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LP LIBRARY NEWS: Get tax help at the Lake Placid library

February 2, 2017
By LISA FORREST , Lake Placid News

Tax help is here as AARP volunteers open up shop to help taxpayers file federal and state returns.

The four tax specialists, along with numerous greeters will be here on specified days each week beginning Monday, Jan. 30 to help everyone through the annual Internal Revenue Service mathematical labyrinth.

The group attends IRS recertification sessions in Albany each year. Things may be slowed up a little this year as the IRS has issued a new software application. Over the past several years, tax workers able to bring up basic information of anyone who filed with them previously. With the new ware, it will be necessary to put all the basic information in again.

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Carol Pinney has been helping with the AARP tax preparation assistance program at the Lake Placid Public Library since it was started.
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Anyone filing personal taxes may use the free service which files electronically, regardless of income level or age group. To get on the list, call the library at 518-523-3200, we'll take your name and number and one of the volunteers will get back to you to set up an appointment and let you know what to bring.

Usually, the volunteers are here only until the middle of March. Good news for procrastinators is that this year they will be here until the end of that month.


Bill's bench behind the biographies

Bill Borzilleri of Lake Placid told us he had been noticing all the nice marble benches around town and thought they are a great way to remember people. With his typical sense of humor, he remarked, "I really liked the benches and I love the library and, you know, I felt a little like I was getting the sniffles."

The result is the gift of a lovely new marble bench from the Borzilleri family. It is located at the edge of the water in the slightly secluded area behind the biography section, a serene place to simply sit and day dream, commune with nature or read. Although, readers and musers might want to give the bench four or five months to warm up a little.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

We've got a new challenge for our youngest patrons: get through a thousand books before you start kindergarten.

A thousand? Yikes! It sounds like a lot, but really it isn't. If an adult reads just two books a night to a youngster, that's 730 in just one year. Lots of parents report reading three a night to their kids. That's 1,095 a year. It might still sound daunting, but most children's books are fast and take just a few short minutes.

We will provide sheets to keep track of reading to children who must be at least 18 months old. All books that are finished count. That includes favorites that are read more than once, books at preschool or story time programs and those listened to on audio apps.

After each sheet of 100 books are filled in, children receive special stickers to keep and to put up on our 1,000 Books mural. There will be prizes including a library book bag and finger puppets. A picture book will be added to the children's collection in honor of each child who reaches 1,000 books.

For those wishing more information, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national program easily located on the web. There are even downloadable phone apps.

Any questions? Drop by or call 518-523-3200 and ask for library director, Bambi Pedu, or children's librarian, Karen Armstrong.


Sail away with us

The ultimate answer to what to do with children who have a day off from school: a mini trip to a south seas tropical paradise. All children from pre-K through grade 5 are invited along with their parents for the Feb. 21 event, which will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

There will be games, crafts and surprises, and, of course, the program is free. Children's librarian Karen Armstrong has already started dreaming up decorations and promises it will be even better than last year's program. Participants need to bring is a little imagination.


Math tutoring

Extra help for high school students looking to improve their math grades is still being offered each Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The service is free and anyone seeking more info can call Bambi Pedu at 518-523-3200.

So far, the program has drawn several students and made a real difference.


Photo display

A free reception was held Thursday, Jan. 26 to introduce the work of local photographer Julie Chrisman. The exhibit will remain in the Guy Brewster Gallery until the end of February. All are welcome.


Living the Arts through books

The Lake Placid Institute Book Club will meet Monday, Feb. 27 to discuss The Last Painting of Sara deVos: A Novel, by Dominic Smith, which is a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and New York Times Bestseller. It tells the story of a rare 17th century painting that links three lives, on three continents, over three centuries.

The LPI book club, which concentrates of books dealing with the arts, generally meets on the last Monday evening of the month and welcomes everyone wishing to attend.



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