Monday, February 25, 2013

One Day Only -- Free Tax Help on Wednesday, February 27th

Free help with tax preparation is available at the Quitman Public Library, located at 202 East Goode Street. Tax preparation volunteer, Lisa Dominguez, will present a free line-by-line workshop to assist those who wish to prepare their own taxes. Dominguez says this is a free tax help only- as a pencil and paper workshop. The seminars will be available February 27 beginning at 6 p.m.
You are asked to bring a Social Security card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), photo identification such as a driver’s license, spouse (if filing a joint tax return), all W-2 wage and tax statements from all employers for the year 2012, all 1099 forms for taxpayer and spouse if filing jointly and a copy of any educational expenses paid to a qualified educational institution.
Other pieces of information that are essential for filing a tax return are lists, bills or receipts of expenses for out-of-pocket medical and dental expenses, property taxes, auto vehicle registration, home mortgage interest payments, charitable contributions and miscellaneous expenses that could be used to itemize deductions and reduce the amount of taxes to be paid.
Families with children who are cared for by a child care provider should bring the tax identification number of the provider for child and dependent care credit. For more information call 903-763-4191.

Friday, February 22, 2013

What's Happening at the Quitman Public Library, Quitman TX -- February 22, 2013

Spring is just around the corner, and we are planning to have an Open House, an Author’s Expo and an Art Show during the month of May 2013.  There are so many new things and services offered by our Quitman Public Library, and we want to share our excitement with the community.
            Spring cleaning has begun early this year, and thanks to our volunteers, Amanda Rogers and Virginia Hoffpauir, every shelf and every one of our 25,000+ books have been wiped off and cleaned. 
We are pleased that Gordon Schulz  has constructed custom shelving for our Audio room to accommodate our 500+ audiobooks. Also H-Tronics has installed a sound system for the main gallery that serves as a public address system and allows us to play light music on occasion.
            Lately, the library has been busier than ever with much more activity in the Youth Section.  This may be partially due to the addition of our new pet gecko the children have named Stanley.  He is a leopard gecko from Pakistan (hence the name), and he is sponsored by Casey’s Pet Shop, Winnsboro TX.
                Today, the library hosted The Great Library Scavenger Hunt for Homeschoolers organized by Jessica King.   There were age-appropriate clues children (K - 8). It was fun way to reinforce library skills and network with other area home- schoolers. The library sponsored prizes for everyone.
            The Quitman Public Library Advisory Board will meet on March 14, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.  Friends of the Library members are always welcome to join these bi-monthly meetings.
GED classes are in session each Wednesday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., and English as a Second Language (ESL) meet on Thursdays from from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The classes are taught by Sandra Grider. 
Knitting instruction is offered by Virginia Hoffpauir in the library’s main gallery each Thursday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Virginia has 40+ years of experience in hand-knitting, can teach all levels, and can unravel almost any snag. Bring your own supplies and join the group for a fun time of free instruction. 
The Wood County TX Genealogical Society will begin their “Root-Digger’s Road Show” which is where the members present genealogy training at different locations throughout the county. The society’s first presentation will be at the Gilbreath Memorial Library, Winnsboro, on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
            The crowd is really growing at the  Acoustical Bluegrass Jams which are held here at the Quitman Public Library on the 2nd Friday of each month 5-9p.m. The public is invited to join in and play, sing, or just listen.  It’s free and lots of fun!  Next one is Friday, March 8th, 2013!
As always, I thank the Friends of the Library for its generous support of the Quitman Public Library.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Great Library Scavenger Hunt at the Quitman Public Library

The Quitman Public Library is hosting The Great Library Scavenger Hunt this Friday, February 22nd at noon. There will be age appropriate clues for younger and older children (K - 8). This is a fun way to reinforce library skills and meet other area home- schoolers. If the weather stays nice, we would like to suggest playing at Quitman's Gov. James Hogg Park afterwards. The event has been organized for those who home-school, but all children are welcome.