If you’ve been meaning to research your family history on Ancestry.com—or if you’ve started, but gotten stuck—you might be interested in this free tutorial from TechBoomers. The tutorial includes offers an explanation of how the site works, information on safety and reliability, and tips on how to search effectively.
Here at the library, we offer a version of Ancestry.com called Ancestry Library Edition that is, as the TechBoomers tutorial explains, somewhat limited. For instance, while you can read the site’s message boards, you can’t post to them.
However, you can search millions of birth, death, marriage, and immigration records, along with school yearbooks, church histories, and WWI and WWII draft registration cards. And of course, you can put away your credit card, skip the portion of the TechBoomers tutorial on the cost of a subscription, and use Ancestry Library Edition at the library for free.
Download our Ancestry Library Edition user guide for an overview, then visit us to start digging up your roots. Questions? Feel free to call us at (847) 677-5277.
The Lincolnwood Public Library has ten fully loaded Kindle eReaders ready for you to borrow starting Monday, June 1!
The Kindles are divided across both age groups and reading tastes. Sample award-winning books for kids or teens, pick what your neighbors are reading with best-selling books for adults, or put your reading fate in our hands with a selection of fiction or nonfiction that we think you’ll like. We will add new titles to each Kindle every three months, providing you with an ever-growing selection of eBooks.
By checking out a single Kindle, you’ll be taking home dozens of eBooks at once. The lightweight devices are perfect for vacations, or busy days when you just don’t feel like carrying around multiple books. If you’re on the fence about buying an eReader of your own, borrowing a library Kindle might help you make up your mind.
Our Kindles come in a small box that holds everything you might need: charger, instructions, and protective cases. Since they take up so little space for the number of books they provide, the new library Kindles mean there’s more room on our shelves for great books, DVDs, and music.
Now for the nitty-gritty: the Kindles are for Lincolnwood resident library cardholders, and they can be reserved. Once you check out a Kindle, it’s yours for three weeks; as long as no one else is waiting, you may renew twice. View a complete list of each Kindle’s titles in person in the library, or through our online catalog:
Questions, comments, ebook suggestions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at (847) 677-5277.
Do you have a favorite spot in the library building? Starting Monday, June 1, you’ll be able to enjoy your spot while using library technology.
Check out a laptop from the Adult Services desk using your Lincolnwood library card and photo ID, then use it anywhere within the library for up to four hours. As always, USB drives and earbuds are available for purchase at the circulation desk; you can also bring your own, and/or save your work in the cloud.
Why laptops? Perhaps you’ve come to the library on a busy Wednesday afternoon only to find that every computer in our lab is in use. Grab a laptop with all the same features: Microsoft Office, internet access, and reset-upon-logoff to protect your privacy.
If you’re accustomed to using a laptop, a desktop computer can really cramp your style. Borrow a library laptop while your own is being repaired and relax into your routine, or move around for new perspectives, and let your creative juices flow.
We often see pairs or groups working on projects together while seated at side-by-side computer terminals in our lab. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit across a table from your partner or group, so you can truly collaborate?
We also see parents hurrying to complete their computer work before their kids get bored and beg to leave. With library laptops, parents can work in our children’s area, with books, games, and puzzles close at hand for entertainment purposes. Everyone sticks together, and everyone stays busy!
As the library embarks on its building improvement project, we’ll be unveiling many more comfortable corners, quiet areas, and inviting spaces. You just might find a new favorite spot—and with a library laptop, you’ll be fully equipped to make the most of it.
Any questions? Contact Adult Services at (847) 677-5277 x230.
The library’s newest digital media service, hoopla, already offers movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks to stream or download. Now, hoopla includes eBooks and comics.
Reading eBooks via hoopla works just like listening to an album or audiobook, or watching a movie or show. Ebooks and comics are yours for three weeks at a time, and they expire automatically, so you never need to worry about returns or overdue fines.
