Happy Thanksgiving week! The library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen at 9am on Friday, November 28. Have a safe and happy holiday.

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.

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See recent photos of the library's youth and adult programs, and our Monarch butterfly. Click HERE for our library's online photo album, Flickr.

The Morningstar database provides resources to help with your investments.


Morningstar, Inc.
•    is the premier source of unbiased information for thousands of mutual funds
•    is a respected source of information on stocks
•    provides complete reports for approximately 2,000 funds and 1,000 stocks  
•    issues reports twice a month on a five-month schedule  
To access Morningstar:
•    go to www.alsiplibrary.info
•    select Research Databases
•    scroll down to Morningstar, and enter your Alsip-Merrionette Park Library card number (2114500...)

For additional information or assistance, contact Adult Services at 708.926.7024.