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Apps & Links for Election Day 2012

voteYes, it's easy to watch election results on your TV, however, you can also keep track of what's happening online or with free apps.

Voting Resources 2012

votePreparing to vote on Tuesday? Normally, your trusty librarians turn to Cook County Clerk's site to look up your polling place and other voter info. Due to increased demand, their website is loading slower than usual. In the meantime, you can try either of these alternative options to find your polling place:

  • Search for "voter info" in Google, and a search box pops up @ the top of the page. Fill in your full address, and click on "Get My Info" for your polling place, directions, and more election resources.
  • www.vote411.org offers a simple search box to find your voter info. The site is nonpartisan, and will help you build a personalized ballot so you're prepared when you go to vote.

Need help navigating these resources? Librarians are available to answer your questions in person, by phone, and instant message on our website.

Free Apps From Your Library

Did you know that your library offers a variety of free apps to download? See our current offerings below. While our apps are free, data fees from your carrier may apply.

  • Online Catalog & Library Info - Our main library app lets you search our online catalog, place holds, renew items, look up library info and more. Search for "LibAnywhere" in your app store. You may also view our mobile website without installing the app.
  • eBooks & Audiobooks - Enjoy discovering new books and revisiting classic titles with your mobile device and eMediaLibrary. Download the Overdrive app here or from your app store.
  • Article Search - Search for articles using our EBSCOhost app. Look for "EBSCOhost" in your app store and follow the steps for activation.
  • Data Search - Find business and residential data from ReferenceUSA. For iPad only.
  • Learn a Language - Keep up with your language learning on the go and the Byki app. First, create a Transparent Language account. Search for "Byki" in your app store, and follow the instructions.
  • Worldwide Library Holdings - Worldcat is an online catalog that displays library holdings worldwide. Access their mobile catalog here, and check out a variety of free apps powered by Worldcat.

Librarians are always ready to help you learn how to use your new device @ the Reference Desk. For further info and more ways to utilize your mobile device, see our Mobile Resources page.

Hold Your Own Horror Movie Marathon

Hand popping out of a pumpkinIt's the perfect time of year to turn off the lights, pop in a horror DVD and start a horror movie marathon. Here are plenty of links to inspire your scary selections:

And some not-so-scary movies for kids and adults:

For help finding any of these movies, ask at the Reference Desk. Be sure to check out our horror movie display for classic and new films.

Halloween Mystery & Romance

Murder for HalloweenTrickAre horror tales and ghost stories a little too scary? Try out a Halloween-themed mystery or romance to get in the holiday spirit--without the spirits!

  • All Hallows' Evil by Valerie Wolzien is a cozy mystery featuring suburban housewife Susan Henshaw investigating a murdered talk show host.
  • Bewitching Kittens and Enchanting Kittens are both collections of 3 regency romance stories which also feature kittens.
  • Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense is a collection of 18 haunting stories from authors such as Ed McBain and Marcia Muller. Some of the tales may have horror elements, but as with any story collection, you can skip the ones you don't like and read the others.
  • Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier is a cozy mystery. It's October in Maine and Tinker's Cove is preparing for its annual Halloween festival. As amateur sleuth Lucy Stone is getting her kids ready for the holiday, an arsonist is loose in town. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of Tinker's Cove's oldest house, arson turns into murder.
  • Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain is another cozy mystery. The annual Halloween party in Cabot Cave takes on a real scary tone when a self-proclaimed witch ends up dead in the graveyard. Jessica stirs through a witches' brew of motives--and concocts a scary scheme of her own to make sure the guilty ghoul doesn't get away with murder.

National Friends of Libraries Week 2012

October 21 - 27 marks the national celebration of the Friends of Libraries. Our Friends Group is a non-profit organization that supports the library by providing volunteer services, sponsoring programming and events, and funding library programs. The Friends have a variety of activities planned for this week, and they encourage you to become a Friend, too.

  • All Week: Friends' Membership Drive - Stop by Frank the Friendly Pumpkin's table to sign up
  • Monday - Friday: Scavenger Hunt - Pick up a form from Frank the Friendly Pumpkin
  • Monday: Video Sale - Videos are 2 for 50 cents
  • Friday: Last day to submit your Scavenger Hunt findings!
  • Saturday: Friends Open Meeting / Treats

For more info, email friends@fppld.org.

Enroll in a Spooky Class

jack o'lanternAs Halloween nears, interest in ghosts, hauntings, and the paranormal increases. For thrills and chills, we've loaded our displays with horror movies, horror fiction and materials on Halloween decorations, ghost hunting, vampires, werewolves, zombies and more.

For in-depth information, Universal Class, our collection of free online courses, offers lessons on new age and alternative beliefs. Try learning about Haunted Places, Cryptozoology, Magick Basics, Numerology, Paranormal Investigations or Tarot Cards. Login to Universal Class, and choose "New Age" to find these courses. You will need to create an account, if this is your first time. For help, ask at the Reference Desk or call 847-455-6016, ext. 2

October is Fire Prevention Month

Partners in PreventionThe Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and the Chicago Sun-Times are offering free online resources on fire safety and burn prevention during the month of October. Visit their web page to find a variety of facts, articles, quizzes and a workbook for students/teachers/families about fire safety. Take some time today to learn how you can make preparations to keep you and your family safe.

For more info, adults may want to check out The Complete Idiot's Guide to Disaster Preparedness (613.69 RAM) and Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing & Safety (649.10289 SCH). For stories to read to your children, try Fireboy to the Rescue: a Fire Safety Book by Edward Miller and No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean Pendziwol.

Drum roll, please! Announcing the 2012 Teens Top Ten!

Teens Top Ten logoIn August and September, you told us your favorite YA titles from the past year. After a nationwide vote, here are the winners of the 2012 Teens' Top Ten.

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. Legend by Marie Lu
4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
5. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
10. Abandon by Meg Cabot

Check Out a Watt Detective Kit; Save Energy & Money

a young detectiveWe're partnering with ComEd to offer Watt Detective kits, which include an electricity meter and a booklet (in English and Español). Plug the meter into an outlet, and then plug in your appliance. Use the booklet to determine if your appliance is energy-efficient and find ways to save energy and money at home. You can also discover:

  • The operating costs of various appliances, such as refrigerators, TVs, computers, etc.
  • High-energy use appliances
  • Potential savings of using certain appliances less frequently
  • Potential savings of replacing older appliances with energy-efficient models
  • How much energy appliances use even when switched off

Watt Detective kits can be checked out for two weeks, and four are available at the Reference Desk. For more info on energy efficiency in your home, try the The Home Energy Diet and The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook.


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