Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tax Forms Online vs. the Library

While the library receives some federal tax forms and instructions to hand out to patrons for free (while supplies last), we don't receive every federal form/instruction booklet. Also, as usual, we will not get any Virginia state tax forms or instructions. Any form not available at the library will cost you $0.10 per page (printing from Web site) or $0.15 per page if you opt to copy from Package X (the master booklet for forms/instructions), which doesn't usually arrive at the library until February. Thus, if you have a computer and a printer at home, save yourself a trip to the library and print them out (for free) at home.

Forms

  • Federal - See www.irs.gov - Click on Forms and Publications; includes a detailed summary of how to view and download tax forms from the IRS Web site, how to order online or via phone (1-800-829-3676).
  • Virginia - See www.tax.virginia.gov - Click on Need a Form? under Services; download forms or have them mailed to you.

Tax Assistance
The IRS provides tax help for individuals. Just call 1-800-829-1040. You can also make an appointment with the Foundation for Tax Assistance. Please note that some restrictions may apply. Contact the Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier County directly at (540)349-8142 to make an appointment.

Changes for 2009 taxes
Products/forms no longer available
• Form 1040 Schedule A/B, Itemized Deductions/Interest and Ordinary Dividends: This schedule has been replaced by two separate forms, Form 1040 Schedule A and Form 1040 Schedule B (with instructions on the back of the form.)
• Form 1040 A Schedule 1, Interest and Ordinary Dividends for Form 1040A Filers: Replaced by Form 1040 Schedule B, Interest and Ordinary Dividends
• Form 1040 A Schedule 2, Child and Dependent Care Expenses for Form 1040A Filers: Replaced by Form 2441, Child and Dependent Care Expenses
• Form 1040 A Schedule 3, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled for Form 1040A Filers: Replaced by Form 1040 Schedule R, Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled

New products
• Form 1040 Schedule A: Itemized Deductions
• Form 1040 Schedule B (instructions included on the form): Interest and Ordinary Dividends
• Form 1040 Schedule L (instructions included on the form): Standard Deductions for Certain Filers
• Form 1040 Schedule M: Making Work Pay and Government Retiree Credit
• Instructions 1040 ALL: Instructions for Form 1040 and Schedules A, B, C, D, E, F, J. and SE.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Resources for Job Seekers

We've recently added a page of career and employment resources (online and items available for checkout) for folks looking for a job or who want to explore a new career. You'll find our new Job Seekers page on our Web site under Areas of Interest.

Bloom's Literary Reference Online Updated

Essay due on one of the great authors or great works of literature? Bloom's Literary Reference Online, available 24X7 with your Fauquier County Public Library card, was recently updated with over 1,000 new entries for literary criticism (contemporary and classic) and more than 200 entries for the Bloom's How to Write About Literature series. Users will find valuable guidance on how to approach writing essays on some of the most commonly taught authors and works--from instructions on how to compose an effective essay and useful suggestions for paper topics to coverage of the authors' major works.

New entries include:
  • How to Write About Alice Walker
  • The Kite Runner (contemporary criticism)
  • On Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

Monday, December 14, 2009

Six Million More Seniors Using the Web than Five Years Ago | Nielsen Wire

Six Million More Seniors Using the Web than Five Years Ago Nielsen Wire

If you're a senior and want to get more "Web savvy," try one or all of our free weekly Internet classes held at the Bealeton, John Marshall and Warrenton libraries. The classes are held in a relaxed atmosphere and questions are welcome. Pass the word along to adults you know who may want to (or need to) freshen up their Internet skills. Seats are limited, so be sure to register today.


  • For Warrenton classes, call 347-8750, ext. 6
  • For Bealeton classes, call 439-9728 (classes begin January, 2010)
  • For John Marshall classes, call 364-4910 (classes begin January, 2010)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Science Nation


Science Nation is a free, weekly online magazine from the National Science Foundation that examines scientific breakthroughs and new discoveries about our planet. Each week, correspondent Miles O'Brien (of CNN fame) examines diverse topics including an artificial retina that can help the blind to see, "green" gasoline, the mysteries of tornadoes and, this week, a "fembot" that has helped researchers learn more about America's "extreme" bird, the male Sage Grouse. The reports are compelling, not intimidating, and parents/teachers may want to introduce their children/students to this resource as a way to spur creative ideas for their science fair projects.

