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JAN/FEB 2014

All the Hoopla on

Digital Media If you yo haven’t checked out our Virtual Library recently, take a look! This spring we’re rolling rece out an updated lineup of exciting digital media that offers more choices than ever. With your library card you can instantly stream or d download thousands of popular movies, mag magazines, music, and eBooks to your smart phone, tablet, or computer. We’ve listened to your requests for more of your favorite titles and easier access, and we have delivered. Now you can enjoy more of what the Library offers, anytime, whether you’re at home, traveling, or sitting at a coffee shop. Look inside for details on all-new products like Hoopla, exclusive eBook content available only to Park Ridge cardholders, and new free apps that make downloading even easier.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE A Message from the Board President Book Club Mixer Winter Reading Clubs

And with digital content, there are no late fees – ever!

All the Hoopla on Digital Media (Continued from front cover.) Thanks to funding from an Illinois Per Capita Grant, the Library has added new digital resources to its collections. All can be accessed by visiting the Library’s homepage and clicking on the “Downloadables” button.

Staff Spotlight

Hoopla One of the most exciting introductions to our digital collections is Hoopla, a free service that offers movies, TV shows, and popular music for instant streaming or temporary download to a computer or mobile device. Hoopla features movie titles like The Fast and the Furious, What Maisie Knew, Jillian Michaels exercise videos, documentaries by Ken Burns, and much more. Titles for children include the Caillou series and The Tales of Despereaux. Music lovers can find recordings by Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and many other popular artists. The best thing about Hoopla is that the titles are always available – no waiting! – and automatically disappear from your account after 72 hours, so you never have to worry about late fees. To search the Hoopla catalog, visit the Library’s website, or download the free Hoopla Digital app from iTunes or Google Play.

What’s New With eBooks You spoke, we listened. Since their introduction, eBooks and eAudiobooks have been steadily gaining in popularity – and now they’re easier than ever to find. Recent improvements to the Library’s Overdrive site include: • A streamlined downloading process that lets you access materials with just a few steps. • A redesigned Overdrive Media Console app that allows you to read books without downloading or transferring. The app works with any Apple or Android device. • Exclusive new titles available only to Park Ridge cardholders. Be sure to log in to your Overdrive account before browsing, and you’ll find current releases by James Patterson, David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Nicholas Sparks, and others. • A brand new eBook catalog available to Park Ridge patrons through an eRead Illinois grant. You can access the catalog through the Library website, or through the axisReader app available on iTunes and Google Play.

Zinio Dubbed “the World’s Largest Online Newsstand,” Zinio lets users download copies of over 140 popular magazines onto a smart phone, tablet, or computer. You’ll find current issues of magazines like Consumer Reports, Chicago, Car and Driver, Us, Food Network Magazine, and Rolling Stone. Zinio makes it easy to enjoy magazines wherever you go – and you can keep them indefinitely. Once you’ve created an account, you’ll find all kinds of great titles, including back issues. Ready to learn more about any of these new resources? Visit today and click on “Downloadables” to get further details or create your own accounts.You can also call Reader Services at (847)720-3280 or Children’s Services at (847)825-4527.

Check out page 6 for details on Little Pim, a great new dig ital language learn ing resource for kid s!


Mike helps coordinate social media for the Library.

Social media is a unique form of communication. We can reach patrons any time of day, when they’re at home or on the go, and they can easily connect with us as well. With a click of the mouse (or a tap of an index finger), we can share interesting articles, post staff recommendations, and even send birthday wishes to popular authors. We can also connect with other librarians around the world. Librarians share books that are getting a lot of buzz and breaking news in the world of literature. Social media is very interactive, more so than email. I can reach hundreds of people at once and they in turn expand these connections to their friends. We’ve actually had posts that have gone “viral,” getting thousands of hits around the world. I’ve used our Pinterest page to invite users to post the books they’re currently enjoying. I’ve also followed users who share some great film recommendations. On Twitter I’ve been able to post the title of a book I’ve liked and, within a few seconds, the author has responded! These connections to readers and authors are incredible ways to enhance library services. The Library has several social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Pinterest. Each of our accounts has several hundred followers and their numbers are rapidly increasing. My goal is for this format to be something that people can enjoy on a daily basis, and a way for the community to feel better connected to the Library. It’s very rewarding to interact with patrons in a way that’s fun and informal, yet still gives them something useful.

