Host Your Own Movie Night (Staycation Kit)

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Our librarians have created a Movie Night Staycation Kit to help you host your own movie night at home with your family and create new, special memories together.  You can put DVDs or Blu-rays on hold to pick up through curbside pick-up. You can access movies with no waiting using Kanopy and Hoopla. You can also check out a Roku from our Library of Things to access Netflix. You can find animated adaptations of picture books on Hoopla and Tumblebooks to host a literary film festival.

Lincolnwood residents can sign up for our Movie Night Staycation Kit (pictured above) that includes a popcorn, cocoa, a DIY puzzle, & movie lists for the whole family. Fill out this form to request a kit – while supplies last. One kit per family, please.

Everyone can use the resources in this post to host their own family movie nights. You could even host a watch party on Zoom with friends and family!

Hosting a Movie Night

You can apply print and visual literacy strategies with young people during and after watching movies together. Here are some suggested questions to discuss:

Discussion Questions

What was your favorite part of the movie?

Which character is your favorite?

What did you notice? What do you wonder?

What did this movie remind you of (ex: other films, books, stories, toys)?

What is something new you learned?

Would you recommend this movie to a friend? Why or why not?

Move Night Extension Activities

Imaginative Play 

Encourage young people to create their own interpretations of films you’ve watched through playing pretend, LEGO creations, craft, art, and/or film responses, and extending the story with their own ideas. 

Movie Review 

You can create your own movie reviews, whether it’s an essay, a 3-panel comic, or a picture inspired by the film. Submit your review to the library via email to and we’ll share your recommendations. 

Make Your Own Puzzle 

You can continue the family time by working together to color your own puzzles in the style of your choice. Feel free to share pictures of your finished products with us! 

Game Break

Take a break from the movie to play a board game such as the ever-popular Exploding Kittens, Telestrations, Super Fight, Meow, Uno, Suspend, or Fluxx. You can see a full list of suggested games at

Dietary Information

Hot Cocoa


Family Movie Night Suggestions 

Our librarians have curated a collection of movies that can be fun for the whole family to watch together. From old favorites to modern classics to hidden gems, we hope you will find something everyone will enjoy. These films are general suggestions from our librarians. They may appeal to younger or older viewers. You can use resources like Common Sense Media to learn more about them and determine what is the best fit for your family. You can also always call or email our librarians to get personalized recommendations just for you. We’ll even create a movie bundle for you! You can also put DVDs we own on hold here.


The Cat in Paris 

Kedi: The Cats of an Ancient City 

Quill: The Life of A Guide Dog 

Storm Boy 


A Dog’s Courage 

All Dogs Go To Heaven 


Charlotte’s Web 



Imagine That 

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Of Green Gables 

Maya The Bee Movie 

Racing Stripes 



A Wrinkle in Time 

Because of Winn-Dixie


Black Panther 

Book of Life

Born in China


Charlotte’s Web


Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Free Willy

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Howl’s Moving Castle 

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kubo and the Two Strings



Monkey Kingdom


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The Tale of Despereaux



Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (also available on YouTube)

The Baby-Sitters Club 

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting

The Dragon Prince 


Mary Poppins Returns 

Over the Moon 

The Secret Lives of Pets 

Finding Ohana

City of Ghosts

Which movies or shows would you recommend to host a fun family movie night? Feel free to share your suggestions with us!


We are eager to get feedback from our community about our Grab & Go Kits! Each kit comes with a postcard with a QR code you can scan using a device with a camera that can lead you to a form to complete. You can also access the form here. We’d love to know what you think about the kits – and ways we can improve.

YTS Program Wrap-Up: Girls Who Code

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This year, Lincolnwood Public Library partnered with the Girls Who Code organization, to expose girls to coding and teach critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills that they can use (whether or not they go into coding). LPLD is now part of the over 180,000 girls who have participated in the program. Here are some of the benefits that the program offers:


Girls Who Code offers free after-school programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls to join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. These are our core values:


Join a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists.


Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages.


Work in teams to design a computer science impact project that solves real world problems the girls care about.

This year, girls focused on creating games and songs to help get others involved with coding and describing the principles of coding for other kids who are interested.

If you’d like to find out more about Girls Who Code, or get involved, please check out some of the promotional materials explaining the program in more detail. Also check out the founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, discuss the overall philosophy of the program, or check out some of what the company is doing now. Also, feel free to contact Kevin Wonch ( for more information about Girls Who Code at Lincolnwood Public Library.

