What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

Friday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. join Carnegie Public Library at Two Scoops of Sugar for our first Adult Spelling Bee! Compete as an individual, or as a representative from your workplace or organization. It’s all fun and games, but the champion will earn bragging rights and a cool prize! You can pre-register at the library starting Feb. 1, or at Two Scoops of Sugar, the night of the event, beginning at 5 p.m. Registration closes at 5:45 p.m., or when full. Spelling Bee begins promptly at 6 p.m. Space is limited! This event is open to adults 18 and over and Fayette County residents only.

Tax season has arrived and so has the AARP Tax Aide schedule! Spots fill up fast, so call today for an appointment. Trained volunteers are able to prepare most simple returns. Please bring: 2018 tax return, a photo i.d. and 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. Schedule forthcoming!

Doing your own taxes? State and federal tax forms will soon be available, in limited quantity, at the library. For many years, the library has participated in Tax Form Distribution Programs. In the past, the library received many copies of tax forms, schedules and instructions. In recent years, the federal and state governments, in an effort to reduce waste and encourage electronic filing, have reduced the amount of tax products mailed to individuals and tax form outlets such as the library. Both federal and state governments report that more than 90 percent of tax returns are now filed online! We still receive forms, just not as many as we once did. Once forms have arrived, library patrons and community members can stop by to pick up forms or use our public internet computers to print forms and schedules, at a minimal cost. Both the IRS and the Ohio Department of Taxation have information rich, up-to-date websites for consumer questions related to filing, forms, deadlines and identity theft. Visit www.irs.gov or tax.ohio.gov for forms, instructions, and more.

In Washington Court House: Welcome to storytime! Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is Preschool Storytime. This program is for children 3 – 5 years old, while Thursdays are Books & Blocks, for children 1 – 3 years old. Each week features a new theme! Siblings are welcome at either session. Also, each Tuesday at 11:15 a.m., the library will host ‘Books & Babies!’ ‘Books & Babies’ is a 15-minute session specifically created for our youngest patrons to look at board books, do finger plays, bounce on laps and explore. This early literacy time will introduce your baby to the library and the world of books! On Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m., children ages 5-12 are invited to “Old-Fashioned Valentine’s Craft” at Carnegie Public Library! Make an sweet valentine with ribbons, lace and glitter galore!

Teens and tweens: Have you heard about “Code Club?” The library is looking for coders (and non-coders) ages 8-18. On Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. attendees will learn to make games, apps, websites and animations! “Code Club” is relaxed, so come when you can and learn at your own pace.

In Jeffersonville: As always, Tuesdays at 11 a.m., little ones are invited to listen to stories, play instruments, create crafts, and socialize with other little friends at Toddler Time! On Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m., children ages 4-16 are invited to make “Yummy Valentin’s Treats!” Make your own red velvet whoopee pie and mini milkshake!

Information about all of our programs can be found on the library’s website, www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540 and the Jeffersonville Library at 740-426-9292. All programs are FREE, unless otherwise noted. Check us out on Facebook; follow us on Twitter @cplwcho.

By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director