NEWS & EVENTS A Message From the Board President Thank you for celebrating our 100th Anniversary with us. It was a wonderful year! As we begin our next 100 years of service, the Library Board and staff are making plans for the future. We have begun work on a new strategic plan and soon, we will be asking you, our users, for your input to help us create a vision for the future; 20th century libraries were “collection centric” while 21st century libraries are “user centric”. Additionally, we need to update you on the financial status of the Library. As you may know, the Library receives 98% of its income from property taxes that are levied by the City Council on behalf of the Library. Over the past five years, the City Council has reduced the Library’s annual income by reducing the property tax levy. Therefore, revenue has been reduced annually and is now down by $452,000. In November, the Library Board of Trustees submitted a request to the City Council to reverse this trend and increase the 2013 Library Levy by 5%. However, the City Council voted unanimously to deny the requested levy increase. As this newsletter goes to press, the Library Board is scheduled to meet in December to determine what reductions will need to be made by May 1, 2014, when the new budget year begins. We will be looking at everything, including the need to reduce spending on building repairs, staff, the hours the Library is open, programs, and new materials. At the same time, we are committed to a strategic approach in maintaining core services that provide the community with strong library services. I welcome your comments and suggestions. Sincerely, Margaret Harrison, Board President


Author Kathleen Grissom Saturday, March 1 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Join us to mix and mingle with other local book club members, see what they’re reading, and discuss new book club trends. Kathleen Grissom, author of book club favorite The Kitchen House, will call in to answer your questions. Get three members of your club to attend and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Wine Gift Basket for your club!

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A with Kathleen Grissom, author of the New York Times bestseller The Kitchen House. 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Idea tables, mingling, handouts, and takeaways.

Registration required. Call Reader Services at (847) 720-3280 or visit the Book Club Corner at Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Important Notice on Tax Forms at Library

Annual Library Award Nominations Now Open

The IRS has announced that there may be a delay in the availability of standard forms for individuals filing 2013 federal and state income tax returns. The Library has ordered forms and hopes to have them available by the end of January.

The Park Ridge Public Library’s Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for the Annual Library Award. Presented during National Library Week, the award honors an individual who has provided extraordinary service to the Library.

Please note that some specialized forms, and those for businesses, can only be accessed from the IRS website. Patrons can print them out at the Library for 10 cents a page.

The honoree may be nominated for service in the past year or for service over a number of years. Except for current trustees, anyone is eligible. Nomination forms are available in the Library Business Office or online at

For more information, please call Reference Services at 847-720-3230.

Deadline for nominations: March 3, 2014.


Seating is limited to 90 and registration is required. Register for programs in person, online, or by phone at (847) 720-3280.

= Registration Required


Book Discussion Groups JANUARY 2 – FEBRUARY 28



Books are available at the Reader Services Desk two weeks before the discussion. Registration is required. For further details visit Reader Services or call (847) 720-3280.


Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Financial Aid Process for Parents and Students Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. Representatives from ISAC will be here to offer an introduction to the financial aid process. Grants, scholarships, student loans, and FAFSA will all be covered.

Friday Morning Coffee Club Sweetgrass Friday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. Set in the grandeur of Montana’s wilderness, this riveting portrait of a dying way of life follows modern-day cowboys as they lead their sheep to the mountains for summer pasture. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV (

Concert: Pianist Vladimir Leyetchkiss Tuesday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. Back by popular demand, acclaimed pianist Vladimir Leyetchkiss will perform works by Schubert, Schumann, and Debussy.

Organizing for Everyone Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. Beth Randall of Joe Organizer will provide tips for tackling day-to-day paper clutter, organizing ideas for your closet, and ways to make your kitchen more efficient.

