News and Information
Book Donations Suspended Through June 1
The library will not be accepting donations from March 10 through June 1. This is due to the high volume of work staff has as a result of our SWAN system-wide library catalog transition. We will resume our acceptance of small scale donations of usable books on June 1. Thank you for your understanding.
Library Closed for Staff Training on March 27
On Friday, March 27, the library will be closed for staff training.
Spring Computer Classes
Take a look at our spring computer class schedule, and brush up on your technology skills! For registration or further information, contact the Adult Services Department at 708.926.7024. Classes are sponsored by an Eliminate the Digital Divide grant from the IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
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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.