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Sunday Music Series – Folias Flute and Guitar Duo (and Guests)

Our favorite Sunday of every month is the one when we have some Music by the Fireplace.  This Sunday, April 19 at 3pm, Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron, the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo, will treat us to a performance. Composers as well as performers, Maret and Bergeron concentrate on concert chamber music for their recitals. They enjoy infusing world, jazz, and tango music into their original compositions.   We’re excited to hear their original music and to welcome their special guests for this performance only: bassoonist Marissa Peak and the Aquinas College guitar ensemble.

Currently the weather forecast calls for April showers on Sunday.  What better way to spend your Spring afternoon than listening to live music?

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Unlimited Possibilities at Your Library

April 12-18 is National Library Week.  The theme of this year’s National Library Week is Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library.  It doesn’t matter who you are, what age you are, or what you do, the library welcomes you and wants to help you achieve your dreams.


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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 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

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.