Free Tax Help at the Library

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United Way of the Quad Cities partners with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to help Quad Citizens with their tax preparations.

VITA’s trained volunteers will prepare taxes for FREE for Quad Citizens with a household income of $57,000 or less.
The average tax return filed by VITA is $1,500 per family. A total of $5.2 million was returned to Quad-Cities residents last year, saving a total of $1 million in fees.

The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library: Something for everyone

There aren’t many truly public places left in America. Most of our shared spaces require money or a certain social status to access. Malls exist to sell people things. Museums discourage loiterers. Coffee shops expect patrons to purchase a drink or snack if they want to enjoy the premises.

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Pratt Library President and CEO Heidi Daniel reads at story time.
—Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Nurse Daniel Lopez takes the blood pressure of homeless man, Jim Truitt.
—© Pima County Public Library

One place, though, remains open to everybody. The public library requires nothing of its visitors: no purchases, no membership fees, no dress code. You can stay all day, and you don’t have to buy anything. You don’t need money or a library card to access a multitude of on-site resources that includes books, e-books and magazines, job-hunting assistance, computer stations, free Wi-Fi, and much more. And the library will never share or sell your personal data.

That commitment to inclusivity, along with a persistent ability to adapt to changing times, has kept public libraries vital in an era of divisive politics and disruptive technological change. But it has also put pressure on them to be all things to all people, and to meet a vast range of social needs without correspondingly vast budgets.

Read the rest of the article on Humanities: The Magazine of the NEH.

Immigration and Citizenship Workshop at the Library!

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Representatives from QCAIR and Esperanza Legal Assistance Center will be at the library to provide information on various immigration situations and how to become a U.S. Citizen. Attendees will be able to ask questions and get help with forms regarding their own immigration status.

This workshop is FREE. No registration is required.

Driver’s License Exam Review Class

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Nancy Johnson, associated with AARP and the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State will present a free, 90-minute Illinois Rules of the Road class for seniors.  Registration is required.

AUTUMN IS HERE! You know what that means…

BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2019!

If you are new to Banned Books Week, it is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read whatever you want, the freedom to encounter, express and discuss new or different ideas, even (maybe even especially) ideas that some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

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Usually held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types to recognize current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

Stand up for your rights and read a banned or challenged book today!

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TIPS FOR GETTING THE BEST BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FROM YOUR LIBRARIAN

“You’re a librarian? You must love to read!”

“You’re a librarian? You must know a lot about books!”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard declarations like these when people find out I’m a public librarian…

With this widespread librarians-love-to-read assumption, I was surprised by how few library patrons asked me or my co-workers for recommendations when I first started working in a public library. Upon reflection, however, I realize that asking a librarian for a book recommendation might be uncomfortable or intimidating. I’m a stranger, I’m behind a big imposing desk…why would anyone want to talk to me about what they should read next?

If you’re going to take the plunge and ask a librarian for title suggestions, click here for some tips to get the best out of the interaction from Book Riot.

 

Or you could try out Moline Public Library’s very own personalized book recommendation service, Library Concierge!