Tax Preparation Services Available

Tax Preparation Services Available

AARP tax filing assistance continues through April 15, Tuesdays at Boardman Road Branch Library and Fridays at Adriance Memorial Library.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program provides free, reliable tax preparation service for low to middle income families, individuals, and seniors.  There is no age limit and you do not have to be a member of AARP.

Please call 211 to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday’s Tip — Amazon ‘Filler Item’ Finder

With the Holidays fast approaching, we understand that many in the community will be shopping for gifts to share with family members around the Christmas tree or latke platter.  In recognition of the gift-giving tradition celebrated by several  cultural groups in our region–and that Amazon is one of the largest online shopping outlets, this handy guide is intended to  help you reach the free shipping threshold if you will be ordering from them (This Tip is not an endorsement or recommendation).  For another site offering ‘fillers’ for several online shopping sites, you can also visit Superfillers.com   Of course the best gifts of all are completely free — Love and kindness!

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Library District Trustee Election Information

Click on the links to learn more about the Library District’s tentative trustee election.

Election Resolution:  Identifies the number and type of positions up for election this year.

Nominating Petitions:

Please refer any questions to the Library District’s Administrative Office at (845) 485-3445 x 3306.

NY Public Library Opens Up Its Special Collections

On Wednesday, January 6, the New York Public Library released more than 180,000 photographs, postcards, maps and other public-domain items from the library’s special collections in downloadable high-resolution files — along with an invitation to users to grab them and do with them whatever they please.

Most items in the public-domain release have already been visible at the library’s digital collections portal. The difference is that the highest-quality files will now be available for free and immediate download.

Street View, Then & Now, for example, allows users to wander up and down Fifth Avenue, comparing a current image of any location from Google Streetview with wide-angle shots taken by the photographer Burton Welles in 1911.

Tuesday’s Tip — New Year’s Eve, Time’s Square WebCam

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, … Happy New Year!!!

If you’ve dropped your paid cable TV subscription, but still have Internet,  here’s a way to get in on the fun of watching “The Ball”  drop, signifying the years changing.  Past celebrations and international events are streamed here too!  Get more details with a click on the link to the Tip below.

Tuesday’s Tip — December 29, 2015 (Times Square Live Feed New Year’s Eve)

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Story Time is a Hot Ticket!

A recent article in the New York Times discussed the soaring popularity of story times in public libraries. At some libraries, parents start lining up an hour before the doors open and staff members have to deal with double and triple-parked strollers. “Story time is drawing capacity crowds at public libraries across New York and across the country at a time when, more than ever, educators are emphasizing the importance of early literacy in preparing children for school and for developing critical thinking skills,” reads the article. “The demand crosses economic lines, with parents at all income levels vying to get in. And many parents have made story time a fixture in their family routines alongside school pickups and playground outings.”

E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Recovers

According to an article in the New York Times this week, the prediction that e-books would overtake print within a few years shows no sign of coming true. “There are signs that some e-book adopters are returning to print, or becoming hybrid readers, who juggle devices and paper. E-book sales fell by 10 percent in the first five months of this year, according to the Association of American Publishers. Digital books accounted last year for around 20 percent of the market, roughly the same as they did a few years ago.”

This is good news for booksellers. “Independent bookstores, which were battered by the recession and competition from Amazon, are showing strong signs of resurgence. The American Booksellers Association counted 1,712 member stores in 2,227 locations in 2015, up from 1,410 in 1,660 locations five years ago.”

Report on Children and Reading

Scholastic has published the fifth edition of its popular Kids & Family Reading Report that gauges how children and their parents view reading in their daily lives. Of the children surveyed, 51% were currently reading a book for fun, and an additional 20% had recently completed one. 31% of the children polled identify as frequent readers, down from 37% in 2010. The report suggests that the reason for this decline is, “the increasing prevalence of other activities…, most notably, spending time using devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers.” One positive finding was that children are far more likely to enjoy reading when they are given the freedom to choose their own books.

“Scout” to Read from Harper Lee’s New Book

The New York Times reports that Mary Badham, the actress who played the young Scout in the 1962 movie adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will give voice to that character again to celebrate the publication of Ms. Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman.”

Ms. Badham will appear at the 92nd Street Y’s Poetry Center in Manhattan on July 14, when the new book goes on sale. She will read from both “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is narrated by Scout and set in Depression-era Alabama, and “Go Set a Watchman,” which features Scout 20 years later, returning home from New York. The event, which will be streamed at 92Y.org/harperlee, is one of dozens of “Watchman” celebrations taking place in bookstores, theaters and libraries across the country on July 14.