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During October and November the State Library of Illinois is providing access to a wide variety of databases. This is a wonderful opportunity to use electronic resources the library doesn't subscribe to, and it's free. Go to TryIt! Illinois to see the list of databases available.

We are not permitted to put the login and password information online, but you can ask for it by visiting or calling the Adult Reference Desk (847-362-2330).

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OverDrive, the company our MyMediaMall consortium uses to provide eBooks and eAudiobooks, launched a new and improved media console for tablets and smart phones this week. Depending on your device, you may be prompted to download the new console, or it may happen automatically.

You will see a new splash screen, prompting you to add a library or add some books to your bookshelf, complete with visuals to point you in the right direction. Once you have your libraries and/or books added, more tutorial screens will walk you through the new interface, showing up when you go to your bookshelf or open an eBook. Each tutorial screen shows up once, but is available again using the option in Settings to show tutorials next time the app is started.

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Teen Tech Tutors---a new one-on-one program at Cook Park Library, in which volunteer teen tutors help out patrons with questions about their computers, mobile devices, social media and downloading library books----has been a huge success this summer! The last summer session will be Thursday, August 15, from 9:30 to 11:30am. But don’t worry if you can’t make it that day. The popular service will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 on Saturday mornings in the fall, starting September 7.

This summer the teen volunteers have helped library patrons set up email accounts, add pictures and sound to PowerPoint presentations, play Candy Crush, upload pictures to Facebook, talk on Skype and download library ebooks onto their ereaders.

Although the summer program has been focused primarily on helping senior citizens, Teen Tech Tutors welcome patrons of all ages with technology questions. Bring your question (and your device if that’s what’s bugging you) and a Tutor will sit down with you and walk you through the solution that’s eluding you. You’ll find that even when teens initially seem to be stumped by a tech problem, these members of “the digital generation” are generally able to figure out the answer.

  • What: Teen Tech Tutors Drop-In (no reservations necessary)
  • Where: Cook Park Library in Libertyville
  • When: Saturday mornings starting September 7, from 9:30 to 11:30am.

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Perhaps you have noticed that now when you open our website on a mobile device, you see a new, slimmed down version of the site. Our regular website is difficult to navigate and read on a smartphone or any other device with a smaller screen. The new mobile site brings some of our most heavily used online functions to the forefront with an interface that is much better suited to small screens. This version loads automatically on mobile devices, but you can easily switch back to the regular website if you prefer.

Also, we now have a mobile-friendly version of our online catalog, which is specifically designed to be easily viewed and used on mobile devices. New features will be added to our mobile site as certain services, such as databases and the Events calendar, become more mobile friendly.  All of these changes are designed to help you enjoy library services while on the go!

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Our recent survey regarding digital materials yielded some useful patron feedback. Here are some highlights:

  • An overwhelming majority (73.1%) of respondents think we should balance digital services and collections with traditional print and media.
  • Most respondents feel that providing eReaders or other devices for check-out is not important, while increasing our eBook and eAudio content is very important. Our digital content offerings have recently expanded with the addition of the 3M Cloud Library and Freegal Music.
  • Of the software and new services suggested, the one survey participants were most interested in was a VHS-DVD conversion tool.
  • The survey revealed which video game platforms are used in most households, as well as the fact that many adults play video games. Additional games on the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 platforms are being added.

Our thanks to everyone who completed the survey!

We are proud to announce that we now have VITA, an online index for use in local history and genealogical research. Currently VITA indexes obituaries from the Libertyville Review and a small but growing number of articles from various Libertyville newspapers, dating as far back as 1894.  Using VITA, you can do research electronically from anywhere!

Users can search using a name, phrase, or keyword and can even limit the search by year. Once you locate information in VITA, you can visit the library’s Cook Park location and use our new microfilm machines to read and print the obituary or news article. If you prefer, you can obtain a copy of a listed obituary or article by sending the relevant information (name and date) along with a SASE and $5 per item to:

Sonia Schoenfield
Reference Department
Cook Memorial Public Library
413 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

Try VITA now!

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Announcing one more way to connect with us online! Check out the featured video above and go to our YouTube Channel to enjoy some of the numbers performed by the Encore! musical group at Aspen Drive on June 10th. More videos will be added, so stay tuned.

 

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Libertyville Days is here again. That's a sure sign that summer has arrived. On Sunday, June 16, 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 Sundays during July and August, as well as September 1st.
  • 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.
  • Additional parking is always available in the village parking structure at Brainerd and Lake.
  • We 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 Adult, Teen and Kids’ Summer Programs.

