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Federal:

  • The library has now received the Federal 1040 and 1040A forms from the IRS. We hope to receive the instructions for those forms within about two weeks, but the IRS has not provided a date by which we should expect them. In the meantime, you can access IRS forms and instructions online. Some can be filled in online and then printed, while others can just be viewed and printed.
  • The IRS will not send us any 1099 forms this year. They are not available online. You can call 1-800-829-3676 to order 1099s.

Illinois:

  • The Illinois Department of Revenue has sent us their 1040 forms and just a few state 1040 instructions. They are printing only a small number of the instructions this year, as they hope most people will access them online instead. Here is a link to the state 1040 instructions.
  • As of July 1, 2012, Illinois Cares Rx was terminated and the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief Grant was eliminated due to lack of funding.  This means there will be no Circuit Breaker – IL Form 1363.   For more information, go to the Illinois Department of Aging website at www.state.il.us/aging/.

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Are you feeling a bit adventurous this winter? Are you ready to possibly broaden your reading horizons by taking a chance on a book? Our Readers’ Advisory staff at Cook Park has come up with a fun idea for February, in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Visit the Fiction Room to choose from an assortment of beribboned pink boxes, each one containing a staff-recommended novel. You won’t know what it is until you open the box. Here’s the scoop:

* You can check out these books without unwrapping them.  Their ID tags will scan through cardboard boxes or wrapping paper. 

* If you want to unwrap the book before leaving the library, please return the box to the Adult Reference Desk.

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Two patrons asked "Ear" questions this week!

Q. Are there any plans to expand the parking lot at the Aspen Drive Library?
A. Not at this time. Parking at the Aspen Drive Library is sometimes stretched to capacity, especially for popular evening programs.  During these special events when the parking lot is full, we encourage patrons to use the parking lot at the Vernon Hills Park District’s Sullivan Center, just south of the library on Aspen Drive.  Signs directing patrons to the Sullivan Center are posted at the library entryway during these special events. 

Q. Since the ESL class that meets at the Aspen Drive Library is full, what alternatives are there for free English language classes?
A. This link to Mundelein High School ESL Classes lists all the locations currently used for classes, including some that have openings. Also, a new class will be starting at our Cook Park Library on Tuesday, February 5. To register, call 847-949-2200 ext 1399 between 9:15 and 12:15 on Tuesday, January 29 or Thursday, January 31.

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A patron asked, “Why doesn’t the library have any 2012 1040 income tax forms and instructions available? And what about IRS Publication 17?”

Here’s the answer from the IRS:
“The production of some 2012 major tax products, including the Form 1040 and the Instructions for Form 1040, is impacted by the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. At this time, we do not have an estimate as to when products will become available on IRS.gov or in print.”

Of course, we will make these forms and publications available as soon as we receive them. Please note, though, that the IRS will not send us any form 1099s this year. Online 1099s are for informational purposes only and cannot be printed and submitted. You can order 1099s by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676.

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Chilly winter days are a great time to curl up with a good book – or eBook. To provide a little extra incentive, we are bringing back the Adult Winter Reading Club. Here’s the scoop:

  • Read a literary classic between January 12 and February 28.
  • If you would like to add a modern twist to your classic experience, read the book on your smart phone, tablet or e-reader. To find a classic to check out electronically go to My Media Mall and choose Classic Literature from the list of options under eBook Fiction.
  • Prefer to read a print copy? That’s fine! Need suggestions? Take a look at this list of popular classic titles from Goodreads.
  • Fill out a brief review form telling us if you liked the book and why. You will be entered in a drawing for a Google Nexus 7 tablet!
  • If you would like to discuss a classic as well as read one, please visit one of our Reference Desks to register for our Classics Book Club. The club will meet at 7 pm Tuesday, January 29 at Aspen Drive to discuss The Scarlet Letter and at 7 pm Monday, February 25 at Cook Park to discuss Vanity Fair.
  • We have Winter Reading Clubs for children and families too!

