Federal and state tax forms are available in the gazebo entrance to the library. New forms arrive daily and we put them out as soon as we receive them. Because tax laws changed so late in the year, many are just arriving from the printer. Individuals often ask us which forms they should use, but IRS regulations prevent us from answering any questions relating to tax forms. We really don't know your situation and couldn't answer them anyway. You can also print your own forms by going to www.irs.gov for the federal forms or www.tax.ny.gov/ for the state forms. The IRS keeps telling us that most people are filing electronically, but the hundreds of people we see picking up forms every week, certainly tells us that isn't true in our area.
Whether you read to your child, or have a child who reads, the library has many wonderful books. Take your children on an adventure and get lost in a storybook. There's no better way to spend a day. Here are some new arrivals:
New board books for the very youngest children include "Llama Llama Wakey Wake" and "Llama Llama Nighty Night," both by Anna Dewdney. Llama Llama always has a rhyming good time no matter what he's doing. In these two books, children will visit with him when he gets up in the morning and when he goes to bed at night. They may just want to join in the fun, too.
Rosemary Wells has a devoted following with her "Max and Ruby" books. Her two newest ones are "Max and Ruby in Pandora's Box" and "Max and Ruby Play School." In the first book, there is a sign on Ruby's bedroom door that says "no." Of course, Max can't read, and he goes in anyway. When he goes in Ruby's jewelry box, she catches him and decides to tell him the story of another overly curious bunny from long-ago. The second book is a rebus story, and children will enjoy reading along with you as the two have fun playing school.
Children will enjoy learning manners and Judy Sierra's "Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur." Imagine you go to a grocery store and you see a dinosaur. What would you say? What would you do? There are so many possibilities. A delightful way to learn please, thank you, you're welcome, and more.
Prince Viridian is having a miserable birthday. His father has banned all colors from the kingdom. For years, his gifts have all been gray. His birthday cake has been gray and everything else is gray. This year however, a special package arrives. When he opens it, a very unusual creature comes out that has a splash of color. Will the kingdom be saved from gray? Find out in "The Prince's New Pet" by Brian Anderson.
"A True Princess" by Diane Zahler is the story of 12-year-old Lilia who is not a very good servant. She can't cook, she breaks dishes, and she daydreams. Her owners decide to sell her off, which she feels is undeserved. She decides to run away and takes her best friend Kai and his sister Karina with her. Trouble awaits them, and they quickly become involved in a quest that leads them through a mysterious and sinister forest. Eight-to-12-year-olds will enjoy this story.
Oliver's parents constantly hover over him. They really cramp his style. He loves adventure and in "Box of Shocks" he performs some outrageous and daring deeds. Oliver is totally unprepared for discovering what goes on in the house across the street from his. Author Chris McMahen has written a perfect book to catch a young reader's interest.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.