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Design a Bookmark

Kids ages 5 to 14 are invited to create an original bookmark based on our Summer Challenge theme: Make a Better World.

Pick up a contest form at the kidsZone Desk, or at one of the branch libraries in Hoffman Estates or Hanover Park.

Return the form by Friday, May 11.

Winning bookmarks will be featured during our Summer Challenge. One entry per child. 

Like This? Try That

If you liked A Brief History of Time by Stephen W. Hawking Stephen W. Hawking (1942-2018), widely regarded as the most brilliant physicist since Albert Einstein, discusses in a friendly and self-deprecating manner the age-old questions about the origin and fate of the universe. Difficult concepts are made simple by Hawking's familiar, accessible prose.

Apply to be a Student Trustee

We're looking for two young people to join our board as Student Advisory Trustees.

You must be between ages 15 to 20 with a current Schaumburg Library card. The top applicants will be invited to interview and then two SATs will be chosen from those candidates. 

These positions are non-voting, but the SATs are allowed to participate in discussions. The term runs from Sept. 1, 2018 – Aug. 1, 2019.

Apollo 13 Reads

“Okay, Houston – I believe we’ve had a problem here.”

These are the first words from astronaut John “Jack” Swigert to Mission Control, 56 hours into the Apollo 13 mission to the Moon. An oxygen tank exploded in the Service Module and astronauts Swigert, James Lovell and Fred Haise transferred into the Lunar Module and began their perilous return trip to Earth.

Homework help at the Library

Stumped by your math homework? Prepping for the ACTs? Looking for feedback on your essay? Don’t worry, we have a tool for that!

Brainfuse HelpNow is a comprehensive suite of online learning assistance tools. The best part? You can use it for free with your Schaumburg Library card.

“HelpNow is a real life-saver for so many teens,” says Teen Librarian Dan Schnepf. “We often recommend the live tutoring for students who need a little extra help with homework.”

Like This? Try That

If you liked The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

As a child, Walls’ mother left her family to pursue the life of a free spirit. When Walls’ father was sober, he was brilliant and charismatic, teaching his children and encouraging their imagination. But drunk, he was destructive. Pulling together, the children learned to care for themselves – feeding, clothing and protecting one another. Even as the children prospered, their parents chose homelessness over family. This is a memoir of resilience and redemption.

Digitizing the Past

Linda Swan’s home movie from a 1972 trip to Norway has been brought into the Digital Age.

Shot on Super 8 film, Linda no longer has to worry about deterioration over time – or her projector breaking – because she’s converting her movies at the Library.

“We have movies from when I was a kid, movies from the ‘50s through the ‘90s,” Linda said. “What I’m finding is that even though they’re old, they transfer beautifully.”