Passport Fair to be held on Sept. 9

Do you have international travel plans and need a passport? Are you concerned with flying domestically with a Missouri ID after October 18? We are here to help!

The Sikeston Public Library will be hosting a passport fair from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 9 in the McAmis Room (main level) of the library. Passport agents will be on hand to execute new passport applications and to answer questions related to passports.

Prior to attending the passport fair, applicants need to have on hand a current, state-issued photo ID, a certified birth certificate (with a raised seal), and passport photos (available at Walgreens, CVS or Wal-Mart). Blank applications will be available at the passport fair, but applicants can pick them up in advance at the library circulation desk or by accessing the application at travel.state.gov.

Passport fees to the State Department must be paid by check or money order, and fees will vary depending on the age of the applicant and the type of passport requested. Execution fees can be paid by check, money order, or cash to the library, and are $35.00 per application.

Please call the library at 471-4140 for additional information.

Board members end terms with 20 years combined service

At its June meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Sikeston Public Library recognized three of its members as their terms as trustees expired. 

Lew Polivick (left) served six years on the board, serving the past two years as president. Carolyn Tetley (center) also served six years on the board, including the past four years as treasurer. Dr. Larry Bohannon (right) served eight years on the board, including the past two years as vice president.  Between the three, they have served 20 years as trustees, guiding the library through day-to-day operations as well as the remodeling of the lower level of the library. 

The terms of three trustees end on June 30. We appreciate their service to the library!

Library marks one year of passport acceptance

During the month of April, the Sikeston Public Library marked its one-year anniversary as a passport acceptance facility.

 

“The response has been amazing,” said Ron Eifert, library director and one of the passport acceptance agents, “so much more than we ever expected.”

 

The initial idea to become a passport acceptance facility came from a neighboring library which had achieved great success with the service.  After three months of training and testing during the first three months of 2017, the library was certified as a passport acceptance facility and processed its first passport in late April 2017.

 

Since its certification, the library has processed almost 200 applications for passports over the past 12 months.

 

When the library first started processing passports, the staff saw it as a service for the Sikeston community. They quickly realized that the appeal was much wider. “We have processed passports for residents of five or six surrounding counties,” Eifert said.  “So many people from around the area work in Sikeston, or attend school here, and they find it easier to complete the application process here than anywhere else.”

 

“It’s been interesting, listening to the stories people tell about the travel plans,” Eifert said. “We have helped people prepare for mission trips and family trips. It’s been fun to help people apply for a passport so that they can go on a trip that was a gift or a prize.”

 

Libraries have begun the transition from books-only facilities, to facilities where programming and other services are available. “Passport acceptance is part of our efforts to keep the library vital to the people in our community,” Eifert said. “It has been satisfying for us to know that we have helped people with this service, and to hear them say that the process was a lot less difficult than they expected.”

 

There are two passport acceptance agents at the library, and the service is available for 33 hours each week. Acceptance times are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am-noon and 1-5 pm; Tuesday, 10 am-noon and 1-7:30 pm; and Friday, 10 am-noon and 1-5:30 pm. The library usually has one weekend a month where a passport acceptance agent is available. Additional hours are available by appointment.

 

For more information about the passport acceptance process, please call the library at 471-4140, or visit the library’s website at sikeston.lib.mo.us. For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information at travel.state.gov.

Volunteers begin tax prep assistance on Feb. 1

The library is pleased to announce that tax preparation assistance will be available again this year at the library.

Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide program will be in the McAmis Community Room (main level) at the library from 12:30-4 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning on Thursday, February 1. They will assist taxpayers by filling out and filing simple tax returns. They will be filing both federal and state forms, including the Missouri PTC forms.

All tax filing will be done on a first-come, first-served basis; appointments will not be taken. Please be sure to bring all tax-related paperwork that you have received, including W-2 and 1099 forms for work performed, receipts for rent paid, and proof of Social Security income.

The library is not trained to give tax advice; instead, we rely on this great group of volunteers who have the training and experience to make sure that your tax filing is done correctly and thoroughly.

Winter weather closings

Winter weather has arrived in southeast Missouri! With inclement weather comes the possibility of library closings, delayed openings, or closing early.

If you wonder whether the library is open, you can always call us at 471-4140. If we are closed, a message will greet you and inform you about operating hours.

You can also visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/SikestonPublicLibrary for the latest on changes in our operating hours due to winter weather conditions. You do not have to have a Facebook account to visit the library’s Facebook page.

Library hosts anti-bullying program

The library is proud to present performer Tim Collins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, in the Draughon Room (lower level of the library).

Standing By, Standing Up examines the serious realities of bullying, cyberbullying, and exclusion, but also identifies hopeful outcomes and ways that students can prevent violence in their schools, and in their lives.

This program is made possible by a Spotlight on Literacy grant through the Missouri State Library, with funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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