How is your 401(k) (or 403b/457) doing?

Money Smart Week  (April 5-12,) is just around the corner and we can assist you!

On Monday, April 7th at 6:30 pm.  Christine Benz and Adam Zoll, of the highly acclaimed investment research firm, Morningstar, will discuss how to make the most of your 401(k) (or 403b/457) and help you evaluate your company’s retirement plan to select the right investments.   You can watch the live stream video or the recording.

To learn more about using the free financial resources that your library provides through the widely acclaimed database Morningstar Research Center, login to a training webinar on Friday, April 11th at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, or call in to the teleconference. The focus of the event will be on navigating the database, using the screening and portfolio analysis tools, and where to find helpful information.

  • Free Event: Morningstar Investment Research Center Training
  • Hosted By: Morningstar Training Center
  • When: Friday, April 11th, 1:00 pm Eastern Time
  • LINK: www.morningstar.com/goto/mswmirctraining
  • DIAL:  (866) 844-9418  Use conference code 745 931 533 and password mirc
Click here to print the flyer.
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West Hempstead Public Library Staff WEAR RED!

wearRed-collectionsWe’ve supported the Go Red For Women – American Heart Association campaign since 2008, raising awareness of heart disease and how to prevent it.

We are proud of our staff at the West Hempstead Public Library!


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Go Red for Women in 2014

wearRed-collectionsWe want you to JOIN US this year on Friday, February 7, 2014,  as we WEAR RED to supporting the GO RED For WOMEN campaign to remind women about the dangers of heart disease.
WEAR RED and we’ll take your photo, too!

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Weather Alert!

snowstormDue to the weather conditions we will

DELAY OPENING UNTIL 11 A.M. ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14.

Please check this blog entry for further updates.
You may also check our Facebook page or call us at 516-481-6591.

 

Stay safe and warm and please enjoy some of our library services
(see links below) from the comfort of your own home using only
your library card.

Downloadable eBooks & Audiobooks (Overdrive) 
Reference Databases 
Children’s Databases
Children’s Games 

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SNOW CLOSING AT 1 PM

snowstormWe will close at 1 pm on Monday, February 3 because of the snow storm.  We want everyone to get home safely.  Please use caution traveling and shoveling out!

Remember to check Facebook and our website, or call (516) 481-6591 first before coming to the library.

Stay safe and warm and please enjoy some of our library services
(see links below) from the comfort of your own home using only
your library card.

Downloadable eBooks & Audiobooks (Overdrive) 
Reference Databases 
Children’s Databases
Children’s Games 

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Tax Help for Persons with Disabilities

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides online tax products and services for taxpayers with disabilities. Individuals may visit the IRS Accessibility page (www.irs.gov/uac/IRS.gov-Accessibility) to download forms, publications, and other products and to access tax-related videos in English and American Sign Language. The IRS recommends checking the website often as it is continuously adding more products to assist persons with disabilities.

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Tax Preparation Resources – FreeFile and E-file

Free File: Do Your Federal Taxes for Free

If your income is below $58,000  you can get brand-name software to help you prepare and e-file your federal return for free.  If your income is above $58,000, you can get Free File Fillable Forms as of January 31, 2014 when tax season opens. Find out more about Free File and E-File at http://www.irs.gov/Filing

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Another Snow Emergency!

snowstormWe plan to reopen the library on Wednesday,  January 22 at 1 pm.

If there are any changes in the weather forecast, we will update this blog entry, so please check back here, on Facebook, or call (516) 481-6591 first before coming to the library.

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In the Library: with Life’s WORC

lifesworc_2246George Gray and 3 members of his group from Life’s WORC: (l-r) Rajab Williams, Caitlin Wilkenshoff, and Tommy Gillece.

It is not unusual to observe various groups using the library. When you visit us, you will often see family members or tutors working one-on-one with students, or classmates studying together, or larger groups gathered around a table to complete a school project.

Over the past year, the reference librarians have noticed that Mr. Gray and a group of 5 or 6 individuals have been coming to use our library on a fairly regular basis.  We have been impressed with how independent and focused the members appear to be as they use the computers, or read, or work, sometimes individually or together.  Our staff are always prepared to assist the individuals whenever help is needed locating items or if there is a problem on the computers, but with Mr. Gray in the wings to get them started and follow up with issues, we are rarely called upon.  Unlike some of the other groups that use our library, his group members seem to have goals to fulfill, and diligently go about their business.

What a librarian’s dream!  We couldn’t help wondering “Who is this Pied Piper-like figure? And how does he work his magic?”

On Friday, Dec.20, 2013 I arranged an interview with George Gray to learn about him and his group. I discovered that he works in the Day Habilitation program of Life’s WORC, a not-for-profit organization that provides comprehensive support for individuals with developmental disabilities.  In his role as a Direct Support Professional, he owns the responsibility of helping the members of his group prepare for work and to further their employability goals based on individualized plans.

When they are in the library, Mr. Gray supervises his group as they work on their reading, writing, and money skills, or use the computer to practice keyboarding or research.   In addition to providing his one-on-one support, he also gives in-service group training on safety and health issues and instruction on job roles, work routines, and the importance of time and following schedules.  He takes them to volunteer work sites to practice their skills, to the gym to support a healthy lifestyle, and on trips to emphasize socialization and contributing to the greater community.  He’s a chauffeur, a coach, and a friend.

Mr. Gray enjoys seeing his group members being productive and happy.  And his group members adore him.  I had the chance to speak with Tommy Gillece, who is full of energy, and charmed me with his enthusiasm about working two days a week as a school volunteer and his employment at a couple of part-time jobs where he is proud to earn wages.  Caitlin Wilkenshoff, shyly told me about her retail job and how she uses her time in the library to improve her keyboarding skills.  Rajab Williams was just pleased to be a part of the group.

When I asked the group if they had any suggestions about how we could improve our services, they were very kind and complimentary.  We are pleased that these patrons find our library a welcoming environment and hope that they continue to thrive and find our services useful.

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Library Closed Friday January 3

snowstormThe West Hempstead Public Library will be
CLOSED today, Friday, January 3rd,
as a result of the snow storm.

Please check back here or call the Library at 516-481-6591
for up-to-date information.

Stay safe and warm and please enjoy some of our library services
(see links below) from the comfort of your own home using only
your library card.

Downloadable eBooks & Audiobooks (Overdrive) 
Reference Databases
Children’s Databases
Children’s Games

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