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Tax forms are here!  The IRS has sent us printed copies of some of the most commonly used forms and instruction books.  We will continue putting them out as long as our supply lasts.  If you need other forms, we have them available for copying or you can print them out from  Look on our website for more tax-related links.

The library will be closed on Sunday, February 18 and Monday, February 19, in honor of Presidents Day. Come in before or after those days to learn about the four presidents born in February. You thought there were only two? I’ll reveal the names at the end of this column.

There is something special going on at the library every day for the rest of the month, along with the regular schedule of story times and book clubs. We hope to see you frequently!

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Partake in Something Beautiful on Saturday, February 17 at 2:00.  Zanzel Kathy Roach, better known as Ms Zey will be reading and signing copies of her book. She is a poet, a spoken word artist, an educator and a writer as well as being a New Jersey native.  Her poetry is wrapped up in an inspiring, uplifting and charismatic delivery. You will be sliding off your seat as you move to her beat.

Later that day, at 4:00, there will be a Spanish/English story time.  This bilingual program is for kids of all ages who know or would like to learn Spanish while hearing stories, singing songs, and having fun. 

Tuesday, February 20, one of our English conversation groups will meet at 1:00.  This ongoing class is a great opportunity for adults to develop speaking and listening skills in English. There is another group that meets Mondays at 10:30 when the library is open (next session, February 26). Learners of all skill levels are welcome to join one or both sessions.

On Wednesday, there will be another meeting of the Coding Dojo for kids ages 10 and up.  Space is limited, so registration is required.  Bring your own laptop to learn the basics of coding.

Thursday, February 22 brings two important meetings.  The Common Ground support group meets at 6:30. Common Ground is a monthly support group for parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs. This month's meeting will feature open topic group discussion.

At 7:00, the Friends of the Library will hold their regular monthly meeting.  If you love your library, consider joining this group of friendly people who support the library with fundraising, volunteering and special programs. One of their projects is the museum pass program, which lets you visit wonderful institutions at no or reduced cost.  If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, come in to learn the details.

Join us for an afternoon of fun with paint at the Kid Craft event on February 23 at 3:00. Participants can choose from a selection of wood crafts to paint. There is a $1 materials fee per child, and you must register.  You also must wear clothes that can get paint on them!

Saturday brings a meeting of the chess club at 11:30. Anyone over 6 years old can join.  Players of all skill levels are welcome.

In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for a special presentation of the film Mighty Times: the Children’s March on Saturday, February 24 at 2:00. The film recounts how the young people of Birmingham braved arrest, fire hoses, and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. More than 100 eyewitnesses, including notable participants and organizers help tell the story.

And that’s just this week!  For the rest of the month, check out Monday night movies, special needs sensory story time, tabletop gaming and more by visiting our website or the coming to the library.

Still wondering about the presidents? The February presidents are George Washington (February 22, 1732), William Henry Harrison (February 9, 1773), Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809), and Ronald Regan (February 6, 1911).  Enjoy the day, and have some cake for all of them!


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