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Acclaimed author Colleen McCullough died recently at the age of 77.  This week’s staff pick is her best known work, The Thorn Birds, and one several staff members have recommended for years.

Powered by the dreams and struggles of three generations, THE THORN BIRDS is the epic saga of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country. At the story’s heart is the love of Meggie Cleary, who can never possess the man she desperately adores, and Ralph de Bricassart, who rises from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican…but whose passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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Join us on Saturday, February 14th for a discussion of Consequences by Penelope Lively.  Meetings take place from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Community Room.  New members always  we9780143113430_p0_v1_s260x420lcome!

London 1935: A chance meeting in St. James’s Park sparks a love affair that reverberates through three generations of women and the major events of the twentieth century– from the devastation of World War II to the social revolutions of the 1960’s to a journey of self-discovery at the end of an era.

By chronicling the choices and consequences that comprise a family’s history, acclaimed author Penelope Lively offers an intimate, profoundly moving reaffirmation of the force of connection between generations.  (Publisher’s Description)

 

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Here are some highlights from this week’s events.  Don’t forget to check out the details for each event by clicking the links below, and see what else is going on anytime by checking out our calendars.  We suggest you register so that if the event is cancelled you’ll receive an email – with the winter weather we’ve been having this is a good idea!

Computer Class: Intro to MS Word 2007 on Feb. 9, 10:30 am

Jewelry: Everything Old is New Again on Feb. 9, 6:45 pm

The Reading Connection for Kids & Parents on Feb. 10, 7 pm.  Children must be at least 4 years old to attend. Please make arrangements for younger siblings.

Classical Piano Duo Concert on Feb. 11, 7 pm

Tuckers’ Tales presents ‘Sock Monkey Mysteries’ – a preschool puppet show on February 13, 11 am

Second Saturday Bookclub on February 14, 11 am.  This month’s book is Consequences by Penelope Lively.

 

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This month’s free movies are Gone Girl (February 6) and Boyhood (February 20).

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Gone Girl, based on the popular novel by Gillian Flynn stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.  It will be shown starting at  2:00 PM in the Community Room and runs until 4:30 PM.   The film has been nominated for several awards, and won many.

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn
Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language; 2 hours and 25 minutes.

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Nominee and winner of several awards, including winning 3 Golden Globes this year, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast.  This movie will be shown on February 20 starting promptly at 1:30 PM in the Community Room.  Due to the length of this film —2 hours and 45 minutes—the start time is earlier than usual to accommodate building schedules.

A groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes.

Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

Rated R (for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use); 2 hrs. 45 mins. Registration is requested; sign up today.

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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 currently have the 1040 and 1040A forms, but we do not yet have the 1040EZ 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 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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