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If you belong to a Darien nonprofit community organization and would like to have your organization's website hosted by the Darien Library or listed here, you are invited to contact Darien Community Information Network, c/o Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820, 203-655-1234, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With May comes an onslaught of events, from crafts fairs to carnivals, art exhibits to outdoor theatre. It’s so hard to keep track of everything that’s happening! No worries! The Darien Library has the answer. Our Community Calendar allows you to keep track of events for adults, teens, and children taking place in the Library, in Darien, and in lower Fairfield County. And because it's a Google Calendar, you can automatically save events to your own personal Google Calendar with just a few clicks. If you aren't familiar with the Community Calendar, we invite you to take a look. And if you have an event of interest to the Darien Community, please let us know. We would be happy to add your event to the Community Calendar. Send an email with the Who, What, When, and Where to Judy at email@example.com or call her at 203-669-5256.
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With the growing popularity of eReaders, including Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, Sony's Reader, and Apple's iPad, to name a few, more and more of our members are looking for free sources of audiobooks and eBooks. If you're looking for the latest best-seller, these sites won't work for you, but if you're a student, researcher, or general reader looking for a classic piece of literature or, perhaps, a particular issue of Life Magazine from the year you were born, you're in luck. Enjoy!
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Tick, tick, tick...April 15 is fast approaching and our number one question on the 2nd Floor is, "Tax forms?" Right behind that is, "Do you have extension forms?" The answer, of course, is yes! All tax forms, including state and federal extensions, are available in our Collaborative Reference Area on the 2nd Floor. We're here to help you beat the deadline!
Did you know that the very first form of income tax was implemented in 1862, to support efforts during the Civil War? Our modern system was established almost 100 years ago, in 1913. Today, the government collects over $1 billion in taxes annually from over 300 million Americans. What does all this money buy? Highways and bridges, environmental research, consumer protections, border security, scientific and medical researh, defense here and abroad, police services, and education funding, among many other benefits.
For the next four weeks, Fridays mean Finance at Darien Library, with a new series of drop-in technology classes taught by our Knowledge & Learning Services librarians. We’ll be providing hands-on instruction and plenty of time for Q&A. These sessions are free, open to the public, and take place from 12 to 1 PM at the reference area computers on the Second Floor. Registration is not required, so please join us!
On March 5, we’ll talk about the Ins and Outs of Income Tax Forms; our paper forms have been flying off the shelves and we’ll show you reproducible and online forms, as well as information about where to get fast, free, expert local tax help.
March 12 will cover the confusion around the credit information you’re entitled to by law…where is the ONE legitimate place to get this, absolutely free? On March 19, we’ll be talking about How to be a Confident Consumer online. How do you know a site is safe? What if it isn’t? We’ll tell you! Then, on March 26, join us to learn about Value Line, one of our most useful financial resources here at the Library.
Along with the classes, we’ll be posting resource guides, podcasts, and screencasts on the Darien Library website every week. There is so much going on in March at Darien Library, but you really can’t afford to miss Finance Fridays – see you there!
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You can now text us your questions from your mobile phone to: 203-665-8398
We're proud to offer this in addition to our phone, IM, E-mail, and our face-to-face reference services. Are there any other ways we can answer your questions? Let us know by leaving a comment.
The answer to this frequently asked question is "No." However, although the Darien Library does not have a fax machine per se, we do offer free outgoing fax service to our patrons. How, you ask? Through Fax.com. If you need to send a fax, just come down to the Power Library on the Library's Lower Level. The Help Desk staff will assist you.
In order to send a fax using Fax.com, you will need to have an electronic copy of the document to be faxed. You can bring your document in on a floppy, CD/DVD, or flash drive, or you can download it from your email account. If you have a printed document, we will help you scan it into the computer. Once this is done, we'll log you in to Fax.com and help you fill out the information for your fax and prepare a cover sheet, if needed. Once the fax has been sent, we can print out a confirmation for your records.
You can send faxes to any destination in the United States and Canada for free. Faxes sent outside of the United States and Canada are billed according to Fax.com's standard international price list on a per-minute basis in one-minute increments, and these charges are added to your Library account as a fine. If you need to send a fax to an international destination, check with the Help Desk staff first. We will look up the pricing for you.
More questions? No problem. Just call the Help Desk at 203-669-5238, and we'll do our best to answer them!
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Job #1 for the Darien Library is providing excellent customer service to all of its patrons. Now, thanks to a generous contribution from The Darien Lions Club, we are able to extend a helping hand to those among our patrons who are vision-impaired. Located on the Library's second floor within easy reach from the elevator, our new Enhanced-Vision Workstation is well-equipped to meet a wide range of visual impairments.
The workstation consists of a Dell Optiplex 760 computer, a 24-inch monitor, a Topaz magnifier with hand and foot controls, stereo speakers, and a portable scanner. The Topaz magnifier allows the user to enlarge printed material for easy reading on the attached monitor. The Dell computer has a variety of specialized software installed, including ZoomText, which allows the user to magnify and/or highlight the information displayed on the monitor, and OpenBook, which can be used to scan and to read aloud printed material. Vision-impaired individuals can browse the Internet, check the Library's catalog and web site, read a book, watch movies, and more. The portable scanner provides access to more personal printed materials, such as bills and letters, all of which can be scanned in and magnified or read aloud. Headphones are provided for privacy.
If you or someone you know is vision-impaired and would like to use this special equipment, please call the Help Desk at 203-669-5238.
By the end of this week, you may find yourself with some brand new gizmos and gadgets that you're not quite sure how to operate. Thankfully, you will not have to wait long for help!
On Saturday, December 26th, from 1 to 2 p.m., we will present “Getting a Grip on Gadget Gifts."
It’s not surprising that the majority of “Top Ten Most Popular Holiday Gifts” lists are heavily populated with technology-heavy items. Digital cameras, digital video cameras, GPS systems, smart phones, and MP3 players were some of the most sought-after gifts this holiday season. Not surprisingly, these gifts often pose the most challenging post-holiday questions. To answer that challenge (and all of your questions), our tech-savvy Gadget Masters will be available on Main Street, located just inside the Library's main entrance. (These are a few of the people that we personally turn to when we experience our own tech-terror!) The Gadget Masters will offer assistance on items such as the Kindle and Kindle 2, the Nook, iPhones and iPod Touches, as well as digital cameras and digital video cameras, smart phones, and MP3 players.
Also, during that time, we will discuss and demonstrate the electronic devices that the Library has available for circulation. These items include a GPS system, MP3 players, Kindles, and Mino HD cameras. There will also be a demonstration on how to access the Library’s downloadable books and audiobooks.
See you on Saturday!