Bird watching meeting to be held Feb. 15

Do you have a passion for watching birds and want to learn more about them? Do you want to increase your awareness and appreciation for birds? Would you like know how to identify different bird species, how to find them in their habitat, or how to draw them into your yard? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this bird meeting is for you!

Join us from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 15 at the Sikeston Public Library to discuss bird watching. We will talk about citizen science and how to participate in the upcoming GBBC (Great Backyard Bird Count) that is being held February 18-21, 2022. We will look at helpful apps and websites that can be used to identify and learn more about birds, and other topics such as bird food and feeders.

Kathy McClellan, past biology teacher and bird enthusiast for over 20 years, will be sharing some information with interested participants.

Please complete the form below to register.

Tax preparation help available at the library

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

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 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning on Thursday, February 3, through April 14. 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.

As last year, income tax documents will be collected in your first visit and your completed tax return given to you, at an appointed time, during a second visit either one or two weeks after your first visit.

NOTE:  No tax documents will be accepted after Thursday March 31 to enable completion by tax filing date.

For those only needing Property Tax Credit or Rent Credit claim, this year you will only need to make one visit and your claim form will be prepared while you wait.

If you come later in the afternoon, your wait will probably be shorter.

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.

For everyone’s comfort and safety, we will NOT be allowing lines to form inside the library lobby prior to 12:30 p.m. In the past, this has created a barrier to library users trying to access library services; today, it is not a smart practice given the spread of COVID.

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.

Holiday Hours

The library will be closed on the following dates and times for the holidays:

We will be closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2021 for the staff Christmas luncheon.

We will be closed on the entire day December 24-26 (Friday through Sunday), and from December 31-January 2 (Friday through Sunday.

Book discussion group to meet November 16

The book discussion group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, to discuss the book The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A 2019 Oprah’s Book Club selection, The Water Dancer is the story of America’s oldest struggle–the struggle to tell the truth — and is set in 19th century Virginia against the backdrop of the struggle to end slavery and the approach of the Civil War.

Books are available at the library to any cardholders who would like to participate in the group.

Book discussion group resumes in September

After a short hiatus, our Book Discussion Group will resume meeting in September.

The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, to discuss the book The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk for library card holders.

The Radium Girls — “As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these ‘shining girls’ were considered the luckiest alive–until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights.”

During the month of October, the group will be discussing Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

Subsequent meetings of the group will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

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