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Hope you have been able to take advantage of some of our programs and events this summer! We are now proud to announce the line-up for Fall 2012. Our adult programs this time will include special features such as a collaboration with High School District 128 that will bring a series of outstanding chefs to our community. Our popular Authors Out Loud series kicks off on September 13th with lunch with Julia Child biographer Bob Spitz (Dearie) at noon at the Sullivan Center in Vernon Hills. As usual, we will offer an extensive slate of computer classes. And this time our genealogy offerings will also include some computer classes, as well as individual research time in the computer lab. The first day to sign up for computer classes is Saturday, September 9. See the entire line-up of adult programs at Cook Park and Aspen, including business and job-hunting, Authors Out Loud, genealogy and computer classes.

Teen programs will include a “Zombies Attack” After Hours event at Cook Park, the return of the Mother-Daughter Book Club, and a bigger and better than ever Epic Quest for Teen Read Week.

Kids this fall will be able to participate in a “Reading is Delicious” fall book club with many tasty events. Other book clubs include one for middle schoolers and one just for guys. Principals from local schools will visit to read aloud, storytimes and crafts will be available, and the Design a Bookmark contest will be back. Special events include a Star Wars Read Day and the always exciting Touch the Trucks. There will be programs just for Tweens, who are also welcome to attend the Homework Café. We will also host a preschool and childcare fair, as well as programs for adults on early literacy, brain development and homework help. See the entire line-up.

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Take a look at our Auto & Home page to see several new databases you can access any time of day or night with your Cook Memorial library card number. The "Auto" part of the page isn't brand new, since we have had the terrific Chilton auto repair database for several months. However, the "Home" features are new additions. You can search for recipes using the Culinary Arts Collection, find instructive articles to help with remodeling projects in the Home Improvement Collection, and research gardening questions in the Garden, Landscape and Horticulture Collection.

You will also notice on the Auto & Home page a selection of searchable online reference books dealing with cooking, gardening, and antiques. These are just a sampling of the online reference books available.Clicking on any one of the book covers will take you to a page where you can search within all 17,000+ titles now available full-text to our patrons.

Perhaps the most intriguing of these new databases is PriceIt! Antiques & Collectibles. This pricing tool provides data and images for art, antiques and collectibles in over 100 categories and subcategories from eBay, online antique dealers (GoAntiques and TIAS) and land-based auction houses. Try it out and see how much that family heirlom might fetch if you decided to part with it!

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Have you been dreaming of your Summer Reading Club prize!? Don’t miss out on completing Dream Big! Read.  The final day to turn in your completed reading logs and receive your prizes (yes, plural!) is Wednesday, August 1st.  Beat the rush and come  in early.

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Our Instant Message/Chat product, Meebo Messenger, is no longer available. We will replace it asap. Meanwhile, if you have a reference question, please call us (847-362-2330), send us an email or visit us in person.

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To provide more convenience for patrons who desire flexibility regarding computer usage,  we are making the following changes as of Wednesday, July 11:

Each library cardholder who logs in to one of our computers will have 3 hours of computer usage that day.  This can be divided into any number of sessions, as long as the total time doesn't exceed 3 hours. There will no longer be 15 minute extensions, since those are built into the three hour total.

Non-cardholders can obtain one visitor pass per day at the Adult Reference Desk. The pass is good for one hour of computer time, which can be used all at once or divided into shorter sessions.

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Have you visited the lower level of our Cook Park Library since the children’s department moved upstairs last year? Every week we still encounter patrons who are pleasantly surprised when they take the stairs (or elevator) downstairs to explore the adult materials now housed in the former children’s room. When you pay our lower level a visit you will find a wide variety of materials, including many new releases, in these categories:

  • Music CDs and Scores
  • Mysteries
  • Science Fiction
  • Paperbacks
  • Book Club Selections
  • Oversize “coffee table” books
  • Genealogy and Local History, including microfilm
  • Plays and Poetry
  • Special Collections, including Exam Prep, Career, English Language Learning, Foreign Language (Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French), Automotive Repair, and Great Courses.

You will also find tables for studying, and a librarian who will be happy to answer your questions. Pay us a visit!

 

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Are you in a book club? If so, would you like to know how the library can help your club? If not, would you like to join one at the library?

You’ll find everything you need to know at http://www.cooklib.org/fiction-movies-music/book-clubs, including:

Schedule and upcoming titles for the book clubs led by Cook Memorial staff.

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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.

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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.

See our Borrowing from Other Libraries page for more information.

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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.

