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Resources for Adults/Seniors

Choose from the list below.

For a complete list of library resources, services, and other websites, visit this page.

All About Reading
Book Clubs

  • Online Clubs
    • Dearreader
      • Read books in your email. New books each week. Sample 2-3 chapters.

    • ALA Central
      • An award-winning actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the honorary chair for Book Club Central.

    • OverDrive's Big Library Read
      • A reading program through your library that connects readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time without any wait lists or holds.

    • hoopla Book Club Hub
    • A book club offering quarterly reads with instant availability, with no holds, no waiting, and no late fees.

Braille, Audio and other aids

Community Resources
Computer Classes and Computers

Computer Classes

  • Take a free class at the library.
    • If an event is closed or you prefer one on one help with a device, website, or app, an alternative service is "Book A Librarian"
    • Community resources
    • Adult Education Center---337-217-4220 (Summer classes only)
    • Care Help of Sulphur--337-528-2273; class time (Wed. 230-4 or 430-6); notify ahead of time
    • My PC Tech--337-497-0900 or 337-436-1136; class time 2-4 Saturdays; notify ahead of time
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Computers 

  • Learn it the easy way with video tutorials from Lynda.com from LinkedIn.
    • Topics include photography, music editing, 3D animation, film-making, education, business, and so much more. (HELP)

  • Improve your computer skills with these tutorials.
  • Browse tons of topics from computers to reading to everyday essentials with this site.

Entertainment

  • HomeTalk---world's largest DIY community

Foundations, Grants, and Financial Info

Foundations and Grants 

  • NEW Foundation Directory Online (inside library only)
    Find more grants. Save more time. FDO delivers quality funding prospects and delivers the information you need to reach your fundraising goals quickly and efficiently.

  • NEW Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (inside library only)
    the premier funding research tool for finding foundations that provide financial support for an individual.

Financial Info

  • Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center (State Library)
    access to nearly 250 full-text publications, covering business continuity management, business continuity planning, business impact analysis, contingency auditing, crisis communications, disaster mitigation, emergency preparedness, regulatory issues, risk evaluation, and strategic planning.

  • ValueLine (limit of 8 simultaneous users)
    backed by 80 years of power thinking, this resource covers over 3500 stocks across 100 industries and represents 95% of the daily US trading volume. Make profitable decisions by accessing incomparable data, news, and analysis; create your own investment portfolio and your own custom reports. (Limited to 8 simultaneous users) mobile version
  • MorningStar Investment Research Center--(inside library or home access
    (limited to a total of 3 simultaneous users; if the limit has been reached either inside or outside of the library, you'll receive an "access denied" message.)
    "comprehensive data and independent analysis of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds."

Genealogy
Health

  • Exceptional Lives offers free, easy-to-use resources for parents and caregivers of children and young adults with disabilities. Includes medical care, education, government benefits, and social support.

Learning Languages

Learn actual conversation skills using Mango Languages.

Library Resources and Services
Library To-Go (Outreach)
Life in General

  • Here's a list of community resources; includes food stamps, shelters, housing, etc.
     
  • Job Search Assistance (Homework Louisiana) Sun. - Thurs. from 10 AM-Midnight 
    • Online job search, applications, resumes/cover letters, interview preparations, and drop-off reviews.

  • myRA.gov is a new type of Roth IRA; a retirement account created by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help you save for retirement if you don’t have access to a plan at work.
  • Did you know that there is a local organization able to provide support services, education, and recreation to you? It's the Calcasieu Council on Aging; contact #: 337-474-2583
  • Want to be informed on local government, government services, and public affairs? Visit C-Gov (Calcasieu Government Channel)

Local and Louisiana

  • La Familia Resource Center--"bilingual, multi-service, developed to meet the needs of multi-cultural families and individuals by providing information, referrals, access to services and programs within the Southwest Louisiana community."
     
  • Did you know that there is a local organization able to provide support services, education, and recreation to you? It's the Calcasieu Council on Aging; contact #: 337-474-2583
  • Want to be informed on local government, government services, and public affairs? Visit C-Gov (Calcasieu Government Channel)
  • Looking for a guide to the history of Louisiana, or info about the U.S. Government? Check out the Resources page. Visit the State Library of Louisiana's website for even more resources.

  • Browse the library of digital media from the Louisiana.

