Jan 162015

The Library WILL NOT be receiving a wide variety of federal income tax forms the year. We were recently notified that we will only be given basic 1040, 1040A & 1040EZ FORMS, no instruction books or schedules.

To obtain IRS forms call 1-800-829-3676; order online at irs.gov/orderfroms; or view & print at irs.gov/forms.
Wisconsin tax forms & the Homestead Credit forms are currently available.

Beginning January 31, 2015 the Racine Public Library will be offering tax help through the VITA Tax Help program. Registration is required. To register please call 262.637.8377 x117.

Jan 082015

January 7, 2015
CONTACT PERSON: Jessica MacPhail, Director, Racine Public Library (262.636.9252;jessica.macphail@racinelibrary.info )

The Racine Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce that once again has received a grant from SC Johnson to support students’ reading ability in Racine schools.   SC Johnson is providing sets of Battle of the Book titles to each of Racine’s fourth and fifth grade homeroom classrooms, and sets of English Festival Books to each of the seventh and eighth grade classrooms.  It is SC Johnson’s intention that students will read these books and participate in this year’s Battle of the Books program through the Racine Public Library, and this year’s English Festival.    Our mutual goal is to increase participation at all schools.

We strongly encourage teachers, parents and/or school librarians to sign up teams of students for the Racine Public Library’s Battle of the Books program.  Teams can consist of two to four students.  They can all be from one classroom, one grade, or a mix of grades and classrooms.  Schools are encouraged to have multiple teams representing the school. Teams read the books on the list, usually about 40 titles, and then practice answering questions from the books in preparation for the “battle.”  The Battles will be held at the Library or at schools if scheduling permits. Battles will take place Mondays through Saturdays in March. Battle of the Books registration information:  www.racinelibrary.info

The English Festival is a collaborative effort between public, private, and parochial schools in Kenosha, Racine, and its public libraries.  The Festival is open to 7th and 8th grade students who attend workshops built upon themes from the following six works. They must read and complete quizzes for all the books before attending the March Festival. Books may be checked out from the Racine Public Library or any public or school library. This year’s titles are One Came Home, Dogs of War,Bloody Times, Between Shades of Gray, So B. It, and Legend. This year’s English Festival will be held at UW-Parkside on March 30 & 31. The guest author will be Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray.

“This grant means that when children want to read a book for Battle of the Books or the English Festival, chances are good that it will be on the shelf when they need it,” said Jessica MacPhail, Racine Public Library Director. “Last year more than 100 teams participated in the Battle of the Books.”

SC Johnson is the 127-year-old family company known for its leading U.S. household brands including: Glade®, Kiwi®, OFF! ®, Pledge®, Raid®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Windex® and Ziploc®. The company is dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. It employs nearly 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world.

For more information, please call Racine Public Library Youth Services Librarian, Anne Callaghan (262-636-9193) or email her at anne.callaghan@racinelibrary.info