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Sunshine by Robin McKinley is this week’s Staff Pick.  A refreshing take on vampires, this is a unique fantasy and very well done.  It’s an all time favorite of our staffer.

There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it’s unwise to walk. Sunshine knew that. But there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years, and she needed a place to be alone for a while.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t alone. She never heard them coming. Of course you don’t, when they’re vampires.

They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion – within easy reach of a figure stirring in the moonlight.

She knows that he is a vampire. She knows that she’s to be his dinner, and that when he is finished with her, she will be dead. Yet, as dawn breaks, she finds that he has not attempted to harm her. And now it is he who needs her to help him survive the day…”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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This spring New Jersey schools will experience a change in standardized testing.  The NJ HSPA and NJ ASK are being replaced by the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).   This new test is based on the common core, and you can find more information about it at their website.  You can also get information on a grade by grade level at the NJ Department of Education website. You can also find sample test questions online in the educator’s section of the PARCC website and sign up for the newsletter. You may also want to check out this PARCC online resource site.

There are online practice tests available as well through Pearson.  These appear to be free, but there may be a charge.

Also, the MCAT exam changed as of January 23, 2015.  The Library has 2015 materials available at 378.1662 MCA, as does the Khan Academy.  There are other links to free MCAT prep online, like at iCollaborative.  You get a discount if you register early.  This also has deadlines and the year’s registration schedule.

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Tax Forms:

Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS Tax Forms Outlet Program has reduced the number of forms and publications they will provide to us and other libraries this year.

  • We will only have Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ for patrons to take home.  No instruction books will be available.
  • We do not yet have the forms but they will be made available as soon as we receive them
  • Visit the IRS website to view or print copies of forms and instructions
  • You may also order forms to come to you by mail at this website
  • You may also order forms by phone at 800-829-3676.  If you call please expect long waits due to IRS staff reductions

New Jersey no longer provides tax forms of publication to public libraries.  You can visit the New Jersey Division of Taxation website for more information.

  • Forms are now available on their website
  • You can order NJ forms to be sent to you by fax at NJ TaxFax 609-826-4500 

There are handouts at Circulation and Reference that also give you this information on how to obtain 2014 tax forms.

 

AARP Assistance:

Once again, the AARP will be providing tax preparation assistance to individuals at the Library during the months of February, March & April.  The program runs from February 2- April 15.  They will be in the Library starting Wednesday, February 3.  You can see when they will be in the Library on the calendar, but make sure you make your appointment before you show up!  Appointments are mandatory.

Assistance is by appointment only
, and inquiries should be directed to the AARP directly. Appointment preference will be given to the elderly and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

The contact number for appointments is (908) 541-5710. This number will open for appointments on February 2, 2015.

 

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As You Wish is the aptly named part-biography and part behind-the-scenes look at The Princess Bride.  We have several staffers who love the film, and those that have read As You Wish love it.  A must for all Princess Bride fans!

“From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.

Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film while participating in the twenty-fifth anniversary cast reunion. In As You Wish he has created an enchanting experience; in addition to never-before seen photos and interviews with his fellow cast mates, there are plenty of set secrets, backstage stories, and answers to lingering questions about off-screen romances that have plagued fans for years!”–Taken from Goodreads.com.


As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

Cary Elwes, Joe Layden

Published: Oct 14, 2014 by Touchstone
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Have you ever wanted to check out a Reference book and not been able to? Good news! Now you may be able to.  We’ve implemented a new initiative, and now some of the items in our Reference collection CAN be checked out!

If you’ve noticed the pink labels on some of the Reference books, this means they can be checked out.  You can see in the photo that the items on the right can be checked out because they have pink call numbers.

Here are the rules:

  • You can only have ONE circulating Reference item checked out at a time
  • You may only check out a circulating Reference item for 3 days
  • Overdue fines are $2.00 a day, up to $100.
  • You take the item you would like to check out to Circulation, as normal
  • When you search the catalog, you can also see if something is Circulating Reference under “Materials” – below, the red box.

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