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Need to get your taxes done, but are practicing social distancing? No Problem! VITA is here to help! HRA is providing an alternative way for you to file your taxes. VIRTUAL VITA IS HERE!

Keep Your Full Refund! For more information or help, contact us via email at or by phone at 860‐225‐1084


The IRS has begun dispersing the Economic Impact Payments to individuals as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act. Some people may have already received it in their accounts this weekend.

The IRS has also gone live on their web portal for Non-Filers. Non-Filers can file their payment information here: There will be a system for individuals to check the status of their payments, update payment information and more. We are told that this will be going live on Friday.

For more information on the Economic Impact Payments please visit:

Economic Impact Payments

Economic Impact Payments: What you need to know

Coronavirus and Payment

Social Security 




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Coronavirus Project: The American Federation of Scientists has created a site dedicated to debunking myths about the Coronavirus causing COVID-19.  Commonly asked questions are answered in plain English. Visitors can also link to helpful sites that have information vetted by scientists.


Have you been financially impacted by Covid – 19? Apply for UniteCT, a rental assistance program supporting CT residents who earn up to 80% of the HUD Area Median Income and their landlords.

Women & Families Center will be at the library on Tuesday, October 26th and Wednesday November 10th to provide information, check qualification, and assist you one-on-one in applying for the UniteCT emergency rental assistance program.

You may qualify for UniteCT funding if:

  • You owe rent or will miss future rent payments and it’s related to Covid-19
  • You are past due on Electric payments and it’s related to Covid-19 (Gas is not eligible)

By appointment only with limited slots available. Register for your appointment via our Calendar Events page.

To learn more about UniteCT and check if you qualify, please visit their website here.  You can also contact Women & Families Center at (203) 600-8695 for assistance with applying if you are unable to attend a workshop.

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Tax Information 2021

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

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HRA will be providing FREE Income Tax Preparation assistance this year with COVID-19 restrictions. All sites are NOT open to the general public. Customers may choose to file their return with one of the two methods below:

Drop-Off Method

Customers can schedule an appointment to drop off tax return documents at a local VITA sites. An appointment is necessary in order to drop off your documents. You may wait in a vehicle until your return is complete or schedule a time to return to the site to pick up your documents.

Call today for your appointment:

(860) 356-2000

Appointments begin February 1, 2021

Schedule an appointment online

Virtual VITA Method

Virtual VITA Method: Customers can submit documents electronically through our secure Virtual VITA program.

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(Customers can submit documents electronically through our secure Virtual VITA program.)

Program offers:

  • Preparation and filing of annual tax returns by IRS-certified volunteers. All volunteers must be certified in Standards of Conduct (Ethics) and Current Tax Law along with other IRS required training. Training is updated annually.
  • Free of charge service to families and individuals whose total household income is $69,000 or less.

All information is kept strictly confidential.

Bring to Your Appointment:

  • Photo identification or Valid driver’s license
  • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer ID Number(s) for all household members
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and your dependents
  • Wage and earning statement(s) forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from all banks (Form 1099)
  • Forms 1095 A, B or C, Affordable Care Act Statements
  • Copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit (blank check or a letter from your bank)
  • Other relevant information:
    • Receipts from child care providers, with provider’s identifying number
    • Education expenses and student loan information
    • List of all business income and expenses, if applicable
  • Married taxpayers filing a joint return: both spouses must be present to sign required forms

Re- Opening Timeline and Information

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Note: This schedule is subject to change at any time. 

Questions or Concerns:

(203) 630-6349



Meriden Public Library is pleased to offer both browsing and computer use without appointments.


Tables and chairs will be temporarily removed to accommodate present Covid-19 guidelines for the safety of our patrons and staff. We are reopening with a limited capacity and will continue to do so, as we are governed by our City and State Covid-19 numbers.

Computer sessions are limited to 1 hour per day.

We look forward to serving our patrons in a safe and friendly manner.

The new hours will be:

Monday – 10am – 6:00pm

Tuesday – 10am – 6:00pm

Wednesday – 10am- 6:00pm

Thursday – 10am – 4:00pm

Friday – 10am – 4:00pm (Curbside Service Only)

           Saturday – 10am – 4:00pm


Holiday Closures:


Closed – Good Friday April 2, 2021








Museum Passes

We now have printable passes available through Museum Key!
Passes that are available to be printed at home will specify and have a link to Museum Key. You will need your library card in order to make a reservation.

