What's Up at the Library?
Are you preparing for the ACT or SAT tests? Maybe you want to change careers and need to take tests to get your real estate license or become a paramedic. Or maybe you just want to brush up on math skills. You can do all of this and much more with the Learning Express Library, a new database on our web site under Research. It has practice exams ranging from 4th-grade achievement tests to AP exams and college entrance tests. There are licensing and certification practice tests for 13 different careers, GED preparation and the citizenship test. Tests offer instant scoring so you know immediately how well you did. In addition, there are courses to help you review and learn skills related to the tests. The Learning Express Library is available to A. H. cardholders. Use from home or in the Library.
Date and time: Friday, October 16, 4 - 6 p.m. Location: Kids' World and Lindsey Room Celebrate the famous picture book turned movie, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Activities include a scavenger hunt and craft. Join us in the Lindsey Room at 5:30 p.m. for a wild rumpus! For ages 5 - 8. Just drop in; there's no registration.
Date and time: Wednesday, October 7, 2 - 4 p.m. Location: Hendrickson Room South There are many types of libraries that could help you with your family history research. Learn about the different types and the genealogical materials they hold. Two genealogy librarians will discuss how to “research” a library before you go and what to do once you get there. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Need help with math homework? How about English, science or social studies? You can get free one-to-one help from a certified tutor, in English or Spanish, through the Tutor.com Learning Suite on our web site, from 2–9 p.m. every day. Everyone from kindergarten to adults can use it, because it now includes assistance with college courses, the citizenship test, GED prep, proofing your writing and resume reviews. When a live tutor is not available, you can use their StudyCenter which has thousands of worksheets, tutorials and study guides in a variety of subjects. You can link to it from the Kids' page, Teen page and on the Jobs and Careers page. An A.H. library card is required.
Date and time: Saturday, October 17, 10 - 11 a.m. Location: Training Center Be prepared for the future of investment information. If you have always used our print investment resources in our Business Center, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with their online equivalents. More and more publishers are migrating to an exclusively online format, and this trend will probably continue. While we currently subscribe to most of these sources in print, we are concerned that you will only be able to access them online in the near future. Come to this class and learn how to use Value Line Research Center online, which is available on the Library's web site. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Venture into an aardvark den, and master a mythical maze. Come face to face with a human-headed winged bull, and sit peacefully in a Japanese garden. Your pass to these adventures, and many more, is available in Kids' World. The Macy's Museum Adventure Pass offers free admissions and other benefits to suburban museums and cultural attractions. This special opportunity is made possible by Macy’s in partnership with the North Suburban Library System. Check out all the details, including which institutions are participating.
Consumer Lab is a new database that you can use to evaluate vitamins, herbs, and supplements that are not regularly tested by government organizations. In addition to product reviews, Consumer Lab contains the Natural and Alternative Treatments encyclopedia as well as announcements about product recalls and warnings. Use Consumer Lab to learn about everything from nutrition bars to Omega-3 fatty acids, multivitamins, memory enhancers, and more. Consumer Lab is available on our Research page; either click on View Databases by Subject and select Health and Medical, or click on View Databases A-Z.
Date and time: Monday, September 14, 7:30–9 p.m. Location: Training Center Are you looking for information about diseases, disorders, drugs and doctors? Are you interested in learning which hospitals are ranked the best? We'll show you some of the best sources for medical information. Register online or at the Reception Desk, 874-392-0100.
Free computer and Internet classes begin in September. Pick up a brochure at the Welcome Desk, the Answer Center or the Reception Desk on the second level or check the program calendar online to get complete information about the new series of classes. You can register online or at the Reception Desk, 847-392-0100.
Did you know that the Library subscribes to 990 different magazines, newspapers and newsletters? And that you can check out back issues? Many of the current issues are in the News Stand near the café on the first floor, and back issues are in the Shackley Room on the second floor. If you see a current magazine you like, you can reserve it, and we'll let you know when it is available. It can be checked out for one week and renewed twice. Take a look at our newest magazines or check out the complete listing.