New Digital Magazines

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flipster_web_banner_rectangleWe have added 13 new subscriptions to Flipster, our digital magazine service, for the new year, bringing our total to 35.

The new magazines for adults are Apple, Bicycling, Car & Driver, Chicago, Food Network, Money, Runner’s World, and Sports Illustrated. (View the original subscriptions on the full list of available titles.)

We’ve also added magazines for children and teens: Comics & Gaming Magazine, Seventeen, Sports Illustrated Kids, Thrasher,and Twist.

Flipster magazines are full-page, full-color duplicates of the print magazine. All you need to access Flipster is a computer or mobile device and your Lincolnwood library card. You can download as many magazines as you’d like and read them anytime.

With no due dates to worry about, no pages to flap in the breeze, and no added weight in your carry-on, Flipster is perfect for travel. Using the free Flipster app, you can even access your magazines when you’re offline.

For more information on using Flipster, check out our help page or ask a librarian.



Best LPLD Tech, 2015

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Last year, we compiled a year-end list of technology milestones that included the launch of a redesigned website and the introduction of online event registration. We are pleased to bring you this updated list from another busy year of technology enhancements and innovations.

1. One-on-one appointments: Librarians provided over 100 personalized technology sessions in 2015. For the first time this year, we took this show on the road to Lincolnwood Place, where we provided advice and instruction to residents. Contact us to schedule your own one-on-one appointment!

2. Technology classes: During our first full year of technology group classes at the library, nearly 400 adults attended sessions on topics ranging from Microsoft Office to web searching to mobile apps. View and register for upcoming classes using our online calendar.

3. hoopla: The library’s new digital media service offers music, audiobooks, movies, and more. All Lincolnwood library cardholders can instantly stream or download up to ten titles per month on hoopla—no holds, no waiting. Since launching in March, borrowers have enjoyed more than 1,000 hoopla digital titles.

4. Flipster: The library’s digital magazine service boasts two dozen popular subscriptions. Between January and the end of November, magazine readers checked out 1,330 current and back issues. Watch this space for an announcement about the 13 additional subscriptions for adults and teens that we’re adding for the new year.

5. Kindles: In addition to digital media that you can download to your personal device, the library now lends Kindle e-readers pre-loaded with hundreds of popular titles. Our devices have circulated over 125 times since they were introduced in June!

6. home access: Our popular resource for self-guided learning, with online video tutorials covering hundreds of topics, became available from home starting in July. In that time, the rate of videos watched has more than quadrupled! Enjoy the convenience of learning at your pace, in the comfort of your home, by visiting

7. Coding for kids: This summer, we held two week-long coding camp sessions where kids got hands-on with some coding using Scratch. Both camps were filled to capacity, with waiting lists of eager coders-in-training. The coding tutorials offered by both Scratch and are phenomenal, whether you’re a beginner or—like our campers—a pro.

8. Video games: Fifth through eighth graders gamed like crazy after school on our Xbox One, and video game checkout increased 39% in 2015 with releases like Fallout 4, Halo 5 Guardians, Super Mario Maker, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Mortal Kombat X. Early 2016 is already slated to be a huge gaming season, so keep an eye out for new releases!

9. Laptops: Lincolnwood residents have been able to borrow laptops for use within the library building since June. This service is growing in popularity among students, as well as professionals who work remotely.

10. With well over 200,000 page views this year, and roughly 17% of all traffic coming from mobile devices, our library website continues to serve as a popular “virtual branch,” open 24/7 for browsing, borrowing, research, and event registration.

With the library renovation getting underway in just a few months, we will gain a great deal of new technology in 2016. We look forward to sharing it with you. Happy New Year!

Lincolnwood E-Reading in 2015

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Lincolnwood library patrons read an astonishing 6,740 digital titles from our OverDrive ebook and e-audiobook lending service in 2015. That’s one title for every two residents, including those who are too young to read!

The most popular titles for e-reading in Lincolnwood in 2015 have all been best sellers, proving that our readers pay attention to what’s hot in the book world. Topping the ebook list with 69 checkouts is Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train. The next most popular title, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, has 59 checkouts, and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah comes in third with 39. Here are the remaining titles in the top ten for ebooks:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

For e-audiobooks, The Girl on the Train takes the number one position again, with All the Light We Cannot See coming in fourth and The Nightingale eighth. The rest of the top ten list for audio reflects the popularity of celebrity narrators and self-help:

  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  • How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less by Nicholas Boothman
  • The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
  • Life’s Missing Instruction Manual by Joe Vitale

Perhaps most impressive is that beyond these popular books, Lincolnwood library patrons enjoyed a remarkable range of e-reading material. Of the 6,740 titles borrowed, more than a third were read by just one person, and nearly half by just one or two. Among these unique selections are classics (Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome), children’s books (Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Are Friends), mysteries (Death by Honeymoon by Jaden Skye), and much more.

