Teen Tech Week

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Teen Tech Week logoCalling all teens who love to geek out over technology: the library has planned two hands-on workshops that you do not want to miss.

First up is Makey Makey on Sunday, March 8, from 2-4 p.m. This one is dedicated to projects exploring circuits, electricity, programming, and creative art. Then, on Wednesday, March 11, 7-8:30 p.m., we have 3D Design and Printing. Here you’ll learn why everyone is talking about 3D printing, create your own model in TinkerCAD, and watch a demonstration by Edgewater Workbench, a community digital fabrication center specializing in 3D printing and laser cutting. (Both workshops are for students in grades 5-12, and registration is required.)

With these two events, Lincolnwood joins thousands of other libraries across the country in celebrating Teen Tech Week™ 2015. Held annually during the second week of March, Teen Tech Week encourages middle and high school students to take advantage of technology at libraries. This year’s theme, Libraries are for making, emphasizes the learning space that the library offers beyond the classroom, where teens can explore, create, and share content.

Whether you want to wire your own game controller, print a new phone case, program a robot, or just find out more about how the library can help you explore DIY technology, Teen Tech Week is your time.

New Spring Technology Classes

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The first official day of spring is just one month away! The library has planted seeds for a bountiful spring crop of technology training opportunities.

Many popular classes, such as Intro to Microsoft Word and Better Internet Searching, will be offered again. If you were waitlisted before, take a moment now to visit our online calendar and secure a spot.

We are also introducing quite a few new classes in the next three months—and the first is less than two weeks away! See the list below for detailed dates and times.

Free eMedia will cover how to get eBooks, magazines, movies, music, and more from our 24/7 digital library services. Next up is a Windows Computer Tune-Up that will help you protect your PC and improve its performance. (Think of this one as “spring cleaning” for your computer.)

Lincolnwood is full of creative residents. If you enjoy needlecraft, scrapbooking, or DIY, join us at Tech Tools for Crafters, where we’ll recommend technology to inspire your projects and streamline your process. If you’re a photographer, The ABCs of Photo Organizing will help you take stock of your images—both print and digital—and find the gems.

During Money Smart Week in April, get great returns on an investment of one hour spent learning to use Morningstar, the one of the library’s resources for investors. We’ll also help you get started with Buying and Selling on Craigslist, the classified ads site that draws more than 60 million users in the U.S. each month. Finally, join us for Intro to PowerPoint to learn the basics of this presentation tool from Microsoft Office.

Don’t forget that you can always schedule an appointment for one-on-one instruction with a librarian, or stop by for our monthly Tech Help Drop-In (March 23, April 30, or May 18). We want to help you take root and blossom with technology!

New Spring Technology Classes (also listed, with registration links, in our online calendar)

  • Free eMedia: Wednesday, March 4, 7-8:30 p.m. or Sunday, May 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Windows Computer Tune-Up: Wednesday, March 18, 7-8:50 p.m.
  • Tech Tools for Crafters: Monday, March 30, 1-2 p.m.
  • The ABCs of Photo Organizing: Wednesday, April 15, 7-8 p.m.
  • Morningstar: Tuesday, April 21, 1-2 p.m.
  • Craigslist: Wednesday, April 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Intro to PowerPoint: Wednesday, May 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Print From Anywhere

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Mobile technology has made it possible to write an entire novel on a cell phone, but what happens when smartphone authors need to print a chapter? Or what if you’re working on your tablet at a coffee shop when you realize you could really use a hard copy of that web page?

The free PrinterOn app offers convenient options for printing from your mobile device to the library’s printers. Once you’ve downloaded it from Google Play or iTunes, follow these easy steps to print:

  1. Select a photo, enter a website address, or—in some cases—access a document from the cloud.
  2. Set the number of copies or page range in preview mode.
  3. Search for the Lincolnwood Public Library printers and select either color or black & white.
  4. Enter your Lincolnwood library card number.
  5. Visit a library print station within 24 hours and enter your card number again to retrieve your job. That’s it!

PrinterOn app iconFor detailed instructions on using the PrinterOn app, view this PDF guide. If you have questions, or you’d like help with downloading the app to your device, please contact Adult Services at (847) 677-5277 x230.

