COLUMN: Library Focus - February offers classes, tax help and more

— Meet Author Karen Winters Schwartz at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the library. Karen is a local author and advocate for people with mental illness and their families. Her widely praised second novel on mental illness titled “Reis’s Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia” was recently released by Goodman Beck Publishing. This book is a follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut book “Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family’s Journey through Bipolar Disorder.” Reis’s Pieces is not only an honest and engaging story – it’s an advocacy tool, an educational tool and a comfort to those dealing directly and indirectly with mental illness. At least 25 percent of our adult population struggle at some time in their life with mental illness. Come and hear her story.

Friday Tech Drop In

Bring us your smartphones, ereaders and laptops that you are yearning to use freely but haven’t quite figured out yet and we’ll do our best to help set you on the road to mastery from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday morning in the computer classroom.

Get a Move On

Even when the weather is frightful, a little bit of exercise can be delightful and we have two options for you this month. First up Is Tai Chi Chih with Ann from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 9 and 16. Try out this gentle physical and mental exercise. From 10 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, it’s Off the Floor Yoga. Instructor Kim Setla will lead you in yoga in a chair or standing, but never lying down. There is no charge for these classes, but registration is required; visit bville.lib.ny.us or call 635-5631 to reserve a space.

Crafty business

If you love crafts but hate unfinished projects, messy tables and the need for lots of storage, you’ll love our selection of craft workshops. First up this month is Papercrafting at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Make beautiful paper art under the guidance of Missy Shipman. $20 materials fee. Next up is a cardmaking workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Missy will lead you in producing beautiful handmade cards for when you care enough to send the very best. $15 materials fee. Last but never least is a mini rolling pin basket workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Sandee of Cherished Baskets will provide instruction and materials for you to make this cute and handy basket designed for keeping little kitchen items handy. $15 materials fee. All programs require registration; fees collected during class.

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