Friday, December 02, 2011

TONIGHT OPEN HOUSE - FRIDAY DECEMBER 2 - 5:30

After the tree lighting downtown, take a short walk with Santa to the library for the annual Friends of the Springfield Town Library (FOSTL) Open House. Have your picture taken with Santa, enjoy some fresh baked goodies and cider, listen to the Comtu Chamber Players from the teen loft and enter the famous gift basket raffle! This year there are two great baskets to be raffled - filled with gift certificates and goodies generously donated by local businesses. Be sure to have the kids enter to win the children's gift basket - entries are free for the kids!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Upcoming Adult Programs Nov & Dec

Thursday, November 10 @ 6:30 pm
Eastern Cougar Sightings with Robert Tougias


Monday, November 14 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm
You're Halfway There Write-In - for all writers participating in NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month!


Wednesday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm
"Holding Our Own" a film by Camilla Parker hosted by the Springfield Area Hospice singers


Monday, November 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
The Springfield Writer's Group invites all writers and would-be writers age 18 and up


Wednesday, November 30 @ 7:00 pm
Button UP Vermont workshop sponsored by Efficiency Vermont - learn woodstove safety, weatherization tips and more!


Friday, December 2 @ 5:30 pm
Friends of the Springfield Town Library Open House


Wednesday, December 14 @ 7:00 pm
Holiday Concert with The Saxtons River Bell Ringers
(snow date December 15)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Have a question?

You have access to almanacs, dictionaries, biographies, geneaology resources, Vermont history and much, much more through the Vermont Department of Libraries Basic Reference on the Web. Just click here and have fun!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Deadline EXTENDED for Public Assistance Disaster Fund Applications

Cities and towns in Vermont will have an extra 16 days to apply for federal disaster assistance to help repair damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. The new deadline for communities to apply is now October 17, 2011. President Barack Obama signed an emergency Public Assistance disaster declaration for all Vermont counties on September 1st.
The declaration makes all cities and towns in Vermont eligible to receive 75% reimbursement for eligible response repair, and cleanup costs. By law, those who are eligible for funds MUST submit a request for public assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency within 30 days of the declaration – however, that deadline has been extended to October 17, 2011.
Communities, certain non-profits, and publicly owned utilities in the declared counties can put in claims for things like overtime paid for storm cleanup, public infrastructure damage, contractors, equipment rentals, fuel for those rentals and other publicly owned equipment used for cleanup or repairs, and any other costs above and beyond normal operating expenses.
Your regional planning commission, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and PA specialists from FEMA can help with the application process, but it must be completed by the deadline of October 17th. This does not affect the October 31 deadline for individuals to apply for Individual Assistance. For more information, please call Alec Portalupi at the Vermont Agency of Transportation at 802-828-3889; or Gary Schelley of VTrans at (802) 828-0425.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Myth vs Fact about Registering For FEMA Aid

Some Vermonters who were affected by Tropical Storm Irene may have not registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance because of misconceptions or lack of accurate information.
Here are some examples.
MYTH: I thought my income was too high for me to qualify.
FACT: There is no income cutoff for FEMA aid. Anyone with disaster damage or loss in the declared counties may be eligible for help. FEMA grants may cover under insured or uninsured losses.
MYTH: My insurance agent told me I wouldn’t be able to get help from FEMA because I have flood insurance.
FACT: Everyone with flood insurance should register. FEMA may be able to help with uninsured costs.
MYTH: I don’t want FEMA assistance because it will affect my Social Security benefits, taxes, food stamps or Medicaid.
FACT: FEMA assistance does not affect benefits from other federal programs and it is not reportable as taxable income.
MYTH: I’ve already cleaned up and made the repairs. Isn’t it too late?
FACT: You may be eligible for reimbursement of your clean up and repair expenses.
MYTH: I thought FEMA only gave loans. I don’t want a loan.
FACT: FEMA only provides grants that do not have to be repaid. FEMA’s individual assistance program covers expenses for temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest loans to renters, homeowners and businesses of all sizes. Some applicants may receive an SBA loan application after registering with FEMA. No one is obligated to take out a loan. But if they don’t complete the application, they may not be considered for other federal grants.
MYTH: I’m a renter. I thought FEMA aid was only for homeowners to repair their homes.
FACT: FEMA may provide grants to help renters who lost personal property or were displaced.
MYTH: I heard there’s too much red tape and paperwork to register.
FACT: There is no paperwork to register with FEMA. You can do it with one phone call that takes a short while, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585; or 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service. You can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. The website helps reduce the number of forms to be filled out and shortens the time it takes to apply.
MYTH: I already received disaster assistance last year. I thought I couldn’t get it again this year.
FACT: If you had damage from another federally declared disaster you may register for new assistance.
MYTH: Isn’t FEMA broke? Other people need the help more than I do.
FACT: FEMA has enough funding to assist all eligible survivors with immediate needs. You will not be taking from others if you register for aid yourself. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call800-462-7585; or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Free Online Courses now Available!


