What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

The 2020 Census will take place in just a few weeks! Carnegie Public Library is here to help. By April 1, 2020, 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.

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.

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. Saturday, Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. join us for the next session of “Music Makers!” Children ages 1-6 will sing, dance, rhyme, and play instruments! These tools are great for introducing language to children in a fun way! Then, coming up on Monday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m., kids in grades 2 and up are invited to “Scratch Club!” Using the “Scratch” coding website, you can play games, design apps and animations, and share with your friends. Beginning and experienced coders welcome!

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! On Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m., the “Knifty Knitters” will meet to knit caps for newborns and those with cancer. Nearing 3,000 total caps and hats, this group is open to anyone interested in fellowship and creativity with purpose. Then, on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m., children of all ages are invited to make-and-take a “Fun with Foam” craft!

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