The Complete Guide to Résumé Writing
"Free help from a professional résumé writer" - Articles on general points of résumé writing as well as specific kinds of résumés: student, career change, functional, and executive. This site also discusses cover letters and includes access to a free résumé writing e-course. Created by BlueSkyResumes.
Rappahannock Goodwill Job Help Centers
For those with and without disabilities, Goodwill provides free training in basic keyboarding and computer use, application writing, effective interviewing, and résumé & cover letter preparation. The Goodwill Community Foundation created a web site that offers online basic computer training at GCFLearnFree.org. The training is free; just create your personal registration and begin learning the skills you need to compete in today's job market.
Résumé Books at the Library
Check out one of our many books on résumé writing. You will need a CRRL card to reserve or borrow our books.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
A good choice for career planning. Gives descriptions, working conditions, employment projections, training required, earnings, and more. Created by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Testing and Education Reference Center
Information on colleges, technical schools and executive programs. Find application forms, identify scholarships. Use test-prep ebooks. Practice Civil Service, EMS, firefighter, military, real estate and many more exams. Requires a CRRL library card for access.
Local Tax Information
IRS Local Office
1320 Central Park Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30-4:30 (Closes for lunch 12-1 and all federal holidays)
AARP Tax Aid Clinics
IRS-trained volunteers will be available to prepare simple tax returns beginning in January. All returns will be filed electronically. Appointments may be made one week in advance. Walk-ins will be accepted as space permits. Taxpayers must bring social security cards, photo IDs, last year's return, and all other necessary forms and receipts (W2s, 1099s, etc.).
Snow Branch, CRRL
Begins 2/6/2010; ends 4/10/2010
8740 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA, 22553
Phone: 540-507-7565 (call for appointment during library hours beginning 1/23/2010)
Saturdays 9:00 - 3:00
Salem Church Branch, CRRL
Begins 2/3/2010; ends 4/14/2010
2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407
Wednesdays and Fridays 12:30 - 4:30
Dorothy Hart Community Center
Begins 2/1/2010; ends 4/15/2010
408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 - 3:00
First come, first served
Due to the program’s popularity, we suggest you arrive prior to Noon; we make every attempt to provide same-day service.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Clinics
For all sites, the maximum 2009 income limit for a family is $49,000 (regardless of family size). Taxpayers should be eligible for the EITC to receive help at several Fredericksburg area sites. To get more information on eligibility and EITC clinics, taxpayers can visit Rappahannock United Way online or call at 540-371-5268. No appointments needed. Taxpayers must bring social security cards, photo IDs, last year's return, and all other necessary forms and receipts (W2s, 1099s, etc.), childcare provider's ID number, amount of any other income or economic stimulus payments if received, bank documents showing routing and account numbers if requesting direct deposit.
In the case of inclement weather, sites may be closed.
Headquarters Library, CRRL
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
Phone: 540-371-5268 (call for information)
Tuesdays, January 19 - April 13, 5:00-8:00 pm
Saturdays, January 23 - April 10, 1:00-4:00 pm
Porter Branch, CRRL
Begins 1/20/2010; ends 4/14/2010
2001 Parkway Boulevard, Stafford, VA, 22554-3972
Phone: 540-371-5268 (call for information)
Wednesdays 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tax Help for Elderly and Low Income
Trained volunteer tax preparers will be offering free assistance to elderly and low-income residents. For more information, contact United Way at 540-373-0041.
The Law Library of the Headquarters of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library has additional legal information on taxes, especially of interest to tax attorneys. Please call 540-372-1144 for more information. Basic tax forms and some publications in print are available at all of our branches. Tax forms and publications can be printed out at all branches.
Tax Forms and Pay Online
- IRS Forms and Publications
- Download forms and instructions for the present year back to 1990. Adobe Acrobat Reader is freely available to download and use for viewing and printing documents. You may also read lengthy publications online, if you desire. Files may be searched by keyword. Some of the more popular forms are available in a "fill-in" version. This page also links to states' tax sites and electronic filing options. Also, visit their Tax Tips for 2009 for some handy tips.
- AARP Online Tax Counseling
- The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides information to help you complete your federal tax return. Site offers frequently asked questions and an opportunity to ask questions of trained volunteers.
- Virginia Department of Taxation
Individuals are encouraged to file electronically using iFile. You can find Virginia tax forms from 1995-present online. Answers to frequently-asked questions and forms for businesses and estates can be found on the department's home page. You may also request that forms be mailed to your home, or download them in Adobe portable document format (.pdf) from home or in the library. Otherwise, forms are not being mailed out.
- Tax Forms from Other States
Get tax forms online from different states. Please note that not all states have this service.
- City of Fredericksburg
Information about taxes is available through the Commissioner of the Revenue's office.
- Spotsylvania County Office of the Treasurer: Pay Online
Spotsylvania residents can pay their personal property taxes, real estate taxes, and other county bills online using their credit cards.
- Stafford County, Office of the Treasurer
This site has information about other county regulations. Stafford residents can pay their personal property and real estate taxes online
- Westmoreland County, Taxes
Tax tables for real estate, machinery & tools, motor vehicles, sales & use, and public utilities.
