Lincolnwood Public Pokébrary

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The Lincolnwood Public Library is a registered PokéStop in Pokémon Go, and patrons of all ages have been stopping by to see if they can catch Paras, Snorlax, or perhaps enough Eevee for a good eevolution! (If that sentence sounds like gibberish to you, take a look at this introduction to the mobile app game craze.) We’ve met several players who, having not been to the library in years, came in to look for Pokémon and left with renewed library cards, books, and DVDs.

Local Pokémon enthusiasts quickly discovered that according to the game’s maker, Niantic, simply walking through the library’s front door does not actually mean they have entered the PokéStop. They have to come visit the Youth & Teen area to trigger the PokéStop, get PokéBalls, and pick up potions. Once there, players will also find bookmarks for each of the Pokémon Trainer teams (Instinct, Mystic, and Valor) recommending books that might appeal to team members. Walking around to check out the progress of the library renovation will incubate eggs, and might even hatch some!

Even if not you’re playing the game, it’s worth visiting our PokéStop to see the little paper PokéBalls taped around the library, which mark different spots where Pokémon have been caught. If you’re lucky, you might see a player in action. A middle schooler who had not visited the library since school let out stopped by recently to spread the word that there were a bunch of Eevees in the parking lot…

If you are playing, you’ll definitely want to come by to catch ’em all; when you do, say hello and show us your Pokédex!

library pokestop flyer


Let the Games Begin

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The Opening Ceremonies for the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro are just ten days away. Are you ready? Stock up at the library with these books:

If your TV screens aren’t tied up by Olympic events, get in the game with “Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Summer Games” on Nintendo 3DS. Can’t get your hands on the popular 2016 movie “Race,” about Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic triumph? Watch a different track star in the 2002 movie “Prefontaine,” or try the History Channel’s documentary “The First Olympics.”

For the latest news on athletes from all over the world, check Library PressDisplay for full-color editions of newspapers published in their hometown!

Meanwhile, Explora offers Olympics reading from a plethora of publications right here in the U.S., including Marie Claire, Esquire, Golf Digest, Ebony, Adweek, Popular Mechanics, Swimming World, Practical Horseman, and Time for Kids. For best results, enter the following search term as the subject: OLYMPIC Games (31st : 2016 : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). You can also read digital editions of “Sports Illustrated” and “Sports Illustrated Kids” using Flipster.

Inspired by the TV coverage to plan a trip to Rio? Pronunciator, the library’s online language learning program, can get you started with basic Portuguese. Closer to home, Encyclopedia Britannica can help you prepare for an Olympics trivia night with its article listing every modern Summer Games with their dates, locations, notable winners, and images.

Bonus: Library PressDisplay, Pronunciator, and Encyclopedia Britannica are all online resources that count towards your Read for the Win challenge. Stop by and tell us what you searched for and what you found, and we’ll give you a summer reading raffle ticket! It’s almost as good as a gold medal…

Halfway to the Win

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We’ve reached the halfway point in our 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, Read for the Win. In the first six weeks, you have been busy attending events, singing, reading, creating, and playing! You still have plenty of time—right up until the last day of August—to complete activities and check in for star punches and tickets. After that, we will draw ten lucky winners to receive prize baskets filled with gift cards, games, and even a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader!

Speaking of Kindles, an easy way to earn up to three raffle tickets is to borrow a library Kindle and use it to read ebooks. You can also read library ebooks (or listen to audiobooks) on your personal device. Get started on our website, or ask a librarian to learn more.

Earn three more raffle tickets just for trying the library’s online resources. Suggestions for quick activities: look at a newspaper from another part of the world in Library PressDisplay, or find your next great read in NoveList. If you have more time, research your next big purchase in Consumer Reports, take a course, or come to the library and build a family tree with Ancestry Library Edition.

