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  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

Your Ticket to Opening Night

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welcome to me movie adOpening 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!


Rain or Shine

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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.

Earth Day Apps & More

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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.

blue planet nasa imageThis image of our beautiful home comes from NASA, as well. Happy Earth Day!


Money Smart Technology

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Money Smart Week logoFinancial 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, 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.