  • Job Search Assistance (Homework Louisiana) Sun. - Thurs. from 10 AM -Midnight . Includes online job search, applications, resumes/cover letters, interview preparations, and drop-off reviews.

  • Explore 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information with Photogrammar.  

Miscellaneous (includes how-to's)

  • Learn how to work and solve problems in the midst of it every day with these interactive lessons.
  • Tickle your mind with these games from AARP.
  • Browse articles covering over 140 topics; view actual instructions, images and more for topics such as home and garden, model building, and scrapbooking with Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center. (State Library)

Programs and Events

Find a library program. 

  • NOTE:  If an event is closed due to unavailable seats, or you prefer one on one help with a device, website, or app, we have an alternative service. It's called "Book A Librarian"Details.

Tax Information

FEDERAL TAX FORMS

  • The following physical forms will be at the library.
    • Form 1040 and schedule 1-6, and the instruction booklets.    
  • All branches usually have federal tax forms available free of charge. 
  • You may access all Federal forms online. 
    • Printing costs are 20 cents per black & white page.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TAX FORMS 

IRS TFOP Alert 09-27-2018: Major Changes to Tax Forms 

Changes to Forms 1040 and 1040 A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, and Form 1040 EZ, Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers with No Dependents 

Following the most expansive tax law changes in 30 years, the IRS created a shorter, simpler Form 1040 for the 2019 tax season. The new Form 1040 will replace the current Form 1040 as well as the Form 1040A and the Form 1040EZ. 

The new Form 1040 uses a "building block" approach, in which the tax return is reduced to a simple form. That form can be supplemented with additional schedules if needed. Taxpayers with straightforward tax situations would only need to file this new 1040 with no additional schedules.

We will distribute the Form 1040 and Schedules 1-6 as Package 1040. The Package 1040 will include one copy of the new Form 1040 along with one copy of the schedules. The Instructions for Form 1040 will be a separate product. 

Package 1040 Contents 

  • Form 1040U.S. Individual Income Tax

    Return

  • Schedule 1Additional Income & Adjustments to Income
  • Schedule 2Tax (Additional Taxes)
  • Schedule 3Non-Refundable Credits
  • Schedule 4Other Taxes
  • Schedule 5Other Payments and Refundable Credits
  • Schedule 6Foreign Address and Third- Party Designee

 

STATE TAX FORMS

  • Paper form LA state forms are not available at library locations.
  • You may access all State and Federal forms online. 
    • Printing costs are 20 cents per black & white page.
  • You can request a mailed paper copy of a form through the Louisiana Dept. of Revenue website. For more information, please contact (225) 219-2113 or (225) 219-2112.

 

TAX Assistance

VITA (The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and TCE

United Way Worldwide and H&R Block software (MyFreeTaxes)

  • The MyFreeTaxes free income tax preparation program has been available since 2009. Taxpayers prepare their own returns. A free federal and up to 3 state returns can be self-prepared by taxpayers with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $66,000 or less in 2017.  There is no age limit. (Not available for prior year returns nor for foreign students.)
  • Website
  • Telephone support: 1-855-MY-TX-HELP  (1-855-698-9435) 
  • Hours of support are Mon. – Fri. 9 AM– 9 PM (CST), Sat. 11 AM – 8 PM (CST).
  • Support provided from mid-January through October 15, excluding federal holidays.
  • E-mail support at Info@myfreetaxes.com and chat support available while in the software.
  • Hours may change after April 17, 2018.

Free tax calculators and tools

Taxpayer Advocate—local info (504-558-3001)

Tutorials

  • Learn anywhere, anytime and anything with online video tutorials from Lynda.com from LinkedIn.
    • Topics include photography, music editing, 3D animation, film-making, education, business, and so much more. (HELP)

     

  • Learning Express 3.0 tutorials (Adult Learning Center, Computer Skills and more)

Travel

  • Looking for the ultimate guide to the world? International trade & country reports? Are you planning international travel? What about recipes from other countries? Use Global Road Warrior
  • Learn actual conversation skills with Mango Languages

    Over 60 languages included. (ex: Spanish, French, English, Russian, Pirate, Italian, Cherokee, and Finnish)

  • Learn one of 80 languages or practice English as a Second Language with Pronunciator. (State Library) 

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