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News from the Reference Desk

Need Volunteers for your Business?

HandsOn Suburban Chicago has opportunities for businesses to post openings for volunteer help. This long-standing organization has a portal for employee volunteerism and nonprofit connections.

Need to fulfill hours for court-appointed service? Scan hundreds of openings to meet requirements in time.

In transition while job searching and want to volunteer in your field of interest? It keeps you tied to the market while you’re looking.

Teens looking to build skills and gain experience will also be considered.

By Patricia Smolin on May 23, 2013 Categories: Employment, Jobs

Consumer Action Handbook

The Consumer Action Handbook is published each year by the Federal Citizen Information Center at the General Services Administration. Inside, you’ll find helpful tips about preventing identity theft, understanding credit, filing a consumer complaint and many other useful topics. MPPL has two copies in English and one in Spanish in our collection. You may also view the entire Handbook online or in PDF format.

Topics include: Banking, Employment, Health Care, Housing, Identify Theft, and other consumer interests.

By Patricia Smolin on April 16, 2013 Categories: Consumer, Economic

Federal 1040 Instructions have arrived

We received our first shipment of Federal 1040 Instructions this morning.  Tax forms are kept on the second floor near the Reference Desk.

By daleh on March 4, 2013 Categories: Taxes

Citizenship Test Q&A (2013)

We have many titles to help you prepare for the Citizenship Test, located near the Reference Desk. We also want to share the link to the 100 Civic questions and answers for the naturalization test, as made available by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

By Patricia Smolin on February 20, 2013 Categories: History, Immigration

Feb. 21, 2013: Community Resource Fair, Arlington Heights, IL

 The Illinois workNet Center will host a Resource Fair with organizations including:

-  the Anixter Center North, Catholic Charities, CEDA, Chicago Federation of Labor, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Disabilityworks, District 214, Frisbie Senior Center Des Plaines, Jewish Vocational Services, Journey, The Road Home, My Free Taxes, Safer Foundation, The Harbour, Inc.

The IDESis co-sponsoring this Resource Fair. This program is open to the general public.

“We are hosting this Resource Fair to meet the critical community needs by offering access to important services,”said Lisa Maentz, Associate Director Business and Career Services, Inc. Maentz added,“We feel it is especially important to provide access to these services under one roof .” To view participating organizations, visit workNet.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2013

WHO: Major resource agencies providing community support services access.

WHAT: Services include emergency/transitional shelter, Veteran’s Outreach, disability support, tax filing information, employment/job placement, re-entry support and more.

WHERE: IDES/Illinois workNet Center, 723 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL

By Patricia Smolin on February 15, 2013 Categories: Community, Economic, Housing, Taxes

Filing Taxes by Mail

Times are changing and while many taxpayers choose to file their taxes electronically, others still prefer to submit their forms by mail. The print shipments from the IRS and IDOR to public libraries have been delayed and reduced significantly this year.

The Library no longer has state instruction books available and IDOR will not be sending additional quantities of forms nor instructions  to the Library.  As of this date, the Library has not yet received the IRS instructions for the 1040 or 1040A.

To request forms to be delivered to you individually in print, you may call  the IRS or IDOR directly, or  download and print copies of forms, instructions, or publications.

Internal Revenue Service: 800-829-3676 (Note: delivery dates were impacted by late tax legislation.) http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

Illinois Department of Revenue: 800-356-6302 (Note: the IDOR is encouraging filers to submit electronically and have limited the amounts of forms/instructions shipped to public libraries.) http://www.revenue.state.il.us/TaxForms/index.htm

The IDOR and IRS determine their own shipping dates.

Our Reference Desk would happy to help you access the IRS or IDOR websites to locate the forms you may need.

By Patricia Smolin on February 10, 2013 Categories: Taxes

Genealogy in Time

 

Genealogy has been a popular topic on the Web since its early days.  In recent years many more companies are making genealogical resources available online.  Genealogy In Time is an online magazine that reports on this aspect of the Web.  Its editors have recently published a list of the top 100 genealogy websites based on usage; visit this site to find out what sites are most popular as well an analysis of the current state of genealogy. 

Anne Shaughnessy, Genealogy Reference Librarian

By Patricia Smolin on January 23, 2013 Categories: Genealogy

Benefit Access Program (formerly Circuit Breaker)

The Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief Grant and Illinos Cares Rx is no longer being funded, effective July 1, 2012. However, a few benefits are still being offered:

  • Seniors Free Transit Ride
  • The Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride
  • Secretary of State License Plate Discount

You must submit a Benefit Access Application online only. Paper applications are not available or accepted.

For more info, follow link to Illlinois Department on Aging or contact the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).

 

By julie collins on January 18, 2013 Categories: Seniors

Film “Lincoln” sparks visits to Springfield, IL

Box office success of Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, has boosted public interest in the life of Abraham Lincoln, and visits to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, IL

If you were drawn to the film, you may want to visit the Illinois Digital Archives collection of Lincoln documents from the State Library and the Illinois State Archives.

 

By Patricia Smolin on January 10, 2013 Categories: Genealogy, History

Salary Surveys

Want to know what others in your field may be earning?  There is always salary.com, but there is also some specific detail available thru the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  BLS Wage Data provides occupation, compensation, industry, geographic, and other demophraphic figures which can be very helpful in setting and negotiating salaries.

By Patricia Smolin on December 21, 2012 Categories: Economic, Employment, Jobs