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The annual Spring Book Sale will be held April 25th through 27th at the Helene Barco-Duratz Cultural Center at 411 Chestnut St. Entrance is at the side of the building on East St.  Dates and times are:

  • Thursday, April 25th:  4 pm – 8 pm
  • Friday, April 26th:  9:30am – 5 pm
  • Saturday, April 27th:  9:30am – 2:30 pm

Saturday is Bag Day.  The Spring Book Sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Meadville Public Library and RSVP.



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Spring may officially be here, but as I write this the snow is blowing and the temperature is 28 degrees. There are signs though, the daffodils are trying to bloom, the birds are singing, and the sun feels warmer.099

This year we will once again be planting and tending to the library’s gardens. Budget cuts have eliminated our landscaping budget so what we do for the grounds all depends on the generosity of our patrons! Between now and the end of May we will be collecting funds to pay for flowers, fertilizer, seeds etc to help maintain and beautify the grounds of the Meadville Public library. Please stop by and give us your spare change or dollars to help make this little part of Meadville bloom! I promise the more you give the earlier spring will come! (Unfortunately we got that piece of advice from Phil so don’t sue if we got it wrong!)
John J. Brice, III
Executive Director


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If you have questions about your specific eReader device and how to use your library card to check out free eBooks using OverDrive Media Console, you should check out this class.

On Friday, April 5th from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. and on Saturday, April 6th from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Please sign up at Main Desk. There is a limit of 4 students per class.

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The Meadville Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA, is back for tax year 2012. Meadville VITA provides free tax preparation services to local low-income and elderly families. If you have trouble filing your taxes, have not filed taxes, or have tax questions, then VITA can help. In 2011, they prepared and filed federal and state tax returns for about 270 Meadville area families, and are looking to double the number of clients helped this tax year. Any Meadville area residents or families with incomes of $50,000 or less in tax year 2012 are eligible for free tax preparation services through VITA.

The Meadville VITA program is a partnership between Allegheny College, the United Way of Western Crawford County, the Meadville Public Library, and the IRS, and is supported by the Crawford Heritage Foundation. VITA has been found to provide highly accurate returns, and to increase refund size by ensuring that taxpayers receive all the credits for which they are eligible. Also, e-filing ensures much faster refunds than traditional filing, and there are several options available for receiving refunds or making payments.

The VITA program offers regular hours at the Meadville Public Library located at 848 N. Main St. The VITA Free Tax Site at the Library will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 to 5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm in the conference room in the Fiction department on the top floor of the library. The VITA Free Tax Site will be open for appointments or walk-ins from February 4 to April 12, 2013. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment please contact Meadville VITA at 814-795-4650.

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This November MPL will be offering free computer classes. These informative classes are available to all patrons regardless of computer experience. These educational classes will build a foundation starting with the very basics of computer knowledge. You will be able to learn how to get connected to the World Wide Web and ways to surf the Internet.

Class Schedule:

Tuesday, November 6th from 6 – 7 P.M.
Tuesday, November 13th from 6 – 7 P.M.
Friday, November 16th from 3 – 4 P.M.
Saturday, November 17th from 11 A.M. – 12 P.M.

Please sign up at the Main Desk and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us @336-1773 extention 307 for more details.

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