Federal and state tax forms and publications may be viewed, downloaded and printed from the library or from home. Publications and forms from the library’s computers may be downloaded and saved to a customer provided USB or printed at the library for 15 cents per page. “Going to the official sites provided by the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board are recommended,” said Library Manager Sandra Brautigam. “Searching for the forms and publication in open internet may yield sites which charge fees for forms which are free from the government source.” As a service, the Riverside County Library System has provided links to these sites on their webpage at rivlib.net. The direct website addresses for the government sites are ftb.ca.gov/forms and irs.gov/forms.
The Canyon Lake Library will not be a site for AARP free low-income individual tax preparation. Other libraries in the area will be hosting the service. The Canyon Lake Library will have information concerning these sites when they become available. “It is important to note the library staff are not tax professionals. Advice on which forms are needed and how to complete them should be directed to tax professionals,” said Sandra Brautigam. “Every year we have people who look to library staff for help and advice. As much as we love to help, these are questions we cannot answer. Staff can only direct them to where answers might be found.”
The library’s Monday programs will not meet on Feb. 19. The library will be closed in observance of Presidents Day. Two book drops are located outside the building’s entrance for return items.
Miss Ginny Story Time will be held on Friday, Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. The program will celebrate International Dog Biscuit Day. Parents should register the children in the library and obtain a name tag before proceeding to the story time program room. Parents may attend the program with their children and provide assistance with the craft if needed.
Play Day will be held on Monday, Feb. 26. The once a month program is both a learning and social event where children have the opportunity to interact with other children and parents network with other adults. This month, Movin’ n Music will begin at 10:15 a.m. The program invites both children and adults to participate in the activities. This will end at 10:45 a.m., leaving time to refresh with treats and drinks before the 11 a.m. story time begins. Crafts are available for all to make and take home. Some treats and the program Movin’ n Music are provided by the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library. Adult opportunity prizes, snacks and children’s crafts are provided by Typhanie Sharfner from MentoringTinyHumans.com and Momco Moms. Room use has been provided by the City of Canyon Lake in their continuing support of educational programs for the community.
The library offers tutoring programs for adults, teens and younger children. The teen program continues to assist teens with earning volunteer credit by assisting younger students with school subjects on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. Participants should bring all necessary supplies for the work they need assistance with.
An education specialist will be on hand on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. to assist adults with computer skills and other practical skill refreshers. Participants should bring something to take notes with, an example of the needed skill to be learned and a USB drive to save work if working with computers.