Information at Your Fingertips: Tax Time

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Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013

Tuesday, February 3rd at 6 p.m.

Are you looking at a shoebox filled with receipts and monthly statements? Let the experts show you how to organize your materials and find the forms you need to file your individual 2014 State and Federal taxes.

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Tax Preparation and Assistance

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Image courtesy of flickr user agrilifetoday

Every Friday, Walk-in and Appointments available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 6th through April 10th

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.
- Social Security or ITIN numbers for all taxpayers and dependents.
- Bank account/routing numbers (blank check preferable), if expecting a refund.

All 2014 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

Introduction to Arduino: four week course

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Image courtesy of flickr user gabriellalevine

Wednesdays in February at 7 p.m.
Registrants should expect to attend each weekly class.
Course begins on Wednesday, February 4th and ends on Wednesday, February 25th

Register here

Join us for an introductory course that will give you hands-on experience with a tiny yet powerful microcontroller. The Arduino microcontroller allows you to build projects that sense real world properties such as temperature, illumination, and magnetism - light up a light with different colors, make some sound, turn on a motor, or operate another electronic device.

This course will consist of hands-on labs where you will build and program your own circuits. No previous programming or electronics experience necessary. The material we will cover has applications for both inventors and artists. An Arduino kit will be provided for use during the class, however students are required to bring a laptop with the Arduino software installed.  Download the software here

Course is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated at the $300 level or higher.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'The Trip to Italy'

Friday, February 6th at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.The Trip to Italy (2014) Starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, and Rosie Fellner; Rated NR; 108 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Years after their successful restaurant review tour of Northern Britain, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are commissioned for a new tour in Italy. Once again, the two comedy buddies/rivals take the landscape as well as the cuisine of that country in a trip filled with witty repartee and personal insecurities. Along the way, their own professional and personal lives comes in as these slightly older men's friendship comes through.

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

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Film Screening: 'Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House'

Sunday, February 8th at 2 p.m.

Join us for a film screening of the HBO documentary Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House. Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert F; Kennedy and niece of former President John F. Kennedy, profiles legendary White House journalist Helen Thomas in this documentary tribute to the woman who has build an entire career of keeping America informed about the latest happenings in Washington, D.C. To learn more about this film, please watch the trailer.

This program is cosponsored with The League of Women Voters.

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Heart Health And You

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Image courtesy of flickr user 80497449@N04

Tuesday, February 10th at 12 noon

Dr. Salvatore Carbonaro will present on how to live well and care for your heart.

About the Presenter

Dr. Salvatore Carbonaro is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascaular disease, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. His interests include treatment of coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, cardiovascular prevention, and cardiac imaging. He attended Fairfield University and completed his graduate and medical education at New York Medical College. Dr. Carbonaro is committed to providing compassionate and up-to-date cardiovascular care for his patients.

This event is cosponsored with Stamford Hospital.

Small Business Tuesday - The Myths and Realities of Starting a Nonprofit Organization

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Image courtesy Flickr user Flazingo Photos

Tuesday, February 10th from 6 to 8 p.m., check-in starts at 5:30

Register here

This workshop provides information on how to create a nonprofit organization.  The session will cover the legal requirements of filing for tax exempt status and will focus on the steps a new nonprofit can take to create a successful organization.

Participants will learn: 

• The federal and state requirements for creating a nonprofit organization
• How to get started in planning and launching a new nonprofit
• How to set up a basic administrative platform for your nonprofit
•Local resources available to help nonprofits

About the speakers

Cynthia L. Russell is Principal of CrossSector Partners, a management consulting firm specializing in providing services to nonprofit organizations. Maurice K. Segall is Director of the New York and Fairfield County, CT, Program for Pro Bono Partnership, and organization that provides direct legal services to nonprofit groups and educational resources to help new nonprofits.

This workshop is presented by SCORE Fairfield County.

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

Senior Moments: The Role of the Orchestra in the 21st Century

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Image courtesy of flickr user jordanfischer

Wednesday, February 11th at 4 p.m.

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room.

Come hear from Stamford Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu as he introduces the Symphony's upcoming concert season and leads a participatory discussion of the role of the orchestra in the 21st century.

Led by Music Director Eckart Preu, the Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation of classical music among all populations of Stamford and its neighboring communities.  It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives.  The orchestra is an ensemble of professional musicians from the tri-state area.  In addition to the Stamford Symphony, these musicians perform with some of the metropolitan area’s premier ensembles, including the orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Pops, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.


Winter Semester MedEd: Infectious Diseases

Dr. Michael Parry
Dr. Michael Parry

Wednesday, February 11th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially  invite the public to attend this five week series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of speciality and leaders in their fields.

In 1900, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death in the U.S. By 1997, infectious diseases accounted for only 5% of deaths.  But emerging new diseases, increasing antibiotic resistance, and declining immunization rates threaten to reverse this trend.  What does the future hold for our children?  Dr. Michael Parry will discuss this and more.

About the Presenter

Michael Parry, M.D. is Director of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University. Dr. Parry established the Infectious Disease Department at Stamford Hospital where he has practiced clinical infectious diseases and hospital epidemiology since 1976.   He is a physician member of the New York-Presbyterian Infection Control Council and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee. Dr. Parry has received numerous teaching and quality awards, has published over 100 articles, reviews and book chapters, and has been regionally recognized for his work in HIV infection, influenza vaccination, antimicrobial resistance, and hospital epidemiology.

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

Medicare Demystified

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Image courtesy of flickr user 401(K) 2013

Thursday, February 12th at 6 p.m.

Medicare is an insurance program unlike any you’ve encountered.  To get the most out of your Medicare coverage, participants must fully understand the available options.  This talk will Demystify Medicare and provide practical advice for making the best decisions when choosing your Medicare plan.

About the Presenter

Ronald Kahan MD, a sought-after health care consultant and lecturer, is an associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine who has practiced medicine for over thirty years.  After receiving his BA from Yale and his MD from Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, he completed his residency in dermatology at Harvard combined hospitals.  Dr. Kahan is also one of the millions of Americans now covered by Medicare.

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