News and Events
BOOKS SANDWICHED IN
The popular Books Sandwiched-In series has been scheduled for this spring. The first program is scheduled for March 26th at 12 noon in the upstairs meeting room. Other programs will be April 16 and May 21.
All programs are free and open to the public. No reservation is required. Refreshments will be served.
The Bartlesville Public Library is hosting its 6th Annual Lego Creation Contest! Everyone from kindergarten age to adults is welcome to participate.
Registration begins March 25, 2015, with the judging and awards ceremony to be held on April 25, 2015.
To register or for more information on the contest, come by the Youth Services Desk at the Bartlesville Public Library or call 918-338-4170.
NEW BARTLESVILLE VIDEOS
The Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce has produced some new videos about life in Bartlesville. Watch here: http://www.bartlesville.com/videos
FILE YOUR TAXES ONLINE FOR FREE
Did you know you can file a free federal and state return if your income in 2014 was $60,000 or less? Myfreetaxes.com If you are being charged to prepare your federal or state tax return and your income is $60,000 or less STOP and call 855-698-9435.
TAX FORMS AT THE LIBRARY
IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by Congress. This affects our free tax form service. The only federal tax forms we will have available for free at the library are:
Form 1040, Form 1040 A, Form 1040 EZ
Unfortunately, the IRS will not send us Instructions for these forms. You can obtain copies of these instructions and other forms through:
IRS.gov/Forms – to view and download
IRS.gov/orderforms or call 1-800-829-3676 to order tax products to be delivered by mail
(At this time we have not received 1040 EZ forms.)
FREE, LIVE, ON-SITE TAX PREPARATION
Believe it or not, it is time to think about taxes again. It seems like we just finished with taxes not that long ago. Luckily, the AARP Tax Assistance Volunteers will be at the Library again this year to assist Bartlesville residents with income tax preparation. Just like last year, they will be in Meeting Room B on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM—3:00 PM, beginning Monday, February 2, 2015. They will be at the Library until April 15th.
Help will be provided on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Before arriving, be sure to have your identification, social security numbers for the entire household, a copy of last year’s tax returns, and all of your W-2s and 1099s.
Some of the more common federal forms will be available for pick up in the Reference Department. State forms are no longer mailed. All forms can be found online at the IRS and the Oklahoma Tax Commission websites. (www.irs.gov or www.tax.ok.gov) They can also be ordered by phone at 1-800-829-3676 (IRS) or 1-800-522-8165 (OTC). If you need assistance, our Reference staff will help you find the forms you need.
1920s PROGRAMMING IN APRIL
April 7th, 7-9 @ Library—Johnstone Avenue Irregulars Book Discussion featured book is The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum.
April 11th, 6:30-9:30 @ Elks Lodge—1920’s JAZZ DANCE PARTY featuring the Jo Hemian Jazz Syndicate.
April 12th, 2-4 @ Library—Tom Mix Matinee. Sudi Freedland of the Tom Mix Museum will introduce the audience to Tom Mix and his legacy followed by two of his silent films.
April 19th, 2-4 @ Library—Woolaroc. Bob Fraser will present the beginnings of Woolroc and its influence on area history.
April 26th, 2-4 @ Library—Bartlesville in the 1920’s. Speakers include Jan Dreiling on Women’s Suffrage, Gale Kane on Hillcrest Country Club, Mike May and Jim Hess on Business in Bartlesville.
A Barbershop Quartet led by John Stewart of OWU will be performing.
UPCOMING LIBRARY CLOSINGS
Closed February 14-16, reopen Feb 17 at 9am. Happy Presidents Day.
EBOOKS & MORE
BPL BOOK CLUBS (All are welcome to attend)
Gentle Reads (Third Thursday at 2pm): March: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, April: The Wives of Los Alamos by Tara Shea Nesbit.
Johnstone Irregulars (First Tuesday at 7pm): March is May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes. April is The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum.
Downloadable Books & Finding a Good Book
DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOKS & E-AUDIOBOOKS
Download e-books and e-audiobooks from our Oklahoma Virtual Library site: http://okvirtuallibrary.lib.overdrive.com/
Directions for Kindle Fire Users
Directions for Kindle eReader Users (not Kindle Fire)
Directions for Tablet Users (including iPad and Nook Color/HDX, etc.)
Directions for eReader Users (not tablets and not Kindles, plain eReaders)
Directions for borrowing eAudiobooks and Music
FINDING A GREAT BOOK
Online tools to help you find a great read:
- Book Psychic
- Staff Picks
- BookLetters: New and Notable
- Award Winning Books
- BookLetters email newsletters: Sign up and recieve lists of books and audiobooks on a regular schedule.
- The Dear Reader online book clubs are a great way to sample new books. Each day we'll email you a 5-minute portion of a book. During the week you can read 2-3 chapters and decide if you want to check the book out of the library. Every Monday we start new books. Sign up here and start reading.
Pick up a free copy of Book Page the next time you are in the library. This monthly "book newspaper" is an excellent way to find out about new and notable titles.
The Library subscribes to Bookmarks magazine, which can be found in the Periodical Room, near the Reference Desk.
Want to buy books? We have an online bookstore with ABE Books. The Friends of the Library have a booksale in our lobby each Wednesday from 10 to 3.