Creepy Pair of Underwear Visits the Library!

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On Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 2pm, the Lincolnwood Public Library is honored and excited to host author Aaron Reynolds, author of picture book favorites like Creepy Carrots and Chicks and Salsa as well as graphic novels like the Caveboy Dave and Joey Fly, Private Eye series.

Aaron will be sharing his newest book, Creepy Pair of Underwear, in a special storytime and interactive presentation that you shouldn’t miss if you like silly stories that are also a little bit creepy and are about carrots and/or underwear. You’ll get a chance to meet this amazing author and ask him questions about writing books for kids, working with famous illustrators, whether he is afraid of carrots and/or underwear, and what it was like to write a book that won a Caldecott Honor. You’ll probably have interesting questions of your own to ask Aaron, so come ready!

Selections of Aaron’s books will be available for purchase via the Book Stall at the event.

Reads for the Solar Eclipse

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We are partnering with Lincolnwood School District 74 for an event (with glasses provided; we do not have any available at the library) on August 21, at 12:30pm at the baseball fields outside the schools. Here in Lincolnwood, we will have a partial view of the eclipse – the path of totality (where viewers can see the full eclipse) is south of us. Please make sure that you use approved eclipse glasses – regular sunglasses will not protect your eyes! For some more information on the eclipse from NASA (and about the proper kind of glasses), click here – they will even have a live stream available from multiple locations across the path of totality. NASA also has information on how to make your own pinhole eclipse viewer!

On your way to Information Services, our display tables are full of fascinating books relating to the upcoming eclipse. Here are a few of our favorites:

Sun, Moon, Earth: the History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler E. Nordgren. Most of North America is excitedly awaiting the eclipse – but solar eclipses weren’t always awe-inspiring national events. Can you imagine the fear you might feel if suddenly the sun ‘went out’ and you didn’t understand what was happening?

Chandra’s Cosmos: Dark Matter, Black Holes, and Other Wonders Revealed by NASA’s Premier X-Ray Observatory by Wallace H. Tucker. Though not specifically about a eclipses, this book is a fascinating look at telescope exploration.

Welcome to the Universe: an Astrophysical Tour by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Take your space excitement to the next level with this book inspired by an introductory astronomy course taught at Princeton. We’ve got lots of other books by Neil deGrasse Tyson as well, so make sure you grab at least one.

 

New Resource: The New York Times

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Have you ever tried to read a great article from The New York Times Online only to be stopped by a paywall?  Library to the rescue! With our latest subscription, Lincolnwood residents have unlimited access from home or on the go.

 

Access NYT Online outside the library:

  • Lincolnwood Library cardholders can access NYT Online by redeeming a code. The code provides 24 hours of continuous access. A new code must be redeemed for each 24 hours of access.
  • Visit this page for the code, then select Redeem.
  • First time users must register with an email address and create a password.
  • Returning users must log in with their email address and password.

Access NYT Online inside the library:

  • Visit NYtimes.com on one of the library’s computers or connect to the library’s WiFi.
  • First time users must register with an email address and create a password.
  • Returning users must log in with email address and password for unlimited access.

For more information, check out our Help Guide or talk to an Information Services Librarian! You can find us at the yellow “Ask Us” desk, at 847-677-5277 x230, or

Dog Days of Summer

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Well, it’s August 1 already – can you believe it? School (at least, SD74) starts up in 23 days, and our glorious, beautiful Lincolnwood summer is starting to come to an end. We’re a little bummed – but excited, too. Summer is such a different time in the library than the rest of the year – not only because it’s quieter with kids away at camp, or families on vacation – but because everything and everyone feels so relaxed.

Keep that relaxing feeling going with some books to keep that summer chill strong!

The Best Days are Dog Days by Aaron Meshon follows a dog and his girl through a day exploring the neighborhood. You won’t want to miss out sharing this one with your four-legged pals – and then take them on a long, long walk.

Molly’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron is an irresistable audiobook (you can listen on hoopla) that will make your heart overflow with happiness. Molly’s a puppy who bonds with a little girl named C.J. and nothing will keep these two apart – not even pesky grown-ups.  It’s in the same family as A Dog’s Purpose by the same author – but this sweet little story’s adapted for young listeners (and there are two more).

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger (for middle school and up) is one of those dog stories that will rip your heart out and shred it to pieces like an evil squeaky toy (but in a good way). In it, you’ll meet Wally, a lovable, huge, mistreated pup who doesn’t know what it feels like to be loved until his neighbor, Clair, and his owner’s son, Danny, start to try to show him what love is really like.