Springfield Town Library patrons now have access to over 500 online courses for free. All you need is your library barcode. Just go to the library website and click on "Free Online Courses" or click here to view courses and get started today! You may enroll in up to 5 courses at a time and you have 6 months to complete any one course.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

VT Irene Crowdmap

Click here for a map of key information post-Irene. This site includes damage documentation, recovery coordination, road closures and more.

Watch out for Disaster Fraud and Scammers

FEMA News Release:

VERMONT DISASTER SURVIVORS: WATCH OUT FOR FRAUD

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Unfortunately, when there are disasters, swindlers often follow, seeking to profit from others’ misfortune. State and federal officials caution Vermonters to be on the lookout for the many different schemes they may encounter.

Some scammers may falsely claim to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency or another government agency, such as the U.S. Small Business Administration. All legitimate FEMA and SBA workers have official identification and can prove they are who they claim to be.

Con artists often aim to find out personal information, including Social Security and bank account numbers that can then be used for identity theft. When those affected by the storm first register for assistance, they need to provide a Social Security number as well as a bank account number, if they request direct deposit of FEMA aid. On any follow-up calls or visits, however, a FEMA representative may ask for the last four digits of the applicant’s Social Security number, but never the whole number. The bank account number does not need to be provided again.

Some scammers may tell homeowners they need to pay a fee to be put on a list to have their homes repaired. Some ask for a payment to assure receiving FEMA assistance. In fact, there is never a charge for filling out a FEMA or SBA assistance application and all applications are evaluated using the same rules. No legitimate FEMA employees or contractors charge for any FEMA services, including damage inspections. In fact, FEMA or SBA representatives are not allowed to accept money under any circumstances.

Vermonters should also be aware that some swindlers who seek personal information or illegitimate payments may claim to be volunteers from charitable organizations.

Defrauders continue to invent new ways to swindle consumers. Recently, one created a Smartphone application for the Android operating system that purports to enable users to register for FEMA disaster assistance but, in fact, it does not.

Also, be aware of contractors who demand large up-front deposits to make repairs. Some may be scammers who then disappear. Others engage in price gouging on materials and stealing building supplies.

If you think you have been victimized by fraud or suspect fraudulent activity, please report it to the Vermont Attorney General’s office; telephone 802-656-3183. FEMA also maintains a disaster fraud hotline at 866-720-5721 for use by anyone wishing to report suspected incidents of fraud.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.



FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.



SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

Sent: Sunday, September 04, 2011 1:13 PM
Vermont Disaster Survivors: Watch Out For Fraud

FEMA News Desk: 802-951-2700

VEM Mark Bosma: 800-347-0488

Joint Information Center
Burlington, VT

Release Date: 9/4/11

DR-4022-VT NR 003

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If Your Well May Have Been Contaminated By The Recent Flooding...

The following press release is from the Vermont Department of Health:




Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2011 11:24 AM

Subject: Department of Health Press Release

For immediate release:
September 6, 2011

Media Contact:
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

After the Flood Safe Drinking Water Advisory
The following press release is from the Vermont Department of Health:

Vermont Department of Health offers free drinking water test kits (Kit A)

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is offering free water test kits for residents with private drinking water wells that may have been contaminated with floodwaters.

“If your private drinking water well was covered with floodwater, is located very near a flooded area, or there is a change in quality – odor or taste – assume that it is contaminated, take all precautions and get it tested,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD.

Contact your Health Department district office or town health officer for a free test kit and disinfection instructions. Water samples must be submitted to the Health Department Laboratory according to instructions in the kit, and must be clearly marked “contaminated by flooding”. Be sure to write your name and address so that results will be mailed directly to you.

You can also order a test kit for a fee of $14 by calling the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory at 1-800-660-9997. A water test kit order form is also available at the Health Department website: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/ph_lab/water_test.aspx

Drinking water safety guidance for wells affected by flooding:

Until a test confirms that your water is safe, boil water for one minute before use in drinking, cooking, making juice or ice, washing fruits and vegetables and brushing teeth.

