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.

Children’s programs fill the calendar in February

The Moore Public Library brings a wide range of program opportunities for families with young children throughout February.

This month’s schedule includes:

11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 and Feb. 15Families Explore: Weather

2 p.m. SundaysSunday Story Time: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4Be a Healthy Hero Story Time

10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays Lapsit Story Time

4:30 p.m. Thursdays Design Squad Junior

10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7Yoga Nursery Rhymes and More

4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10Kids Club: Valentine’s Day

10 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 11, 18, 25Preschool Story Time​

10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13Pre-K Play

4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 Sensory Play Time

2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20Story Time at the Boxcar Coffee

4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24Tween Scene: Star Wars

We hope to be part of your plans in the New Year!

Happy New Year!

The Moore Public Library is ready to lead the community into 2020 through its many resources, services and program opportunities.

The library presents dedicated spaces for its collection of books for children, teens and adult readers, as well as public computers, meeting areas and more.

In total through the collaboration of the 12 branch libraries in the Pioneer Library System, cardholders have access to more than 700,000 books, magazines and downloadable items. Also, PLS provides access to more than 60 online databases that cover topics from genealogy to homework help.

Need to know more? Talk to a librarian or take a look around our online resources, available through this website or the Pioneer Library System Connect App, which can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play.

We hope we’ll be a big part of your plans in the new year!

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Find out more about what’s going on in January here in Moore by picking up a copy of the library’s monthly calendar, or by looking at our online calendar.