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 seeking to fill part-time position

We are seeking a fill a part-time position (27-32 hours/week) for a circulation clerk.  Must be available days, evenings, and weekends (on rotating basis). Targeted start date will be February 5, 2018.

The successful applicant must have customer service experience and knowledge/comfort level with computer usage.  Library experience or training is helpful, but not necessary.

Applications are available at the circulation desk during regular library hours. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

The library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

Library to be closed on December 10

The library will be closed on Sunday, December 10, for software upgrades.

Along with other members of the Missouri Evergreen consortium, we are upgrading to the newest version of the Evergreen operating software, and the system will be unavailable.

Library patrons will be unable to log into and manage their library accounts throughout the weekend, and access to MoLib2Go will be impacted as well.

Bobby Norfolk returns!

The Sikeston Public Library is excited to announce the return of Bobby Norfolk to the library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, in the Draughon Room (lower level).

Bobby Norfolk’s latest living history performance takes us on a fascinating journey through the heyday of the Negro Baseball Leagues, a time when this country was segregated by Jim Crow laws, and America’s “National Pastime” wore two faces, the whites-only

Major Leagues and the upstart Negro National League. In this powerful and riveting performance, Bobby brings to life an important but sometimes forgotten era in baseball history, telling passionate, humorous, and often unbelievable stories of exploits both on and off the field, focusing on the St. Louis Stars own James “Cool Papa” Bell, and the Kansas City Monarch’s Leroy “Satchel” Paige. Bobby invites his audience to experience the harsh discrimination, adversity, and eventual Hall of Fame triumph for some of these players. Historical slides and period music enhance this emotional performance, illustrating the clash of race, sports and culture.

This program is presented through a Spotlight on Literacy grant, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

 

 

 

Introducing LIBBY — a new way to manage your electronic items

For our e-book readers…there’s a new and improved way to browse, check out, and read e-books through MoLib2Go. Libby is a more user-friendly app that has just been made available to the general public. We at the library have been testing the app in its beta stages for weeks; we really enjoy using it, and hope that you will too!

Libby is available in the app stores for Apple, Google and Microsoft. Try it for yourself, and let us know if we can help you with setup or any questions you might have.

Updated website launches!

Welcome to our Library’s new site!

We recently attended a training on website design through WordPress. Our goal is to create a website that will contain the latest happenings at the library, along with basic information about the library, its policies, and services offered.

One feature that we are particularly excited about is the ability to make reservations online for our programming that requires reservations. In addition, the website features a calendar of events, along with our Facebook feed and link to our Instagram account.

Take your time, get acquainted and let us know what you think!

Passport Acceptance Begins at the Sikeston Public Library

The Sikeston Public Library is pleased to announce that it will be accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, beginning on Monday, April 24. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports without leaving Sikeston.

 

“We have had many inquiries over the years asking whether we process passports,” said Ron Eifert, library director.  “Other libraries in our area have had success with offering this service, and we are excited to bring passport processing to the Sikeston area.”

 

The library will not be taking passport photographs, so applicants will need to bring passport photographs with them.  Many area businesses provide passport photographs that meet U.S. Department of State guidelines.

 

Current passport holders will still have to renew their passports online or through the mail. “They are not allowing us to process passport renewals,” Eifert said. “We will have the appropriate renewal forms available for patrons, or the form can be downloaded from the State Department’s website.”

 

Passport processing hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday; from 1-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; and from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday.  Other hours, including weekend hours, will be available by appointment.

 

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.