Shower with caution when on a boil-water notice. Avoid getting water in eyes, mouth and wounds. Do not allow children to swallow bath water if on a boil-water notice.

If there is a smell of petroleum or fuel, do not drink or use water at all for cooking, bathing or washing. Use bottled water or water from a known safe source. Call 1-800-439-8550 for consultation and testing information.

Residents who get their drinking water from a public system should look for boil water or other instructions put out by their own system.

For more information about drinking water safety after a flood, go to the Health Department’s website anytime at www.healthvermont.gov or call the Health Department’s drinking water program at 1-800-439-8550 (toll-free) during regular business hours.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

STEPS TO APPLYING FOR FEMA ASSISTANCE

Vermonters recovering from the impact of Tropical Storm Irene in Chittenden, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor counties can now apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Assistance for losses sustained anytime after the storm which began on August 27 may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help recover from the effects of the disaster.
The original federal declaration issued had indicated that the incident period began on August 29. That has now been amended to include August 27-28. Also, an additional county, Windham, was designated as eligible for FEMA's Individual Assistance program today. "The people of Vermont are going through a tough time right now and we are here ready to help," said Federal Coordinating Officer Craig Gilbert. "FEMA may not be able to cover all expenses, but it can offer a good start on the road to recovery." Even those with insurance may be eligible for help from FEMA if their insurance policy does not cover all their needs.

This is how the process works:

Step 1: Register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are several ways to register: Apply online anytime at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY at 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available to assist with the application process. By smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov, or for devices with Android operation systems, a FEMA App can be downloaded at market.android.com/details?id=gov.fema.mobile.android.

When applying for aid you will receive a nine-digit registration number that can be used for reference when corresponding with FEMA. It is helpful to have the following information handy: current telephone number; address at the time of the disaster and current address; Social Security number, if available; a general list of damages and losses; if insured, the name of insurance company, agent and policy number; and bank routing number for any direct deposit.

Step 2: Receive a property inspection. Within a few days after registering, eligible applicants will be telephoned to make an appointment to have their damaged property inspected. The inspectors, who are FEMA contractors and carry identification badges, visit to make a record of damage. They do not make a determination regarding assistance. There is no cost for the inspection.

Step 3: All applicants will receive a letter from FEMA regarding the status of their requests for federal assistance. Some will also receive an application for a low-interest disaster recovery loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Anyone who has questions about the letter from FEMA should call the helpliine (800-621-3362 or TTY, 800-462-7585). Those who receive an application packet from the SBA should complete and submit the forms. No one is required to accept a loan but submitting the application may open the door to additional FEMA grants.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.

If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585. FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenese, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Applications can also be downloaded from http://www.sba.gov/ or completed online at http://disasterloan.sba.gov/ele/.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Google Map of Irene Related Transportation Issues in Vermont

Please click here for the Vermont Department of Transportation website with twice-daily updated road conditions.

Post-Irene Information and Links

The Vermont Department of Libraries has a list of organizations and links of post-Irene information for libraries and for the public. It includes information for those affected and for those who want to volunteer. Please click here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vermont Libraries Can Take You Anywhere

Check out mylibrary home page with all sorts of information about Vermont Libraries - statistics, photos, letters from the President of the Vermont Library Association and some really cool videos! Just click here.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Adult Summer Reading Program Wrap Up - Movie Night Friday, August 19 @ 7:00 pm



Novel Destinations, the Adult Summer Reading program is still going strong! We have 65 participants so far and there is still time to sign up and enter to win a weekly prize or the grand prize - a Novel Destinations tote bag filled with book lover's goodies!



Mark your calendar for a special movie night at the library on Friday, August 19th - the final day of the summer reading program. We'll be on the road with Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney and others as they race to find a fortune in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).



The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find $350,000 buried in a mysterious place . IMDb

Friday, May 27, 2011

Museum Passes, State Parks Pass and more!

Borrow these museum passes like a book


For two weeks:
Nature Museum of Grafton Family Pass - free pass for the whole family

Vermont Institute of Natural Science Pass - admits 2 free - 2 passes available and may be borrowed together

Echo Museum Family Pass - $4.00 discount per person


For one week:
Vermont State Parks Pass (May - September)
free entry into State Park day area for up to 8 people in one vehicle

Vermont State Historic Sites Pass (May - September)
free entry into State Historic Sites for up to 8 people in one vehicle

American Precision Museum Family Pass (May through October)
free pass for the whole family

Vermont's History Museum Pass
free pass for the whole family

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Learn More About Vermont's Libraries

Vermont Library Association, Vermont School Library Association and Vermont Department of Libraries have created a website and three short web videos where you can learn more about Vermont Public Libraries: http://www.vermontlibraries.org/mylibrary/ As the website and videos say: "Vermont Libraries can take you anywhere."

