Tax Prep

February 21, 2008

Yes, it’s getting to be that time of year.   April will be here before we know it, and that means  tax time.  We’re here to help you in several ways.

  • We’ve ordered Tax Cut from H&R Block, so you can prepare your Federal taxes on your computer.  Federal Only – State returns are not available for the multiple users we have here at the library.
  • AARP’s Tax-Aide Program is here at the Dix Hills building, Tuesdays, until April 15, from 10 am until 2 pm.   Bring your W-2 and 1099 forms, last year’s tax statements, and any other supporting documents.  No appointment necessary; first come, first served.
  •  The Reference desk has copies of the most popular tax forms available for you to pick up, and if you can’t find the form or instructions you need, our librarians can find it for you online and print it out for free.
  • Don’t forget to look online for more!  New York Tax information, Federal Tax information, and websites tagged by other internet users at

Going the distance

February 1, 2008

We wanted to make searching on the Internet easier.  Our old webpage for information gathering just wasn’t doing what we wanted it to do, so we put up a new one at: 

Our goal was to to provide quick access to popular spots, but also to give you some good places to explore.  “Ask A Librarian” sends us an email with your question, but you also have the option of live help at “Answers 24/7.”    Right below you can search across 300 reference books at once by just typing in your word in one simple box – amazing!  Or scroll down a bit and type in a subject to be searched simultaneously in Newsday and The New York Times.  Underneath that is an alphabetical list of subjects that will lead you to databases to search and web links to explore.

Our goal is to make our web presence the place for you to find information – more than Yahoo, more than Google.  We’re trying – tell us what you need!

Get Lost in Translation

January 30, 2008

The world wide web makes finding information easy, but what about when you find that special something in a language you can’t read?  Thanks to technophilia, here are some easy translation tools:
Google Translate, which will work with blocks of text or a whole website.  There’s also a handy dictionary that will translate words.
Another one to try is WordReference, very complete online Spanish, French, and Italian dictionaries.  There’s also a Language Forum here. 
Lastly, try Newstran – translates 10,000+ foreign newspapers!

Our friend Flickr

January 21, 2008


The Library of Congress is now posting pictures at Flickr, so anyone can view and comment on them.  According to their official blog, “We want people to tag, comment and make notes on the images, just like any other Flickr photo, which will benefit not only the community but also the collections themselves. ” You can find their pilot project in an area of Flickr called The Commons where you can browse the 1930’s and 1940’s in color and News in the 1910’s.   Go ahead and add your voice.

Feed Your Head

January 11, 2008

Look up there at the box that says Our Feeds.  I’ve noticed we get hits on that page, but I’m wondering if everyone who looks knows what an RSS feed is.  Never mind about that – I’ve changed it so you can see our bookmarks directly from the links instead of having to subscribe to the feeds.  So click on the box and take a look at our secret weapons when searching the web – our librarians’ favorites, organized (naturally!) by category.  And if you subscribe to the Reference feed, you’ll know when we’ve discovered a new treasure.

Just in time for the holidays

December 1, 2007

Search Omgili Product Reviews to find the overall users sentiment about the products you are looking for. From electronics and computers to books and apparel. Omgili Product Reviews covers thousands of user reviews from various review sites and returns the overall ratings for these products.

New York Times the easy way

November 1, 2007

If you like to read the New York Times online (or even if you don’t!), you may find it easier to get through in outline form.

Put together by Dave Winer  – a programmer, blogger, inventor, philosopher, and lover of news. He played an important role in developing weblogs and RSS, and worked with the New York Times and other news organizations to get their publications available in RSS.

From this website:

“This site is an experiment to see how we can make news work for people who use mobile web browsers. We have the Times and the BBC available, updating every ten minutes, as stories are available. You can read the news on a Blackberry, iPhone, Treo or cell phone on BART, the London Underground, Paris Metro or IRT, BMT or IND. Take the A Train and take the electronic Times with you.