100 Things Bears Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. Author Kent McDill will talk about his book, which explores the personalities, events, wins, losses, and unforgettable moments of the Chicago Bears. Books will be available for purchase.

Healthy Eating: Greens, Grains and Protein Tuesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. Certified Holistic Health Coaches Jessica Jacobsen and Gina Griffin-Hill will discuss the benefits of adding these foods to your diet, along with other ways to achieve your health goals.

Returning to College Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. Are you considering going back to school to finish college or get a new degree? Mary Kelly of National Louis University will address important questions to consider, including financial considerations, time management, and emotional and academic readiness.

Antique Appraisals Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. In this two hour program, appraiser Karl Gates will give a brief history of antiques and collectibles, and tell you what to look for when evaluating antiques. He’ll also provide on-thespot appraisals for the first 60 attendees.

An Evening with TeaLula: Chai Wallah Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Sheila Duda of TeaLula will demonstrate how to make delicious chai from scratch, plus give a history of the drink. Samples will be provided.

Concert: Laura Freeman and Beckie Menzie Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with cabaret duo Laura Freeman and Beckie Menzie! Enjoy great American love songs, including “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “My Funny Valentine,” and more.

Keynes’s Way to Wealth: Timeless Lessons from the Great Economist Tuesday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. Author John F. Wasik will describe John Maynard Keynes’s investment strategies, and explain how contemporary investors can learn from his success. Books will be available for purchase.

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman January 9 or 23 10:00 a.m.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver February 13 or 27 10:00 a.m.

EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John Le Carré Wednesday, January 8 7:00 p.m.

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster Wednesday, February 12 7:00 p.m.

Mardi Gras with Chef Michael Maddox Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. Chef Michael Maddox will demonstrate dishes perfect for a New Orleans celebration. You will be able to sample the food and take home recipes.

Raising Monarchs and Other Backyard Butterflies Thursday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. Author Sue Fox McGovern will walk you through the steps of raising butterflies, and also speak about how to attract them to your yard.

Affordable Care Act Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. A representative from the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace Team of Governor Pat Quinn’s office will present information on the Affordable Care Act and answer questions.

NON-FICTION BOOK DISCUSSION Packing for Mars by Mary Roach Friday, January 3 10:00 a.m.

City of Scoundrels by Gary Krist Friday, February 7 10:00 a.m.

Computer Classes


All classes are free. Phone, online and in-person registration begins at 9:00 a.m. 30 days before the class. M*=Mouse and previous Internet experience required.

Basics Basic Internet

Instagram, Skype, Facebook, and More: Staying Connected in a Digital World Tuesday, February 18 7:00-8:30 p.m. We live hectic lives, with families spread all over the country and world. See how to use apps and other technology to keep you connected to those you care about.

No registration needed. All seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open ½ hour before show time. Seating limited to 90 (60 for foreign films).



Wednesday, February 5, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Microsoft Excel 2007 Basics M* Saturday, January 18, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Plug into the Past with Ancestry Library Edition M*

Microsoft Word 2007 Basics M*

Saturday, January 11, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Job Hunting on the Internet M*

Wednesday, January 15, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Great Discoveries Beyond Google M*

Intermediate Microsoft Word 2007

Saturday, February 15, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. While Google offers a lot, some of the best information isn’t available on the free Internet. This class introduces you to the variety of premium resources you can access at home or in the Library with your Park Ridge library card.

Wednesday, February 5, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Basics Saturday, January 25, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Tech Topics Demo classes only. You are encouraged to bring your own iPad or device with you. Limit 15.

iPad Basics

Drop-In Help Desk iPad

Wednesday, January 15, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The Way Way Back Tuesday, January 14 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. PG-13, 104 min. When 14-year-old Duncan goes on vacation with his mother and her overbearing boyfriend, he learns unforgettable lessons about life, love, family, and friendship. Toni Collette and Steve Carell.


iPad Apps Wednesday, January 29, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. NEW

What’s All the Hoopla? Tuesday, January 21 7:00-8:30 p.m. Hoopla allows you to download movies, TV shows, and popular music from the Library. Learn how to get the most out of our newest service.

