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Help with filing for Unemployment Benefits

Filing for unemployment benefits just got a little easier with the release of Filing your claim for unemployment benefits & finding a job - a joint effort of the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and the Michigan Works! Agencies. This 17 minute DVD provides information on the claims-filing process for unemployment compensation and answers many of the typical questions asked by unemployed workers. Multiple copies are available at the Library.

Where's My Refund

Did you know you can check the status of your federal income tax refund online?  Simpy visit Where's My Refund and you can track your refund through this secure Web site.  Be sure to have a copy of tax returns handy so that you can enter all the relevant information!

White House Council on Women and Girls

Today President Obama created a new council whose mission will be "to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families." Its goals include improving women's economic security and healthcare, and preventing violence against women - both home and abroad. The full text of the executive order can be found here.

Books on Foreclosure

Each day seems to bring more bad news about Americans facing foreclosure and Michigan is among the hardest hit states.  Many neighborhoods are seeing the effects first hand and people faced with such 

Putting some extra money in your wallet

Much has been said about what the new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act means to individuals.  The Internal Revenue Service outlines some of the tax-related provisions of the new program and answers common questions in a recent news release.

Check Our Lobby for Events, Brochures

Check out our lobby bulletin board and display racks for information ranging from community events to financial aid forms and publications on state government. There are sections for seniors and health, too. All publications are free and change on a rotating basis.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Recovery.gov is a website that lets you, the taxpayer, figure out where the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is going. The money is being distributed by Federal agencies, and soon you'll be able to see where it's going -- to which states, to which congressional districts, even to which Federal contractors.

How Free People Move Mountains

Doesn't it seem as if partisan bickering dominates politics and government these days? Are we so caught up in red state/blue state, liberal vs. conservative that perhaps we have lost sight of what is really important?

2008 Tax Forms

You'll find the most common federal and State of Michigan tax forms in our Copy Center, along with access to computers to print out any other tax forms we don't have available, through April 15.

President Obama Creates new Religious Office

President Obama in the inaugural paradePresident Barack Obama has chosen Joshua DuBois to lead his White House-based effort to steer federal social service dollars to religious charities and get them more involved in government anti-poverty efforts.

Facts.com Database

Facts.com database has many cartoons that can be used to illustrate a point in papers or presentations. Here is one from the past (2003) that is definitely partisan:

Hard Times

Obama's New Stance

In his first formal television interview, President Obama chose an Arab network to broadcast his willingness to show respect and listen carefully in all conversations engaged with or pertaining to Middle Eastern countries. Read this interview. 

ALA speech given by Barack Obama in 2005.

This speech on the role of libraries was given in 2005. Before most Americans had even heard of our new POTUS, Barack Obama.