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Free Tax Preparation: In-Person & Drop Off

February 04, 2015
Location: Ordway Auditorium

Every Wednesday,February 4 through April 8, 2015, 4-7 p.m.
Get your 2014 Federal Income Tax return prepared by IRS certified volunteers. This free service covers federal income taxes (including self-employment income), tax credit eligibility and electronic filing. Please arrive early as service is first come, first served.

Drop Off:
Schedule a short appointment to drop off returns. Call 733-2164 ext. 333.

Para asistencia en espanol:
Contacte al Centro de Recursos para Latinos 734-0333.

For a list of required paperwork, go to: Wyoming Free Tax Service.
Our program is available to most community members.  If you are an employee, student, senior, or low- or middle-income resident, we would like to help prepare your tax return. Restrictions may apply.

Free Tax Preparation available in Alpine by appointment: 307-654-7323


Learn More About Our Addition & Renovation

August 11, 2010

Have a Question About the Library Addition and Renovation?

Check out these opportunities to learn more about the library’s project on the August 17 SPET (Specific Purpose Excise Tax) ballot:

Check out the library’s website: anytime. Lots of info and short videos highlighting the library renovation and addition. See frequently asked questions about how the SPET works.

Stop by the library: See the library 3-D architectural model and plans booklet, material samples and other project information. Also check out the lobby SPET display about all 11 projects and the ballot with frequently asked questions about the SPET, absentee voting and polling locations.

Ask Us!: Feel free to ask us about our project or the Specific Purpose Excise Tax; we’d be delighted to answer your questions. 

Contact: Deb Adams, Library Director, 733-2164 ext. 128.

Library Friday Nights For Teens

Location: Library Main Room

6-8 p.m.
Grades 6 to 12. The library hosts teen gaming in a safe and social environment, emphasizing team play and civility. Bring your mad skillz for Call of Duty II.  Location: Library Main Room. Free. Teen Program Coordinator, Steve Whisenand, 733-2164 ext. 247, . In Spanish & English.

Alta Thursday Storytime

Location: Alta Branch Library

imageAges 2 to 5. Every Thursday from 11:15-11:45 a.m. Children and their caregivers are invited to join the Alta Branch Library for interactive stories, songs, arts and crafts. Location: Alta Branch Library, 50 Alta School Road, Alta, WY 83414. Free. 307-353-2505, .

Alta Library Book Club: One World, Many Stories

Location: Alta Branch Library

Meet the third Thursday of each month to discuss books exploring the myriad of cultures within the U.S. and around the world. New participants always welcome; no sign-up required. Members take turns bringing snacks. Location: Alta Branch Library, 50 Alta School Road, Alta, Wyoming. Free. 307-353-2505, .

Alta Audio Book Club Embarks on Harry Potter Series

Location: Alta Branch Library

7-8:30 p.m.

Giving a unique twist to the book club concept, Teton County Library’s Alta Branch brings together families every Wednesday evening to listen to audiobook adventures. Beginning in January, the club will be listening to the first book in the Harry Potter series, “The Sorcerer’s Stone.” This book begins a series of adventures for the young orphan, Harry Potter, who begins attending the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with a cast of wild and magical characters. Harry learns to use his wand and, with his new friends, begins the fight to free the world of the Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort.

New Audio Book Club members are always welcome. Come, relax and simply listen to an exciting tale or bring a craft to work on as we listen. The group provides simple snacks or desserts while the library offers beverages. Questions? Contact Branch Manager Gretchen Notzold at 307-353-2505 or .

The program is free and open to the community with support from donations, large and small, to the Teton County Library Foundation.

Cabin Fever Story Slam: Secret

March 03, 2015

The Contest: 7:30 p.m. at Pinky G’s Pizzeria
Tell a true story, inspired by our March theme, Secret (see storytelling tips below). Once you have your story dialed, show up, throw your name in a hat, and we’ll select 10 storytellers at random. Storytellers, who take the stage, will earn a free slice of pizza, plus a chance to win a gift certificate for an entire pie from sponsor Pinky G’s. image

The Rules
Stories must be true
Told with no notes
Incorporate theme: Secret
No longer than 5 minutes

Storytellers are judged on:
Sticking to the theme
Staying within the time limit
Having a conflict and resolution

How to Tell a Winning Story
Be forewarned:
Cabin Fever stories are told, not read. We love how the storyteller connects with the audience when there is no PAGE between them! Please know your story “by heart” but not by rote memorization. No notes, paper or cheat sheets allowed on stage.

Have some stakes
Stakes are essential in live storytelling. What do you stand to gain or lose? Why is what happens in the story important to you? If you can’t answer this, then think of a different story.

Start in the action
Have a great first line to set up the stakes or grab attention.

NOT THIS: “So I was thinking about climbing this mountain. But then I watched a little TV and made a snack and took a nap and my mom called and vented about her psoriasis then I did a little laundry and then I thought about it again and decided I’d climb the mountain later.”

YES THIS: “The mountain loomed before me. I had my hunting knife, some trail mix and snow boots. I had to make it to the little cabin and start a fire before sundown or freeze to death for sure.”

Steer clear of meandering endings
They kill a story! Your last line should be clear in your head before you start. Yes, bring the audience along with you as you contemplate what transpires in your story, but remember, you are driving the story, and must know the final destination.

Know your story well enough so you can have fun!

Watching you panic to think of the next memorized line is harrowing for the audience. Make an outline, memorize your bullet points and play with the details. Trim the story to an outline, then practice, practice, practice out loud until you can tell the story without notes or prompts. Enjoy yourself. Imagine you’re at a dinner party, not a deposition.

No standup routines please
Cabin Fever LOVES funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny STORIES.

No rants:
Take up this anger issue with your therapist, or skip therapy and shape your anger into a story with some sort of resolution. (Stories = therapy!)

No essays:

Your eloquent musings are beautiful and look pretty on the page but unless you can make them gripping and set up stakes, they won’t work on stage.

Tips from The Moth.

Examples to watch:  (this example has some swear words)

Friends Home Page

Friends Book Nook Sales!
Own a Stieg Larsson?  Own a Wally Lamb?  Own an F. Scott Fitzgerald?

Visit the Friends Book Nook and purchase a work by your favorite author!

The Friends Book Nook, The Teton County Library Friends’ ongoing book sale is located in the lobby of the Library.

The Friends Book Nook offers a wide variety of gently used books for sale. Enjoy a cup of coffee with a Book Nook volunteer as you browse the shelves for your favorite titles. Offerings span from fiction, biography, cookbooks and sports to politics and books for children and young adults. Spanish books are also available. Visit the Volunteer Picks shelf to see what neighbors are reading.

Mon-Thurs, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Book Donations can be made at the Teton County Library, 125 Virginian Lane during regular library hours. Volunteers in the Friends Book Nook or staff at the library Main Desk can assist you with your book donations.

Volunteer opportunities are available in the Friends Book Nook. Please contact Community Programs Coordinator, Lokey Lytjen, 733-2164 ext. 255 or .