Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tax Forms at the Library

Due to severe cutbacks on the federal level, libraries all across the country will only receive forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ from the IRS. We will receive the Connecticut state tax forms.

We will not be receiving any of the other federal forms, schedules, or instruction booklets this year the way we have in years past.

These are available for printing on the IRS website:

It is also possible to order forms to be sent to your home by mail:
Erin Johnson
Digital Literacy Associate

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Who’s Who in the Library: Meet Molly Uskudarli

Molly Uskudarli, Library Page
Molly Uskudarli adds her strong intelligence and intellectual curiosity to the eclectic staff mélange at the library. Molly has worked for the library since 2009, initially as a volunteer and currently as a page.

Molly was educated as an archaeologist, earning her BA degree from the University of Ankara, Turkey, followed by two years of post-graduate study at the University of Rome, Italy. Her background led her to 20 years in the field of international banking, also involving the financing of art projects. She eventually rose to the executive ranks, where she remained for over 10 years. Her next career move spanned nine years in donor relations and finance at a non-profit organization in Stamford, CT.

As a subscriber to the American Journal of Archaeology, Molly stays abreast of the news in her field. Multi-faceted, she enjoys swimming almost every day and, as an avid student, is currently studying photography at WestConn. Molly relishes learning new things and actively takes advantage of opportunities. She has many interests, especially classical music, classic black-and- white movies, and art. Molly is a frequent visitor to New York City where she peruses the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and attends concerts, shows and exhibitions. At home, she frequently relaxes in front of her favorite TV network, Turner Classic Movies.

Her husband Douglas, like Molly, is well-traveled and shares her interests. She and Douglas maintain an extensive home library. Molly reminisces that her mother taught her that books are sacred and must be treated with utmost respect. Molly honors her mother’s legacy by valuing her personal volumes and lovingly tending to the New Milford Library collection.

Molly and Douglas have one son and two grandchildren. Their grandchildren are Sophie, age 8, and Canaan, age 2 1/2. Molly and Sophie have an especially close relationship, often spending afternoons together sharing lunch and attending movies.

Molly loves to read and is currently reading Old Testament Figures in Art by Chiara De Capoa. She recommends Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher, which is true to its subtitle. For example, it contains a scone recipe that Queen Elizabeth sent to President Eisenhower, a letter written to President Roosevelt by the then-12-year-old Fidel Castro, and the explanation of a piece of heartfelt advice given by Ronald Reagan to his son.

Molly’s philosophy of life is simply this: to work hard, live well and always keep her family as her priority.
Joan McManus

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Apps to write an essay with your thumbs

If you want to type up an essay with your tablet or smartphone, here are some apps that will let you do that.
Creating or editing a Word document:

The Google Docs App is a free text-editing app that allows you to type and save a Word document on your mobile device, then email it to yourself to print or continue working on another device.
Making Your Works Cited/Bibliography:

With EasyBib, you can create a bibliographic record by pointing your phone's camera at the ISBN barcode on the back cover of any book you pull of the library's shelves, or anywhere else for that matter. The app finds the book's information and formats it for you. It puts the books you scan into a list, then you can email the list to yourself for attaching to the end of your essay.
  • For Android devices in Google Play: EasyBib
  • For iOS devices in the Apple App Store: EasyBib iOS

Erin Johnson
Digital Literacy Associate

Monday, January 5, 2015

Who’s Who in the Library: Meet Cathy McGrath

Cathy McGrath,
Public Services Associate
Public Services Associate Cathy McGrath has been greeting NMPL patrons at the circulation desk since 2000. Born in Manhattan, Cathy grew up in Rockville Centre, NY, with her parents and her grandfather. She moved to Ridgefield, CT, at age 12. After high school, Cathy attended Katharine Gibbs School, graduating with an advanced secretarial degree, and then was a secretary for six years at PerkinElmer. In 1986, her first son Jon was born. He now lives in Branford and works in tech support. Colin was born in 1988 and presently works as an auto technician at Firestone. In 1990, the family bought a house in New Milford. Then Wendy was born in 1994, and now she is a history major at West Conn.
Cathy started working at NMPL in 1998 as a page. Her job today includes looking for missing items and researching why patron requests haven’t been successful. When she is not in the library, she can be found at the book department of Savers in Brookfield. Her evenings are spent writing and working for her church. She has taken many creative writing courses through Universal Class and a Spanish course with Mango Languages. Both programs can be accessed through the NMPL’swebsite.

