April 24, 2009
April 21, 2009
Specifically, they have asked libraries to help promote their new
national campaign Retire Online. It's So Easy! This campaign features a new online retirement application that can be completed in as little as
15 minutes. The application is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov, and can easily be completed at any library computers. A brochure on the subject can be viewed at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10522.pdf.
In May 2009, as a result of the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009, Social Security will distribute a one-time payment of $250 to over 55 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. A leaflet which discusses this in greater detail is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10519.pdf.
Later this year, Social Security will be launching their third annual Mother's Day and Father's Day campaigns promoting the Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The agency will keep us updated as to when these new outreach materials are available.
Partnering with Social Security to promote these initiatives will benefit the populations libraries serve. One way you can do this is by linking to the agency's website at www.socialsecurity.gov. Publishing articles about these initiatives in your newsletters or other publications is another method of getting this important information out.
Finally, if you would like copies of the retire online or one-time payment brochures, or you need additional information from Social Security please e-mail Carolyn Houston at Carolyn.Houston@ssa.gov or call her at 410-965-7603. Please indicate the quantity desired (in units of 100) and where the publications should be shipped.
This is a great story! Way to go Wyoming State Library!
Coming off one of the largest deployments in Wyoming Mational Guard History, soldiers abroad and at home got a little something from the Wyoming State Library to make their time overseas a little easier. "In the past, we've had deployed soldiers come to us and ask us how they can get access to Wyoming library materials," said Lesley Boughton, State Librarian. "So, when we heard 900 Wyoming guardsmen and guardswomen were going to be deployed, we thought we'd be proactive and make it a little easier for them." It's called the Creative Zen MP3 Player and along with the player, soldiers will receive a special library card which will allow them to tap into the library's online media store. "These MP3 play
ers would allow those soldiers deployed to download audio books, and music and enjoy that while their deployed," Boughton said. Boughton presented the players to Major General Wright and members of the guard Wednesday afternoon. It was the library's way of reminding Wyoming soldiers their efforts over seas are appreciated and don't go unnoticed. "People we're very excited and appreciative," Boughton said. "So, it was nice to talk to them and hear them." It was all smiles as members of the guard walked up to receive their gifts, but more importantly, they were honored to know they were being thought of. "I think it's a priveledge that they would go out of their way to give a gift to guys over seas where they might not have an opportunity or have not thought about the opportunity for books, or music," said Srgt. Keith Reedy of the Wyoming Air Guard.
April 16, 2009
I really like how King County library has put together this easy to use web site for people who are looking for information related to how the economy is effecting them... check it out!
King County Library System - Look to Your Library
April 15, 2009
WHEN Facebook signed up its 100 millionth member last August, its employees spread out in two parks in Palo Alto, Calif., for a huge barbecue. Sometime this week, this five-year-old start-up, born in a dorm room at Harvard, expects to register its 200 millionth user.