Wednesday, January 23, 2013

UK Oil Paintings -- Now Online

Annabel by Lucian Freud
The United Kingdom’s entire collection of oil paintings (almost 212 thousand!) in public ownership are now available online for viewing at Your Paintings. You can take a guided tour or search for paintings by artist or what elements are in the painting itself (dogs, etc.). You can even make and share your own collection of paintings. If viewing the paintings online spurs you to make a trip to the UK, the website has a list of venues where you can view the paintings in person.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Clean Up Your Computer

January is Clean Up Your Computer Month. Below is a selection of how-to articles that will help you get your computer in shape:

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Personal Finance Check-up

According to Chase's Calendar of Events, January is Financial Wellness Month, so along with losing weight, quitting smoking, etc., the new year is a good time to establish financial balance after all the holiday spending. Along with resources available through the Fauquier County Public Library, there are a number of resources are available online to help inspire you, including:

  • is a U.S. Government Web site dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about finances. The site offers important information in English or Spanish from 21 federal agencies, bureaus and departments that comprise the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC). Topics include budgeting and taxes; credit; financial planning; home ownership; children; paying for education; privacy, fraud, and scams; responding to life events; retirement planning; saving and investing; and starting a small business. Patrons canorder the “My Money” toolkit, which includes a consumer action handbook, a consumer information catalog, facts on saving and investing, questions to ask about investments, understanding Social Security, and FDIC insurance coverage. Calculators for college planning, credit card replacement, home buying and mortgages, retirement planning, investing, Social Security benefits, and tax withholding also are available.
  • - See all your accounts (read-only's not an online banking site) in one place; set a budget and pay down your debt; find the best ways to grow your money.
  • The Motley Fool – Provides premium investing advice and market-beating stock research.
  • - Check out their personal finance columns, including Smart Spending and Common Sense for money-saving ideas.
  • Wise Bread – Personal finance and frugal living forums that focus on "living large on a small budget."
  • Yahoo! Finance – Free stock quotes, up to date news, portfolio management resources, international market data.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tax Forms, Assistance

The 2012 tax forms arrive in January and will be available at all library branches as they come in.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, to print out from the Internet. 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.

Update 2/26/2013: 1040 instruction booklets have arrived!!!

Update 2/19/2013: 1040 instruction booklets are expected to arrive during the week of 2/25

Update 2/11/2013: 1040A instructions have arrived! Still waiting on 1040 instructions...

Update 2/6/2013: All of the forms and instructions (including Publication 17) are revised and available on the IRS website.  The library has received all of the 1040 forms...1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and 1040NR. We have also received Schedule A, B, C and D. We have NOT received the 1040 instruction booklets, however. The ETA is still unknown, as it is the last item to be printed/shipped by the IRS. Library staff puts everything we have out in the carousel located near the 2nd floor (adult level) stairwell as soon as they arrive. Please call the adult reference desk at 422-8500, ext. 6862 to confirm we have the forms before you make the trip.   

Tax Assistance
The IRS provides tax help for individuals. Just call 1-800-829-1040.

Beginning in February elderly and low-income residents may make appointments to meet a volunteer from the Foundation for Tax Assistance at any library branch; volunteers will help eligible patrons complete the filing of their 2012 tax returns. Call (540) 422-8465 to make an appointment.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

e-Resource of the Month: Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center, powered by Peterson's, is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life. Free access with your Fauquier County Public Library card number includes:

  • Over 300 practice tests and courses covering high school, college and graduate school entrance and exit exams as well as military and civil service exams, U.S. citizenship and PRAXIS, TOEFL, TOEIC exams;
  • Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests for school, career and international study;
  • Information on over 4,000 accredited schools (college/university, graduate, career);
  • Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships;
  • Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started;
  • Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations;

Find the Testing & Education Reference Center on the following areas of the library's website:
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian