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Library News . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 One Book, One Community . 3 Early Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Family Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Grades K-5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Grades 6-8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Technology Classes . . . 10-11 Culture & Entertainment . . 12 Book Discussions . . . . . . . . 13 History & Genealogy . . . . . 14 Health, Language, Business . 15

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Cook Library App

Love your library? Keep us in your pocket with the Cook Library app. With so many features, it’s practically our fourth location!

Aspen Drive-Up Window Now Open

Getting out of your car when the weather is icky, gray, and slushy can be a hassle. We've got you covered— literally—with awnings at both of our windows! Aspen Drive Library now joins our other location, Cook Park Library, with this convenient service. Located on the north side of the Aspen Drive building next to the book return, the new window makes it easier than ever to drive up, pick up, and go. We extend a gracious thank you to the private donor and the Friends of the Cook Memorial Public Library District who almost entirely funded the project. We also thank you for your continued patience during construction. See you at the window! How to get your material at the Aspen Drive-Up Window 1. Search the online catalog and place a hold by clicking the Request It button in an item’s record. 2. Enter your library card number and password. 3. Choose Aspen Drive-Up Window from the drop-down menu. 4. Wait for your hold pickup notice, then come to the window for your material!

Welcome Trustee Deb Ader

Never Miss Your Holds

Placing holds is one of the easiest ways to get your hands on the material you want, but missing the pick-up notice can be frustrating. Never miss your hold with these tips: • Make sure your current email is on file with us. Verify your email address with our Circulation Department if you have not been receiving your notices. • Regularly check your email for alerts from "enotice@cooklib.org" reminding you to pick up and return items. Be sure to mark "enotice" as a safe sender and check your spam folder. • For added convenience, sign up for our Shoutbomb text messaging service: cooklib.org/textmessaging Items will be held for four days from notification of pick up and can be checked out at our self-checkout stations, Check Out Desks, or Drive-Up Windows.

Deb Ader has lived in Libertyville with her husband and their two cats for the past 15 years. A former yoga instructor who retired from Kraft Foods after a 27-year career in sales and marketing, Deb now focuses on her love of textiles and her passion for libraries. She is eager to support the community by volunteering her time at the institution which she frequents and cares about greatly — the Cook Memorial Public Library District.

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Thank You! Many thanks to the Town & Country Garden Club of Libertyville for donating the flowers and planting the beautiful pots at the Cook Park Library entrances and courtyard. The arrangements added a seasonal pop of color to our entrances and were enjoyed by all who visited the Library.

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There's "snow" better time to become a savvy consumer, with Consumer Reports (CR). Use your CMPLD card to access Consumer Reports online (for free)! CR is dedicated to creating a fair and just marketplace for all by providing access to their independent ratings and reviews for over 8,500 products and services including appliances, cars, and electronics. Get started at cooklib.org/research and scroll down to Consumer Reports. CMPLD card required for at-home access; in-library use is open to all. Questions? Visit or call the Reference Desk at 847-362-2330.

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6th ANNUAL

In partnership with Indian Trails Public Library and Vernon Area Public Library, we're proud to present our sixth annual One Book, One Community series. Come together with others to spark conversations around the themes and to better understand ourselves and the world around us. For the full list of programs at all three libraries, visit 1book.org or pick up a brochure. About the Book

One Book, One Community Kickoff

1-3 p.m. Sunday, December 12 & Pick up a complimentary copy of this year’s One Book, One Community selection, This Is How It Always Is by New York Times bestselling author Laurie Frankel, while supplies last. DROP IN

Taking inspiration from her own life, Laurie Frankel’s third novel tells the story of a child’s personal metamorphosis and the loving family who eventually helps her thrive. Told through a compassionate lens, the novel weaves themes of revelations, fairy tales, and the difficulty and beauty of change while taking on timely and important questions about identity and the unpredictability of childhood and parenting.

A Personal Perspective from a Transgender Parent

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 11 Zoom In 1998, Karen Topham became the first teacher in the U.S. to transition on the job from male to female. Five years later, her first-born child became the first student at Stevenson High School to transition from female to male. Karen discusses her unique LGBTQ+ perspective as a transgender woman parenting a transgender man. REGISTER

Making Change: LGBTQ Activism Since the 1950s

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 15 Zoom Join us for an overview of the activism that has propelled change since the 1950s, while also acknowledging the work that remains to be done. REGISTER

Book Discussions

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22 Zoom 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 24 Zoom Join us to discuss our 2022 One Book, One Community selection, This Is How It Always Is, by New York Times bestselling author Laurie Frankel. REGISTER

Meet Author Laurie Frankel

1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 26 • Stevenson High School West Auditorium, 1 Stevenson Dr, Lincolnshire and Zoom Laurie Frankel talks about the inspiration behind our One Book, One Community read. Book purchase and signing follows the talk. Books courtesy of the Book Bin of Northbrook. REGISTER at 1book.org. NOTE: this is a hybrid program.

= Hybrid Program Choose to attend in-person or via Zoom. Masks required for in-person attendance.

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early learning

Program locations are subject to change from virtual to in-person. Registrants will be notified. Check cooklib.org/events for updates, additional programs, and registration open dates.

