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The last date for registering to vote in the November 6th General Election is coming up soon. Not sure if you are registered to vote? Go to Lake County's Voter Power page, enter your name, address and date of birth to find out. If you are registered, you will find out the location of your voting place, what will be on your ballot, and information about the voting by mail option. Want to find out about voting early? See the Voting Options page.

If you've moved within Lake County since you registered, update your information by mailing your name, old and new address, date of birth and signature toWillard Helander, Lake County Clerk,18 North County Street, Room 101, Waukegan, Illinois 60085. If you have moved into Lake County since you registered, you will need to re-register with your new address. You must also re-register if you have changed your name. 

You can register at the Reference Desk at either the Cook Park or Aspen Drive Library through Tuesday, October 9th. Bring two forms of ID with you. One must show your current address and could be a driver's license, a state ID, a utility bill addressed to you at your current address, or a personalized check. To be eligible to register, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by the date of the election, and have lived in your voting precinct for at least 30 days by the date of the election. If you miss the registration deadline, there is a grace period during which you can register and vote at the County Courthouse in Waukegan.

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School has started and families are solidifying their school year schedules, including making plans for library visits. We are always delighted to have children in the library, as long as they are supervised appropriately. For the littlest ones, this means that a parent or caretaker must be actively attending to the child at all times. Here is our Safe Child Policy:

The Cook Memorial Public Library District is dedicated to providing a warm, welcoming, and safe environment for people of all ages.  In order to accomplish this, the Library relies on parents and caregivers to monitor and supervise their children’s activities and whereabouts. Our library staff is here to serve the information needs of our patrons.  Staff members have many duties to perform and cannot monitor the whereabouts of unsupervised children or be responsible for children who are demonstrating inappropriate behavior. Parents should not view the library as an alternative to day care or after-school programs.  Parents, guardians and caregivers should be aware that the library is a public building open to all individuals.   Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for their children. The Board of Trustees has adopted this Safe Child Policy to minimize the safety risks to children in the library, and to help staff in dealing with disruptive or unattended children.

Article I General Guidelines for Children Using the Library
Children 6 & Under Must be accompanied and attended to at all times by a parent, guardian or other responsible person fourteen (14) years of age or older who is taking an active role in attending to the child.  For children who are attending programs at which parent attendance is not required, the parent/caregiver must remain in the building and immediately join the child at the conclusion of the program.

Children 7-9 May use the library with a parent or guardian with them in the building.  For children who are attending programs at which parent attendance is not required, the parent/caregiver must remain in the building.

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The public scanners at both our Cook Park and Aspen Drive locations now have outgoing faxing capabilities. Here’s the scoop:

Facts:

  • Charge for faxing is $1.00 per page, to be paid in cash. You can include a cover page if you wish, but it will cost an additional $1.00.
  • The coin box will take one and five dollar bills as well as coins.
  • The fax machine can scan the front and back of a page in one sweep. Each side counts as a faxed page.
  • It can scan up to 40 pages (or 20 front and back)
  • It is not possible to receive faxes at the library.

How to:

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A patron asked, “Are there limits to what I can request on the library’s Suggest a Purchase form?”

Great question! The answer is yes, and it’s helpful to know them so you can avoid submitting requests that can’t be considered. Jennifer Plohr, Collection Development Manager, offers these helpful tips:

Purchase suggestions do not apply to the following:

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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!