What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

Feeling a little stir-crazy? We sure are. Beat those winter blahs and help keep the little ones entertained with a new book or a whole bagful of books from the Carnegie Public Library Cabin Fever Book Sale.

The sale will take place in the library meeting room. Hours will be as follows: Thursday, March 3, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, March 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday is “Bargain Day” featuring books at $1 a bag. Additional donations for the sale will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 29.

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 informative, 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!

Adults, join us for a no-commitment book club this year. The library hosts a 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.

For kids: 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. 16 and 18 the theme is “I Can Read a Book!” Join us for these fun and dynamic early literacy programs.

Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. is “Science Saturday.” Help your child fine-tune teamwork skills by conducting simple science experiments with others. Children will learn about the world around them, expand their grasp of science concepts and discover how to think for themselves. Balloons, eggs and chocolate will be some of their tools. This is for children in grades 3-5. Registration is required.

Also on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m., join us for “Family Story Time.” Enjoy 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. 16 will feature a “Music of My Heart” theme. Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. we will make fun and funky “shrinky-dink” and loop necklaces with Linda! This program is for ages 4 and up.

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