All the News, Fit for Many Formats

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Four times a year, every household in Lincolnwood receives a copy of the library’s newsletter. This brightly-colored mini-magazine is full of news, events, and information you don’t want to miss…but we know how easy it is for mail to slip into the recycling bin before everyone has had a chance to read it! The information in our newsletter is always available in various forms online (in the calendar, on this blog, and in our eNews), but now you can read the entire publication online in digital “flipbook” format.

The Library News page of our website has a new heading in the sidebar: Newsletter Issues. The current issue, Winter 2014-15, is currently posted, and we will be adding every new issue we mail out. Click on the issue you’d like to read, and it will open in the digital publishing platform called Issuu. Issuu’s easy-to-use interface allows you to zoom in or out and search. You can even share the newsletter with friends on social media or via email. If you find a program that looks interesting, head back over to our calendar page to register online!

Our newsletter is so pretty that we think you’ll want to display it prominently on your fridge…but just in case it gets buried in that bottomless pile of mail, please bookmark our News page and visit us often—online and in person.

digital newsletter display

NewspaperDirect Adds Magazines

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Q: What do “Martha Stewart Living,” “Old House Journal,” “Vegetarian Times,” “Digital Camera World,” and “MacLife” have in common?

A: They are among the magazines that Lincolnwood residents can now access online using their library cards!

The Lincolnwood Public Library offers online access to thousands of newspapers from around the world, in about sixty different languages, through the NewspaperDirect service.

There were already several magazines among NewspaperDirect’s many publications, but the company recently announced that it would offer many more. Beyond the titles listed above, new additions include “Yoga Journal,” “Creative Knitting,” “Maximum PC,” “Highlights for Children,” “Backpacker,” and “Total Film”—truly a magazine for every interest.

To find this treasure trove of periodicals, look for Research in our website’s main navigation and select NewspaperDirect from the drop-down menu. Enter your library card number, then search by title using the search bar at the top of the page, or select USA in the Titles by Country menu on the left to browse all U.S. publications.

Magazines display in full color, with every article, photograph, and advertisement you’d find in the print edition—but without those pesky subscription cards. If you find you need the hard copy of an article, you can choose whether to print an entire page or just a section that you select. Some titles even offer RSS feeds, so you can get new content delivered to your favorite feed reader.

Most publications include only the three most current issues in NewspaperDirect. For older magazine articles (and for fully indexed, searchable content), try MasterFile Premier.

Online Resources Include Resume Help

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Last week’s You Can’t Google This! class at the library provided an overview of the online resources, research tools, and subscriptions that Lincolnwood residents can access using their library cards. (These resources range from the language-learning program Pronunciator to the historical archive of the Chicago Tribune; find a full list under Resources by Topic or download our PDF guide.)

During the class, one student inquired about resources for resume writing. The library subscribes to a resource called BrainFuse JobNow that offers resume feedback, live interview coaching, and more.

brainfuse jobnow screenshot

Enter your library card number to access JobNow from outside the library. You can then download resume templates (in Word document format), read interview tips, explore career assessments, and links to other employment-related websites. You can also create a free account to use the resume lab, live interview coach, and eParachute tools. Job coaches are available every day between 3:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Interested in learning more about JobNow and other tools the library offers for career development? Come to our Resources for Job Seekers class on Friday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Classes Fill Quickly, but Options Abound

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The Lincolnwood Public Library’s first technology classes are taking place this fall, and the response has been incredible! All beginner-level classes and all classes covering Microsoft Office software have reached their enrollment limits. Our first two “iPad Basics” classes are also fully subscribed, although there are seats available in the follow-up classes, “Do More with Your iPad.”

If you didn’t have a chance to register for these popular classes in time, don’t despair! We’ll have instructors on hand for a monthly Open Lab where you can drop in and get some of your basic technology questions answered. The first Open Lab is Tuesday, September 30, 1-3 p.m.

You can also still sign up for classes that don’t have strict enrollment limits because they aren’t subject to space and equipment limitations. These open classes include You Can’t Google This, an evening session about premium library resources on September 18, and App, App, & Away, an hour-long overview of mobile apps on the afternoon of September 24. Starting next month, a series of theme-based classes will explore library resources in depth. Genealogy enthusiasts are invited to learn more about Ancestry Library Edition on October 7, while job seekers can see how the library can support their needs on October 24. Registration is not required for these theme-based classes. See the calendar for full details.

