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Tax Forms Delayed

The production of some 2012 major tax products, including the Form 1040 and the Instructions for Form 1040, is impacted by the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  At this time, respresentative from  the Internal Revenue Service do not have an estimate as to when products will become available on or in print.

The IRS is currently reviewing the details of recent tax legislation and assessing what impact it will have on this year's filing season. The IRS will soon make available additional information on when taxpayers can start filing 2012 tax returns.


January Literary Birthdays

January's literary birthdays include Virginia Woolf, Ernest J. Gaines, Anton Chekhov, Patricia Highsmith, Zora Neale Hurston, and Edgar Allan Poe.


Jan. 1 - J.D. Salinger (1919 - 2010 )

Jan. 2 - Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Jan. 3 - J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Jan. 5 - Umberto Eco (1932 - )

Jan. 6 - Khalil Gibran (1883 -1931)

Jan. 6 - E.L. Doctorow (1931 - )

Jan. 6 - Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Jan. 7 - Zora Neale Hurston (1903 - 1960)

Jan. 8 - Wilkie Collins (1824 -1889)

Jan. 9 - Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Jan. 12 - Jack London (1876 - 1916)

Jan. 12 - Charles Perrault (1628 - 1703)

Jan. 12 - Haruki Murakami (1949 - )

Jan. 15 - Ernest J. Gaines (1933 - )

Jan. 15 - Frank Conroy (1936 - 2005)

Jan. 16 - William Kennedy (1928 - )

Jan. 17 - Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Jan. 17 - Nevil Shute (1899 - 1960)

Jan. 18 - A. A. Milne (1882 - 1956)

Jan. 19 - Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Jan. 19 - Patricia Highsmith (1921 - 1995)

Jan. 22 - Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

Jan. 22 - August Strindberg (1849 - 1912)

Jan. 22 - Joseph Wambaugh (1937 -)

Jan. 24 - Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)

Jan. 25 - Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

Jan. 25 - Gloria Naylor (1950 - )

Jan. 27 - Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Jan. 28 - Susan Sontag (1933 - 2004)

Jan. 29 - Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

Jan. 31 - John O'Hara (1905 - 1970)

Jan. 31 - Norman Mailer (1923 - 2007)

Jan. 31 - Zane Grey (1872 - 1939)

Jan. 31 -Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)


New Year's Resolutions (and how the Library can help you keep them)


You make your list of resolutions every January, and by the middle of February, you've reverted to all your old habits. This year, stop by the library when you feel your resolve begin to weaken. We have wide variety of resources and tools that can help motivate you and get you back on track.


Lose Weight/Get in Shape - We have a wide selection of health and fitness books and magazines that can help you plan your strategy for losing weight in a sensible way. Our healthy eating cookbooks provide recipes that taste delicious, and are good for you. And don't forget to checkout a few of our exercise videos and DVDs to get yourself up and moving!

Manage Debt/Save Money - You'll find plenty of practical, easy-to-understand guides to managing your personal finances at the library. Our books cover a wide range topics, including basic information on credit cards, banks, investing, insurance, buying a car or home, taxes, financing college educations, retirement planning, estate planning, and more.

Get a [Better] Job - Whether you are trying to find what career path is right for you, or attempting to polish up your resume, you will be able to find plenty of material to get you started in your job search. We also have online career resources that you can access from home 24 hours a day, including, Job Now, Job Search & Workplace Skills Learning Center, and Learn A Test, which offers practice tests for academic, civil service and vocational exams.

Learn Something New - The library is a great place to start when you are looking to pick up a new skill or hobby. We have illustrated guides for countless numbers of crafts, and detailed instruction books for enhancing your computer skills. You can learn a new language using our cassettes or CDs, or even using Mango, our online language program. There's so much to choose from - stop in and find what's best for you.

Reduce Stress - We have numerous resources that will help teach you techniques to help you unwind. Browse through out CD collection in our newly renovated media room to find some relaxing music to play to ease your tension. And if all else fails, what can be more relaxing than curling up with a good book!

Coping with Tragedy

In the wake of the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the librarians at Healthnet, the Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network, offer the following online resources to help you and your children talk about violence. These links are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or opinion. This information is the result of an extensive search of online resources and represents what has judged to be appropriate information. Please be aware that medical experts may disagree on the various aspects of situations such as this one.
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
From the American Psychological Association
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do/How Parents Can Help
From the National Institute of Mental Health
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Children and the News
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Tips for Talking to Children about the Aurora Shooting
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma
SEE SECTION:  Helping and Talking with Children
From the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Insurance Deductible for Hurricane

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi today announced that Connecticut homeowners will not face higher-cost hurricane deductibles resulting from the impact of this week’s damaging storm.  

"The state moved very swiftly to alert the industry that this storm – although devastating to so many – did not meet the criteria for a hurricane deductible under state law.  Homeowners will not have to pay high-cost hurricane deductibles for damage resulting from this storm,” Governor Malloy said.  “Based on the lessons learned from Tropical Storm Irene, we have built stronger consumer protections into our insurance laws.  The Insurance Department will be working with the industry to monitor these claims."

In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, Governor Malloy signed into law new criteria for insurers in order to impose the higher hurricane deductible.  The law requires that a hurricane warning be issued for Connecticut and that the National Weather Service record sustained hurricane force winds of at least 74 miles per hour.  

Commissioner Leonardi notified the industry on Tuesday that based on data from the National Weather Service, Storm Sandy did not meet the statutory criteria and therefore "companies may not impose a hurricane deductible on Connecticut claims."

 "Our consumers and the industry deserve and received clarity from this state as soon as possible,” Commissioner Leonardi explained.  “The Insurance Department is monitoring the industry closely to ensure that carriers fully comply with all state insurance laws.  Our priority is protecting Connecticut policyholders and we stand ready – as we have for every disaster – to assist policyholders with questions and complaints." 

The Insurance Department has set up a special Storm Sandy webpage that offers a number of important resources including, toll-free claims numbers to companies, locations of mobile claims vans, flood insurance claims filing information, and more.  Consumers with additional questions can contact the Insurance Department by phone at 1-800-203-3447 or 860-297-3900, or by utilizing the online contact options.