Pick your favorites in your account settings and you’ll discover new authors through recommendations from hoopla.
Keep the whole family busy this summer with activity books, from the Superfoods cookbook to The Ultimate Minecraft Creator to Sandbox Scientist: Real Science Activities for Little Kids.
The comics experience on hoopla is powered by Action View, a brand new technology that allows both full-page and panel-by-panel views. And here’s a tip for favorite comics that are published as a series: click on the series title to view all the available issues.
If you’ve already downloaded the hoopla app to your mobile device, be sure to get the app update in order to borrow eBooks and comics. If you haven’t started using hoopla yet, get the details on our hoopla help page, or contact us for a one-on-one tutorial.
Opening night with no crowded parking lots, no lines, and no sold-out screenings? It’s not magic, it’s hoopla!
On Friday, May 8, the movie “Welcome to Me” opens in theaters nationwide. On that very same day, you can watch the movie from the comfort of your own home.
“Welcome to Me” stars Saturday Night Live alum Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids,” “Hateship Loveship”) as Alice Klieg, a lottery winner who spends her jackpot on her own TV talk show. Alice has always wanted to play Oprah, but she lacks Oprah’s talent for choosing topics and attracting guests. The show puts Alice’s own quirks in the spotlight, instead, with results that are both comic and poignant.
Reviewing “Welcome to Me” in the New York Times, critic A.O. Scott writes, “by turns touching, amusing and genuinely disturbing, it defies expectations and easy categorization, forgoing obvious laughs and cheap emotional payoffs in favor of something much odder and more interesting.”
“Welcome to Me” is rated “R,” so wait until the kids have gone to bed. Then just log in to your hoopla account, pull up the movie’s page, and click Borrow. (For more information on getting started with hoopla, visit our help page.) The movie is yours for three days, then returns automatically. Enjoy your own private opening night!
April showers? May flowers? Who can predict? Luckily, the Lincolnwood Public Library has got you covered with an ever-expanding selection of downloadable books, movies, and more.
Prepare for warm, sunny spring days by loading your smartphone with new music from hoopla so that you’ll always have a new album to listen to while you’re out walking or jogging.
When those inevitable rain showers keep the kids trapped indoors, download a movie, TV show, or narrated picture book. While they’re occupied, flip through a digital magazine on Flipster.
With the free Flipster app for your tablet, you can read digital magazines while you’re out and about offline, too. Skim through Entertainment Weekly on your way to the movie theater, or dip into Food & Wine while you’re waiting in line at the new Mariano’s!
Don’t forget about ebooks! MyMediaMall offers great ebooks for all ages to enjoy, rain or shine. Here are just a few:
- Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin – A story for middle school readers about a girl with Asperger’s syndrome and her very special dog.
- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – The winner of the 2015 Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature is a powerful story about twin siblings and shifting loyalties, set in sunny California.
- Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes – Get to know three generations of women from an Irish family in this novel by the author of the bestselling Me Before You.
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson – A best seller when it was published five years ago, this brilliant nonfiction account of the migration of black Americans from the south to the north remains a book club favorite.
Need help using our downloadable materials? Check our technology training calendar for upcoming classes, one-on-one appointments, and drop-in sessions, or give us a call at (847) 677-5277 x293.
April 22 is Earth Day. Celebrate on Wednesday—or any day!—by taking a walk outside or visiting your favorite park. Then read on to learn how technology can help you shrink your carbon footprint and renew your appreciation for our planet.
“Smart home” innovations are reshaping how we use energy in our living spaces. After “learning” your habits and preferences, these high-tech thermostats, lights, and appliances can automatically adjust to optimize efficiency. Some also offer remote operation. Forgot to turn out the lights when you left for work this morning? Just pull out your smartphone and use an app to switch them off from the office. Check out reviews of smart home products at CNET.
If you still have a not-so-smart home, download these apps—for free!—in honor of Earth Day.
