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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Men's Book Discussion for March: Book and a Movie

The Men's Book Discussion had a lot of fun last year with a first for the group, a book and movie combo: The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, and the film based on the book, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart. For this year's combination, the group picked Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and the film loosely adapted from it by director Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse Now.

If you haven't participated in one of the Library's discussion groups before, just stop by the Reference Desk and we can get you started. We have borrowed multiple copies of the book Heart of Darkness and DVDs of Apocalypse Now for you to check out. Just read the book and watch the movie in your free time, and then return to the library on Monday, March 16 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., and join in the conversation!

If you would prefer to read an ebook copy of Heart of Darkness, there are several options available to you. Because the book is in the public domain, it is readily available as a free download from a number of sources, including the Roselle Public Library. The following link will take you to the public domain downloads section of our eMediaLibrary service, just type "Heart of Darkness" in the search bar and click the search button: Heart of Darkness at eMediaLibrary.

The eMediaLibrary public domain ebooks are in the ePub format. If you would prefer a Kindle ebook, Heart of Darkness is available free of charge from Amazon: Heart of Darkness at Amazon. Or if you would prefer to choose from a variety of formats, try Heart of Darkness at Project Gutenberg.

Along with our meetings in the library, the Men's Book Discussion has a Goodreads group that supplements our discussions and is a resource where we exchange lots of information about the books and authors we read. For those who don't have time to attend a particular meeting, the Goodreads group provides another opportunity to share your reaction to a book with the rest of the members. If you'd like to join in the online conversation, just visit the RPLD Men's Book Discussion on Goodreads.




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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tax Forms 2015

Publication 4604, Use the Web for IRS Tax Products & Information
IRS Publication 4604
Illinois tax forms are finally available online after some delay, and IRS.gov is ready to serve you. However, this year there will be fewer federal and state tax forms in print made available to the public than last year, due to ongoing budget cutbacks and plans to transition taxpayers to accessing the forms via the internet.

We do not yet know when they will arrive, but the tax forms the Roselle Library expects to receive in limited quantities are:

IRS

  • Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ (No instructions will be provided)
  • Publication 4604 (EN/SP), Use the Web for IRS Tax Products & Information

Illinois Department of Revenue

  • IL 1040s and instructions
The Roselle Library will be happy to assist you in downloading and printing out any additional forms or schedules for a small fee of 10¢ per page. Just stop by the Adult Services Reference Desk and speak to a librarian. We can also help you locate any forms you need on the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue websites:

IRS Forms & Publications
Illinois Department of Revenue Tax Forms

If you would prefer to send the forms remotely to one of our printers and pick them up at your convenience, don't forget to take advantage of our "Print from Anywhere" service.

Please stop by or call the Adult Services Reference Desk at (630) 529-1641, ext. *211 with any questions.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Furniture Giveaway

The Roselle Public Library’s “Furniture Giveaway” begins on January 5, 2015. We are replacing chairs and tables in the Adult Services area of the library, and offering the outgoing furniture to the public on a “first come, first served” basis until everything is gone.

The giveaway furniture will be clearly tagged and on display on the main floor of the Library, and will include upholstered lounge seats, task chairs, and tables. If you see anything you would like to take, just speak with someone at the Circulation Desk and let them know which pieces you want. There is no limit to how many of the available items you may take, but Library staff cannot assist you with the removal.

Once taken, the furniture is yours to keep, no returns will be accepted, and the Library assumes no liability.

The Furniture Giveaway will take place during regular Library hours, until one ½-hour before closing each day. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Cawley, Executive Director of the Roselle Public Library District at 630-529-1641, extension *311.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Happenings at the Library

Looking for creative and more professional wrapping for your presents this year? Learn how to wrap your presents like a pro! Come join us for Wrap It Up! on Wednesday, December 17, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Bring in your gift items (limit of 5 gifts) to wrap for the holidays. The first 30 minutes of the program we’ll demonstrate a few ways to wrap gifts of all shapes and sizes. Then we’ll provide the tissue, wrapping paper, bows and let you go to it! While you are wrapping, enjoy some free coffee to keep you going! The program is open to adults and students in grades 6-12. Register online through the library events calendar, by phone, (630) 529-1641, or in person at the library.