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Your summer trip just got more entertaining! Thanks to Cook Memorial's Digi-Fare, you can take the library (books, audiobooks, music and magazines) with you wherever you go, without giving up precious space in your suitcase. Want an introduction to and a demonstration of these electronic resources? Come to the Digi-Fare Festival at our Aspen Drive Library on June 22. Stop in any time between 1pm and 4pm to try out the new resources and enjoy food and prizes. No registration necessary.

And speaking of summer trips, the theme for this year's Summer Reading Club is, appropriately enough, Have Book...Will Travel. Visit any of our locations to register and start keeping track of all the places you read this summer.

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This year’s Summer Reading Club theme is Have Book…Will Travel. We want to know about all the places you read or listen to books, from the breakfast table to your car, to the beach and beyond. Read in 12 places and you’ll be eligible for prizes! Stop by any of our locations beginning June 1 to register all members of your family.

Summer is also for learning and we’ll be offering opportunities to increase your knowledge about subjects as diverse as Medicare and olive oil. If becoming more tech savvy is one of your summer goals, you can sign up for free computer classes beginning June 8. You will also want to attend our Digi-Fare Festival at Aspen Drive on June 22 to learn about all the downloadable and streaming services the library will soon be offering for music and movies as well as books, audiobooks and magazines.

Summer is for fun too, and we are including a healthy dose of that as well. Our Authors Out Loud series will include Jeff Shaara of Civil War fiction renown, Will Schwalbe, author of the bestselling The End of Your Life Book Club, and Helene Wecker, the Libertyville native whose debut novel is one of the most hotly anticipated books of the summer. Our book clubs will be in full swing, with the Classics club offering movies as well as book discussions. Fun program topics include a salute to the Lone Ranger, a chance to tour Adlai Stevenson’s home, and a musical performance by the Encore! vocal ensemble.

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A patron contacted Ear this week to ask how to email the Friends of the Library for information about donating books and DVDs for future Friends’ sales.

The Friends have a brand new email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More useful info:

Due to very limited storage space, we have been unable to accept donations for Friends' sales in recent months. However, in preparation for next month’s sale, we will begin accepting donations June 1.

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Question: What is the Early Learning Center all about?

To answer this question, Ear turned to Melissa Henderson, Children's Department Manager. She responded with an explanation and an invitation:

Thinkers as diverse and brilliant as Albert Einstein and Mr. Rogers have agreed that children learn through play. While children don't need to be taught to want to play, they do need have access to well-designed, well thought out programs and activities that encourage play with a purpose: learning!

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Almost all of us could benefit from being smarter about money. Luckily, Money Smart Week is just around the corner. The purpose of MSW is to provide consumers with information that will help them manage their personal finances better. It was started by the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank in 2002 and has grown bigger each year as more financial institutions and libraries have joined the effort.

Cook Memorial is offering two programs for Money Smart Week, which this year is April 20 – 27.

To Your Credit
Monday, April 22    7pm    Cook Park    Register
We're partnering with Libertyville Bank & Trust to bring you this FDIC program. Learn how to order, read and analyze your credit report, as well as ways to repair your credit history.

Understanding Investing: what you need to know before you commit a penny
Thursday, April 25    7pm    Aspen Drive    Register
Investment specialist and Wall Street veteran Michael Heumos, PhD, will discuss investing in terms of financial planning, financial markets, diversification and asset allocation. He will also reveal the worst mistakes investors make.

Visit the Money Smart Week website to find related activities, including games for kids such as Financial Soccer and Peter Pig’s Money Counter. For adults who enjoy the mobile app Scavenger Hunt with Friends, there is an MSW scavenger hunt (with cash prizes!) that runs the entire month of April. This fun activity will test your financial know-how as well as your photographic creativity.

