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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.

Genealogy on the small screen

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, or you can find an entire page dedicated to the Library's online genealogy resources.

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.