Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Jambalaya Writers Conference 2018

As you may have heard, our Jambalaya Writers Conference is coming up on Saturday, March 3. We will have a host of authors here talking about their craft, and tons of information session to assist up and coming local writers to hone their skills. Authors in attendance include R.L. Stine, Joshilyn Jackson, Melissa Marr, Jack Bedell, and a long list of other talented writers of poetry and prose for a variety of audiences (a complete list of presenters may be found here).

If you’d like familiarize yourself with these authors before the conference, check out our card catalog. Do a quick search by author’s name to find some of their work in our collection. Below are just a handful of the books that we have available in our collection. Search the card catalog at for more!


Friday, February 2, 2018

Tax Help at the Library

Recently, we at the library have been receiving an influx of calls from curious patrons regarding tax forms and tax filing assistance. Here is an update on the situation with tax forms at Terrebonne Parish Library.

Free tax filing assistance through VITA:

VITA is the only organization that Terrebonne Parish Library is partnering with this year for free tax preparation services. Assistance is available if you earned less than $60,000 overall.

Volunteers for VITA will be at the Main Library (no other branches) on Tuesdays from February 6 - April 10. While volunteers will be doing taxes from 9 AM - 3 PM, a wait list will be started at 8:30 AM by a VITA volunteer. Only the VITA volunteer’s list will be used; no “unofficial” lists will be recognized. You are advised to come early and remain in line, as sign ups/assistance are first come, first served, and VITA has fewer volunteers working this year. Information from VITA regarding their services is posted below.

Tax Forms:

The library has requested federal tax forms from the IRS (Louisiana does not send out state tax forms to libraries). However, due to changes in federal legislation and a later filing opening date, the IRS delayed the printing and distribution of tax forms to its distribution partners (including the library). All branches will still be receiving and distributing a selection free 2017 tax forms, but they are coming in piece by piece. If you are looking for a specific form, please call your local branch to see if the form has been received.

The following forms will be available at the Terrebonne Parish Libraries, in limited numbers, while supplies last:

Form 1040
Form 1040 Instructions
Form 1040 A
Form 1040 A Instructions
Form 1040 EZ
Form 1040 EZ Instructions
Publication 4604

Requesting Forms and E-filing

Printing Forms Online:
You can print federal and state tax forms at home for free, or at the library for 10 cents per page.

Requesting Forms by Phone and Online:
You may request to have forms mailed to your home for free.

Federal: Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time to order current or prior year forms and instructions or IRS publications. Hours of service in Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific Time. You will receive your order by mail, usually within 7 to 10 days

State: 1-855-307-3893



You may file your own federal taxes free online at

For Louisiana, see

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Black History Month at Terrebonne Parish Library

Since 1976, the United States has recognized February as “Black History Month,” a month to highlight the achievements of African Americans to the country’s history. The national theme for Black History Month this year is “African Americans in Times of War,” commemorating the end of World War I and the role that African Americans played in defending the US in times of armed conflict.

Here at Terrebonne Parish Library, we are proud to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to American history. Whether you are working on a school project with your child, or you simply want to know more about African American history and culture, our library system provides a variety of sources to educate and inform.

In addition to print resources, the library has an expansive collection of high quality, always available online reference resources. These encyclopedias and reference books are exact duplicates of the ones that are on the shelves at the library. They can be used by multiple patrons at a time, and don’t need to be “checked out” like a traditional book or ebook. All you need to access these from home is an active Terrebonne Parish Library card.

Salem History, which can be found on our website under the “Databases” tab, has multiple resources useful for researching African Americans in war. Some of the most useful are Great Lives from History: African Americans, Defining Documents in American History, both Civil War and World War I, and the Decades series, which examines the history of the country with a volume highlighting each of the decades of its existence. For a more contemporary look at the African American experience, Current Topics: Civil Disobedience, Social Justice, Nationalism & Populism, Violent Demonstrations and Race Relations offers selected essays from Salem Press exploring the issues affecting American communities today.

Also available through our database subscriptions is the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale features titles on biography, history, science, and the arts on a broad range of subjects. Particularly interesting to those studying African American history are the Contemporary Black Biography series Gale Library of Daily Life: Slavery in America, American Social Reform Movements, and Americans at War. All feature extensive information on the African American experience.

In addition to these reference materials, our collection includes popular biographies and autobiographies featuring a range of African American lives, available both digitally and in print, as well as other non-fiction books by and about African Americans. From historical narratives, such as Solomon Northup’s 12 Years a Slave, to powerful modern stories like The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs and Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, these books tell stories of heartbreak and courage in the face of adversity.

