Tax Forms at the Library

The Rice Lake Public Library carries paper copies of common tax forms. If you need a tax form that we do not carry, we can still help by printing out a copy of that form. You can find the tax forms in a display case on the first floor of the library, beyond the circulation desk and by the large print book collection.

Library staff are not trained to give tax advice or recommendations.

Wisconsin Tax Forms
The Wisconsin Department of Renenue has changed the appearance of their website. The tax forms are organized according to who might need them: Corporation; Fiduciary, Estate, & Trusts; Individual; Partnership. Additional forms that don’t fall neatly into any category are listed below. Tax forms from previous years can be found here.

  • Click on the word “Individual” to find forms such as the WI-Z, WI-1. WI-1A, etc.
  • The Homestead Tax Credit form is available on this website.
  • The forms are listed alphabetically.
  • The forms and instructions are saved as PDFs for easy use and printing.
  • Most of the forms are fill-in forms; that is, you can type the answers in them on the computer and print them out. The fill-in forms will still need to be printed to be filed with the state, unless it is an e-file form. (Seperate section of the website and very apparent since it says “e-file.” Fill-in forms can be printed out and also filled in by hand.
  • http://www.dor.state.wi.us/html/formpub.html

 

Federal Tax Forms
The IRS has announced that taxpayers have until April 17 to file their tax returns. The IRS offers a large array of information that can be very confusing. The forms are located on a page that shows the top 20 +/- forms that are requested. Directly below those forms, is a link that connects you to a new website showing all tax forms that is searchable by publication number or title. You may find prior years tax forms on the IRS website as well.

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What is Romance in books?

Romance books focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel. These novels must have an “emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.” In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love. Romance novels may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality—ranging from sweet to extremely hot. These settings and distinctions of plot create specific subgenres within romance fiction.

There are two formats for romance fiction:

  • Series or “category” romances: books issued under a common imprint/series name that are usually numbered sequentially and released at regular intervals, usually monthly, with the same number of releases each time. These books are most commonly published by Harlequin/Silhouette.
  • Single-title romances: longer romances released individually and not as part of a numbered series. Single-title romances may be released in hard cover, trade paperback, or mass-market paperback sizes.

Romance Literature Subgenres & Examples in Our Library

Contemporary Series Romance : Series romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship and typically set after 1945.

Contemporary-Single Title Romance : Romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship, released as individual titles, not as part of a series and set after 1945.

Historical Romance : Romance novels set in any time period prior to 1945, and taking place in any location.

Inspirational Romance : Romance novels in which religious or spiritual beliefs (in the context of any religion or spiritual belief system) are a major part of the romantic relationship.

Novels with Strong Romantic Elements : A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries.

Paranormal Romance : Romance novels in which the future, a fantasy world, or paranormal happenings are an integral part of the plot.

Regency Romance : Romance novels in which the majority of the story is set against the Regency period of the British Empire.

Romantic Suspense : Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.

Young Adult Romance : Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers

Information in this blog post provided by the Romance Writers of America website.

Midnight In Paris (2011)

The content and opinions expressed in this review do not necessarily reflect the views of nor are they endorsed by the Rice Lake Public Library.

What to Watch.

Rated PG-13

In this comedy, directed by Woody Allen, he focuses on a young engaged couple as they travel to Paris for business. What they experience there makes them question their life together. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody

I think this film will surprise many. It surprised me. I’m not a big Woody Allen fan. I’ve only seen a few of his films and nothing has struck me as much as this one. Maybe because I’m at an age that these characters are, or maybe it’s cause I’m a dreamer and often think that living a different life would be better. Allen’s script just flows into the story and makes us all think about life and our dreams. What do what out of life? Where do we expect our life to go? Allen shows us that…

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Playing God in Films

January 9th was playing God day. Here’s some films for your enjoyment.

Bruce Almighty (2003) Rated PG-13

Bruce Nolan is a discontented TV reporter who believes the entire universe is stacked against him. After a bad day, Bruce flies into a rage and blames God for making his life so miserable. God responds by endowing Bruce with all of His divine powers and challenges him to take on “The Big Job” to see if he can do it any better.

Evan Almighty  (2007) Rated PG

Sequel to Bruce Almighty

Newly elected to Congress, Evan Baxter has left Buffalo, New York in pursuit of a greater calling. But that calling isn’t serving in the illustrious ranks of America’s politics, but being summoned by the Almighty himself, who has handed Evan the task of building a new ark. With time passing by and his family belittled by Evan’s newfound realization, Evan will have to do the work that God has given him in what promises to be an unusual adventure for a man who just wanted to serve his country. But, Evan might actually be serving all of humanity instead.