- Save trees with PaperKarma. Use your mobile device’s camera to submit photos of unwanted junk mail, and the service processes “unsubscribe” requests for you!
- Save resources with JouleBug. Tackle “Achievements” laid out by the app to reduce your consumption of energy, oil, water…and money! Compete with friends, or just challenge yourself to advance on the leaderboard.
- Save gas with GasTracker+. Track your MPG using this app and its companion website, Fuelly. Compare fuel grades, driving habits, and stations; when you’re shopping for a new car, use Fuelly to compare makes and models. (This app is only available for iOS. A similar app for Android is Fuelio.)
Finally, for a unique perspective on the planet, explore Earth Now from NASA. This app showcases satellite images overlaid with current environmental conditions as measured by NASA’s Earth Observatory.
This image of our beautiful home comes from NASA, as well. Happy Earth Day!
Financial matters, like almost every other realm of our lives, are increasingly dominated by technology. Even money itself has gone digital: a new book recently added to the library’s collection, The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna, details how Bitcoin and similar currencies are changing the way the world does business.
During Money Smart Week (April 18-25), the library is offering two opportunities to learn how you can harness the power of technology to improve your finances.
On Tuesday, April 21 at 1:00, the topic is Morningstar, an online resource accessed through the library. Morningstar’s tools and expert analyses can help you manage your investments and make informed decisions regarding your portfolio.
On Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00, we’ll focus on Craigslist.org, the free online classifieds site. Get tips on using this great local resource safely and effectively, whether you’re buying, selling, or both.
No registration is required for these events. If you can’t attend, but you’d like to try the library’s resources for investors, learn more here or go directly to our Online Resources page.
The international music industry recently announced its intention to set all album release dates to Fridays. The decision takes effect this summer and marks a major change for U.S. recording labels, which have traditionally (and somewhat mysteriously) released new albums on Tuesdays.
If you look forward to new music every Tuesday, celebrate the remaining months of Tuesday releases with the library’s new provider of digital music, hoopla. Every Tuesday, hoopla adds dozens of new titles to its massive music selection. Visit hoopla’s New Music Tuesday collection or its New & Notable Music Pinterest board to check out the newest albums, and be sure to follow hoopla on Twitter and Facebook for #newmusictuesday announcements.
Remember, you can borrow up to ten titles from hoopla every month. If you haven’t visited yet in March, you can try ten albums today and another ten tomorrow!
For more information, visit our hoopla help page, set up an appointment for one-on-one assistance from a librarian, or mark your calendar for Sunday, May 10, when we’ll walk you through all your options for downloading eMedia from the library in a free 90-minute class.
The word is starting to spread: hoopla comprises hundreds of thousands of music albums, audiobooks, movies, and TV shows. Lincolnwood residents can borrow 10 of these per month and play them on a computer or mobile device. All you need is your library card!
If you haven’t taken advantage of this new service yet, try it now; setting up your account is free, and only takes a few minutes. Visit the hoopla website on your computer or laptop, or download the free hoopla app to your smartphone or tablet. Once you have an account, you can access it from any device.
Now you’re ready to customize your hoopla experience! Look for your email address (in the upper right-hand corner of the screen if you’re on a computer; in the app menu if you’re on a mobile device) to access your profile. Use the checkboxes to sign up for hoopla emails or mobile notifications, so you’ll always be the first to hear about new releases and improved features. Click Recommendation Settings (“Recommendation Behavior” on the app) to select your favorite genres in each format.
To refine your recommendations, select Favorites as you browse: click Add to Favorites on your computer, or tap the heart icon on the app. Now, when you log in, hoopla will suggest titles to fit your tastes.
Need some help getting started? Visit our hoopla help page, drop by this evening (Monday, March 23) for one-on-one assistance, or mark your calendar for Sunday, May 10, when we’ll walk you through all your options for downloading eMedia from the library in a free 90-minute class.