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your library Programs & Services

As plans and possibilities evolve this fall, some of our offerings may change. Stay up-to-date in a variety of ways: Online Event Calendar Additional programs, current information, registration open dates, supply pick-up information, and more: Service Updates Webpage If any changes to our services or operations occur, find the most recent information online: Email Updates Sign up for email updates and receive timely library news, events, and fun tidbits to your inbox: Social Media Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Facebook: Instagram: @CookLibrary Twitter: @CookLibrary

Fine Free

Over the past year, we suspended all fines on overdue materials to ease some of the burdens many in our community faced. We are proud that our Board made the measure permanent on April 1, 2021, at which time all existing fines were waived. Going Forward No more fines means that everyone in our district is ensured equal access and reduced barriers to library resources and material. • No fines on print & AV material • Fine will be assessed on overdue » Equipment » Circulating laptops Due dates still apply. We have implemented an accelerated billing process to ensure that materials are returned on time so others can enjoy. Lost and damaged materials will be billed.

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Happy 100th Birthday, Cook Memorial!

It has been a century since we opened our doors and times sure have changed! We've occupied multiple buildings and vans, grown from a township to a district library, and have evolved with the changing technology. Celebrate this important milestone with us this fall! Visit for details.


Share Your Story One hundred years; thousands of visits; countless memories. Do you remember when the library was in the Cook Home? What about the Evergreen Interim Library before Aspen Drive Library opened? Have you had a memorable experience at a library program, activity, or with a staff member? Share your story with us (or just wish the library a happy birthday!) through a short video, an email, or a handwritten letter.

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Did you know library cards, or tickets as they were once called, date back to the mid-1800s?! A Cook Memorial Public Library card is your ticket to free technology, multimedia content, and educational programming. It has the power to transform lives, strengthen communities, and empower diverse voices. This September, celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month with our Oldest CMPLD Card Contest, or what you love most about the library. I Love That the Library Has… September 1-30 What’s your favorite thing the library offers? Is it the MakerSpace or Digital Studio? Science kits for kids? Author events? Help us spread the word about how awesome it is to have a CMPLD card. Fill out a brief form at either location or on our website and tell us your favorite part about having a library card. New cardholder? Tell us something you didn’t know we offered. All submissions earn an entry in a drawing to win an awesome prize.

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Library Card Sign-Up Month Drawing & Contest

Oldest CMPLD Card Contest Through October 31 Think you have the oldest library card in our district? Bring it in to the Check Out Desk at either location by October 31 for your chance to win a MainStreet Libertyville gift card! Participants must present the physical card and an ID. Card does not have to be active. Winner will be notified by November 1.

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Programs Learn a bit about the iconic flapper, find out why so many places are named Cook, and experience Libertyville in the 1920s. Look for the on page 12 for centennial-related programs.

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On the cover: A photo collage of the Ansel B. Cook Home, the first home of the Cook Memorial Library. Photo on left 1923; photo on right 2021.

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your library CMPLD App


No need to pay for streaming services; your CMPLD card grants you access to hundreds of streaming movies and TV shows through Kanopy and Hoopla. From arthouse films and cozy British mysteries to Sesame Street and LEGO everything, there’s a movie or show for everyone. Visit or download our app to get started. Questions? Fill out our eLibrary Help form online or call the Reference Desk.

Love your library? Keep us in your pocket with the Cook Library app. With so many features, it’s practically our fourth library location! Manage Your Account View your checkouts, held items, and fines, and quickly access your digital library card. Search the Catalog Perform title, author, and keyword searches of our physical and digital collections. Find & Register for Events Find, register, share, and add events to your personal calendar in just a few taps. Access the eLibrary Access eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, movies, and music all for free.

Davis Cup Award Winner: Heather Beverley

And More!

Congratulations to Heather Beverley, our Children’s Services Assistant Manager! In July 2021, the Illinois Library Association awarded her the Youth Services Forum Davis Cup, which is given to “a person who has made an outstanding contribution in library service to young people.”

