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Last Call for Poetry

This is the last call for Poetry Night. The big event is Thursday, February 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is designed for high school students. You’ll participate in one of four categories to learn about that classification of poetry and read either an original poem or another author’s poem in that category. Van Alstyne High School English teachers are offering extra credit. Confirm with your teacher what proof of attendance they will require before you come to the library.

Tween Book Club launched this week on Thursday. If you have a child who is 10 – 12 years old pick up a copy of True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Applet (c. Athenium Books for Young Readers, 2013) and get reading. Then join us for discussion on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Almost all the tax forms we expect to receive have arrived. As of this writing we are still watching for the 1040 Instruction Booklets. Otherwise we already have Forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, Instructions booklets 1040A, 1040EZ, Schedules E, EIC, R (and instructions for R), A, B, C, D, E.

If you have not heard we now have offer fax service and have some flash drives available to purchase. This is in addition to copying and scanning services. If there is another service you would like us to consider offering please let us know.

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Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.