Adriana Puckett

Understanding Hospitals, Treatments, and Insurance

Lab Tests Online
Search the site by test description, or by disease or condition. Additional information includes screening guides, news, and in-depth articles. Created by: American Association for Clinical Chemistry


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
From the National Institutes of Health, find fact sheets, current research and clinical trial opportunities, a guide to finding a qualified complementary and alternative medical healthcare practioner, a toll-free number for information by telephone, and more.


Needy Meds
Search for special programs that assist people who can't afford to buy the drugs or health equipment they need. Find contact information for each program, with its special requirements and procedures.
 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Consumer Drug Information
Detailed information sheets on newly approved prescription drugs, some of which may not be commercially available as yet. Includes links to other pages from the Center for Drug Evaluation, such as Public Health Alerts, Clinical Trials, and Drug Preparedness and Bioterrism Response, and a page on questions to ask your health care provider before taking a new medication.
 

Virginia State Bureau of Insurance
Includes consumer information from the agency that "licenses, regulates, investigates and examines insurance companies, agencies and agents on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Doctor Directory

ABMS Certified Doctor
Allows the public to verify free of charge the board certification status, location by city and state, and specialty of any physician certified by one of the member boards of ABMS. You can also use the locator service to find a doctor near you. Doctors are in this second database by subscription so use the aforementioned certified doctor verification service database to find an ABMS certified doctor by name. Created by: American Board of Medical Specialties

License Lookup:  Virginia Department of Health Professions
Check the status of licensed health professionals in Virginia. Seach by occupation (includes physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and more), name, professional license number, state, zip code, social security number, or license status.

Virginia Board of Practitioner Information
Provides information on Doctors of Medicine, Osteopathy, and Podiatry, as required by law to be made public, as well as practioner profile self-reported information. Search the database of approximately 31,000 practioners by name, locale, area of specialty, or Virginia hospital affiliation. Find general practice information, certification, education, honors, academic appointments, Virginia Board Notices and Orders, claims paid, and more. Created by: Virginia Board of Medicine

Finding Out What's Wrong and Getting Help

Blue Ridge Poison Center (Poison Help: 1-800-222-1222)
The Blue Ridge Poison Center (BRPC) provides general poison information and poison management advice to residents in Central and Western Virginia, and Virginia Beach. They are waiting for your call. Click on the link for Education to learn about poisons, first aid for poisoning, facts sheets on poison hazards for adults and teens, and a learning activity sheet for children. Created by: University of Virginia Health System
 

healthfinder
Hand-picked health information from A to Z — prevention & wellness, diseases & conditions, and alternative medicine; selected health topics organized for men and women, by age from kids to seniors, by race and ethnicity; information about doctors, dentists, public clinics, hospitals, long term care, nursing homes, health insurance, prescriptions, health fraud, Medicare, Medicaid, and medical privacy; news; and over 50 online “checkups” – quizzes and self-assessments. Also in Spanish. Created by: National Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
 

MayoClinic.com
This site’s mission “is to empower people to manage their health” by giving “access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 2,000 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic.” This rich site provides easy to access, easy to understand, up-to-date health information on diseases and conditions, drugs, healthy lifestyles, and tools such as calculators, quizzes, self-assessments, slide shows, and videos. Created by: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research


MEDLINEplus
Interactive tutorials on over 150 topics, clinical trial studies, the latest health news, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, directories for finding doctors, dentists, and hospitals, drug information, and over 650 topics regarding diseases, conditions, and wellness, on this “goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.” Updated daily. Also in Spanish. Created by: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

By a "nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization," this site not only provides information on mental illnesses and treatments, but gives contact information for local affiliates, support groups, and referrals. Also highlights public policy updates and research initiatives.


Rappahannock Health District
Clinic locations, services and hours for Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties and the City of Fredericksburg. Also includes the location of Rappahannock Area Health District headquarters office and Child Development Clinic.  Services may include maternity care, well child care, women, infant and children (WIC) program, family planning, dental services for ages 3 - 21 at school sites and environmental health services. Part of the Virginia Department of Health.


SeniorNavigator.com: Virginia's Resource for Health and Aging

An excellent site for discovering what services are available for seniors. Housing, day care, health and legal issues are among the many topics. The site includes a zip code search to target what services are available in your area. Free registration is required to use the My Library and Ask an Expert sections. Created by: The Virginia Health Care Foundation


Virginia Health Information Project
"Provides state and national resources organized by age as well as a broad range of reliable health information from  government and non-profit agencies -  information on diseases, drugs, surgical and diagnostic procedures, a huge list of Hotlines, a medical dictionary for kids, actual videos of surgical procedures, alternative medicine information, and much more."

Prepare for the Interview

Books at the Library on Interviewing
Check out one of our books on the finer points of having a great interview.  You will need a CRRL card to reserve or borrow our books.

Interviewing
Interview tips, interview questions and answers, interview preparation and etiquette, and post interview thank you letters.

Work with Local Government

City of Fredericksburg Employment Opportunities
Check the Web site for specific directions on applying for jobs.

Spotsylvania County Job Openings
Create an employment account and apply online for openings.

 Stafford County Employment
Look here for jobs with the county, its public school system, the regional jail, or the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Westmoreland County Employment Opportunities
Jobs available with Westmoreland County are posted here.

Design a Résumé

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.

Explore Careers

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 and Online Tax Information

Local Tax Information

IRS Local Office

1320 Central Park Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
Phone: 540-899-9450
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
Phone: 540-785-9267
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
Phone: 540-372-1086
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

Federal Forms

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.

State Forms

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.

Localities

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. 

Enter the Book Review Contest!

Calling all summer reading club members! Share what you are reading by entering our book review contest, and you may win some swanky library prizes. Reviews can be simple or in-depth. If you haven't joined the summer reading club yet (and you are a CRRL patron), you can sign up online here. We select a winner from each club age level - kids, teens, and adults - each week! If kids are too young to type their reviews, parents can type them in for them.

12 Weeks of Hot Summer Reads: Num8ers by Rachel Ward

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.