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Since joining Cook Memorial Public Library District in 2005, Heather has made a lasting impact on the field of youth librarianship, and her passion is evident. While developing and leading many CMPLD programs, she also mentors new children’s librarians, and co-founded two blogs to help children and educators grow and learn. Her blog promotes and shares STEAM programming, and matches a person’s pop culture interests to a book to keep reading exciting. Her active participation in many national and statewide initiatives, and the growing awareness of her work in STEM, led her to be selected to present various workshops for the Public Library Association and the American Library Association.




Heather is the embodiment of this award; she enthusiastically serves our community by creating innovative services for children and families, and generously supports the profession as a whole by sharing her expertise in children’s library service.

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3-15-2020 our busiest day ever!

Last year presented many challenges to the way our community gathered together, borrowed material, and sought information. In March 2020, we quickly responded to the needs of our patrons and found new ways to serve those needs. Since then we have continued to provide valuable services, engaging material, and virtual spaces to educate, enrich, and inspire. We're proud of our flexible and resilient staff and are grateful for the support of our community.


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early learning Check for additional programs, up-to-date information, and registration opening dates.

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

9:30-10:15 a.m. Thursdays Meeting Room August 26-September 16; September 23-October 14 October 28-November 18; December 2-16 Baby Story Time returns to inside the library. Babies’ brains are wired for learning; support their development through songs, movement, bounces, rhymes, and stories. Participants will be socially distanced and masked. REGISTER

Toddlers on the Go: Hoops! (walking-35 months)

Supply Pick-Up: September 25-October 2 Take-Home Activity Support your toddler as they flex their newly-acquired gross motor skills with this fun game of toss-the-ball-inthe-ring! REGISTER

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

1:30 p.m. Mondays; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Zoom August 23-October 13; October 25-December 15 The whole family is welcome to join us for stories, rhymes, and songs live online with Zoom! Pick up your free storytime props while supplies last. REGISTER

Mini Makers (ages 18 months-K w/caregiver)

Busy Bees Supply Pick-Up: September 15-22 • Take-Home Activity Learn how to make your own easy early learning game. All supplies included. REGISTER children only; one craft per child. Spotty Pumpkins Supply Pick-Up: October 13-20 • Take-Home Activity Make your own pumpkin inspired by the art of Yayoi Kusama. All supplies are included. REGISTER children only; one craft per child.

Join the Fall Reading Club! (birth–grade 6)

Tuesday, September 15–Monday, November 15 Read books to earn points and receive an amazing prize for reaching the goal — a book of your choice to keep! Starting Tuesday, September 15, register online at or in person at any CMPLD location.

Recommended Resource

The Fussy Baby Network from the Erikson Institute helps families struggling with their infants crying, sleeping, or feeding:

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (birth–pre-K w/caregiver)

Children begin developing reading skills at birth. Promote your child’s early literacy skills with the goal of having 1,000 books read before your child starts kindergarten. Set goals, track books, and earn prizes. For more information, visit us at Cook Park Library, Aspen Drive Library, or on the Bookmobile!

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Family Maker at Home (ages 6+ w/caregiver) 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, September 18, October 16 & November 13 • Take-Home Activity Enjoy creating a fun project with the whole family! We’ll provide all the supplies to make something awesome. See online calendar for supply pick-up dates. REGISTER

Family Table Book Club

Tuesdays • Take-Home Activity September 21: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt October 19: Small Spaces by Catherine Arden November 16: Greenglass House by Kate Milford We have everything you need to throw your own Family Table Book Club with discussion questions, activities, and a recipe. See online calendar for supply pick-up dates. REGISTER one family member only.

Pumpkin Fun to Go

Saturday, October 2 • Take-Home Activity Supply Pick-Up: October 2-9 Have a family pumpkin party! You provide the pumpkin, we’ll provide the rest. REGISTER

The library turns 100 this year! Help us celebrate this October by stopping in to Aspen Drive Library or Cook Park Library to sign our giant birthday cards. Visit for more ways to celebrate.

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grades K-6 Check for additional programs, up-to-date information, and registration opening dates.