Family Story Time (birth-age 5 w/caregiver, siblings welcome)

REGISTER

Times:

1:30-2 p.m. Mondays | 10:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays | 6:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays

Dates:

October 25-December 15

Zoom

January 3-February 23

Zoom

The whole family is welcome to join us for stories, rhymes, and songs live online with Zoom!

Baby Story Time at Aspen Drive (birth-age 15 months w/caregiver)

Toddlers on the Go: Don’t Drop the Cookie! Take-Home Activity (walking to age 35 months)

Your toddler will have fun with this game of carrying and balancing wooden cookies while developing arm muscle control and visual judgment! Supplies provided. REGISTER

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Times:

9:30-10:15 a.m. Thursdays

9:30-10:15 a.m. Wednesdays

Dates:

October 28-December 16

January 5-February 23

This is a lap-sit program; children and caregivers stay together to maintain social distancing as we guide you through bounces, songs, movement rhymes, and stories.

Preschool Activity Sheets Mini Makers Take-Home Activity (age 18 months-grade K w/caregiver)

• Mitten Matching Madness Supply Pick-Up: December 15-22 • Happy Penguins Supply Pick-Up: January 12-19 • A Pizza My Heart Supply Pick-Up: February 9-16 Supplies provided. REGISTER

Free monthly activity sheets are an enjoyable way for preschool children to explore math and literacy concepts and develop fine motor skills. Visit us at Cook Park Library or Aspen Drive Library monthly to pick up new activity sheets.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

If you read three books a day to your child, in just one year you'll have read 1,095 books. Reading to your child supports the development of language and early literacy skills they will use later when they learn to read. Progress at your own pace and earn a rubber duckie for every 100 books read! Visit us at Cook Park Library, Aspen Drive Library, or on the Bookmobile to sign up!

Recommended Early Learning Resource

Vroom.org - Vroom Tips help you do more with your shared moments. Add learning to mealtime, bath time, bedtime, or anytime with 1,000+ fun, free activities. Access Vroom Tips online, through their app, Vroom by Text, and Alexa.

COMING SOON: Preschool Packs

For children, play is serious work! It is through play that they learn how things work, how to use their bodies, how to solve problems, and how to get along with others. Engage your children with our newest collection: Preschool Packs. Each pack provides children ages 3-5 with age-appropriate activities adorably packaged in a clear backpack allowing a full view of the fun that awaits inside. Packs check out from both locations for one week. Stay tuned for the full list of activities and for more information about when these packs will become available for checkout.

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family fun

Program locations are subject to change from virtual to in-person. Registrants will be notified. Check cooklib.org/events for updates, additional programs, and registration open dates.

Crafts-2-Go Take-Home Activity

• Northern Lights Picture Supply Pick-Up: December 4-11 • Paper Strip Snowpeople Supply Pick-Up: January 8-15 • Kente Cloth Paper Weave Picture Supply Pick-Up: February 5-12 Enjoy a fun take home craft, all supplies provided. Try a new craft every week and share your creations on social media. REGISTER

Gingerbread Houses to Go Take-Home Activity (ages 6+ w/caregiver)

Cook Up Some Winter Fun

Looking for something warm to do on a cold winter's day? Why not try making some kid-friendly recipes?! The library has an amazing assortment of cookbooks written just for kids and their families! Some of our favorites are: Adventurous Eats, Niam! Cooking with Kids, and Kid Chef Bakes. More can be found in the J641.5 nonfiction section. Happy reading and yummy cooking!

Supply Pick-Up: December 4-11 Create your own gingerbread house as a family! REGISTER

Family Maker at Home Take-Home Activity (ages 6+ w/caregiver)

• Sock Snowman Supply Pick-Up: December 11-18 • Fun with Puzzles! Supply Pick-Up: January 15-22 • Huggable Hearts Supply Pick-Up: February 19-26 Have fun with our family take-home craft project! Supplies provided. REGISTER

Family Table Book Club Take-Home Activity

Supply Pick-up: January 18-30 City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau We have everything you need to throw your own Family Table Book Club with discussion questions, activities, and a recipe.

Winter Reading Club (up to grade 8) December 15-February 15

Winter is a great time to curl up with a good book, or listen to an audiobook with the family. Join the Winter Reading Club to earn points for reading or listening. Reach the goal and receive a prize – a book of your choice to keep! Starting Wednesday, December 15, register online at cooklib.readsquared.com or in person at any CMPLD location.

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grades K-5 Program locations are subject to change from virtual to in-person. Registrants will be notified. Check cooklib.org/events for updates, additional programs, and registration open dates.

