Summer Reading Winds Down

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We’re still enjoying the warm, sunny days of high summer, yet the library’s summer reading program has almost run its course…this Friday, July 31 is the last day to check in before winners are announced in the drawings for great prizes like iPads and gift cards.

Adult participants, if you want to earn some last-minute raffle tickets, go digital!

Take your morning newspaper outdoors without worrying about pages flapping in the breeze by using NewspaperDirect. Lighten the load in your beach bag by borrowing eBooks or eAudiobooks from MyMediaMall, or using Flipster to read a digital magazine. Check out hot summer music releases, such as Bea Miller, Mumford & Sons, and the “Paper Towns” soundtrack on hoopla. Get a jump start on late-summer sales by researching purchases in Consumer Reports, or look up any topic that interests you in Credo Reference.

Even checking your library account online or downloading our library mobile app will earn you an extra ticket, so boot up your computer and boost your chances of being a winner!

Explore with Explora

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explora databaseExplora is a new website that makes it easy to search two of the library’s research databases, MasterFile Premier and Science Reference Center, simultaneously.

Explora’s colorful, mobile-friendly home page is updated weekly with resources related to current events. Also on the home page, students can browse categories such as Health and Geography & Culture for research project ideas – a handy trick to keep in mind when school starts next month!

In addition to thousands of periodicals, reference books, primary source documents, maps, and photographs from MasterFile Premier and Science Reference Center, Explora includes some 60,000 videos from the Associated Press.

To start exploring Explora, select Resources A-Z from the Research & Learning menu at the top of any page of the library’s website, then scroll to the Explora link. If you are outside of the library building, enter your Lincolnwood library card number for access.

At the top of your search results list, a topic overview article provides a great point of entry for your research. Articles, available in PDF and/or HTML format, can be saved, printed, emailed, and cited. HTML articles can also be translated to various languages, with a text-to-speech feature that provides access to the hearing impaired and those who are new to reading English.

If you have questions about using Explora or any of our online resources, please contact Adult Services at (847) 677-5277 x230.

Heroes on hoopla

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DC comics on hooplaExciting news for fans of superheroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash: Vertigo and DC Comics have landed in hoopla! The Dark Night Returns, Watchmen, and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Vol. 1 are just a few of the hugely popular titles available in the DC collection.

hoopla’s Action View technology allows you to read comics panel by panel (or page by page, if you prefer the traditional view).

Every library card holder can borrow up to ten titles per month on hoopla, mixing and matching comics, music albums, movies, and more. With no holds, no due dates, and no late fees, it’s the summer’s most relaxing way to read.

Learn how to start using hoopla on our hoopla help page, or contact us for a one-on-one help session.

Summer Reading, Pirates & Sharks

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Credo-logoNow that you’ve tried NewspaperDirect, earn another extra raffle ticket in our adult summer reading program by sampling Credo Reference.

Credo is an online resource containing the full text of over 750 reference books, plus 200,000 images, 1,400 short videos, and 200,000 audio files. That’s a lot of information! Luckily, Credo offers curated Topic Pages that pull together all the content on a particular subject.

Still not sure where to begin? Here are a few shortcuts to help you check off this summer reading challenge.

  • If you’re on the hook for a wedding toast or a family reunion roast, Credo’s Quotations tool lets you search or browse eleven books of quotations for that elusive bon mot.
  • If you don’t have a big occasion to celebrate, but you want an excuse to throw a party anyway, find one using Credo’s Holidays & Festivals tool.
  • Parents who are looking for ways to entertain kids (and kids at heart looking to entertain themselves!) can check out the 60+ titles from DK’s beloved Eyewitness series, including Mummy, Pirate, and Shark.
  • Kicking back with a crossword puzzle is a lot less relaxing when you’re stuck on a clue! Enter the letters you have into Credo’s Crossword Solver, substitute a question mark for the letters you’re missing, and get a list of possible words.

You’ll find Credo Reference in the Research & Learning menu at the top of any page on our website. If you are outside of the library, you will be prompted to enter your library card number for access. Give it a try, and when you check in for your extra raffle ticket, let us know what you discovered! Need some help? Download our user guide, or give us a call at (847) 677-5277 x230.