Related resources at the library:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Redesigned World Book Online

Fauquier County Public Library recently upgraded to World Book’s new Public Library Edition to provide library card holders “a comprehensive online reference tool with specific content and features designed for virtually every age and interest." The four modules available are:

World Book Online Reference Center
World Book Online Reference Center-Public Library Edition is a powerful reference tool for advanced researchers and information seekers. In addition to the entire World Book Encyclopedia, the site features hundreds of thousands of complete e-books and primary source documents along with features developed especially for public library patrons, such as Computer and Web Tutorials, How To... guidance, Government Resources, and Interactive Earth.

Key features include:

• Tailored to the needs of patrons of high school age and above
• Computer and Web Tutorials provide help for novices
• How To... documents offer information on skills for living, including applying for jobs, budgeting, transportation, and understanding health care issues
• Research tools, including dictionary, Citation Builder, and local and country research guides
• Interactive maps and atlas
• Individual accounts within the site offer users the ability to create and save content to their own research folders for later use

World Book Online Info Finder
World Book Online Info Finder contains content and features designed for school-aged patrons? homework and research needs. Based on the World Book Encyclopedia, the site features rich multimedia, a collection of age-appropriate science fair projects, a Biography Center, virtual tours, video showcases, links to current events and world newspapers, 21st-century research skills, and much more.

Key features include:

• More than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles
• Biography Center, with more than 10,000 biographies searchable by gender, field of endeavor, nationality, and time period
• Comprehensive multimedia collections, including World Book Explores video library and geography resource guides
• Thousands of high-quality Web links selected by World Book editors and expert contributors
• Powerful research tools, including a Citation Builder, How to Do Research guides, and personalized My Research accounts
• Convenient one-click dictionary
• Dynamic Interactive Earth feature, including the World Book Atlas, Interactive Maps, Outline Maps and Flags, and more
• Science projects and experiments, including a collection of last-minute projects
• Current magazines

World Book Online for Kids
This site offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities for younger children.

Key features include:

• Thousands of easy-to-read articles
• Engaging images and illustrations
• Interactive games and activities
• Interactive maps
• Outline maps and flags
• A biography center
• Science projects
• Teacher resources

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
A Spanish-language encyclopedia and reference site for native Spanish speakers, bilingual and ESL/ELL students.

Key features include:

Diccionario Visual - The bilingual visual dictionary includes thousands of images and more than 12,000 labels
Activities - Activities can be printed, emailed, or saved. Click on Ensenelos teachers guides for English language educator's versions of the activities. Ensenelos teachers guides include national content standard correlations, materials, objectives, and assessment rubrics.
Encyclopedia Articles - Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos offers thousands of easy-to-read encyclopedia articles on a broad variety of topics. A browse feature helps visual learners and uncertain spellers navigate the site.
Periódicos del Mundo Hispánico - Features a collection of web links to online newspapers from Spanish speaking countries from around the world.
World of Animals - Quick facts, images, and videos.

Log in with your library card today and explore a world of learning from World Book.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Foreign Language Month

December is Learn a Foreign Language Month. Here are a few free online resources to assist you in your quest to become multilingual:

Of course, you don't have to go online to learn a language. The library has a number of items in the collection for learning a new language, including:

December 2009 E-Resource: Contemporary Literary Criticism Select

Contemporary Literary Criticism Select is an award-winning collection of more than 35,000 critical essays on contemporary authors and includes biographical, critical, principal works, and further study information.

Literary researchers and students can use Contemporary Literary Criticism Select to:
  • Access biographical/critical introductions to major and new authors;
  • Find full-text criticism on major literary works;
  • Target sources for further research;
Entries provide extensive information, including:
  • Introduction to the Author — a discussion of the author’s life, works and critical importance;
  • Critical essays — essays and excerpts taken from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals; interviews with featured authors where available; bibliographical citations
  • Suggestions for further reading — an annotated bibliography for further study;
Researchers can search the database by:
  • Author name
  • Biographical details, such as nationality, ethnicity, gender, year of birth or death
  • Title
  • Subject/Genre
  • Critic/Critical Source
  • Full-text Search allows you to search for a word or phrase in any Contemporary Literary Criticism Select entry
To access Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, visit the library's Web site at http://library.fauquiercounty.gov/. On the site's left-hand menu, under Find Information, select Search For Articles & More. CLC Select is listed under the heading, Literature & eBooks.