“Laura has a very pleasant way of presenting educational information in a fun and professional manner…She kept focused on an excellent balance between talking and playing a variety of music with her unique instruments. Laura’s skills in education, presentation and music were very enjoyable to experience and many of us would like Laura to return, since the material was so interesting and fun. Her answers to our questions were easy to understand and well thought out. It was a pleasure to attend the program Laura MacKenzie did for the Rochester Music Guild.”
— C. Benson, Rochester Music Guild
“The sad songs made me feel like crying. It was so real and wonderful…The happy music made be feel like I was going to fly away.” — Fourth grader, Halmstad Elementary School
Tuesday, May 4th at 6:30pm
SELCO’s Minnesota Author Tour this year will be presented virtually, so you can attend without even leaving your house! Authors this year include Brian Freeman, David Housewright, Alison McGhee, and Margi Preus.
First up … join us for a virtual author talk with Brian Freeman on Tuesday, May 4th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Find login information on SELCO’s Online Event page.
Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathon Stride and Frost Easton series. Freeman’s writing has been praised by critics and bestselling authors alike, including Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Jeffery Deaver, and Lisa Gardner. His novel ”The Deep, Deep Snow” was a finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards in 2021.
FEDERAL: Forms and instructions for 1040 and 1040-SR are available free at the library.
All the most up-to-date forms and instructions are available at www.irs.gov
STATE: The State no longer provides the library with forms or instructions. As a courtesy, the library has printed 2020 M1, Individual Income Tax and M1PR, Homestead Credit Refund and Renter’s Property Tax Refund forms for the public to take.
The library has printed instructions for the Minnesota Individual Income Tax and Property Tax Refund that you may check out if you wish. Please ask at the circulation desk.
State forms and instructions are available at www.revenue.state.mn.us.
If you would like to file online, you are welcome to come do so using the library’s computers.
“For years we’ve been relying on incomplete data to make big decisions on broadband infrastructure in Minnesota,” said Nathan Zacharias, Project Manager for the Minnesota Speed Test Initiative. “Most broadband maps stop at the census block, township, or county level. The Minnesota Speed Test Initiative will give us house-by-house data that just isn’t available anywhere else. We’re very excited to get this project in the field.”
The speed test can be taken with any device that has an internet or cellular connection and takes less than one minute to complete. No personal information will be collected. Testing data will be statistically valid and provide a map of what service levels are for any given area in the state. This information will be an important tool for communities that are planning a broadband expansion project through the FCC, USDA, or MN Borderto-Border Broadband Grant Program.
COVID-19 has shown us how important access to broadband is for every Minnesotan now that we’re being asked to work, learn, or receive care from home. Broadband is no different than any other basic utility that people need. It is an essential part of our daily lives.