The United States is the only country in the world that still relies on magnetic stripe technology for its credit and debit card users. Magnetic stripe technology is easily counterfeited, and United States banks incur an extremely high percentage of credit card fraud.
Did you know that the U.S. Constitution was first publically printed in The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1787; only two days after the original document was signed?
Did you know that more than 11,000 amendments have been proposed in Congress, but only 27 became actual amendments to the Constitution?
Maybe you just want to see the full text of the document, or download a copy to your computer.
A common question at the reference desk is how to find money or property that may have gone unclaimed due to forgotten accounts, insurance policies, uncashed checks, or death. Few people realize that all states are required by law to return unclaimed assets to their rightful owners.
Called the National Drinking Water Activity Dashboard, it was launched in response to an increasing number of drinking water related news events and incidents, such as the problem Toledo and some of the southern parts of Monroe County faced last summer when Lake Erie’s water was contaminated by microcystin bacteria and deemed unsafe.
What would happen if you lost your birth certificate, driver’s license, passport or medicare card? What if your house flooded and photographs or precious furniture pieces were damaged? What can you do about damaged money or savings bonds?
Don’t worry, the USA.gov website has an answer for all of those situations and more, compiled into one webpage with easy-to-follow links. From address changes to copies of your federal tax returns, this one-stop shopping website can be a lifesaver.
All who have French-Canadian ancestors will love this new database available as part of the Monroe County Library System’s Online Resources.
Ever wonder what the check for the purchase of Alaska looks like? How about Eli Whitney’s patent for the Cotton Gin, or the Instrument of Surrender document used in 1945 when Japan surrendered? All of these documents, and 97 more are available to view from the comfort of your home.
Tax season is about to begin, and many taxpayers are looking through old receipts wondering what to keep and what to pitch. What about all those other papers that have accumulated over the years? The following website articles will help you clean out your files for a less cluttered New Year.
The holidays are a time of year when many people are searching for evaluations for the newest technology products. While many branches of the Monroe County Library System carry a subscription to Consumer Reports, a second opinion is often desired.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The agency works hard to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices. These types of practices have become commonplace, and the FTC wants to educate the public about these scams.