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Friday, July 27, 2012

Local Businesses Supporting the Library

Are you looking for a delicious way to support the library? On Monday July 30, 2012, the folks at Buona Beef in Rosemont will donate a portion of their sales to the library. Whether you dine-in, carry out, or go through the drive-thru, bring a copy of this flyer with you and your purchases will help support our programs and services.

Buona Beef aren't our only generous partner in the area. A number of local businesses make special contributions that make the library a little more..special. Here's a quick recap of some recent partnerships:

Back in March, the Muvico Theater in Rosemont donated free tickets for the Hunger Games film premier. Pesche's Flowers, just down the street, provided a seedling planting kit for an Earth Day program. Millennium Bank supports the theme-based giveaways for our Preschool Outreach program.

A number of local businesses helped with our Summer Reading Clubs. Special mention goes to Holy Family Medical Center for supporting the Reading Club Patch program (you have finished your bingo card, right?). The Greek American Restaurant Association provided our great volunteers with t-shirts. At the end of the summer, those same volunteers will feast on pizzas provided by Domino's Pizza.

All of these great local businesses (and more) give that something extra that makes so that we can give you a little something extra too

P.S. Dont' forget to download the Buona Benefit Day flyer!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Changes to the Website

As your Web Services Librarian, I am always updating and improving the website. Sometimes this means making little changes here and there. Sometimes it means making more sweeping changes. Recently, I made a bigger updates and thought I would share them with you.

Making the site faster

It's a bit of a saw that the Internet makes us impatient, but speed does matter online. By streamlining our pages, the site should be about 40% faster. This just makes it easier for you to get around.

One search box (to rule them all)

Although this happened a month or so ago, there is now one search box at the top of the site. You can either search for something (a book, movie, etc) in our library catalog, or search for something on the site. Use the drop down menu to select your preference.

Where's the print button?

One of the first things you might notice is that the "Print this page" button is gone. Now you can simply print the page in your browser and the site's header and navigation disappear, like magic!

How do I?

The drop-down list of options called "How do I?" moved up to the corner. I hope this makes it a little easier to find and use.

Ask a question, make a comment

At the bottom of every page now is a link to the library's contact information. Feel free send you questions or comments about the website, of anything else about the library.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mac Laptops for Teens

You don't have to dress this cool to use an Mac laptop at the Des Plaines Public Library. You just have to be a teen, have a valid photo I.D., and a Des Plaines library card.

We keep the Macs at the 3rd floor desk. Come on up, show us your library card and I.D.. We'll check the laptop out to you (yes, like a book!). We only have a few, so you won't be able to use it forever (though you'll get at least an hour). Also, the Mac will be very, very sad if you leave the library with it!

So, with just yourself, your ID and library card, and a commitment to not making the laptops cry (seriously), you can use one our Macs for research, writing, making videos, and so on. If you have questions, just ask Joanie, the teen librarian, or someone working at the 3rd floor desk in the library.