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

— Second Monday strikes again

Kids in third to sixth grade are invited to join us from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, for another session of the Second Mondays Club. Who knows what Mrs. Needham has in store this month, but one thing is for certain – there will be fun and pizza.

Genealogy

Genealogy and family history remains one of the most popular hobbies in America, which is why we are now offering two different sessions each month. First in line is Your Family Tree at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. This program is designed for those who already have a working knowledge of the process and this month’s focus will be a guided tour of Cyndi’s List, a treasure trove of online genealogical sources led by Louise Creighton. If you’re just getting started, may we suggest you sign up for Louise’s five-session series Genealogy 101 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Louise will take beginners through all you need to know to trace your family tree over the course of five months. This class meets on the third Wednesday of each month. You do not need to attend all of the sessions, but they do build on knowledge learned in previous sessions. Free through your library. Whichever option you choose, registration is required; call 635-5631.

Book business

We now have three official drop-in book groups for folks who like to share reading experiences without the hassles of hosting, scheduling or lengthy commitments. Maybe one of them is just what you’re looking for. Leading the month is the Mystery Readers Club at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. February's mystery for discussion is “Distant Hours,” by Kate Morton. Next in line is Books for Breakfast at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, when “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand is the focus of the discussion. Third at bat at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, is the Last Thursday Book Club, which will be the “Eye of the Needle,” by Ken Follett. New members are always welcome to all of our groups, so come on down and read along.

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