What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

Bitter, bleak, brisk, chilled, cool, crisp, frigid, frosty…. downright cold! Whatever you call our winter weather, it certainly begs for cozy evenings curled up with a good book.

Print, kindle, tablet, or audio, slowing down and taking in a good book should be mandatory. Sunny locales, enlightening escapes, daring adventures, and calming comfort await you. Stop by and ask a librarian to help you find your next favorite book. Or, request personalized reading recommendations through our site at www.cplwcho.org/dearcarol.

Sign up for the 4th Annual Adult Spelling Bee! This event takes place on Friday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m., on the second floor of the library. This year’s competition words are literary and library themed, and a “cheat sheet” will be made available the week of the event.

Carnegie Public Library is once again hosting free tax preparation with AARP Tax Aide. Trained volunteers are able to prepare most simple returns. Please bring: 2021 tax return, a photo i.d., social security card, W2 forms from all employers, all form 1099s, detailed list of charitable deductions, medical expenses, evidence of mortgage interest payments and real estate taxes, documentation of child care expenses, other applicable documents, and a check if you would like your tax return to be direct deposited. To schedule your appointment, please call the library at 740-335-2540, ext 10, to schedule your appointment.

Join us for storytime! Our storytime programs incorporate stories, songs, crafts, play, and are for children ages 5 and younger. Each Tuesday at 11 a.m., Bonnie’s Books takes place at Jeffersonville United Methodist Church.

Each Thursday at 11 a.m., Hello, Friends! takes place each week in Washington Court House at the library. Coming up, on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m., children ages 6-12 are invited to “Crochet with Flora!” Supplies are provided, no registration necessary.

Check out the library’s 24/7 lockers! When you use the lockers, you can pick-up library materials any time of day. When placing a hold through the SEO libraries App, or through the online library catalog, you may now select “WASHINGTON COURTHOUSE 24/7 PICKUP LOCKERS” as your pick-up location. Library staff will notify you via email when the items are available, and in which locker number your items are located. Check out library social media for more details, or ask a librarian today! The lockers and shelter, paid in part by Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds, provide contactless service to patrons any time of day.

Make a resolution to read more in the new year, and then track your reading resolution on Beanstack in our Winter Reading Challenge. Help us reach our reading goal of 5,000 books! Participate until February for your chance to win monthly prizes! Sign in and register on our Beanstack site today: www.cplwcho.beanstack.org.

Important update regarding rapid at-home COVID-19 testing kits: The Ohio Department of Health has paused COVID-19 test kit distribution to Carnegie Public Library, other libraries, and community partners to meet the needs of Ohio’s public schools and universities. We do not know when test distribution at the library will resume. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

For the most up-to-date information regarding local testing, test kit distribution, vaccines, and quarantine guidelines, please contact your health provider or visit Fayette County Public Health at www.faycohd.org/c19vaccination/. Free, at-home covid-19 testing kits will be available for order at qwww.covidtests.gov/.

Our online resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Information about all of our resources can be found on the Library’s website, www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @cplwcho.


By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director