January 26 | 4:00-5:00 pm
Meet Jean Long Manteufel, author of Transitions: Stories of How to Help Mom and Dad with their Stuff. Are you downsizing from a house you've lived in for 50 years? Do you need direction for yourself or a loved one? Jean can show you what to do. Books will be available for sale and signing following Jean's presentation.
This year the IRS has announced that it will no longer supply a full range of tax forms to libraries. Because of cutbacks, the IRS will only supply forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. The instruction booklets for these forms will not be supplied.
As in the past, tax forms and booklets can be downloaded from the IRS website. Copies from this site can be printed from our computers or with assistance from staff at a service desk. The charge for black and white copies is 15 cents per side (30 cents for a two-sided page). Individuals may also request tax forms and booklets through the IRS website or by calling 1-800-829-3676.
The State of Wisconsin is providing all the usual forms and booklets, including the Homestead form. These will be available for free on our first floor starting on Friday, January 16. You can also download Wisconsin forms and booklets on the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, was born to gifted and well-to-do parents. Her mother was a singer and her father was a well-known preacher who marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights movement. Life wasn’t a piece of cake. Aretha’s mother left the family when she was young leaving the father as a single parent. Her father showcased her childhood talent by waking her up in the middle of the night to play piano and sing for his party guests. Aretha experienced her first pregnancy at the age of 12, her second baby arrived when she was 15 and she dropped out of school. Aretha’s babies were raised by big mama, her father’s mother. Aretha experienced her first recording session with Columbia Records in 1960 at the age of 18. The book covers her years her early years of gospel singing in the church which taught her the response and call method she employed throughout her career. She was associated with Columbia, Atlantic and Arista Records. She dealt with a variety of agents and collaborators most notably Jerry Wexler. We discover that Aretha is a dreamer who has trouble following through with grandiose plans. She is a diva who jealously protects her status as Queen. Aretha is unable to manage her financial affairs and tour schedules, has a fear of flying and is often not on speaking terms with fellow musicians or family members for months at time. Yet she is an artist whose work is greatly admired. Her classic recordings of Chain of Fools, RESPECT, Think, and other works are considered standards in the R&B canon. Ritz’s readable but detailed biography could have focused more time on Franklin’s personal life but the star is notoriously private. Ritz interviewed countless acquaintances and family members in order to construct this inside look at Franklin’s life.
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