Discover your Roots at the Library!

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The library has begun a subscription to Ancestry Library Edition—one of the most important online genealogy resources available todayunlocking thousands of databases and billions of indexed names to Lincolnwood residents.

You may already know about using Census records and city directories for genealogy, but Ancestry Library Edition will add many more sources to your research, including U.S. school yearbooks, church histories, and WWI and WWII draft registration cards. Here are a few more categories (and sample collections) to give you a sense of the breadth of coverage:

  • casualty listings: Dachau Concentration Camp Records, 1945
  • social and place histories: Louisiana, Slave Records, 1719-1820
  • organizational directories: Worldwide Masonic Directory, 1860
  • professional directories: Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971
  • court records: New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930
  • data provided in partnership with Jewish Given Name Variations
  • family trees that members have chosen to make public: Insert your name here (Your relatives may have started tracing your ancestors without telling you!)

Other popular tools, such as Message Boards and Charts and Forms, are included in the library’s subscription. Coverage is strongest for the United States, United Kingdom, Western Europe, and Canada.

Whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian, find your roots at the library. Ready to begin?

  1. Come visit us! Ancestry Library Edition is only available in the library building.
  2. Can’t get to the library building? Learn more about Ancestry Library Edition from home by perusing this online guide or watching “Five Minute Finds” videos from on YouTube.
  3. If you have local roots, start your search from home in our Chicago Tribune archive, which includes a powerful obituary search tool.

If you would like help using Ancestry Library Edition, or any other library resource, just ask one of our Adult Services Librarians. You can also set up a one-on-one appointment for more detailed instruction by emailing or calling us at (847) 677-5277.

Pronunciator — New Language Learning Program

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Pronunciator Language learning ProgramThe Library has replaced Mango Languages with a new language learning program – Pronunciator. Unlike Mango Languages, Pronunciator lets you learn a different language from any of 60 languages. “I speak Hindi, and I want to learn French.” “I’m a Russian speaker and want to pick up some Thai for my trip to Bangkok.” With Pronunciator these two scenarios are possible. In addition, Pronunciator provides ESL courses in 50 different languages to help learn and improve English language skills. While Pronunciator like Mango is free to Lincolnwood Library cardholders; it costs less for the library to provide.

Pronunciator combines traditional language learning methods (verb conjugation, vocabulary-building, quizzes, etc.) with modern interactive methods (speech recognition to help with pronunciation, side-by-side poetry, virtual conversations, etc.) You have the option of learning through guided “Postcards” courses or from the ground up by building your own conversations.

Courses are designed for children and adults from beginners to advanced learners.

Are you preparing for a trip? Download a phrasebook and audio lessons to take along.

Learn on your computer or download an app for iPad, iPod, iPhone, or Android tablet or phones.

Ready to Start Learning?

  1. On the library’s website, find Pronunciator in the Research drop-down menu.
  2. The first time you have to create an account:
    • Enter your email (optional)
    • Enter your library card number
    • You’ll be given a username and password
    • Once you have logged in, go to My Account in the drop down menu Logged In to change your username and password to something you can more easily remember.

If you would like help using Pronunciator or any other library resource, just ask one of our Adult Services Librarians. You can also set up a one-on-one appointment for more detailed instruction by emailing or calling us at 847.677.5277.

Windows 8.1 for beginners

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On Saturday morning, the tech pros from FireLogic taught an informative class on Windows 8.1. From the new modern interface to the cloud power of OneDrive, this two hour class offered a fantastic overview plus some handy tips and tricks.

If you missed the class or just need a refresher, you’re in luck! FireLogic recorded the entire session.

For more help with Windows 8.1 and other technology topics, visit our kiosk in the library or FireLogic’s YouTube channel for previously recorded classes.

Newspapers around the globe

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Lincolnwood is a very diverse community and many residents have personal or business interests out-of-town, or may enjoy reading in their native language. The Lincolnwood Library provides online access to NewspaperDirect PressDisplay, a great resource for newspapers from other cities, other countries, and in other languages. The service provides unique online access to today’s newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. Read newspapers in the original format with all the ads, articles, comics, and features found in the original print publications. The service also provides a translation feature for some newspapers. Newspapers are usually available on the day they are published and remain available for sixty days.

All you need is your library card number and a smart device or internet enabled computer and you can be reading news from just about anywhere in the world. The service is also available on the computers in the Lincolnwood Library.

The easiest way to use NewspaperDirect PressDisplay is to browse to the newspaper you are interested in and then just look through the paper as you would a printed newspaper.

Where Do I Go to Find It?
From the library website,, click Research, choose NewspaperDirect.


New Popular eBooks Available

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Instead of buying books, why not borrow them?New eBooks available

Have you heard of an eBook? An eBook is an electronic copy of a book that can be read on the screen of your computer or a portable eReader device, tablet, or smartphone. The best part? It’s free!

We just updated our popular eBooks and audiobooks in our digital lending library.

You can find and enjoy titles on just about any modern device in seconds, it has never been easier. You can download eBooks and audiobooks onto your tablet, mobile device or computer without having to purchase them. To check out eBooks from the Lincolnwood Public Library, you need the following:

  • A Lincolnwood Public Library card
  • A computer or mobile device with an internet connection
  • A free software program or mobile app may be required, depending on your device

Here are some step-by-step guides to downloading library eBooks to a variety of popular electronic devices:

  • Mobile Devices (Apple, Android, Nook Tablet, Kindle Fire)
  • NOOK (Simple Touch and Classic), Sony eReaders, Kobo eReaders
  • Kindle eReaders (If you have a Kindle Fire refer to mobile above)

Some of the eBook best sellers include:

  • I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
  • My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel

Still not comfortable downloading an eBook or audiobook from the Lincolnwood Library? Call our Digital Services Librarian at 847-677-5277 and set up a one-on-one appointment to help you use the library digital resources or stop in and have a staff member assist you.

To see our scheduled eBook technology sessions, click here.

Welcome to our new website!

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Many library services are available even when we are closed, for example:

  • Borrow an eBook
  • Get reading recommendations
  • View new & coming soon titles
  • Read a newspaper online
  • Check a fact in our online encyclopedias
  • Research a product in Consumer Reports

View our site on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.