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Tax Information

As more people file their taxes electronically, fewer paper tax forms are available. Please note, our eLibrary links to online form sources. Hard copy Federal tax forms are no longer available at libraries or post offices in most areas.
[Click here for the Ventura County Star's recent article on ways to reduce your tax bill.]

If you will not be filing electronically you will need to start early to track down the tax forms you need. It takes at least 2 weeks for the forms to be mailed to you. 

Federal tax forms are available: order by phone at 1-800-829-3676
   Write to request forms: IRS; 1201 N. Mitsubishi Motorway; Bloomington, IL 61705
   Forms are available on the Internet at http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/ (can be downloaded or filled out online)

The nearest local IRS office is in Camarillo at 751 Daily Drive. Their hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. They do not provide telephone service but you can walk in without an appointment. 

California tax forms are available: order by phone 1-800-338-0505
   Forms are available on the Internet at http://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/ (can be downloaded or filled out online)
   Walk in and pick up forms: at both post offices in Ventura, the Ventura College Library, DMV in Ventura

The nearest field office is in Los Angeles at 300 S. Spring St Suite 5704, 90013. Hours are Monday – Friday 8-5.

If you download forms at your public library it costs 10 cents a page to print the forms. Filling out the forms online is free. The library also owns tax preparation handbooks like “Ernst & Young Tax Guide” and “ J.K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax” that can be checked-out.

February is African American History Month

African American History Month - This year's theme is in honor of the efforts of people of African descent to destroy slavery and inaugurate universal freedom in the United States.

Our resources: start with a subject search (african americans) in our library catalog, check the eLibrary resources under Biography, Encyclopedias, History & Social Studies, Magazine & Journal Articles, and more!

Madrigali at Ojai Library

Come and hear Renaissance voices from Ojai, California on Sunday, February 6th at 1:30pm.

Madrigali perform a cappela, traditional Renaissance and medieval music -- madrigals, folk songs, chants and carols, almost all of it written prior to 1650.

Madrigali seeks to bring this once wildly popular music back to life and is based out of Ojai, California.

How we learn language: the Mango methodology

Vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture are part of Mango's Intuitive Language Construction.

Learning without realizing it, focusing on common words and phrases, memory building exercises and cultural insights are key components in the Mango Methodology, outlined in a four minute video that can put you on track to learn a new language. And, you'll learn about "stealth grammar"!

Also, check out this interesting article about how one's native language may or may not affect the actual way you think. 

If you'd like to sign up for more in depth presentations, be sure to visit www.mangolanguages.com or our eLibrary link to Mango!

Get Support for Your New Year's Resolutions!

Come to Ojai Library Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30pm and get support for your New Year's resolutions!

Dr. Bernhoft, from the Bernhoft Center for Advanced Medicine, will help you learn about nutrition and fitness.

There will be time for questions and answers after the program.

E.P. Foster Library opens on Sundays!

The E.P. Foster Library is now offering additional hours of service. On January 9, 2011, over 400 people visited the Library during open hours (on Sundays from 1pm – 5pm).

On Sundays, Library users will have access to all services offered at the library during the week, including public computers, access to adult, children’s and young adult collections, in addition to circulation and reference services.

The E.P. Foster Library weekly schedule now includes the following hours of service:
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm

Post-Genre Music at Ojai Library with Dan Carrigan

Enjoy independent, post-genre music played by Dan Carrigan on acoustic guitar at Ojai Library Sunday, January 9 at 1pm.

Post-Genre music has been described as quirky intellectual pop. Listen to samples at www.myspace.com/dancarrigan

Mr. Carrigan's newest CD is a compilation of 19 songs from 8 CD’s. Come join in the fun!

Computer Labs Re-open Tuesday

Ventura County Library computer labs will re-open Tuesday, 28 December!

Home access to the Ventura County Library website, www.vencolibrary.org has not been affected.

The libraries impacted by this are: Avenue, Fillmore, E.P. Foster, Meiners Oaks, Oak Park, Oak View, Ojai, Piru, Ray D. Prueter, Saticoy, Simi Valley and Soliz-El Rio.

Thank you for your patience!

Winter Stories at Ojai Library

Celebrate Winter with Stories of the Season at Ojai Library on Monday, December 20th at 6pm.

Readers will be: Peter Bellwood, Diana Goodrow, Antoinette Perrou, Abel Toarres and Ann Shrage. Come in - out of the cold!

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