E-reading options abound: view our newest ebooks and e-audiobooks, or browse our full MyMediaMall selection; if you don’t find what you’re looking for, try searching hoopla digital, which now offers a small selection of ebooks and comics in addition to its extensive e-audiobook collection.

What will you e-read in 2016?

hoopla Video Via Chromecast

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If you’re considering purchasing a Roku, an Apple TV, or another device for streaming media this holiday season, this Consumer Reports article provides a great overview of the options. Use your Lincolnwood library card to access all Consumer Reports ratings of streaming media players, updated in late November.

If, however, you already own one of the 20,000,000+ Chromecast devices that Google has already sold, your video options have just expanded.

hoopla digital, the library’s source for digital movies, TV shows, and more, is now Chromecast compatible on both Android and iOS! Download the free app and use your mobile device to search hoopla movies or TV shows. When you see a title you’d like to watch, just tap the Cast button to play it on your Chromecast-connected television.

To get started with hoopla, view our user guide or click on the image below to continue straight to the hoopla website.hoopla available through chromecast


Smart Holiday Shopping

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At this time of year, the web is overrun with holiday gift guides designed to help you find the perfect present for everyone on your list. The Consumer Reports Holiday Gift Ideas site stands out from the crowd because its recommendations are based on expert product testing and rating. Sure, this guide will help you find deals—but it will also provide the unbiased advice on quality, safety, and durability that has made Consumer Reports the go-to source for savvy shoppers since 1936.

Most of the Consumer Reports holiday guide is available to all, but if you click on links that take you further into the website, you may encounter a paywall. Take advantage of your Lincolnwood library card to gain access to the full site! From the Research & Learning menu on any page of our website, choose “Quick Links,” then find Consumer Reports on the alphabetical list. If you are outside of the library, enter your library card number to log in.

Concerned about safety while buying gifts online? In addition to Consumer Reports’ own Guide to Internet Security, take a look at this free tutorial from TechBoomers and/or the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s overview of online shopping.

Author Visit: Rebecca Makkai

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rebecca makkaiThe library’s Adult Book Group will meet, as they have once a month for more than a decade, on December 14…but this will be no ordinary meeting. For the very first time, the author of the selected book will join the group—and other interested readers—to talk about her work and answer questions.

Rebecca Makkai is a Chicago-based writer whose reputation ripples far beyond our local area. She has written two highly acclaimed novels, The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower. Her short story collection, Music for Wartime, appeared in June.

Book group selection The Hundred-Year House is set in a rambling Midwestern estate called Laurelfield. This ingenious novel moves backwards in time through the 20th century, gradually revealing convoluted connections among Laurelfield’s inhabitants and visitors. Readers emerge dazzled (we’ve heard of some who turned the book over and reread it immediately!) and eager to dissect the intricate plot with others.

And that’s exactly what our library book group members will do—but the presence of author Rebecca Makkai is sure to make the discussion especially rich and revealing. Please join us (even if you haven’t read the book!) at 11am on Monday, December 14. Bring copies to be signed, if you’d like. Registration is requested, but not required. Questions? Contact us at (847) 677-5277.

Digital Magazine App Upgrade

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flipster appFlipster, the library’s digital magazine provider, has upgraded its iOS app* and released an app for Kindle Fire. Residents with iPhones and Kindle Fire tablets can now join iPad and Android tablet users in downloading unlimited issues of 23 magazines to their devices.

To use the Flipster app, just connect to Flipster from our library website using your mobile device’s web browser. Enter your Lincolnwood library card number for access. Tap on the menu button of the magazine you want to read, and select “open in app.”

Once your magazines are in the app, you can access them even when you don’t have an internet connection. Flipster makes it easy to carry a stack of magazines in your pocket to the gym, on your commute, on vacation…wherever life leads you.

For a full list of magazines currently available through Flipster, visit our Flipster Help page. (We’re adding new titles for 2016—look for an announcement during the first week of January!)

Need some help getting started? Call us at (847) 677-5277 to set up a one-on-one appointment with a librarian.


