What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

Federal and state tax forms have arrived at Carnegie and Jeffersonville libraries! 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 used to. Library patrons 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.

The Carnegie Public Library and Jeffersonville Library are now taking appointments for free tax preparation with AARP Tax Aide. Appointments are available in Washington Court House on Wednesdays through April 6 and in Jeffersonville on Thursdays through April 7. AARP Tax Aide can prepare most simple returns.

Please bring: 2014 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. To schedule an appointment in Washington Court House call 740-335-2540, Jeffersonville 740-426-9292. Times fill up fast, call today!

Coming up: Carnegie Public Library in Washington Court House and Jeffersonville will be closed Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

March 3-5 is the Cabin Fever Book Sale! This sale takes place in the library meeting room; the library is accepting donations now.

Local certified health coach, Deb Rhoads, is hosting a series of “Light for My Path” discussions. These 20-minute talks are designed to provide food for thought for your mind, body, and spirit. Talks take place in the library meeting room on Thursdays at 1 p.m. The final talk in this series will take place on Feb. 11 when Deb will present “What Are You Thinking?”

Adults, join us for a no-commitment book club this year! The library hosts this meeting every other month and welcomes all readers. In 2016, we will focus on works of classic literature. On Thursday, March 10 at 5 p.m., we will meet to discuss Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Whether it is your first reading or your fifth, we would love to talk about this book with you! Meetings are held on the second floor by the fireplace. We hope to see you!

For kids: This Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. join the Magic Tree House Passport Club! We’ll supply the passport and every time you read a book, answer three simple questions and you’ll receive a stamp in your passport! For this meeting, please read “Winter of the Ice Wizard by Mary Pope Osborne (copies available at the children’s desk). We’ll talk about the book, play games and make something special! This club is for children in grades 1-3. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., is Preschool Storytime for children 4 – 6 years old and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., is Books & Blocks for children 1 – 3 years old. Siblings are welcome at either session. On Feb. 9 and 11 the theme is “I Can Tell a Story!” Join us for these fun and dynamic early literacy programs!

Coming up, Carnegie Library will host a special family storytime on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and goodies! Children ages 2-5 and their families are welcome to “Stay Warm in February” with us!

In Jeffersonville: Every Tuesday at 11 a.m., come listen to stories, play instruments, create crafts, socialize with other little friends at Toddler Time. Feb. 9 will feature a “Be My Valentine” theme! Join us! Join us for a Valentine’s Day craft! “Here’s My Heart Pillow” is for children ages 8 and up and will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m.

Information about all of our programs may 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. Check us out on Facebook!

By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director