IDITAROD 2020! Damon Ramaker-Our Local Musher!

Damon at our Summer Reading Program 2019

Last summer we had local musher Damon Ramaker visit our library as part of our Summer Reading Program. He brought two sled dogs to the library as well as his lovely family and spent over an hour with our young and adult patrons explaining how he works with his dogs and the training that he was doing to prepare for this years Iditarod. Damon’s journey to the Iditarod hits a bit closer to home here at the Spring Valley Public Library because he is the nephew of our Library Assistant, Jeanette, and cousin of one of our other library assistants, Chelsey. Many of their family members, immediate and extended, are going up to Alaska to help with the race, cheer, and support Damon as he takes off on this exciting adventure. Here at the library we are honoring his journey by putting up a display with books about dog-sledding and the Iditarod. We also have a wonderful binder of information, facts and pictures about the race and Damon and his dogs. If this is something you are interested in following or finding out more about please stop in and spend some time looking through our display. We will be trying to stay on top of Damon’s progress as he races to Nome, Alaska! He will leave Anchorage this Sunday, March 8th! Best wishes to Damon and his team!

For more information about the Iditarod, all of the mushers, and so much more visit https://iditarod.com.

For information specific to Damon Ramaker and timely updates and biographies on the team (human and canine) please visit https://www.thedeeproot.net/ They can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/deeprootlife/

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Limited Tax Booklets and Forms Available

The Library has very limited numbers of the 1040 and 1040-S Federal Income Tax instructions and forms. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis and we ask that patrons limit themselves to one of each. As in the past, we do not have MN State forms as those are all found online now or by calling and having them sent in the mail.

FORMS:

To find MN Department of Revenue forms follow the link below to their site where you can contact them or print out the selected forms you need.

https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/state-tax-forms

Internal Revenue Service forms (Federal) are available at the following link for printing or researching.

https://www.irs.gov/forms-instructions

For more general tax related information please see the links below:

Federal: https://www.irs.gov/

State: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/

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New Library Board Members

Welcome to Kristina Rader and Trisha Montgomery as the newest members of the Spring Valley Library Board of Trustees. After being appointed by Mayor Tony Archer, Kristina took oath in January and Trisha in February at our monthly meeting. We look forward to their ideas and fresh perspectives as well as their dedication of time and energy towards helping the library become the best it can be. A big thank-you to Karen Cleveland and Rita Bezdicek who each served a total of six years, the maximum allowed, while sharing valuable input and strong support and advocacy for our community library and patrons.

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Library Closed for Presidents Day February 17th

The library will be closed on February 17th in observance of President’s Day. That gives you all day Friday as well as Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm to stop in and grab a good book (multiple books is even better!!) and some DVDs. Don’t get caught without something to read. It is dangerous. Take care of yourselves. And if you do plan to come in, do it safely and dressed like a overstuffed marshmallow.

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Library Closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The library will be closed Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at noon. Have a safe holiday.

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