Need a 1040?

 Tax Form
The library no longer keeps paper copies of tax forms, but you can print any IRS or Illinois Dept. of Revenue form or instructions in the library! We have both web sites linked on all our computers in the library. There is no cost for printing, and our laser printers will give you excellent copies to work on.

Need to work from home?
Link to the IRS website at or to the Illinois Dept. of Revenue at

Need help finding a form? Ask the librarian.

2007 ASNE Awards

2007 ASNE Award Winners
The American Society of Newspaper Editors’ (ASNE) awards honor the most distinguished newspaper writing and photography from the last year

[Articles are linked via ‘America’s Newspapers’, an library-provided article index]

Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting by an Individual

Medic Tends a Fallen Marine, With Skill, Prayer and Anger
The New York Times, November 2, 2006
Author: C. J. CHIVERS

Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline News Reporting by a Team
Tragedy at Falk Corp. – Gas leak suspected as cause of blast
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI), December 7, 2006

Batten Medal
When Mom Is Over There – A Family Learns to Stay the Course and Prays for a Safe Return…
Washington Post, The (DC), January 8, 2006
Author: Anne Hull; Washington Post Staff Writer
*One of five stories that eloquently explored the subtle effects of the Iraq War on a range of Americans.

Commentary/Column Writing
Nostalgia Is Now For Sale, and It’s Costly
Miami Herald, The (FL), May 24, 2006
Author: Ana Menendez,

Freedom Forum/ASNE Award for Distinguished Writing on Diversity
A Muslim Leader in Brooklyn, Reconciling 2 Worlds
New York Times, March 5, 2006
By Andrea Elliott
*One from a series entitled “An Imam in America.”

Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing
Eagles for Sale?
Orlando Sentinel, The (FL)
Editorial Page Writers
*One from a series of five editorials called “Florida’s Shame.”

Distinguished Writing Award for Local Accountability Reporting
Secrecy Hides Cozy Ties In Guardianship Cases
Seattle Times, December 4, 2006
Author: Cheryl Phillips, Maureen O’Hagan And Justin Mayo
*One from a series entitled “Your Courts, Their Secrets.”

Distinguished Writing Award for Nondeadline Writing
The final journey of Arthur Clifton – His good life included a successful career and a loving family. His death–a universal tale–proved to be a test of faith and love.
Chicago Tribune (IL), November 19, 2006
Author: Barbara Brotman
*One from a series of two articles entitled “The final journey of Arthur Clifton.”

Original source: Editor & Publisher News

Are you looking for a paper topic?

Are you looking for a paper topic? World News Digest, one of the library databases, has a list of research topics available. To get to the list, go to the list of library databases at and click on World News Digest. The list is alphabetical. Once you have entered World News Digest, click on the box in the upper right corner that says “Need a Research Topic?” to get to the list.

Click on a topic in the list to get a short description of the topic with some interesting questions about it. You will also get links to overviews of that topic and related articles. Topics include, but aren’t limited to: climate change, U.S. immigration policy, stem cell research, and capital punishment. This is a good way to get ideas for a topic, or to narrow a topic you already had in mind.

If you have any questions about library databases or need help selecting a topic, just ask a librarian!

A Selection of New Books, January 31, 2007

Here is a small portion of new books that we have on display in the library. Come on it and check them out. Literally.

I have added my (Adam Burke’s) comments so you know a little about what you are looking at.

GN751 .K56 2005
Atlantis : a true story of genius, madness and an extraordinary quest
for a lost world
/ David King.

Adam’s two cents: I
am a sucker for any book that has ‘genius’ in the title; this book has
the added bonus of being about swede named Olof Rudbeck.  So
how can you pass it up?!

QB54 .B37 2006
life in the universe : scientists on intelligent extraterrestrials

/ George Basalla

Adam’s two cents:
This book presents the view of scientists aplenty as they try
to understand extraterrestrial civilization. Enough said.

BX2615 .C63 M85 2006
: in search of God’s lost empire
/ Edwin Mullins.

Adam’s two
cents: “The
Benedictine monastery of Cluny in Burgundy, France, was born of the
darkness and desperation of life in the early Middle Ages, when few
could read and most feared the coming millennium would bring hellfire
and damnation upon humble and not-so-humble sinners alike…” (Donna
Chavez, in Booklist) – if that doesn’t pique your interest, nothing

LB1048 .K64 2006
homework myth : why our kids get too much of a bad thing
Alfie Kohn.

Adam’s two cents:
Who doesn’t like a book that questions one of our societal bedrocks
(the overstuffed backpack, that is)?

HQ1410 .B76 2006
best shot : women and guns in America
/ Laura Browder.

Adam’s two cents: A
well-written book on a topic worth knowing something about…