Thanks Earth Day Volunteers!

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This great group of junior high students spent a couple of hours beautifying the outside of the library today, in honor of Earth Day.  They pulled weeds, picked up trash, replaced our worn flag with a new one, carried out paper and cardboard for recycling and washed windows.  (Notice that sparkling shine!)  Then they came inside and recycled old greeting cards into colorful and creative bookmarks.   These and other students of Germantown Elementary were out and about all over town today, beautifying parks, streets and yards.   We appreciate all your hard work, kids!

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Help for Kids Struggling at School

Do you have a child who struggles with reading or math?  This training may be for you!  Family Matters will present a workshop at the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis on Wed. April 27 at 12:30pm.  The goal is to help parents understand what support is available at school and how progress is monitored.  Each parent who attends gets a $20 Walmart gift card!  The class is free.  Just call Felinda at 618-874-5615 to register.

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Happy National Library Week!

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Each year we celebrate libraries with a coloring contest and this year’s winners are pictured above.  All entries, from kindergartners through 4th graders, are hanging up at the library.  So stop in and see the great job these young artists have done.  Plus pick up a small surprise when you visit us any time this week!

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SLU Online Reading Programs

This summer, St. Louis University will be offering online reading programs for children entering preschool through the 12th grade.  These programs are individualized and provide instruction in phonics, comprehension, fluency, textbook study skills, speed reading and love of reading.  New sessions begin each week and are expected to fill fast.  For more information or to register call 1-800-964-9974.  We have flyers you can pick up at the library to learn more.

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Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

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Although it doesn’t feel like it today, spring is finally here.  Just wanted to wish all our patrons a Happy Easter and happy spring season.  The library will not be closed over Easter weekend, but will be open normal hours.  If you need a break from the candy and egg hunts, stop in and pick up a good book to relax with.

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Health Fair Screenings

Don’t forget to take advantage of the spring Health Fair Screenings provided by HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital at area locations.  You may pick up a form here at the library to preregister or download the form at http://www.stjoebreese.com

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Welcoming New Babies

Do you know someone who’s recently had a new baby?  Please let us know.  The library has a great program where a welcome packet is sent to new parents in the Germantown library district.  The packet includes a cute bib saying “Read to Me” and several other goodies.  However if the parents aren’t already library patrons or aren’t in the phone book, we don’t always have access to home addresses.  Just call us at 523-4820 or email us at gma@gtownlibrary.org, with the parents’ name and address and date of birth of the new addition, and we’ll be happy to send a welcome packet.

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Go Fish!

As the weather warms up, your thoughts may turn to fishing.  We’ve got a great lake here in Germantown and if you’re in need of extra fishing poles, the library can help.  We have fishing rods available, courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  The equipment may be checked out for 1 week.

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Tax Forms are Here

We now have all the basic tax forms and instruction books for Federal, Illinois and Missouri income tax filing.  In addition, we have a binder of many more federal tax forms that you can make free copies of as needed.  When you’re ready to file, stop in at the library to pick up free forms.

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Presidents’ Day Closing

The library will be closed Monday, February 15 in honor of Presidents’ Day.

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