FREE VITA Tax Assistance

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Alma Public Library is pleased to announce that we are partnering with United Way to offer free income tax assistance through their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program! VITA provides free assistance to individuals and families with a household income of less than $64,000 per year.
Call 989-463-3966 to schedule an appointment - space is limited.

Please bring the following to your tax preparation appointment:
- Completed paperwork packet (picked up from the library prior to your appointment)
- Social security cards for taxpayer, spouse, and dependents listed on your return
- Photo ID for tax payer and spouse
- All income statements: W2, 1099, 1099-R, Social Security Benefits statement, etc.
- Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit
- Copy of last year’s tax return (if available)
- Any other tax documents

 

PEEPS Contest!

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Our annual Peeps Diorama Contest is back for 2024! 

Entries will be accepted at the Library Monday, March 4 through Saturday, March 16. 

Rules:
- One entry per person
- Can be made out of anything - but PEEPS are the only allowed food item!
- Include an entry form with your creation (click the image above, or pick one up at the library!)

Voting will take place Monday, March 18 through Wednesday, March 27. The entry with the most votes in CHILDREN (0-12), TEEN (13-17) and ADULT (18+) categories will each win a $50 cash prize! 

Winners will be contacted Thursday, March 28.
 

Storytime

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Storytime will meet on TUESDAYS at 10 a.m.! Please note, there will be NO storytime on Tuesday, September 19.

Teen Book Club

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Teen Book Club is BACK! Join us on the first Monday of the month to enjoy some snacks and talk books!

LEGO Club

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Join us every other Monday at 4pm fo LEGO Club! We provide the LEGOs and a building prompt, all you need to bring is your creativity! After you finish your creation, it will be on display at the library until our next LEGO Club meeting!

Middle Grade Craft Day

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Join us on the fourth Tuesday of the month for a special craft day just for our middle grade friends! Totally free, all materials provided!

Teen Craft Night!

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Join us on the fourth Thursday of the month at 4pm for Teen Craft Night! We'll have a different craft each month, with all materials provided. Grades 7-12.

Family Movie Day

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Join us for the following FREE movies! Popcorn will be served!

Friday, March 1, 4pm:
Trolls Band Together
Universal Pictures, PG, 92 minutes


 

COVID Self-Tests

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Alma Public Library is pleased to announce that we now have a limited number of free COVID-19 self-test kits available. These kits are made available through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

You may receive up to five test kits per household. Library staff is NOT able to assist with testing. Instructions will be provided.

We recommend you call ahead to request test kits be set aside for you. There are no eligibility requirements to receive a free test kit. 

Please call 989-463-3966 to request a test kit or with questions.

Teen Movie Day

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Teen Movie Day - grades 7-12

March 6, 4pm
The Princess Bride - INTERACTIVE
PG, 20th Century Fox, 98 minutes
 

Introducing Hoopla Digital!

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Log into Hoopla with your library card

With Hoopla you can instantly borrow digital e-books, audiobooks, comics, movies, TV and music with your library card! 

Here's how in 3 easy steps: 

 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Announcing the launch of our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

Music & Movement

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Join Miss Marla while we learn through singing, dancing, and stories! Aimed at babies and toddlers, open to children of all ages and their caregivers.

Checkout a WiFi Hotspot!

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Alma Public Library has WiFi Hotspots to check out!

What is a hotspot?

Hotspots are portable, easy-to-use devices equipped with high-speed 4G LTE technology that can connect WiFi enabled devices to the Internet anywhere there is a strong cellular signal. Up to ten devices can be connected to the hotspot at one time.

 

Borrowing a HotSpot

  • You must be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid Alma Public Library card in good standing
  • Check out is for 2 weeks (14 days) with no renewals Temporarily 4 weeks during Stage 1 curbside-only service
  • Households are limited to one hotspot checkout per month (one month between checkouts)
  • Hotspots are checked out first come first serve ; no holds or reserves  Call library to check out hotspots during Stage 1
  • Hotspots must be returned to the circulation desk inside the library ; fees charged for hotspots returned to book drop  Call library for drop-off instructions during Stage 1

Responsibility and Fines

  • The overdue fine is $5.00 per day
  • Overdue hotspots will be deactivated within 24 hours of due date
  • Patrons returning a hotspot more than 5 days late will forfeit use of hotspots indefinitely
  • Patrons are financially responsible for loss or damage to hotspots/accompanying materials (hotspot $80.00/charger $30.00)
  • Excessive data usage not permitted (e.g., moderate use of movie and music streaming)
  • The library is not responsible for information accessed using this device or for personal information that is shared over the Internet. Internet content filtering is NOT provided through library-issued hotspot devices. Parents/Guardians are responsible for monitoring what their children access while using the hotspot. The library is not responsible for any computer viruses that may be transferred to user-owned devices.

Using a Hotspot

  1. Charge the hotspot, if needed, before use.
  2. Turn the hotspot on and wait for it to establish a connection.
  3. On your WiFi enabled device, locate the hotspot device, select it, and supply the password. The hotspot device name and password are on a card inside the case.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep the hotspot unplugged after it is fully charged. Failure to do this could damage the battery. Do not allow the hotspot to stay in a hot car.

 

March is Reading Month

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March is Reading Month! Click here for a calendar with suggestions for literacy activities!

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