Monday, December 19, 2011

Tax Forms Online vs. the Library

It's that time of the year again -- patrons are already asking the library about the 2011 tax forms (which haven't arrived as of Dec. 19). Patrons can pick forms up at the library starting January 3. 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 $0.15 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.


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 540-422-8465 to make an appointment. Appointments will take place at all library locations per the schedule below:

  • John Marshall Library: 4-7 p.m., Mondays (Feb. 6 - April 12)
  • John Marshall Library: Noon - 3 p.m.. Tuesdays (Feb. 7 - April 10)
  • Warrenton Library: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesdays (Feb. 8 - April 11)
  • Bealeton Library: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursdays (Feb. 9 - April 12)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, which aims to "provide a comprehensive, scholarly and critical guide to science fiction it all its forms" launched an expanded online "beta" edition in October. You can browse entries covering awards, authors, characters, themes, etc., or use the search tool that's located at the top of each page.

Fauquier County Public Library's science fiction collection is located in adult fiction, with the call number prefix SF. New titles are added regularly.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

e-Reader Workshops - Sign Up Today!

Own an e-reader (or plan on purchasing one) and wondering how you can take advantage of the library's collection of e-books? The library is offering two workshops that will include a brief overview of e-books and e-readers and staff will demonstrate how to download e-books from the library website. After the presentation library staff members will assist Fauquier County Public Library card holders with setting up their laptops and/or e-reader devices.

Where: Warrenton Library Program Room
When: Saturday, Jan. 7 and Jan. 21
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon

Registration is required. Please call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, to reserve your spot. Workshops are limited to 10 patrons, so sign up today!

UPDATE 12/21: This class is now full. We do have a waiting list in case of cancellations.

When you register, you will be asked to confirm the following:
  • You have a valid, permanent Fauquier County Public Library card
  • You have a valid e-mail address
  • The type of device/e-reader you own (Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, Nook, etc.)
  • Some devices/e-readers (Nook--including Nook Tablet, Kobo, Sony, etc.) require you to first download your e-books to a computer and transfer via USB; if you own such a device, you will also need to bring a charged laptop and the USB cord for the device; Kindle, tablet and mobile device users do NOT require a laptop
  • An Adobe ID is required for the free Adobe Digital Editions software - you can set up before or set one up at the workshop 
  • If you use an Apple device, you'll need your Apple ID/password
  • If you use a Kindle device, you'll need your Amazon username/password
Related post: Consumer Reports (December 2011) reviews e-readers, tablets

Thursday, December 1, 2011

e-Resource of the Month: Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words—past and present—from across the English-speaking world. When you look up a word/term in the OED, not only do you get the definition and pronunciation guide, but links to specific quotations. You can also view your results as a timeline, for historical context.

Quarterly updates (March, June, September and December) revise existing entries and add new words. And each month the OED adds to the OED Online ‘Aspects of English’—a growing series of features offering routes into the dictionary—as well as topical takes on words (current and historical) via the OED homepage. Altogether it's a wonderful resource for students and teachers of English language—past, present, and worldwide—as well as English literature, history, law, and many other subjects.

To get the most out of the OED, view the slide version of the online tour and be sure to subscribe to the OxfordWords blog.