Free programs offered at public library

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The mission of the Washington County Public Library is to “recognize the power of information and the joy of discovery, providing a variety of quality resources and programs to meet user needs.” This week, the Library is reaching toward fulfilling this mission with a variety of programs for all ages, completely free to everyone.

You have decided to go to college. Now you have to figure out how to pay for it. A college education is more affordable than you think. Financial aid comes in many forms, and you’ll probably qualify for more than one type.

Parents and high school students will want to attend “Paying for College 101,” Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. Jo Newton, from Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, will walk through the steps of filing the FAFSA form, types of financial aid, Federal and Savings programs, Private Loans and scholarship searching. You may qualify for aid based on academic achievement, athletic skill, musical ability or financial need. Come and find out what is available for you!

For those who want to learn to start a family tree, avoid the flu, relax and unwind, play the guitar, take great photos, protect your identity, ship during the holidays, make reindeer food, do martial arts – and much more -- the Washington County Public Library’s “How-To Festival,” Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 10 a.m. at the Springfield Opera House, 124 West Main Street, will be your one-stop for speed learning. Workshops and sessions will be located throughout The Opera House and in the parking area. At the entrance, library staff and Board Members will have information and the drawing give-away. 30 Programs, 3 Hours, 100% Free and Fun!

At the WashingtonCounty Public Library, you can learn about and buy health coverage through Kynect, Kentucky’s Healthcare Connection.  You will have several different plans to choose from and all plans will cover: doctors’ visits, hospital trips, emergency room visits, medicine, and care for children and pregnant women.  Our LTADD Kynectors will be available on Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. at the Library to answer your questions, give you information to help you make a decision, and assist you with the enrollment process.  To schedule and appointment or to learn more, LTADD Kynectors at: 270-769-0059, 855-406-0059, or go to ltadd.org.  To learn more about the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, go to kynect.ky.gov.

Our youngest patrons are excited for the holidays. The man in the red suit is busy this time of year, but we have a “Visit with Mrs. Claus,” Tuesday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m., to take all our children’s wish lists to Santa. Be sure to bring your camera for this memorable moment. We will continue to celebrate the season with our “Holiday Safari,” Thursday, Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office, 211 Progress Ave. Children will choose a present from under the tree and then “shake it” to figure out what animal is visiting. Live animals will be present.

The Washington County Public Library brings fun, knowledge and community together for all our users’ needs. For more information, including a list and schedule of How-To Festival sessions, contact the Washington County Public Library at 336-7655, or find events on our website, www1.youseemore.com/washingtoncountypl/, or “like” us on Facebook for updated information.