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Tom Nussbaum

Click image to learn more about our wall installation artist, Tom Nussbaum

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. ♦ Mark Twain

Tax Season Is Upon Us

The library can help with all of your tax form needs. Click the links below for State and Federal tax forms and for a list of local libraries offering free tax aid through AARP. 

STATE and FEDERAL TAX FORMS             FREE INCOME TAX AID

Forms are also available at the library. We receive a limited number of forms from the government but are able to print any and all you need from the www.irs.gov website. As of this writing, the IRS has sent us print copies of the federal 1040 instruction booklets and 1040 and 1040 EZ forms. All other forms and instructions (both state and federal) must be obtained online (we will be more than happy to download them for you).

Information on e-filing, making a payment, checking your refund and registering for sales tax is available at https://www.tax.ny.gov/

Library "Housewarming" Celebration June 9th

Get ready to rumble. The Blauvelt Free Library has planned our grand "Housewarming" for Saturday, June 9th from 11am to 4pm. Music, food, fun for the kids and dedications galore. More on what's planned as this story develops. Mark your calendar. We want to celebrate with YOU!

Renovation Update | April 20, 2018

April 20 | Craig, our phone installer, sets up whatever phones he can place. The full system won't be up and running until the furniture is built, but he tells us we can use them to call to other extensions. That sound of a pickaxe is Steve Binder and his righthand man, Joaquin, digging holes for the Arbor Vitae on the south lawn. Twelve of them will surround the generator. He tells me the ground is unsuitable for planting -- all of the gravel laid to bring in heavy equipment was simply flattened into the soil. For him to remove it and add topsoil is an expensive proposition. What else is new?! As luck would have it, Ed Cook calls to check on the status of the elevators (remember, the floor numbers were changed), and his truck and the landscaper's truck sit abreast in the parking lot (I stand between them) while we iron out who is responsible for what. The landscaper will add topsoil above the buried gravel. End of story. Dave, our contractor, shows up unannounced -- the last text I sent him specifically asked him to let me know when he was coming. As I am leaving to meet with library directors, trustees and Supervisor, Chris Day, our wall installation artist, Tom Nussbaum, comes sauntering in the door. He's here to take photographs of his art. He's just had a show of his work in a gallery in New Orleans and sold a few pieces. Nice guy. Great art. I head over to Town Hall -- Chris Day is pushing the libraries to consolidate under a School District/Civil Service model and we are the holdout. Getting some pressure from the other libraries to reconsider. Back at the library to put together my Board report, which must be mailed out tomorrow.

April 18 | Design Air rep, Chris, arrives to replace the air conditioning unit filters -- he tells me he'll be here all day. I make a chart of revised cabinetry quotes (yet again).

April 16 | Steve Binder (landscaper) visit with Proposals for the front plantings and generator cover. He's here every other day it seems, but after all it is his season. I talk to another cabinetmaker about the job -- stay tuned. Barry and I plan to make a mock-up of the sign for the StoryCraft Cottage, which will be dedicated to the memory of children's room aide and storyteller, Mary deLisser on Saturday, June 9th. I speak with Kim McLean of FIELD GOODS to discuss the logistics of having fresh produce delivered to the library for pickup by people who register for the program. More on that as it develops.

April 13 | Yesterday, I had an altercation with the cabinetmaker. I noticed a gap between the backboard and top of several of the cabinets for the fiction room. They are being stored in the Behringer Room waiting to be trimmed and assembled. Since the gap wasn't on all the cabinets, I decided it was not part of the design. When I questioned the cabinetmaker, he blew up at me. Can't really say more about it here other than to admit that I was shaken. In other news, I noticed that there's a ragged gap where the steps meet the wall leading from the main lobby to the west wing. I send Dave a picture and he promises a "site visit." I tell him that I don't mean to be a pest (guess it just comes naturally). Barry is putting together the last of the office chairs for the staff to test. Just realized it's Friday the 13th.

April 10 | What's that I hear -- a voice with a slight British accent? It's Mark from D + D Elevator. "Didn't they tell you I was coming?" he asks. "Yes," I reply. They told me that every day for the past two weeks." He gets to work switching the numbers over the door -- from B, 1, 2 and 3 to B, 1, 1a and 2. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it makes no sense to travel two steps and call it a full floor. The number plates for inside the door jamb are on back order, so D+D alarm that we have to silence, sometimes more than once. Mark attributes the issue to the room's ambient temperature (unheated and subject to the vagaries of weather) and suggests a tank heater. He lifts the cover of the 4-foot long tank in the mechanical room to reveal a large vat of oil (who knew). He claims that the heater will extend the life of the motor from as little as 5 to potentially 25 years.

April 9 | Steve Binder, the landscaper, and I discuss placement of the shrubs and the way we will grade the walkway from the front west corner of the building to the yard out back. He will get me the cost of replacing the lawn (which, technically, is the contractor's responsibility -- return to same or better state as found). Still waiting on the elevator paint touch-up and floor number switch.

April 5 | The cabinetmaker and his crew (brothers Roc and Abner) deliver three double-sided fiction shelves, which we store in the Behringer Room. They are made from cherry wood stained to match the existing door finishes and are mounted on casters. The trim will be installed on site. The were running out of room in the shop, hence the partial delivery. Three more of the same units to come. Architect will visit this afternoon for a final, final walk-through. D+D elevator (supposed to fix scratches on door and change floor numbers) are nowhere to be seen. The landscaper recommends Arborvitae for cover in front of the generator. He texts me two types -- Thuja Emerald and Thuja Green Giant -- and I decide on the emerald. Andrew's back is bad today, so I offer him one of our newly-received office chairs to field test. He is grateful and the chair is actually very comfortable.

April 3 - 4 | Waiting for final paperwork to pay off the contractors -- some skirmishes over billing for oversights/overruns (wood floor and paint extras). Barry puts together a few of the six office chairs we've received. We'll have the staff try them out and decide on which are keepers and which we'll send back. All very scientific.

April 2 | A quiet day with a snowy beginning and a sunny end. I call the architect to let him know that he needs to make a final, final walk-through and check with the contractor that all the subs have been paid. We receive a pink Certificate of Compliance in the mail for the portico which was attached to the rear entrance in 2009 -- the ticket was never closed out (and is not suitable for framing).

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