*The app is now compatible with all Apple devices running iOS 8.0 or later; iPads with older operating systems can still run the previous version of the app.

App, App, & Away! Travel

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Get ready for holiday travel when our App, App, and Away! series continues with a session on travel apps. Here’s a sneak preview of three apps that will be covered during the presentation.

TripIt app iconTripIt, which appears on practically every list of travel-related apps, is a tool for organizing your tickets and itineraries. Simply email your travel confirmations to TripIt (or enter them manually) and the app will organize them for you, then alert you if anything changes. You can access your itineraries from anywhere and easily share them with family members and travel companions.

gateguru app iconLike TripIt, GateGuru can send you flight status alerts, but this app also offers detailed maps of airport terminals. Facing a tight connection? Figure out which gates you’re arriving in and departing from, then view which food options are available in the corridors you’ll have to sprint along to get from one to the other!


touchnote postcards appMobile apps aren’t just useful for the practical aspects of travel—they can also help you capture and share memories from your trip. Touchnote Postcards is one of several apps that allow you to turn your smartphone photos into an actual postcard that’s delivered through the mail with your personal greeting. While the app is free to download (like all the apps on this list), each card costs two or three dollars.

Join us at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, to learn about these and other travel apps. Registration is not required, but you can use our online calendar to request an email reminder.

Lincolnwood Review Online

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Big news hit the front page of the Lincolnwood Review, our weekly paper covering the village and surrounding suburbs, on Thursday. The headline, “Purple Hotel Site in Limbo,” was accompanied by a photo of an event many residents remember: the demolition of the landmark hotel in 2013.

You can read parts of the Lincolnwood Review online at (Tribune Publishing operates the paper under the Pioneer Press umbrella), but unless you’re a subscriber, you may hit a paywall that blocks some or all content.

If you miss an important article like “Purple Hotel Site in Limbo,” or if you need to research older village stories, use your Lincolnwood library card to access the paper’s archives. In the Research & Learning menu of our website, select Resources A-Z and scroll down to Lincolnwood Review. Enter the number on your library card to access the site, which has this logo at the top:

NewsBank logo



Once you’ve logged in, click on a date to view a list of headlines from a single issue of the paper, then click on a headline to read an article. On the article screen, you can also print, email, or save content in PDF format. To the right of the article text, a yellow box with the heading Related Articles contains a list of links to articles covering similar topics.

A bonus for students including Lincolnwood Review articles in research papers: click cite and choose the citation style specified in your assignment (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago) for a reference you can copy and paste into your bibliography.

Not sure which issue contains the article you need? Use the drop-down menus in the search tool to search full text, headlines, captions, bylines, and more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact our Information Services department at (847) 677-5277 x230 or—and never miss another local news story!

NaNoWriMo at the Library

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The Lincolnwood Library celebrates National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November by helping writers come together, support each other, and, most importantly, write.

NaNoWriMo is an effort to help authors write that novel. The one  you keep putting off until tomorrow, or the story you have dreamed about but haven’t had the chance to write. NaNoWriMo challenges would-be authors to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Their website includes forums for support, prompts to keep writers inspired, badges to earn, and the chance to collaborate with other participants around the world.

Here in Lincolnwood, we have planned two NaNoWriMo events.

On Monday, November 2, at 7pm, the 2015 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project winner, Michael Alan Peck, will visit our library. He will tell us about his winning novel, The Commons, Book 1: The Journeyman, and inspire other authors to submit their own novels.

The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project is a local competition for writers to submit their self-published adult fiction through participating libraries for possible selection. The winner travels across the state giving author talks at libraries, book clubs, radio shows, and more. For more information, check out their website. Interested in submitting your work to be sponsored by the Lincolnwood Library? Fill out the application and then come in and talk to one of our librarians about your entry.

Our second NaNoWriMo event is Come Write In. Authors working on their novels can come to the library for some dedicated work time every Tuesday in November from 11am to 12pm. Meet other participants, write together, share prompts, and more! Registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome.

We are also open to the public as an official Write In location (wheelchair accessible, Wi-Fi, power outlets, and outside drink permitted) during our regular open hours throughout the month. Working on your novel but can’t make it in for our group sessions? You can still come write at the library!

NaNoWriMo is a great way to get that book you’ve always wanted to write out of your brain and onto paper (or your computer), and Lincolnwood Library is a great place to get the creative juices flowing. Come write with us!