standing Westerly Library

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again — tax time! April 15 will be here before we know it. Westerly Library has some of the most-requested federal and Connecticut tax forms available for our patrons at a special table on the first floor. 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 IRS.gov/orderforms 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 the Internet and want to access these forms from your home, you can download and print all of them from the IRS website (www.irs.gov). Connecticut forms can be found at www.ct.gov/drs/taxforms.

What about Rhode Island, you may ask? Unless you call and request a tax booklet, the state of Rhode Island has stopped sending them out to 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 with that! You can use our computers to access the website for the State of Rhode Island Division of Taxation (http://www.tax.ri.gov/taxforms/). All state tax forms are available for download and printing from that website. If you’d like to call and have the booklet mailed 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 their income taxes, at no charge! This service is provided by AARP Tax Aide, though they will assist people of any age. They will be here on Saturdays from 10-12:30 p.m., and on Monday nights from 4-6:30 p.m. Appointments are on a first-come, first served basis. The sign-up sheets will begin one hour before the tax people, so you can put your name on a waiting list starting at 3 p.m. on Mondays, and 9 a.m. on Saturdays. You should bring: a social security card and photo ID, a copy of last year’s return, all tax documents you have received, and a checkbook for direct deposit of any tax refund to your bank account. If you are married, both spouses should come. 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. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

2. “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty

3. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover

4. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

5. “The Reckoning” by John Grisham

6. “Kingdom of the Blind” by Louise Penny

7. “Past Tense” by Lee Child

8. “Long Road to Mercy” by David Baldacci

9. “Run Away” by Harlan Coben

10. “The First Lady” by James Patterson

Top-requested movies

1. “A Star is Born”

2. “Bohemian Rhapsody”

3. “Green Book”

4. “The Wife”

5. “First Man”

6. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

7. “The Old Man & the Gun”

8. “Mary Poppins Returns”

9. “Crazy Rich Asians”

10. “Vice”

Top billing

For All Ages

MONDAY — 4-6:30 p.m., Tax Prep Help with AARP! First come, first served, space is limited; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Homework Help/Tutoring (for grades K-8) – homework help and then tutoring in individual subjects, done by teens! 5:30-7:00 p.m., Conversation Class – for English Language Learners.

TUESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Family storytime for all ages; 3-5:30 p.m., Teen Comic Creation – create your own comics, on paper or for the web; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit and Crochet Group! – a friendly knitting, crochet, needlework, and yarn craft club. Open to adults who have some experience with knitting; 6-7:45 p.m., Quilters Corner – all are welcome to this quilting club.

WEDNESDAY — 10-10:45 a.m., Storytime for ages 1-3; 10-11:30 a.m. Memory Café – Are you or a loved one living with memory loss? Come join the Memory Café and meet new friends! 2-3 p.m., Film Club – choose three movies to watch in February at the meeting! 4:30-7:30 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens grades 7-12 interested in STEM and Robotics; 6-7:45, Our Story: 350 Years – an exhibit in our art gallery of highlights from the collections of the Babcock-Smith House Museum and the Westerly Historical Society; 6:30-7:30 p.m., Meditation—A New Year Resolution for Revelation – Dr. Alan R. Post will share a simple, effective meditation technique that can help us achieve inner peace.

THURSDAY — 10-11:30 a.m., Conversation Class – A free conversation class for English Language Learners; 10-10:45 a.m., Storytime for ages 3-5; 3:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Anime Club – You choose the movie, we provide the snacks; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome, no sign-up required; 5:30-7 p.m. Foundations of Digital Marketing for Small Businesses Part 3 – Social Media Basics; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Homework Help/Tutoring (for grades K-8) – homework help and then tutoring in individual subjects, done by teens.

FRIDAY — 4-5:45 p.m., Shoreline Robotics Practice – For teens interested in STEM and Robotics.

SATURDAY — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Make & Take Crafts for children! 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tax Prep Help – no appointment needed, first come, first served; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Adult Writers Workshop – A group-led prose writing workshop; 1-2:30 p.m., Dungeons and Dragons (Teen Led Program) – No prior experience with the game is necessary—registration is required; 1-3 p.m., The Butler’s Parakeet – a live stage reading of this comedy in two acts, written and directed by Eugene J. Celico (not for under age 16).

Nina Wright is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.

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