Grandparents and Grand-friends can get in the spirit of the season and spend quality time with their grandchildren at the Grandparents Got Game Holiday Session on Monday, December 22, 1:30 - 3:00 pm. This drop-in program will feature special holiday bingo, crafts, snack, and board games to play. No registration required.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TNT's The Librarians

We've been hearing a lot of buzz about the new series on Turner Network Television (TNT), The Librarians, and perhaps needless to say, we are intrigued.

Watch a clip of TNT's new drama The Librarians:





If you're curious to know more about the series yourself, TNT has a terrific Tumblr blog with lots of bonus content to get you up to speed on the backstory and teasers for some of the Librarians' upcoming mysterious adventures. Check out the blog here: The Librarians Tumblr


If you don't have access to the TNT cable network, the first two episodes are available for streaming on their website (at the time of this writing), and they plan to post subsequent episodes as the season progresses. Watch The Librarians Online at TNTDrama.com

As you may be aware, the series is inspired by The Librarian series of telefilms, also from TNT. If you want to get caught up on the movies in order to better appreciate the TV series, we've got you covered!

We have all three films available on DVD. Follow the links below to place a title on hold using your library card number and PIN, or just give us a call at (630) 529-1641, and we'll be happy to do it for you.


The librarian. Quest for the spear

DVD Title: The librarian. Quest for the spear

Summary: The librarian. Quest for the spear [videorecording (DVD)] / TNT presents an Electric Entertainment production, in association with ApolloProScreen ; producers, Jörg Westercamp, Kai Schürmann ; produced by Phillip M. Goldfarb ; written by David Titcher ; directed by Peter Winther.

Find The librarian. Quest for the spear in our catalog.


The librarian. Return to King Solomon's mines

DVD Title: The librarian. Return to King Solomon's mines

Summary: The librarian. Return to King Solomon's mines [videorecording (DVD)] / TNT presents in association with Electric Entertainment ; a Dean Devlin production ; produced by Noah Wyle, Michael S. Murphey ; written by Marco Schnabel ; directed by Jonathan Frakes.

Find The librarian. Return to King Solomon's mines in our catalog.


The librarian. Curse of the Judas chalice

DVD Title: The librarian. Curse of the Judas chalice

Summary: The librarian. Curse of the Judas chalice [videorecording (DVD)] / Electric Entertainment presents a Dean Devlin production ; a film by Jonathan Frakes ; produced by Noah Wyle, John Rogers ; written by Marco Schnabel ; directed by Jonathan Frakes.

Find The librarian. Curse of the Judas chalice in our catalog.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

eRead Illinois and Your Tablet

If you’re a tablet owner and long-time user of our OverDrive eMediaLibrary ebook service, you’ve likely become an old pro at using the OverDrive Media Console app, but have you hit a stumbling block with eRead Illinois? It’s worth it to stick it out and make it work for you. The key is to stay focused on what you want to do, and not get distracted by all the other options. Remember that these services are set up to accommodate many different users on many different devices. Just look through the help materials and identify your device, and follow the specific instructions step-by-step.

One of the things that seems to throw people off is the option of choosing between the axisReader and Blio apps, which are available for both iOS and Android. Since most of the books are available for both apps, the choice is really up to you. It’s mostly about personal preference, but in our experience the axisReader app is most like the OverDrive app in its basic functionality, but the Blio app is better at displaying and interacting with graphic-intensive books, like children’s picture books, graphic novels, and cook books.

A special note to Kindle Fire users... Some of you have expressed reservations about having to allow your device to install non-Amazon apps. Having tried it, we can assure you there is nothing to fear, and you can reset your device to block further installations after you’ve finished. Remember your Kindle Fire is basically an Android device with an Amazon layer on top, so this process, known as “side loading,” is perfectly safe and poses little risk to your device. But if we haven’t convinced you, there should be an axisReader app available on the Amazon App Store very soon…

As usual, if you have any questions, stop by the Reference Desk, and we’ll be happy to help!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Great Big Thank You

Thank you to the 2014 Model Railroad Showcase Donors & Supporters!

Everyone had a great time at this year's Showcase thanks to the hard work and support of these donors and exhibitors:

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