Hours Changing at Tazewell County Public Library (TCPL)
Beginning Monday, July 2, 2018 TCPL will be making changes to Saturday hours and night hours. This is due to the recent budget cuts in Tazewell County which has resulted in a reduction of staff.
TCPL libraries usually open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. On specific nights libraries have remained open until 8:00 p.m. Changes are as follows:
Bluefield Branch: Instead of opening at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, it will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Richlands Branch: Instead of opening at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays, it will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tazewell Main: The library will close at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays Instead of being open until 8:00 p.m. The library’s hours will remain the same on Thursdays, being open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All three TCPL libraries will be open 4 hours on Saturdays instead of 8 hours, and will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
|Monday||9am – 5:30pm||9am – 5:30pm||11am – 8pm|
|Tuesday||9am – 5:30pm||11am – 8pm||9am – 5:30pm|
|Wednesday||9am – 5:30pm||9am – 5:30pm||9am – 5:30pm|
|Thursday||9am – 8pm||9am – 5:30pm||9am – 5:30pm|
|Friday||9am – 5:30pm||9am – 5:30pm||9am – 5:30pm|
|Saturday||9am – 1pm||9am – 1pm||9am – 1pm|
We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes anyone. We hope this change will not be a permanent one, and that we will be able to restore any cut hours when our county economy improves!
One of our initiatives at the library is to develop opportunities for outreach in the community. We look for ways to provide services or programs at other locations, outside of the library. This helps us reach
people who are not able to come to the library or who do not know about all the library offers. Here are two of our current initiatives!
Book Buddies! – This is an outreach program to the Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens at their location in Richlands, near Southwest Virginia Community College. Library staff goes to the senior center once a month, taking books and other materials that can be checked out by those who are attending programs at the senior center. There are usually about 20-25 people who are making use of this service and we get very positive feedback!
Trivia Night – This program takes library staff to the new local brewery in Tazewell – Painted Peak Brewing Company.
Staff have prepared Trivia questions and teams of people participate in the all the fun. The library staff also tells people about what’s going on at the library and has information for them to pick up. This has also been very successful, having 45-50 people participating in Trivia night each time. More people meeting library staff – more people learning about the library and people winning prizes provided by the management of the brewery!
We look forward to developing more outreach programs and services throughout Tazewell County!
Useful Links for Filing Your 2017 Tax Returns
- 2017 Forms & Instructions
- 2016 Forms & Instructions
- How, When, and Where to File your Federal Taxes
- Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
- Contact Information for Individuals: (800) 829-1040
- Forms & Instructions
- Make less than $66,000: file for free
- Contact Information for Individuals: (804) 367-8031
- Forms & Instructions
- Tax Information and Assistance: (304) 558-3333 or (800) 982-8297
- United Way of Southwestern Virginia: File for Free
2018 Reading Challenge
Stop by the library to pick up the 2018 Reading Challenge or print a copy for yourself.
Make a commitment to diversify and expand your reading for the New Year!
2017 Reading Challenge
Don’t forget to turn in your 2017 Reading Challenge by January 6, 2018! Remember, the challenge does not have to be complete for you to bring it back!
For the Adult Challenge:
Patrons who read 6 to 15 books will be entered into a 3rd place prize drawing.
Patrons who read 16 to 30 books will be entered into a 2nd place prize drawing.
Patrons who read 31 to 52 books will be entered into a 1st place prize drawing.
For the Tween/Teen Challenge:
Patrons who read 5 to 10 books will be entered into a 3rd place prize drawing.
Patrons who read 11 to 20 books will be entered into a 2nd place prize drawing.
Patrons who read 21 to 32 books will be entered into a 1st place prize drawing.
Over the Moon with the Library’s Fine Forgiveness
Posted August 9, 2017
Are old library fines keeping you from enjoying the free resources the library has to offer? In celebration of the solar eclipse, Tazewell County Public Library is having its own rare event! For one week only, starting the day of the solar eclipse, you can eliminate your old fines or bring back any long overdue items in good condition to the library and you will only have to pay 10% of your fine. For example, you will only need to pay $1 if you owe $10 in fines. If you owe $5.00, you will only pay 50 cents! Sorry, if you have lost library materials, this will not apply.
