Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our New Catalog

We are excited to introduce our new online catalog! This new system will give us more opportunities to connect with you, our patrons, and for you to be able to search more of our print and digital collections. Here's what you can expect now and in the upcoming weeks:
  • An easy way to view all of our new materials
  • The ability to search our eBook collections and download them directly
  • An option to start saving your checkout history up to two years back
  • Text yourself a call number

You will still have access to see your checked out items, renew items, and see what you have on hold. You can log in using your same password and your full library card number instead of a username.

There are two drop-down menus for searching: one for what you want to search and another for what you want to search by. For the first choose either Lake Forest Library (default) or All Member Libraries for many area libraries. Look for eBook & eAudiobooks soon! You can also search by keyword, author, title, ISBN, etc. with the next drop-down menu.

Search Results
When you get your search results, you'll see some valuable pieces of information right up front. You will see the title, author, format and availability. Our library will always appear first in bold. To find the item just look next to Lake Forest Library under the Call Number column. If the item is not checked in (Main Level, Upper Level, etc.) you can log in and use the Place Hold button to hold the item for you. If you would like to see if it is in another library, click the View more copies... button below our holdings.

Our New Materials
On the main page you will see a sliding image with our new items. The drop down list will let you choose what type of new items you would like to see and also includes items from the NY Times best sellers list. Alternatively, a full list can be found below under New Items.

Save Your Checkout History
To start saving your checkout history first log in using your library card number and password (default: patron). Next click on My Account at the top. Under the Personal Information tab choose Preferences and check both boxes at the bottom (Show and Record My Checkout History). Now, anything you checkout will appear in the Checkout History category of the Checkouts tab.

Text a Call Number
Want to send the location of a book in our library or another library to your phone? Just click on the Text This To Me button next to the item.
 Put in your phone number and carrier and a text will be sent with the item name, author, and call number!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 11 and Its Place in History

As the tragic events which occurred on September 11, 2001 have receded in the public consciousness, they have become embedded in our nation’s history.  Enough years have passed that school children today have no clear recollection of the attack on the World Trade Center and its aftermath. Children’s writers came out with informative, sensitive books dealing with the events within several years of the terrorist attacks, but children’s fiction writers have rarely used the attacks as subject matter.  They are more likely to write  about characters whose relatives are involved in the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.   If you would like to educate your children about 9/11;  the background of the targets and the stories of bravery and selflessness, here are some recently published books:

 Ground Zero Dogs
 Ground Zero Dogs by Meish Goldish.  Profiles of dogs who performed admirably during the aftermath: guide dogs who led their masters to safety, FEMA dogs performing sniff & rescue, therapy dogs who could provide comfort & cheer to the human workers.

 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy.  Beautifully illustrated picture book tells of the Kenyan Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah who returned to his Masai village after witnessing  the attacks of Sept. 11. He and his people are moved to offer 14 cows, which to them mean life, as gifts to the US  "Because there is no nation so powerful it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort."

 America is Under Attack : the Day the Towers Fell (Actual Times series) by Don Brown. Told in a narrative with quotations from eye witnesses and first responders.  Drawings illustrate the events as they unfold.

 The TwinTowers (A Place in History series) by David Abbott.  Iconic photographs and extensive background on the building of the Twin Towers, the rise of Islamic extremism and Al Qaeda through the  attacks of Sept. 11 to the wars in Iraq  and Afghanistan.  

 War on Terror
  The War on Terror (Secret History series) by Brian Williams.  Informational panels and photographs provide  background on terrorism and terrorists, along with previous attacks.

The World Trade Center

 The World Trade Center (History’s Great Structures) by Adam Woog.  For children who might wonder why the twin towers were targets of Al Qaeda, this book provides information about the building, use, and destruction of the World Trade Center buildings in New York.

 I Survived series
And finally, some fiction:

  The Attacks of September 11, 2001 (I Survived series) by Lauren Tarshis.  Written in response to requests from students during school visits, this story follows Lucas, whose father and family friend work as NYC firefighters.  Lucas is visiting the fire station the morning of Sept. 11 and finds himself caught up in the terrorist attack, witnessing how firefighters and others responded.

 A Long Way Home
  A Long Way Home by Alice Walsh.  Rabia & her family are escaping the brutal rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan and are on their way to the USA when their flight is diverted from NYC to Newfoundland due to the terrorist attacks.  They and other stranded passengers are taken in by the residents of the small community of Gander.  In the middle of world wide tragedy and anxiety, they find unexpected kindness, surprising adventure and the hope that the future can still be bright.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rosetta Stone: Oh! The languages you'll know

You'll be practicing right up!
You'll be speaking without fright!
You'll converse with the native speakers
much to your mutual delight.

One great aspect about Rosetta Stone is how it can foster communication in cross cultural language situations like Lin’s.  Lin’s parents immigrated to New York from China.  Lin has been educated in the US and speaks English, but her parents do not.  This is the global reality in America today.  Lin is using Rosetta Stone to learn both Chinese and Spanish.

And now the top 10 reasons why everyone should use Rosetta Stone:
  1. You want to cross off your bucket list learning to speak Tagalog.
  2. You are auditioning for the role of Hagen in Wagner’s German opera, Götterdämmerung.
  3. You would like to know what the Fabio look-alike seated right in front of you on the Metra is whispering in Italian to his companion.
  4. You have a reservation at Chez Moi, noted on CBS Chicago as one of the top French restaurants in Chicago, and want to impress your date with your command of the French language.
  5. You have finished reading Steig Larsson's trilogy Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and now want to reread it in Swedish, the original language.
  6. You have grown up in Lake Forest and would like to converse in Russian with your relatives in Moscow.
  7. You have been promoted at work and are taking on a new Asia Pacific assignment and want to brush up on your Japanese and Korean.
  8. You aspire to speak Arabic as part of the requirements for being a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State to one of the United Arab Emirates.
  9. You are a lover of spoken languages, fluent in both English and Portuguese and now want to enrich your language experience by learning Hindi.
  10. In all seriousness, learning new languages develops new areas of your mind and strengthens your brain’s natural abilities, as highlighted in the Huffington Post article, Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain.


Enjoy learning languages with Rosetta Stone today.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Staff Recommendations

Our Summer Reading programs may have finished, but there is still time to read before summer ends. If you’re looking for a book to take on vacation, whether it’s a print copy, eBook or audiobook, Lake Forest Library has lots of materials to choose from.  Call (847.810.4610), come in, or browse the catalog to see what’s available. 

Need a recommendation? This summer the Lake Forest Library staff read and listened to over 100 diferent books.  While The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is probably our summer favorite and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd a close second, the list includes other interesting and entertaining titles:

The Bones Beneath by Mark Billingham
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
The Mission at Nuremberg by Tim Townsend
Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Imperative by Eric Lustbader
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nikolas Butler
The Stolen Chalice by Kitty Pilgrim
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

And if you’re staying in Lake Forest, why not sign up for a tour of our new Media Lab?  Reservations required.

Hope to see you soon.