February is on the horizon and thoughts of many turn to tax season. This year, the IRS has made some changes in how it sends tax forms and publications to public libraries. Public libraries – including SLDL – will receive copies of Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ. We don’t have a date for when these forms will arrive yet, but we will keep you updated as we know more. We won’t be receiving instruction booklets or any schedules this year. All forms, schedules, and instructions are available online at irs.gov. You can print what you need from there or simply view it online.
We will have reproducible forms at the library available for you to copy or look at.
If you are a senior who wants assistance with your 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.
The Friends of the Spring Lake District Library January Book Sale scheduled for January 22 through 24 has been canceled. We look forward to the annual Heritage Festival Book Sale in June.
Are you interested in learning more about the Friends? They have their own page on the library’s website with information about the library services they support, their goals, and how to join. New members are always warmly welcomed!
To give our staff time with their friends and family to celebrate the New Year, the library will be closed on Wednesday December 31 and Thursday January 1. We’ll start 2015 off at the library with our regular hours of 9:30am to 5:00pm on Friday January 2!
As always our website and library catalog are open even when the building is closed. You can also download eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eBranch 24 hours a day. If you’ve had trouble with that before, make it a New Year’s Resolution to start! Our eBranch has a great online help system or you can stop into the library at any time.
Are you worried about a letdown after the holidays? Fear not! The Blizzard of Books is coming to sweep you away! Whether you need to put your feet up after holiday chaos or you just want to get some good reading in, the Blizzard of Books, our winter reading club, is there for you to look forward to!
Signups begin bright and early on January 2nd, and the club will conclude March 14, 2015. All high school students and adults are welcome to join. All you have to do is sign up, read five library books of your choice, and come in to get a prize. Each time you redeem a prize (limit 3 per person), we’ll enter you into the grand prize drawing! One of the best ways to spend the winter is curled up with a good book.
The Spring Lake District Library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday December 24 and 25. We will reopen with our regular hours of 9:30am to 5pm on Friday December 26.
While the physical library is closed, our website is still open, allowing you to put something on hold if there’s a book you hear about while with family! Or you can access our research databases if there’s an argument that you want to settle right away.
If you’ve received a brand new tablet or eReader, you can get started downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library right away! Are you wondering how to get the eBooks onto that new tablet? Take a look at our explanation here (this is a PDF that you can download or print out). If you run into troubles with a new eReader, there is some fantastic assistance here at Overdrive. And as always, if you need more help, feel free to stop into the library when we reopen on Friday.
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Spring Lake District Library!