March into a new season with your library

The Moore Public Library is ready to March into spring with a steady variety of programming for children of all ages.

And what better way to get it started than with a morning celebrating the life of Dr. Seuss? The library’s Green Eggs and Ham Seusstacular takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3. It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and it’s a morning of stories, crafts and of course some green eggs and ham to eat. Dressing up as a Dr. Seuss character is encouraged!

Find below all of this month’s activities geared to young readers:

10 and 10:45 a.m. WednesdaysLapsit Story Time

4:30 p.m. ThursdaysDesign Squad (3rd through 7th grades)

10 a.m. Friday, March 6 and March 20Zumbini (ages 5 and under)

11 a.m. Saturday, March 7 and March 21Families Explore: Calming Creations

4:30 p.m. Monday, March 9Kids Club: Mind Magic

10 a.m. Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31Preschool Story Time​

10 a.m. Thursday, March 12 and March 26 Pre-K Play

4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18Sensory Play Time

4 p.m. Thursday, March 19 Story Time at the Boxcar Coffee

4:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 Tween Scene: Vision Boards

Multiple children's programs are funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.

“Just Unwind” with new yarn club

The Moore Public Library is a place for makers to come together in its new Just Unwind Yarn Club, meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, and then continuing to meet on the first Thursday of the month in the future.

The group will partake in crafting, conversation and cookies, and all skill levels are welcome to attend in a come-and-go gathering to work on projects or share tips and ideas.

Ages 18 and up may participate. Advance registration is required.

Learn a new way to play chess at Bughouse tournament

The Moore Public Library brings together chess players of all skill levels to its Bughouse Chess Tournament, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Room A.

This tournament will specifically use the Bughouse variation of the game of chess. Players work in teams and pass captured pieces to their teammates who then can recycle those pieces onto their own board. It’s fast and raucous and can be a way for young chess players to have fun and make new friends.

The 1889ers Moore Chess Club is coordinating the event and attendees should have basic chess skills. Participants also should bring lunch and be prepared to stay a while, as the event will continue until all rounds are completed or when the library closes at 5 p.m., whichever comes first.

The activity is for children or teens.

Registration is required and it’s recommended to register in pairs. Those who register as a solo player will be paired up with a partner on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the tournament and are dependent on if there is an even number of players.

Sewing for a cause

The Moore Public Library is giving back to the community through the craft project Sewn With Love: A Fidget Blanket Sewing Circle, taking place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on consecutive Fridays, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, at the library.

It’s a chance for people of all experience levels to come together and learn hand and machine sewing skills while creating fidget blankets using sewing machines that are part of one of the Pioneer Library System’s STEAM kits.

Participants will measure, cut and assemble the main portion of the blankets during the first week’s program, and the second week they will finish assembly with various fidget accessories.

The completed blankets will be donated to memory care residents at Oklahoma’s Village on the Park Senior Living facility.

Space is limited so advance registration is required.

How we can help you during income tax season

The 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.

VITA volunteers will be at the library from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 3. Signup begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

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 should bring the following items: a copy of their 2018 tax return, if it is available; Social Security cards for the worker, spouse, and children born before Dec. 31, 2019; W-2 forms from all jobs; 1099 forms for any other income; IRS notices received during 2019; and statements received from a mortgage company during 2019 (these are for itemized returns).

This year, personal income tax returns must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 15. That also will be the final day for VITA tax help at the library.

The library also has resources for printing forms or accessing online tax forms. However, library staff are not certified in tax preparation or to answer questions about filling out forms themselves.