Lincolnwood to Hollywood

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As promised, here is one more movie-related app suggestion, and it’s the most directly relevant to awards season: The Awards Guide: Oscars® app contains a searchable database of nominated movies—and winners!—in every category from 1929 to 2014. Search an actor’s name for a record of nominations and awards. The Android app lists all the 2015 […]

Apps for Moviegoers

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Whether you’re a true film buff or an occasional dabbler, mobile apps can help you keep track of what’s happening in Hollywood—during this awards season and all year long. If you download only one movie-related app, consider Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Search this mobile companion to the vast IMDb website by title (for plot summary, […]

And the Webby Goes To…

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Between Sunday’s Golden Globes presentation and today’s announcement of the 2015 Oscar nominees, there’s no denying that we’re in the thick of “awards season.” And it’s not just movies: children’s book lovers are looking forward to the unveiling of this year’s Caldecott and Newbery Medals in Chicago on February 2. The awards above are household […]

Cloudy with a Chance of Apps

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As winter digs in its heels, conversation at the library has been dominated by one topic: weather. If you own a tablet or smartphone, there’s a good chance you get your forecast from a weather app*…but with dozens of options for each platform, how do you know which app to use? In her recent New […]

Join Us in January

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If your holiday gifts included new technology—a smartphone, a tablet, or perhaps an e-reader—you’re in good company. You’re also in good company if you’re still puzzling over your device’s instruction manual, wondering about its bells and whistles, or even ignoring it because you’re not sure how to get started! Whether your technology is new or […]

Best LPLD Tech, 2014

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‘Tis the season for “Best of 2014″ lists! In the realm of technology alone, you can read up on the 10 Biggest Tech Innovations according to PC World, the Year’s Best Gadgets from Slate, and even the Top Gadget Gifts for Pets at USA Today. TechCrunch has covered year-end lists from the top two content […]

Consumer Reports to the Rescue

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Looking for last-minute gift ideas? The Consumer Reports website has a page dedicated to all things holiday, and they’re updating it continually this month. The Gadget Gift Finder shopping tool helps you choose technology gifts according to interest (photography, music, travel, etc.) and price range. The Ultimate Gift Guide interactive video offers a glimpse into […]

Taking the eBook Plunge

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If you’re on the fence about eBooks, it can help to hear from those who’ve already taken the plunge. We recently surveyed library staff members about their reading habits—which, as you can imagine, are quite varied—and gathered the following feedback. First of all, eBooks are not an all-or-nothing proposition. No one on our staff reads […]

All the News, Fit for Many Formats

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Four times a year, every household in Lincolnwood receives a copy of the library’s newsletter. This brightly-colored mini-magazine is full of news, events, and information you don’t want to miss…but we know how easy it is for mail to slip into the recycling bin before everyone has had a chance to read it! The information […]

Brainfuse HelpNow Update

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Back in October, we told you about the Brainfuse HelpNow app that students can use to get help with their homework. Earlier this month, Brainfuse redesigned the iOS version of the app and added a new feature called Snap-n-Send. (It sounds a little bit like SnapChat, but it’s not the same thing at all!) If […]