Have you gone to see the “The BFG” since it hit theaters on the first of the month? If so, claim your raffle ticket for the activity “Watch a movie based on a book”! Other big summer adaptations include “Me Before You” and “The Infiltrator.” See our book-to-movie suggestions for all ages, plus adaptations that you can access for free with your library card on hoopla digital.

Many of the activities on the Challenge Card are even simpler to complete. Find us at the library or around town to sing us a song, show us your book-related paintings or drawings, tell us what you’ve read (and cooked!), and get your well-deserved star punches.

prize basket

(Don’t let Abe hoard all the raffle tickets! Get in on your chance to win one of these awesome prize baskets.)


Instagram Highlights

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Are you following the Lincolnwood Public Library on social media? We’ve had a library Facebook page for years, but just started an Instagram account about six weeks ago. Since then, we’ve posted:

Our Instagrammers are also foodies! Ketchup, popcorn, French fries, and Andy’s frozen custard have all made appearances. Of course, when we’re not busy eating, we’re reading, so our feed is full of books for all ages.

If you’re curious about Instagram, check out this tutorial on how to sign up, follow accounts, post photos, apply filters, and interact with other users.

Already an Instagrammer? Follow us and comment—we’d love to hear from you! Use the #amreading hashtag along with #lincolnwoodlibrary to show us what you’re reading. Bonus: if you post this one as a selfie, you’ll earn a raffle ticket in our Summer Reading Challenge.

Books, books, and more books on our library Instagram account:

Book Bundles

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When preschoolers look for books at the library, they usually aren’t looking for specific titles like older kids would. They just want books about their favorite topic of the week, be it getting dirty, things that go, or summertime. But the picture book section can be a little daunting for a three-year-old, and searching for the perfect title on a topic is time-consuming for grown-ups.

Our youth librarians have taken the guesswork out of this process by pre-selecting our favorites for you and making them available as gift-wrapped Book Bundles. A Book Bundle is a stack of three to six books on a specific topic—anything from dogs and cats to the first day of school. Some of the bundles, such as multicultural books or books about how hard bedtime can be, might be conversation-starters; others are surefire laugh-out-loud selections. (There’s even a bit of potty humor!)

Book Bundles are located near the I Can Read books in the picture book section, as well as near the toddler books. Can’t find them? Ask a librarian! We have plenty of bundles ready to go, and if we don’t have a bundle on the topic you want, we’ll create it just for you.

Movie Under the Stars

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Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and join us at Proesel Park on Friday, June 24, as we celebrate Read for the Win in Lincolnwood with the original “Toy Story” outside on the big screen! The movie starts at dusk; we’ll have snacks and other freebies available while supplies last.

Need a refresher on the plot and characters before the event? There are five “Toy Story” comic books that you can download for free using hoopla digital. Three are adaptations of the movies, while two others (Toy Overboard, Part 1 and Part 2) are an original story.

Also on hoopla, find the six-hour Toy Story Collection audiobook, plus two ebooks to read on your computer or mobile device: the picture book Little Lost Sheep and the Toy Story Junior Novel.

Don’t forget music! Download the soundtracks from the first, second, and third “Toy Story” movies to play in your car on the way to Proesel Park, and “Toy Story Sing-Along Songs” for your own private karaoke party. There’s also a shorter collection of “Toy Story Favorites,” and the “Songs and Story” collection that combines the best of audiobook and soundtrack, in both English and Spanish.

You’ve got a friend in us—your Lincolnwood Library!

Get Guthrie-d

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Woody Guthrie event infoOn Sunday, June 19, the library hosts Chris Walz of the Old Town School of Folk Music for a presentation called “Woody Guthrie: Roots and Branches” at Lincolnwood Place. To get yourself in the mood for the event—or if you’re out of town and can’t make it—check out the many Woody Guthrie materials in our hoopla digital library.

Guthrie’s only finished novel, House of Earth, is available as an audiobook, as is This Land That I Love, a dual biography of Guthrie and his contemporary, Irving Berlin. Families can enjoy an audiobook or video adaptation of the 1998 picture book This Land Is Your Land, with words from Guthrie’s most famous song, and illustrations by Kathy Jakobsen.

