At the Library: Get some tax help this year at the library

At the Library: Get some tax help this year at the library

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again — tax time! April 17th will be here before we know it (that’s right, we get two extra days to file because the 15th falls on a Sunday, and the IRS will be closed Monday the 16th for a Washington, D.C., holiday, Emancipation Day). Westerly Library does not have tax forms yet, however; we hope to have them on display very soon.

Once the federal and Connecticut tax forms arrive, you can find them on the first floor of the library, inside the Broad Street entrance. We will be receiving the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ federal forms, and instruction booklets. However, be warned — the instruction booklets run out early, and we cannot put one aside for you. You may request an instruction booklet be sent to your home by calling 800-829-3676, or by visiting to order them online.

Although picking tax forms up at the library can enable you to also get a great book, DVD, or magazine, and we always love to see you, if you have internet access and want to access these forms from your home, you can download all of them from the IRS website ( Connecticut forms can be found at

What about Rhode Island tax forms, you may ask? Unless you call and request a booklet, the state of Rhode Island has stopped sending out tax booklets to its residents, and will not send them out at all to libraries. You still need to file your state taxes and pay them by the deadline, but you’ll need to get your hands on the forms on your own. Don’t worry, though, the library can help you with that! You can use our internet computers to access the website for the State of Rhode Island Division of Taxation ( All state tax forms are available for download from that website, and you can get the forms from anywhere you can get on the internet. If you’d like to call and have the booklet sent to you, the number is 401-574-8970.

Now you have the forms, but you’ve still got to fill them out and file your income taxes. Just a reminder — we’re librarians and really aren’t qualified to give you advice on which forms you need or on other tax questions you may have. However, we’re thrilled that a group of volunteers will be here at the library to help people with filling out their income taxes, at no charge! This service is provided by AARP Tax Aide, although they will assist people of any age. They will be here on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning on Feb. 3, and on Monday nights from 4 to 7 pm. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s a good idea to get here early. I know that no one likes doing their taxes, but I hope that the library can make the experience a little bit easier!

Top-requested books■1. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff■2. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham■3. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng■4. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child■5. “The Woman in the Window” by A. J. Finn■6. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah■7. “Origin” by Dan Brown■8. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly■9. “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan■10. “End Game” by David Baldacci

Top-requested movies■1. “Dunkirk (2017)”■2. “Victoria & Abdul”■3. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”■4. “Lady Bird”■5. “Wonder”■6. “Darkest Hour”■7. “The Mountain Between Us”■8. “American Made”■9. “Blade Runner 2049”■10. “Battle of the Sexes”

Top billingFor All Ages■MONDAY –– 6-7:30 p.m., Cookbook Club (FULL) – This month, we will be sharing and discussing recipes from two Mediterranean cookbooks.■TUESDAY –– 3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Writer’s Workshop – We’ll have snacks, writing prompts, and time for everyone to share their work; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit & Crochet Club – Bring your project, work on a project with others, or swap yarn and ideas with fellow yarnies; 6-7:45 p.m., Ninigret Quilters – Members of the Ninigret Quilters will be in the Makerspace for a weekly meetup! Bring a project to work on, or stop by if you have questions/need pointers; 6-7:30 p.m., Renaissance Toastmasters of Westerly – This club meets twice a month to share stories, provide mentorship, and help build your self-confidence in your public speaking skills.■WEDNESDAY –– 3:30-6:30 p.m., Board Game Bonanza – We’ll be playing all types of board games in the Teen Space. Feel free to bring your favorites from home;  ■THURSDAY –– 3:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Anime – Come and watch anime, do various crafts, and snack on Ramen and Pocky; 4-5:30 p.m., Drawing and Painting Circle – Adults and Teens are invited to join us for a drawing and painting session in Terrace Room. Work on your art while sharing the experience with others. Materials should be brought from home; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome; 6-7:30 p.m., Tell Me Your Story: Book Talk with Rona Mann – Meet local author Rona Mann, and hear about her third and newest book; 6-7 p.m., Adult Writer’s Workshop – We will be meeting on alternating Saturdays and Thursdays to share our work, discuss readings, and free-write together! New members are always welcome.■FRIDAY –– 4-5 p.m., Teen Advisory Board – Earn a community service hour while helping out the library by providing your thoughts and feedback on the Teen Space, programs, and more!■SATURDAY –– 1-3 p.m., What to Do When People Become Difficult Even if That Difficult Person is You – Join us for part two of this interactive seminar with Dr. Kenneth Petrucci. Registration is required; 2-3 p.m., Where in the World? GeoGuessr Competition (Teen) – Can you figure out where in the world you are? Join our competition, play the game, and maybe you’ll win a prize!

Nina Wright is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.


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