As the year end approaches, many of our patrons love to give charitable contributions to their favorite libraries or charities. I want to remind our Auburn Hills Public Library residents of all the charitable giving incentives available until December 31, 2011 for your public Library. There are three main charitable incentives that are available for contributors:
IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals aged 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 (each year) from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to public charities (including public libraries) without having to count the distributions as taxable income.
Michigan State Tax Credit for donating to public libraries.Michigan law provides for tax benefits made for charitable contributions to public libraries. Taxpayers can claim 50% of their donation as a tax credit not to exceed $100. A married couple, filing jointly can claim 50% of a $400 donation ($200) tax credit on their Michigan Income tax. For those who itemize they also get a deduction on their federal tax. Businesses filing the Michigan Business Tax may refuse their tax liability by $5,000 or 10% of business tax liability (whichever is less).
Tax Credit for Endowment Funds at Community Foundations allows donors to reduce their Michigan Income Tax or their Single Business Tax Liability by up to 50% of their gift. This credit is in addition to those available for donations to Michigan colleges and universities, public libraries, etc. Your donation will continue to be deductible as a charitable gift for federal income tax purposes.
I wanted to bring this information to the Community's attention because these charitable giving incentives are only available until December 31, 2011.
Stephanie McCoy, Director
Due to budget constraints, AHPL will be closed Monday, October 10. This is a furlough day for all AHPL employees.
Auburn Hills 25th Anniversary Celebration!! - Saturday, October 22
Take a look back with us while enjoying these special events:
12:30 - Ming the Magician
2:00 pm - Tyson Brown from the Auburn Hills Historical Society, will discuss the history of the City of Auburn Hills
2:30 pm - History of the Auburn Hills Public Library
3:30 pm - "Behind the Scenes" tour of the library
Crafts for kids available from 12:30 - 4:00 pm
Light refreshments will be served.
Enter to win a raffle prize!
AHPL Friends of the Library Book Sale
Friday, October 14 & 15, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
"Friends" only Pre-sale - Thursday, October 13 from 5-8 . You may join at the door.
Register at the Adult Reference Desk or call (248) 364-6706
Decorating Well on Le$$: Choosing Interior Colors - Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Book Bingo - Thursday, October 6, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Play Bingo at the Library to win book prizes, have fun and make new friends! This FREE program is open to patrons age 15 and up.
Book Buddies - Wednesday, October 19, 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenkides
Calling All Auburn Hills Writers!
Are you a local writer looking for a "local" writer's group?
Beginning October 20, the Library will host the Auburn Hills Writers' Group on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 until 8:30pm. Interested adult writers, 18 years and older, are encouraged to attend.
Join us for the initial meeting with a small portion of the work you wish to share. Support and valuable feedback await you.
Great Lakes Tales and Lighthouse Ghost Stories - Monday, October 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Register by calling (248) 364-6712 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or online at our events calendar.
Young Adult Activities
6th - 12th Graders
Halloween Party at Hawk Woods - Friday, October 28, 6:00 - 8:30 pm - Halloween is a blast at our annual Halloween Party at Hawk Woods. Wear a costume for a chance to win our costume contest. You won't want to miss the ghoulish games and spooky prizes. Bring some orange and black food to share.
Register by calling 248-364-6712 or stop at the Youth Services Desk
Rock 'N' Rhyme- our program for babies under 2 and a caregiver. The program includes organized songs, stories and finger plays followed by a free-play time for parents to chat with others. Registration will begin on September 6 and is limited to 15 children. Non-residents may register on September 12 if spaces remain. ONE CHILD PER LAP!
Mondays, October 3 & 17, 10:30 am
Toddler Storytime for children who are 2 years old along with a parent or other adult. Sorry, no multiple children or siblings, though twins may come with one adult. Toddler Storytime runs in sessions of several weeks. Activities that are included are stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts. Registration is underway with a few spaces remaining. Registration closes on October 5 or when the maximum number of participants is reached, whichever comes first.
Upcoming session: October 6-27
Awesome Animals, our Preschool Storytime for children who are age 3 through kindergarten. They must be able to go in the story room without a parent. This is a good introduction to being in a group, practice listening and following directions. The program features books, fingerplays and movement. Registration for residents and Avondale school district families is ongoing.
Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am beginning October 5
Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm beginning October 5
Wednesday evenings beginning on October 6
After School Programs - For school age children we offer 3 programs that begin at 4:45 p.m. Each runs in sessions of several weeks and will follow a common theme throughout the session. Registration is ongoing.
Adventure Camp, our After School Stories program for kindergarten and 1st graders. If you love to explore and have adventures please join us each Tuesday for stories, food and fun all centered around a different type of adventure each week.
Tuesdays beginning October 4
Elves in Santa's Workshop, our Junior Library Explorers program is for 2nd and 3rd graders. We will become elves as we make toys to play with and gifts that bring joy. Join in the merriment!
Thursdays begining October 6
Abracadabra, our Library Explorers program for 4th through 6th graders. Amaze and baffle your friends as we learn magic tricks in this fun workshop. Just say the magic words and we'll also have some fun with juggling, disappearing trick and mind games.
Wednesdays beginning October 5
Please register at the Youth Desk by calling 248-364-6712 or on line at our events calendar.
Did you know the Library provides a FREE home delivery service to City of Auburn Hills residents who are disabled, or have mobility limitations that make visits to the Library difficult? Please contact the Adult Services Desk at (248) 364-6706 for more information.
The Library has many free resources available to help you improve your English, including Rosetta Stone for English. Call the Adult Services Desk at (248) 364-6706 for more information or to set up an appointment.
Stephanie McCoy, Director Auburn Hills Public Library