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New content has recently been added to the catalog records of thousands of fiction and nonfiction books in the children’s, young adult and adult sections of the library. Links from our Novelist Select database now lead you to read-alike books and similar authors, as well as reader reviews and series information. You can now look up a book or an author you like and find suggestions of others you will enjoy reading. View a demonstration.

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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.

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When you want to borrow a book or an AV item that's not owned by the Cook Memorial Public Library District, or any of our LINKin partner libraries, try our Interlibrary Loan service. Not sure how to place a request? See a demonstration.

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Sometimes you search our online catalog and discover that Cook Memorial's copies of an item you want to borrow are checked out. Or, maybe we don't own the item. In either case, you can click the  linkin button on the right side of the screen to check whether the item is available from one of our LINKin partner libraries. If it is, you can request it online. Read more about LINKin borrowing. See a demonstration.

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A new and advanced Automated Material Handling System, simply referred to as a Sorter, is being installed at our Aspen Drive Library this week. This system immediately checks in items returned by patrons and sorts them into different bins depending on format. What impact will this technology have on you? In addition to freeing up staff so that they can provide the best service possible, the Sorter provides increased overall efficiency:

  • Accuracy of check in – The sorter is 100 percent accurate. When an item is returned through the Sorter’s slot, the item is automatically checked in, so there is no chance that an item you have returned will still show up as “checked out” in your account.
  • Option of printing a receipt – For those patrons who have trouble keeping track of the items they return, or have had the experience of an item remaining on their account when they have returned it, this option offers great peace of mind.
  • Patrons can immediately check out items with limits -- Many patrons simply want to return their DVDs or Hot Picks, quickly select other DVDs or Hot Picks, use our self check out, and go. Since items are immediately checked in upon return, checking new materials out right away will no longer be a problem.
  • Efficiency of items returned to the shelves – Sorting materials into bins will increase the speed of returning items to the shelves.

Visit the Aspen Drive Library after the end of next week to see the Sorter in operation.

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A patron wants to know, Is there a scanner available for public use at the library?

Yes! There is a touch screen scanner located at the beginning of the second row of adult computers at our Cook Park Library. There is also one located in the computer lab at our Aspen Drive Library. You can use the scanners to convert documents and photos into PDF, Word or JPEG files, which you can scan to a USB drive, email, Google Docs, or printer. There is no charge for scanning. If you scan to the printer, the usual fee of $.10 per page for black and white and $.25 per page for color applies.

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The Brainerd Avenue entrance at the Cook Park Library will be closed for a week beginning Thursday, April 12 for parking lot modifications.

  • Please use the Church Street entrance to enter and exit the parking lot.
  • Please use caution when driving through the lot and follow the directional signs.
  • We are planning for the drop boxes and drive-up window to be open during this time.
  • In the event of rain, this project may be postponed.

Also, just in time for spring, the Aspen Drive Library parking lot was restriped last week with a fresh coat of paint for crosswalks and parking spaces. This photo shows new stop signs the contractor installed in front of the building entrance. The stop signs should result in a safer environment for pedestrians entering the crosswalk, especially for our young visitors who are often obscured by cars idling in front of the building. Please note there is a stop sign to the south and north of the crosswalk.
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This week a patron asked, How can I change the email address the library uses to send me notices about holds and overdues?

To change your email address for notices regarding your account, you have three choices:

  • Report the change at any of our Check-Out desks
  • Call 847-362-2330 and ask for Circulation, or
  • Send an email from the new email address you want us to use to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Be sure to include your name and library bar code number in the message.

Not currently using email notification? Click here to learn what it is, how to sign up, and whether it’s right for you.

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This week’s question: Do I need a library card to use a library PC?

You do need to sign on to our PCs with the bar code number on the back of your card and your last name. If you forget to bring your card, ask a librarian to look up the number for you. If you live in our district, but don’t yet have a card, you can obtain one with a photo ID and proof of residence at our Check-Out desk. See more…

If you live in another Illinois library district, please obtain a card from your district library and bring it with you. Register it at our Check-Out desk, and from then on you will be able to log on to a computer with your card number and last name. Guest passes, for the use of occasional visitors from other areas, are available at the Reference Desk.

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Our web site was recently upgraded to a newer version of Joomla, the Content Management System (CMS) we use to create and update our pages. There are no changes to the organization or appearance of the site. However, the upgrade has caused a few temporary problems.

  • You may have noticed that there is no longer a correctly functioning catalog search box on the front page. We hope to have that restored soon. Fixed.
  • Links from the slides on the front page for program registration are currently not working. Fixed.
  • Some internal links were broken in the transition and we are in the process of repairing those as well.

Thanks for your patience as we resolve these issues.