Interactive Legal Forms Available for Vermont Family Court

The Vermont Judiciary and Legal Services Law Line of Vermont (800-639-8857) have recently launched a new interactive program to help self represented litigants fill out Vermont Family Court forms. Forms are currently available to:



  • Start a Divorce, Civil Union Dissolution or Legal Separation

  • Respond to a Compliant for Divorce, Civil Union Dissolution or Legal Separation

  • Start a Parentage Case

  • Prepare a Motion to Enforce Child Support

  • Prepare a Motion to Modify Child Support

  • Fill out an Income and Expenses Affidavit Part A (Form 813A)

  • Fill out an Income and Expenses Affidavit Part B (Form 813B)

Click the icon below to get to the forms:


Monday, April 04, 2011

Friends of the Springfield Town Library Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 6th @ 7:00 pm


Come see what the Friends of the Library have been up to and also learn about Russell Porter (1871-1949) and his Garden Telescope with special guest biographer, Bert Willard. Bert is a long-time member of the Springfield Telescope Makers and is also the curator of the Hartness-Porter Museum of Amateur Telescope Making at the Hartness House Inn. Bert will discuss one of Springfield's most interesting citizens, using photograph's of Porter's work. He will also display the Porter Garden Telescope, one of only 16 known to exist today. Everyone is invited to attend!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

CANCELLED - How to Get Published March 19

How to Get Published scheduled for this morning at 11:00 has been cancelled due to a family emergency. Jan Kardys and the library apologize for any inconvenience, and Jan hopes to come to the library in the future.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sign up or Read your Library Newsletter online!


The Springfield Town Library quarterly newsletter is now available online to view. You may also sign up with an email address to receive the newsletter in your email each quarter (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter).
This helps the library save money on printing costs and postage. Click the link below to take a peek and see what you think!
http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/users/springfieldtown/mweb/path200-1.html


To sign up: go to the library website at http://www.springfieldtownlibrary.org/

Click on the "Book News" tab.
Then click on "Book News."

You will see all the newsletters we now offer, including the quarterly library newsletter and our new Staff Picks newsletter - have fun!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Download ebooks on your nook

Springfield Town Library

Required software and authorization

1. Before you can download library books to your Nook, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software on your computer. Here are two ways to access this software:

Go to www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/ and follow the instructions.

Go to www.springfieldtownlibrary. From the library's website click on the green tab marked "audiobooks and eBooks". On the Green Mountain Library Consortium page, click on Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks on the right side of the page under Digital Software.

2. Open Adobe Digital Editions. You will be prompted to create an Adobe account and then to authorize your computer. Note: You MUST create an account or you will not be able to transfer Overdrive eBooks from your computer to your nook. You cannot download Overdrive eBooks directly to your nook, but must transfer eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions.

3. With Adobe Digital Editions open, attach the nook to your computer via the USB port. You will be prompted to authorize your nook. Follow the click through path to authorize your device.

4. On a PC, the nook will show up if Adobe Digital Editions is already open, and might not show up if you connect the nook first. On a Mac, the nook may not show up if Adobe Digital Editions is already open when the nook is attached. Attach the nook and then open ADE. Your PC may require you to restart.


 


 


 



















Springfield Town Library
Instructions for nook, continued


Transferring an eBook to your nook

1. Click on the Library View (the icon of bookshelves upper left) within Adobe Digital Editions. Titles you have downloaded are listed on the right. If you have a lot of titles, you may click on "Borrowed Items." Drag and drop the title you would like to transfer onto the nook icon below the Bookshelves.

2. You will see the file copy to the nook. The title is now transferred to the device. On a PC, click "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the lower right of your monitor. The click the "Safely Remove USB Mass Storage Device" box. When you see "Safe to Remove Hardward", you may detach the nook from your computer. On a Mac, unmount/eject the nook using the Finder before unplugging. Detach the nook from your computer.

3. Touch the menu icon at the bottom of your nook for My Library. The book you just downloaded will appear under "My Documents." Scroll down to the title. Touch "View item details and options." Touch "Read" to begin reading your eBook.

