Yadkin County Library News

Preschool Storytime will be held on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the library. Preschool Storytime is for preschoolers, ages 2 to 5, and is free and open to the public. Storytime is planned around a weekly theme, with stories and crafts. The themes for the rest of the month are as follows: March 9: Lambs, March 16: Plant a Seed, March 23: Let’s Quack, March 30: Three Little Pigs (Special presentation by Robin McCollum and Sawyer Davis). Make plans to bring a child or grandchild for an hour of fun!

Free tax preparation is available at the Yadkin County Public Library. The VITA Program is a free, IRS-sponsored program to help low and middle-income workers have their federal and state income taxes prepared and filed electronically at no cost. Gross household income must be less than $54,000. For tax assistance at the Yadkin County Public Library, volunteers will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays until April 6. Tax assistance is by appointment only. Call the library at 336-679-8792 to make an appointment. NWRL in partnership with the IRS will also provide free tax preparation through our website, www.nwrl.org under “MyFreeTaxes.” Free tax preparation is for individuals or families with a combined household income of $62,000 or less. Tax Law and Software assistance also will be available for free to taxpayers that qualify. All tax coaches are certified at the IRS Advanced Level.

If you are you interested in tracing your family roots or need help in learning to use Ancestry.com, the library offers a free workshop, with volunteers, J.E. Brown and Patricia Rogers. Classes are now being offered on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. or Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Yadkin County Public Library. All NWRL libraries offer free access to the Ancestry.com Library Edition. No advanced registration is required and all workshops are free and open to the public.

NC Works staff, formerly known as the Employment Security Commission, will be at the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays for job assistance. Assistance will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed an hour for lunch. For questions, contact them at 336-312-9960. NC Works staff is also available in the Mount Airy and Winston-Salem offices, throughout the week. You may call the Mount Airy office at 336-786-4169 and the Winston-Salem office at 336-776-6757. Hours for these locations vary; call for their hours of operation.

In addition to the regular NCWorks schedule, employment specialists from Surry Community College will be available at the Yadkin County Public Library on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning March 1. They will be able to assist job seekers in registering and using NCWorks, provide information on available training opportunities in the area, and help create resumes and cover letters. Employment specialists also will be able to help set up email accounts, upload documents into online applications, and provide tips for completing applications and preparing for job interviews.

The NWRL Traveling Photo Contest deadline is almost here. Photos must be entered into the contest by March 17 at any NWRL branch library. The contest is open to all registered library patrons of the Northwestern Regional system. This year’s theme is “Transformation.” There are categories for all ages and skill levels. Registration forms are available at all NWRL libraries.

A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Yadkinville and the literacy grant from the Yadkin County United Fund for providing funding needed to purchase more than 300 new children’s books for the library. The new collection of books focuses on expanding, completing, and updating the easy and juvenile fiction series.

For a complete list of events going on at the Yadkin County Public Library or any of the NWRL libraries, visit the NWRL webpage at www.nwrl.org and click on the Events tab. Also, the library has a new Facebook page. Search for “Yadkin County Public Library” on Facebook, click on our page and like it to stay up to date on events, news and photos.

Are you new to the area or new to the library? A library card gives access to a multitude a free resources, such as books, magazines, movies, genealogy resources, music cds, ebooks and with a growing consortium through NC Cardinal; it also gives access to more than 5.1 million circulating items and more than 27 library systems as of January. Stop by the library and register for a library card and learn even more ways to use a library card.

The Yadkin County Public Library is a member of the Northwestern Regional Library system, comprised of libraries in Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties. The library’s normal operating hours are as follows: Mondays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.