As for the music itself, hoopla offers two dozen Guthrie albums, including the Library of Congress recordings, tributes by Pete Seeger and other artists, and the full content (nearly seven hours) of the boxed set “American Radical Patriot.”

Please join us at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at 7000 N. McCormick Boulevard, and bring your Read for the Win Challenge Card with you for a summer reading raffle ticket. Looking for ways to earn more raffle tickets? Listening to any of those digital audiobooks counts, as does singing a song…so if you’re inspired by Walz’s presentation, drop by the library and serenade us!

hoopla Kids Mode

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Looking for an audiobook for a long car ride, music album for a spontaneous dance party, or a movie your whole family can watch right away?

Just in time for summer vacation, hoopla digital has introduced Kids Mode, a setting designed to make it easier for parents and children to find kid-friendly e-media. All content shown while in Kids Mode has been deemed suitable for children up to 12 years of age.

Use hoopla digital to read an ebook or listen to an e-audiobook, and get a punch on your Summer Reading Challenge Card!

arthurhoopla Kids Mode includes these family favorites:

Disney · Pete the Cat · My Little Pony · Archie · Rick Riordan · Star Wars · Big Nate · Peanuts · Magic School Bus · Amelia Bedelia · Paddington · Lumberjanes · VeggieTales · Kidz Bop · Caillou · Raffi · Max & Ruby · Boxcar Children · Minions · Mo Willems · Madeline · Fancy Nancy · Arthur · and many more!

To enter Kids Mode, you just need to flip a switch in your hoopla settings. If you’d like some help getting started, see our user guide, stop by the library, or catch us around town at one of our summer events.

Read for the Win

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read for the win

The 2016 Summer Reading Challenge at the Lincolnwood Library runs June 1 through August 31. Team up with us to read, learn, and have fun as we Read for the Win this summer!

Pick up a Read for the Win Challenge Card at the library or at any library-sponsored event. For each of the activities you complete, earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 10 prize baskets.

We have tons of special events planned for you this summer, and for each one you attend, you’ll earn a Challenge Card punch and a raffle ticket. Look for us at the pool, the park, and your favorite Lincolnwood businesses. Some programs require registration; see our Events page for details.

For reading-related challenges, library staff can provide suggestions for all ages and tastes. Look for book lists at our events, or ask us anytime!

SD74 families: everything you read for the library’s summer reading program also counts for the district’s 5,074 book challenge, so be sure to log your achievements on your Challenge Card and on the SD74 website.


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Over the past decade, the humble # has evolved into one of the world’s most widely recognized symbols. One of its many names, octothorp, was coined by Bell Labs in the 1960s as a way to refer to the number key on the touch-tone telephone. But the term that has stuck—the one added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014—is hashtag.

The hashtag’s online debut dates to 1993, when chat rooms used it to designate groups and topics. In 2007, Twitter—then just one year old—adopted the symbol as a way of tracking conversations and trends. (Intrigued by the history of the hashtag? Check out this infographic for more.)

Dozens of social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, now support hashtags in searching and posting. Hashtags can be used to show solidarity—examples from 2015 include #BlackLivesMatter, #LoveWins, and #JeSuisCharlie. They can also be used to follow breaking news or live events. Try searching #ChicagoCubs (or just #Cubs, or even #FlyTheW) for photos and updates from Wrigley, or #Election2016 for the latest from the campaign trail.

Soon, you’ll have a chance to tag your photos with #LincolnwoodLibrary as a way of participating in our Summer Reading Challenge. (Details coming next week!) You can also bring the library’s traveling mascot on your next trip, tagging photos of him with #AdventureAbe. Use our hashtags to tell us what you’re doing on your #SummerVacation, or join the global #FridayReads discussion.

hashtag adventureabe

(Adventure Abe visits Freeport, IL, the site of the August 27, 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate   #AdventureAbe   #Election1860)