Tax Filing for Free or Less

It’s that time of year where you keep hearing that Ben Franklin quote about  the two certainties in life: Death and Taxes.  But if you’re not so certain, here’s where you can get some help.

  1. Earn less than $64,000? Go to the IRS!  They will ask you a few easy questions, then hook you up with software for both state and federal returns. The less you make, the more options you have (now that’s a first!)
  2. Earn more than $64,000, Go to the IRS! You won’t get any help with state taxes, but there are free forms to be printed out, and there is help with the math and gives limited guidance.
  3. The Armonk Branch of the Library has forms (a lot of them, but not all), and North White has some forms too. It saves you from printing!

Town of North Castle Big Read!

Hi, everyone! I have a couple of special events to tell you about. They include:

  1. Cute puppies! Come to the North White Plains branch at 3:00 on March 2, or to the North Castle Branch at 5:00 the same day, to meet these very special dogs: thumbnail
  2. Food! On Thursday, May 4, we’ll have a discussion with Greek snacks.
  3. And, of course, books. In particular, this book:my-family-and-other-animalsIn 1935, 10-year-old Gerry Durrell ends up living on Corfu along with his eccentric family. To find out more about the book and our Big Read, click on the image!

Mary Johnson


The Diary by Eileen Goudge

Review by Anne Beier

A Perfect Valentines Day Mystery Novel

Elizabeth Marshall  was a quintessential, mid-western, 1950’s, wife and mother. She married a wonderful man  who was madly in love with her, as well as an upstanding citizen of their community, deacon at their church, hard worker, and loving father. Their grown daughters, Sarah and Emily always thought their parents had a storybook marriage, until they discover their mother’s diary, while cleaning out the attic of their childhood home, before it goes on the market.

Who is A.J.?  He was a dynamic, magnetic man with and engaging and endearing sense of humor. Their mother’s unrequited love for him is a shock.  Inspired by a true story, the sisters discover, so much about this incredible man,  who was a major love interest in their mother’s life. Or was he?

Both of their parents were only children, and with no one to ask, they are compelled to find out the truth, which adds to the mysterious yet satisfying conclusion. This is page-turner, with many twists and turns. The reader will uncover a charming and surprising story, as they take an uphill journey with Sarah and Emily.

Happy New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai! And welcome to the year of the Rooster.

We’ve got many excellent books about China here in the library. I’m going to highlight just a few that are either by Chinese authors, or about China, or both. We’ll start with a quick and easy read by a young American student of Chinese culture.


If you haven’t yet read this memoir, you’re in for a treat! In the 1980’s, Mark, a graduate student at Yale, goes to China to teach English and study Kung Fu. He lives in the city of Changsha for two years. The New York Times remarked that his stories of that time “Take the form of a series of lightly sketched episodes; almost without exception they produce the gulp of feeling you might get from an unusually fine short story…”

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Love is in the Air

1cd0956e-86f7-4292-9277-b6f794a3db37Valentine’s Day will be upon us before we know it!  If you would like to warm your heart with a good love story during these long, cold days of winter, we have just what you need no matter what kind of reader you are.

the_notebook_coverWe have an abundance of romance available in books, audiobooks, (and movies) by the kings and queens of the genre; Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Balogh, Jude Deveraux, Katie db8d87a6e25b9910ceba42460b07cbccFforde, John Green, Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Kleypass, Dean Koontz, Johanna Lindsey, Debbie Macomber, Alexander McCall Smith, Fern Michaels, and Nicholas Sparks among others.

Recent additions to our collection include I Almost Forgot About You by Terry imagesMcMillan, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, Two By Two by 51bi5m2edwl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Nicholas Sparks, A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan,  Nine Women, One Dress by Jane Rosen, and Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave to name just a few.            Continue reading “Love is in the Air”

The Books Behind the 2017 Oscar Nominations…..

This year’s Oscar nominees include several  movies that are based on books.  If you were captivated by the movie, and want to read the book, or if you liked a book that has been made into a movie, check out this list.   It’s always interesting to compare the two!


The Book: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley.  Five-year-old Saroo, living in rural India, gets separated from his older brother and falls asleep on an empty train parked in the station. Suddenly the train takes off, headed for Calcutta, a city where Saroo can’t speak the language. After living on the street for several weeks he is adopted by a couple from Australia. 25 years later, he uses images on Google Maps to jog his memory and find his way back to his original home.

 The Movie: Lion. Nominated for Best: Picture; Actor in a Supporting Role (Dev Patel); Actress in a Supporting Role (Nicole Kidman);  Adapted Screenplay; Cinematography; and Original Score.  


The Book:  Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. During World War II, the American aeronautics industry hired black female mathematicians to fill a labor shortage.

The Movie:  Hidden Figures.   Nominated for Best Picture; Actress in a supporting role (Octavia Spencer),  and Adapted Screenplay.




The Book:  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  A grumpy man hides a personal loss beneath his short-tempered exterior.  He clashes with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness leads to unexpected friendship.  This comical and heartwarming book  has been an enormously popular bestseller.

The Movie: A Man Called Ove. Nominated for Best Foreign Film;  Makeup and Hairstyling. In Swedish with English subtitles. *Available  on DVD.



tonysusan2-copyThe Book:  Tony & Susan by Austin Wright. Susan Wright receives a manuscript and a request for feedback from her ex-husband of fifteen years. His novel is called Nocturnal Animals, and it is the violent story of a man whose wife and daughter are murdered.  As she is drawn into the life of the story’s main character, she confronts a devastating parallel darkness from her own past.

The Movie:  Nocturnal Animals. Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Shannon).

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A Look Back at 2016 in Books

imagesAre you number 157 on the reserve list for Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow?  Can’t get your hands on J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy?  You could write your own autobiography before your number comes up for Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist?  Already crying over Nicholas Sparks’ latest tearjerker, Two by Two, because everyone is going to read it before you get it?

Take a deep breath, pour yourself a nice cup of tea (or a big glass of wine) and take a look back at the best of 2016 and see if maybe there isn’t something you may have missed that might be easier to clap your eyes on and make the wait for that recent bestseller a little less painful.  A few links to get you started…

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books of 2016  a nicely laid out article featuring a cover shot of the book, a photograph of the author and a brief description of the book. Continue reading “A Look Back at 2016 in Books”