AARP Tax Aide is coming

papers, receipts, income tax books

Tax season is here and the Chesapeake Public Library will be holding the following AARP Tax Aide sessions starting in February until mid-April:

Russell Memorial Library – (757) 410-7016

2808 Taylor Road, Chesapeake, VA 23325

Thursdays and Fridays* from 10 am – 3 pm

South Norfolk Memorial Library – (757) 410-7048

801 Poindexter Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23324

Fridays* and Saturdays from 9 am to 1pm

* Except 3/16/18 – the Library is closed for staff in-service training

Please bring with you:

  • A copy of your most recent tax return
  • a valid picture ID
  • social security card for you and your family members
  • all necessary paperwork for 2017

Other free AARP Tax Aide locations in the local area may be found at:

Churchland Library – (757) 686-2538

4934 High St. W, Portsmouth, VA 23703

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am – 3pm

Great Bridge Presbyterian Church – (757) 547-4706

333 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library – (757) 385-0150

4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Mondays thru Fridays from 10 am – 4pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 5pm

Workforce Development Center – (757) 514-7730

157 N. Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am – 3pm

A clean, well-lighted place: co-working at the library

"focus" by dkalo is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

“focus” by dkalo is licensed under CC BY- SA 2.0

I’ve freelanced as a writer, editor, and even mystery shopper, and finding my focus was often the most difficult part of any assignment. My messy home office held too many distractions, and my local coffee shop could be noisy and crowded. At the library, though, I got more done in less time alongside others like me looking for a clean and quiet place to work. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was co-working when, well, co-working wasn’t cool. Who knew?

Today, co-working spaces are a trending option for anyone working outside the cubicle. With resources like WiFi, printers, fax machines, and copiers, co-working spaces are a productive refuge for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and telecommuters. What’s more, co-working spaces attract like-minded individuals to network and share ideas. Although fee-based co-working spaces can be found in Hampton Roads, the Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) serves as a similar resource at no or minimal cost to library customers. Continue reading “A clean, well-lighted place: co-working at the library”

Funding Your Start-Up

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So you’ve finally settled on an idea for a business. The background research is done, and your sensible business plan has been completed. Now for the financing. Traditional bank loans, microloans, credit cards and money from family and friends all have certain risks. These risks can have long lasting effects on your credit rating, ability to raise future capital and family standing. “But how else can I get funding?” you may ask. One method rising in popularity is crowdfunding. Continue reading “Funding Your Start-Up”

Help for Job Seekers at Chesapeake Public Library

It’s been a while since our list of services for job seekers has been updated in the blog, so I thought it was time to take care of that matter.

Computers: Use our computers for filling out online job applications, writing resumes and cover letters, checking your email, looking for jobs and printing out your resume. Most locations also have laptop computers that can be checked out for use inside the library; these laptops allow you to have a 4 hour computer session, which is very helpful when doing lengthy online applications. Continue reading “Help for Job Seekers at Chesapeake Public Library”