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Would you like the convenience of browsing current magazines, at your leisure, on your computer or mobile device? Thanks to a new library service called Zinio, you can read magazines online for free. Click the Zinio button hereziniologovapld or on the front page of our website to set up your own personal free account. Use the Zinio How-To Guide to see the list of magazines available and get the full scoop on how to create and use your Zinio account. Magazines you check out have no waitlists and no due dates. Once you check out and "deliver" a title to your Zinio collection, you will have access to it for as long as you wish!

 

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Cook Park’s Lower Level Collections Area is about to undergo a make-over, thanks to the generosity of the Margaret Earnshaw Estate. New white shelving units, arranged in a more inviting way, will be installed December 12 – 14. Items will be removed from the old shelves on Tuesday, December 11th. They will be stored in the Meeting Room and Lower Level hallway temporarily, and placed on the new shelves as soon after December 14 as possible. We hope the new and improved Lower Level Collections Area will be open by December 20th.

If you are interested in checking out an item that is in temporary storage during the make-over process, check with the Adult Reference Desk to see if it is available. We may be able to retrieve some items, but there will be a few days when most or all Lower Level items are inaccessible. That includes our microfilm, genealogy, local history and foreign language collections among others.

The Adult Reference Desk librarians will be happy to check availability at our Aspen location or request an item from one of our LINKin partner libraries if necessary.

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Our schedule of Adult Programs for the winter season is now live. Take a look! You can register for events online as well as in person or by phone. From time to time folks ask how to check their registration status and possibly cancel a registration online. Each page of Adult Programs now features a box labelled Viewing and Changing Your Program Registrations that contains a link to your personal program schedule.

Alternatively, you can view and change your schedule from the Calendar page. Here’s how:

Go to our website, http://www.cooklib.org and from the drop-down menu under Calendar & News, click Calendar. Near the top of the Calendar page you will see four bullet points. The third one says:

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Are you an English Language Learner, or someone who likes to read books and view movies in languages other than English? Then take a look at two recent additions to the Languages and Literature section of our website.

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On the World Languages Communities page you will find quick links to translating our website into other languages, foreign films in our collection by language, and library materials in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Korean. You will also see links to community organizations and resources of interest to those who speak those four languages.

On the English Language Learners page you will find information about classes, discussion groups, and databases that supplement the ELL materials collections at our Cook Park and Aspen Drive locations.

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A patron asked, "Is there a quick way to see a list of the library's feature films in a specific language?"

On our website, mouse over Books, Movies and Music and choose Movies and TV from the drop down menu. Or, make the Movies and TV page (http://www.cooklib.org/fiction-movies-music/movies)  a Favorite on your computer. In the center of the page, you will see a box labeled Foreign Films in Our Collection.

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The Cook Memorial Public Library District is proud to unveil our new cookbook, A Library of Recipes: Cook Park and Aspen Drive cooking together with recipes generously supplied by you, our wonderful patrons.

Please join us for an evening of sampling, chef demos and prizes! Chef Michael Maddox formerly of Le Titi de Paris will show us how to make dazzling holiday canapes. Chef Jean-Marc Loustaunau from Cafe Pyrenees will demonstrate his silky smooth creme brulee recipe, which can be found in the cookbook.

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Friends Needed
The Friends of the Cook Memorial Public Library District are actively seeking volunteers committed to supporting the library through fundraising, programming, and raising awareness of library services. The Friends underwrite the costs of the library district's reading programs (the costs of supplies and prizes) and pay for equipment not covered in the district's budget. Here are some examples of what donations from the Friends have provided:

$10,000 toward 2003 Bookmobile
Chairs
Aquarium
Tinted window film
Document shredder
Patio for library staff
Picnic tables for patio
Shelving
Bookdrops
Laminator

Membership in the Friends costs just $5.00 per year. If you would like to join this group of motivated advocates who support the library district and the communities it serves, please send an email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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This week Pew Research published its latest report from its Pew Internet & American Life Project. This report focuses on the reading and library use of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29. It finds that 8 of 10 people in this age group have read a book in the past year and 60% of them have visited their local public library. They embrace e-books but still read and value print books as well.

Quote part of report? Ask Susie for comments, particularly about pre-loaded ereaders. http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/10/23/younger-americans-reading-and-library-habits/

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Enhance your computer and Internet skills! Use our new Computer Technology page to discover resources that help you learn technology skills for free online. The page also gives you tips for troubleshooting technology issues on your own. Give it a try!

