Warm up on a cold day by joining some of your friends and neighbors for activities at the Milton-Union Public Library during the month of February. As a reminder, the library will be closed on Monday, February 21 in observance of President’s Day.

New Friends of the Library Meeting: Thursday, February 3 @ 6:30 p.m.

The New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library will meet on Thursday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. Any member is invited to attend the meeting and anyone interested in being a “friend” to the library is also welcome.

It is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to maintain an association of people interested in the welfare and promotion of the library. Simply said, it is a bunch of folks who enjoy getting together and helping the library. Funds from their bi-annual book sales and yearly garage sale support library programs such as a speaker in October, the Summer Reading Clubs and the annual library Family Christmas Party. The group has also purchased items for use in the library including printers, ink cartridges, a camera, CDs, books and DVDs.

Some of the “friends” volunteer at the book sales, help with children’s programs and the Christmas party. Each November the group holds a celebratory party honoring all library volunteers. Being able to preview and buy items on “Members Night” at the book sale is a great membership perk.

For more information on the New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library, please attend the meeting, visit or call the library at 698-5515.

Story Times: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

This month Children’s Librarian Sharon Callicoat and Assistant Jenny Hines will read stories, perform puppet plays and provide easy crafts on Wednesdays during February. All children ages 3 through 5 are invited to join in.

Reservations are not needed for story times and all activities are free. Following are dates, times and themes for this month:

Wednesday, February 2 @ 10:30—”Elephants”

Wednesday, February 9 @ 10:30—”Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 16 @ 10:30—”Mice are Nice”

Wednesday, February 23 @ 10:30 – “Winners/Heroes”

Parents, grandparents and babysitters are invited to take advantage of story times, which can be a great alternate activity to do with children.

Crafty Listeners meet Mondays: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Crafty Listeners would like to extend an invitation for anyone who would like to get together with some new friends, work on a handicraft and listen to a good book all at the same time. They say to “just come on in” some Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. to join the fun.

Current members of the group work on craftwork such as knitting, sewing, quilting or sewing-anything they can hold on their laps or spread out on one of the long tables. They encourage and help each other, listen to “gentle reads,” finish long put-off projects, have fun and some light refreshments. Again, they welcome new friends who want to keep their hands busy or just listen to a great story.

AARP Tax Preparation Help: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

AARP volunteers will once again assist low and middle income taxpayers with preparing their income tax forms on Tuesdays from 10 am to 2 pm, from now through April 12. This free service is specially geared toward taxpayers who are 60 years of age or older. Volunteers are scheduled on a first come-first serve basis and the library doors are NOT opened until 10 am.

Federal and state tax forms, books and selected schedules are available at the library. Staff can also help patrons retrieve reproducible forms from the internet for 10¢ per page.

West Milton city tax forms are available at the West Milton Municipal Offices or at www.hamilton-city.org/tax/.

Library Director Carol Coate advises the public to call ahead on wintry weather days to make sure the library is open and that the volunteers will be in.

The library is located at 560 S. Main Street, West Milton and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information on these or other library programs, please visit or call the library at 698-5515 or go to the website www.mupubliclibrary.org.