Returning an eBook before the due date

1. Open Adobe Digital Editons on the computer where you downloaded the eBook.

2. Click on the Library View. Titles you have downloaded appear on the right. Click on the small triangle in the upper left corner of the title. Select "Borrowed Item" on the list of options. A dialogue box will pop up. Click "Return." The eBook will disappear from your bookshelf in Adobe Digital Editions.

3. The next time you log into Overdrive, the eBook will be checked in, and your account will be updated. If you don't return the eBook early, it will expire on its due date.

Deleting an Expired eBook from Adobe Digital Editions

1. Open Adobe Digital Editions on the computer where you downloaded the eBook.

2. Click on the Library view. Titles you have downloaded appear on the right. Click the small triangle in the upper left corner of the title. Select "Delete" on the list of options.

3. You cannot open the eBook after its due date. If it is available, you may download it from Overdrive again, after deleting the expired copy.

Deleting an eBook from your nook

1. Open Adobe Digital Editions, and attach the nook for a PC or for a Mac, attach the nook, then open Adobe Digital Editions.

2. Click on the nook icon beneath the bookshelves. You will see a list of books that you have downloaded to your nook.

3. Click the small triangle in the upper left corner of the title, and then select "Delete Item" on the list of options. The eBook will be deleted from your nook.


 

Download ebooks to your Sony eReader

Springfield Town Library

There are two ways to download eBooks to your Sony eReader. Please read through instructions to decide which one will work for you.

Required software and authorization

1. Before you can download library books to your Sony eReader, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software on your computer. Here are two ways to access this software:

Go to www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/ and follow the instructions.

Go to www.springfieldtownlibrary. From the library's website click on the green tab marked "audiobooks and eBooks". On the Green Mountain Library Consortium page, click on Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks on the right side of the page under Digital Software.

2. Open Adobe Digital Editions. You will be prompted to create an Adobe account and then to authorize your computer. Note: You MUST create an account or you will not be able to transfer Overdrive eBooks from your computer to your Sony eReader.

3. With Adobe Digital Editions open, attach the Sony eReader to your computer via the USB port. You will be prompted to authorize your Sony eReader. Follow the click through path to authorize your device.

4. On a PC, the Sony eReader will show up if Adobe Digital Editions is already open, and might not show up if you connect the Sony eReader first. On a Mac, the Sony eReader may not show up if Adobe Digital Editions is already open when the Sony eReader is attached. Attach the Sony eReader and then open ADE. Your PC may require you to restart.


 


 


 

 

Springfield Town Library
Instructions for Sony eReader, continued


Transferring an eBook to your Sony eReader

1. Click on the Library View (the icon of bookshelves upper left) within Adobe Digital Editions. Titles you have downloaded are listed on the right. If you have a lot of titles, you may click on "Borrowed Items." Drag and drop the title you would like to transfer onto the Sony eReader icon below the Bookshelves.

2. You will see the file copy to the Sony eReader. The title is now transferred to the device. On a PC, click "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the lower right of your monitor. The click the "Safely Remove USB Mass Storage Device" box. When you see "Safe to Remove Hardware", you may detach the Sony eReader from your computer. On a Mac, unmount/eject the Sony eBook using the Finder before unplugging. Detach the Sony eReader from your computer.

Returning an eBook before the due date

1. Open Adobe Digital Editons on the computer where you downloaded the eBook.

2. Click on the Library View. Titles you have downloaded appear on the right. Click on the small triangle in the upper left corner of the title. Select "Borrowed Item" on the list of options. A dialogue box will pop up. Click "Return." The eBook will disappear from your bookshelf in Adobe Digital Editions.

3. The next time you log into Overdrive, the eBook will be checked in, and your account will be updated. If you don't return the eBook early, it will expire on its due date.

Deleting an Expired eBook from Adobe Digital Editions

1. Open Adobe Digital Editions on the computer where you downloaded the eBook.

2. Click on the Library view. Titles you have downloaded appear on the right. Click the small triangle in the upper left corner of the title. Select "Delete" on the list of options.

3. You cannot open the eBook after its due date. If it is available, you may download it from Overdrive again, after deleting the expired copy.

Deleting an eBook from your Sony eReader

1. Open Adobe Digital Editions, and attach the Sony eReader for a PC or for a Mac, attach the Sony eReader, then open Adobe Digital Editions.

2. Click on the Sony eReader icon beneath the bookshelves. You will see a list of books that you have downloaded to your Sony eReader.

