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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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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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With the Golden Globe awards finished for another year and the Oscar nominees just announced, there are probably quite a few movies you want to see.  Have you checked our catalog to see if we have them?  Our movies are behind the Circulation desk and we have tons of great DVDs and Blu-Rays to select from!

If you’d like to read the movie– er, we mean the book that came out before the movie, the odds are high we have that too.  There’s also the bonus that everything you read counts towards your Winter Reading Log!  Sign up for Winter Reading now and get all the details on the login screen, which you can access from the banner on our homepage.  Our theme is books made into movies, so why not read the book and watch the movie? We have plenty of lists and ideas for you, and there are more recommendations on the Winter Reading sign up page.

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Our Winter Reading programs kick off today! Sign up for our Children’s and Adult programs through our homepage

The theme is books that have been/are being made into movies, but we always think you should read whatever you want!

Adults: Never Judge a Book By Its Movie.  Ages 12 and up! Get some great suggestions at these websites.

Children’s: Night at the Movies.  You can get more information and reading suggestions of books made into movies on the Kids Blog!

It’s a great way to start our 2015 Read Harder Challenge as well (flyers at Circulation and Reference).

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

- Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

- Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015)

- We’re encouraging everyone (staff included) to participate in a reading challenge.  This year, we picked Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.  We made flyers for it that you can find at Circulation and Reference.  This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

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