Chess Challenges! (grades 2-5)

Kids Read (grades 3-4)

6-7 p.m. Thursdays, December 2, January 13 & February 3 Zoom Love chess? Join us to solve chess challenges with other kids! REGISTER

4-5 p.m. Mondays, December 13, January 10 & February 7 Zoom Join other kids to talk about fabulous books and do fun book-related activities. REGISTER

Tweens Read (grades 5-6)

Minecraft Mania (grades 2-5)

5-6 p.m. Fridays, December 3, January 7 & Zoom February 4 Join our lively book discussion led by Sue McCowin. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to read and talk about the book with their tweens. REGISTER

Meet American Girl Tenney in Nashville (grades 2-5)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 8 Zoom Tenney Grant is a 12-year-old songwriter who lives in Nashville and dreams of performing. Listen to her story and songs. Join us for country music and crafting! Supplies provided. REGISTER

Science Explorers (grades K-1)

Snowflakes! Zoom 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 9 Explore the science behind nature’s tiny and unique ice sculptures: snowflakes! Supplies provided. REGISTER Building! 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10 Zoom Have fun learning about the science behind buildings, and make some cool structures of your own, too! Supplies provided. REGISTER

REGISTER: 847–362–2330 • cooklib.org/events • at the library

5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Zoom • December 14: Winter Celebration! • January 18: New Year’s Fun! • February 15: Valentine’s Day Fun! Enjoy playing multiplayer Minecraft while working collaboratively with other players via Zoom on fun group tasks and games. REGISTER

Winter Stories & Craft (grades 2-3)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, December 16, Zoom January 20 & February 17 Join us as we share cozy winter stories and make a fun craft! Supplies provided. See cooklib.org/events for supply pick-up dates. REGISTER

Little Bookworms Book Club (grade K)

4-5 p.m. Mondays, December 20, January 24 & Zoom February 28 Welcome to Little Bookworms, a book club for kindergarteners! Join Miss Trish, Miss Laura, and other bookworms to read a book together, chat about the story, and do a fun craft. Supplies provided. REGISTER

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grades K-5 SAVE THE DATE!

Creative Writing Contest

We will accept entries from grades 4-8 beginning February 21 until April 6. Students who live or go to school in our district are welcome to enter. Look for more details in our Spring newsletter.

Program locations are subject to change from virtual to in-person. Registrants will be notified. Check cooklib.org/events for updates, additional programs, and registration open dates.

Science Explorers (grades 2-3)

Insects! 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 27 Zoom Insects are so cool! Join us as we discover, investigate, and test their amazing skills. Supplies provided. REGISTER

Watercolor Snowflakes (grades 2-3)

3-4 p.m. Tuesday, December 28 Zoom Create a work of winter art with instructor Christine Thornton. Supplies provided. REGISTER

Paint Pikachu! (grades 4-5)

4-5 p.m. Thursday, January 6 Zoom Artist Christine Thornton helps you use watercolors to paint your own Pikachu. Supplies provided. REGISTER

Building! Zoom 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 24 Have fun learning about the science behind buildings, and make some cool structures of your own, too! Supplies provided. REGISTER

Meet American Girl Samantha: A Guest at the Wedding (grades 2-5)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 9 Zoom Samantha is a bridesmaid for Cornelia and Uncle Gard’s wedding. You and your doll are invited to join them on this special day. We will make some beautiful keepsakes. Supplies provided. REGISTER

Hello Winter: A Winter Walk (grades 2-3)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 12 Meet in Cook Park Bundle up and meet in Cook Park for a winter walk. Let’s explore the park for signs of winter plants and animals. Afterwards we’ll head inside the library for a story and craft. REGISTER

Wellie Wishers Snow Fort (grades K-1)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 19 Zoom Join Kendall and her friends in the snowy garden where they make a snow fort for their animal friends. After the story we’ll make a wintry craft. Bring your doll or stuffed animal friend! Supplies provided. REGISTER

The Write Stuff! Writing Club (grades 4-5)

4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, January 26 & Zoom February 23 Do you love to write? Would you like to get more comfortable with creative writing? Join us as we write and have fun together in a positive writing atmosphere! REGISTER

Winter Reading Club (up to grade 8) December 15-February 15

Winter is a great time to curl up with a good book, or listen to an audiobook with the family. Join the Winter Reading Club to earn points for reading or listening. Reach the goal and receive a prize – a book of your choice to keep! Starting Wednesday, December 15, register online at cooklib.readsquared.com or in person at any CMPLD location.

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middle school grades 6-8 Program locations are subject to change from virtual to in-person. Registrants will be notified. Check cooklib.org/events for updates, additional programs, and registration open dates.

Winter Reading Club (up to grade 8) December 15-February 15

Winter is a great time to curl up with a good book, or listen to an audiobook with the family. Join the Winter Reading Club to earn points for reading or listening. Reach the goal and receive a prize – a book of your choice to keep! Starting Wednesday, December 15, register online at cooklib.readsquared.com or in person at any CMPLD location.

Minecraft Mania (grades 6-8)

5-6:30 p.m. Fridays Zoom • December 3: Scavenger Hunt! • January 14: Escape Room! • February 18: Advanced Survival! Put your Minecraft skills to the test with this epic survival challenge! Enjoy playing multiplayer Minecraft via Zoom as you all work on completing fun games and tasks. REGISTER

Tween Makers Take-Home Activity (grades 6-8)

• LED Wands Supply Pick-Up: December 4-11 • No-Sew Sock Penguins Supply Pick-Up: December 18-27 • Ombre Paper Chain Wall Hanging Supply Pick-Up: January 22-29 • Washi Tape Suncatchers Supply Pick-Up: February 26-March 5 We’ll provide all the supplies for an awesome and fun hands-on craft project! REGISTER

Study Skills Masterclass (grades 6-12)

4-5 p.m. Monday, January 10 4-5 p.m. Monday, February 28 Get introduced to various psychological concepts, resources, and habits to help you perform well. Taught by local high school student Charlotte Bossler from Starlight Study. REGISTER

