Posted: Monday, March 13

Having time off for spring break is great, but sometimes it can be tricky to find ways to fill up your days. If you're searching for something to do, swing by the Library for these special spring break events!

Family Film: The BFG
Monday, March 27, 1:00-3:00pm, Auditorium​

Kick off spring break with a free family movie! A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. Rated PG

Games Outside the Box (All Ages)
Tuesday, March 28, 2:30-4:00pm, Youth Services Activity Room

Want to challenge yourself? Stop by and show us what you can do with our tech toys and games. Perfect for gamers, techies, engineers, and out-of-the-box thinkers of all ages.

Yoga Storytime (Grades 1-4)
Wednesday, March 29, 2:00-3:00pm, Youth Services Activity Room

A good spring break needs some relaxation time, so kick back and relax for an hour with fun yoga stories and a guided meditation. Bring a towel if you can. Registration is required.

Toddler Drive-In Movie
Friday, March 31, 2:00-3:00pm, Pollak Room

Even toddlers can get in on the spring break festivities! We'll decorate box cars, and watch a short movie afterward. Bring your car home to continue the fun! Registration is required.

Posted: Wednesday, March 1
Four Northbrook residents will take the stage at the Northbrook Public Library’s live TEDx event on Saturday, May 20 and present their own original TEDx Talks to the community.
• Steve DeLuca (pictured far right)
DeLuca is a full-time firefighter for the Northbrook Fire Department and a cancer survivor. DeLuca has completed 24 marathons, including 15 consecutive Chicago Marathons. He has been interviewed about his experience battling cancer on CNN, WLS, WGN, and other venues.
• Courtney Fong (pictured far left)
Fong is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Castle Creek Arbitrage LLC, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Law at IIT Chicago-Kent Colege of Law. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and serves on the Board of Directors of the NAPABA Law Foundation. 
• Stephen Packard (pictured center right)
Packard has worked with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, the Illinois Nature Conservancy, and the Audubon Chicago Region throughout his extensive experience in prairie and oak woodland restoration. He has taught conservation policy and ecology at Northwestern University and has helped organize many initiatives to preserve local wilderness.
• Lauren Schifferdecker (pictured center left)
A Northbrook native, Schifferdecker is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and works as licensed clinical professional counselor. She is also the founder and clinical director of the Inspire Counseling Center. 
As of March 1, registration for the live TEDx event is open for valid Northbrook Library cardholders. Registration will open for everyone on April 1. Learn more about the live TEDxNorthbrookLibrary event and register here.
Posted: Tuesday, February 28
career searchWhen you’re searching for a new job, chances are you turn to a relative or a friend to help you through the process. But did you know you can also turn to the Northbrook Public Library? Whether you want to improve your skills, investigate a new career path, learn how to reformat your resume, or practice for your job interview, we’re here to help.

Our Programs

On Monday, March 20 at 6:00pm, jobseekers are invited to attend How to Rock Your Resume, Nail Your Interview & Climb the Ladder, a free workshop that will explain how to improve your resume and boost your interviewing skills to help you get the job you want. No registration required!

Technology Classes

We offer a wide variety of free technology classes that can help you build a variety of skills. We offer basic, intermediate, and advanced classes on the various Microsoft Office programs like Word and Excel, as well as classes on using LinkedIn and Windows 10. We have also started offering introductory coding classes.  Registration is required for all of our technology classes; we encourage everyone to check back frequently to see what we’re offering and register for your spot.

Learn by Appointment

In addition to our technology classes, we also offer one-on-one help sessions to help get your career search started. In these sessions, we can help you set up a profile on LinkedIn or other career sites, guide you through our online resources, or give you an introduction to Microsoft Word. To set up a 30-minute session, please call the Reference Desk at 847-272-4873.

Our Online Resources

Build Your Skills

If your skills are feeling a bit rusty, resources like or Atomic Training can help you get back on track. and Atomic Training both offer self-paced video tutorials on a wide range of subjects, such as web development, communication skills, graphic design, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, video creation, and so much more. Both of these online resources are free with your Northbrook Public Library card, so explore each of them to determine which one will help you gain the skills you need for the job you want. 

