Tax Day is April 18

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Federal & state tax returns are due April 18 More details from the IRS » More details from the Illinois Department of Revenue » Download, print tax forms Download Find links for federal and Illinois tax forms below: Federal Tax Forms Illinois Tax Forms Can’t find the IRS forms you need online? To request forms … Read more

Tax Day is May 17

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Federal & state tax returns are due May 17 More details from the IRS » More details from the Illinois Department of Revenue » Download, print tax forms Download Find links for federal and Illinois tax forms below: Federal Tax Forms Illinois Tax Forms Can’t find the IRS forms you need online? To request forms … Read more

Updated: Local business and COVID-19

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“The information for businesses is changing so fast, and there’s so much information out there,” says Business & Government Librarian Bridget Optholt. Below, find some state and local resources for clarification and further help. The latest Illinois state plans and orders Read the March 18 plan from Gov. J.B. Pritzker: A Bridge to Phase 5 (pdf) and … Read more

New! Read all about it: Access 5 of the most popular U.S. national & regional newspapers

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Introducing two new ways to access news digitally on all your devices from anywhere: Global Newsstream and Historical U.S. Major Dailies. When you log in with your Oak Park card and PIN, you can find current and historical issues of these five major newspapers: Chicago Tribune Los Angeles Times The New York Times The Wall Street Journal Washington … Read more

Tax Day is July 15

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Federal & state tax returns are due July 15 More details from the IRS » More details from the Illinois Department of Revenue (pdf) » Download, print tax forms from home Find links for federal and Illinois tax forms below to print at home. Federal Tax Forms Illinois Tax Forms Can’t find the IRS forms … Read more

Lively & the library: A story of growth

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Lively Athletics didn’t always sell kids’ shoes. In 2014, Anne Pezalla opened the store at 109 N. Oak Park Ave. with her sister Kate, selling women’s athletic clothing and shoes. In 2016, she started kicking around the idea of adding shoes for kids. She was participating in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at … Read more

5 ways libraries support entrepreneurs, small business owners

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Did you know your library can be a great business partner? “I don’t think a lot of small business owners or entrepreneurs even know what an amazing resource the library can be,” said Anne Pezalla, co-owner of Oak Park store Lively Athletics. This National Entrepreneurship Week, February 16-23, we’re showcasing five ways the library supports … Read more

‘Catalyst’ grant connects mentors with youth bound for college and career

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As an 18-month grant-funded initiative to empower youth for college and career builds to a finish at the Main Library, those involved are calling it a “community catalyst” for the way it’s sparking opportunities, strengthening relationships, and energizing young people, families, and those who work with young people. “To catalyze something means you can walk … Read more

Print tax forms, file online at the library

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Tax returns are due April 15 See a full list of calendar year 2019 e-filing Tax Day deadlines » At the library, you can print popular state and federal tax forms at no charge; use library computers to file taxes online; and find resources and referrals for more specialized help. Looking for tax forms? At the … Read more

Book Bike delivers small-business stories

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Ride along with the Book Bike as we share the unique #OakParkStories of small businesses, starting this National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6. The idea is to turn outward and amplify voices from the community, said Neighborhood Services Librarian Sarah Yale. “To start, we intentionally reached out to local small businesses in areas not given as much ‘love’ as those in … Read more

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