On March 26, we will be upgrading our Integrated Library System (ILS) to Sierra. The Integrated Library System is the software that powers the library. It includes everything from the back-end software used by the staff to the online catalog and your online patron account. Sierra comes with a lot of exciting new features that will make your library service even better--and we can't wait to tell you all about it! As we near the transition date, we will have more information available on using this new system.
Upgrading our ILS is a substantial project. Our goal is a smooth transition with minimal interruption of service. However, there are several points during the transition where certain library services may be temporarily affected. Please click here for more detailed information about what to expect in the next few weeks.
Other Library News
The 28th Annual Phyllis Fox Memorial Writing Contest and the 28th Annual Bookmark Design Contest
Pick up your entry forms for these two contests beginning Saturday, March 1.
The Phyllis Fox Memorial Writing Contest is open to children in grades 1 through 8. Children can
write a short story on any subject they wish. First Place winners will receive $25 gift card.
The Bookmark Design Contest is open to children in grades K through 8. Children can design a
bookmark on the theme of reading and/or books. First Place winners will receive 100 professionally
printed copies of their winning entries. All winning entries will be available for patrons at the library.
- * We are now accepting entries for the Phyllis Fox Memorial Writing
Contest electronically! For further information see the contest form or
ask in the Children's Department.
- * Entries for both contests are due no later than Wednesday, March 19
- * Winners will be announced Monday, April 14 at 10:00am
- * An award presentation ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 14 at
7:00pm at Blair Park Recreation Center
- * Visit the Children's Department for complete details!
More eBooks--Coming Soon!
We are pleased to announce that we will be doubling our budget for eBooks and eAudiobooks for the 2014-2015 fiscal year! Beginning in May, the library will use additional funds to add more titles every month and purchase additional copies of popular items. If you're new to eBooks and eAudiobooks, there's no better time to start learning! Check out our eBook/eAudiobook page for more information or give us a call to set up a tutorial.
Friends of the Lake Bluff Library Book Drive
Drive your old books and textbooks to the library this spring*! Rather than tossing those old titles aside, give them to the Friends of the Lake Bluff Library and we'll donate them to Better World Books, an online bookseller that donates a portion of each sale to high-impact literacy projects and the Lake Bluff Library! On Saturday, May 3rd, and Sunday, May 4th, during library hours, bring your books to the library Spruth room to donate. The west side door will be open to take your donations. Tax letters will be available. If you need assistance with your books, volunteers will be available to pick-up your books. A limited number of pick-up times are available; please call the library to reserve your pick-up time.
If you would like to volunteer during this event, please email Linda Schwartz at email@example.com or call the library at 847-234-2540.
*Books and textbooks only, please. Encyclopedias and other reference materials are unable to be accepted.
Help Us Test Our New Website!
The library is looking for a few volunteers* to help us test our new website.
If you are interested in helping us, send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org!*Not all volunteers will be selected for testing.
When Women Played Baseball
Tuesday, March 11 at 1:30pm
Register to Attend
In 1934, three teenage girls (one from Illinois, one from Indiana, and one from West Virginia) played hardball on the last traveling bloomer girl baseball team. Their stories include abandonment, loss at sea, early triumphs, world war, and always, baseball. Margaret, Nellie, and Rose came from different backgrounds and had different reasons for playing baseball. When the season was over, they followed different paths -- but playing baseball profoundly affected their lives and even helped determine their careers. This talk, accompanied by slides, will leave audiences deeply moved and amazed.
Divergent Release Party
Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 pm
Teens, come join us and get excited
about the movie release of one
of our favorite books! Take a
quiz to find out what faction
you're in, discuss your favorite
aspects of the books, and test
your knowledge with some
trivia. One lucky teen will win
a gift certificate to the movie
theater to go see Divergent!
Mad Hatters Return!
Saturday, March 15 at 11:00am
All ages can join us for
this fast-paced, exciting
program sponsored by
the Junior League of
Chicago. The Mad Hatters tell
stories and sing songs to
The Health Insurance Marketplace
Visit our Affordable Care Act information page for resources on purchasing health insurance and finding more information from official sources. Please be aware that insurance is only purchased through offical Marketplace sites and not through the library information page.