The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst is an adult fiction read-alike to contemporary doggy classics like The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Dog’s Purpose. Paul comes home to find his wife dead and the only witness, their dog Lorelei. Consumed with grief, Paul decides to attempt to teach Lorelai to speak – remembering his relationship with his wife as he learns about actual scientific experiments. Make sure you have the largest, fullest box of tissues available for this one.

War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel shares several stories of our best friends and their glorious military history.

And for our feline friends…

Mr. Putter and Tabby Clear the Decks by Cynthia Rylant, chosen to celebrate two of our new fish in the library tank (named Mr. Putter and Tabby), has our two intrepid heroes on a boat cruise to try and relieve some of the dog cat days of summer… but if you know Mr. Putter and Tabby… you know it might not be that easy.

 

 

 

Purple Brick Easter Eggs in the Library

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Did you know there is another meaning for easter egg? It’s an unexpected or undocumented feature, usually in software, included as a joke or a bonus. We installed our own “easter egg” in the library during our renovation. We took three of the purple bricks from the old Purple Hotel (remember the Purple Hotel? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Hotel) and “hid” them in the library. Try and find them the next time you are at the library!

Music, Construction, Art Beetles, and Girl Power!

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We hope you’ve been enjoying the Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design! We certainly have been. Our Youth librarians have been reading loads of books related to that theme: from the design of writing to how to code to how to DIY a fashion shoot. Come on in and see all of the design books we have for you – on display and on our regular shelves – and, while you’re at it, get a few hole punches on your challenge card!

Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad by James Rumford, tells the story of Ali, a young boy growing up in Baghdad. Ali is learning calligraphy and how to write in Arabic. As he brings writing into everyday activities such as soccer and watching his father shave, he learns about Yakut, an ancient calligrapher who also learned to write during a time of war. With illustrations that incorporate calligraphy into every single page in unique ways, this story illustrates the beautiful musical rhythm of language and writing.

Cathedral: the Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay, is an early 1970s Caldecott Award winning classic that tells the story of the construction of a Gothic cathedral. From tools to blueprints and more, this beautifully illustrated book acts as a stunning introduction to architecture and design for children. If you can’t get enough of this gorgeous book, make sure you look at Macaulay’s other works.

In the book Masterpiece by Elise Broach, you’ll meet a beetle that can draw? James has one living under his kitchen sink! Marvin the beetle has left a miniature drawing for James in the book . But when they accidentally end up involved in an art heist, these unlikely friends are going to need to team up to solve the mystery!

If you need a good book about girl power that will inspire you to try some new technology, then Girl Code, Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, is the book you’re looking for. These tech phenoms created a game that went viral overnight and are sharing their knowledge with readers! Affect your world and the world around you with the help of these two awesome girls and learn how you can inspire change.

We hope you stop by to visit the library and grab a book from one of our design themed displays (good for a couple of hole punches on your challenge card for sure) – and be sure to tell us what books you’re loving this summer.

Reading By Design

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Our Summer Reading Program has started and we are so excited!! This year’s theme, Reading By Design, highlights the creativity of authors, artists, architects, and everyone who makes our world a more livable, accessible, and beautiful place. We hope this year’s Summer Reading program and all our wonderful programs inspire you to explore your own design creativity!

Participating in the Summer Reading program is easy! To start, simply pick up a challenge card and reading log at the Library – and you’re ready to go! You’ll also get a Reading By Design t-shirt and, if you’ve got your Lincolnwood Library card in hand, your first (of hopefully many) raffle tickets. Record your reading and design achievements on your cards, then come check in with us to earn more raffle tickets! Check our online newsletter for full details and programs.

Also in the newsletter are some great books recommended by your Lincolnwood librarians – all about design!

You absolutely cannot go wrong introducing yourself to Rosie Revere, Engineer, a voracious inventing engineer who will teach you that it’s good to make mistakes, and to fail – because that’s how successes happen! In the novel Shadowshaper, a girl named Sierra learns of her magical ability (shadowshaping, if you didn’t guess from the title) when neighborhood murals she has painted begin to change and prematurely fade. On the Niles West summer list is one of our librarians’ favorites, The Serpent King – which, among its many unforgettable characters, features a fashion blogger whose sense of perfect design is impeccable. We can’t talk design without mentioning Lego – so of course we’ve featured Lego Architecture: the Visual Guide, but have many more Lego books available for checkout!

Stay tuned for more design-related content throughout the summer… coming soon is a lobby shelving design improvement!

Too Much Fun in Youth & Teen Services

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It’s been a long, long school year thanks to SD74 construction – but the last day of school is finally dawning (though some are already finished – congrats 8th graders!) and everyone is ready to get fully into summer. The Youth & Teen Services department put together several last-week-of-school programs: all our previously monthly after-school programs got smooshed together into one awesome week!