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Are you on Tumblr? If you are, you can follow the Cook Library Cinema Club to keep up with our movie news and suggestions. We’re at http://cooklibrarycinemaclub.tumblr.com/ That’s just the newest of many ways you can connect with us. Here are some others: 

  • Become a Fan on Facebook – we have over 1100 fans already, but we’d love to have more.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Pinterest (we have over 1400 pins on 70 boards) and goodreads (we’ve posted over 400 reviews).
  • You can also subscribe to our monthly email newsletters alerting you to new and recommended titles you may want to reserve. The most popular is Feature Films Coming Soon, but there are many others to suit various interests.  Here’s the complete list. Check the ones you would like to receive, put your email address in the box at the bottom and click Subscribe.
  • In addition to “Ear” we have a Read! Watch! Listen! Blog that provides staff insights and opinions about books, movies and music. This week’s post reveals what you’ve been missing if you haven’t ventured into Cook Park’s lower level recently.
  • Subscribe to our RSS feeds to keep up with what’s new in our collection.
  • You can also connect with our online catalog by rating, reviewing and commenting on titles in our collection.

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Are you planning to vote in the local election on April 9? Not sure whether you are registered? Look at the Lake County Clerk’s Voter Power page to check. The dates for registering at the library are past, but during the grace period you can still register and vote at the Lake County Central Permit Facility at 500 West Winchester Road in Libertyville. The Facility is located behind Winchester House and the Lake County Department of Transportation. Hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Contact the County Clerk’s office at 847.377.2410 for further information on grace period registration.

Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Cook Memorial Public Library District Board of Trustees in the election. The candidates are: incumbent Bonnie Quirke (Libertyville), incumbent Ann E. Oakley (Libertyille), Hela Ben-ayed (Libertyville), Phyllis A. Dobbs (Vernon Hills), Joe Bean (Libertyville), incumbent Tommy Koo (Vernon Hills). Learn more about them on these sites:

http://www.dailyherald.com/news/politics/election/race/Cook-Memorial-Library-Board-/

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Question: Some books seem to have been moved at Aspen. What’s going on?

Answer: Good observation!  Some categories of books have been moved at Aspen, in both the adult and children’s areas. The purpose of the change is to draw attention to books we don’t want you to miss because they are popular, useful and frequently updated. When you don’t have time to do much browsing and want to find a good book quickly, the highlighted collections can come in very handy.

Nonfiction topics now being featured along the wall by the computer lab and on a trolley by the Children’s DVDs are: personal finance, career, gardening, travel and exam preparation. In those locations you will also find selections popular with book clubs, fresh voices (memoirs and essays) as well as award winners for children.

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Our dedicated Readers' Advisors are always happy to give you book recommendations based on your own personal reading tastes and preferences. With our new online service, you can now receive this personal attention without coming to the library. Just go to our Web site, www.cooklib.org, and click on the Books, Movies and Music tab. There you’ll find a form to fill out and submit to our Readers’ Advisory staff, who will come up with book recommendations just for you. Adults and teens are invited to give it a try.

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Have you tried our digital media offerings yet? Through March 24 you have an easy way to evaluate your experiences with them and offer your opinions. You will also be able to let us know what new technologies (such as photo editing software, VHS-DVD conversion software, or film creation and editing software) you would like to see offered in the future, as well as the types of technology instruction you would find most helpful.

To share your thoughts about possible “digital directions” for the library and help us identify budget priorities for 2013-2014, take our quick online survey.  

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It may feel like winter still has a long way to go, but we are already thinking spring! Today you can go to Adult Programs on our website and start to plan the library events you won't want to miss during March, April and May.

At Aspen we've got you covered whether you are a Trekkie, a gardener, or someone who wants to learn the art of zentangle. At Cook Park, aromatherapy, beer school and Lincoln's assassination are among the topics on the agenda. We will once again partner with the GLMV Chamber to bring lunch hour programs for our business patrons.

Our Authors Outloud series already has eight entertaining authors lined up, starting with fiction superstar Jodi Picoult and the hilarious Jen Lancaster.  And, of course, we will feature photo displays, "how to" ebook sessions, computer and job hunting classes and lots more besides. Take a look!

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Cook Memorial Public Library District is proud to announce that we have been selected as a Library Affiliate of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This means that you can order genealogy microfilm (birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military records and more) from theFamily Search website for $7.50 per reel, and it will be delivered to the Cook Park Library in Libertyville. We will house the microfilm for you, and you can come in and view it any time the library is open. The microfilm is loaned for 90 days, and can be renewed for 60 days. You can also request that the microfilm be kept on indefinite loan, for additional cost.

Order microfilm from the Family Search Catalog after setting up a free account. You will be notified by email when the microfilm has been received. Need some help getting started finding and ordering microfilm? Attend our Genealogy Networking Group meeting at the Cook Park Library at 7 pm on March 7 to learn how to do it, or call the Reference Desk and ask for Thomas, Sonia or Jenny B.

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