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We have big news! You asked, and we listened.  Today we are launching our new digital magazine initiative: Zinio for Libraries!   This new service is available to resident library card holders.

Franklin Township Public Library now offers several magazines through an online service.  The service we’re using is called Zinio, and we have subscriptions to 46 different magazines!   These magazines are available electronically, and are identical to the print version, including ads.  A full list of available titles is at the end of this post.

To access our digital magazines, you must visit Zinio’s website (you can also visit the Zinio link under the eReading tab on the Library’s website), and create an account.  This is a very simple process.   You will need your library barcode number and a working email address.

  • After going to their webpage, you will see our logo in the upper left hand corner.

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  • In the upper right hand corner, you will see “Login” or “Create New Account”.  Click “Create New Account”
  • It will ask for your library card barcode. Type this in.
  • Then type in your first and last name, email address, and create a password for the website
  • That’s it!

Start browsing our titles.  It is very easy to check out titles, simply click the small plus-book sign next to the magazine title (below the magazine cover).  This will add the title to your check outs.  A pop-up window will appear, letting you know you’ve checked out the title.  This pop-up also offers you the option to receive an email when a new copy of the magazine is released.

It is important to remember your login information, since you will also use it to utilize the Zinio for Libraries app (smartphones, tablets, etc.).  Your email address is your username.

If you have any questions or need any help, look at Zinio’s Help Page, which is very thorough.  They have user guides and video tutorials for PCs, Macs, iPhones, Androids, and more.  It also has an online support form and email addresses for technical assistance.  Please reach out to them with any technical issues.  The Library cannot help retrieve forgotten username (your email address) or password information.

You can read magazines online, via your internet browser, or via an app.  All magazine selections must be made online through your internet browser.  The app only allows you to read titles you have already checked out.

When downloading the app, you must download the Zinio for Libraries app, not just “Zinio”.  Your login information will not work with the Zinio app.  The app uses this logo:

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When opening the app for the first time, you will have to login.

  • Select your country: United States
  • Select your state: New Jersey
  • Select Library: Franklin Twp Public Library
  • Username: [enter your email address]
  • Password: [enter your password]

The app will show you what titles you have checked out already.  If you are on your smartphone or tablet and would like to check out additional titles, minimize the app and open your internet browser.  Go to Zinio’s website, login, and checkout more magazines!   Then re-sync the app.

Zinio for Libraries is the world’s largest newsstand, offering multi-user access to complete digital magazines. Our 46 popular publications including Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Car and Driver and Better Homes and Gardens can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the Library.  Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.

Our Magazines (Names do not link to titles – please visit Zinio to access content):

American Girl
Better Homes & Gardens
Car & Driver
Cricket
Discover
Do It Yourself
Eating Well
ESPN
Every Day with Rachael Ray
Family Fun
Family Handyman
Fast Company
Food Network Magazine
Good Housekeeping
HGTV Magazine
House Beautiful
India Today
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Marie Claire
Martha Stewart Living
Men’s Health
Nat Geo Traveler Interactive
National Geographic Interactive
Newsweek
O, The Oprah Magazine
Organic Life
Parents Magazine
Popular Mechanics
Popular Photography
Popular Science
Prevention
Runner’s World
Seventeen
Smithsonian
Taste of Home
The Advocate
The Atlantic
Vanity Fair
Vegetarian Times
Vogue
Weight Watchers
Wired
Woman’s Day
Women’s Health
Working Mother
Yoga Journal

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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 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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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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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.

 

Know what’s going on at FTPL! We’re on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and now Pinterest.  Don’t forget that Winter Reading 2015 is happening now! Sign up and log your reading through our homepage, www.franklintwp.org

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As usual, a lot is happening here this month!  Our Winter Reading programs kick off on January 15 (keep an eye out for updates).  It’s a great way to kick off our 2015 Read Harder Challenge as well (flyers at Circulation and Reference).

Always check our Adult and Children’s calendars for our complete lineup of great events!

Crochet for Beginners is every Sunday at 1:30 PM, please come to all four sessions and you must provide your own materials.

Beginner Yoga and Adult Chess are Monday nights

Franklin Park has a Crafting Circle every Wednesday, but times vary so check ahead.

Open Mic is January 8 at 6:30

Jewelry: Old is New is being held January 12 and 26 at 6:45 pm.  You can only sign up for one class!

January 23 we will be showing Get On Upa film about James Brown.  Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.  138 minutes; Rated PG-13 (for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations)

There’s more of course, like computer classes and children’s programs, or leaning how to knock out clutter.   Check out our calendars for all our info! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all our updates and news.