Resume and Interview Help

When you’re ready to prepare for your career search, Brainfuse JobNow is an invaluable tool. With Brainfuse JobNow, you can practice interviewing with a job coach, download resume templates and receive expert feedback, and discover job listings online. Like the rest of our online resources, you can use Brainfuse JobNow for free with your Northbrook Public Library card.

Our Collection

In our Reference Department, you’ll find a collection of career resource books that you can use to learn more about jobs that interest you. We have the complete Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance, along with the Occupational Outlook Handbook and several books on college and graduate programs.
With these books, you’ll also find helpful information to connect you to job opportunities and other job seekers. We offer a list of local career centers, job clubs, and networking groups near Northbrook, as well as a list of job search websites. We also post the calendar of events for the Career Resource Center in Lake Forest, which offers free networking events and other programs to help you get your career search on track.
For more information about how the Library can help you during your job search, please visit our Reference Department on the second floor.
Posted: Monday, February 27

Broaden your horizonsNow that Winter Reading Club has officially come to a close, we are happy to announce that Spring Listening & Viewing Club has begun! From March 1 to May 31, Spring Listening & Viewing Club participants can earn chances to win prizes by watching movies and listening to music and audiobooks.

Sign up in the MultiMedia department to pick up your logand get started. If you are one of the first 300 participants, you’ll receive a special sign up gift for joining Spring Listening & Viewing Club. Once you have signed up, any movie, audiobook, or album you check out from the Library’s collection—including audiobooks and movies found on downloadable services like Hoopla or My Media Mall—counts as an entry on your listening and viewing log.

All club participants are eligible for weekly drawings, as well as entries to win the Grand Prize, so make sure you stop by the Library often!

Posted: Thursday, February 16

Spring is right around the corner, which means warmer temps and greenery are returning soon. At the Library, we're getting into the spirit of the season with these upcoming programs:


Rachel Carson, author of Silent SpringRachel Carson and the Birth of the Modern Ecology Movement

Saturday, March 4, 2017
2:00-3:30pm, Auditorium
Rachel Carson—marine biologist, conservationist, one of the best nature writers of the 20th century—comes to life at the Library! Award-winning actress and scholar Leslie Goddard will portray Carson as she discusses her childhood love of the living world. This event is being cosponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Fresh documentary poster

Fresh - Documentary & Discussion

Monday, March 13, 2017
7:00-9:00pm, Auditorium
Do you know how your food is produced? Join us to watch a free screening of Fresh, a documentary that outlines our current food system, explores ways to produce healthy and organic food, and celebrates the people who are reinventing our food system. Northbrook Farmers Market president Dale Duda will discuss the role of Northbrook’s market as part of a healthy food system in a short talk and Q & A following the film. This event is being cosponsored by the Northbrook Farmers Market.

Art by Alisa Singer

The Art of Climate Change

Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00-8:30pm, Pollak Room
Science and art come together in this discussion of climate change, hosted by local artist Alisa Singer and Loyola professor Nancy Tuchman.


Have our upcoming events inspired you to learn more? Our Green Team has plenty of book recommendations, green living ideas, and more on their blog!

Posted: Tuesday, February 7

by Susan Wolf, Reference Manager

I have a confession to make: I have fallen for a fake news story. Recently, I saw a post on my Facebook feed that falsely claimed a celebrity visited a town I used to live in. It only took me a minute to realize that the story was fake, but the experience made me realize just how easy it is to be fooled by an unreliable source. 

What does it mean to achieve information literacy in today’s society? At the Library, we are always striving to provide broad and free access to information while at the same time promoting “information literacy.” Information literacy is the ability to find and use information and to judge the quality of the information found.

