News and Events
HOMEWORK HELP NOW OFFERS LIVE ONLINE TUTORING
A BPL Library card gets you FREE online access to live tutoring through our Homework Help Now service. K-12 students can get help with homework, writing papers, and even collaborating with classmates. Accessible through any internet connection, get started at http://www.bartlesvillelibrary.com/research/
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
The 23rd annual Creative Writing Contest is now underway. Entry forms are available at the Circulation and Reference desks.Winners will be announced at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting in April. The Grand Prize is $200.00, First place winners will receive $100.00 and $50.00 for second place.
If you love to write, this is your opportunity to gain valuable experience and share your work with others. For additional information, please call 918-338-4187. Entries are due February 1, 2015. Rules and entry form here.
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.
FILE YOUR TAXES FOR FREE
If you made less than $60,000 in 2014, you can file your Federal and State Taxes for free here: http://www.myfreetaxes.com/bpl
UPCOMING LIBRARY CLOSINGS
Closed January 17-19. reopen Jan 20 at 9am. Happy Birthday Dr. King.
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): January: A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy; February: Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews; March: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.
Johnstone Irregulars (First Tuesday at 7pm): February is THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak
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.