AARP Tax Aide Program returns

The AAPR Tax Aide program will be providing tax preparation assistance at the library from 8:30-11:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings, beginning on Thursday, February 1.

Volunteers can prepare simple federal and state tax returns, along with the MO-PTC (Property Tax Credit) form for the state of Missouri. Please bring all documents with you when you arrive for assistance. An initial intake form will be required, and no tax forms will be prepared until the intake form is completed.

No appointments will be taken; assistance is given on a first-come, first-served basis within the timeframe available each day.

Used Book Sale to be held March 30-April 2

Our Annual Used Book Sale will be held from March 30-April 2. Hours of the books sale are:

Thursday, March 30, 5-8 p.m.

Friday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, April 2, 1-3 p.m.

Items offered for sale are an assortment of donated books and books removed from the library collection. Shoppers will find regular and large print books, adult and children’s books, and a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction selections.

On the final day of the sale, any remaining items will be sold for $1 per bag, and we will even provide the brown paper bag!

Animal Valentines program

Join Big Oak Tree State Park at the library as we learn about silly courtship behaviors that animals here in Missouri take part in. We will make animal-themed Valentines to share with our loved ones.

This program is appropriate for all ages, and all materials will be provided.

Tax preparation assistance returns February 2

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

The AAPR Tax Aide program will be providing tax preparation assistance at the library from 8:30-11:00 a.m. on Thursday mornings, beginning on Thursday, February 2. Please note the time change from afternoons to mornings!

Volunteers can prepare simple federal and state tax returns, along with the MO-PTC (Property Tax Credit) form for the state of Missouri. They plan to return to the pre-Covid procedures where tax forms are taken and filed on the same day, eliminating the need for a return visit.

Please bring all documents with you when you arrive for assistance. An initial intake form will be required, and no tax forms will be prepared until the intake form is completed.

No appointments will be taken; assistance is given on a first-come, first-served basis within the timeframe available each day.

Family Night for grades K-3

Registration is open for Family Night for children in kindergarten through third grade. Family night will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 10 in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

We will have stories, crafts, and snacks, as well as a free book for each child attending!

To register, fill out the form below or call the library at 471-4140.

Fall Is Here and Family Nights Are Back!

THIS EVENT IS FILLED!

Our first Family Night of the year for preschoolers (ages 2-5) will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3.

Join us as we celebrate fall and Halloween with songs, books, crafts, and snacks, and a FREE book to take home!

Space is limited so please register, using the form below, or call the library @ 573-471-4140.

POSITION FILLED — Now hiring!

The Sikeston Public Library has an opening for a full-time circulation clerk (35-36 hours per week).

Duties of the position include performing work at the circulation desk, assisting library users with locating materials, maintain accurate patron records, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications for the position include strong, demonstrated computer skills; the ability to interact with library users over the telephone and face-to-face; customer service experience; and the ability to stand, walk, and lift throughout the day with reasonable accommodation. A high school diploma or the equivalent is required with some college hours preferred.

The ability to work one night per week and one weekend per month is required.

Please apply in person during normal business hours.

The Sikeston Public Library is an equal opportunity employer

Library to end Sunday hours of operation

After reviewing usage patterns and budget needs, the Board of Trustees of the Sikeston Public Library has voted to eliminate Sunday hours of operation at the library.

“Traditionally, we have been closed on Sundays during the summer months then resume Sunday hours after Labor Day weekend,” said Ron Eifert, director of the Sikeston Public Library. “However, the library’s Board of Trustees voted in May to eliminate Sunday hours of operations as a reaction to changing usage patterns and as a cost-saving measure.”

The board reached its decision after reviewing six months of data compiled by Eifert and the library staff. The data showed that usage patterns of the library have changed. “Ten years ago, we were almost the only source for public internet in Sikeston,” he said. “The board was dedicated to keeping the library open on Sundays for students to use for last-minute homework assignments.” Between the growth of internet in homes, public wireless access, and the availability of one-to-one devices through the public schools, student use of computers has dwindled to almost no usage at all, he said.

“Some Sundays, we only had four visitors throughout the entire four hours that we were open,” Eifert said,” and computers weren’t used on about half of the Sundays during the six-month period. It became difficult to justify operating the library at that level of usage.”

The library offers 54 service hours per week. The library operates from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. “We feel like we have a wide variety of hours available to make it possible for community members to use the library, regardless of what work hours or commute they have,” Eifert said. “Plus, our ‘virtual library’ of electronic resources and databases are available 24/7.”

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