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Join the Friends of the Library!
Show your support for the library by joining our friends group! Membership forms and dues can be submitted at the Patron Services Desk.
Music Streaming with New, Improved Freegal
With your Alsip-Merrionette Park Library card, you can now stream several hours of music on Freegal --in addition to downloading three mp3 songs per week. On the library's homepage, click on the "Downloads/Ebooks" tab and you'll find the link to Freegal. Freegal is also a available as an app, with your 21145 . . . library card. For assistance, contact the Adult Services Department at 708.926.7024.
Job Seeker Training
Sign up for a hands-on class, Job Searching Online, on Thursday, November 5 from 6:30-8pm. Registration is required: 708.926.7024. We also have a Job Seeker bulletin board, located near the first-floor Copy Center (to the left when you come in our front door.) Additional information is available on our Job Seeker Resources web page, under the "Adults" tab.
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.