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Kindle Updates

That old Kindle sitting in your desk drawer is about to get locked out from the internet. Amazon is warning customers of older Kindle e-readers that they must update by Tuesday, March 22nd, or else they will no longer be able to access the Kindle Store or sync with the cloud. That means, most importantly, that you won't be able to download new books. The emergency update is for the original Kindle Paperwhite (2012) and every Kindle before it. If you do not update your Kindle before that date, Amazon says you'll receive this warning when you try to access internet services:

Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again.

All Kindles download and install the latest updates automatically if they're connected to Wi-Fi while asleep. If your Kindle is sitting somewhere in your house unplugged, however, it likely isn't updated with the latest version, and you should turn it on and make it pull the new update by clicking "Sync and Check for Items" in the menu.

Fortunately, you won't be entirely out of luck if you forget to update your device. You'll just have to do it manually by downloading the update file from Amazon's website and transferring it to your Kindle via a USB cable. For more detailed instructions, select your device on this help page. Of course, if it's not March 22nd, 2016 yet, just connect to Wi-Fi and do it the easy way right now. A full list of affected Kindle devices follow.

  • Kindle 1st Generation (2007)
  • Kindle 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle DX 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010)
  • Kindle 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle 5th Generation (2012)
  • Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012)

Business & Career Programs

In conjunction with the opening of its new Business and Career Center, Miller Library will offer classes for people searching for a job, trying to start a new business or looking to update their computer skills.

Starting on October 2nd Duncan MacIntyre from Connecticut Works will be offering classes for people who are looking for employment. These classes will be on the first Friday of the month and will take place from 9:00am until 10:00am at the Miller Library. The first class will be a refresher class on computer skills including attachments and how to access learning tools. Then the classes will move on to Resume Basics on November 6th and Internet Job Search Techniques on December 4th.

Paul Berendsohn will offer “Computer Coaching” on Monday evenings from 6:00pm until 7:30pm beginning on October 19th and continuing on Mondays until November 9th. This is your opportunity to ask an expert questions you may have about how to establish an email account, how to use a resume template, or other questions that have been stumping you. Because the classes will be taking place in the computer lab at the Senior Center, registration will be required due to the very limited seating available. 

For people who run their own business or are thinking about opening their own business, the Business Assistance Center of Hamden and the library will present a free seminar series for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. The schedule’s dates and topics are:

Seminar One:   Wednesday 10/7/15 

·     Choosing your business structure

·     Identifying the right business opportunity for yourself 

Seminar Two: Wednesday 10/14/15

·     Managing your business

·     Financing your business

Seminar Three: Wednesday 10/21/15        

·     The Business Plan

·     The Personal Plan 

Seminar Four: Wednesday 10/28/15

·     Insuring your business

·     Marketing your business

Each session shall span two hours (6:00PM – 8:00PM). Attendees are encouraged to attend all sessions which shall be held in the Friends Room  at the Miller Library located at 2901 Dixwell Avenue Hamden CT 06518. 

For more information or to register for the “Computer Coaching” sessions, please call the information desk at Miller at 203-287-2680.

Hoopla

hooplaUse your library card to access thousands of movies, videos, music and audiobooks directly from your browser, tablet, or smartphone using Hoopla! Hoopla gives users access to thousands of titles through an Internet connection anywhere and anytime. There are no hold lists, so you can start enjoying your title right away.

Hoopla can be accessed on Apple or Android devices -just download the hoopladigital app from your app store then sign in with your Hamden library card number and you're ready for hours of free streaming entertainment. You can also watch, read or listen on your home computer via the four major web browsers, with no extra software to install.

Our staff all have their own favorite Hoopla films. Check out our Staff Picks for viewing suggestions, or find something on your own among Hoopla's hundreds of movie and TV titles.

 

VITA Tax Assistance

VITA Volunteers from Quinnipiac University Law School will offer free tax preparation assistance to low and middle income Hamden residents at the Miller Memorial Library on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13. No service will be available on 3/16 due to spring break vacation.

 Appointments are not necessary. People will be helped on a first come, first served basis. In order for the volunteers to assist you, you must bring with you the following items: 

  • Social Security cards for you, dependents and/or spouse
  • Photo identification for yourself and your spouse
  • All forms, W-2’s, and 1099’s
  • Information for other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits
  • A copy of last year’s tax return (if you have it)
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (if you want it)

Volunteers will complete only simple 1040’s and will NOT be able to help those with investment incomes, military income or foreign incomes. Please bring all supporting documentation, otherwise the volunteers will not be able to assist you.

 

Saturday Hours Coming to the Branches

Branch Saturday Hours

Based on the success of the 2011-12 pilot project, Hamden Branch libraries will once again offer services on Saturdays beginning March 16.  Whitneyville Branch at125 Carleton Streetwill be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through June 22 while Brundage-Community Branch at91 Circular Avenuewill open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to regular library services, Hamden’s Partnership for Young Children plans to once again offer its popular Saturday Cereal Club sessions for preschoolers and their parents at the Whitneyville Branch and Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven will provide tutoring for English language learners at Brundage Community Branch. Please watch for further announcements detailing start dates and times for these programs.

For further information about branch hours, please call Whitneyville Branch at 203-287-2677, Brundage Community Branch at 203-287-2675 or Miller Central Library Information Desk at 203-287-2680.

 

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