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Two very welcome features have just been added to our online catalog! For some time you have been able to check out eBooks from the 3M Cloud Library directly from our catalog entries. Now, thanks to a recent upgrade, you can also see real-time availability, view samples, place holds, and check out materials from Overdrive (MyMediaMall) all without leaving the catalog.

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How long has the Foulds factory on Church Street been in business? The name C.H. Kaiser is on the building above Leggy Bird. Who was that? Where can I find historical photos of Libertyville?

Whether you want to answer a specific question or just stroll down memory lane, the Local History Collection has something for you. The Local History Collection in the Lower Level of the Cook Park Library is a treasure trove containing books, clippings files (over 700 topics), maps (as early as 1861), and newspaper microfilm dating back to 1897. Make sure to check out our historical photographs display in the Lower Level lobby and our new exhibit case featuring local photographs and artifacts. Our current exhibit illustrates the history of our own Cook Library from its start as a few shelves in a drug store.

Local history resources are also available online through the Local History section of the Cook Library web site. Access telephone directories back to 1913, Sanborn Maps of Libertyville starting in 1867 (in-library use only), a local newspaper obituary index and hundreds of digitized vintage photographs and postcards of downtown Libertyville and the surrounding area. Learn more about Libertyville by exploring online local history exhibits or follow our blog "Libertyville's Past is Present" and our tumblr feed "A History of Libertyville in Photographs" to feed your local history craving through social media.

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Shining the spotlight on: Reference and Genealogy librarian Sonia Schoenfield, who gives us the scoop on family history resources for you to discover in Cook Park Library’s Lower Level:

Come to the Genealogy Collection to find books to help you trace your family history, whether your ancestors are from Ireland, Poland, Germany, or somewhere in the U.S. Check out our three circulating genealogy magazine titles with all the latest news and tips. You can also order microfilm from the vault in Salt Lake City and view it on one of our two digital microfilm readers. Records viewed on these readers can be emailed or printed.

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“Wow – I had no idea all this was down here!” Three years after the completion of the renovation of our Cook Park Library, we still hear words to that effect a few times every week. In addition to major parts of the library’s holdings (music CDs, mysteries, science fiction, books on language and literature) our Lower Level is home to a variety of special collections. Today Ear to the Community is launching a series of posts to shine a spotlight on some of them.

First up: Book Club shelves

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Want to be “in the know” about upcoming library events and programs? Curious about the new books, movies, and music our librarians are recommending?

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If your children or grandchildren tell you that librarians can change a banana into a remote control, you can take their word for it. A team of our children’s librarians is currently in the midst of 55 visits to 17 local schools to promote summer reading to over 7000 students. Thanks to Cook Memorial's “Makey Makey” invention kit, their slide show is controlled by an actual banana. Students have been amazed and intrigued, with one little boy asking in awe, “Are you from a magical land?”

The librarians encourage the children to enjoy reading all summer, and to take advantage of the many free summer activities planned by the Library. This year’s Summer Reading theme is DISCOVER, and children who complete a bingo board by reading, watching DVDs, listening to music and attending programs will earn rewards including coupons for treats from local businesses and a book of their choice to keep.

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To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on April 23, get thee to a library! Here’s a link to the 450 Shakespeare items in Cook Memorial's catalog, in formats ranging from print, to audio, to video, to ebooks. Or, use our Biography in Context database to learn about his life, or our Literature Resource Center to find essays to help you understand and appreciate his works.

And to add merriment forsooth, methinks thou ought to celebrate further by observing Talk Like Shakespeare Day on Wednesday.   bdayshakespeare


                                   

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You are probably aware of the popularity of “Selfies” these days, as smartphone-wielding folks enjoy photographing themselves in various settings. But have you
heard of a related phenomenon called BookShelfies? Take a look:
http://bookshelfies.tumblr.com/.

We're celebrating National Library Week (April 13 -19) by honoring our patrons, and their favorite books. Do you have a shelf at home where you keep books that are meaningful to you? Perhaps there's a shelf at the library that you visit often to see what's new on a certain subject or to find the next book in a series you are enjoying.

Send us a photo of yourself with your bookshelf of choice or stop by the library and ask a staff member to take one for you. Email pics to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We'll post them on our Facebook page.

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Here’s the latest database news:

We are delighted to announce a new database for job seekers: Cypress Resume, an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three simple steps. You can find Cypress Resume under Jobs & Careers on our Research page.

If you read eMagazines using Zinio, you may have noticed that Zinio no longer has Consumer Reports available for libraries. The good news is that we subscribe to the terrific Consumer Reports database, and you can use your library card to access it from home. Here's how:

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We have an especially busy week-end coming up at our Cook Park location. Our annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6 in the Cook Park Meeting Room. Here are the particulars:

Friends Preview:
Friday, April 4, 12-2 p.m.
(Join the Friends of the Library at the door for $5.)

Open to the Public:
Friday, April 4, 2:30-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, April 6, 1-4 p.m.

Proceeds of the Friends' book sale will underwrite the costs of the library's reading programs and finance equipment and supplies not covered in the library budget.

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How are you coming with your income taxes? Need some forms, instructions or publications? Here are some options for you:

All federal tax forms, instructions and publications are available free on the IRS web site. As long as you have Adobe Reader installed, all forms can be printed and some can even be completed online and then printed with your information. You can also learn about e-filing options on the IRS site.

With the Adobe Reader installed, you can also access and print Illinois State Tax Forms and instructions. Need forms from other states? 50states.com will get you to those.

