Cool Careers Summer Series

Don’t miss the second Cool Careers Summer Series! This Career Center program is aimed to teens and 20somethings who want to find a unique career that suits them perfectly. Future seminars will include topics like crime scene investigation, video game design, beauty, social media marketing, and animal science!

In the kick-off session Wednesday, May 30th, come to the Main Library on Goodwood at 11:30 AM to take the ASVAB assessment. Normally used by the military to assess their recruits, this test can help patrons learn about their abilities, skills, and which careers might be a good fit for them. Register with the Career Center online, or call them at (225) 231-3733.


The New York Times – free with your library card!

You can now access the New York Times online for free with your library card! If you’re using the computers or wifi at one of our fourteen branches, all you have to do is create a free account or log in with an existing account, and you’ll be on your way. You can also get a 24-hour pass to access it from the comfort of your own home. Stay informed with EBRPL!

Spring Into Learning with Lynda

Spring is in the air, and it’s time to learn something new! Check out the ten most popular classes available now on Lynda, a free resource you can access from home with your library card. You can find it in the Digital Library.

  1. Git Essential Training
  2. Excel 2016 Essential Training
  3. AutoCAD 2018 Essential Training
  4. PowerPoint 2013 Essential Training
  5. Illustrator CC 2018 Essential Training
  6. Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  7. Access 2016 Essential Training
  8. Angular 2 Essential Training
  9. CompTIA Security (SY0-501) Cert Prep: 1 – Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities
  10. Final Cut Pro X 10.3 and 10.4 Essential Training

One Book, One Community Events THIS WEEKEND

FIRST, watch the movie version of Hidden Figures at the Main Library on Goodwood on Friday, starting at 7 PM!

THEN, come back the next day to learn about space from Dr. Renee Horton, Saturday at the Main Library on Goodwood at 2 PM!

Dr. Horton is a space Launch System (SLS) Lead Metallic/Weld Engineer at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, and the author of children’s book Dr. H Explores the Universe. Her presentation will cover an in-depth discussion on space and astronaut travel, as well as details about the projects and initiatives of NASA from the unique perspective of an African-American woman working in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics-centered (STEM) career field. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. Outer space and astronaut travel enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to join the celebration!

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.