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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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