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MARCH 25, 2008
Get Your Credit Report
Consumers are entitled by federal law to a free credit report every 12 months.  By taking advantage of this right, you can monitor your credit history, making sure that you are in good financial standing, as well as learn if there are problems or errors. is the only authorized online source for you to get this free credit report.  Be aware that many other sites exist that offer credit reports
, sometimes imitating the authorized site with or without intent to fraud.  Visit the Federal Trade Commission's informational site for more on this issue.

Here are some additional informational articles from the FTC.
Credit Reports & Scoring
Your Access to Free Credit Reports
Your Rights:  Credit Reporting
In some situations you may want to purchase a copy of your credit report.  You can do so from one of these companies.
Other sites of interest:

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Categories: FinanceConsumer Information


MARCH 20, 2008
Economic Stimulus Package
The recently announced Economic Stimulus Package has stimulated questions as well as excitement.  IRS has put together an Economic Stimulus Payments Information Center to help answer those questions. 

To receive a payment, taxpayers must have a valid Social Security number, $3,000 of income, and file a 2007 federal tax return.  More Basic Information.

For individuals who normally do not file taxes, the IRS has created a Package 1040A-3, Information About Economic Stimulus Payments for Social Security, Veterans, and Other Beneficiaries.  This packet includes
an informational notice, tips for completing Form 1040A, a sample Form 1040A, and an actual Form 1040A for the filer to complete. 

For Seniors looking for assistance with filing taxes, contact one of these local resources.  Online, AARP offers a Stimulus Payment Tool.

To help you determine whether you qualify for a stimulus payment use the
Economic Stimulus Payment Calculator.

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Category: Taxes


MARCH 20, 2008
The Big Read - 2008
The 2008 Dayton-area community Big Read is happening this spring.  The book being read and discussed this year is Funny in Farsi: a Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas.  The book was also selected for Wright Library's  On-the-Road at Starbucks Book Club.  Visit our blog post for reviews and reading guides. 

Additional information is available at The Big Read Web site and the author's Web site.  We have also created a Book List for additional reading on the Iranian and Iranian American experience.

Wright Library will be hosting the following book discussions. No registration is required for these events.

Date Time Location
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 12 Noon Starbucks
2418 Far Hills Ave.
Sunday, April 13, 2008* 2:00p.m. Library Meeting Room
Sunday, April 27, 2008 3:00p.m. Library Meeting Room
*The April 13, 2008 event is a Young Adult Discussion just for teens.

Additional events are listed on The Big Read Web site.  Tickets for the May 2nd Meet the Author event are currently on sale at Wright Library.  Tickets are $12.00 ($15.00 at the door) and cover dinner, entertainment, and a presentation by Firoozeh Dumas.

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Category: Big Read


MARCH 13, 2008
Find a Job Online

More and more employers and job seekers are connecting via the Web.  Numerous sites exist that allow employers to post positions and seekers to search them.  If you know an employer you might want to work for, check their Web site for employment opportunities.  For a broader search and additional advice on how to go about finding a job and a career online, try the following sites.

At the CareerOneStop Web site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor you can do a job search, but there is a wealth of additional information to assist you in finding the right career.  Another Department of Labor sponsored site, along with the Department of Education, is Career Voyages, which is designed to provide information on high growth, in-demand occupations along with the skills and education needed to attain those jobs.

Ohio's Statewide Job Matching Service is part of the Workforce411 program designed to help connect workers with job skills as well as employers.

Some local employment resources include

The Job Center, Montgomery County's one-stop employment and training center.
Classifieds from the Dayton Daily News 

Find other newspapers' classifieds through

Numerous Job Boards exist online which can be searched by keyword, job title, category/industry, and location.  Here are a few.
CareerJournal from the Wall Street Journal for college students and recent graduates
Craig's List for Dayton Jobs
Dice - Tech jobs
Indeed is a search engine that will find jobs posted on other sites.
Jobster is a another search engine.
Plus Jobs
Quintessential Careers has lists of industry specific job boards.
The Ladders for $100K jobs


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MARCH 4, 2008
New Reference Books (March 2008)
Directories are standard reference resources.  In this month's list of new reference books there are four directories which not only list names and locations, but provide additional information on their area of coverage.  Along with the directories are resources with artist biographies, the electrical code, and the world economic situation.

2007-2008 Official Congressional Directory, 110th Congress

2008 Public Human Services Directory

Federal Regulatory Directory, 13th Edition

National Electrical Code Handbook

Who's Who in American Art - 2008  View the Artist's Gallery

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008 - also available online.

World Radio TV Handbook:  the Directory of Global Broadcasting

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Category: Reference Books


MARCH 3, 2008
Film News and Reviews
The Oscar's have just been announced, but there are always more films to be seen.   For all your movie news and reviews try the following Web sites.

Internet Movie Database
Movie Review Query Engine
Rotten Tomatoes

Local theater Web sites
Cinema de Lux at The Greene
Danbarry Cinemas
The Neon
Regal Hollywood 20 Cinemas at Fairfield Commons
Showcase Cinemas Dayton South, Huber Heights

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Category: Film



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