If you liked: Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom
If you liked: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer. Without her knowledge, scientists took her cells and her cells are still alive today, even though she has been dead for more than sixty years. Henrietta’s cells were used to develop the polio vaccine, for studies in cancer and for other scientific breakthroughs. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably linked to the history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics and legal battles.
On Oct. 1, 1919, Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte hit Cincinnati’s leadoff hitter Morrie Rath in the back with his second pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Fans immediately sensed something was amiss. The Sox eventually lost that first game 9-1 and went on to lose the series.
Read our 2016-2017 Annual Report for a roundup of Library services, including our major renovation that created The Commons and our brand new website.
By the numbers:
- 2,674,211 items checked out
- 1,014,833 visitors at all locations
- 529,560 questions answered
- 13,059 items delivered to homes and community locations
- 10,601 kids at storytime
Watch the Library's genealogist Tony Kierna in his TV debut on Schaumburg Heartbeat, a local show produced, directed and hosted by Schaumburg senior citizens.
Tony offers tips and insights to help with your genealogy efforts, whether you're just starting your family history search or are a seasoned researcher.
Need more help? Email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can find an entire page dedicated to the Library's online genealogy resources.
Still have your eclipse glasses? Don't throw them away - donate them here!
Though Sept. 3 we'll have a bin in the Commons. We're sending the glasses off to Astronomers Without Borders, which will pass them on to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019.
Watch our 3-D printer in action as it creates pinhole projectors to view the solar eclipse!
From Monday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 18, the Library's 3-D printer will be on display in The Commons. Approximately 15 pinhole projectors will be printed. Stop by, enter our drawing, and you could win one to take home!
Want to print your own 3-D project? Fill out a request form.
Volunteer as a literacy tutor and make a difference!
The District 214 Community Education Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer program offers free one-on-one tutoring to adult learners.
New tutor training will be Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. You must only attend one date.
For more information, visit D-214's Read to Learn website or call (847) 718-7724.
Annie Miskewitch is enthusiastic about library services, has worked in libraries for two decades, and is excited about using her passion and experience in the role of deputy director at Schaumburg Library - a position she filled in June.