Annual Design-a-Bookmark Contest (grades K-8)

Wednesday, September 8–Saturday, October 9 The Bookmark Contest is back! Get your creativity flowing and design a bookmark inspired by your favorite book or book character. Beginning Wednesday, September 8, students who live or attend school in the library district may pick up a blank bookmark and set of contest rules at a participating school or at any CMPLD location. Completed bookmarks must be submitted by 5 p.m. Saturday, October 9. Watch for displays at the library in November!

Join the Fall Reading Club! (birth–grade 6)

Tuesday, September 15–Monday, November 15 Read books to earn points and receive an amazing prize for reaching the goal—a book of your choice to keep! Starting Tuesday, September 15, register online at or in person at any CMPLD location.

Back to School Resources

We provide a variety of resources to help students get back in the swing of things and tackle the new school year with confidence. To access the resources below—and more— visit and click Ask a Bookie (for Kids) or Homework Help. Reader’s Advisory Looking for a new book? Whether for school or for fun, stop by the library or use our Bookies for Kids online form to get personalized recommendations. HelpNow from Brainfuse Take practice tests, get live online tutoring, access a rich library of study tools, submit written work for review, and/or join classmates in virtual meeting rooms for collaborative learning. Britannica Online for Kids Encyclopedia, dictionary, and magazine articles for students grades K–5. CultureGrams Kids World Edition Children of all ages can learn about cultural and historical information, like climate, population, languages, holidays, education, and government for 50 countries.

Read-alouds With a Twist: Bookflix

Enjoy engaging and lively video adaptations of awardwinning and favorite picture books, such as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. They’re read-alouds with a twist! Each picture book is accompanied by age-appropriate non-fiction titles that introduce children to related concepts. With 144 books for children pre-K–grade 3, early readers will find hours of entertainment while helping to develop new literacy skills. Visit and scroll to BookFlix.

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grades K-6 Check for additional programs, up-to-date information, and registration opening dates.

Love Your Locker (grades 5-6)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 2 Zoom Start your year with an awesome and organized locker! Pick up supplies starting August 30. REGISTER

Minecraft Mania

Zoom 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, September 3: Scavenger Hunt Edition 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, October 1: Halloween Edition 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, November 22: Escape Room Edition Minecraft and Zoom collide to create a one-of-a-kind experience! Have fun playing multiplayer Minecraft collaboratively with other players. REGISTER

Kids Read Book Discussion (grades 3-4)

4-5 p.m. Mondays, September 13, October 11 & November 8 Zoom Join in the fun as we share our thoughts about the book and do fun book-related activities. REGISTER

Chess Challenges! (grades 3-6)

6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, September 14, October 12 & November 9 Zoom Love chess? Join us online to solve chess challenges with other kids! REGISTER

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Science Explorers (grades 1-2)

5-6 p.m. Fridays, September 10, October 8 & November 5 Zoom 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

Saturdays, September 11 & 25, October 9 & 23, November 6 & 20 • Take-Home Activity Try a new take-home craft and share your creations with us on social media. Supplies included. Check the calendar for more information about each craft, including registration opening dates. REGISTER

Meet the Wellie Wishers (grades 1-2)

10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 11 Zoom 11 a.m.-Noon Saturday, October 9 Zoom 11 a.m.-Noon Saturday, November 13 Zoom Come meet the Wellie Wishers, read one of their adventures, and do some fun activities related to the story. Bring any of your dolls along, too. They don’t have to be Wellie Wishers. REGISTER

4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, September 21, October 19 & November 16 Zoom Get ready to race around your home in search of the perfect items for our show-and-tell scavenger hunt! REGISTER

Zoom 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 28: Reptiles 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 9: Nocturnal Animals Animals are so cool! Join us as we discover, investigate, and test their amazing skills. REGISTER

LEGO Adventure (grades 1-6)

4-4:45 p.m. Thursday, October 28 Meeting Room Bring your imagination and building talents for a creatively fun time! Participants will be socially distanced and masked. REGISTER

Writers’ Circle (grades 5-6)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 4 Zoom Do you love to write? Want to get more comfortable with creative writing? Join us while we practice together with some fun writing games! REGISTER

Meet Your American Girl Doll (grades 1-4)