Based on the enthusiastic response from the community, we plan to offer many of the same technology classes again this winter, so keep an eye out for new dates and times. Meanwhile, if you wish to start learning Microsoft Office on your own, consider following free online courses from Connected Nation or GCFLearnFree. You can also use the Lynda.com kiosk in the library’s computer lab to access courses on Microsoft Office and hundreds of other topics. Not sure where to begin? Ask one of our librarians, email digitalservices@lincolnwoodlibrary.org, or call us at (847) 677-5277. Although it’s too late to enroll in a few of our most popular classes this fall, it’s never too late to learn.

Everybody Move!

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Celeste Cifala Roy was trained in musical theater and dance, but when she became a mother, she didn’t know any children’s songs. More than twenty years later, she knows hundreds—maybe thousands!—and shares them through her own music and movement program for children. This month, she brings that program, Everybody Move, to the Lincolnwood Public Library.

Roy began to build her vast repertoire of children’s music when she brought her infant son to National-Louis University’s Movement and Music Center, where she later worked. She learned from local artists like Fred Koch and Jim Gill, as well as celebrities like Raffi.

Now, Roy’s repertoire forms the basis of Everybody Move, where very young children explore music and movement through a mix of directed activities (singing, dance, musical instruments) and free play. Classes often revolve around a theme; participants in the library program will explore apples, leaves, and other highlights of the season.

A Skokie resident, Roy is “excited to get to know my neighbors in Lincolnwood.” While she has some favorite artists she’s looking forward to sharing, such as the Grammy-nominated duo Greg & Steve, she urges parents to share the music they love with their children. Conveying joy and playfulness through music and movement, as Roy has been doing for decades, benefits children far more than playing the “right” songs. (Incidentally, our Youth Services Librarians give the same advice about early literacy: if caregivers share books they enjoy, children will associate that positive feeling with reading.)

We look forward to welcoming Celeste Cifala Roy and Everybody Move to Lincolnwood!

Read Local

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With more than 300,000 books published in the U.S. last year*—to say nothing of magazines, movies, and music—it’s all too easy to overlook a great title. Is there an item you think we should have in the library? Let us know by filling out the Request to Purchase form, and we’ll see if we can add it to our collection.

request to purchase









Of course, you can always use our catalog to request items from other libraries in our network, or ask us to request items that are more difficult to find…but much like that local strawberry that tastes sweeter than the supermarket kind, some books just ought to be local!


Pint of Strawberries, CC-BY Mr. T in DC





*according to Bowker

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away (and a Library Very Nearby)…

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On view near the library’s entrance is a set of American Girl-style dolls wearing out-of-this-world Star Wars costumes made by Kathy van Beuningen. These 18-inch versions of Kathy’s full-sized costumes show a level of detail suitable for the big screen, but scaled for our display cases.
jawas dolls

The garments on these Jawas might be made from ragged material, but they boast the same intricate stitching as the fine fabrics of a Princess Leia dress across the way.

queen amidala dolls
Queen Amidala wears several sumptuous outfits in “Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” and two are represented in our display.




Incredibly, Kathy uses almost exclusively recycled and reused materials for her doll costumes. Other people’s trash is her treasure as she incorporates empty thread spools, candy wrappers, broken jewelry, and other odds and ends into her creations. She finds dolls at secondhand stores, though she must occasionally purchase new doll stands, modeling clay, and shoes.

darth vader doll

Kathy takes great care with accessories as well as suits: note the helmet at the feet of this Darth Vader.

darth maul doll
The faces of some dolls, including Queen Amidala and this imposing Darth Maul, are painted by Kathy’s husband, Vince Newkirk.




Look for your favorite characters in the display, then watch them come to life on Star Wars Day, Sunday, August 24. Kathy and other members of the 501st Legion Midwest Garrison and Rebel Legion: Nar Shaddaa base will be bringing us some special guests during the big event. Stop by to ask Kathy about her costumes, visit our photo booth, and test your Star Wars knowledge with trivia! May the Force be with you…