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Assigned Summer Reading LIsts
It's not too early to get your assigned summer reading books from the library! For information on Prairie Junior High books, contact the Youth Services Department: 708.371.5666 x 140. For high school selections, please contact the Adult Services Department: 708.926.7024.
New Teen Programs
This summer we have some fun new programs for high school students! Register at the first-floor Information Desk, or call 708.926.7024. Contact us soon, because these sessions are filling up fast!
Bike Locks Available for Checkout
Need a lock while you're bike is parked outside the library? Come to the Patron Services Desk to borrow a bike lock.
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Check out the Gale Virtual Reference Database!The library recently updated our online collection of reference materials to include hundreds of new titles. This is a good source for research material, especially when the library is closed. On the library's homepage, choose the Research Databases tab. Scroll down to Gale Virtual Reference Database, and enter your Alsip-Merrionette Park Library card bar code (beginning with 21145. . . .) You can also access this source on our database computers in Adult Services.
It has pop culture reference sources like recent biographies of Adele and Alicia Keys. If you have to write a position paper, it has material on topics like alcoholism, child abuse, bullying, and teen pregnancy. If you have to write a literary paper, it has Contemporary Authors, Something About the Author, most of the Twayne author series, Shakespeare references, and sources on short fiction. If you are working on a business plan, you can find samples of business plans for similar businesses.
You can search all the sources at once, by subject area, by specific title, or keyword. Once you get to a specific article you have the option to print, email, download, listen (helpful option for someone with dyslexia or a visual impairment), download MP3, or download a pdf to an ereader. You can also have the selection translated into one of 18 different languages.
It’s worth your time to experiment with this database.