When life circumstances make it difficult to read or take advantage of what’s available at the Library, Outreach Services can help.

Films @ the Library

Saturdays, January 11 or February 8 (No registration needed) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. One-on-one help to answer all of your computer and tech-related questions. If you bring in a gadget, be sure to bring any manuals or cords so we can better assist you.

Are you homebound or coping with a disability? OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: • • • •

Homebound delivery Specialized equipment Low Vision Support Group Audiobooks and large print books

Call Outreach Coordinator Cathy Thompson at (847)720-3382 to learn more about essential services we provide the community.


Elysium Tuesday, February 11 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. R, 109 min. In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Matt Damon and Jodi Foster.

travel films Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS = Registration Required

Drop In Storytimes

Early Childhood Programs

Mondays Teddy Bear Time 12 – 24 months with an adult January 6 – February 17 9:30 – 10:05 a.m.

With a parent or adult caregiver

Baby Bounce: Storytime Just for Babies Birth – 12 months with adult Tuesdays January 7 – February 18 9:15 – 9:50 a.m.

Siblings welcome.

Officer Friendly Storytime All Ages January 13 & February 10 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Siblings welcome. Join us for our storytime just for babies! Enjoy stories, bounces, songs, rhymes, and a playtime at the end! Max: 18. Registration for the 7 week session begins Saturday, December 21.

Storytime for All Ages January 6 & 20, February 3 & 17 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Harmonious Horizons 1 month – 5 years with adult

Music and Movement Storytime All Ages January 27 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a family music class for children with a parent/caregiver. l d singing, dancing, instrument play, It willll include and just plain fun! Max: 15. Limit one class per month.

eStorytime All Ages February 24 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Monday, January 20 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. OR 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Registration begins Saturday, January 4.

Tuesdays Storytime for 4’s & 5’s January 7 – February 18 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. No adults or siblings please. Teddy Bear Time 12 – 24 months with an adult January 7 – February 18 11:00 – 11:35 a.m. Siblings welcome. Wednesdays Storytime for 2’s with an adult January 8 – February 19 9:30 - 9:50 a.m. OR 10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Siblings welcome. Storytime for 3’s January 8 – February 19 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Siblings welcome.

Monday, February 17 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. OR 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Start Thinking Hockey! Grades 1 – 8 January 2 – February 28 Be a player! Get in the reading game! Join the Chicago Wolves’ “Read to Succeed” program. Have fun reading and trying for Wolves’ prizes. Register in the Children’s Services Department.

Wolves Player Visit Grades 1 – 8 Wednesday, February 26 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Kids who are registered in the Chicago Wolves “Read to Succeed” program and their families are invited to the Library to meet a Chicago Wolves player. Get an autograph and a close-up look at all of the hockey gear, and find out what it’s like to play pro hockey! Max: 90. Drop in.

Registration begins Saturday, February 1.

Duplo Mania 3 – 6 years with adult Monday, February 10 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Build your own Duplo creations as you listen to a story, and then enjoy free play. Max: 24. Registration begins Saturday, February 1.

Join the Reading Patch Club

Thursdays Storytime for 2’s with an adult January 9 – February 20 9:30 - 9:50 a.m. Siblings welcome. Storytime for 3’s January 9 – February 20 10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Siblings welcome. Saturdays January 11 & February 8 2nd Saturday Family Storytime 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Want to introduce your child to a foreign language? Give them a head start with Little Pim, an awardwinning language learning resource that you can stream to computers and tablets. Visit and click on the Kids’ Pages/Premium Resources to learn more.

Earn special patches for reading throughout the school year! You can join the Reading Patch Club anytime and collect as many patches as you wish by the end of Grade 6. Visit the Children’s Services Desk or call (847)825-4527 for more details.

YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS School Age Programs LEGO Mania Grades K – 6 Monday, January 6 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. We’ll provide the LEGOs and you provide the fun! Drop in.

Middle School and High School Register for programs in person, online, or by phone at (847) 720-3280.