Physical and Printable passes are available to reserve on Museum Key.

Please note that due to COVID-19 precautions many museums have reduced hours and capacity, are closed to the public, or may not be accepting the Lirbary Pass. This information can change regularly, but here is our current updated list.

To Reserve a Physical or Printable Pass using Museum Key:

  1. Choose either to search “By Museum” or “By Date”:
    • If by Date, you will choose your date and then see a list of museum passes available that day and click “Reserve Now”.
    • If by Museum, you will choose your museum and then “Check Dates” to see a list of dates available for that pass.
  2. To check out a museum pass on your chose day, click “Reserve Now”.
  3. You will need your library card number to check out a pass.
  4. If it is a printable pass, you can then print at that moment. It will also email you a copy of your pass.
  5. If you reserved a physical pass you can pick it up the day before your reservation after 3pm.

Museum Pass Policies:

  • Limit of 1 per household per visit
  • The same pass cannot be borrowed by the same patron more than twice per month.
  • All passes can be reserved up to 60 days in advance.
  • All reservations require a library card in good standing.
  • Physical Passes (passes that are not available as a printable pass):
    • Circulate for 2 days and must be back by 3pm on the second day.
    • A $5 late fee is assessed for passes returned after 3pm. After that, it is $10/day that the pass is late.
    • There is a $50 replacement fee if lost or stolen.

Museum Pass Info:

American Clock and Watch Museum
Printable Pass available
FREE – Pass admits up to 2 adults and 3 children
Open Wednesday- Sunday 10am- 5pm
100 Maple St. Bristol, CT 06010

Barnes Museum
Printable Pass available
Museum Open!
FREE – Pass admits 2 adults and 2 children
85 N Main St. Southington, CT 06489

Beardsley Zoo
Open daily 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
1875 Noble Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06610

Children’s Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center
Printable Pass available
Pass admits 1 free touring admission with each paid admission. Maximum of 4.
Museum: Open Fri-Mon 9:30am-12pm, 1pm-3:30pm
Nature Center: Open Thur-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-4pm
950 Trout Brook Drive West Hartford, CT 06119
Ticket Prices: Adults – 14.75, Children (ages 2-12) – 13.75

Connecticut Historical Society Museum
Printable Pass available
FREE – Pass admits a 2 adults and 4 children
Open Tuesday– Saturday: 12pm– 5pm
Saturday 9am–5pm
1 Elizabeth St. Hartford, CT 06105

Connecticut Old State House
*CLOSED until further notice
800 Main St. Hartford, CT 06103

Custom House Maritime Museum
Printable Pass available
Open by appointment only.
FREE – Pass admits 2 people
150 Bank St. New London, CT 06320

Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Pass gives up to 4 children admittance with 1 paid adult admission.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm & Friday- Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm. 4450 Park Ave. Bridgeport CT 06604

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Printable Pass available
FREE – Pass admits 2 adults and 4 children

125 West Bay Rd. Amherst, MA 01002

Florence Griswold Museum
Printable Pass available
FREE – Pass admits 2 adults and 2 children up to age 12
January- March: Tuesday- Sunday 10am- 4pm
96 Lyme St. Old Lyme, CT 06371

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Now Open Hours: Monday:  9:30 am – 5pm, Thursday 12:30 -8 pm, Friday 11:30 am – 6 pm, Saturday 8:30 am – 5 pm

CLOSED: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday  
Printable Pass available

77 Forest St. Hartford, CT 06105

Imagine Nation Museum
*CLOSED until further notice
1 Pleasant St. Bristol, CT 06010

KidCity Children’s Museum
Open to Current Members only. NOT accepting Library Pass or New Members Open by pre-registration ONLY.  Must register 24 hours minimum in advance.  Reservations available for up to 1 week in advance. Closed Monday and Tuesday.  Check Reservation Site for available hours.    No walk-ins allowed. 
119 Washington St. Middletown, CT 06457

Lutz Children’s Museum
Printable Pass available
Pass admits up to 6 people half price.
Open Tuesday- Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 12pm-4pm.
247 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040

Maritime Aquarium
*No Longer participating in Library Pass Program
Open daily 10am-5pm
10 North Water St. Norwalk, CT 06854
Ticket prices:Adults $22.95, Child (age 3-12) $15.95, Youth (age 13-17) $20.95, Senior (age 65+) $20.95

Mark Twain House
Printable Pass available
Pass admits 1 adult free with the purchase of an another adult ticket OR 2 free children’s tickets with purchase of an adult ticket. (Pass not valid on holidays)
*Please call Mark Twain House for instruction on using the Library Discount Pass
Open Daily 10:00-4:30pm
351 Farmington Ave. Hartford, Ct 06105
Ticket prices: Senior Citizens $16 (ages 65+), Adults $19 (ages 17 – 64), Children $11 (ages 6 – 16)

Mystic Aquarium
*NOT currently accepting Library Discount Pass for 2022.

