Overdue items? No problem…April is Fine Free Month!

National Library Week is April 8-14, 2018.

During April, the St. Martin Parish Library will run a month-long fine free campaign to encourage the return of overdue materials to its shelves. Late fees will be waived for any overdue item returned to a St. Martin Parish Library branch.  This campaign applies to library users of all ages whether a book is one day late, one year late, or more. If an item is reported permanently lost or returned damaged, users will be responsible for paying only the replacement cost for that item. The fine free campaign applies only to the actual return of physical materials during the month of April. Outstanding fines on previously returned items will not be waived.

The St. Martin Parish Library offers something of value to everyone, and residents are encouraged to visit their local branch, return any overdue items they may have, and continue to take advantage of the Library’s programs and services. This campaign is about welcoming books back and welcoming people back. This is an opportunity to make it easier for library patrons to be part of the everyday library community. The fine free campaign comes in advance of the St. Martin Parish Library’s Summer Reading Program which begins on Saturday, May 19th.

 

Calling all Readers in Grades 3-12

It’s that time of year again! Time to start reading titles nominated for the State of Louisiana’s Readers’ Choice Programs. Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice and Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice are programs designed for students in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Students read nominated titles in 2018 and vote by February 2019 for their favorites. As you read titles, feel free to leave a comment below, sharing your thoughts on the books you select to read.

Click here to access a list of nominated titles for grades 3-5.

Click here to access a list of nominated titles for grades 6-8.

Click here to access a list of nominated titles for grades 9-12.

 

To learn more about the program, visit the state library website.

 

Make Your Tax Refund Work for You!

America Saves Week (#ASW18) is February 26 – March 3.

Post courtesy of ASW.

Original content by Justin Chu, Program Associate, Taxpayer Opportunity Network.

Every year, the middle of April marks the end of the federal tax return filing season. For many Americans, that can mean seemingly endless forms, paystubs, and other paperwork. However, tax time can also be a unique opportunity for saving for your future! You can maximize tax time in three easy ways and have your tax refund work for you.

1. Put your refund into a saving account
For people claiming some of the unique tax credits that benefit hardworking families around the country such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, their tax refund may be the largest sum of money they will see the entire year. By opening a savings account, you can deposit a portion or all of your refund and let the amount grow over time. Luckily, you can do this using the IRS Form 8888, which will divide your refund over multiple accounts.

2. Put your refund into a savings bond
As a part of the Form 8888, you are now able to easily and seamlessly purchase Series 1 US Savings Bonds as you prepare your tax return! These 30-year bonds are backed by the United States government and they will pay you interest yearly. Bonds are a great, low-risk option to grow your savings while receiving a little bit of money each year.

3. Get your taxes prepared for free
If you make less than $53,000 a year, you can your taxes prepared at no-cost by IRS-certified volunteers in your local community! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has served millions of Americans for more than 45 years. If you qualify, you can find your local VITA program using this tool; at these VITA sites, you can find expert information to help demystify the tax code and to prepare your taxes.

These three steps are only a small sample of how you can leverage this annual process! Tax time can be confusing but you can maximize your tax return to build for a more sustainable future. Don’t delay and be sure to start your own saving story today!

Learn more about saving @ https://americasaves.org/