Zoom Learn about your American Girl doll and what makes her special. Hear a story and do an activity together. Includes a take-home activity packet. Registrants will receive an email with pick-up dates. REGISTER Luciana: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, September 2 OR Wednesday, September 22 Kit Kittredge: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 20 OR 11 a.m.-Noon Saturday, October 23 Kirsten & Singing Bird: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 17 OR 4-5 p.m. Friday, November 19


teens grades 7-12 Check for additional programs and up-to-date information. Teens Read

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays • Location TBD September 1: The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu October 6: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs November 10: TBD Leave the kid stuff behind and let’s talk teen books. REGISTER

Teen Workshop: Vinyl Cut Iron-On Decals

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, September 13 The Workshop Show off your unique style! Learn how to use our vinyl cutters to make personalized iron-on decals for a t-shirt or tote bag. Materials provided. REGISTER

Teen Workshop: Horror Potatoes!

6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, October 4 The Workshop Gasp! Shriek! Lol! That's what your friends will say when they see the horrific potato-based monstrosity you’ve created. Materials provided. REGISTER

Teen Workshop: Scary Soaps

6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, October 18 The Workshop Lather. Rinse. Scream. Repeat. There’s no better time to learn how to make creepy and cute Halloween-appropriate soap. Materials provided. REGISTER

Teen Workshop: Cross Stitch 101

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, November 8 The Workshop Show off another side of your creativity. Learn the basics of cross stitch and make a one-of-a-kind piece of art to give to a friend or hang in your own space. Materials provided. REGISTER

Virtual Practice Tests

Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays Online September 4: PSAT September 11: ACT September 18: SAT Take a virtual practice test under realistic conditions and get measurement on your performance from C2 Education. A website link and personal code to access the tests will be sent after registration. REGISTER

Annual Design-a-Bookmark Contest (grades K-8)

Wednesday, September 8–Saturday, October 9 The Bookmark Contest is back! Get your creativity flowing and design a bookmark inspired by your favorite book or book character. Beginning Wednesday, September 8, students who live or attend school in the library district may pick up a blank bookmark and set of contest rules at a participating school or at any CMPLD location. Completed bookmarks must be submitted by 5 p.m. Saturday, October 9. Watch for displays at the library in November!

Teen Zone: Tiny Books at Home

Supply Pick-Up: September 13-19 Take a break from screens and make something creative. This month, learn how to make a tiny book craft at home. No shrink ray required! REGISTER

Haunted Escape Room

6 p.m. Friday, October 22 Meeting Room & The Workshop Are you ready to take on this spooky, interactive story challenge? Costumes are encouraged and may be rewarded with candy! REGISTER early; space is limited.

Thanksgiving Cake-Off

7-8 p.m. Monday, November 22 Supply Pick-Up: November 15-21 Join us for a two-part baking competition. Using our supplies, bake a cake at home, then bring your cake to the library still in the pan for a 30-minute decorating challenge. REGISTER

October 8–17

Learn to use the library in a fun and challenging scavenger hunt. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a big prize! More information will be available in mid-September at your school and on the library’s website.

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Find endless inspiration with thousands of step-by-step art and craft video classes taught by design experts and artists. Get unlimited access from home with your CMPLD card; visit and scroll to Creativebug.


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Introduction to the Green Screen

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 21 The Workshop No passpor t? No problem. Learn how to use the library’s green screen to take a selfie in Spain or a panorama in Paris without ever leaving Illinois. REGISTER

DIY Felt Owl

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, September 27 The Workshop Learn how to make an adorable felt owl, the perfect addition to your fall décor. Materials provided. REGISTER

3D Printed Halloween Jewelry

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, October 25 The Workshop Get creative this spooky season with personalized 3D printed jewelry. Submit one 3D print for free and pick it up after the program. REGISTER

3D Print at the Library!

Export your design as a .stl file then send it to us. We will print your project and let you know when it’s ready to pick up. Visit for guidelines and to submit your print. New to 3D printing? Head over to the website listed above for an introductory presentation to get you started.


culture & entertainment Check for additional programs and up-to-date information.