Other links of interest:
You may have heard about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka, the Stimulus Bill). If you have questions about how the bill might affect you in the tax year 2009, please visit the IRS News Room for more information. The site highlights the benefits for those who purchase new vehicles or are first-time home buyers in 2009, as well as those eligible for the Making Work Pay Tax Credit (don’t know if you’re eligible? Visit the site to see the criteria). There are also tax implications for Social Security recipients, veterans, and railroad employees
A full summary of provisions is also available from the Senate Finance, House Ways & Means Committees.
Calculators On-Line Center
All manner of useful calculators. Includes unit conversion, abacus, basic math, complex math calculators by specialty (fractals, curves, algorithms, etc.), slide rule and statistical calculators.
Tax and Accounting Sites Directory
A truly comprehensive site that has policies, laws, tables, help guides and more for both federal and state taxes.
Tax Policy Center
Provides timely, accessible analysis and facts about tax policy to policymakers, journalists, citizens, and researchers via tax factsheets and analysis.
This is Week 2 of a 12-Week series of blog posts reviewing new young adult books. Check back each Monday for a new review.
Jem has a secret. When she looks into someone's eyes, a number appears in her head. But not just any number - it's the date of their death. She has seen the numbers ever since she was a little girl, but she didn't know what they meant until her own mother died of an overdose. Since then, Jem has had a rough life, being thrown out of one foster home after another, labeled as a problem kid in school and put in "special" classes. She has built an impenetrable wall around herself so she doesn't have to see anyone's number, and no one so far has been able to be close to her. Until Spider.
Spider is an impossible tall, fidgety boy from school, who Jem runs into one day while skipping class. Through different events they become close, and Jem realizes that she has let herself care about someone for the first time since her mother's death. One day they go together to see the London Eye, when Jem notices something disconcerting. She sees the same death date in every tourist's eyes. Unnerved, she grabs Spider's hands and convinces him to run away from the London Eye, which explodes shortly thereafter. They are caught on security camera fleeing from the scene and are considered suspects. All of a sudden - Jem and Spider, two "troubled" kids from London's projects, are on the run.
Summer is the perfect time to sit down and read some poetry. Grab a picnic and a blanket, and lay down under a shady tree with a few of the books in our new booklist, Poetry Breaks. You'll have a fun afternoon laughing at Lee Bennett Hopkins' poetry in "Oh No! Where are My Pants?" or musing over the "reversible verse" in Mirror, Mirror that puts a twist on familiar fairy tales. Poetry is so much more than just a haiku assignment at school. It can be hilarious, sad, clever, and profound, sometimes all at once.
The eSequels database, a new addition to the CRRL database offerings, is a great resource for book lovers. eSequels is "a reader's guide to novels in series," and allows you to browse by not only author and title, but also by character, location, and subject, allowing you to identify any series easily.
Series are also listed in the correct reading sequence, and annotations do not reveal any spoilers. The keyword search is a wonderful tool for discovering new series. The listings include only adult titles.
To access eSequels, click on the database title in the listing and then enter your 14-digit CRRL barcode on the main page.
This is Week 1 of a 12-Week series of blog posts reviewing new young adult books. Check back each Monday for a new review.
For me, summer reading is all about escaping somewhere else. The new vista doesn't have to be pretty, but it does need to be interesting. The world of Incarceron, introduced in the novel Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, delivers an escape like nothing else (for the reader, although not for the poor souls trapped within). Incarceron is a prison, but not like the prisons we are familiar with. It is a world unto itself, with areas of ruins and forests, and some wildernesses so wild that they are only whispered of but never traversed. Incarceron is also aware in a way that most prisons are not - it reacts to the prisoners' actions, manipulating them, and watching them with a pulsing, Sauron-like eye.
Our hero in the world of Incarceron is Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner who is considered "cell born" and remembers only vague memories of his life before he became aware three years ago. He is part of a band of rogues that troll the prison, called the Comitatus. He also has some freaky fainting spells, complete with visions. He believes that he was born "Outside" but no one believes him because that is very rare.
Fredericksburg port record information, collected by historian John "Jack" Johnson, is now available for searching and browsing through the CRRL history Web site.
Discover ships and captains making port in this bustling sea town or conduct a general search to get an idea of the commercial activity. For instance, on Christmas Day, 1816, a half dozen ships made port from as far away as Boston, Massachusetts, and as close as Richmond, Virginia, bringing undisclosed cargoes!
Searching the port records can be done by year, ship name, captain name, OR combinations thereof.
If you're a fan of the Chaos Walking series, you'll be excited to hear that the third book in the trilogy, Monsters of Men, will hit U.S. bookstores on September 28, 2010. In the meantime, you can enjoy this trailer and maybe re-read The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and The Answer.
If you haven't heard of this series yet (and you love intense, action-packed, dystopian novels), check out this blog post.
Join this year's Summer Reading Clubs online or at our library branches starting June 1st!
The theme for kids is "Hook a Book." Read what you want, when you want! No meetings to attend, just visit the library any time. Keep track of what you're reading if you want - but it's not required. Kids can keep having fun all summer at our free programs. Check back here starting June 1 to sign up.
While you're waiting, check out this video that tells you all about how the club works.