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We are excited to announce that iPads were rolled out on February 1st  in the children’s departments at our Cook Park and Aspen Drive libraries.  With puzzles, math games, early literacy applications, eBooks and other fun learning-based content, the iPads are configured for use by children ages 2-13 and their caregivers. The activities include old favorites such as an interactive Pat the Bunny app, the very funny Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App from Mo Willems, apps to encourage drawing and writing, a tangram puzzle that is a fun challenge for all ages, and more.

The library has placed the iPads in locations that encourage and support parent-child interaction when using the device, mirroring the shared experience over a book. Each device has two sets of earphones to allow both participants to listen and respond. The iPads are available whenever the library is open. 

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Are you registered to vote? If you aren’t and you want to vote in the March 18th primary election, your last day to register @ your library is Tuesday, February 18. If you aren’t sure whether you are registered at your current address, check the Lake County Voter Registration page to find out. You can find the answers to all these questions there:

Voter registrars are available at the Reference Desks at both our Cook Park and Aspen Drive locations through Tuesday, February 18. To register, bring with you two pieces of identification. At least one of the two forms must show your name and current address.

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 We’re offering something new to brighten up this long, cold winter – weekly film matinees for adults. The films are screened at 1:30 pm and no registration is required. They are shown in our Cook Park meeting room on Thursdays and at Aspen Drive on Fridays. The movies are free and so is the popcorn!

This month, as we near the date for the Academy Awards ceremony, we are showing some outstanding films from 2013. Due to our licensing agreements with the films’ distributors, we are not allowed to reveal the titles of the featured films on our Web site. However, you can subscribe to receive an email at the beginning of each month informing you of upcoming titles.

Here are some clues about the February offerings. See which movies you can identify:

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One of the happiest collaborations between Cook Memorial Public Library District and District 128 High Schools is our "night before the start of finals" study fest. This past Monday over 200 students came to each of our libraries (Cook Park and Aspen Drive) to study together, get help from teachers (20 at each location) and munch on snacks provided by the D128 Federation of Teachers. While this is the third year for the event, it was the first time the teachers were joined by school social workers, who offered tips on managing stress during finals.

Students expressed their appreciation and left feeling better prepared for their exams. Special thanks to teachers Dennis Duffy and Kristi Robertson, who coordinated the evening. And thanks to our non-student patrons for their patience and understanding when our libraries turned into giant study halls for one night.

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Welcome to Ear to the Community! The purpose of this blog is to keep our patrons informed about what's happening at Cook Memorial, in our buildings and in our online offerings. If you have a question about the library, the online catalog or our Web site, just complete and submit the Ask Ear to the Community form. We'd love to hear from you.

We are thrilled to announce that on Monday, January 6, we are launching an updated Web site with a fresh new look. The redesign reflects the way people use the Internet now, and emphasizes the content most patrons come to the site seeking. It is also much more friendly to tablet and mobile users. If you've had trouble using our RSS feeds with your preferred browser lately, you will enjoy using our New, Popular and Coming Soon page instead.

Our mobile site has also been updated and features a mobile-optimized version of our online catalog.

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Happy Thanksgiving! To celebrate this season of thanks and giving, Cook Memorial Public Library District is once again collecting food and books for distribution to those in need. Donated items will be given to the Libertyville Township and Vernon Township Food Pantries. Nonperishable food items and new and “like new” books are being collected now through Wednesday, December 18. Deposit bins are positioned inside the main entries at both our Cook Park and Aspen Drive locations.

New and “like new” books for children, young adults and adults are being collected since they make good gifts for all ages. Needed food items include canned goods such as tuna, chicken, vegetables, fruits and soups; peanut butter and jelly; pasta, rice and Ramen noodles; spaghetti sauce and gravies; flour, sugar and baking mixes; cereals and oatmeal; and condiments. Paper goods, including toilet paper, tissues and diapers, as well as personal items such as bar soap, shampoos, deodorant, and toothpaste are also welcome.

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If you borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from Overdrive through the MyMediaMall consortium, you may welcome two recent changes. Here’s the scoop:

  • You can now opt for a three week check-out instead of two weeks.  If you wish to change your default lending period, login to your MyMediaMall account and then choose Settings. You will see a screen that allows you make the change.
  • You can now renew a digital item you have checked out, as long as there are no holds on it. How to renew digital titles

Of course, MyMediaMall is just one of the digital services available to Cook Memorial patrons. To learn more about all of them, take advantage of this upcoming event:

Always Open eLibrary: Drop-in Demo Fest
Tuesday, November 5    7-8:30pm Cook Park
Our eLibrary is always open, and your Cook Memorial Public Library District card gives you access to all sorts of great digital content, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic, eMagazines, and eVideo! These digital materials are compatible with a variety of computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices. Come to our drop-in demo fest and learn how you can enjoy our always open eLibrary. No registration required.

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Cook Memorial Public Library District is the proud recipient of this year's Demco Library Innovation Award. Children's Librarian and student services coordinator Jan Hastings accepted the award at this week's Illinois Library Association Conference at Navy Pier.


The prize was given in recognition of the student art shows the library district has hosted in recent years in partnership with Hawthorn School District 73 and Libertyville School District 70. The opening night receptions for the shows typically host over 1000 visitors at our Aspen Drive and Cook Park locations. In 2013 a third art show was held for the library district's homeschooled students.

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If you are a Libertyville history buff, you may already be familiar with the Local History pages of our website. There you can find links to our obituary index, online essays and pictorial displays about Libertyville, digitized old phone books, and much more.

Our local history librarians have recently started a blog, called Libertyville’s Past is Present. The latest post is about the history of Milwaukee Avenue. You can subscribe to receive new posts via email if you’d like.

And that’s not all…we have also launched a Tumblr account called, A History of Libertyville in Photographs. You can sign up to follow it here.

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