3. Click the small triangle in the upper left corner of the title, and then select "Delete Item" on the list of options. The eBook will be deleted from your Sony eReader.


 









Springfield Town Library – 802-885-3108

2nd Method - Downloading eBooks
using Sony Reader Library

This method is recommended if you plan to buy ebooks from the Sony store and/or download free books from Google's Books.


1. Open the Reader Library.

2. Plug your Sony eReader to your computer via USB.

3. The Sony Reader Library should recognize your eReader, if not, try turning it on or make sure the connections are snug.

4. On the left side of the Sony Reader Library, click on "eBook store". A page opens in the Sony Reader Library. On the top right corner, you want to click "Login into your Account". If you don't have an account, you'll need to create one with Sony.

5. Once you are logged in, click on "Manage Devices".

6. Authorize the devices that you want, if this is your first time; make sure to authorize your computer and the Sony eReader so you can download eBooks from Overdrive.

7. Once your computer and eBook reader is authorized, you can download eBooks from Overdrive. The .ACSM file downloaded from those sites will automatically open by the Sony Reader Library and the eBook will be downloaded to your computer. If somehow the Sony Reader Library does not recognize the .ACSM automatically, drag the file into the "Library" on the left column of the Sony Reader Library.

8. If you would like to transfer eBooks from your Sony Reader Library to your Sony eReader, just drag the file you like into the "Reader" tab on the left.



 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Volunteer Tax Preparation Assistance

The Springfield Town Library is pleased to announce that we will, once again, be offering assistance with federal and Vermont state tax form preparation this year. In cooperation with the AARP (http://www.aarp.org/) we will have trained volunteers to help with preparing personal income tax forms, as well as Vermont state property tax and renter rebate forms.

Assistance will be by appointment only. Appointments will be on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm from Feb. 9 to April 13. For those who need them, a limited number of later appointment times will be also be available Wednesday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 30 (up to 5:30 pm), and a limited number of earlier appointments will be available on Tuesday, March 22, and Tuesday, April 12, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. To schedule an appointment, please call or stop in at the Springfield Town Library (885-3108). Appointments are limited, and often fill up fast, so please call early.

When you come for your appointment, please bring the following (as applicable):

* Current year's tax forms and preparation booklet.
* Copy of last year's tax return.
* W-2 forms from each employer.
* Unemployment compensation statements.
* SSA-1099 form if you received Social Security.
* All 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, etc.) showing interest, dividends, and/or capital gains
* All documentation showing original purchase prices of sold assets.
* 1099-MISC for any miscellaneous income.
* All 1099-R forms showing pension, annuity, or IRA income.
* All forms indicating federal income tax paid.
* Dependent care provider information (name of provider, employer ID or Social Security Number).
* All receipts and/or cancelled checks if itemizing deductions.
* Social Security cards or other official documentation for you, your spouse and all dependents.
* Landlord Certificate or Property tax bill.
* Any other relevant documents.

Please be on time for your appointment. If you find you can't make your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible, so that the time may be made available to someone else.

Note: Our staff members will be happy to assist you in finding needed forms—however, if you need assistance with their preparation, you will need to schedule an appointment with a volunteer, as our staff is not trained to provide such advice.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

IRS provides assistance for people with disabilities

Hundreds of the most popular federal tax forms and publications are available for download from IRS.gov for sight impaired individuals. These products range from talking tax forms to Braille formats, and are accessible using screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays and voice recognition software. Click on the links below to download these forms and publications:

Download Accessible Tax Forms (Braille and Text Formats)
Download Accessible Tax Publications (Braille and Text Formats)
Download Accessible Talking Tax Forms
Download Tax Instructions (Large Print Format)
Download Tax Publications (Large Print Format)

More Help is Available

The IRS also offers customer service assistance for persons who are deaf or who have hearing disabilities. People with TTY equipment may call 800-829-4059, which is a toll-free number, for assistance.

People who are unable to complete their tax return because of a physical disability may get assistance from an IRS office, or through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) sponsored by IRS. Taxpayers can find a nearby location by calling 1-800-906-9887.

Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues, and is available at IRS.gov.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Winter newsletter is here!

Look inside for some great new services your library now offers - along with story times, early release day programs for children and some great nature programs for adults. And don't forget book discussions, the Writer's Group and Friday Morning Pageturners! Just click the link below and you can read and/or print out a copy for yourself.

spfld newslet winter 2011