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3-D Printing at the Library

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.

Literacy tutors needed

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.

Changes to our checkout limits

Unlimited DVD checkouts! More renewals! Our checkout limits have been updated to help you get the materials you want and need. 

A few highlights:

  • Our renewal limit has doubled! Eligible items can now be renewed four times.
  • The maximum number of items that can be checked out has increased to 100.
  • There's no longer a limit on the number of DVDs, magazines and video games you can check out.

Take a look at our borrowing and fees guidelines. 

Fiction, in a flash!

Writing a short story is no easy task. But that’s just what we’re asking you to do in our Flash Fiction Contest this summer. Writers of all ages can submit a short story of 1,000 words or less to our contest. We’ll give out prizes to winners in each age category and feature submissions in a short story collection at the Library.

We caught up with a few teen writers who are entering the contest to see what inspires them and what they’re writing about these days.

Refreshing kidsZone

We’re looking forward to a new look in kidsZone! Painting of the department is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 22. We’re very excited to have bright new colors that will be attractive to families and will freshen up the department.

Here’s the important information you need to know:

A New Website!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website!

Our team has been working on giving you quicker access to essential information, while offering opportunities to discover new resources and services.

Some of our new features include:

  • A mobile-friendly site, so you can find what you need on your smartphone or tablet

  • A refreshed catalog with more relevant results and less clutter

  • Easier programming and events sign up with a more user-friendly interface

Making friends in America

Turkish born Gerard Cakan embarked on his journey toward becoming a U.S. citizen when he moved to the Schaumburg area in March 2016 to marry his girlfriend of three years. He was at the Library reading a flyer on English as a Second Language classes when a librarian told him about the Conversation Club. Out of curiosity, he went over to where the group meets and immediately saw Helen Stewart, community engagement librarian.