Tax Preparation and Assistance

Photo by agrilifetoday / CC BY
Photo by agrilifetoday / CC BY

Friday, Walk-in and Appointments available 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, 
Walk-in and Appointments available 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
February 5th through April 16th. No Tax Prep Saturday, February 20th.

IRS-Certified Trained AARP volunteer tax aides are available to local residents of all ages and incomes at no charge. The nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service is available to all individual filers regardless of income or age.  Started in 1968 and, since 1980, this service has operated under a cooperative agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If married, both husband and wife should be present.  Certain forms and personal and financial documents are required.  Taxpayers must bring:

Identity Documentation
- Government Issued Photo ID (such as a driver's license or passport).
- Social Security or ITIN numbers for all taxpayers and dependents.
- Bank account/routing numbers (blank check preferable), if expecting a refund.

All 2015 income report forms received
- SSA1099 if you were paid Social Security benefits.
- W-2(s) from your employer(s).
- W-2G from gambling winnings.
- 1099G from unemployment compensation payments.
- 1099s: Bank interest, stock dividends, retirement distributions, brokers.

Other Important Documents
- Receipts for deductible expenses including real estate and vehicle taxes paid.
- Verification of the original purchase price of sold assets (home, stocks, etc.).
- Receipts/canceled checks if itemizing deductions (e.g., charity contributions).
- Proof of Health Insurance (Form 1095-A from Health Insurance Marketplace or private plan identification).

Copy of last year’s Federal and State tax return(s), if possible.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 203-669-5236

Vietnam, the Long War: Defeat of a Superpower

Photo by visualsensory / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Photo by visualsensory / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Monday, February 8th at 3 p.m.

America's defeat in Vietnam is the topic of this presentation, spanning the years 1961 to 1973.  The gradual build up of American forces in the early part of the conflict until1965, when the massing of forces accelerated.  The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, President Johnson's micro-management the war, rising domestic tensions in the United States, TET offensive, the air bombing of North Vietnam, the Paris Peace talks, the eventual American defeat, will all be discussed.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Albertson teaches history at Norwalk Community College. In May 2005, Albertson was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

Art on View: Quiet Places, Empty Spaces

Ladders, 1990
Ladders, 1990

On display Monday, December 22nd through Monday, February 8th

The photographs in this exhibition reflect the artist's fondness for and interest in the seashore—regardless of season—that began with his childhood visits to South Carolina beaches during the 1960s and 1970s and has continued in many years living in New England and travels around the United States and overseas.

Golf—the focus for much of the artist's professional career—plays only a supporting role in this show. In addition to beach scenes there are other moments of peacefulness or solitude, restful places or forgotten ones, where life has paused for a while or for good. 

The images were made with a variety of technology—from a 1930s Kodak box camera (Twilight Swim, 2011) to an iPhone (Sunseeker Plus Two, 2013) and with a range of 35mm film and digital cameras. They are printed on archival fine-art paper and framed with archival materials.

Artist's Statement
"I enjoy a sense of order in my photography, in capturing patterns of people or objects in their environment with the smaller elements in an image adding interest and depth to the greater view. My work is in color and black-and-white, depending on which style I believe best conveys a scene. I am influenced by an admiration for a number of wonderful 20th century photographers, including but not limited to Brassai, Elliott Erwitt and William Eggleston. I have been taking photographs since I was a boy, when my tools were a Kodak Instamatic and a Polaroid Swinger. In this largely digital age, I sometimes still shoot film. Regardless of camera choice, my goal is producing photographs that cause someone to pause, wonder or smile."

About the Artist
Bill Fields was born in North Carolina in 1959 but has lived in southwestern Connecticut for nearly three decades. He has spent much of his career writing about sports—mostly golf—as a newspaper and magazine journalist. His work has been honored multiple times by the Golf Writers Association of America and included in the 1996 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. A collection of his golf writing, Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History, was published in 2014. He spent more than two decades as a senior editor at Golf World magazine.

In addition to his reporting and editing experience, from the mid-1980s through the late-1990s, Fields was a professional golf photographer and photo editor, shooting 40 major championships and dozens of other tournaments, along with feature and travel assignments. His photograph of 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize was chosen as the cover image of the Best Sports Stories anthology the following year. 

