Governor Snyder released his budget proposal last week, and as expected, the news is grim. The cuts to public, school, and university libraries across the state are significant, and will affect the services that CPL will be able to provide to our community — namely, interlibrary loan and research databases.
The Governor has proposed cutting state aid to libraries to $3 million. The statutorily-required funding is $15 million. The current funding level of $5 million automatically qualifies the state to receive a federal matching grant of $5 million, which pays for MeLCat (statewide interlibrary loan) and the Michigan eLibrary (MeL — statewide research databases). Cutting state aid results in a cut to, and possibly a loss of, the matching grant, which puts MeL and MeLCat in jeopardy.
MeL and MeLCat exemplify the resource-sharing, aggregation of services, eliminating duplication of effort, and economies of scale that the Governor has emphasized over and over. More than 300 libraries — public libraries, K-12 libraries, and university libraries — pool this funding to provide services to Michigan residents. The $5 million investment by the state nets a $5 million matching grant, and saves taxpayers nearly $72 million annually, when you consider the cost to each library if they had to purchase these same resources on their own.
- Steer clear of anyone who won't discuss fees in advance
- Avoid big talkers
- Check credentials
- Don't be afraid to ask for references
- Look for stability
For more information visit irs.gov.
An Adult Services librarian walks us through our Tax Forms workstations and how easy it is to select and print IRS tax forms at Canton Public Library.
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Because forms are so readily-available online, the Canton Public Library will severely limit the number of tax forms we provide in paper format and encourage patrons to print forms from the IRS and Michigan sites at home or in the library for a cost of $.10 per page. Instruction booklets will be provided for use in the library only.
For further information about forms you may contact:
Federal [website] or by phone at 1-800-829-3676 after January 10
State [website] or (517) 636-4486
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- Taxpayers claiming itemized deductions on Schedule A
- Taxpayers claiming the Higher Education Tuition and Fees Deduction
- Taxpayers claiming the Educator Expense Deduction
General Law Resources
- Legal Information Institute — features links to constitutions, statues, regulations and court opinions by jurisdiction
- Findlaw — includes sections for the layperson, legal topics and laws for 50 states
- Michigan Courts Self Help Center — includes information on court procedures and official court forms
- State Bar of Michigan Online Legal Help Center — contains links on sources for different topics in the law, finding a lawyer and researching Michigan law
- Michigan eLibrary (MeL) — information on courts, administrative decisions, finding legal assistance, legal resources, federal and multi-state legal resources, Michigan Legal resources, statutes and regulations
- Michigan Parenting Time Guideline
- Michigan’s Friend of the Court: Support, Custody and Visitation for Michigan Children
Landlord TenantPractical Guide for Landlord and Tenants
- US Bankruptcy Court for Western District of Michigan — contains information on how to file for bankruptcy without an attorney
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The copyright handbook : how to protect & use written works by Stephen Fishman
The copyright book [electronic resource] : a practical guide by William S. Strong
The illustrated story of copyright by Edward Samuels
Copyright's highway : from Gutenberg to the celestial jukebox by Paul Goldstein
How to make patent drawings yourself : a "Patent it yourself" companion by Jack Lo and David Pressman
Protecting your ideas : the inventor's guide to patents by Joy L. Bryant
Code : and other laws of cyberspace by Lawrence Lessig
Database nation : the death of privacy in the 21st century by Simon Garfinkel
Griswold v. Connecticut : contraception and the right of privacy by Susan C. Wawrose
No place to hide by Robert O'Harrow, Jr
Privacy lost : how technology is endangering your privacy by David H. Holtzman ; foreword by Evan Bayh
Tactical transparency : how leaders can leverage social media to maximize value and build their brand by Shel Holtz, John C. Havens ; foreword by Lynne D. Johnson
Transparency : how leaders create a culture of candor by Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, James O'Toole ; with Patricia Ward Biederman
The writer's legal guide : an authors guild desk reference by Tad Crawford and Kay Murray
Spoiling for a fight : third-party politics in America by Micah L. Sifry
Mad as hell : how the Tea Party movement is fundamentally remaking our two-party system by Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen
Dear senator : a daughter's memoir by Essie Mae Washington-Williams and William Stadiem