties that he has found to succeed, and some of the secrets he uses to help them grow and produce more luscious fruit, as well as how to avoid the many problems commonly experienced in growing tomatoes. Does it make you drool to think of that fresh tomato sandwich?

The second program “We are Being Invaded” will be presented by Master Gardener Floyd Sones. Floyd has lived in Baton Rouge most of his life and is a retired educator with 37 years in our parish school system. He is a proud graduate of LSU where he earned not only a BS and an MS, plus 30 additional hours. He has always loved gardening and became a Master Gardener in 2019.

There are many invasive species trying to take over your garden. Many of these have a very destructive impact on our native plants. Floyd will identify many for you and tell you how to prevent or control them. Now is the time to get after them and make sure they don’t succeed in destroying your garden.

For more information on the 2023 Library Series and other outreach activities visit the EBRMGA website.

FREE Bloodborne Pathogens Certification Class

Baton Rouge Community College Workforce Development is offering a free training opportunity, hosted at the Main Library at Goodwood on Saturday, January 27 at 1 p.m., to earn the Bloodborne Pathogens Certification from the American Red Cross. This industry-based certification is perfect for anyone who wants to up-skill their professional profile. The course will teach you how bloodborne pathogens are spread, how to avoid exposure, and what to do if you are exposed to infectious material. Registration is required. To register, please visit here. For more information, call 231-3733.