The Belt Branch and the Savannah Branch will be closed in the morning on Friday, April 7, so library staff can attend training workshops. Both branches will open at 1:30 p.m. and be open until 6 p.m.
Books Revisited, the Friends of the Library bookstore, will be open its normal hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Friends of the Library are planning a motor coach tour to Independence, Mo., on May 8 to visit several historic sites, including the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.
Truman was born May 8 in Lamar, Mo., and moved to Independence with his family when he was 6 years old. He would call Independence his hometown for the rest of his life.
The daylong trip will leave from the Belt Branch at 8:30 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Other stops in Independence include the 1859 Old Jail, Marshal’s Home and Museum, the National Frontier Trails Museum and lunch at the Italian restaurant Café Verona. The day will end with a glass of wine at the Top Hat Winery.
The trip, which is a fundraising project for the Friends, costs $125 per person and covers museum fees, lunch, wine tasting, luxury motor coach transportation and driver gratuity.
Registration forms can be picked up at the Belt and Savannah branches as well as at Books Revisited. The deadline to sign up and submit full payment is Friday, April 28. Participants can pay in person at Books Revisited or mail in their payments to Friends of the Library, 1912 N. Bely, St. Joseph, MO 64506.
If you need help in filing your 2016 state and federal income taxes, the library can provide some assistance.
We have federal forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and their instruction booklets for you to take home. We also have three-ring notebooks that contain instruction booklets and tax forms that you can check out for one week. Check their availability status in the library catalog or ask at the front desk of either branch.
Three-ring notebooks for Missouri income tax forms also are available for you to MAKE COPIES FROM. Available forms include MO-1040, 1040A, 1040P and a variety of others.
If you would like personal assistance in preparing your tax forms, AARP provides free preparation help at several locations in northwest Missouri, including the Belt Branch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays from through April 11. Please call (816) 809-2975 to schedule an appointment. More information is available at www.aarp.org/money/taxaide.
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs also are offering free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Sites include InterServe RSVP, 200 Cherokee St., in St. Joseph through April 15 (call 816-238-4511 to make appointments) and Andrew County RSVP, 12737 State Route E, in Savannah through April 11 (call 816-324-5634 to make appointments).
If you want to prepare your taxes yourself, you have a couple of options:
- You can download and print forms using your computer. Federal forms are available at irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs and Missouri state forms can be found at dor.mo.gov/forms. Use the search box at the top of either page to find the form you need. If you don’t have a home computer, use one of our public computers or ask a librarian for help. Prints cost 15 cents per page at the library.
- Order paper forms to be sent to your home. Visit irs.gov/orderforms or call 1-800-829-3676 to request paper copies of federal forms. For Missouri forms, call 1-800-877-6881.
More time is needed to complete the remodeling project of the Savannah Branch, so the grand reopening is being rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 18.
The branch has been closed since Jan. 7, and the original plan for the project was to reopen on Saturday, Feb. 11. The day-long open house will begin now at 10 a.m. Feb. 18.
The extra time is needed for construction work, carpet cleaning and moving all 60,000 items in the Savannah collection into their new locations, library Director Michelle Mears said.
The remodeling will flip the library’s floor plan, moving youth materials to the north side of the building and the adult materials to the south side. Two new study rooms are being added along with a designated teen area. A new Circulation Desk is being built along with a permanent wall between the Community Room and the library.
During the remodeling, the Bookmobile will be parked at the Savannah Branch from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays to serve patrons. Patrons can pick up items they have placed holds on at the Bookmobile.
Rolling Hills Library Director Michelle Mears will have an informational meeting about the upcoming remodeling project for the Savannah Branch at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at the branch.
Mears will show project plans, describe the changes being made and answer questions from the public. Refreshments will be served.
The Savannah Branch will be closed Jan. 7 through Feb. 10 to allow construction work to proceed without inconveniencing library users. While the library is closed, the Bookmobile will be at the library 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays to serve patrons.
The $200,000 project will flip the library’s floor plan to put the children’s and teen areas on the north side and the adult materials on the south side. A new information desk will be built along with a dedicated teen space and two new study rooms. A new permanent wall with glass doors will separate the Community Room from the library, replacing the existing folding wall. Walls will be painted bold colors after the existing wallpaper is removed, and energy-efficient LED lighting will be installed throughout the building.
