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VITA

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! www.hranbct.org/VITA

Keep Your Full Refund! For more information or help, contact us via email at vita@hranbct.org 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: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-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: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

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Pagina de Univision acerca de Coronavirus

Medline Plus en español, con enlaces a información de Coronavirus


 

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.

UNITE CT

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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COVID-19 UPDATE:

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
860-583-6070

Barnes Museum
Printable Pass available
Museum Open! Open Wed-Fri 1:00pm – 4:00 pm. Also open By Appointment
FREE – Pass admits 2 adults and 2 children
85 N Main St. Southington, CT 06489
860-628-5426

Beardsley Zoo
Pass Available at Meriden Public Library
Pass offers $9 admission for up to 6 people in one family. Purchase tickets at Beardsley Zoo EBT/LIBRARY/MEMBER  window. Discounted price is not available with online ticket purchase.  ​ Open daily 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
1875 Noble Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06610
203-394-6565

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 Wed.-Fri. 10 am – 2 pm; Sat & Sun 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Nature Center: Open Thur-Sat 10 am – 4 pm; Sun 1 pm – 4 pm
950 Trout Brook Drive West Hartford, CT 06119
860-231-2824
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 Sun, Tues, Wed, Fri 12 – 5 pm; Thursdays 12 – 8 pm; Saturday 9 am – 5 pm;  CLOSED Mondays
Saturday 9am–5pm
1 Elizabeth St. Hartford, CT 06105
860-236-5621

CT State Parks & Forests Pass available at Meriden Public Library Pass offers free entry to centers and historic buildings at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, and Fort Trumbull State Park in New London

Connecticut Old State House
Printable Pass Available Pass admits 4 visitors of any age at no charge.                      Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday 12:00 pm -5:00 pm 800 Main St. Hartford, CT 06103
860-522-6766

Custom House Maritime Museum
Printable Pass available
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Also open by appointment 
FREE – Pass admits 2 people
150 Bank St. New London, CT 06320
860-447-2501

Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Printable Pass available 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
203-372-3521

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Printable Pass available Hours:  Thursday & Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm -5:00 pm
FREE – Pass admits 2 adults and 4 children 125 West Bay Rd. Amherst, MA 01002
413-559-6300

Florence Griswold Museum
Printable Pass available
FREE – Pass admits 2 adults and 2 children up to age 12
Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Closed Mondays
96 Lyme St. Old Lyme, CT 06371
860-434-5542

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Printable Pass Available Pass admits 2 people at No Charge Hours:  Sunday, Monday, Friday: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm; Thursday: 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm; Sat 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.  Closed Tuesday & Wednesday 77 Forest St. Hartford, CT 06105
860-522-9258

Imagine Nation Museum
*CLOSED until further notice
1 Pleasant St. Bristol, CT 06010
860-314-1400

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
860-347-0495

Lutz Children’s Museum
Printable Pass available
Pass admits up to 6 people half price.
Open: Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am -12:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.   Reservation with Timed Tickets for museum required.  247 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040
860-643-0949

Maritime Aquarium
*No Longer participating in Library Pass Program
Open daily 10am-5pm
10 North Water St. Norwalk, CT 06854
203-852-0700
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 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
351 Farmington Ave. Hartford, Ct 06105
860-247-0998
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
860-572-5955
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: Open Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
75 Greenmanville Ave. Mystic, CT 06355
888-973-2767
Ticket Prices:  Adult $27, Youth (13-17) $23, Child (3-12) $19, Seniors (65 up) $25, Children 2 and under are free.
Tickets must be purchased on site.

New Haven Museum
Printable Pass Available Pass admits up to 4 people. Reservation Required.
Hours:  Wednesday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 pm 114 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510
203-562-4183

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 Wednesday – Sunday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd. Sturbridge, MA 01566
800-733-1830
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
203-432-5050

Roger Williams Zoo
Printable Pass Available
1000 Elmwood Ave. Providence, RI 02905
401-785-3510
Ticket prices:  Adults:  $19.95, Children (2 -12) $13.95, Seniors (62+) $16.95
Open Daily 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Call Reference Desk at Meriden Public Library for Library Discount Code

Shore Line Trolley Museum
Printable Discount Pass
Summer Hours: July 1st – Sept 4th Open: Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
17 River Street
East Haven, CT 06512
203-467-6927

Stepping Stones Museum
Printable Pass Available    Open Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
303 West Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850
203-899-0606
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 Free 17 and under are Free.    Hours: Thursday – Sunday 12:00 pm -5:00 pm.
600 Main St. Hartford CT, 06103
860-278-2670

New Britain Museum of American Art Printable Pass available  Pass admits 4 people at No Charge 56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT  (860) 229-0257

New Britain Youth Museum & Hungerford Nature Center​ Printable Pass available New Britain Youth Museum 30 High St., New Britain, CT(860) 225-3020 Open Thursday & Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sat & Sun 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Hungerford Nature Center 191 Farmington Ave., Kensington, CT 
(860) 827-9064
Open Tuesday -Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Pass is good for 4 Adults at No Charge or any combination of persons equal to 4 adult admissions.