During Black History Month and all year round, Terrebonne Parish Library  is here to educate, entertain, and inform by providing quality sources of information and high quality programming for our patrons to enjoy. Stop by your local branch today, and let us help you find your next great read!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Library is Closed! What Should I Do?

All Terrebonne Parish Libraries will be closed tomorrow, January 17, 2018, due to icy conditions on the roads. Since this closure was unexpected, you may have had some library business to attend to which will have to be put off due to this closure. 

However, did you know that much of the library's print collection is duplicated online, and it can be accessed from your home computer 24/7, even when the library is closed? 

Besides Overdrive, Freading, Axis360, and Flipster, which offer the full text and/or audio of current popular books, comics, and magazines, the library's scholarly digital collection can be found in the Salem Online and Gale Virtual Reference Library. These are exactly the same as the print editions in the Reference department at the Main Library. You can access these resources with your active Terrebonne Parish library card from any internet connected computer, via our "databases" page. 

Below is a sampling of some of the useful science and medical resources you may find helpful to study, or just to browse. You don't have to check these books out. They are available to multiple users at a time, any time!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Sounds for Free with Freegal Music!

Do you hear what I hear? 

I hear FREE high quality MP3s, and I got them by using my library card!

Spice up your Christmas playlist with 5 free downloads every week with your Terrebonne Parish Library card! 

You can mix it up with A Pentatonix Christmas
Let your sweetie know that All I Want for Christmas is You
Or have a Blue Christmas with the King!

There are hundreds of songs to choose from. 
Mix them up, and make your perfect holiday playlist!

The albums above include the full songs by the original artists. Freegal also offers several covers of popular songs, children's music, and classical music. Listen to a sample before you download to be sure you like what you're getting!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Homework Help for Everyone!

Homework Louisiana, through, offers an excellent service to library patrons that many don't know about: completely free tutoring, online, that you can access from any internet connected computer or Android/Apple device. Tutoring is available for library patrons at kindergarten through college levels. Help is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. And, as of November 2017, an audio feature has been added so that you can talk with your tutor during your session.

Yes, live, real time tutoring through an online chat with a trained tutor is completely FREE with your library card! Just select your grade level (or, you can choose “adult” to work on skills if you’re not in school) and your subject, and you will quickly be connected with a live person who is trained to assist you with your homework or skill building. You can even scan in a worksheet or assignment and submit it to your tutor, so you can work on it together. If you need math help or for someone to review your essay or resume during off hours, there’s even a convenient way to drop those off and have them reviewed by a tutor later. Resume and essay feedback will be returned to you within 12 hours, and step-by-step feedback on your math problem will be returned within 24 hours.

Are you thinking of going back to school, but it’s been a while? There are assessment quizzes that will let you know where you stand and what you need help with. If you need to take the ACT or SAT, a section of the website provides free practice tests with automatic feedback at the completion of the test, letting you know where you stand and what you will need to work on to get a better score.

Live one-to-one help is available at the kindergarten through college level, Sunday – Thursday from 2:00 – 10:00pm; Adult Education and the Career Center are available Sunday – Thursday from 10:00am – 10:00pm.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Here's to Your Health! Health Resources from Terrebonne Parish Library

October, as you probably know, is Breast Cancer Awareness month. But keeping informed about topics related to your overall health and well being shouldn’t be confined to one month. As always, the library is here to help with a wealth of current information pertaining to a wide array of health topics. Whether it’s as serious as cancer or as small as mild acne, we have your health information needs covered with digital resources, available 24/7 at

The best way to access our online health resources in one place from our website is to select the “Databases by Subject” tab from the “Research” drop down menu on our homepage, shown below. From there, scroll down to “Health and Medicine.” You will find a group of databases created for both laypeople and medical professionals.

One of the best places to get started with your own medical research is Consumer Health Complete (Which is also available in Spanish as Salud En Espanol). Consumer Health Complete features one search box to search over 170 full text reference books. As described on the database itself, “More than 170 reference books and encyclopedias provide answers to health-related questions and offer in-depth information on conditions, procedures and treatments. These books cover a wide range of topics from First Aid, baby & child care, diseases, alternative medicine to aging & health and wellness.”

A quick search for “Breast Cancer” yields over 150 results for full text articles in publications such as Mayo Clinic Guide to Women's Cancers, Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Twelve Steps to a Healthier Life, and American Medical Association Family Medical Guide.

Another great resource is Salem Health, where library patrons can view entire books on the following subjects:

At Terrebonne Parish Library, we are proud to provide current and authoritative medical information to make sure our patrons are living their best and healthiest lives. Call or email the Reference department any time to get help navigating these fantastic resources.