Group providing free income tax assistance

Tax calculatorThe Moore Public Library again welcomes local volunteers that are helping taxpayers get through the income tax filing season.

The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program will be at the library beginning in February through the final date for filing person income tax returns in mid-April.

VITA volunteers will be at the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 3 and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 7. The last returns will be started 30 minutes prior to the end of each session.

The service is available for taxpayers with an income of less than $56,000, and volunteers will help those taxpayers prepare their basic federal and state income tax returns.

Taxpayers are encouraged to bring: a copy of their 2016 tax return, if it is available; Social Security cards for the worker, spouse, and children born before Dec. 31, 2017; W-2 forms from all jobs; 1099 forms for any other income; IRS notices received during 2017; and Statements received from a mortgage company during 2017 (these are for itemized returns).

Returns must be filed or postmarked by Tuesday, April 17, and the final session of the VITA program at the library will be Saturday, April 14.

Get on the move with workout offerings

YogaThe Moore Public Library seeks to stress both the mental and physical well-being with its continuing series of workout classes.

The schedule for February classes features:

Zumba - 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. The workouts feature high-energy Latin and International music that combine dance and exercise movements. Teens ages 12 and up or adults may participate.

Tai Chi for Health9:15 a.m. on Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Classes introduce basic Tai Chi principles and movements integrating mind and body. Ages 12 and up may participate.

Beginner’s Yoga - 6 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. The classes are taught by a certified YMCA instructor who will be leading the group in learning various yoga poses. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel for comfort, although there will be a limited number of mats provided. The classes are for teens age 12 and up or adults.

A signed waiver is required before each class, and anyone under age 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

The classes are made possible through the Health Literacy Grant by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Take our digital photography challenge!

CameraThe Moore Public Library invites local teens to an evening of learning and practicing photography in a Digital Photography Challenge, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Story Time Room.

Participants will use Samsung tablets to take photos and then have the chance to print out their best work using the library’s Kodak photo printer.

Students in 6th through 12th grades may attend. Space is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Get an introduction to swing dancing in library event

Swing danceWant to dance the night away but are cursed with two left feet?

The Moore Public Library may have an answer for your problem, with its upcoming Introduction to Swing Dance class, at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in Rooms A and B.

Instructors from 3Sixty Entertainment Powerhouse will spend the first hour of the event going over fundamentals of swing dancing, followed by a dance social in the last half-hour.

The event is for ages 18 and up, and registration is limited to the first 50 who sign up in advance.

Financial assistance for the program is made possible through the Health Literacy Grant by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

It's an electronic afternoon with Arduinos

ArduinoEnter a world of electronics and creativity with the Moore Public Library and its upcoming Teen SparkFun Arduino workshop, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Computer Training Center.

Teens in 6th through 12th grades will learn about the library’s SparkFun Inventor’s Kits, giving them a chance to complete 16 circuits that teach about reading sensors, display information on an LCD, drive motors and more.

No previous experience working with programming is required to participate.

Space and supplies are limited, so registration is required in advance to attend.

Gear up your mind and body with fitness classes

Tai ChiStart the new year in a healthy way with the Moore Public Library, which is boosting both mental and physical well-being with its weekly series of workout classes.

The schedule for January classes features:

Zumba - 6 p.m. on each Thursday of the month. The workouts feature high-energy Latin and International music that combine dance and exercise movements. Teens ages 12 and up or adults may participate.

Tai Chi for Health9:15 a.m. on Mondays, Jan. 8, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29. Classes introduce basic Tai Chi principles and movements integrating mind and body. Ages 12 and up may participate.

Beginner’s Yoga - 6 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 8, Jan. 22 and Jan. 29. The classes are taught by a certified YMCA instructor who will be leading the group in learning various yoga poses. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel for comfort, although there will be a limited number of mats provided. The classes are for teens age 12 and up or adults.

A signed waiver is required before each class, and anyone under age 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

The classes are made possible through the Health Literacy Grant by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

It’s a new year of activities for kids

Kids and dogStart a new year of reading and learning with the Moore Public Library and its array of programs for children and their families.

Activities scheduled during January include:

Barks, Books & Buddies - 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 2 and Jan. 16

Preschool Story Time10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Lapsit Story Time10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Kid’s Club4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8

Pre-K Play10 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 11 and Jan. 25

Sensory Story Time - 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 (registration is required in advance)

TweenScene: Snowflake Art4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22