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At-Home Covid Tests

Taylor Community Library has run out of at-home Covid tests, and does not know if or when it will receive more from MDHHS. Please check out the Drive-Up Testing available outside Lakes of Taylor   Thanks to the efforts of MDHHS, the library has received 300 free at-home Covid-19 tests available for pickup from the library, beginning Saturday, January 15, at 10 am. This program is part of a statewide effort to make COVID-19 tests more available to those who may not have access to one otherwise, or are unable to cover the cost. Thank you for your patience as…

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MeL Minute: New Business eBooks in MeL

If your goals for 2022 include getting financially fit, improving your virtual meetings, utilizing social media more effectively, or even beefing up your sales techniques, then the eBook Business Collection from the Michigan eLibrary can be just the eResource you need. With over 590 titles added in the past year, there is so much new content to explore. Additionally, most eBooks through MeL have unlimited user access. Financial Fitness Using the search term invest* and selecting Publication Year 2020, over 80 results are found to help guide you through investment, government spending, securities, trading, and retirement strategies. A couple of titles that stand out are Put Your Money Where…

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Tax Filing Season for 2021

The Internal Revenue Service is kicking off the new tax season on January 24, 2022. On this day, the IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns for the year 2021.  In addition, the tax deadline for submitting your 2021 taxes is April 18, 2022. For more information on this year’s tax season visit IRS tax filing season. Taylor Community Library has ordered the 2021 Federal and State tax forms and they are estimated to arrive mid-February.  If you need forms prior to that date you can download and print them directly from the internet.  Federal forms can be found on…

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MeL Minute: MeL eResources Provide Big Support for Small Businesses

It might be surprising to learn that over four million new businesses were registered in 2020 amid the pandemic. As the economy shifts, now might be the perfect time to start a small business. Available from MeL, Small Business Reference Center is an eResource that contains publications such as ebooks, journals, and newspapers. With information for entrepreneurs and current business owners alike, there is sure to be a resource for you. Specialized resources included are:  Full text access to over 25 NOLO Guides that detail extensive business basics such as financing, contracts, patents and trademarks, how to hire and manage employees, taxes, retirement…

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Braille Literacy Month at your library!

January is Braille Literacy Month and the library is celebrating!  Literacy is key to being able to read, write, and count. Learning braille helps children with visual impairments and blindness develop grammar, spelling, and understand punctuation. While libraries are generally associated with printed books or printed text, modern libraries are more accessible than in the past! Not only do they provide these printed materials but libraries can also provide books to individuals who use braille or are unable to use traditional print materials. How do we here at Taylor Community Library do this?  The Taylor Community…

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MeL Minute: Small Engine Repair Reference Center for Winter

Many of us in Michigan love everything about winter: the approximately 11,000 potentially frozen lakes to ice fish, the 40 or so resorts for ski lovers, winter camping in dozens of our state parks, and even snowshoeing on state land. But, for those that find nothing more exhilarating than gripping that antique snowmobile pull cord for the first winter tug, firing up a prized snowblower (snowthrower), or even pulling out the old chainsaw for its annual cut of the Christmas tree, then the Small Engine Repair Reference Center can prove to be an invaluable resource to keep that power equipment running smoothly. Chainsaws Hundreds…

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Tech Help for Seniors

These titles are specifically designed to help older adults learn how to use today's technology-driven devices. Learn how to use your phone, laptop, and tablet to communicate with family members using social media. Learn how to store phone numbers, take pictures, connect to the internet, and more. Android Phones for Seniors by Nick Vandome This resource starts with a detailed look at the different versions of Android and the range of models of phones that are available. It also explains the relationship with Google and the services that can be used with an Android phone. …

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Beating the Bedtime Blues: Picture Books

Time for bed but not sleepy? These books show how different animals, people, dinosaurs, and even mermaids get ready for bed. Create a bedtime routine, and help your little one wind down by reading and bonding with your child with these bedtime stories. Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes A parade of noisy animals help a little boy get ready for bed in this colorful bedtime story. Bear Can't Sleep by Karma Wilson Oh no! Bear can't sleep, what can he do? Find out how Bear's friends help him prepare for…

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Taylor Community Library has run out of at-home Covid tests, and does not know if or when it will receive more from MDHHS. Please try one of these resources instead: Drive-Up Testing available outside Lakes of Taylor, COVIDtests.gov.