What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

All word nerds and lovebirds welcome! The library will host the second-annual Adult Spelling Bee at the new Capuana’s Courtview Delicatessen, at 149 N. Main St. in Washington Court House, on Friday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. City Manager, Joe Denen, will be the event’s official pronouncer. The gastronomic-themed spelling list is now available at the library and the Facebook event page. Call or stop by the library to sign-up!

Later this month, 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.

Doing your own taxes? State and federal tax forms are now 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.

Carnegie Public Library is now taking appointments for 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. If you would like to volunteer to be an AARP Tax Aide preparer, please contact Sarah Nichols at 740-335-2540. Training is free, adults of any age can serve with AARP Tax Aide, and volunteers are IRS certified.

The 2020 Census will take place in just a few weeks! Carnegie Public Library is here to help. By April 1, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. At the library, you can access the internet from one of our public computers to submit your response. Your response is important! A fair, accurate, complete count help cities, counties, and states receive appropriate funding and economic opportunities! Looking for work? Each Saturday between now and April 1 a representative from the U.S. Census will hold walk-in hours from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for applicants seeking employment with the 2020 Census.

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 next session of Little Scientists will take place on Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Children ages 3-6 will conduct experiments and join in play with a STEM theme!

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, Feb. 11, the theme is “Valentine’s Day!” Coming up, on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m. children of all ages are invited to make a “Jar of Hearts!”

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