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Friends Needed
The Friends of the Cook Memorial Public Library District are actively seeking volunteers committed to supporting the library through fundraising, programming, and raising awareness of library services. The Friends underwrite the costs of the library district's reading programs (the costs of supplies and prizes) and pay for equipment not covered in the district's budget. Here are some examples of what donations from the Friends have provided:

$10,000 toward 2003 Bookmobile
Tinted window film
Document shredder
Patio for library staff
Picnic tables for patio

Membership in the Friends costs just $5.00 per year. If you would like to join this group of motivated advocates who support the library district and the communities it serves, please send an email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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This week Pew Research published its latest report from its Pew Internet & American Life Project. This report focuses on the reading and library use of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29. It finds that 8 of 10 people in this age group have read a book in the past year and 60% of them have visited their local public library. They embrace e-books but still read and value print books as well.

Quote part of report? Ask Susie for comments, particularly about pre-loaded ereaders.

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Enhance your computer and Internet skills! Use our new Computer Technology page to discover resources that help you learn technology skills for free online. The page also gives you tips for troubleshooting technology issues on your own. Give it a try!



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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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How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?
  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
  • Estimated retail value of each service (if purchased) will be calculated on the right.
  • Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.
Value of Library Services
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This calculator has been adapted by the Illinois State Library from the downloadable spreadsheet, originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library.
Explanation and Values for Library Use Value Calculator