Gwendolyn Brooks was a distinguished poet and the first African-American author to win the Pulitzer Prize – and her 1979 visit to Auburn is an event in the area's cultural history that is worth remembering. Poet and retired Cayuga Community College professor Howard Nelson, who was there for her visit, talks about Brooks and her work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. His talk, “When Gwendolyn Brooks Came to Auburn,” includes recordings of Brooks reading her work.
Taxpayers whose income is under $60,000 can receive free assistance at Seymour Library to electronically prepare and file state and federal income taxes. A volunteer from the New York State Tax Department will be at the library from 1 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday from Feb. 17 through April 14 to help with e-filing tax returns. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call the library at 252-2571.
The volunteer will be available to provide free guidance to taxpayers who are electronically preparing and filing their own personal income tax refunds. Taxpayers will need to bring a number of documents to their appointment:
a copy of last year's tax return
a photo ID such as a driver's license
proof of income (Forms W-2, 1098 and 1099; any other documents showing additional income)
1095-A if you received credit from the healthcare.gov marketplace
information related to any credits that you are claiming
bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of your refund
a Social Security card (or ITIN) for the individual, spouse and dependents
The library has a very limited selection of paper forms available for taxpayers. Both the state and federal governments have cut back on the number they send to libraries, and only the most basic forms are available. To obtain all forms and instructions, visit www.tax.ny.gov/forms/ for state tax information, and www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs for federal tax information.
Seymour Library is launching two new Saturday programs for children in February. Saturday Stories, for toddlers through kindergarten-age children, will be offered at 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month through June, and Science Saturdays, for children in kindergarten through third grade, will be offered at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month through June. This month’s Saturday Stories is Feb. 14 and will feature Valentine stories, songs and a craft. Science Saturday, on Feb. 21, will feature wintery science fun. Space is limited, and registration is required for the events.
Seymour Library’s newly formed History Book Club is meeting for its first book discussion at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. The featured book is “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin,” by Jill Lepore, which explores the influence of Benjamin Franklin’s sister. The History Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month.
Every day is a good day to take your child to the library, but Saturday, Feb. 7, is an especially good day to visit. It’s National Take Your Child to the Library Day, and we’re celebrating with “Snow Much Fun at the Library!” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We’ll have outdoor snow play if the weather cooperates (make sure to dress for the outdoors), and if we can’t play outside, we’ll have indoor “snow” events. At noon we’ll sit down for a snack and story. Kids are invited to go on a scavenger hunt any time that day.
February’s the month for love, romance and, at Seymour Library, the chance to find the perfect companion! Our Blind Date With a Book event returns this month. We’ll have a display filled with books wrapped in paper so you can’t see the title, with only a brief description to hint at what’s inside. Check out the book, but don’t unwrap it until you get home. This year we’re asking you to rate your date – you’ll find a card inside. We’re hoping for lots of successful matches!
Get ready for some science fun! The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology is visiting the Children’s Room for First Friday at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. The show will feature experiments with sound, bubbles and liquid nitrogen. The program is designed for children in preschool through second grade. Space is limited to 20 children, and registration is required. The library is open until 8 p.m. on First Fridays.
Do you, or does someone you know, want to learn basic computer skills? We’ll be scheduling more Connections classes for older adults soon. Each series of classes runs for three weeks and meets on Wednesday evenings. The classes are designed for adults 55 and older and will cover skills such as using e-mail and browsing the Internet. Classes are taught on Google Chromebook laptop computers, which are available between class meetings for practice at the library. To register, call the library or leave your name at the Main Desk, and we’ll be in touch with class information.
Learn about permaculture and the potential to create productive, low-maintenance landscapes even in an urban area at a workshop sponsored by the Cayuga Grows! organization. The workshop, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Seymour Library, will explore permaculture and how it can be effective in Cayuga County. Peter Cramer will lead the workshop. Registration is helpful; call 253-1560 to sign up.