Last Tuesday, we had Come Get Ya Nails Did, where we welcomed everyone to don some pretty finger paint (summer dates 7/19 and 8/16). Wednesday was Board Game Day: many students and staff have learned new exciting games since the program using our new in-house board game collection. Rivalries spawned (librarian Dannie is the reigning queen of Suspend and some EPIC games of chess have happened) but the best part is that everyone had a great time with our game check-out. We’re adding more games to the collection in the fall! Previously open-play Video Game Day turned into an epic final Smash Bros. Tournament showdown on Thursday (congrats to winners Travis, Adrian, and Preston!). We’ve got two more tournaments coming this summer (Rocket League in July and Smash. Bros again in August).

Tonight after the library closes, we’ve got our Summer Reading Kick-Off events.  To celebrate the very last day of SD74 attendance this school year, we’re having a Staff vs. Students Karaoke Contest on Monday, June 19. 

It’s going to be legendary. Can the students sing more beautifully (or awfully, if you’re into that kind of karaoke) than the Lincolnwood Public Library staff? What staff have hidden vocal talents? What staff don’t? Come one, come all – test your vocal cords and celebrate the summer after school on Monday, July 19.

Some Jungle Books

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The Jungle Book is a classic adventure collection of stories written for children in 1894 by English author Rudyard Kipling. The stories mirror fables – using animals to give moral lessons – but feature the boy (man-cub) Mowgli, raised in the jungle by wolves. Some view the stories as political allegories of British colonial India; many stories heavily feature the Law of the Jungle. Simply read, however, The Jungle Book has been popular since its publication with readers of all ages.

Many film adaptations have been made of the classic story – a 1942 live action technicolor film starring Sabu Dastagir; the well-loved Disney animated classic from 1967 (with a sequel produced in 2003), as well as several other adaptations across film and TV, including a Japanese anime. Kipling’s stories inspired several modern classics – the science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein replaces Kipling’s story of a child raised by wolves with a child raised by Martians. The Newbery-award winning children’s novel The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is a similar replacement – a child raised by ghosts in a graveyard – and follows the original fable format of Kipling’s stories a little more closely than Heinlein.

Stories of feral children are still prevalent and popular in children’s literature. Maryrose Wood’s humorous series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place features a plucky governess and her charges: three Mowgli-esque children raised by wolves. Alex Mallory’s young adult novel Wild follows the story of a feral boy brought into civilization for the first time after rescuing a teen from a bear attack. The middle grade novel The Music of Dolphins is a stunning novel about a girl raised by dolphins who attempts to rehabilitate into human society.

A common denominator of all (including The Jungle Book) is children in the wild discovered by “real” and “civilized” society and brought to bear (no pun intended, Baloo). Even Kipling’s animals are focused on bringing Mowgli to the man-village upon his coming of age – one begins to think about the parallels between the wild nature of youth and the possibly unrealistic expectations of children upon coming of age. But perhaps one thinks too much…

This Friday, June 16, we’re kicking off Summer Reading with Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles and a Movie Under the Stars, where we will be showing the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book. Come meet many relativessssssss of the enormousssssss sssssssnake Kaa from 7:00-8:15pm. You can also grab your Ssssssssummer Reading t-sssssssshirt and your challenge/reading cardsssssss while enjoying sssssssnacks, entertainment, and ssssssssocializing with your friends, family (and ssssssssnakes). Bring blankets and lawn chairs for the movie, which will start at dusssssssssk (around 8:30pm).

Stay tuned to the library website for information about inclement weather.

 

Everyone Loves the Library

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After four years of planning and almost a year of construction, we opened our fully renovated library in late January 2017. So was it worth it? The numbers say yes. First, a little history. In 2012, the library conducted a major strategic planning process, which included an all-community survey. The survey showed that the Lincolnwood community wanted a better library facility, and better access to popular books, movies, and other materials. To address these requests we put a plan in motion to renovate the library, and we created a popular collection for use only by Lincolnwood residents.

Librarians love statistics, so we have a rich history of data to mine. Let’s take a look at the month of May for the past ten years, and compare two major statistics: visitors and circulation.

May 2017 shows a 10-year high for visitors to the library, and a 10-year high for circulation. These statistics show us that the Lincolnwood Library community is using the library at rates never seen before. Our vision is for the library to be a modern, thriving, essential part of the Lincolnwood community, and we are well on our way.

We will be kicking off a new strategic planning process in 2017, stay tuned to learn how you can participate and share your thoughts on how the library can be even better.