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NASA Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Challenger Disaster

On January 28, 1986, the NASA  Space Shuttle Challenger  broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members, which included five NASA astronauts and two payload specialists. NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency’s Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Jan. 28, the 30th anniversary of the Challenger accident. NASA’s Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery.

Interview a Family Member at the Library

Help us celebrate the National Day of Listening on Nov. 28 by interviewing a family member in a new service provided by the library called StoryShare (inspired by StoryCorps). You’ll do the talking while a trained volunteer operates the recording equipment. Participants will receive an audio CD of the interview while the library keeps a
copy. Interviews will last about 40 minutes, and the theme is “family.” Book a one-hour
time slot Fri., Nov. 28, 1–5 p.m. or Sat., Nov. 29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Register by calling the Ask Us Desk at 630/887-8760 ext. 239.

Citizenship Help

Sat., June 14, 1–4 p.m.
An officer from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will briefly review the process of how to become a citizen, demonstrate how to use the USCIS website, and discuss citizenship interviews. Register online at or call
630/887-8760 ext. 239.

Citizenship 101 and Free Legal Consultations for Immigrants

Citizenship Help
We have a new “citizenship corner” with books, DVDs, CDs, links to helpful citizenship sites, and brochures for local groups to help immigrants study for citizenship. Funds for these materials and programs were awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

Citizenship 101
Sat., June 14, 1–4 p.m.
An officer from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will briefly review the citizenship process, the USCIS website, and discuss citizenship interviews.
Register online at, by calling 630/887-8760 ext. 239, or at the Ask Us Desk.

Free Legal Consultations for Immigrants
Tues., Aug. 19, 9 a.m.–noon
Free half-hour legal consultations on immigrant issues will be provided by World Relief DuPage. Call the Ask Us Desk at 630/887-8760 ext. 239 to make an appointment.

Adult Services iPads
Adult Services has two iPads which can be used in the library. They include apps for ESL, citizenship, geography, grammar, and more. Check them out at the Computer Help Desk.

Literacy DuPage Is Training Tutors

Help change someone’s future. Become an adult literacy tutor today. Literacy DuPage is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides accessible and customized tutoring for adults. These tutor training sessions will prepare you to tutor other adults so that they can read, write, speak, and understand English. Please plan to attend all 6 sessions: February 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, and March 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Indian Prairie Library.  There is a $25 fee to help cover the cost of materials.  For more information, refer to Literacy DuPage’s website or call 630.416.6699.

Tax Form Distribution

As in years past,  the library will be distributing Illinois and federal tax forms to the public. According to the Internal Revenue Service, “the majority of shipments for Forms 1040, 1040 and 1040EZ, and their respective Schedules and Instructions may begin in mid to late January.” The forms will be on shelving adjacent to the Ask Us Desk. For questions, call 630-887-8760, ext. 240.

Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) Extension

Moving to accommodate consumers frustrated by the troubled website, the Obama administration announced Friday that Americans would have an extra week to sign up for health coverage for 2014.

The president’s healthcare law originally required consumers to select a health plan by Dec. 15 in order to be covered on Jan. 1. Americans will now have until Dec. 23 to select a plan, administration officials said in a conference call for reporters.,0,2819793.story#ixzz2mYywDlqr

AARP Tax-Aide Needs Volunteer for the 2014 Filling Season

Looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a difference in our community?  The AARP Tax-Aide Program is now seeking volunteers for the 2014  tax season.  You don’t have to be an AARP member or have an accounting or tax background to volunteer.  It is important to be somewhat familiar with income taxes, for example, by having prepared your personal income tax returns, and to be computer literate since all returns are prepared on the computer.

Income tax preparation and assistance is offered free of charge to low and middle income taxpayers with special assistance to those 60 and older.

To volunteer, visit website or call 1-800-227-7669.

Tax forms delayed

The production of some 2012 major tax products, including the Form 1040 and the Instructions for Form 1040, is impacted by the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  At this time, we do not have an estimate as to when products will become available on or in print.

New Local Community Events Blog!

Check out the new Local Community Events Blog. You will find information on local events in and around Darien, Willowbrook, and Burr Ridge–from Christmas programs to fireworks displays and everything in between. In addition, we will be highlighting recycling and other green events.

At the top right of the blog you can click the monthly calendar to see events further in advance. The link to this new blog is at the bottom right of the website under “The Community.” Enjoy!