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Join us for our Baby/Preschool Fair on Saturday, February 28th from 10:30-2:30!
Learn about different resources for you & your baby in the Alsip area. Explore the library, meet other parents, enter our raffle, & enjoy some refreshments.
Special family program by puppeteer Jeanie McQueenie at noon.
Free & open to the public. For more information, contact Youth Services at 708.371-5666 x140.
Winter Computer Class Schedule
Our current schedule is available on pages 1-2 of the library's winter newsletter. In January and February, the Adult Services Department is offering classes, one-on-one tutorials, and Open Lab time. Contact the Adult Services Information Desk to sign up: 708.926.7024. This program is provided by a "Eliminate the Digital Divide" grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Sunday Hours Changed and Extended
Effective January 1, 2015, the library's Sunday hours will be 1-5 pm year round.
Faxing Services Discontinued
Faxing services have been discontinued as of December 1, 2014.
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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.