The Savannah Branch will close in January to undergo a $200,000 remodeling project that will rearrange the library’s floor plan while adding two new study rooms, a designated teen area, energy-efficient lighting and new furniture in bold colors.
The library will close at the end of the business day Friday, Jan. 6, and will reopen Saturday, Feb. 11. While it is closed, Savannah patrons will be served by the Bookmobile, which will be parked at the library 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.
Rolling Hills Library Director Michelle Mears said the decision was made to close the Savannah Branch so construction workers could do their work more quickly and so patrons would not be inconvenienced by the construction work.
The project will move the children’s and teen areas to the north side of the building and the adult materials to the south side. A new information desk will be built along with a permanent wall with glass doors to separate the Community Room from the main library. The wall will replace an existing folding wall.
Walls will be painted bold colors after the existing wallpaper is removed and LED lighting will be installed throughout the building. Another wall will be built to designate a new teen area that will have study tables, computer desks and comfortable seating.
The branch was previously remodeled in 2002, so the look and design are 14 years old and ready for a redo.
“It’s a true makeover,” Mears said. “Sometimes, when you move the furniture around in your home, it can give you a new perspective. We should get that in regards to patrons seeing and using our collection and services.”
About $155,000 for the project comes from two donations to the Savannah Branch.
In 2012, the library received $186,400 from the estate of California resident Margaret Perry, who would visit the library as a girl while visiting her grandparents in Savannah. Some of that gift has been used already to make repairs and do upgrades, including the building’s new exterior murals.
Another $9,000 for the project comes from the estate of longtime Savannah resident Winifred McCauley, who died in May.
Much of the library’s $45,000 contribution will pay for the LED lighting. Not only with the new lights be more energy efficient, but they will produce less heat, which means it will take less air conditioning to cool the library. The library also will receive a rebate from KCP&L for installing the new fixtures.
This holiday season, library staff are asking patrons to help provide clothing, personal care items and other gifts for people in need.
Giving Trees where patrons can leave their donations are in place at the Belt and Savannah branches.
The Savannah Branch is collecting hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, socks and underwear in adult and children’s sizes to give to Andrew County charities. Canned and boxed food items also will be accepted.
The Belt Branch is collecting items for the YWCA Women’s Shelter, where women and more than 20 children up to 15 years old are temporarily living. Patrons can pick up paper Christmas ornaments with gift ideas at the Belt Branch and return the items to the library. The gifts should be new and unwrapped.
Santa Claus is coming to …. the Belt Branch!
Children and families can have breakfast with Santa as well as make crafts, have their faces painted and attend special Storytimes from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Belt Branch Upper Story, 1906A N. Belt. Parents will be able to take pictures of their children with Santa, and all children will go home with a free book.
The program is a come-and-go event and will serve fruit, drinks and doughnuts from Cardinal Country Bakery. No sign-up is required.
THE SALE HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY,
Books Revisited, the Friends of the Library used bookstore, is a great place to find gently used holiday books and regular books, DVDs and CDs to give as presents this holiday season!
The 12 Days of Christmas Sale through Dec. 12 offers these incredible deals:
- 1-5 –Christmas items cost $2 for hardback books, $1 for paperbacks and $1 for DVDs and CDs.
- 6-7 – Christmas items marked down 50 percent.
- 8 – Buy 2 mass market paperbacks and get 1 free.
- 9 – Buy 1 mass market paperback and get 1 free.
- 10 – 25 percent off all merchandise.
- 11-12 – 50 percent off all merchandise.
Books Revisited is located at 1208 N. Belt, upstairs from the Belt Branch and next door to PepperJax Grill. You can also find us on Facebook.
Cash registers were added recently to the Belt and Savannah branches to accommodate patrons wanting to pay library fees by credit or debit cards.
The new registers are located at the Circulation Desks and will accept cards as well as cash and checks. The registers are the same type of register that is in use in Books Revisited, the Friends of the Library bookstore upstairs from the Belt Branch.
While the library doesn’t charge fines on overdue materials, fees are assessed to replace damaged or lost materials and lost library cards. Copying fees of $1 or more can be paid at the cash register as well as any monetary donations to the library.