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LIBRARY NOTES from June 27, 2013

Chicago Ridge
  The Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.
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  The library will hold Intermediate Computers from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, June 28. Learn to work with files, folders, and back up your data. Beginning computers or mouse skills required. Registration and payment of $5 fee must be done in person.

Evergreen Park
  The Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522
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  The Read to a Teen program for children in kindergarten through second grade will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1. Teens will encourage children to develop a reading habit. Children will have the opportunity to read aloud and play a reading game. Each participating child will get a new book with every visit. Registration required.
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  A crochet club for teens and adults will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 13. Beginners should bring an H/8 crochet hook; yarn will be provided. Non-beginners should bring a current project. Registration required.
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  Children in fifth grade and under are invited to an interactive sing-a-long showing of “The Wizard of Oz” at 2 p.m. Friday, June 28. Each child will receive a free Perform-Along Fun Pack with bubbles, a whizzer, and other fun props to use during the movie. Attendees may dress as a “Wizard of Oz” character. Registration required.
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  Children in fifth grade and under are invited to a book swap at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29. Bring gently-used books with covers, all pages intact and minimal markings.
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  Pokémon Club for youths in fifth grade and under will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29. Bring a Nintendo DS, games and trading cards. Registration required.
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  The library will be closed on Sundays until Sept. 8.
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  The library is accepting donations of hardcover books, paperbacks, music CDs, videos and DVDs. Magazines, encyclopedias and textbooks are unacceptable.
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  The library is accepting applications for exhibits at its Mini Maker Faire to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The event will celebrate the do-it-yourself mind set by showcasing various projects in a show-and-tell format. Submit projects at evergreenparklibrary.org.
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  Hot summer nights adult dance lessons are from 7 to 9 p.m. every Mondays through July 1 at Jacob’s Well, 3450 W. Maple St. Instructors from Dancemates Educational Arts will teach party line, East Coast swing, and American-style ballroom dances. Singles and couples are welcome. Registration and a $10 per person fee are required.
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  The library booth at the Evergreen Park Farmers Market will be offering samples of strawberry shortcake, strawberry recipes and strawberry themed stories and crafts from 10 to 11 a.m. at the market, 89th Street and Kedzie Avenue.

Green Hills
  The Green Hills Public Library is at 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The phone number is 598-8446.
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  The library is seeking teen volunteers to help with tis Summer Reading Program. Parental permission is required and volunteers must be at least 13 years old. Sign up at the library. For more information contact Youth Services at 598-8446, Ext. 117.
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  The library offers IndieFlix. Get unlimited access to Award-winning independent movies, shorts, documentaries, and web series that can be viewed on a home computer or portable device. Go to greenhillslibrary.org to start streaming free movies.
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  The library offers books for parents and teachers to borrow for a three-week period. Resources may be helpful for lesson planning and obtaining creative ideas. Books are in the Youth Services Department.
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  The library will present the foreign film “The Kid with a Bike” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27. This drama of a young boy trying to reunite with his father was premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was co-winner of the Festival’s grand prix. Refreshments will be served. An AMC gift card will be raffled. Registration required.
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  The library is collecting Legos to be used in a Lego club that will begin this summer. Bring donations to the library.
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  The library offers the eBook platform 3M Cloud Library, and has a touch-screen Discovery Station where patrons can browse and checkout eBooks. Cloud eBooks can be read on most eReaders, computers, tablets and smart phones. Check out a 3M eReader at the circulation desk. Visit greenhillslibrary.org to get started.
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  The library has an eBook service, Axis 360, through which users can download bestselling eBooks for as many as 21 days directly onto a device using the Blio software application. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Place holds on items that are checked out. Service is only available to Green Hills cardholders. To start browsing visit http://ghpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com. For more information call 598-8446.
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  The library is collecting first-person accounts of stories of military service to be donated to the Veteran History Project of the Library of Congress. The library is seeking photos, memoirs, and wartime diaries from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Call 598-8446 for more information.
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  The library offers Freegal Music, a downloadable music service that provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog. The catalog offers hundreds of thousands of songs in more than 100 genres of music.
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  The library’s Media on Demand program enables patrons to download best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music and video. No late fees. Works include best-selling novels, well-known classics and self-improvement guides. For more information visit mediaondemand.org.
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  The library has a scanner available to the public. Pictures, documents, etc., can be scanned and sent to an email, printer or USB device.
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  The library offers TumbleBooks!, a collection of animated talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation). Visit greenhills.lib.il.us or call 598-8446, Ext. 117, for more information.

