Tuesday, April 20, 2021

View from the Library: Happy National Library Week

by Abbi Dooley For the Leader
| April 4, 2021 12:00 AM

National Library Week is April 4-10 this year. If you don’t have a library card or it’s been a while since you’ve checked out what the library has to offer, there is no better time to stop in or visit our website. We are celebrating with a 20% off sale in our gift nook, which will run through April 17.

The library’s large meeting room is open again for public use. We have a few restrictions in place for the time being, such as a limit of 15 people; no communal food or drink; and the availability only during our open hours. If you are looking for a meeting space, call the library for details and to reserve the room.

Sign up today to get the Zoom link for our local author reading and discussion with Leslie Budewitz. Leslie has written two series of cozy mysteries – one set at Seattle’s Pike Place Market and another set in a little Montana town very similar to Bigfork. She is now debuting her first suspense novel, “Bitterroot Lake,” under the assumed name Alicia Beckman. It is about four women who reunite at a lakeside Montana lodge.

Leslie will join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 on Zoom. Call the library or email us at polsoncl@polson.lib.mt.us for a link. Leslie’s latest book will be released April 13. Watch for it in the library and get your hold placed now.

We would like to encourage all kids in grades 4 through 12 to vote in the 2021 Young Reader’s Choice Awards. Come into the library to check out this year’s nominees. Voting is open until April 15. You can vote online at pnla.org/young-readers-choice-award.

We have IRS tax forms and booklets. We have form 1040 and 1040-SR, along with the instruction booklet, available to pick up in the library or for curbside pickup. If you need other forms or schedules you can print those from our public computers. The first five pages printed per day are free. As a reminder, the state of Montana no longer prints any forms or booklets.

You can also print those in the library, if needed. Don’t forget you can e-file (oftentimes for free) by visiting www.IRS.gov and www.mtrevenue.gov. Also, the IRS and the Montana Department of Revenue have extended the filing and payment deadline to May 17 this year.

Watch for Felicia’s Story Time, featuring our youth services librarian, Felicia Gill, on our YouTube channel; and coming in April, live Zoom Story Time. A new video is posted weekly, and we have limited take-and-make kits available at the library.

We have made some changes to our digital magazine offerings through Flipster. You will find crafting, hobby, travel and some very popular women’s interest magazines added. If you are looking for a magazine that had been on Flipster but is no longer available, you will likely find it on Montana Library2Go, which has 130 popular magazine titles available.

The library is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday (with 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday and Friday reserved for those 65 and older or immunocompromised) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Curbside pickup is available for everyone during open hours. Please call us at 883-8225 or email us at polsoncl@polson.lib.mt.us with questions or to request curbside pickup.

Abbi Dooley is director of North Lake County Public Library in Polson.