Brickton Art Center Classes Grades 2 - 6 Come to the Library for these special monthly art classes taught by Brickton Art Center instructors. Max: 18.

Wednesday, January 15 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Registration begins Saturday, January 4.

Wednesday, February 19 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Registration begins Saturday, February 1.

All Ages Program Take Home Craft Monday, January 27 Stop at the desk in Children’s Services to pick up a craft to make at home. We will continue to hand out crafts until our supply is gone.

Come One, Come ALL-





Enjoy your day off from school at the Library’s Minecraft creative competition! You may have a chance to win a Minecraft prize. Third Floor Meeting Room. Max: 12.

Teen Advisory Board Monday, January 13 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 3 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Help out the Library by giving your input on Summer Reading 2014. Help plan new programs and get service hours! All are welcome. Third Floor Meeting Room. Max: 20.

Chocolate Wars Wednesday, January 29 4:00-5:00 p.m. Spend an afternoon enjoying all things chocolate. We will create, eat, and play chocolate games. Max: 25.

Pizza & Pages Tuesday, February 4 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Stop in for pizza and a chance to share your current favorite books – and leave with some new ones. Third Floor Meeting Room. Max: 20.

Knot It Up Wednesday, February 12 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Teacher Program DO RE MI to A-B-C: The Direct Connection Between Music and Literacy Wednesday, February 26 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Minecraft Friday, January 3 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Spend the afternoon making everything from Rainbow Looms to friendship bracelets for yourself and your friends. Max: 20.

For High School Students

Nationally renowned music specialist, “Miss Carole” Stephens will present a workshop on using music in the classroom to promote literacy. This program is most appropriate for preschool through first grade teachers. CPDU and continuing education credits available. Max: 45. Registration begins Saturday, February 15. Unless otherwise noted, registration for Children’s Services programs is for children only. Tickets must be picked up at the Library; we cannot hold tickets for you. Please don’t be a “no show”! If you are unable to attend, please call so we can make that place available to another child. Register in person, online, or by phone at (847)825-4527. Note: By attending a program at the Library, participants (or their guardians) give permission for the Library to take pictures for use in Library publications.

The Financial Aid Process for Parents and Students Thursday, January 16 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Representatives from ISAC will be here to offer an introduction to the financial aid process. Grants, scholarships, student loans, and FAFSA will all be covered. Max: 25.

High School Finals Study Nights Sunday, January 19, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 20, 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. First Floor Meeting Room study space and snacks. Drop in.

ACT Prep: Practice Exam Saturday, February 15 Noon – 4:00 p.m. Join us for a free ACT practice exam offered by College Tutors, Glenview Learning Center. Your score will be provided before you leave, and the session will include guided instruction. Please bring a calculator with you to the exam. Max: 35.


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Contact Us (847) 825-3123 Circulation and Operator (847) 825-3123 Children’s Services (847) 825-4527 Reference & Nonfiction (847) 720-3230 Reader Services (847) 720-3280 Young Adult Loft (847) 720-3286 Library Hours Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m. Library closed January 1.


Children’s and Vintage

Book Sale February 9, 2014 Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Come browse thousands of gentlyused picture books, early readers, collectibles, and more! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Low Vision Support Group


Friday, January 24 and February 21 at 10:30 a.m. If you or someone you care about has limited vision, this group offers an opportunity to share your experiences and obtain helpful information. The featured speaker for January’s meeting will be from the Chicago Lighthouse. For more information, contact Cathy Thompson at 847-720-3382.

Library Trustees Margaret Harrison, President John Benka, Vice President Audra Ebling, Secretary John Schmidt, Treasurer Joseph Egan Charlene Foss-Eggeman Dorothy Hynous Robert Trizna Jerry White Library Director – Janet Van De Carr Editor – Mary Dalton Design & layout – Jill Jablonsky

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Representatives from over twenty area preschools and daycare facilities will assist you in choosing the best setting for your child. Parents can also learn about educational opportunities at museums, dance studios, and other enrichment programs. This event is co-sponsored by the Park Ridge Community Women.

January/February 2014 Park Ridge Public Library Newsletter