This exhibition highlights a frequent theme in the personal photography work that he has concentrated on for the past decade.
 

Small Business Workshop: Elevator Speech

Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo by Flazingo Photos / CC BY-SA 2.0

Tuesday, February 9th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

Register

Our speaker will help you to develop a concise, compelling and memorable introduction to enhance your business opportunities.You will learn:

• Learn the five elements of a successful introduction
• Be challenged to brand yourself quickly and memorably
• Be taught how to pick up on signals from the audience
•Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining connections

About the presenter

Stanley Witkow, a SCORE counselor for more than five years, is the former general counsel of GE Capital IT Solutions. He has been mentoring and providing career counseling since 2008. Currently he moderates Westporters in Transition, a weekly support group for members of the Westport Community who are in Career transition. He helps clients develop compelling stories about themselves and to set achievable goals.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

Books by the Fire

Share what you love!
Share what you love!

Wednesday, February 10th at 11 a.m.

Books by the Fire is the Anti-Book Group. Instead, we're a Reading Group: you pick what you want to read, watch, or listen to. Join this long-running group and be the first in the know about what's new and hot during this informal conversation. Current attendees are on the hunt for industry secrets for brand new titles as well as obsure, you may have missed them titles. We only ask that you share what you're reading and loving too!

Join us every Wednesday, through May, by the First Floor Fireplace.

Gabbin' With Grandkids

Image designed by Lisa Nowlain.
Image designed by Lisa Nowlain.

Wednesday, February 10th at 3 p.m.

Register

Long distance grandparents can stay in touch with new technology like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. We will show you how to utilize these technologies to read your grandkids a cherished book or just gab about what’s good. The first ten participants will receive a limited edition tote bag filled with some of our favorite story books!

 

Black History Film Fest- 'Lilies of the Field'

We look forward to seeing you
We look forward to seeing you

Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30 p.m. - Lilies of the Field (1963) Starring Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Stanley Adams, Isa Crino, Francesca Jarvis; Rated PG; 122 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Sidney Poitier plays Homer Smith, an aimless ex-GI who takes a temporary handyman job at a Southwestern farm maintained by five German nuns. It is the cherished dream of the Mother Superior (Lilia Skala) to build a chapel (or, as she says, a "shapel"). She is convinced that the personable Homer has been sent from Above to help her realize her dream. He protests loudly and rudely, but she will not be dissuaded. How Homer accomplishes her goal, endears himself to the surrounding townsfolk, and avoids an arrest for a previous crime, comprises the heart of Lilies of the Field.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Genealogy Drop-In: How to Get Started

Will you discover royalty in your family?
Will you discover royalty in your family?

Wednesday, Februrary 10th from 7 to 9 p.m.
In the Writers Room on the Mezzanine Level

Do you want to get started on your family history? Skilled genealogists can help! They can help you find elusive ancestors' military records, census data, birth certificates and more using Ancestry.com Library Edition, Heritage Quest, and FamilySearch. 

To find them, just come to the Second Level and ask the Reference Librarian for the Writers Room! 

The Genealogy Drop-In is hosted by the Middlesex Genealogical Society

Fireside Knitting

Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.
Knit something cozy while enjoying the warmth of the fire.

Thursday, February 11th at 2 p.m.

Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're a casual knitter, an expert crocheter, or dabble in loom weaving, join us as we create and chat. Bring your projects, get tips, and learn from one another. All skill levels welcome.

This group meets Thursdays in January and February.

Romantic Relationships: a Candid Panel Discussion

Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs
Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs

Thursday, February 11th at 7 p.m.

Love is in the air at your Library!  Three professionals share honestly and openly how to create and maintain a successful romantic relationship. Learn how to effectively brand yourself from Alix Purcell, Marketing Communications Consultant at The Life Solution Center of Darien. Hear about how technology has changed the way we search for a partner and stay connected with our loved ones, from Mallory Arents, Head of Adult Programming at Darien Library. Learn how to figure out whether or not someone you've met could be a good candidate (or not) for a relationship, from Maud Purcell, MSW, LCSW, CEAP and the Founder and Executive Director of The Life Solution Center of Darien. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions that will assist in romantic endeavors. What works? How do you prepare? How do you “keep the music playing?”