Baton Rouge Makers, We Want YOU

To sign up for the 2018 Mini Maker Fairethe Call for Makers is open! We’re going all the way to space this year, and there’s room for everybody on the rocket ship. If you craft, build, program, design, cook, or create in any way, we want you to get involved!

If you haven’t attended one before, the Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth. Cities all over the planet let creativity and innovation reign, showcasing everything from fashion to technology to delicious, delicious food – or best yet, a mashup of those and everything in between.

Sign up to be one of our very own astronauts on the creative frontier, and launch your imagination at the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire on October 6th!

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!