Oak Lawn
  The Oak Lawn Library is at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. The phone number is 422-4990.
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  Donate gently-used books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale at the Oak Lawn Public Library. The Friends will not accept Readers Digest condensed books, encyclopedias and older text books. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Reception Booth to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost five cents each. Audio visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond their regular budget.
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  The library will offer a trip to the Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park in Chicago at 4:30 p.m. July 7 to listen to “A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration,” during which the Grant Park Orchestra will perform songs from “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “Oklahoma,” “Showboat,” “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific.”
  There is a two-ticket limit per person. The cost is $15 per trip. Trips are not wheelchair accessible.
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  The library sponsors three adult writers groups that meet year-round. A general interest group meets from 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Writers interested in screen-writing meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Budding children’s authors meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Thursday each month. Meetings include readings, critiques and writing exercises. New members are welcome anytime. No registration required.
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  The library is holding summer reading programs for children and adults. Children from preschool to eighth grade are invited to participate in “Dig Into Reading,” which will run through Aug. 3. Prizes, weekly crafts and contests will also be part of the program. Residents and children who attend Oak Lawn schools will be allowed to register for special programs with their library card. High school students will be able to participate in a “Beneath the Surface” program For every 300 pages a student reads or listed to, he or she will receive a raffle ticket to apply towards the gift basket of his or he choice. When a student reaches 1,800 pages, he or she will receive a pop culture button. For every 300 pages a student reads after 1,800 pages, students can enter additional raffles. Prizes include autographed books, a comic book fan basket, and more. Adults are able to read at their own pace through the “Dig into Reading” program. For every 300 pages read, adults can apply a raffle ticket to the gift basket of their choice. For every 600, they will receive two tickets, and so on. When 1,800 pages are read, adults will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks or the library’s BookWorm Café. Prize basket drawings will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6.
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  The library would like to add photos of patrons reading or listening to library books to the library’s Pinterest page, pinter est.com/OakLawnPL. Send photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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  Artist Kevin Luthardt is painting a mural in the Youth Services Department. Luthardt, the author and/or illustrator of eight picture books for children, has created more than 50 large-scale murals in schools, libraries and many other venues. The “Imagination” themed mural will be complete by the end of May. Patrons are encouraged to visit the library to watch the transformation take place on the wall closest to the Raymond Avenue entrance.
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  Donate your “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library ongoing book sale. The Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and older text books. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Reception Booth to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation.
  The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost five cents each. Audio visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond their regular budget.
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  The library now offers movie check-out for free. Check-out periods are seven days with no renewals. Oak Lawn residents may check out up to 10 films at a time.
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  The library offers “Temporary Online Patron Registration.” Fill out a registration form at oak lawnlibrary.org/librarycards2.shtml, and visit the Circulation Desk within 14 days to receive a permanent card. Proof of residency in Oak Lawn is required.
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  The library has the newest and most popular titles and resources in its collection of eBooks, Blu-Ray and DVDs (movies and TV series), CDs for a range of music interests, and hard copy books. The library also has a language learning program and databases. During September, new library card-holders will add a leaf to the tree in the Cook Avenue foyer and be eligible to enter a drawing for a book of their choice (one child prize and one adult/young adult prize up to $35 value each). Cards are available to Oak Lawn residents at the Circulation Desk. Bring an ID and proof of address.
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  Books, tapes and CDs not found at the library can be requested online from another library. For more information call the Interlibrary Loan department or stop by the Help Desk on the first floor.
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  “Images of America: Oak Lawn” by Oak Lawn Library local history coordinator Kevin Korst contains more than 200 photographs with captions and chapter introductions, and highlights the many aspects of Oak Lawn’s history including Round-Up Days and the 1967 Tornado. The book is available for purchase at the library’s Reception Booth for $21.99 (cash or check). Book sales benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation. A corresponding photo exhibit is on display and features more than 100 historic Oak Lawn images and dozens of artifacts. The display is in the Local History Room on the library’s second floor. For more information contact Korst at 422-4990.
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  The library offers “Accessible Archives,” an electronic resource available at oaklawnlibrary.org. Click on the “Research” tab and select the icon for “Accessible Archives.” The collection features historic periodicals and books and provides eyewitness accounts and editorial observations of events, genealogical records, county histories and Godey’s “Lady’s Book” — a magazine published to entertain, inform and educate women of America. The Civil War collection is noteworthy and presents coverage based on various historical perspectives.
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  The Freegal music service is available on the library’s website, oaklawnlibrary.org. Patrons may download up to three songs a week from the Sony catalog with their library card. Freegal includes millions of songs and requires no software to install. Files that can be played on any device including iPods. For more information visit oaklawnlibrary.org.
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  Recycle “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos by donating them to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale. The Friends will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias or older text books. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the Reception Booth to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost five cents each. Audio visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases beyond the regular budget. For more information call 422-4990 or visit oaklawnlibrary.org.

Worth
  The library subscribes to Zinio, an online magazine stand that enables patrons to read magazines on computers, tablets or phones using web browsers and apps. Must have Worth Library card. Zinio is accessible at worthlibrary.com.
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  The library offers Try-It Illinois, which allows access to 300 free databases from more than 40 vendors. Access Try-It at worthlibrary.com (login and password is available at the library).