Over the years, Cathy has volunteered in the New Milford community in various ways: public school system, Loaves & Fishes, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Trinity Lutheran Church. Her interests include yoga, hiking, and birding. Cathy delights in watching them and keeps a bird book and binoculars in her car for when she has any opportunity.

Cathy enjoys reading uplifting stories, for example The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans. She once read a Judy Garland biography and has adapted Judy’s own life philosophy as her own: if you’re feeling down, laugh—watch a comedy. Laughter is the best medicine! Cathy laughs—and cries—every Christmas with her mother and her daughter as they watch “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” We hope Cathy will be found smiling at the circulation desk for many years to come!
 Amy Berkun
Children’s Services Associate
Reference/Information Services Associate

Friday, January 2, 2015

Auld Lang Syne

How many of us will be singing or listening to “Auld Lang Syne” on December 31 at midnight, as 2014 turns into 2015? The song’s lyrics are a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. Well known in many countries, especially those that speak English, it’s traditionally used to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight. Other uses of the song include being sung at funerals, graduations and at the end of other occasions. The title can be literally translated into English as “old long since” or idiomatically as “long long ago” or “old times.” Thus the first line of the chorus, “For auld lang syne” can be loosely translated as “for old times” or “for the sake of old times.”
Below is Burns’ original poem translated into English, in case you want to sing more than the first verse and the chorus on New Year’s Eve. But no matter what you do to celebrate the beginning of 2015, please know that the entire staff of the New Milford Public Library wishes you a great new year, one that we hope will include lots of visits to the library!

(I just realized that I forgot to post this on December 31! Sorry.)
Mark P. Hasskarl
Library Director

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!           
and surely I’ll buy mine!                               
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,          
for auld lang syne.                                      


We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
for auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,           
from morning sun till dine;                          
But seas between us broad have roared                    
for auld lang syne.                                                                             

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,

for auld lang syne.



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wintry Facts

Now that winter has officially begun, here are some wintry facts to amaze and delight you.

#1: The world’s tallest snowman (actually a snowwoman) was built in 1999 in Bethel, Maine. It stood 113 feet, 7 inches tall and took five months to plan and build.
#2: Approximately 1.76 billion candy canes are made each year for the holidays.

#3: It takes an average of 7 years to grow a Christmas tree.

#4: Holiday decorating accidents send approximately 5,800 people to the emergency room each year.

#5: In 1949 singing cowboy Gene Autry released “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which sold 12.5 million copies its first year. Numerous cover versions have sold over 150 million copies, second only to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas."

#6: The most popular New Year’s resolution is weight loss, and humans actually burn more calories in cold weather.
#7: The record for snowfall during a 24-hour period is 6 feet, 4 inches in Silver Lake, Colorado in 1921.

#8: The world’s largest gingerbread man was baked in Smithville, Texas in 2006. It weighed 1,308 pounds and 8 ounces and was 20 feet from head to toe.
Mark P. Hasskarl
Library Director

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Greetings (and Hours)

At this busy time of year, the entire staff of the New Milford Public Library wants to pause for a moment to wish all of our patrons (and blog readers) a most wonderful holiday season. And since there are so many holidays at this time, we've created a handy chronological list of them below. Just choose the holiday (or days) that you celebrate from the list, and our greetings will come your way. There's even a choice if you feel like Ebeneezer Scrooge at the beginning of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol. 

The library will close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and all day on Thursday, December 25. It will also close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31 and all day on Thursday, January 1, 2015.

No matter which holidays you celebrate, we hope you celebrate them in good health and with happiness, family and friends (and possibly with a good book, CD or DVD from the library)!
Mark P. Hasskarl
Library Director