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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
Enter Your
Library ServicesValue of

(i.e. Internet, word processing, etc.)

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

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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.