Open 10am- 5pm, last admission at 4:50pm
55 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT 06355
Now offering Plan-Ahead Pricing, please visit their website for more information

Mystic Seaport
Printable Pass available
Discount 2 adults & 3 children 50% off regular admission
Hours: Oct 13- Nov 1- Open Wed-Sun 10am-4pm
Nov 2-Dec 27- Open Thurs-Sun 10am-4pm
75 Greenmanville Ave. Mystic, CT 06355
Ticket Prices: Adult $28.95, Youth (ages 13 – 17) $24.95, Child (ages 3 – 12) $18.95, Children 2 and under: Free
Tickets must be purchased on site

New Britain Museum of American Art
Printable Pass available
FREE- admits any 4 people. Must make a reservation online.
Open Open Tuesday – Sunday 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday 10 am to 8 pm. Please note the museum will close each day from 1pm- 2pm for cleaning
56 Lexington St. New Britain, CT 06052

New Britain Youth Museum and Hungerford Nature Center
Open Tuesday- Saturday 10am- 5pm, Sundays 11am- 4pm, last admission at 4:30pm
FREE – admits 4 adults or any combination of persons equal to 4 adult admissions
30 High St. New Britain, CT 06051

New England Carousel Museum Printable Pass available
FREE – admits 4 visitors to both museums and a free carousel ride at Bushnell Park
Open Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am –5:00 pm. Sunday 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm.
95 Riverside Avenue, Route 72
Bristol, CT 06010
Museum prices – Adults – $8.00, Seniors and students with ID – $7.00, Children – $5.00, Children under 2 are free.

New Haven Museum
Pass admits up to 4 people. Reservation Required.
114 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510

Old Sturbridge Village
Printable Pass available
Pass admits up to 4 people at 50% off daytime admission (night programs excluded). KIDS FREE now through November.
Open Friday- Sunday 9:30am- 5pm
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd. Sturbridge, MA 01566
Ticket prices: Adults $28.00, Seniors (55 and over) $26.00, Youths (3-17) $14.00

Peabody Museum
*CLOSED for renovations until further notice
170 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT 06511

Roger Williams Zoo
Printable Pass
1000 Elmwood Ave. Providence, RI 02905
$3.00 discount for up to 4 people
Ticket prices Adults $17.95, Children (2 – 12) $12.95, Seniors (62+) $15.95 Open for Holidays: Easter; Mother’s Day; Memorial Day; Father’s Day; Fourth of July; Labor Day; Columbus Day. No other opening dates available.

Shore Line Trolley Museum
Printable Discount Pass
Open only on Sat & Sun through October.  Open November 26, 27, 28, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19.  Call or check website for hours.  
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512

Springfield Museums
1 pass, 5 museums
Buy one full price admission and receive a 50% discount on the second admission of equal or lesser value.
The pass may be used for up to 6 guests per visit.

Stepping Stones Museum
*CLOSED until further notice
303 West Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850
Pass admits 1 child free with 1 paid adult (max 3)

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum
Library Pass: 2 Adults Free Printable Pass available.  Pass admits 2 adults for no charge.  17 and under are Free.    Hours: Thurs-Sun 12:00-5:00 pm.
600 Main St. Hartford CT, 06103

Zoo at Forest Park
Printable Pass available

FREE – Pass admits up to 5 people. Pass does not include vehicle entrance fee to Forest Park *Call the Library for instructions on using this pass
Open weekends only in October.  Also open on Columbus Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.  All open dates are Weather Permitting.  
293 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA 01108
Ticket prices: Adult $9.00, Senior (Age 62+) $7.00, Children (Ages 5-12) $6.00, Children (Ages 1-4) $3.75

Meriden Public Library 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT 06450 Main Number 203.238.2344 Fax 203.238.3647