Unleash your Creative Side

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Artists, musicians and photographers take note: the library has a new way to connect with the latest apps for drawing, recording, editing, and more. An iPad with pencil is now available for use in the library, offering access to dozens of cutting-edge programs.

Feeling musical? No need to set up a drum kit or wheel in a grand piano. With GarageBand you can make music with your fingers (or your voice) by recording tracks, editing them, and uploading them to your favorite storage site. Don’t play any instruments? “Smart” programs play the chords and beats for you to mix and match.

Photoshop Express gives you powerful, professional-quality editing tools to enhance your photos. Use filters or add special effects, create artistic collages with a choice of backgrounds and layouts, add custom text or graphical watermarks. Photo Booth adds wild special effects like thermal mapping, x-ray, or kaleidoscope.

Visual artists can use Adobe Sketch, Adobe Draw and Procreate to sketch, paint, and color virtually any style of image, from fine line drawings to cartoons to abstract illustrations, using the iPencil, a sophisticated stylus that offers a range of line widths and effects. Galleries of other users’ work provides inspiration. Rough Animator brings those images to life.

With the iPad you can also log into your digital library accounts for books, movies, music and more. Choose from thousands of films on the streaming site Kanopy, explore new music and movies through hoopla, or enjoy books and magazines with the Libby and Flipster apps.

To check out the iPad, just stop by the Information Services desk and start creating.

New Year, New You

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Who doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions? The past year’s slate is wiped clean and another 12 months stretch in front of us, ready to be filled with new skills, deeper knowledge, and a stronger connection to the community. And the library has a great place to start: Flipster, our digital magazine portal.

Beginning this month, 11 new magazine titles have been added with Lincolnwood residents’ interests in mind.

  • Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Travel and Midwest Living offer a chance to venture beyond the Chicago area, either in real life or as an armchair traveler.
  • Knitting, Do It Yourself, Digital Photographer and Poets & Writers should appeal to anyone looking to learn a new skill or further explore their hobbies.
  • Parents, Eating Well and Glamour each focus on lifestyle, whether you have a young family, a desire to improve your diet or just want to spruce up your look. (Fans of the now-shuttered Cooking Light will be pleased to know that it has merged with Eating Well.)

Of course, the magazine lineup doesn’t stop there. Flipster also provides access to favorite titles like The New Yorker, Chicago magazine, Good Housekeeping, People, Rolling Stone and more. To get started, all you’ll need is your library card. You can access the Flipster website through the Lincolwood library’s own app: in the Digital Library, click on the Magazines link. Or download the Flipster app and you’ll be able to create a virtual shelf as well as keep your place on a particular page even when you log off.  For more information about accessing Flipster via the app or your computer, check out our step-by-step guide.

And if print is your preferred format, current and past issues of magazines are available in our café, where you can relax in front of the fire with a warm drink while reading. (Past issues also are available for checkout.)


Shop Smart with Consumer Reports

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Now that peak shopping season has arrived, the library has the resource for you: Consumer Reports. One of the many online resources available through our website, CR is the perfect place to start before buying presents or stocking up for holiday parties. And if you cook, clean house, watch TV, drive a car, use a credit card or take vitamins—in other words, if you’re like most of us—there’s never been a better time to check it out.

The non-profit organization behind the reviews has been researching and testing products for 80 years, building a reputation for objective, comprehensive opinions. It does not accept advertising, so subscriptions normally cost up to $35 a year, but access with your Lincolnwood library card is free.

In addition to product ratings and reviews, the site also offers more general buying guides that cover what to look for (and what to avoid). Products are organized into easy-to-follow categories:

Appliances covers big ticket purchases like refrigerators but also smaller items such as space heaters and clothes irons, and even laundry detergent and paper towels.

Electronics sizes up all the gadgets on the market today, with ratings for nearly 200 television models, as well as laptops, headphones, and smartphones.

Other topics cover health (blood pressure monitors, sunscreen, healthy snacks), money (credit cards, insurance) and of course, cars.

You can also visit the site to get the latest information on sales and special bargains, advice such as optimizing your TV screen, and even important updates on food recalls.

And if you’d like to page through the print version of the magazine, stop by the library, where back issues are located in the library’s cafe. If you need help accessing any of our online resources, please contact the Information Services reference desk at 224-233-1841.

Have You Met Lynda?

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The school year is well underway for most students, but lifelong learning doesn’t have to follow the calendar. With, an online resource accessible through Lincolnwood Library, a world of new skills awaits on your own schedule, in as big or small doses as you like.

The site’s 4,000+ courses are video-based and cover a broad range of professional and personal topics that can often dovetail nicely with others. In addition to the video lectures, many courses also offer downloadable exercises for extra practice, and completion certificates are available for some.

