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Spring Break is Coming!

Suddenly it’s spring, and Spring Break is almost here!  If you’re staying in town for Spring Break, we have a great lineup of programs scheduled to keep everyone engaged and happy during the week off school. We’re also having our Spring Reading Club for kids in preschool through Grade 8 from April 6 – 18. Signups for the reading club begin on Monday March 30.  Kids can read to earn prizes such as books, LEGO kits, movie passes, a Boxtrolls DVD, and a 2015 Guinness Book of World Records!

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Wanted: Teen Volunteers!

Summer Reading is coming up fast, and the Youth Services department is looking for teen volunteers to help make Summer Reading 2015, Every Hero Has a Story, the best yet!  We’re really excited about the programs and events we have planned, and we need some great teens to help us carry them out.

Teens will be able to choose from an assortment of tasks like helping children with crafts or activities, collecting reading logs and handing out prizes, and helping to prepare for storytimes, crafting or other programs.  We’ll be asking our volunteers to sign up for at least three time slots to volunteer during the summer so they’ll be able to schedule times around other commitments like sports, jobs, or family vacations.

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Tax Form Update!

April 15th is fast approaching, and tax time is upon us! You may already be aware, but this year the IRS made some changes in how it sends tax forms and publications to public libraries.  We only are receiving copies of Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ.  We won’t be receiving any instruction booklets or 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.

Currently we are out of Form 1040 just received more Form 1040 and are running a little low on Forms 1040A and 1040EZ, but we have ordered more. They should be delivered during the last week of March.  We have reproducible forms at the library for you to look at or copy. We have several copies of the instruction booklets available for check out.

We have received our Michigan tax forms including the Home Heating Credit booklet.  Michigan forms are also available online at Michigan.gov/taxes.

If you are a senior who would like assistance with your taxes, the Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging (formerly the North Ottawa County 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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Celebrate Teen Tech Week 2015!

Not only is Spring on the way, but it’s Teen Tech Week at the library!  From March 8 through 14, this week is a time for teens to geek out at the library while exploring new technology or familiarizing themselves with online resources (beyond Wikipedia).  We’ll be hosting a variety of programs during Teen Tech Week for teens to come and enjoy.

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A History of – and Trip to – Detroit

Are you interested in the history of Michigan’s biggest city?  Even though it’s on the other side of the state, what happens in Detroit affects all Michiganders – if for no other reason than we want to cheer on our Tigers or Red Wings.  For an insightful and thought-provoking look at the city that used to be called the ‘Paris of the Midwest,’ join us on Thursday, March 5 at 7pm for A History of Detroit: From Marvelous Metropolis to Bankruptcy.

The library has teamed up with the Tri-Cities Historical Museum to bring Muskegon Community College instructors George Maniates and Kurt Troutman in for this presentation, and we’re looking forward to it!

If you’re interested in learning more about Detroit, you can also visit the Tri-Cities Historical Museum on Thursday, March 19 at 7pm for a lecture titled Art or Asset – the Behind the Scenes Struggles of the DIA.

After learning about Detroit and the DIA, why not visit?  Join our lecturers on a bus trip to the DIA with stops in Greektown and John K King Books.  The trip will take place on Saturday, May 2.  For more information or to reserve your seat on the bus, please call the museum at 616.842.0700.

If you can’t wait for May, you can visit Detroit by book. Take a look at the list of 2015 Michigan Notable Books that take place in and around Detroit or examine historical aspects of the city.  All of these books are available at the Spring Lake District Library.