Virtual Concert: Miscellany & Mirth of the Midwest

6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, September 17 YouTube Musician and storyteller Dave Martin takes us on a Midwest travelogue exploring the culture and storied history of the region. REGISTER

Cinema Club

6:30-8:45 p.m. Mondays, September 20 & October 18 Meeting Room A monthly film screening followed by a friendly discussion. See for film titles. REGISTER

Outdoor Concert: POP! Goes the Country!

1-2 p.m. Tuesday, September 28 • Outside in Cook Park (Rain location: Libertyville Civic Center) Bring your own chair and enjoy Chicago-area musician Steve Justman as he performs favorite country-topop crossover hits by the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, and more! A collaborative event with the Libertyville Senior Center. REGISTER

Searching for South America

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 30 Zoom Explore the various cultures of South America via photos, stories, and travel tips through the unique LGBTQIA+ perspective of solo backpacker and educator, Brian Michalski. REGISTER

Mixing Art & Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 12 Zoom This slide-illustrated lecture from art historian Jeff Nigro explores the rich visual expressions of religious diversity at a time when deities, as well as human beings, were on the move. REGISTER

In-Person Concert: New York Saxophonist Daniel Bennett

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 11 Off-site: Sullivan Center, Vernon Hills The Daniel Bennett Group performs modern jazz, American folk, and experimental classical music at this special Illinois CD release concert of their 2021 album, New York Nerve. REGISTER Maximize your movie experience with our newest collection! Not technically a box, it's a DVD case with 4-6 movies on a theme. One checkout, hours of entertainment for all ages. Search the catalog for Binge Box. • Please Give Leo a Break • Disney Warrior Princesses • Black Experiences • Family Movie Night • Romantic Books to Film • Don’t Mess with Denzel • Gut Busters: The 90s • Never Travel with Tom Hanks • Never Too Early to Tempt Your Palate

Watercolor Holiday Greetings

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 16 Zoom Grab your watercolors and prepare for the holiday season! Jennifer Evans from Periwinkle Art Studio covers holiday icons and imagery. Supplies not provided; supply list is on the online calendar listing. REGISTER

And more!

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book discussions Check for additional discussions and up-to-date information. Classics Book Club

7-8 p.m. Mondays Zoom September 13: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde November 1: The Color Purple by Alice Walker For meeting details and a copy of the book, contact Karen Varga at REGISTER

Aspen Drive Book Club

7-8 p.m. Tuesdays Meeting Room September 14: The Overstory by Richard Powers October 5: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates November 2: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell For meeting details and a copy of the book, contact Becky King at DROP IN

Teen Lit for Grownups Book Discussion

7-8 p.m. Tuesdays Conference Room September 21: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko November 16: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera For meeting details and a copy of the book, contact Andrea Larson at DROP IN

Fourth Wednesday Book Group

7-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays Meeting Room September 22: November Road by Lou Berney October 27: Beloved by Toni Morrison November 24: Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl For meeting details and a copy of the book, contact Marianne Charles at DROP IN

authors & writing

7-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 19 The Workshop Join us as we discuss The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. For a copy of the book, please contact Andrea Larson at DROP IN

Check for additional programs and up-to-date information. Authors Out Loud: The Art of Crime (Writing)

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 12 Zoom Four acclaimed authors from across the country -- Tracy Clark, Tori Eldridge, Cheryl A. Head, and Rachel Howzell Hall -- talk all things mystery and thriller. REGISTER

Local Author Networking Meetup

10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 16 Meeting Room Connect with other Lake County authors about the craft and business of writing. No prior publishing experience necessary. REGISTER

Authors Out Loud: Chris Bohjalian

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27 Zoom Join with patrons from other Illinois libraries to hear New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian talk about his new book, The Hour of the Witch. REGISTER

Authors Out Loud: Katherine Reay

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 2 Meeting Room We welcome back author Katherine Reay for the launch of her historical novel, The London House. REGISTER

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Discussion

Indie Author Day

9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 13 Meeting Room Curious about self-publishing? Always wanted to write a novel but can’t find the time? Indie Author Day has workshops and networking to help aspiring and experienced writers alike. REGISTER

