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Tax Forms are Here!

If you’re a tax season early bird, you’ll be happy to know that our tax forms have arrived!  We have the Federal 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ forms along their instruction books along with the general Michigan forms and Home Heating Credit forms.  We aren’t able stock all the tax forms out there, but all forms are available online either at irs.gov or Michigan.gov.

Are you a senior feeling overwhelmed at the thought of doing your own taxes? The Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging (formerly the North Ottawa Country Council on Aging) is here to help!  The Center is providing trained AARP tax aides to assist seniors.  To make an appointment with a tax aide, call the Four Pointes Center at 616.842.9210.  Meetings can be held here at the library or at another location.

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Art by Heart

Do you want to discover a new way to relax and be creative that doesn’t require anything more than pencil and paper? Artist Barbara Carlson will teach the art of Zentangle at the library on Thursday, February 11 from 6:30-8pm. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, she will be demonstrating heart-shaped Zentangles, but the techniques can be carried over to any shape.

Zentangle drawings are created using repetitive patterns, making the process a form of artistic meditation.  You don’t need any previous art training or drawing experience to start making Zentangles – in fact when drawing a Zentangle, you’re encouraged to build off apparent mistakes or stray marks making every stroke of the pencil an opportunity for new directions.

The class is designed for young people and adults ages 12 and up.  Pre-registration is required, and a $10 materials fee is due at the time of registration.  In order to register, please stop by the library’s Check Out desk.

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We’re Going Full STEAM Ahead!

Our second installment of our new monthly after-school program for kids 7-12 will be held on Thursday, February 11 from 4-5pm. Full STEAM Ahead is a way to explore fun and creative STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) activities in a low-pressure and cooperative setting.  During the school year, Full STEAM Ahead will be held on the second Thursday of the month.

This month, kids will be able to work together or on their own to build with drinking straws, explore circuits, and make a Where’s Waldo? magnet. Feel free to simply stop by; pre-registration is not necessary.  Many thanks to the generosity of Steven & Kathryn Bandstra for making Full STEAM Ahead possible.

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Time to Make Some Valentines

Need to make some Valentines? We’ve got your back! Our Valentine Making Workshop is Tuesday, February 9 from 3:30-5pm so whether cards are needed for friends or family, kids 4 and up are invited stop by to create cards, pictures, and other Valentine greetings.  We’ll have materials available; kids just need to bring their creativity & imaginations.

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Ready to Start a Business?

Do you have a great idea for a business but aren’t sure how to put it into action?  SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses can help you get started.  Should you start from scratch? Buy an already existing business? Purchase a franchise? What sources of capital are out there, and how do you know if you’d be a good business owner anyway?

On Tuesday, February 2 from 6-8pm, an expert from SCORE will be at the library to answer these questions and more. This workshop presents the reality of owning a business and the importance of conducting a self-assessment to determine if business ownership is for you.

Topics include:

  • The owner’s role and the need for self-assessment
  • Having a business plan
  • Legal structure, insurance, regulatory issues
  • Financial analysis, planning and forecasting
  • Markets and marketing strategies to define and promote the business

Seats are limited for this program, so be sure to pre-register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.