Graphic Novel Book Club (grades 6-8)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, January 19 & Zoom February 16 Love graphic novels? Then this is the book club for you! Each month we’ll read a great graphic novel, have fun discussing it, and share other awesome titles. Lively discussion and fun times await! REGISTER

In the Middle Book Club (grades 6-8)

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, December 8, January 12 & February 9 Zoom A book club just for middle schoolers! Join us for a fun and lively book discussion with awesome books. REGISTER

REGISTER: 847–362–2330 • cooklib.org/events • at the library

Virtual Gaming Party: JackBox Edition! (grades 6-8)

5-6 p.m. Friday, January 28 Zoom Have a blast playing all the fun and funny mini-games from JackBox with others via Zoom! We’ll host the game, you provide the fun! REGISTER

Cartoon Crash-up (grades 6-8)

4-5 p.m. Monday, February 21 Zoom Supply Pick-Up: February 14-21 Cartoonist Mark Anderson leads you in creating your own unique cartoon. Supplies provided. REGISTER

Chocolate Tasting Fun! (grades 6-8)

5-6 p.m. Friday, February 25 Zoom Supply Pick-Up: February 18-26 Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate—yum! Enjoy trying a variety of chocolate while playing some sweet games! REGISTER

SAVE THE DATE!

Creative Writing Contest

We will accept entries from grades 4-8 beginning February 21 until April 6. Students who live or go to school in our district are welcome to enter. Look for more details in our Spring newsletter.

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= Cook Park Library, Libertyville

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high school grades 9-12 Check cooklib.org/events for additional programs and up-to-date information.

Winter Reading Club

January-March Let's Read BIGGER! We challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone and read diverse YA books featuring authors and characters that have a different background or life experience than you. Log what you read each month and briefly tell us if you liked it for a chance to win a prize! Look for more at cooklib.org/teens starting in January! NOTE: Reviews may be used in library promotions or displays.

High School Workshop: Needle Felted Snowpeople

6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 The Workshop Do you want to build a snowperson? Learn how to make a felt-based Frosty friend — the perfect addition to your winter décor! Materials provided. REGISTER

High School Book Discussion

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays December 8: Slay by Brittney Morris January 5: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes February 2: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender A new book group for high school students! Join us to discuss young adult books. Register early to get a free copy of the book, limited to the first 10. REGISTER

Finals Open Study

3-6 p.m. Friday, December 17 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, December 18 & 1-5 p.m. Sunday, December 19 & 3-9 p.m. Monday, December 20 & Escape outside distractions and join us to study for finals! DROP IN

Healthy Cooking Demos

Ask Poster Creation Station

Boost Flavor & Cut Calories 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 22 YouTube Chef Susan Maddox demonstrates tasty recipes using seasonal ingredients and great techniques to boost flavor without adding calories. REGISTER

3-6 p.m. Fridays, February 4 & 11 Meeting Room The winter dance is coming up! Make your ask poster for free at the library—we’ll take care of the supplies! DROP IN

Meatless Meals with Incredible Flavors YouTube 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 26 Learn to make flavorful meatless recipes from Chef Susan Maddox. REGISTER

High School Workshop: Pour-a-painting

Sweets Without the Calories & the Guilt 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, February 10 YouTube Chef Susan Maddox demonstrates some delicious sweets without the guilt and calories—perfect for your your Valentine's Day sweetheart. REGISTER

6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, February 7 The Workshop Throw on an apron, grab some acrylic paints, and prepare to get messy while making a cool piece of art that will get all your friends talking! Materials provided. REGISTER

Study Skills Masterclass

4-5 p.m. Monday, January 10 Meeting Room Meeting Room 4-5 p.m. Monday, February 28 Get introduced to various psychological concepts, resources, and habits to help you perform well. Taught by local high school student Charlotte Bossler from Starlight Study. REGISTER

Phone Photography, Bitcoin, and Photoshop, OH MY! Turn the page for tech classes that are now available to high school students in grades 9-12.

PSST!

Coming Soon: Annual Photography Contest Grades 6-8 & Grades 9-12

Get your cameras (and camera phones!) ready—our Annual Photography Contest will be here in a flash! New this year, there will be two grade-level groups that will be judged separately: grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Stay tuned to our social media and website as details come into focus March 2022!

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technology classes Check cooklib.org/events for additional programs and up-to-date information.

ADULTS & HIGH SCHOOL grades 9-12 Getting Started with Google Calendar

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 1 Google Meet Learn how to schedule events, create reminders, share and view calendars, customize your calendar, and access your notes and tasks. Submit questions at bit.ly/cook-goog prior to the presentation. REGISTER

Phone Photography

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, December 2 Zoom Learn the fundamentals of taking a great photo with your iPhone or Android phone. We look at how to navigate around your photo app, and look at apps that add more photography features. REGISTER

Coupons & Rebates

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 8 Zoom Review several of the most popular rebate options when online shopping, such as Ratuken and Honey. REGISTER

Excel: Tables/Charts/Pivots

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 5 Zoom Learn how to manage and visualize data by creating dynamic tables and charts. We also look at creating pivot tables & charts. REGISTER

Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, January 6 Zoom Join Mike Gershbein and learn about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Is this the first wave of a cashless future or just an over-hyped technology? REGISTER

Cutting the Cable Cord: Exploring Streaming Alternatives

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, January 10 Zoom Is ditching cable TV the right decision for you? Join us as we weigh the pros and cons and provide an overview of the latest streaming video platforms and equipment. REGISTER

Online Safety

Online Garage Sale

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, December 13 Zoom Look at the seller’s experience when selling items online. We review several online sites such as Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, and more. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 12 Zoom Learn how to navigate around the web safely. Review the basics of malware and explore methods to staying safe online. REGISTER

Photoshop CC 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 22 Zoom Learn how to navigate around Excel and the basics of setting up spreadsheets. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, January 17 Zoom Learn the basics of Photoshop Creative Cloud. Review how to navigate the Photoshop interface, apply various edits to improve a photo, and use built-in tools to make dynamic changes. REGISTER

Getting Started with Google Slides

Intro to PowerPoint

Intro to Excel

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, December 27 Google Meet Learn how Google Slides works, how to get started, and how to create, share, and collaborate on presentations. Submit questions at bit.ly/cook-goog prior to the presentation. REGISTER

Excel Formulas & Functions

Getting Started with Google Docs

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 29 Zoom Learn how to create simple to complex formulas to calculate and manage data. We look at popular formulas such as VLOOKUP, Concatenate, arrays, financial formulas, and more. REGISTER

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6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 19 Zoom Learn how to create dynamic presentations using slide layouts, animations, transitions, themes, and backgrounds, as well as tips for creating an effective custom slideshow. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, January 24 Google Meet Learn how Google Docs works, how to get started, and how to create, share, and collaborate with others. REGISTER

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= Cook Park Library, Libertyville

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technology classes Check cooklib.org/events for additional programs and up-to-date information.

Intermediate PowerPoint

Hosting Successful Webinars

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 26 Zoom Take your PowerPoint skills to the next level with the slide master, screen and presentation recordings, and live broadcasting a recording directly from PowerPoint. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 16 Zoom Review creating and hosting webinars with Zoom. Learn how to send email reminders, create a participation list, apply settings to run a successful webinar, and much more. REGISTER

YouTube & YouTube Live

Great Apps

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, February 7 Zoom Learn how to fully navigate around YouTube including creating channels, finding free movies, uploading videos, and broadcasting on YouTube Live. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, February 21 Zoom Review a variety of popular apps for free TV and movies, radio, travel, production, and much more. REGISTER

Google Photos Overview

Backing Up Photos

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 9 YouTube Explore how Google Photos works, how to get started, and tips for reliving your memories, organizing, and editing your photos. Submit questions at bit.ly/cook-goog prior to the presentation. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, February 28 Zoom Learn tips to streamline saving and backing up your photos from a mobile phone to OneDrive or Google Drive. REGISTER

the workshop Check cooklib.org/events for additional programs and up-to-date information. Workshop: 3D Printed Cookie Cutters

6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, December 14 The Workshop Tired of the same cookie shapes year after year? Stop by the Workshop and learn how to design (and print) personalized cookie cutters! REGISTER

6:30-9 p.m. Monday, January 10 The Workshop Learn how to make a simple, rustic winter sign that adds something different to your seasonal décor. REGISTER

Workshop: DIY Winter Mask Decoration

6:30-9 p.m. Monday, February 21 The Workshop Give your face mask a bit of flair by learning how to make seasonally appropriate decorations that are sure to wow your friends! Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift. Materials provided. REGISTER

Unleash your imagination with Tinkercad! If you can dream it, you can build it in this free, easy-to-use online CAD app. Create 3D designs to be printed at the library, or tinker with electronics and coding. First, create a free account, then start exploring communitymade designs or make your own. cooklib.org/workshop

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Workshop: DIY Winter Woodland Sign

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and PressReader mobile apps, you’re sure to find a magazine or two about your interest, no matter what it is. Magazines about cooking, health, fashion, home projects, celebrity gossip, current events, and more are all available for free with your CMPLD card. To get started, visit cooklib.org/elibrary to find instructions on Flipster and on creating a PressReader account before downloading magazines.

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culture & entertainment Check cooklib.org/events for additional programs and up-to-date information. Movie Matinees

Music Concert: Estrella Piano Duo

American Art & Nature

A Classic Hollywood Christmas

1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Libertyville Civic Center 1:30 p.m. Fridays Free screenings of popular and acclaimed movies. Call the library for movie titles and ratings or pick up a flyer at either location. REGISTER

6:30-8:30 p.m. Zoom Thursday, December 2: Winslow Homer & American Impressionism Thursday, January 27: Ansel Adams & Nature as Art Tuesday, February 15: American Landscape Painting Between the Wars Explore the natural world as seen through the eyes of prominent American artists. Presented by Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions. REGISTER

Christmas in Chicago

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 YouTube Relive the traditions of the holiday and how they have evolved over the years. Presented by David Clark of Windy City Road Warrior. REGISTER

Paul McCartney: The Solo Years

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 14 Zoom Using interview and performance video clips, historian Gary Wenstrup traces the arc of Paul’s first postBeatles decade from Maybe I’m Amazed and Live and Let Die to Band on the Run. REGISTER

Cozy Comforts: A New Twist on Casseroles

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, December 9 YouTube Chef Susan Maddox presents some family favorite casseroles from the past, but with a new twist. REGISTER

Quick & Easy Appetizers

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 22 YouTube The holidays are busy, so don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Chef Susan Maddox demonstrates easy apps for your holiday gatherings.

