Checkout our new online database for your investment research and personal finance needs. Morningstar Investment Research Center is now available at Central in the Business and Social Sciences Division on the fourth floor.  If you need assistance with your investment portfolio, utlilize morningstar’s stock and fund screening tools or their portfolio X-ray feature for help.  Stop into to see this new resource!

Social Security paper checks are “supposed to go away by March 2013”.  “People still receiving checks now can sign up for direct deposit or a Direct Express Debit card.”  “Direct Express Debit card is designed for people who do not have bank accounts.”

For a Direct Express Debit card, people can call 1-800-333-1795 or go to

There will still be some exceptions to still receive a paper check but, people would need to request a waiver.  Waiver applications can be requested by calling 1-800-333-1795.

There is information on the Social Security Administration’s website

Tax Help

The CASH Coalition helps people prepare their income taxes.  According to a letter they have sent, their opening day to help people prepare their taxes will be Monday, January 21, 2013.

The CASH Coalition is part of the Empire Justice Center.

  • Free Income Tax Return Preparation (VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

C.A.S.H. operates free, high quality tax preparation sites throughout Monroe County.  IRS Certified Volunteers prepare and electronically file federal and NYS tax returns for free for income eligible persons.  We also provide our clients with great information about home buying programs, debt management, credit reports, savings programs, affordable health care and health insurance, money management, job training, and more!   Click here to learn more about our Free Tax Preparation Program.


For people who would like to prepare their own return, but want some help with tax questions, we offer FAST @ C.A.S.H.  Clients who have a personal e-mail address, and good computer skills, can prepare their own tax return with help from a C.A.S.H. volunteer.  Find out more by here

Domestic Violence

In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. Also a national toll free hotline was established. Then, in 1989, commerative legislation was passed by the United States congress.

Then in October 1994, the National Coalition against Domestic Violence and Ms. Magazine created a national registry to increase public awareness of domestic violence deaths. Now a poster is produced annually listing the names of women who were killed by an intimate partner that year.

We have books on the topic of Domestic Violence;Come and Check them out!

Back to School

Can you believe that it is September already? Where has the time gone? Teachers come on into the library and get ready for the school year and browse our Education section of the library. We have a variety of books for teaching, even homeschooling; special education, for elementary teachers and secondary school teachers. Take a look at this link to preview what we have before you come in.



I’d like to te…

I’d like to tell you about a wonderful website for nonprofits. It is called Grantspace. I personally love it. Virtually any question you have about grants you can find on this website. You can also watch webinars, chat with other nonprofits, watch videos, you name it. It’s really great. It is put together through the foundation center and but it is more of a social media web site. Take a look when you get a chance.

Small Business Books

We have a Small Business Center which has several reference books, but we also have books you can check out on the topic.  Check out our Small Business Center when you come  to the fourth floor of our library on 115 South Avenue.  If you are thinking of starting a small business we may have books that can help you!



Free money???

In the last year I just started finding out about grants, as I am the grants information center librarian. Everyone seems to think there is all this “free money” there and they look very disappointed when I tell them that our Grants Information Center is mostly for Non-profits. As anything labeled free money is really just a scam.  I discovered this great blog called “Free Money Ate my Brain  . it is written by a librarian in Toledo Ohio and she also created this website called http:// Both of these resources are quite insightful. Take a look.