  • Learn better time management in three-minute mini-lectures, then move on to Balancing Life & Work.
  • Budding shutterbugs can start with the Elements of Effective Photographs (taught by a Pulitzer-nominated instructor), then learn how to edit and enhance those shots with different software, or post them online to Flickr.
  • Job hunters can update their hard skills by brushing up on Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Excel, and Powerpoint) and get a Resume Makeover. Those looking for professional development for themselves or their employees can explore the softer skills of Leading Productive Meetings, Having Difficult Conversations, or Communicating Across Cultures.
  • Personal finances can be intimidating to tackle, but offers newbie-friendly tips and tricks as well as a six-course playlist that ranges from Financial Wellness for Couples and Families to Managing Personal Cash Flow.

Setting up a profile is easy:

1. Click here or navigate from the library’s Research and Learning Quick Links page.

2. First time users will click Create a profile and enter their Lincolnwood library card number and a six-character passcode.

Lynda is just one of the digital resources for learning and research; ask us about the many others!

Love your library? There’s an app for that.

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Real estate on the home screen of our smartphones comes at a premium these days. And with literally millions of apps available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the ways to find something to read, catch up on the news, or plan an activity for the weekend. But it’s possible to do all that and more with just one finger–using the Lincolnwood Library’s new mobile app, available for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Once you open the app on your phone or tablet, enter your library card number and online account password. You’ll then have access to nearly everything the library offers right in the palm of your hand.

  • Can’t remember when the items you checked out are due back? See your borrowing history and renew them if needed.
  • Out shopping for an appliance and want reviews on which is best? Click through to the Consumer Reports database of reviews and buying guides.
  • See an interesting book or DVD at a store or on a friend’s shelf? Scan in the barcode to see if it’s available at the library, and if not, suggest a purchase.
  • You can also see the library’s event schedule and register for storytimes, tech classes, and more.

We love to see patrons in person and talk with them over the phone. But now whether you’re sitting in the dentist’s waiting room, out running errands, or just relaxing on the sofa, the library is at your fingertips.

For more help with the library’s new app, call or email the Information Services desk at 224-233-1841 or .

School Starts, Learning Continues

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As SD74 students head back to school today, they’ll resume the type of learning that happens in classrooms, through homework, and on field trips. But there’s another kind of learning that doesn’t stop for the summer, or when a student turns eighteen. It’s the kind residents of all ages engaged in during the library’s Read for the Win initiative this summer. It’s the kind we see during one-on-one technology sessions with Lincolnwood Place residents. It’s the kind that happens throughout a learner’s lifetime, as curiosity and/or necessity lead to innovation—perhaps even revelation. It’s the kind our librarians endeavor to support with all of our library materials, resources, programs, and interactions.

If you are not a student in the conventional sense, but the back-to-school season inspires you to learn something new, take advantage of the library’s free resources. Study a language with Pronunciator, pick up a software program or business skill with, or pursue a career goal with JobNow. Additional research and learning resources are listed by topic here, with user guides to help you make the most of each one.

what will you learn today?


Websites for Voters

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As the U.S. prepares to elect a new president on November 8, an overwhelming amount of information floods our airwaves, newsstands, and social media streams. Unfortunately, not all of it is trustworthy. Whether you’re researching candidates and campaigns or simply double-checking your polling place and registration, here are some nonpartisan websites to bookmark for your reference this election season.

Beginning with the basics, Illinois’s State Board of Elections offers a page of Information for Voters with quick links to registration, important dates, and a list of candidates. Enter your address or birth date on the Cook County Clerk’s site to find your polling place or apply for a vote-by-mail ballot.

Researching a candidate? Project Vote Smart is a volunteer-driven organization that compiles voting records, public statements, endorsements, and campaign finances for more than 40,000 politicians from every state and party. Ballotpedia, “the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections,” has a similar mission, but relies on a paid staff of researchers and writers.

Quite a few websites are now attempting to verify the statements candidates make in speeches, debates, ads, and tweets. The Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact uses a trademarked “Truth-o-Meter” to rate statements on a scale from “True” to “Pants on Fire!” The ratings can be scanned at a glance, but each one is backed up by articles, author names, and sources. (PolitiFact is run by the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, with contributions from other local news organizations.)

Finally, the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets project tracks the impact of money on elections. Combining Federal Election Commission filings with other data exposes “dark money” as well as traditional donations for a uniquely thorough accounting of the dollars that drive decisions.

Let your local librarians know if there is anything else we can do to help you make your decision in November!