Stop in anytime from Monday, August 21 through Saturday, August 26 at one of our three libraries to return items and pay fines to restore your full library privileges. Enjoy access to books, ebooks, DVDs, magazines, and more! Your library card also allows you access to our public computers as well as many of our outstanding databases. Call the library at (276) 988-2541 for more information.
Solar Eclipse Shades at the Library
Posted July 28, 2017
On Monday, August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be taking place across the United States. It is being called the “All-American Eclipse.” A solar eclipse is when the Sun is completely or partially hidden by the Moon. A partial eclipse will take place in Tazewell County, where the moon is expected to cover approximately 90% of the Sun’s surface. This partial eclipse is expected to last approximately 3 hours in the early afternoon on August 21st.
Looking at the Sun even partially covered can be harmful to your eyes. You should not look at the Sun even with sunglasses. Instead, it is recommended that you view the partial eclipse with special shades that filter out sunlight (ISO 12312-2 certified). The Tazewell County Public Library has received 1000 Eclipse Shades from NASA, the Gordan and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Space Science Institute. We will begin handing these out to any individuals, organizations, or businesses starting August 1st.
Since there is a limited supply, these Eclipse Shades are available on a first come first served basis. Limit 4 per family or organization. Stop by any of the Tazewell County Public Libraries in Tazewell, Richlands, or Bluefield, VA to pick up your shades and additional information about the eclipse. Call the library at (276) 988-2541 for additional details.
Zinio Magazines is now RBdigital
Tazewell County Public Library has free digital magazines with your library card.
For people who already use the Zinio app, it is now RBdigital. The Zinio App will keep working until early September, but you will need to download the new app soon.
RBdigital features full-color, digital magazines for instant desktop reading, mobile streaming, and mobile-app download. With this service, you can add new and back issues to personal reading libraries with no holds, checkout periods, and no limits to the number of magazines checked out and downloaded. And with personal notifications for favorite magazines, patrons never miss an issue.
Cosmopolitan, The Economist, Good Housekeeping, and Newsweek are just a few of the popular magazine titles available from RBdigital.
July 2017 Circulation Changes
Check-out More DVD’s and Current Issues of Magazines beginning July 5th.
DVDs: Number of DVDs that can be checked out on one library card will increase from 3 to 5. Overdue fines for late DVDs will increase from 10 cents a day per DVD to 25 cents a day per DVD.
Magazines: Current issues of magazines may be checked out for two weeks with no renewal.
Total # Items Checked Out: Total # items checked out on one card will increase from 25 to 30.
2017 Reading Challenge
Looking for something new to read this year? See how many tasks you can mark off in the Tazewell County Public Library’s 2017 Reading Challenge! This reading challenge consists of 52 prompts to help you diversify and expand your reading in the new year.
Patrons who read between 6 to 15 books will be entered into a 3rd place prize drawing, patrons who read between 16 to 30 books will be entered into a 2nd place prize drawing, and patrons who read between 31 and 52 books will be entered into a 1st place prize drawing. There is also a 32 week reading challenge available for Tweens and Teens.
Stop by the library today to pick up your own copy! Ask a librarian if you need assistance finding a book.
Friends of the Tazewell County Public Library
The Friends of the Tazewell County Public Library is a non-profit (501-c-3), volunteer organization, created to support and enhance the library’s programs and services, and to sponsor programs and events that will support TCPL’s mission and goals. Funding for this support comes from used book sales, membership dues, and donations.
Over the last couple of years we have used a “wish list” created by TCPL staff to guide our activities. We have provided audio-visual equipment in Richlands, replaced flooring and carpets for the children’s area in Tazewell and Bluefield, managed book cart sales at all three library locations, hosted events related to the Flora of Virginia exhibit in Bluefield, supplied prizes for youth events in Tazewell, purchased books for give-aways at children’s events in Bluefield and Tazewell, and more.
We welcome community members to join us in our efforts to support and enhance our library’s services. Members may participate in our regular meetings (2nd Thursday of each month, posted in the Friends section of the library page), help to sort books and stock the carts at any of the libraries, help with special events, serve on committees, or be content with paying their annual dues.
For more information, please see our Friends brochure at one of our libraries, or e-mail email@example.com.