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Free Tax Help

A.A.R.P. volunteers will provide free tax preparation at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library every Monday, beginning Feb. 6 through April 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. There are no income or age limitations to receive their assistance, however, participants are asked to bring the following items with them: photo I.D., social security cards for anyone on the tax return, birth dates for anyone on tax return, W-2s, 1099-MISC, etc., blank check for direct deposit and last year’s tax return. Participants are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“The A.A.R.P. volunteers generously provide their time and expertise to assist people in our community. We are very thankful to the A.A.R.P. volunteers because they provide a very valuable service,” said Mercedes Franks, library director.

PowerPoint Pointers

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library will hold an introductory PowerPoint computer class on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Students will get tips on making interesting and attractive presentations. The class is free, but registration is requested. Please call 559-2970 to reserve your spot.

Coding with Scratch

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library invites children ages 9-12 years to participate in Coding with Scratch on Tuesday, February 7 th at 4:30 p.m. The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society.

Learning to code teaches children how to think logically, how design process works and how to troubleshoot problems. This class will teach children the basics of coding using Scratch, a free, open-source coding program from MIT.

Classes will be offered on a monthly basis. Please call the library at (936) 559-2970 to register. Spaces are limited.

Permaculture 101

The Judy B. McDonald Public Library invites the community to an interactive workshop, Permaculture 101, on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2:30 p.m. Join local expert Theron Beaudreau of Integrated Acres as he shares an introductory look into permaculture principles and holistic design strategies for east Texas.  Permaculture is an ethics-based design science that aims to foster harmonious relationships between humans and natural systems.

“Permaculture is a way to better design our homes, gardens and communities based on nature’s own design,” Beaudreau said. “This short workshop will give you a whole new way of thinking about gardening.”

Family Day Out will be held simultaneously, so the whole family can have something to do.

“We are so pleased to have Mr. Beaudreau, and his workshop aligns well with our program series on gardening, sustainability and wellness.” Assistant Library Director Crystal Hicks said.

“We’re also trying to offer events for different age groups at the same time to give families more options.”

The event is free, but registration is requested. Please call 559-2970 to reserve a spot.

The Friends of the Library are on Facebook (as Judy B. McDonald Public Library) and Twitter & Instagram (as @friendsofnacpl).

Grace Baldwin
(Bethany) Grace Baldwin has an Associate Degree in Journalism from Angelina College and is working on a double major of English and Journalism at Stephen F. Austin State University. She thoroughly enjoys reading, writing, and has an indelible passion for words.

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