Summer Reading, Global News

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NewspaperDirect PressDisplayThe library offers access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world, in more than fifty languages, through a subscription to NewspaperDirect. Participants in our adult summer reading program can earn a raffle ticket by trying NewspaperDirect, so if you’ve never tried it before, now is the time! Here are some tips for getting the most out of this service.

First, a word about getting in: you can link directly to NewspaperDirect from the Research & Learning menu at the top of any page on our website. If you are at the library, you will enter the site automatically; if not, you will be prompted to enter your library card number. On the home page, you will see scrolling global headlines, a feature called “The World in Pictures,” and quick links to papers that are popular in Lincolnwood.

Select from the thousands of available periodicals using lists sorted by language, country, or title. You can also search across publications, then limit results to a select date range, language, country, or author.

In NewspaperDirect, pages display exactly as they appear in the print publications. Use the toolbar at the bottom of the page to change the display (thumbnails or images only, one page at a time or facing pages). You might choose to browse using the Table of Contents, or simply flip through the virtual pages by clicking the page corners, then clicking anywhere on a page to zoom in.

When you see an article of interest, click directly on its headline to open it in text view (available for almost all publications). Then you may adjust the text size, share the article via social media or email, translate it, or listen to an audio version. (The audio recordings may be particularly useful for language students.) Other article features include links to related stories, a rating system, a comments field, and print commands.

Within a publication, search older issues using the blue Calendar button next to the title. Availability ranges from three months to just three days, but most publications offer access to the past sixty to ninety days. Give NewspaperDirect a try, and when you check in for your extra raffle ticket, let us know what you think!

Need some help? Download our user guide, or give us a call at (847) 677-5277 x230.


Summer Reading, Digital Learning

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The Lincolnwood Public Library summer reading program, Read to the Rhythm, began quietly on Monday and builds to a crescendo tonight, with a Movie Under the Stars. Join us in the parking lot at 7:30 p.m. for an interactive drum circle with Rhythm Revolution; at dusk, we’ll all watch “Paddington” on a GIANT screen.

Residents can sign up for summer reading at the event (or anytime, inside the library) and start earning raffle tickets right away! You’ll get tickets for reading, of course, but also for exploring our digital library. Adult participants, read on to learn how you can click, download, and stream your way to extra raffle tickets.

Join us for our summer App, App, & Away series—music apps on Wednesday, June 17 and/or food apps on Wednesday, July 22, both beginning at 2 p.m. (Ask us about additional programs that qualify you for raffle tickets, too!) Or, from the comfort of your own home, borrow an eBook or eAudiobook from MyMediaMall. You can do this activity up to four times, so be sure to check out our ever-changing list of new eBooks.

If you read about Credo Reference in our latest newsletter, but didn’t have a chance to try it, now is the time! Look up a topic that interests you, then tell a librarian what you found to get an extra ticket. You’ll also earn tickets for the following activities:

  • downloading our Lincolnwood Library app to your mobile device
  • using Flipster to read a digital magazine
  • borrowing a digital movie, music album, TV show, or book from hoopla
  • reading a newspaper or magazine in NewspaperDirect
  • researching a potential purchase in Consumer Reports

Kids, you get credit for clicking, too! Read a Tumblebook or use BookFlix to pick up an extra raffle ticket, and be sure to ask a librarian about weekly challenge activities.

We look forward to seeing you in the parking lot tonight, and at the library, park, and pool, and online all summer long, as we Read to the Rhythm! Tutorial

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If you’ve been meaning to research your family history on—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 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.

Ancestry Library Edition logoDownload 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.


Check Out a Library Kindle

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The Lincolnwood Public Library has ten fully loaded Kindle eReaders ready for you to borrow starting Monday, June 1!

The Kindles arKindle cover - best sellerse 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, or give us a call at (847) 677-5277.

Library Laptops, Comfortable Corners

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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.

library laptops for lendingCheck 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.

Comics and eBooks from hoopla

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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.

hoopla comics action view