6:30-7:15 p.m. Friday, December 17 YouTube This concert is inspired by travels and fairytales, dance and romance. It includes compositions by Stravinsky, Grieg, Schubert, Brahms, Mozskowski, Debussy, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, and Mussorgsky. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 21 Zoom Ring in the holidays with some classic movie magic! Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek as she presents the history of several beloved holiday classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood. REGISTER

Needlework at Night

7-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 22 Meeting Room Work on your knitting, crochet, or other needlework project. Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend. REGISTER

The Discovery of Magic

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 4 YouTube Chicago magic expert William Pack cracks open his magic history scrapbooks to reveal a secret world of colorful characters, amusing adventures, and arcane knowledge. REGISTER

Healthy Cooking Demos

Boost Flavor & Cut Calories 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 11 YouTube Chef Susan Maddox demonstrates tasty recipes using seasonal ingredients and great techniques to boost flavor without adding calories. REGISTER Meatless Meals with Incredible Flavors 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 26 YouTube Learn to make flavorful meatless recipes from Chef Susan Maddox. REGISTER

Cinema Club

6:30-8:45 p.m. Mondays Meeting Room January 17: Harvey (Unrated | 1950 | 1h 44 min) February 21: In the Mood for Love (PG | 2000 | 1 h 38 min | Foreign) A monthly film screening followed by a friendly discussion. See cooklib.org/cinemaclub for more infomation. Limit 15. REGISTER

America Coast to Coast

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 1 YouTube Have you ever wanted to travel coast to coast? Join John Lynn as he describes his journey across 15 states and 4,000 miles enjoying the beauty of the United States. Sponsored by both Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes and Vernon Hills. REGISTER

Cozy Winter Cottage Paintings

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, February 3 YouTube Art teacher Christine Thornton teaches you how to paint a watercolor cozy cottage nestled in a snowy forest under the northern lights. REGISTER

Music Concert: Flute & Guitar Duo

6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, February 11 YouTube Silver-Rose Duo, the critically acclaimed Chicagobased classical flute and guitar ensemble, performs music inspired by travel, distant places, and the joy of returning home. REGISTER

food

Check cooklib.org/events for additional discussions and up-to-date information. Learn to Make Cinnamon Rolls

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 8 Zoom Follow along with Andrea of My Kitchen Clatter to learn how to make homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch. REGISTER

Sweets Without the Calories & the Guilt 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, February 10 YouTube Chef Susan Maddox demonstrates some delicious sweets without the guilt and calories—perfect for your your Valentine's Day sweetheart. REGISTER

REGISTER: 847–362–2330 • cooklib.org/events • at the library

= Aspen Drive Library, Vernon Hills

= Cook Park Library, Libertyville

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book discussions Check cooklib.org/events for additional discussions and up-to-date information.

2022 Adult Winter Reading Club

January-March Our Adult Winter Reading Club is back! This year, we’re challenging you to Read BIGGER—expand your horizons and read about a culture, religion, or identity different from your own. Fiction or nonfiction, eBook, audiobook, graphic novel—you decide! Read one book per month from January-March and you’ll be eligible

Aspen Drive Book Discussion

7-8 p.m. Tuesdays Meeting Room December 7: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger January 4: Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan February 1: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel For a copy of the book, contact Becky King at bking@cooklib.org. DROP IN

Morning Book Discussion

10-11 a.m. Wednesdays Meeting Room December 8: What We Enjoyed in 2021 January 12: The Book of Lost Names by Kristen Harmel February 9: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare For a copy of the book, contact Jo Hansen at jhansen@cooklib.org. DROP IN

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Discussion

7-8 p.m. Tuesdays The Workshop December 21: All Systems Red by Martha Wells February 15: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia For a copy of the book, contact Andrea Larson at alarson@cooklib.org. DROP IN

7-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 18 Zoom Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley For meeting details and a copy of the book, contact Andrea Larson at alarson@cooklib.org. DROP IN

11 a.m.-Noon, Mondays Meeting Room December 20: The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie January 24: Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden February 28: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman For a copy of the book, contact Erica O’Rourke at eorourke@cooklib.org. DROP IN

Classics Book Discussion

Bookies University: Graduation Day

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, January 25 & February 22 Meeting Room Share what you've been reading and get book recommendations from other members. Contact eorourke@cooklib.org for more details. REGISTER

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 9 Meeting Room The last in our four-part series, this month’s Bookies University is putting it all together—celebrating what we’ve learned, setting a course for the new year, and more! Missed this session of Bookies U? Watch for registration and meeting dates for the spring term at cooklib.org/events. REGISTER

Fourth Wednesday Book Discussion

Authors Out Loud: Lydia Kang

7-8 p.m. Wednesdays Zoom January 26: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman February 23: Deacon King Kong by James McBride For a copy of the book, contact Marianne Charles at mcharles@cooklib.org. DROP IN

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 18 Zoom Author and physician Lydia Kang returns to discuss her latest nonfiction title, Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World’s Worst Diseases, as well as her acclaimed historical mysteries. REGISTER

One Book, One Community Book Discussion

Local Author Networking Meetup

Shelftalkers Roundtable

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22 Zoom Zoom 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 24 Join us to discuss our 2022 One Book, One Community selection, This Is How It Always Is, by New York Times bestselling author Laurie Frankel. See page 3 for more information on One Book, One Community. REGISTER

Cook Writers' Critique Group

Agatha Mystery Book Discussions

authors & writing

Teen Lit for Grownups Book Discussion

7 p.m. First Thursday of Every Month Zoom For more details, contact Erica O'Rourke at eorourke@cooklib.org.

