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JANUARY 27, 2010
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Free tax preparation help is being offered by two Marathon County organizations this year.
NorthCentral Technical College is offering help on Thursdays starting on February 4, 2010 and running through April 15, 2010. VITA staff will be available every Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. except April 1, 2010 to help. Taxpayers should go to Room A165. Call 675-3331 for further details.
United Way is offering tax preparation help for low- and moderate-income taxpayers especially those 60 years and older beginning February 2, 2010. Anyone needing help with income taxes or homestead credit should call 848-2255 or 211 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tax help will be given Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon at 212 River Drive.
Tax preparation help will not be available at the Marathon County Public Library. However the Headquarters Library and all branches do offer copies of all federal and Wisconsin tax forms.
The local office of the IRS is located at 10208 Park Plaza in Rothschild. They are typically open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday - Friday (closed noon - 1pm for lunch). Call (715) 241-7077 or click here for more information about the services provided at this location.
Interviews with 22 survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who settled in Wisconsin have just been published online by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Thirty years ago, Society staff interviewed 22 survivors and two American eyewitnesses, yielding 160 hours of tape recordings and more than 3,000 pages of transcripts. These have now been published in their entirety at www.wisconsinhistory.org/holocaustsurvivors
Users can stream the recordings while reading along or download the audio (mp3) and text (pdf) for later use. A search engine leads to anecdotes about specific topics, places, people, and events. Nearly 200 photographs are included.
Dozens of short excerpts are organized under headings such as "Prewar Life in Europe," "Ghettoes," "Escapes," "Resistance," and "Postwar Life & Immigration." These compelling stories are only one or two minutes long, perfect for classroom use or casual browsing: www.wisconsinhistory.org/holocaustsurvivors/excerpts
Most of the survivors were children or teenagers at the time of the Holocaust, so their memories are a particularly effective teaching tool. A separate teachers' page links to age-appropriate stories and suggests how to use them in classes: www.wisconsinhistory.org/HolocaustSurvivors/teachers.asp
The survivors recall happy childhoods, traditional Jewish communities, the rise of the Third Reich, anti-Semitic violence such as Kristallnacht, the Warsaw and Lodz ghettoes, and conditions at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps. They describe the fates of their families, starting new lives in postwar Europe, emigrating to the U.S., and the founding of Israel. They also discuss life in Wisconsin's Jewish communities between 1945 and 1980. The interviews were conducted not only in Milwaukee and Madison but in cities from Kenosha to Superior and towns from Monroe to Merrill.
The collection differs from other online Holocaust resources in its depth and breadth. Although only 22 survivors give testimony, they grew up all over Europe — from Holland in the West to Ukraine in the East, Poland in the North to Greece in the South. Some came from affluent families with servants, while others were middle- or working-class families. An equal number of men and women are interviewed. Some fled their homes in the late 1930s as refugees, while others went into hiding like Anne Frank. During the Holocaust, some worked at slave labor and others survived the death camps. Unlike other Web sites devoted to the Holocaust, the Wisconsin collection provides entire interviews (some lasting up to 12 hours) and complete typed transcripts. The interviews also cover their subjects’ family histories, lives before the Holocaust, and experiences in later life as American immigrants.
All content may be printed or downloaded to a user’s computer or mp3 player at no cost, for nonprofit educational use by teachers, students and private researchers. Commercial use is prohibited.
As we have been going about our daily lives this week, important negotiations have been going on behind closed doors in Boston. That is the site of this year's American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.
People everywhere have been buzzing about the decisions that will soon be announced: what were the best books published for our children in 2009? Everyone has their favorites, and they have been blogging and Tweeting about them for the past month or more. Children, teachers, librarians and other book lovers have been holding "Mock" elections to make their choices. But what will the results of the real elections be?
These decisions will be kept completely secret until Monday morning, January 18, at 7:45 am (Eastern Time). At that time, the winners of all 17 categories of Youth Media Awards will be announced, including the "Big Three" in Children's Literature:
The John Newbery Medal, "the most distinguished American children's book";
The Radolph Caldecott Medal, given to "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children;"
The Michael L Printz Award, given to "a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
So--who do you think will win this year? Post your "votes" here!
As for me: My pick for the Newbery is: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. If I'm allowed a second choice, it would be All the Broken Pieces, by Ann E. Burg. My pick for the Caldecott is Duck, Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal--but that's really going out on the limb, because there hasn't been any "buzz" about that one. My second pick for Caldecott: Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald--another limb-sitter, but that's ok. Everyone can have their favorites, too.
Looking for free electronic books but unsure of what library online resource you can use?
NetLibrary is a collection of e-books that you can read on your computer after you have established an account. Set up your NetLibrary account on one of the computers at the headquarters library in Wausau or at any of the 8 branch libraries. Then you will be able to login and read NetLibrary ebooks from any computer with Internet access. E-books from NetLibrary can only be viewed on your computer. These electronic books cannot be downloaded to an e-book reader or any other portable device.
OverDrive is a collection of e-books, music, audiobooks, and videos that you can download for free to your computer or portable device. The electronic books available from this online resources are available as Adobe PDF files that you can download and read on your computer or as EPUB format files that you can download to your Sony e-book reader. Materials check out for two weeks. You do not need to set up a separate account to use OverDrive. Your valid library card is all you need to “check-out” and download items from OverDrive.