It was another busy week at the library. We began with day-long tax assistance volunteers helping local patrons with online tax preparation in our meeting room. This service is available at the LaCygne and Mound City libraries as well. Appointments are required and can be made online, or by calling us at 352-8554. We can check the availability of appointments at all three libraries, or you can contact them directly. All these appointments are on specific Mondays in each of those libraries. This year, the preparers are working with new software that has had some significant issues, so they beg your patience as they do their best to provide you with this free service.

The meeting room was constructed with the intent it be used for library board meetings. When not used for those monthly meetings, it is also available for others. Registration for use of the room is preferred. There is no charge for the use of this room if used by individuals or non-profit organizations. Otherwise, there is a minimal fee for its use.

The room is also used for instruction for high school students. A visiting instructor provides guidance to help students complete core curriculum studies when traditional high school isn’t available. This takes place every other week during the day on Wednesdays.

Library board meetings typically take place on the third Wednesday evening at 5 p.m., though the upcoming annual board meeting takes place the first Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. Each year, one or two board members are re-elected, or the positions become available to other interested community members. The most recent meeting included an annual insurance report to reassure members about coverage after the possibility of bad weather and similar situations. The board members are thoughtful, conservative volunteers who help determine how best to utilize your tax dollars.

On the third Thursday of each month, the library’s children’s area is offered to Music on Main! Jam Sessions. These gatherings previously took place when the building was owned by Marsha and Morgan Brown. These lively get-togethers have entertained the audience and provided a comfortable and inviting space for the musicians. It’s difficult to tell who’s having the most fun at these events. The most recent jam session provided the Friends of Kansas Libraries-Pleasanton an opportunity to get involved. They baked pies, cut in slices to offer them to those in attendance.

Next week, we will once again welcome the Pleasanton Garden Group members. After their winter hiatus, I’m sure they’re excited to gather and talk about spring planting. Their programs feature a variety of informative speakers with topics that range from soil preparation to roadside flower arranging. For more information, contact Vanetta Sabine.

Of course, the library’s typical uses are in evidence daily, as community members of all ages visit to check out print and audio books, DVDs and use the computers and WiFi. Those who visit for the first time are always pleasantly surprised to find how comfortable and welcoming the library looks. Many visit again and again and share their praise with others. If you’ve never been to the library, please visit soon to seen what you’ve been missing.