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All Things Taxes

ImageSpring is just around the corner and with it comes April 15th, the IRS filing deadline. Here are some links to help you with your state and federal taxes:

Tax forms

Free Electronic Filing

Check on the Status of Your Refund

Places to Get Free Tax Help

  • Broadview Learning Center
    705 West Coolidge Drive, Bloomington, 812-330-7731
    February 6 - April 11 (Call for an appointment.)
    Wednesday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm

  • Ellettsville Branch Library
    600 W. Temperance St., Ellettsville, Phone 812-876-3383
    February 1 - April 12 (Call for an appointment.)
    Friday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Saturday: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    211 S. Indiana Ave., Bloomington
    January 30 - March 7 (First come, first served.)
    Wednesday and Thursday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Two Super Saturdays: March 2nd, March 23rd 10:00 am -- 4:00 pm

  • Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington
    200 Daniels Way, Room B201, Bloomington 812-332-1559 ext. 0
    January 29 - March 9 (Call for an appointment.)
    Tuesday and Wednesday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Friday: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

  •  Monroe County Public Library
    303 East Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, Phone 812-349-3050
    (AARP Tax-Aide)
    February 4 - April 12 (First come, first served)
    Monday and Tuesday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Friday: 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm

  • Owen County Public Library
    10 S. Montgomery St., Spencer, Phone 812-829-3392 ext. 1
    February 2 - April 13 (Call for an appointment.)
    Thursday: 5:30 pm- 8:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • South Central Community Action Program
    1500 W. 15th St., Bloomington, Phone 812-339-3447 ext. 233
    February 2 - April 13 (Call for an appointment.)
    Tuesday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Twin Lakes Recreation Center,
    1700 W. Bloomfield Rd., Bloomington, Phone 812-349-3720
    (AARP Tax-Aide)
    February 6 - April 11 (First come, first served.)
    Wednesday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Thursday: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Reads that Rhyme

We're into the second full week of "A Cool Book and a Cold Beverage," MCPL's Adult Summer Reading Program. Participants can read books from any of six categories and fill out entry forms online or in the library to win prizes. Last week, Andrea suggested books to read for the "Hoosier Connections" category. This week, I'm highlighting "Reads That Rhyme." All of these books can be found at the Ellettsville Branch. Happy reading--and I hope your entry is a winner!

The Truro Bear and Other AdventuresThe Truro Bear and Other Adventures by Mary Oliver

From the winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer prize for poetry comes a book of poems and essays about mammals, insects, reptiles and a disobedient little talking dog.



Baseball HaikuBaseball Haiku edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura

Fans of NPR's Only a Game radio program which features an annual Super Bowl Haiku Challenge will enjoy these short poems capturing the sights, sounds, smells and emotions of the national pastime.  



Bookstore Clearance Sale at the Branch

If you like to buy good books for very little money, come to the library this weekend. The Friends of the Library are having a bookstore clearance sale in the meeting room at the Ellettsville Branch. On Friday, all books are selling for 50 cents to a dollar. Saturday, prices are reduced by 50%. Sunday, you can fill a bag with books for $3.00.

Sale hours are:

  • Friday, 5/11, 10-6

  • Saturday, 5/12, 9-5

  • Sunday, 5/13, 1-3

Every book you buy helps support library programs, collections, and staff development. Come early, stay late, and take home a bag of great reads!

Rachel Peden and Her Life on Maple Grove Road

The Friends of the Library held a "Coffee with Friends" event at the Ellettsville Branch for the first time on Sunday, April 22nd. In keeping with Earth Day, area resident Rachel Peden McCarty talked about her grandmother, Rachel Peden, and her life on Maple Grove Road. For more than 20 years, Mrs. Peden wrote a column for the Indianapolis Star called "Mrs. R.F.D." that shared vignettes and observations about what it was like to live on a small Hoosier farm. She also penned three books: The Land, the People; Rural Free; and Speak to the Earth that have been recently reprinted by the I.U. Press. It's amazing how these books written forty or more years ago are still fresh, relevant, and inspirational!

Spring at the Ellettsville Branch

Spring at the Ellettsville BranchIt's spring! The Bradford pear tree in front of the Ellettsville Branch Library is in full bloom, and the grass already needs to be mowed.

If warm weather has you thinking about digging in the dirt, take a peek at our selection of gardening books. Flowers, vegetables, decorative grasses--we've got information to help your garden grow!

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