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This month we invite you to take a short survey. It will give you a unique opportunity to be heard on key topics such as how and why you use the library, how satisfied you are with our collections and services, how well library spaces suit your needs, and how you rate our implementation of new technology. We want to know what's most valuable to you, and also where you think we could serve you better.

All library district residents aged 18 or older are invited to take the survey by September 28, either online at www.cooklibsurvey.org, or on paper at our Cook Park or Aspen Drive locations or on the Bookmobile. It should take only about ten minutes to complete. Your participation will help us to create a three year plan to provide the best possible service for our entire district.

 

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More and more patrons are enjoying digital music albums, movies, TV shows and eAudiobooks using hoopla. The truly terrific feature of this new eLibrary offering is that these items are always available. There are no waiting lists! Here’s the scoop:

What do you need to get started?

A Cook Memorial library card. You will be prompted to use your card number to create an account the first time you access hoopla from our eLibrary page. The account requires an email address and a password, which you will use each time you sign in to hoopla.

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Two very welcome features have just been added to our online catalog! For some time you have been able to check out eBooks from the 3M Cloud Library directly from our catalog entries. Now, thanks to a recent upgrade, you can also see real-time availability, view samples, place holds, and check out materials from Overdrive (MyMediaMall) all without leaving the catalog.

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How long has the Foulds factory on Church Street been in business? The name C.H. Kaiser is on the building above Leggy Bird. Who was that? Where can I find historical photos of Libertyville?

Whether you want to answer a specific question or just stroll down memory lane, the Local History Collection has something for you. The Local History Collection in the Lower Level of the Cook Park Library is a treasure trove containing books, clippings files (over 700 topics), maps (as early as 1861), and newspaper microfilm dating back to 1897. Make sure to check out our historical photographs display in the Lower Level lobby and our new exhibit case featuring local photographs and artifacts. Our current exhibit illustrates the history of our own Cook Library from its start as a few shelves in a drug store.

Local history resources are also available online through the Local History section of the Cook Library web site. Access telephone directories back to 1913, Sanborn Maps of Libertyville starting in 1867 (in-library use only), a local newspaper obituary index and hundreds of digitized vintage photographs and postcards of downtown Libertyville and the surrounding area. Learn more about Libertyville by exploring online local history exhibits or follow our blog "Libertyville's Past is Present" and our tumblr feed "A History of Libertyville in Photographs" to feed your local history craving through social media.

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Shining the spotlight on: Reference and Genealogy librarian Sonia Schoenfield, who gives us the scoop on family history resources for you to discover in Cook Park Library’s Lower Level:

Come to the Genealogy Collection to find books to help you trace your family history, whether your ancestors are from Ireland, Poland, Germany, or somewhere in the U.S. Check out our three circulating genealogy magazine titles with all the latest news and tips. You can also order microfilm from the vault in Salt Lake City and view it on one of our two digital microfilm readers. Records viewed on these readers can be emailed or printed.

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