A Tale of Beatrix Potter – March 10

While teaching at Harvard, Wilder once said that the definitive English novel was not Tom Jones or anything by Dickens, it was Peter Rabbit.

Debra Ann Miller will portray author Beatrix Potter in a free hour-long program, “A Tale of Beatrix Potter,” on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:00 p.m. in the library meeting room. Like Peter Rabbit, Potter was devoted to her parents, but had a mind of her own; did not hesitate to squeeze under & around the barriers to keep women out of the world of work & science; and got into her fair share of scrapes.

Please call 217-463-3950 or email the library to reserve a seat.

Miller has portrayed other famous historic women such as Mary Todd Lincoln, Jane Austen, and Louisa May Alcott in past library programs. (The evening is about the author’s life; it isn’t intended to be a children’s program.)

The 2020 Big Read is . . . Our Town

Paris Public Library joins Vigo County Public Library and other Wabash Valley organizations to celebrate The Big Read in March. Free paperback copies of this year’s book Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, are available at the library while supplies last.

At first, Our Town appears to be a simple portrait of life in a small New Hampshire town. As time passes in three acts – an ordinary day, a wedding, and a death – the play explores the trials, joys, questions, and certainties of human existence.

There will be a discussion of the book in the library’s Gibson Room on Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Thornton Wilder is the only writer to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction (The Bridge of San Luis Rey) and dramas (Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth). After serving in both World Wars, he served as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard in 1951-52.

Tax forms

The question that we hear most in January is “Do you have tax forms?” The answer is YES, we have as much as we will receive from the IRS and Illinois. Here’s what we have:

IRS (Federal) 1040 and 1040-SR booklet with schedules 1, 2, and 3. No instructions in this. 1040-SR is a new form for taxpayers age 65 or older. Separate Instruction books for the above 1040 forms booklets.

Illinois State IL-1040 forms (plenty of those for now), but already out of instruction booklets. Limited number of Schedules ICR, WIT, and E/EIC. Even more limited number of instructions for each.

Forms and instructions can also be downloaded and printed from the IRS  and Illinois.

Nutrition & Wellness series continues

The Nutrition & Wellness series with UI Extension continues in March with another free program.

On Wednesday, March 11, at 1:30pm, Food and Nutrition Educator Mary Liz Wright will talk about how to lower your risk of diabetes. No need to register.