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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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