Temporary Change in River Center Branch Hours

Fridays only, the River Center Branch will experience a shift in hours to accommodate the spring season of the downtown Live After Five Concert Series.

River Center Branch will be open 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, instead of their usual hours of 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, on the following Fridays:

  • April 1
  • April 8
  • April 15
  • April 22
  • April 29
  • May 6
  • May 13
  • May 20

Check out the concert lineup to make sure you don’t miss this great local music tradition. It’s free!

Business Time

The Gale Virtual Reference Library  has been refreshed and updated with Brand New Titles for Brand New Businesses – and education, and art, and more!

We’re going to focus on business, though, because the closer we get to summer, the more our thoughts are turning to vacation possibilities, and two-week cruises through the Caribbean are not cheap.

One day. (dramatic sigh)


There are lots of options to choose from:

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You can learn about everything from how to get and keep a job, how to get promoted, and how to make your money make you money. Nothing in this life gets a free ride; why should your bank account?

But that’s a lot of books. And I mean, books are great, obviously; it’s just hard to speed-read one to get some quick tips on confident public speaking before a big meeting. Thank glob for advanced search functions!

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And there you go. Easy bite-sized results right at your fingertips, perfect for cramming in your eyeballs on short notice.

Check out the new titles in the Gale Virtual Reference Library today!

Federal Government Jobs in South Louisiana

Are you interested in a career with the federal government right here in Louisiana? The federal government offers a variety of jobs, most with good pay and good benefits. Learn about local employment opportunities, careers, application procedures, and benefits of federal civil service.

The seminar will be presented by Bill Tyler, a retired Administrative Officer of the Southern Regional Research Center, a federal agency based in New Orleans.

11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

This is an informational seminar, not a job fair!

Registration is required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or register online.


…forgive us for editorializing, but:


AARP Tax-Aide Schedule

Look, we all know that the only inevitable things in this life are death and taxes. The library can neither confirm nor deny any rumors about the discovery of the location of the Fountain of Youth, but we can…drumroll please…tell you where to get help with your taxes! Yaaaaay!

There’s no way to make that exciting. You know what’s exciting? Being audited by the IRS. No one said “exciting” was always good.

The zombie apocalypse, for example, would be very exciting, but not fun.

Volunteers from AARP will be using library meeting spaces to provide free tax help to low- and middle-income taxpayers, especially senior citizens age 60 or older. Click the link below to find out when they’ll be set up at a library branch near you! We made the link a different color so it would be prettier. Taxes aren’t pretty on their own.

2016 Tax-Aide Schedule

This is not a program put on by the library, and trust us, you do not want librarians to help you with your taxes – we’re just letting you know where and when to find the people who can actually give you a hand with all this. Honestly, it’s like one step up from nonsense to most of us.

We’ve got enough to deal with.

We can, however, provide you with the basic federal 1040 tax forms starting later on in the year (whenever they send them to us), and we can help you print out state tax forms from the Louisiana Department of Revenue’s website! As long as you know what you’re looking for. We can’t stress enough how little we know about taxes, really.

If you’ve got any specific questions about your federal taxes, call the local IRS office at (225) 343-8625 or check out their online resources. Good luck, everybody!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2016! It’s going to be great.

SO. Ready to get a fresh start? Lots of people want to start reading more when the new year rolls around – one of our book clubs can definitely help with that! We’ve got one for everything from true crime to historical fiction to global issues. You can find more information about them in our monthly newsletter, The Source! You can even start reading books in other languages with the help of one of our language programs, Mango, Muzzy, and Pronunciator (more info coming soon)!

Want to learn more professional skills? Check out the Career Center, or our online resources like Lynda, Gale Courses, and Safari Techbooks! If you need a refresher on basic computer skills, just check out the computer class schedule on our website or call the branch nearest you for details.

Or make yourself something pretty at one of our craft events, or using the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. It’s another kind of skill, and it’ll help you redecorate your life on a budget. (We can also help you figure out your finances! Check out last Friday’s blog post if you missed it.)

Whatever the new year brings you, remember – the library is always here to help. Happy New Year!

Venessa the Louisiana Mermaid

Do you love mermaids as much as we do? We know you’ll want to join other children ages 0-11 at the Library in January and February for a special presentation by our beautiful aquatic friend, Venessa the Louisiana Mermaid! Kids can enjoy special mermaid-themed storytimes and presentations on ocean conservancy at eight Library locations this month. Dates, times and locations are listed below. Registration is required for all. For more information and to register, call the Library location directly.

10 a.m. Thursday, January 14, Main Library at Goodwood, ages 0-6

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, Fairwood Branch, ages 0-6

10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 21, Carver Branch, ages 0-6

10 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, Delmont Gardens Branch, ages 0-6

2 p.m. Thursday, January 28, Eden Park Branch, ages 7-11

10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 2, Zachary Branch, ages 0-6

10 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch, ages 0-6

10 a.m. Thursday, February 18, Scotlandville Branch, ages 0-6