Libertyville Days is here again. That's a sure sign that summer has arrived. On Sunday, June 17, our Cook Park Library will be closed. Our Aspen Drive Library will be open as usual, from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Here a few seasonal reminders:
- Both of our locations will be closed on the following Sundays this summer: July1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, August 5, 12, 19,
and 26, and September 2.
- During Libertyville Days, the Farmers Market, Car Fun on 21, and Out to Lunch in Libertyville, the Church Street exit from our Cook Park Library parking lot will be closed. Our Brainerd Street entrance has been widened to permit cars to exit as well as enter there. Please note: turning left from the Brainerd exit is prohibited.
- We now have a lovely courtyard for outdoor reading at our Cook Park Library.
- Our Bookmobile will continue to make neighborhood stops throughout the summer.
- Please enjoy our Summer Reading Club, and our Adult, Teen and Kids’ Summer Programs.
To follow-up on last month's post about borrowing though the LINKin consortium items that Cook Memorial doesn't own, or that are currently checked out from our collection:
- Determining if an Item Can Be Requested Only items with a status of Available or On Shelf can be requested. If there is a date in the status column, the item is checked out. If the status is Local Use Only, it means one of three things. The item is either non-circulating, too new to borrow, or the owning library is temporarily unable to lend it due to a situation such as construction or renovation
- Renewing LINKin Items You can renew each LINKin item once in My Account, just as you would renew a Cook Memorial item. LINKin books renew for 14 days and AV items for 7 days.
- Checking LINKin Items Out You must use the same library card number to check out a LINKin item that you used to request it.
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Ask a Librarian Online
Did you know that Cook Memorial Reference Librarians are available to answer questions online during all the hours the library is open? You can use instant messaging to contact us via our Meebo widget. It’s found at the bottom of every search page in our catalog, and on all the pages of the Research a Topic portion of our site as well as the Homework Help pages of our Kids and Teens pages. You can also ask questions in person, by phone or email.
For over a decade we also participated in 24/7 chat reference through various services, most recently AskAway, which serves patrons all over Illinois. Our reference librarians staffed the service for several hours a week in exchange for the service being available to our patrons 24/7.
In recent years, as other means of finding information have become more commonplace, usage of the service has dropped off considerably. Additionally, we have observed that most patrons who submit questions to AskAway now assume they are connecting with librarians from their own libraries, and their questions usually relate to their own accounts, local collections or policies. Consequently, we have decided to stop participating in AskAway, and you will no longer see links to it on our web site.
While you can no longer chat live with a librarian when the library is closed, you can use the Meebo widget when we’re closed to leave us a message. Just be sure to include your email address and we’ll respond when the library opens.
And by the way…registration for Summer Reading Club has started. Let the big dreams begin! Here’s the scoop.Add a comment
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Dream Big: Read
People are asking about our plans for the 2012 edition of our annual Summer Reading Club. Here's the scoop:
Dream Big: Read @ the Library This Summer
Whatever your age or interest, you can dream big and win big at the library this summer. We'll have clubs for children, teens, and adults, each with special reading goals and prizes. The various prize packages include baskets of goodies, coupons from local businesses, or a book of your own choosing. From Midsummer Night's Dream to Field of Dreams to Freud's Interpretation of Dreams, you can earn the prize of your dreams.
Registration begins on June 1st, at the Aspen Drive and Cook Park Libraries and the Bookmobile. Sign up. Start dreaming!
The fine print:
7th graders through adults: Participate by reading books, listening to audiobooks, watching DVDs and listening to music CDs. Books and audiobooks are worth two points each. DVDs and music CDs are 1 point each. Keep track of your points in the reading log you receive at registration. Once you reach 10 points, come in to claim your prize. All participants will be entered into drawings for fabulous gift baskets with sports, spa and other fun items.
Students in grades 3 through 6: Read or listen to 10 books (books over 200 pages count double) or count minutes of reading - up to 800 - to earn a book of your choosing and coupons to area businesses.
Students in grades pre-K through 2: Read or listen to 20 books or count minutes read - up to 600 - to earn a book of your choice and coupons to area businesses.
Start reading on June 1st and return your completed log to any of our locations between June 21st and August 1st to claim your prizes and reach your reading dreams.
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