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THE LATEST NEWS
The library will be closed Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 9:00-12:00 p.m. for staff training. We will re-open at noon and the bookdrop is always open.
ALL TAX FORMS AND BOOKLETS ARE NOW IN AT THE PORTAGE LIBRARY.
AARP Tax Appointments (Elderly, Columbia County)
Tax appointments will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays (Between 10:00 AM-4 PM) beginning the first week of February and are by appointment only. Tax appointments will end in April. APPOINTMENTS AT THE COLUMBIA COUNTY HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES BUILDING ON 2652 MURPHY RD, PORTAGE. NO APPOINTMENTS AT THE LIBRARY!
Please call 1-888-742-9233 or (608) 742-9207 (direct line) to make an appointment. THE LIBRARY DOES NOT MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR THIS SERVICE.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
**AARP's Guide to the Affordable Care Act
Official site of Affordable Care Act Insurance Healthcare.gov
Health Insurance Marketplace Online guide for health insurance now that the Affordable Care Act is in effect.
Learn how the healthcare law works for you and your family
Enrolling in a plan from healthcare.gov (Affordable Care Act=Obamacare)? Free enrollment assistance at the Portage Public Library
Every Wednesday (Until March 26)
From 10 am-3 pm
Appointments can be made through the Madison Marketplace Enrollment team by calling 608-826-7309. PORTAGE LIBRARY DOES NOT MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR THIS ASSISTANCE.
For people who are experiencing the early stages of memory loss, and their family members & caregivers. Anyone who needs assistance to participate would need to be accompanied by someone who can provide that assistance.
The main purpose of the Memory Café is to give people an opportunity for social interaction.
4th Wed. of every month (excluding December 2014)
FREE! NO COST! However, donations are welcome to offset costs.
WINTER WELLNESS PROGRAMS (ALL ARE FREE!)
Eat Well, Columbia County!: Homemade Skillet Cooking
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Portage Public Library
With Becky Gutzman
You want to serve nutritious meals to your family, but healthy food seems so expensive! You would like to take time to cook better meals, but you're so busy-- who has time to cook? Join Becky Gutzman,Wisconsin Nurtrition Education Program (WNEP) Coordinator for UW-Extension, to look at how much convenience really cost. You will cook and sample a skillet meal, and go home with several ideas for easy meals your family will love. FREE!
Bring your children for the youth program scheduled at the same time. Registration is required for children's program 742-4959, ext. 211
Registration is required for adult program as well. No one turned away. Call 742-4959 to sign up.
The Healing Power of Humor
Thursday, March 27th
Portage Public Library
Presented by Barb Jensen, "The Erma Bombeck of Portage". Barb is a member of The Writers of Portage and a former writing instructor at MATC. Come prepared with a funny story and a willingness to laugh!
BASIC ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER HELP is now available. Someone will be available to help with your computer questions. The type of help includes: using a mouse, searching on the Internet, job applications, setting up e-mail. Times are 10-11 am or 11-12 noon with Kelly on Tuesday, 1:30- 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays with Sheril. Call 608-742-4959 to sign up or find out available dates .
Mystery Lovers Book Club
Do you love a good mystery? Do you wish you knew others who loved them too? Sign up for our MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK CLUB. This is a daytime book discussion group with books chosen by the members. We meet at 1:30 to 2:30 the second Tuesday of the month here at the Library.
The club will meet in the library's Sanderson Room.
Be prepared to discuss. New Participants always welcome!
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Southern Fried by Cathy Pickens
Avery Andres has just been downsized from her job in a law office in a North Carolina city and has returned to her small home town to lick her wounds and consider, with hesitation, trying to set up a law practice there. She quickly gets a client or two, and immediately the company building owned by one is destroyed by arson, and the body found inside was quite probably murdered. Meanwhile, an old high-school classmate has told the entire county that he is hopelessly in love with Avery and makes several attempts at spectacular suicides, each one of them carefully set up not to work. All in all, Avery finds that small-town life is not nearly so dull as she feared. And sometimes wishes it were.
Be ready for emergencies, including bad weather.
City Weather Emergencies
When a city weather emergency is declared and/or cancelled, the information will be sent out via Nixle, and will be posted on Police Dept. Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PortagePD) and on Twitter. If you do not have a cell phone or access to the Internet, you can call the dedicated Snow Emergency hot line at 742-2176 Ext 335.
Library Bulletin Boards
Due to limited space on our public bulletin boards, the Library asks that the space be used for posters for community and non-profit organizations only. This means we can not allow merchandise or services for sale, rental announcements, lost pets, religious & political, or for-profit posters. Please check with the circulation desk before you post any flyers.
OverDrive released an updated version of the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for iOS and Android (v2.6.5) on Tuesday, May 29.
To help you with reauthorizing please read the links below.
There have been some changes at Overdrive, the e-book and audio book download site. These upgrades are designed to make it faster and more intuitive to connect you to the books you want. Take a look at this video that explains the changes: http://dbooks.wplc.info/AB28163F-0FFD-4B51-8C84-7A51AA9057B3/10/50/en/NextGen.htm
For people who know nothing about getting started on Facebook.
To protect your privacy, holds will only be checked out to you or to people you authorize. You must complete the Holds Pickup Authorization Form to authorize other people to check out your holds. To comply with Wisconsin State Statute §43.30 parents or guardians of children under 16 must complete the Holds Pickup Authorization Form as well, but you can sign for your children.
A link to our campaign for the library expansion
Feel free to browse this web site.
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