7-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 1 Meeting Room Connect with other Lake County authors about the craft and business of writing! No prior publishing experience necessary. REGISTER

Authors Out Loud: S.A. Barnes

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 8 Meeting Room or Zoom Join us for an evening of science fiction scares as S.A. Barnes visits to celebrate the release of Dead Silence, a genre-bending horror novel billed as Titanic meets The Shining...in space. REGISTER

2022 Great Decisions Discussions

2-3:30 p.m. Second Sunday, March-December Save the dates for the 2022 Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Discussion series. Patron cost is $15 toward the briefing book. See calendar listing or call the library for full details. REGISTRATION is open January 14-26 and secures your spot for all eight sessions.

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2-3 p.m. Friday, December 3 Zoom The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson For a copy of the book, contact Haley Samuelson at hsamuelson@cooklib.org. REGISTER

New this year: sign up and track your reading online! To register and see a list of recommended books, go to cooklib.org/winter-reading-club or stop by the adult reference desk. Thank you for reading BIGGER!

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Nonfiction Book Discussion

for a $100 Amazon gift card drawing. Then in March, join other participants for a reading roundtable where we’ll all share what we’ve read and enjoyed.

7-8 p.m. Monday, January 3 Meeting Room The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie For a copy of the book, contact Karen Varga at kvarga@cooklib.org. REGISTER

= Hybrid Program Choose to attend in-person or via Zoom. Masks required for in-person attendance.

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history & genealogy Check cooklib.org/events for additional programs and up-to-date information.

HISTORY Images of George Washington: The First President in Painting, Sculpture, and More

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, January 20 Zoom Art historian Jeff Mishur presents paintings, photographs, sculptures, and cultural material relating to Washington in their historical context. REGISTER

History Matters: The Bonds of War

7-8 p.m. Monday, February 21 Zoom Diana Dretske, curator and Lake County historian for the Bess Bower Dunn Museum, presents her recently published book The Bonds of War, a collective biography of five Lake County immigrants who served during the Civil War. A Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society program. REGISTER

The Life of Samuel Insull

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, February 24 Zoom Historical presenter Jim Gibbons, discusses the life and business accomplishments of Samuel Insull, including the business strategies that led him to success, and his struggles during the Great Depression. REGISTER

GENEALOGY DAR Genealogy Workshop

10 a.m.-Noon Wednesdays, December 1 & January 5 Lower Level Collections Area Interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution? Stop by for one-on-one research help by representatives from the DAR. DROP IN

Genealogy Networking Group

7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, December 2, January 6 & February 3 Meeting Room or Zoom Share genealogy tips and resources with other family history enthusiasts. All levels welcome. NOTE: this is a hybrid program. Choose to attend in person or via Zoom. REGISTER

Genealogy 101

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 20 Zoom Want to get started researching your family? Get the scoop on all the basics with this beginners' introductory class. REGISTER

Genealogy Academy: Ancestry Library Edition

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 17 Zoom Learn the ins and outs of Ancestry Library Edition. REGISTER

= Hybrid Program Choose to attend in-person or via Zoom. Masks required for in-person attendance.

REGISTER: 847–362–2330 • cooklib.org/events • at the library

= Aspen Drive Library, Vernon Hills

= Cook Park Library, Libertyville

= Virtual


health & wellness Check cooklib.org/events for additional programs and up-to-date information. Chair Yoga for Everyone

Gentle Vinyasa Yoga for Strength & Toning

10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Zoom December-February (No class 12/29) Give yourself the gift of fluid movement and peace of mind. This class is great for anyone who stays seated or standing for long periods of time. No experience needed. REGISTER

7-8 p.m. Mondays, January 10-31 Zoom Gentle Vinyasa yoga is great for beginners and those getting back into yoga. Give yourself the gift of fluid movement and peace of mind. All levels and abilities welcome. REGISTER

Morning Meditation

Belly Dance 101

10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, December 3-February 25 Zoom Experience the numerous physiological and emotional benefits of different styles of meditation during our weekly circle. REGISTER

Meditation for Quieting the Mind

7-8 p.m. Mondays, December 6-20 Zoom In this three-part series, learn breathing tips, mudras (hand positions), and meditation tools to aid in your clarity of mind. REGISTER

7-8 p.m. Mondays, February 7-28 Zoom Shake, shimmy, and giggle in this belly dance class for reclaiming your powerful inner goddess. No experience needed. REGISTER

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 17 Zoom Learn to recognize common signs of the disease in yourself and others and next steps to take, including how to talk to your doctor. A collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. REGISTER

Tai Chi 101

9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, December 7-February 22 Zoom Learn fluid movements and breathing techniques that can assist in lowering the effects of stress in your life. It can be done seated or standing. Walk away with a clearer mindset. No experience needed. REGISTER

language Free English Classes

& A Mundelein High School Adult Education program. Dates and times vary per location. REGISTER with Yuli at 847-949-2200 x1399.