Local Author Fair

1-4 p.m. Saturday, November 13 Meeting Room The Local Author Fair is back! Meet published authors from Lake County and learn about their latest releases! Books will be available for sale. Authors interested in participating must contact Erica O'Rourke at no later than October 22. DROP IN

Cook Writers' Critique Group

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


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The Architecture of Stanley D. Anderson

7-8 p.m. Monday, September 20 Zoom Join us for a talk by author and Lake Bluff resident Paul Bergmann about Lake Forest- and Libertyville-area buildings designed by Stanley D. Anderson. REGISTER

Libertyville in the 1920s

7-8 p.m. Monday, October 18 Zoom Join Cook librarians Sonia and Jenny for highlights of the people, places, and events of the decade. REGISTER

Who Was Ansel B. Cook?

7-8 p.m. Monday, November 15 Zoom Cook Avenue, Cook Park, Cook Memorial Library, the Ansel B. Cook Home—Libertyville is full of things named Cook. Local History Librarian Jenny sheds light on the life and legacy of our library’s namesake. REGISTER


Flappers, Cocktails & Model T

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 2 Zoom Few decades have seen such dramatic social and cultural change as the 1920s. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of this tumultuous age with an illustrated lecture by historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D. REGISTER

Edith Head: The Woman Who Dressed Hollywood

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 21 Zoom An incredibly successful costume designer with eight Oscars to prove it, Edith Head’s dazzling career continues to inspire new generations of designers. REGISTER

The Great Chicago Fire

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 7 Zoom This year marks the 150th anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire. Historian Jim Gibbons discusses the events that took place before, during, and after the fire and how it impacted Chicago’s history. REGISTER

GENEALOGY Genealogy Networking Group

7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, September 2, October 7 & November 4 Zoom Share your genealogy brick walls and successes, and learn a few tips along the way. All levels of genealogists welcome. REGISTER

Appomattox Court House Research: Genealogy & the Civil War

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 23 Zoom Dr. Dan Hubbard explores the records that were produced before, during, and after the Civil War that tell the story of a whole generation. REGISTER

German Immigration to America: Where, When, Why & How

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14 Zoom When did your German ancestors immigrate? Where why, and how did they leave? Gain insights into these and other questions with genealogy speaker Steve Szabados. REGISTER

The 1950 US Census: Are You Ready?

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 18 Zoom Noted genealogy speaker Thomas MacEntee prepares us for the release of the 1950 US Census results on April 1, 2022. He shares the history behind the 1950 Census, how to access the data, and more. REGISTER

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Margarete Steiff: The Woman Behind the Teddy Bear

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 26 Zoom Join German historian Anette Isaacs as she relates the truly awe-inspiring life story of toy maker and business maven Margarete Steiff. REGISTER

The History of the Cook Memorial Public Library

6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, November 8 Zoom Learn about the library’s growth and development over the past 100 years in celebration of our centennial. REGISTER

The History of the Band Chicago

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 30 Zoom If you like your rock ‘n’ roll mixed with an exciting blast of horns, there is no better listen than the music group Chicago. Using performance and interview clips, we’ll trace the arc of their career. REGISTER

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health & wellness Chair Yoga for Everyone

10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, September 1–November 24 Zoom 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

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Morning Meditation

10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, September 3-November 19 Zoom Experience the numerous physiological and emotional benefits of different styles of meditation during our weekly circle. REGISTER

Walking Meditation

Off-Site: Lakewood Forest Preserve, meet at main entrance 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 8: Evening Session 8-9 a.m. Thursday, September 9: Morning Session Join us for an hour of walking meditation. Each person will be distanced for their own enjoyment, walking mostly in silence and with the intention for a healthier and more balanced life. REGISTER

Tai Chi 101

9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, September 14-November 30 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. REGISTER

enrich & educate Check for additional programs and up-to-date information. Understanding & Improving Your Credit

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 9 Zoom Join Judetter Kurasz, Vice President of the Financial Literacy Office at Byline Bank, to learn the importance of credit and how to build it, as well as the basics of credit reports. REGISTER

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Medicare & Your Options

1-2 p.m. Tuesday, September 14 Zoom During this educational seminar, Mike Altman, Medicare Benefit Navigator, unravels the mysteries of Medicare, how to enroll, and discusses the options available to those turning 65. REGISTER

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Free English classes held at Aspen Drive Library and Cook Park Library. Call Yuli at 847-949-2200 x1399 for more information. A Mundelein High School Adult Education program.