 

 

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During October and November the State Library of Illinois is providing access to a wide variety of databases. This is a wonderful opportunity to use electronic resources the library doesn't subscribe to, and it's free. Go to TryIt! Illinois to see the list of databases available.

We are not permitted to put the login and password information online, but you can ask for it by visiting or calling the Adult Reference Desk (847-362-2330).

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How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?
  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
  • Estimated retail value of each service (if purchased) will be calculated on the right.
  • Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.
Value of Library Services
Enter Your
Use
Library ServicesValue of
Services

(i.e. Internet, word processing, etc.)

This calculator has been adapted by the Illinois State Library from the downloadable spreadsheet, originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library.
Explanation and Values for Library Use Value Calculator

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The last date for registering to vote in the November 6th General Election is coming up soon. Not sure if you are registered to vote? Go to Lake County's Voter Power page, enter your name, address and date of birth to find out. If you are registered, you will find out the location of your voting place, what will be on your ballot, and information about the voting by mail option. Want to find out about voting early? See the Voting Options page.

If you've moved within Lake County since you registered, update your information by mailing your name, old and new address, date of birth and signature toWillard Helander, Lake County Clerk,18 North County Street, Room 101, Waukegan, Illinois 60085. If you have moved into Lake County since you registered, you will need to re-register with your new address. You must also re-register if you have changed your name. 

You can register at the Reference Desk at either the Cook Park or Aspen Drive Library through Tuesday, October 9th. Bring two forms of ID with you. One must show your current address and could be a driver's license, a state ID, a utility bill addressed to you at your current address, or a personalized check. To be eligible to register, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by the date of the election, and have lived in your voting precinct for at least 30 days by the date of the election. If you miss the registration deadline, there is a grace period during which you can register and vote at the County Courthouse in Waukegan.

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School has started and families are solidifying their school year schedules, including making plans for library visits. We are always delighted to have children in the library, as long as they are supervised appropriately. For the littlest ones, this means that a parent or caretaker must be actively attending to the child at all times. Here is our Safe Child Policy:

The Cook Memorial Public Library District is dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming, and safe environment for people of all ages.  In order to accomplish this, the Library relies on parents and caregivers to monitor and supervise their children’s activities and whereabouts. Our library staff is here to serve the information needs of our patrons.  Staff members have many duties to perform and cannot monitor the whereabouts of unsupervised children or be responsible for children who are demonstrating inappropriate behavior. Parents should not view the library as an alternative to day care or after-school programs.  Parents, guardians and caregivers should be aware that the library is a public building open to all individuals.   Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for their children. The Board of Trustees has adopted this Safe Child Policy to minimize the safety risks to children in the library, and to help staff in dealing with disruptive or unattended children.

Article I General Guidelines for Children Using the Library
Children 6 & Under Must be accompanied and attended to at all times by a parent, guardian or other responsible person fourteen (14) years of age or older who is taking an active role in attending to the child.  For children who are attending programs at which parent attendance is not required, the parent/caregiver must remain in the building and immediately join the child at the conclusion of the program.

Children 7-9 May use the library with a parent or guardian with them in the building.  For children who are attending programs at which parent attendance is not required, the parent/caregiver must remain in the building.

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The public scanners at both our Cook Park and Aspen Drive locations now have outgoing faxing capabilities. Here’s the scoop:

Facts:

  • Charge for faxing is $1.00 per page, to be paid in cash. You can include a cover page if you wish, but it will cost an additional $1.00.
  • The coin box will take one and five dollar bills as well as coins.
  • The fax machine can scan the front and back of a page in one sweep. Each side counts as a faxed page.
  • It can scan up to 40 pages (or 20 front and back)
  • It is not possible to receive faxes at the library.

How to:

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A patron asked, “Are there limits to what I can request on the library’s Suggest a Purchase form?”

Great question! The answer is yes, and it’s helpful to know them so you can avoid submitting requests that can’t be considered. Jennifer Plohr, Collection Development Manager, offers these helpful tips:

Purchase suggestions do not apply to the following:

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