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The Roanoke Public Library building will be closed from Thursday, March 19 through at least Tuesday, April 28th. The situation will be re-evaluated at that time. All programs during this period will be cancelled.

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Please be aware that ebooks and other online items are still available.  If you have trouble using any system, you can call Celia Bandelier, Library Director, personally at 260-672-2921.  (If calling, please leave a message as I very seldom answer calls I don’t recognize.)

You can also make an appointment with me (by calling) to get you a library card if you don’t presently have one so you can access the online resources that require a library card.

NOTE: no library cards will expire until June 16.

NOTE: no items are due until April 28th (at this time, may be extended more.)

NOTE: We request you do not return items in dropbox.

NOTE: NO Late fees will be assessed until 2 weeks after re-opening

NOTE: There are free books and magazines on the porch in front of the Library.  We ask that you please keep all the books you don’t want in the box so that others may benefit also!

The Census is happening now. Wednesday, April 1 is Census Day. The data collected by the Census Bureau impacts how we respond to pandemics like the current one. It’s important that Hoosiers are counted. 

The Indiana Disability Rights agency has created a resource page for common questions about the 2020 Census, fraud prevention tips, and additional tools for those encouraging participation in the census.

Though the Census Bureau’s 2020 Census field operations have been delayed by COVID-19, our outreach activities are ongoing. The Indiana State Data Center has shifted to social media and email communication to continue our efforts to get the word out that it is still easy, safe, and important to fill out the census safely from your home online at https://my2020census.gov/, by phone at at 1-844-330-2020, or by mail.

Please visit the Census in Indiana website for updates and additional outreach resources.

If you have questions about the 2020 Census or need assistance with 2020 Census outreach, please contact the Indiana State Data Center.

Here is a great list of resources .  These are different things you can do while you are stuck at home that are educational and fun. You can get them all online.  Let me know if you have issues.

For Covid-19 Coronavirus information: https://roanoke.lib.in.us/covid-19-information/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 20, 2020

 Filing Your Taxes Confusing? Help is Available!

DOR and several trusted organizations offer free tax help

INDIANAPOLIS – Low-income and senior Hoosiers who need help filing their taxes are encouraged to consider the many assistance programs offered by the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) and other trusted organizations.

DOR offers the Indiana free file (INfreefile) program, a no-cost electronic tax filing program for qualifying Hoosiers. Individuals with an adjusted gross income of $69,000 or less in 2019 may qualify to file their state and federal taxes for free with certified, well-known vendors. Customers can learn more and see if they qualify at freefile.dor.in.gov.

Looking for in-person assistance? Consider these assistance programs:

  • The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program focuses on helping low and moderate-income individuals, with special attention to those over 50 years of age. An AARP membership is not required.
  • The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs offer free tax help for individuals making $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities, limited English speaking taxpayers and individuals 60 years of age or older.
  • Indy Free Tax Prep is a network of volunteer income tax assistance sites provided through the United Way of Central Indiana offering free tax preparation to individuals and families with a combined household income of $66,000 or less.
  • The Notre Dame Tax Clinic is a federally-funded low-income taxpayer clinic representing clients who need legal assistance with past-due taxes and other tax issues, while educating individuals about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers.
  • The Indiana Legal Services Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic serves the community by providing free legal assistance to Indiana taxpayers involved in disputes with the IRS.

“Hoosiers have several choices to get free, expert tax assistance,” explained DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes. “We help these organizations with materials needed to accurately file Indiana taxes for their clients, including changes to legislation and updated forms. DOR encourages qualifying Hoosiers to take advantage of these trusted services if they need assistance this tax season.”

More information on free tax assistance can be found on DOR’s website at dor.in.gov/4748.htm or by calling DOR Customer Service at 317-232-2240, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST.

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Gales Courses came on July 1, 2018 to the Roanoke Public Library’s Patrons-see the tab at the top of this page to be connected to this new learning tool or click Gale Courses!

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Gale Courses Promotional Material

“Roanoke Public Library Renovation: from dirt floors to grand openings”….

ABCmouse.com logo saying available free at our library! with books, games, puzzles, art activities, songs and more!ABCmouse.com For Kids Learning

ABCmouse.com: With 5,000+ Interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-7+) . From Age of Learning, Inc

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ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum. Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation. Click on Basic ESL to begin. No computer experience is necessary. At the website, click on “Instant Access” to enter without registering.

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ReferenceUSA is the number 1 source of information on businesses and people for small business owners, marketing professionals, researchers and job seekers.  ReferenceUSA helps user create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people.

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