10-11:30 a.m. Mondays, September 13-November 29 Zoom An informal weekly café for patrons who have completed an English Language Fundamentals course or intermediate to advanced ESL classes and want to improve their English conversation skills. REGISTER by emailing with your name, email, and phone number.

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6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, October 21 YouTube Chef Susan Maddox demonstrates some wonderful autumn recipes using seasonal ingredients. REGISTER

Navigating Information Online: Tips & Tricks for a Post-Truth Era

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, November 22 Meeting Room Learn how to manage information overload and sort fact from fiction in today’s social media environments and never-ending news cycles. REGISTER


technology classes Check for additional programs and up-to-date information. Getting Started with Google Slides

Intro to Word

Intro to PowerPoint

Cutting the Cable Cord: Exploring Streaming Alternatives

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, September 13 Google Meet Google-certified teacher and education trainer Charlene Chausis teaches how Google Slides works, how to get started, and how to create, share, and collaborate on your presentations. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 21 Meeting Room Learn how to create dynamic presentations using slide layouts, animations, transitions, themes, and backgrounds. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 20 Meeting Room A Learn to create, format, save, revise, and print documents. Computer mouse experience required. REGISTER

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, October 25 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

Excel: Tables, Charts & Pivots

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, September 27 Meeting Room A Strengthen your Excel skills with more complex commands, data organization charts, and graphs. Previous Excel experience required. REGISTER

Intermediate PowerPoint

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 28 Zoom Building on Intro to PowerPoint, this class covers slideshows, slide master, custom animations, and sharing presentations. Intro to PowerPoint or previous PowerPoint experience required. REGISTER

Advanced Excel: Data Validation, Add-Ins & Macros

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, October 4 Zoom This class covers advanced topics including lists, data validation, solver, macros, and buttons. Previous Excel experience required. REGISTER

Word & Publisher: Creating Graphic Projects

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 5 Meeting Room Discover how to create dynamic marketing materials with templates, how to create labels with mail merge, and image editing basics. REGISTER

Microsoft Office: Business Skills

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, October 14 Zoom Learn some of the most common features for business in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. REGISTER

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6:30-8 p.m. Monday, October 25 Google Meet Learn how Google Docs works, how to get started, and how to create, share, and collaborate from Googlecertified teacher and education trainer Charlene Chausis. REGISTER

Intermediate Word

6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 27 Meeting Room Learn to set tabs, create headers and footers, adjust margins, and insert bullets. Intro to Word or previous Word experience required. REGISTER

Online Garage Sale

6:30-8 p.m. Monday, November 1 Zoom Explore Craigslist, Meraci, Facebook Marketplace, LetGo, and Ebay. Learn about seller’s fees, shipping and local pickup guidelines, and general tips to sell online. REGISTER

Buying a Computer

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, November 4 Meeting Room Review what to consider when buying a computer. We will look at several online computer ads and discuss what the components, operating systems, and chipsets mean. REGISTER

Workshop: What the Heck is an NFT?

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 4 Zoom They’re selling for thousands of dollars, but what is an NFT? Michael Gershbein of Very Smart People explains the basics of this hot new trend. REGISTER

Google Photos Overview


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Access the Wall Street Journal online for free with your CMPLD card! Read it on any device, any time, from anywhere. In addition to everything the print version has, watch related videos and get detailed financial reporting with a click of a button. Get started at and scroll down to the Wall Street Journal. Questions? Visit or call the Reference Desk at 847-362-2330. Free account required for access. You will need to create an account and then renew access every three days.

