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Celebrate National Library Week April 13 -19th: Libraries Change Lives

Abby, Ariane, David, Bryan, Paula This week we celebrate National Library Week by highlighting some of the ways that libraries change lives.

Whether it means providing work opportunities, access to library materials through the bookmobile, volunteer opportunities, or adult learning, libraries can really change lives.

Our April Newsletter gives you a preview of some of the stories of the people you see on in the picture to the right (along with the different activities and programs being held at the library this month). Look for special posters around the library this week!

Library will be closed on Sunday, April 20th for Easter holiday

The Rochester Public Library will be closed all day on Sunday, April 20th for the Easter holiday.

We will reopen on Monday, April 21st at 9:30am

See our 2nd Annual Edible Book Festival photos!

Check out our Flickr page to see all of the creative entries in our 2nd Annual Edible Book Festival (which was held on Saturday, April 12th)

Entires include" "The Fault(line) in our Bars", "20,000 Legumes Under the Pea", "The Five 'Peeps' You 'Eat' in Heaven" and many more!

Magnetic PoetryNew Magnetic Poetry Wall in the Makerspace

Everyone is invited to share their verbal creativity on the Magnetic Poetry Wall in the 2nd floor Makerspace area. 

Stop in for a few minutes or longer to create your personal prose or enjoy the poems of others on the Wall.

Library seeking Eastside Pioneers families for Neighbors Read!

Rochester Public Library is seeking families with preschool children in the Eastside Pioneers neighborhood to participate in the Neighbors Read program to prepare children to succeed in school.

Participating families will decorate a free mini-library and will participate in programs and special events.

The mini-libraries will be filled with free books provided by Friends of the Rochester Public Library and books will be available for anyone in the neighborhood to take.

Interested families with preschoolers living in Eastside Pioneers are invited to contact Rochester Public Library at 507.328.2332 for more information.

Federal and State Tax forms at the Library

We have the 2013 Federal 1040 (booklet ONLY, forms unavailable), 1040A (booklet & forms), 1040EZ (booklet & forms), Schedule A (form), Schedule B (form), Schedule EIC (form) and 2013 Minnesota State Tax forms M1 and M1W available in the hallway to the right of the main desk on the 1st floor.

A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT MN TAX FORMS: On March 21, 2014, the Minnesota Legislature passed a federal conformity bill that made many MN tax forms and instructions obsolete. The State of Minnesota will not be sending paper copies of the new forms and instructions to libraries. These forms ave available online, can be printed out by the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the library, or you can call 1-800-657-3676 to request them to be sent to you. For more info, check out this document (PDF).

You may also access these and additional forms from the IRS website and the Minnesota Department of Revenue website from any library computer. See our Taxes web page for more detailed information.

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