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eReaders

Electronic reading devices--eReaders--were a popular gift item this holiday season. People have been coming in asking for tips on how to download electronic library books to their new eReaders, and circulation has skyrocketed. Fantastic!

Others have expressed dismay that their brand of eReader won't accept library books. Yes, only the Barnes and Noble Nooks, the Sony Readers, the Kobo eReader, Literati Reader, Pandigital Novel, and Pocketbook Pro accept our OverDrive ebooks.

By the way, the Digital Media catalog also stocks electronic formats for reading on various computers and listening to on a number of audio devices.

Tax Forms Update

Tax forms are trickling in every day now. We have high hopes that by the end of the month our shelves will be full. We now have the basic forms for 1040, 1040A, and 1040 EZ, Publication 17, and a few Schedules to get you started.

The AARP Tax Aide will begin again on Wednesday, February 2.  Every year volunteers from the American Association of Retired Persons help the elderly and low income earners file their tax returns. They will be here in our first floor meeting room, L129 Mondays (noon-4:00), Wednesdays (10:00-2:00), and Saturdays 11:00-3:00).

Tax Forms Update

New arrivals as of Monday, January 10:       

Form 1040, Form and Instructions for 1040 EZ; Schedule D-1 Continuation Sheet; Schedule M Making Work Pay & Gov't Retiree Credits; Form 3903 Moving Expenses;  Form & Instructions for 8283 Non-Cash Charitable Contribution; Form 8606 Non deductible IRA's;  Form 8812 Additional Child Tax Credit.  

Also here: Publication 17 Your Federal Income Tax, W-2, W-3, W-4, 1096, and 1099 Miscellaneous forms.

TAX FORMS LATE!

Remember that tax break Congress gave us just before Christmas? That's the good news. The bad news is that it delayed the printing and shipment of our tax forms.

On December 22nd we received this email notice from the IRS:

What to Read Next...

Need some inspiration about a good new read? You might check the end panels on our Fiction department shelves. You'll see lists of new titles, popular authors, and favorite classic literature. We have new book suggestions and bestsellers in Inspirational Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Humor, Westerns, Contemporary Literature, Thrillers, Historical Fiction, and Classics.

Children re-tell the mystery

Happy Holidays! One of the things I love about this season is how children absorb the magic of their family’s holiday tradition by hearing and telling its stories.

As we course through Hanukkah, Al Hijra, Ashura, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, and Epiphany, a lot of wonderful stories are being re-lived.

Please share with us by sending links to your tradition’s favorites in the "Add New Comment" area below. My contribution is this delightful 21st century rendition of the Christmas story from children in Auckland, New Zealand.

Image: Flickr cc: A Neon Hanukkah: Bob.Rosenberg

 

Your Contact Information: is it Current?

As of January 1st we will no longer mail out library notifications. When your requested item comes in you will receive either an email or an automated telephone call.

We are going GREEN--and cutting costs and saving your taxpayer money and trying to keep our doors open in the current recession; all of the above.

So that we can maintain our service to you, would you please check that we have your current contact information. You can drop by the Customer Service desk, phone us at 832-559-4200, or fill out the change of address form on our website. Thanks!

Host of the Year: You

Are you wondering how to keep your houseguests entertained this holiday season? May we offer our large selection of coffee table books on just about every topic you can imagine. We've placed a sampling on our round wall by the front door and there are many more upstairs.

While you're looking at our books, you might also enjoy our display of holiday cookbooks and crafts, and beyond, our offerings of DVD's. Let us help you be the host with the most. 

Image from Flickr: cc: Biz Stone, Houseguest: bizstone

 

Lend a Hand, Bring a Can

On behalf of the “Lend a Hand, Bring a Can” food drive we are accepting donations for local food pantries through December 17th. You can drop off items in our lobby: just look for the big red box. All non-perishable food items will be accepted, but if you're looking for ideas, here's the T.E.A.M. and St. Vincent DePaul food pantries' wish list:
Boxed Mac n' Cheese
Chef Boyardee
Peanut Butter
Cake mixes
Tuna
Chili
Icing
Canned fruit
Cream soups
Feminine products

If you prefer to make a cash donation, please do so directly to the food pantry of your choice. 

Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (T.E.AM.), P.O. Box 286,Tomball, TX 77377-0286

Watercolors: Rosemary Massey & Reva A. Power

We are pleased to exhibit the vivid watercolors of Rosemary Massey (on left in photo) and Reva A. Power (on right) during the month of November. Both Massey and Power are local artists and members of theTomball Art League, the Woodlands Art League, and the Watercolor Artists Society of Houston.

Rosemary Massey, a retired art teacher and Houston native, works in both watercolors and acrylic and enjoys painting a variety of subjects from still lifes to fantasy landscapes.

Reva Power, a retired mathematics and computer science teacher, likes the variety of styles that water media allow. You will see that variety in her landscapes and still lifes, hanging in the large meeting room, Room L129.
 

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