What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

Tax season is upon us! Carnegie Public Library will soon host free tax preparation with AARP Tax Aide. Trained volunteers are able to prepare most simple returns. Please bring: 2019 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% 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.

Coming up in February, the library is excited to host the second-annual Adult Spelling Bee! Practice your spelling skills now, and compete for the title of reigning spelling champion of Fayette County! The date for this verbose venture is Feb. 14, 2020. The time and location is yet to be announced. Then, on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12:30 p.m., Dusty Ruth, an investigator for the Bigfoot Research Organization (BFRO), will answer questions, display casts and photographic evidence, and play audio samples supporting the existence of sasquatch! This program is recommended for interested teens and adults, and will take place in the library meeting room.

In Washington Court House: Both Tuesdays and Thursdays each week at 10:30 a.m. are for Books & Blocks! Children ages 1 – 3 years old will read, sing, play, and make a craft! Each week features a new theme and siblings are welcome. The first session of Little Scientists will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. Children ages 3-6 will conduct experiments and join in play with a STEM theme! The next session will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Then, on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m., children ages 12 and up are invited to our new “Reader’s Club!” If you want to read, we are here to help. Read quietly, read aloud, or let us read to you!

In Jeffersonville: Join us for Toddler Time! 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! Coming up, Toddler Time on Tuesday, Jan. 14, we will read about penguins! On Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m., children ages 3-14 are invited to make a snowman door hanger with us! Then, on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 4:30 p.m. all ages are invited to a “make & take” story tin!

Coming up, Carnegie Public Library is closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Both locations will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.

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