English Conversation Café

10-11:30 a.m. Mondays, December 6 & 13 Zoom 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, January 18-February 22 Meeting Room B An informal weekly café for patrons who have completed an English Language Fundamentals course or Intermediate-Advanced ESL classes and want to improve their English conversation skills. REGISTER by emailing Trish Compton at tcompton@cooklib.org with your name, email, and phone number.

business & finance My Brain Made Me Do It: Common Investing Mistakes

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 25 Zoom Sequoia Financial Planning discusses common investing mistakes to help you better understand past, present, and future investment strategies. REGISTER

Free AARP Tax Preparation Appointments

Thursdays, February – mid-April AARP volunteers provide free tax assistance to anyone, with a special focus on taxpayers 50 and older or those who have low/moderate income. Starting at the end of December, visit cooklib.org/events or call or visit the library for more information and required items to bring to your appointment. REGISTER

REMEFRITA

10:30 a.m.-Noon Mondays, January 24, February 7 & 28 The Workshop REMEFRITA stands for REading, MEeting, FRiends, and TAlking. It is the library’s book club for English language learners who enjoy reading in English and also want to practice English in conversation. For more information and to REGISTER, contact Trish Compton, tcompton@cooklib.org or call 847-362-2330 x1139.

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Listen to our podcast at cooklib.org/podcast ADA Policy If you need accommodation for a disability in order to access the benefits of the library’s services, programs, or activities, email your request to: ADA@cooklib.org or call 847-362-2330. If your request is for a program or meeting, please contact us at least five business days before it takes place. Photo Policy The Library may utilize photos and videos from public programs at CMPLD facilities for use in Library publicity. Those not wishing to be in a photograph or video should advise a staff member. Safe Child Policy The library is dedicated to providing a welcoming and safe environment for people of all ages. To accomplish this, the library relies on caregivers to closely supervise their children. Please stick together! If a child under age 10 is participating in a program that does not require a parent/caregiver to attend, the accompanying adult must remain in the library throughout the program. To view the Safe Child Policy, visit cooklib.org/policies.

Vernon Hills High School Student Donates to Cook Memorial Library

At sixteen years old, Kandarp Vadia of Vernon Hills has already accomplished a lot. After he and his family moved to the U.S. from India, Kandarp immersed himself in books and programs at Aspen Drive Library and sought innovative ways to get kids excited about school, while also raising money for worthy causes. During the doldrums of last year, he had an idea of how to give back to the kids in his community by inspiring them with his love of science and math. His idea blossomed into an initiative called Project Curiosity: a thoughtful, peer-led curriculum for kids to get and stay interested in STEM topics. Project Curiosity continues to be a successful avenue to raise money for local and international organizations. All of this before getting his driver’s license! Kandarp sat down with our communications coordinator to talk about his gracious donation to the Library, his love of astronomy and the Bookmobile, and his plans for infinity and beyond. How long have you been active at CMPLD? I was fortunate to have a library nearby when we lived in India, which is where I got my love of books. Six years ago when we first moved to Vernon Hills, the Bookmobile used to come to our neighborhood once a week. The varied selection and that I could request books was big for me. I love that the library holds science and writing programs, and Miss Sue’s book club at Aspen Drive Library was my favorite! Do you have a favorite genre of book? It has to be science fiction! I really enjoyed The Martian by Andy Weir. Tell us about Project Curiosity. I’m really interested in science and math, particularly astronomy, and I play a couple of instruments, so last winter I had an idea to share tips and tricks that I’ve learned with other kids. First, I created a website and then got the information out. I set up class curriculums and figured out how to do Google Meet. Eleven kids came to my first session! My second session was during this past summer and I’m very hopeful to be able to do session three next summer.

For each session of Project Curiosity, you set up a GoFundMe account to benefit organizations around the world. Which organizations did you choose and why? For my first session in the thick of the pandemic, I wanted to give back globally, so I started a GoFundMe to benefit UNICEF and raised roughly $980! I’m thankful for the support from parents and the community. For my second session, I wanted to give back to the library that I’ve been coming to for as long as I’ve lived in Vernon Hills. I joke about this all the time, but I’m serious, Aspen Drive Library is like my second home! Even before the renovation, this was the place to go! How do you hope your library donation is used? The Bookmobile and programs were the most impactful to me so I hope those continue. If I had the money, I would buy the Bookmobile right here, right now! My dad probably wouldn’t be ok with that! So, what’s next? I’m not decided on a school yet, but I’m very interested in astronomy, genetics, and biology. Everyone says this at some point in their lives, but I want to be an astronaut. Working at NASA would be my dream job. For more information, email projectcuriosity.info@gmail.com or visit vadiakandarp.wixsite.com/project-curiosity.

Thank you, Kandarp, and good luck in your future endeavors!


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