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Have you visited the lower level of our Cook Park Library since the children’s department moved upstairs last year? Every week we still encounter patrons who are pleasantly surprised when they take the stairs (or elevator) downstairs to explore the adult materials now housed in the former children’s room. When you pay our lower level a visit you will find a wide variety of materials, including many new releases, in these categories:

  • Music CDs and Scores
  • Mysteries
  • Science Fiction
  • Paperbacks
  • Book Club Selections
  • Oversize “coffee table” books
  • Genealogy and Local History, including microfilm
  • Plays and Poetry
  • Special Collections, including Exam Prep, Career, English Language Learning, Foreign Language (Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French), Automotive Repair, and Great Courses.

You will also find tables for studying, and a librarian who will be happy to answer your questions. Pay us a visit!

 

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Are you in a book club? If so, would you like to know how the library can help your club? If not, would you like to join one at the library?

You’ll find everything you need to know at http://www.cooklib.org/fiction-movies-music/book-clubs, including:

Schedule and upcoming titles for the book clubs led by Cook Memorial staff.

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Libertyville Days is here again. That's a sure sign that summer has arrived. On Sunday, June 17, our Cook Park Library will be closed. Our Aspen Drive Library will be open as usual, from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Here a few seasonal reminders:

  • Both of our locations will be closed on the following Sundays this summer: July1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, August 5, 12, 19,
    and 26, and September 2.
  • During Libertyville Days, the Farmers Market, Car Fun on 21, and Out to Lunch in Libertyville, the Church Street exit from our Cook Park Library parking lot will be closed. Our Brainerd Street entrance has been widened to permit cars to exit as well as enter there. Please note: turning left from the Brainerd exit is prohibited.
  • We now have a lovely courtyard for outdoor reading at our Cook Park Library.
  • Our Bookmobile will continue to make neighborhood stops throughout the summer.
  • Please enjoy our Summer Reading Club, and our Adult, Teen and Kids’ Summer Programs.

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To follow-up on last month's post about borrowing though the LINKin consortium items that Cook Memorial doesn't own, or that are currently checked out from our collection:

  • Determining if an Item Can Be Requested  Only items with a status of Available or On Shelf can be requested. If there is a date in the status column, the item is checked out. If the status is Local Use Only, it means one of three things. The item is either non-circulating, too new to borrow, or the owning library is temporarily unable to lend it due to a situation such as construction or renovation
  • Renewing LINKin Items  You can renew each LINKin item once in My Account, just as you would renew a Cook Memorial item. LINKin books renew for 14 days and AV items for 7 days.
  • Checking LINKin Items Out  You must use the same library card number to check out a LINKin item that you used to request it.

See our Borrowing from Other Libraries page for more information.

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Did you know that Cook Memorial Reference Librarians are available to answer questions online during all the hours the library is open? You can use instant messaging to contact us via our Meebo widget. It’s found at the bottom of every search page in our catalog, and on all the pages of the Research a Topic portion of our site as well as the Homework Help pages of our Kids and Teens pages. You can also ask questions in person, by phone or email.

For over a decade we also participated in 24/7 chat reference through various services, most recently AskAway, which serves patrons all over Illinois. Our reference librarians staffed the service for several hours a week in exchange for the service being available to our patrons 24/7.

In recent years, as other means of finding information have become more commonplace, usage of the service has dropped off considerably. Additionally, we have observed that most patrons who submit questions to AskAway now assume they are connecting with librarians from their own libraries, and their questions usually relate to their own accounts, local collections or policies. Consequently, we have decided to stop participating in AskAway, and you will no longer see links to it on our web site.

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