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Cook Park’s Lower Level Collections Area is about to undergo a make-over, thanks to the generosity of the Margaret Earnshaw Estate. New white shelving units, arranged in a more inviting way, will be installed December 12 – 14. Items will be removed from the old shelves on Tuesday, December 11th. They will be stored in the Meeting Room and Lower Level hallway temporarily, and placed on the new shelves as soon after December 14 as possible. We hope the new and improved Lower Level Collections Area will be open by December 20th.

If you are interested in checking out an item that is in temporary storage during the make-over process, check with the Adult Reference Desk to see if it is available. We may be able to retrieve some items, but there will be a few days when most or all Lower Level items are inaccessible. That includes our microfilm, genealogy, local history and foreign language collections among others.

The Adult Reference Desk librarians will be happy to check availability at our Aspen location or request an item from one of our LINKin partner libraries if necessary.

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Our schedule of Adult Programs for the winter season is now live. Take a look! You can register for events online as well as in person or by phone. From time to time folks ask how to check their registration status and possibly cancel a registration online. Each page of Adult Programs now features a box labelled Viewing and Changing Your Program Registrations that contains a link to your personal program schedule.

Alternatively, you can view and change your schedule from the Calendar page. Here’s how:

Go to our website, http://www.cooklib.org and from the drop-down menu under Calendar & News, click Calendar. Near the top of the Calendar page you will see four bullet points. The third one says:

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Are you an English Language Learner, or someone who likes to read books and view movies in languages other than English? Then take a look at two recent additions to the Languages and Literature section of our website.

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On the World Languages Communities page you will find quick links to translating our website into other languages, foreign films in our collection by language, and library materials in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Korean. You will also see links to community organizations and resources of interest to those who speak those four languages.

On the English Language Learners page you will find information about classes, discussion groups, and databases that supplement the ELL materials collections at our Cook Park and Aspen Drive locations.

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A patron asked, "Is there a quick way to see a list of the library's feature films in a specific language?"

On our website, mouse over Books, Movies and Music and choose Movies and TV from the drop down menu. Or, make the Movies and TV page (http://www.cooklib.org/fiction-movies-music/movies)  a Favorite on your computer. In the center of the page, you will see a box labeled Foreign Films in Our Collection.

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The Cook Memorial Public Library District is proud to unveil our new cookbook, A Library of Recipes: Cook Park and Aspen Drive cooking together with recipes generously supplied by you, our wonderful patrons.

Please join us for an evening of sampling, chef demos and prizes! Chef Michael Maddox formerly of Le Titi de Paris will show us how to make dazzling holiday canapes. Chef Jean-Marc Loustaunau from Cafe Pyrenees will demonstrate his silky smooth creme brulee recipe, which can be found in the cookbook.

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