My third suggestion for enhancing your Library experience is, "Show us some love!"
No, don't send us flowers or a box of chocolates. That's so old school. I'm talking about what the hippest way to our hearts - be friends with us online!
There are several ways you can hang out with DPPL online. Are you on Facebook? You can become a "fan" of the Des Plaines Public Library and share your love with the world. If you are a teen, you can also friend our Teen Advisory Board - just search for them and send in a friend request. Sign up for one or both and we promise we won't harass you with hugs and pokes and the like. We use our Facebook pages to promote what's new and, ahem, give you a place to contact us. It's like a marriage - we won't know you love us (or are mad at us) if we don't talk. So send us notes, leave comments, make suggestions and maybe laugh at our jokes.
If Facebook is not your style, maybe you'd prefer a social networking site that's devoted to books. Check out Shelfari, where you can tell the world what you're reading and publish reviews of your favorites and the ones you wish you'd avoided. Once you've signed up for a free account, you'll want to have some friends, so look for the Des Plaines Public Library group and tell us you'd like to join. Again, no harassment, no extra emails from us. You'll be able to see what we're reading and possibly find that awesome new read that's been eluding you. We'll learn more about what books interest and entice you. That helps us ensure that our collections are serving your needs.
Just another way you can get more out of your public library here in Des Plaines. Check back tomorrow for another tip - and I'll be looking for you on Facebook and Shelfari.