Dogma (1999) Rated R

Two banished angels find a loophole that would get them back into heaven. The only snag? They’ll be destroying existence in the process. In an effort to stop them, the overworked voice of God  taps cynical mortal Bethany to save the world by preventing the angels from reaching their unholy destination.

God is Brazilian (2002) Rated NR

God is stressed and needs a break from the endless toil of minding the Earth and the troublesome human race. But before he can go on vacation, he must find a temporary replacement. To track down the person best suited for the job, God heads to Brazil, a country that, despite being very religious, has never had an official saint. Joined by a conniving fisherman and a soul-searching young woman, he embarks on a spirited road trip in search of his ideal stand-in.

Oh, God! (1977) Rated PG

God picks a supermarket manager to carry His message to all mankind.

Oh God! Book II (VHS)* (1980) Rated PG

Sequel to Oh, God

God asks a young girl to help spread his word and influence with a slogan. -IMDB

Oh God! You Devil! (1984) Rated PG

Third in the Oh, God series.

 The Devil turns talent agent to transform struggling musician Billy Shelton into a superstar rock idol. Naturally, their contract involves possession of the latter’s soul. A deal’s a deal in the eternal scheme of things–unless, of course, God intervenes.

*If you would like a DVD of Oh, God! Book II, please contact the library.

New Books of January 2012

An Available Man
By Hilma Wolitzer
Edward Schuyler is now in his mid-sixties, but as a younger man he had his share of love’s highs and lows. His first love, the beautiful Laurel, left him stranded at the altar. Years later he met Bee and her two children. He fell madly in love, and his family was complete. But after 20 years, Bee got sick and died. Once the shock clears, Edward is stunned to realize what a “catch” he is. When his grown stepchildren place a personal ad for him in the New York Review of Books, the women respond in droves. Edward is forced into the dating world, and the results are heartbreaking, maddening, comical, and poignant.

The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen
By Thomas Caplan
Ty Hunter, once an intelligence officer and now a major movie star (it’s a lot more plausible than it sounds), is tasked by the U.S. president to find out whether billionaire Ian Santel has anything to do with some nukes stolen by a now-deceased Russian colonel. The novel boasts great, James Bond…style supporting characters—the colorful Santel; his alluring goddaughter, Isabella Cavill, who designs expensive jewelry and seems to have designs on Ty; Santel’s protégé and henchman, Philip Frost. And it has a story that, with its action and intrigue, is guaranteed to keep readers glued to their seats.

How It All Began
By Penelope Lively
Author Lively explores the far-reaching effect of happenstance, as individual circumstances shift, lives change, and the known is perceived in an altogether new light. The novel opens with the mugging of retired schoolteacher Charlotte Rainsford on a London street. Subsequently, a diverse cast of richly embroidered acquaintances and strangers find their lives irrevocably altered by this event, which many of them haven’t even heard about. We see how the mugging affects Charlotte’s daughter Rose, who works for a historian desperate to return to the limelight, and the spillover to his niece Marion, a cash-poor interior designer hunting for a business partner while carrying on an affair eventually revealed through a stray cell-phone call.

The Orphan Master’s Son
By Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master’s Son follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”

Home Front
By Kristin Hannah
Jolene, 41, struggles with her marriage, her 12-year-old daughter, and a traumatic relationship with her parents. She even has a plucky best friend who lives next door. But Home Front is different because Jolene is a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. Just when her marriage has neared its breaking point, and her children need her more than ever, Jolene is deployed to active duty in Iraq. She returns home seriously injured physically and emotionally and must learn to swallow her pride, accept help, and continue living in the face of heartbreaking loss.

PageTurners Read “Winter Garden”

Winter Garden
by Kristin Hannah

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time — and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.

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The PageTurners Book Club met on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 6 pm. Nine people attended. Discussion lasted an hour; most participants agreed that the historical aspects of the story were strongest and that the ending was too coincidental. The average rating was 3.5 / 5 books; the lowest rating was a 1, and the highest was a 4.5.

Click on the book graphic below to see a full recap of book club members’ opinions.

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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah is available at the Rice Lake Public Library. There are over ten copies of this book in the MORE System. Please visit the card catalog website or call us at 234-4861 to reserve a copy today.

The PageTurners Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Rice Lake Public Library. It usually meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the Rice Lake Public Library. Discussion lasts an hour; everyone is welcome.

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Resolutions of 2012

It’s 2012! With each new year, people make new resolutions. People usually want to work on trouble spots from the previous year, and make some positive changes. A new year is a new opportunity to try again! Here are some of the top resolutions that people make each year. What are some of your resolutions?