Free tax help returns to Allerton library

The AARP Foundation will once again offer free in-person tax preparation services at the Allerton Public Library, 4000 Green Apple Lane in Monticello. It is open to those of all ages and will begin on Feb. 5 and run through April 14.

Help will be provided Thursdays between 5 and 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointments are preferred and can be made by calling 217-762-4676. Appointments are preferable, with walk-ins allowed as time permits.

Library Director Lisa Winters said the program is a popular one, and well staffed by AARP volunteers.

“I think they’ve picked up a couple of new volunteers, so that gives us six people. We’ve already had people calling to set up appointments,” Winters told the library board at its Jan. 3 meeting.

Continuing education
Also at the meeting, board member Sue Lochbaum asked if the library could bring back educational and/or hobby classes at some point.

“There used to be classes here sometimes. I took a couple of needlepoint classes and there were a variety of them,” said Lochbaum, saying short term community classes are also becoming popular at area colleges, like the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Illinois.

Winters said classes used to vary from photography to quilting classes.

She was not sure if satellite-style courses were still available, but said she would look into it.

Other action
In other action, the board:

–was informed the recent book sale raised $355, more than the $260 netted from last spring’s sale. Winters said going to a donation basis had worked better than putting prices on books;

–updated its sexual harassment policy to comply with new state statues; and

–was informed 417 attended programs in December.



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