Blossoms at the Beebe April 26th!

Tickets for the seventh annual Blossoms at the Beebe are now on sale at Beebe Library and are also available for purchase online at Blossoms at the Beebe web site. Sponsored by Beebe Library and the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce, the annual Blossoms gala has become one of the spring’s most anticipated local events.

This year the theme is the Kentucky Derby, so feel free to get in the spirit by putting on a big hat or sticking a rose in your lapel! The Saturday, April 26 event runs from 7-11 p.m. and will be a wonderful opportunity to mingle with neighbors, enjoy food, wine, music and dancing, play casino games, view splendid floral arrangements, and bid on a variety of great items in the silent auction. Tickets for this 21+ event are now on sale for $35 per person at the Reference Desk at Beebe Library. Cash or checks made payable to “Wakefield Chamber of Commerce” will be accepted.

Proceeds from the Saturday event go toward the library’s book budget and the civic projects of the Chamber of Commerce. The past six Blossoms events sold out and were huge successes.


TECHsploration : Smartphones

Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 pm

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Monthly roundtable discussion of topics related to smartphone and tablet use.

This month we’ll be going back to basics and talking about hardware, storage options, operating systems, and more. Do you already have a device but aren’t sure you’re making the most of it? Or have you avoided getting a smartphone because you’re not sure you want one? Come talk with others about your favorite apps, share your experiences, and get good advice from others. Register online or by calling the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.


CSA with Farmer Dave

Tuesday May 6, 7:00pm

What is CSFarmer DaveA? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture – a way that local farmers cut out the middleman and deliver fresh-picked produce and  farm-fresh meat and dairy straight to you. And who is Farmer Dave? You might know him from the Wakefield Farmer’s Market: he’s a local grower of fabulous fruits and vegetables who runs a CSA. Come and learn about how it all works and what fresh food means for you, the local economy, and the environment.

Register online or call the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2.


New Ebook Collections!

MAebookprojectlogoThe NOBLE network provides access to almost 10,000 titles from the OverDrive collection of ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. But in addition to that collection, there are now more options for you to get ebooks from the library. Beebe Library is proud to be one of 50 pilot libraries as Massachusetts prepares to provide ebooks and other digital content to every resident statewide. Wakefield residents can now use their library cards to download ebooks from Baker & Taylor Axis 360 and primary documents, maps, and images from BiblioBoard on most computers and mobile devices. Check out our ebook page (www.wakefieldlibrary.org/ebooks) to get started. This pilot project is an experiment and very much a work in progress, so try it out and let us know what you think! We want your feedback on what works, what doesn’t, and how it could be made better.
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Consumer Reports Online

consumer_reports_logoBeebe Library now provides access for Wakefield residents to the online version of Consumer Reports — the largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world — enabling consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether you’re looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org® provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
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Learn to Play Mah Jongg

Next meeting Thursday, Jan 16 at 7 p.m.
mahjonggJoin our drop-in group learning to play the Chinese/Western version of Mah Jong. The group meets on the first and third Thursday evenings of each month from 7:00-8:45 pm. (Note:This is not the American version that uses cards.)
If you are new to the group or for more information, please contact the Reference Desk at 781-246-6334 x2, or e-mail Beth Radcliffe at radcliff@noblenet.org.


Tax Forms

The Library has just started receiving tax forms and publications from the IRS. Most materials will arrive over the next few weeks. We have received most of the most common forms (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and Schedules A, B, C, & D) and we have also received instruction booklets for forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ. Please note that we have run out of Mass. state tax forms. The state sends us a limited supply because it is discouraging paper filing in favor of electronic filing. You can get many forms and instructions online from the IRS web site at www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs, and from the Mass. state Department of Revenue at www.mass.gov/dor/forms.

If you’re planning to file online, Reviews.com has listings for the various options with recommendations on how to choose the best program for you.


Wowbrary

wowlogobBeebe Library is excited to offer its patrons free Wowbrary email alerts that showcase the library’s newest items each week. The alerts feature the latest bestsellers, movies, music CDs, audio books, children’s titles, cookbooks, mysteries, travel guides, health books, science fiction and more purchased by the library.

Sign up here: Wowbrary.
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Wakefield High School Yearbooks Are Online!

yearbookWakefield High School Yearbooks dating back to 1907 are now online!
The yearbooks can be viewed as PDF files, or better yet, in a special viewer that allows you to thumb through the pages just like a physical book. You can also search for any name or word in the book, enabling you to find references to people no matter where they appear – in class listings, extracurricular activities, superlatives, or any other section.
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ACA (Affordable Care Act) Info at the Library

If you live in Massachusetts, and need to find health insurance through the new Insurance Marketplaces, you need only start at the Mass. Healthcare Connector web site, where you can compare plans from the state’s major insurers and find out what options are available to you.
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