REGISTER: 847–362–2330 • • at the library

Getting Started with Google Docs

6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, November 8 YouTube Google-certified teacher and education trainer Charlene Chausis shares how Google Photos works, how to get started, and lots of tips and tricks for reliving your memories. REGISTER

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staff picks


"After nearly surviving a horrormovie-esque death, Rachel changes schools and finds herself in a secretive horror club. More than a fan group, they also prank their peers and enemies. As the pranks intensify, Rachel's past comes back to haunt her." - Mark Morton

"Smith, a poet and staff writer at The Atlantic, explores the legacy of slavery in the US by traveling to historical landmarks and speaking with people along the way." - Nate Gass

"A bored 20-something editor desperately wants to be a published writer. Her terrible choices result in her being fired from her publishing house, then hired by the mysterious best-selling author Maud Dixon -- which is when things get complicated." - Marianne Charles

"Orlean weaves together the history of libraries, her introduction to them, and the intrigue of who could have set the City Library of Los Angeles on fire in 1986. The book is also filled with fascinating library tidbits." - Natalie Torres




"On a plantation in 1860, 80-year-old matriarch Madame Sylvie decides her legacy to her family will be a portrait of herself by an acclaimed artist. " - Karen Varga

"A single mother lands a spot on a Great British Bake Off-style reality show as a last-ditch attempt to get her fledgling baking business off the ground. Bitingly funny, with delicious baking descriptions." - Erica O'Rourke

"Daunis is still mourning her uncle's death when her best friend is murdered before her eyes. She finds herself caught up in the drug-related investigation targeting her Ojibwe community and former high school hockey team. A moving thriller that I couldn't put down. " - Mark Morton



The beloved story of Little Women gets a fresh update in this charming graphic novel, which brings Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy to life in modern-day New York. - Heather Beverley


CHILDREN Although Mai is of Vietnamese heritage, the country and language are unfamiliar to her. When Mai travels to Vietnam with her grandmother, she has to learn to adapt to a new culture. - Melissa Phillips



Dragons in Brooklyn?! Jax’s world is turned upside down when he discovers that witches and dragons are real! Now, Jax and friends are on an epic adventure to find a trio of baby dragons a new home in a magical realm. - Heather Beverley



Find more online: ADULTS | TEENS | CHILDREN

"A Native American woman struggles to belong in this poignant novel about heritage, family, and community. This haunting but hopeful story will appeal to fans of Louise Erdrich." - Jo Hansen

"True story about a man's quest to be the first to reach the Magnetic South Pole and what happens when his ship becomes stuck in the Arctic sea ice and must winter through the long, dark polar night." - Jean Chung

7 p.m. Thursdays Aspen Meeting Room Looking to get more from your TBR pile? Take your reading life from good to great! See for details. September 9: Genre 101 | October 7: Read, Rave, Rant November 11: Publishing Demystified | December 9: Graduation Day

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Delayed Opening (staff training) Fri, Sept 10 1 p.m. opening Closed Mon, Sept 6 Labor Day Wed, Nov 24 at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve Thurs, Nov 25 Thanksgiving Day Board of Trustees President: Wendy Vieth, Libertyville Vice President: Jim Larson, Libertyville Treasurer: Phyllis Dobbs, Libertyville Secretary: Karen Singer, Vernon Hills Trustee: Nathan Johnson, Vernon Hills Trustee: Kristen Palic, Libertyville Trustee: Laura Valenziano, Vernon Hills Library Director: Newsletter Editor: Graphic Designer:

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They are always improving and the library is top notch. I love this

place; a true staple of Libertyville.

Cook Park Library 413 N Milwaukee Ave Libertyville, IL 60048

Locations Aspen Drive Library 701 Aspen Drive Vernon Hills, IL 60061

The Aspen Drive Library is very organized, clean & the staff is

extremely helpful. So happy to

have this location right down the road from my house!

I am so grateful to the Cook

Memorial staff! Please keep helping me turn my reluctant little people into great and excited readers!

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

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: 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.

Back in the 90s, I got to share my collection of all things Orca in the Children’s area display case! That will forever be a special memory of mine, and I’m eager to continue making more memories with my daughter in the Children’s area!

We love our Aspen library! Programs, staff... all excellent!!! Especially love the Spanish bilingual section for our dual language kiddos.

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