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Book Networking March 30, 2009

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Sunday, April 5, 2009
2-3:30 p.m.

Program Room

Learn how you can use LibraryThing, Shelfari, Gurulib or other similar sites to promote the books you like, pan the books you don’t like, get reviews from real people, connect with others who share your taste in books, communicate with your book group online and catalog your books.  The class includes overviews of some of the more popular sites and what they can do for you.
No registration necessary.


Blogs & Blogging Tuesday, March 24 March 20, 2009

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feed-icon-32x32Please join us from 2 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, for our Blogs & Blogging class. Come hear practical ideas for launching your Web presence. Learn about free tools to create a blog in minutes and how new technologies can help you reach the world with your message. Also learn about ways to find blogs to read and how to subscribe to blogs. Please join us in the Library Program Room at 2 p.m. No registration is necessary.


Free Tax Filing Event Thursday March 9, 2009

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On Thursday, March 12, 2009, from 3:00-8:00 pm, the Library will be hosting a free tax filing event for qualified filers. Computers will be available and volunteers will be on hand to assist filers in using free software to complete and file their Federal and California tax returns. Spanish translation will be available. Read below or call toll-free 866-577-1231 for more information or to make an appointment.

In order to participate, you must meet these criteria for tax year 2008:

  • Earned $30,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2008; OR
  • Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); OR
  • Served Active Military Duty – includes Reservists and National Guard – with a 2008 W-2 and an AGI of $56,000 or less.

You will need to bring:

  • Copy of 2007 tax return, if available
  • Picture I.D. for taxpayer and spouse (if applicable)
  • Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for EACH family member
  • Proof of income including W-2s and 1099 forms
  • Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) Rebate Form 1378
  • Documentation of deductible expenses
  • Account and routing numbers of checking and savings accounts for direct deposit

It is recommended that participants reserve a time by calling toll-free 866-577-1231. If you are unsure whether or not you qualify, you can get more information by calling the same number.

Great thanks to the Intuit Tax Freedom Project and the Computer & Communications Industry Association for sponsoring this event.


Getting Started with PubWEST March 6, 2009

uspto_sealThursday, March 12, 2-4 p.m.

Learn the basics of searching patent databases, which can be accessed only at the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and at Patent and Trademark Depository Libraries. Find out how to search keywords and U.S. patent classification on PubWEST. Discover unique features that can speed up your patent search.


Extreme Googling Class March 11 March 5, 2009

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googlingcoatofarmsExtreme Googling
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to get the most out of Google and improve searching efficiency.  Some of the latest Google tools will also be highlighted.  This is a free program and no registration is required.