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Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’d like the history of the holiday, The History Channel always does a good job.  There are tons of love stories out there, but here’s a small list of non-traditional love stories.

If you’re celebrating Singles Awareness Day, the Funny Valentines’ website is full of fun and funny stuff.  BookRiot also has some great recommendations for anti-love reading, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Our book recommendation for the day is The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan.  This is a fantastic and fast read.  If you’ve ever been in a relationship or want to be, you should read this.  It was our Staff Pick of the Week a couple month’s ago, and is one of our recommending staff member’s favorite books.

Whatever you’re doing today, we hope you have a wonderful day!

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This week’s staff pick is Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid – this updated take on Jane Austen’s classic is sure to please mystery/suspense lovers and Downton Abbey fans.  If you’d rather read the original, we have that too.  You can see what’s available in the catalog.

“Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid has riveted millions of readers worldwide with her acutely suspenseful, psychologically complex, seamlessly plotted thrillers. In Northanger Abbey, she delivers her own, witty, updated take on Austen’s classic novel about a young woman whose visit to the stately home of a well-to-do acquaintance stirs her most macabre imaginings, with an extra frisson of suspense that only McDermid could provide.

Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister’s daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley’s narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest. With a sunny personality, tickets every night and a few key wardrobe additions courtesy of Susie Allen, Cat quickly begins to take Edinburgh by storm and is taken into the bosom of the Thorpe family, particularly by eldest daughter Bella. And then there’s the handsome Henry Tilney, an up-and-coming lawyer whose family home is the beautiful and forbidding Northanger Abbey. Cat is entranced by Henry and his charming sister Eleanor, but she can’t help wondering if everything about them is as perfect as it seems. Or has she just been reading too many novels? A delectable, note-perfect modern update of the Jane Austen classic, Northanger Abbey tells a timeless story of innocence amid cynicism, the exquisite angst of young love, and the value of friendship.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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The Library’s contract with Overdrive (Digital Library NJ) ends on February 28, 2015.

You will still be able to borrow up to 2 available titles from them until February 28, 2015.

We will still have OneClickDigital audiobooks and ebooks available, and you can continue to use this service as normal.  OneClickDigital recently updated their website, and now the content is very easy to use.  OneClickDigital’s new platform is very similar to 3M Cloud Library, which will be our new ebook service.

3M Cloud Library is a new ebook platform that the Library will be using.  We expect it to go live starting March 1, 2015.  As soon as we are able, we will schedule Open House sessions to tell you more about the new 3M Cloud Library.

The 3M Cloud Library offers:

  • Streamlined checkout and holds processes
  • Faster download times
  • A user-friendly interface
  • Ability to sync to multiple devices
  • Compatibility with any app-friendly device:
    • iOS App:  iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
    • Android App:  Android phones and devices
    • PC/MAC App:  Windows/MAC OS X, Nook ereader, Kobo ereader
    • Kindle Fire App:  Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX
    • Nook App:  Nook tablets
    • Transfer from PC to:  Sony ereader, Kobo ereader, Nook 3G & Nook Wifi, Nook Simple Touch, Nook Simple Touch Glowlight
  • The 3M Cloud Library is NOT compatible with Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Voyager. If you go to their webpage and scroll to the bottom, they explain that Amazon does not currently support 3M Cloud Library, and provide you an email address to contact.

You can see our ebook services anytime on our ebook webpage.

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SAT Review:

The Franklin Township Public Library is happy to welcome back Ameer Sohrawardy, an assistant professor of English Literature at Rutgers University – Newark, with more than 10 years of experience as an SAT instructor.  Professor Sohrawardy will be presenting successful strategies that students can use to confidently handle both the written and essay portions of the SAT exam.  There will be time for Q & A about the entire SAT examination process.  Parents who are interested in improving their children’s ability to write clear, grammatically correct prose are also invited to attend.  Registration is required for both events!

SAT Review Part I: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Essay”
Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 7 – 8 pm (Main Library – Community Room)

Please note: This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19, but was rescheduled due to an instructor schedule conflict. New registrants are welcome, and original registrants are already on the list.

SAT Review Part II: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Writing Section (Exclusive of the Essay)”
Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 2:30 – 3:30 pm (Main Library – Community Room)

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 only have Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ for patrons to take home.  No instruction books are available.
  • We currently have tax forms.  All available forms are near the water fountains at the front of the library.
  • 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 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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Since 1926, a version of Black History Month has existed in the United States.  It started as a week, and over time became a month dedicated to making sure that African American/Black history was not overlooked.   Canada and the U.K. also celebrate Black History Month, although the U.K.’s is in October.  It is important to learn and remember all parts of history, since by paying attention to history we can hopefully avoid making the same mistakes as our ancestors. In the spirit of Black History Month, here are some links to great resources on this branch of history.

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