Category Archives: Reference Links

“Partakers of Plentie”

thanksgiving letterThe simplicity and stress-less-ness of Thanksgiving — as compared to Christmas, at least — must account for its great appeal, outside of the obvious food factor.  Its association with and historical memorial to the Pilgrims of 1621 cannot be wholly denied, and can serve to remind us of the great stresses that were once endured in order to further simple truths, convictions, ideals, and most importantly: freedoms.   There is a wealth of sources available that speak directly from these folks themselves.  It seems the first Thanksgiving was, in a way, just a traditional harvest feast, complete with beer and plenty of meat (venison and game foul primarily — including wild turkeys).  The causes for lasting relevance could be accounted to the presence of more native Americans than pilgrims in attendance, and the hope that the abundance of the harvest, and other naturally occurring food resources, instilled in them for their future success (and therefore, ours) in this new land of liberty. Continue reading “Partakers of Plentie”

Don’t Deliberate: Self-Educate

“We are tied down, all our days and for the greater part of our day, to the commonplace. That is where contact with the great thinkers, great literature helps. In their company we are still in the ordinary world, but it is the ordinary world transfigured and seen through the eyes of wisdom and genius. And some of their genius becomes ours. . .” – Mortimer J. Adler

Dr. Adler, notable American educator and philosopher, believed the reading of various forms of classical literature not only the means necessary to instill students with the skills to become excellent life-long learners, but also the means to be fully engaged citizens.  He  collaborated with the University of Chicago to develop a course rich in the Great Books of the Western canon for the purpose of helping adults fill in the gaps of their education; to render the reader as an intellectually rounded participant in humanity, and knowledgeable of the great ideas developed in the course of three millennia.

Schmaling will have some of these Great Books on display upstairs in the fiction section temporarily, while many others may be found in the non-fiction section (literature: 800 – 900).   There are also gobs of lists available on the interwebs swollen with reading suggestions to aid you in this venture.  Here are a couple to get you started:

http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2009/07/30/the-100-essential-books-you-should-have-read-in-college/

http://www.greaterbooks.com/index.html

http://www.greaterbooks.com/taylor.html

http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/harold-bloom-creates-a-massive-list-of-works-in-the-western-canon.html

Tax Filing 2015: Info and Links

Photograph of several state tax forms laying on a table

Schmaling Memorial Library now has the following tax forms available on a first come, first serve basis:

  • IL-1040 Form (limit 2 per patron) and Instruction booklet (limit 1 per patron)
  • Schedule ICR (will be available by the end of the month and will also  have a limit of 2 per patron)

In the event of the L-1040 Instruction booklets running out, we have two copies reserved: one for in library use only, and one for checking out (to patrons in good standing).

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However, the following are several links that will hopefully assist you in the exciting endeavor of tax preparation: like printing the forms you specifically need, reading and/or printing the instructions for said forms, or even filing paperlessly (apparently that is not a word; oh well).

Federal Filing Links
State Filing Links