A recent information literacy study by Stanford University found that students had a difficult time identifying news stories from paid advertisements. It may be no surprise, then, that fake news stories, or news stories that are have been written with the intent to deceive, have gone viral on social media. 

Another challenge to information literacy is understanding bias. Here in the Library, we carefully select sources based a number of factors, including reliability. However, this does not mean that all of the sources at the Library are completely without bias. Bias always exists. As consumers of information, it is up to us to be aware of an author's bias and to judge the source accordingly.

These challenges to information literacy are not new, however. Today, we have access to more information than ever before. While this may offer us a great convenience, we face an even greater challenge of navigating information and evaluating sources. While information literacy is a responsibility we all share, librarians are specially trained to evaluate sources and to instruct others in accessing information. Together, we can navigate this great expanse of information and ensure that our community achieves information literacy.

Posted: Monday, January 9
MeetupIf you've been eager to share your hobby with people like you, we have a one-word solution: Meetups! A meetup is a casual get-together for people who share similar interests, where you can exchange tips and tricks and share projects and ideas. In January, we're hosting 3 awesome meetups to help you connect with people who love the same things you do.
Whether you’ve been to one of our meetups before or you’re new to the meetup scene, everyone is welcome! Plus, since there’s no registration required to come to any of our meetups, you can stop by any time/

Needlework Meet Up (Ages 13-Adult)

Tuesday, January 10, 6:30-7:30pm, Reference Department
Meet up with other crafters and share ideas as you work on your own projects. Be sure to bring your own materials! While this is not a class, our staff will be on hand to discuss different types of crafting and guide self-directed work.

Podcasting Meetup

Thursday, January 26, 6:30-8:00pm, Pollak Room A
Interested in podcasting? Amateurs and experts alike are welcome to join our podcasting discussion group and share their ideas and advice. We’ll meet on the last Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars now!

Maker Meetup

Tuesday, January 31, 6:30-8:00pm, Pollak Room
Calling all makers and DIY-ers: come share your projects and skills! Low- and hi-tech makers are invited to join our Maker Meetup, which will meet on the last Tuesday of every month. At each meeting, we’ll do a very brief intro on a piece of technology or project, followed by at least one hour of time to meet other Makers and share tips and advice.
Posted: Monday, January 2
Happy New You
Whether you made a New Year’s resolution to improve your life or are interested in forming constructive, positive habits, you’ll love these upcoming events in January and February!

Staying Positive in a Negative World

Thursday, January 12, 7:00-8:30pm, Pollak Room
Jump-start your way to a more positive attitude! Join motivational coach Tom Kens as he shares ten fundamentals for a healthier, happier life.

Embrace the New Year with Meditation

Saturday, January 21, 10:30-11:45am, Pollak Room
In this fast-paced world, inner peace can seem elusive. Lifelong meditator Michael Ribet will teach strategies to reduce stress and create a healthier, more positive lifestyle.

Postpone Procrastination Now

Thursday, February 2, 7:00-8:30pm,Pollak Room
Gain tools and techniques to help avoid the stresses and guilt associated with procrastination. Certified DreamBuilder Coach Tom Wendt will help participants live a more engaging life by promoting action and forward movement in this interactive session.

Laughter Yoga

Sunday, February 12, 2:00-3:00pm, Pollak Room
Yoga is known to be a great stress reliever, but have you ever heard of Laughter Yoga? Prolonged voluntary laughter is thought to provide the same psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter, and Laughter Yoga puts voluntary laugher to good use. Learn more about Laugher Yoga and its benefits from certified instructor Ellen Klein.
Posted: Thursday, December 22

We have something for every kind of gamer, whether you love traditional board games, nostalgic video games, or even playing games on your phone.

New Board Game Collection

Board Game CollectionWe are excited to announce that you can now check out board games from the Library! Our new collection features strategy games like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride. To check out a board game, visit our Reader Services department on the third floor.

On Sunday, January 8, we’re hosting an Adult Board Game Collection Demo where you can get to know the games in our collection. Plus, you can learn from the experienced gamers from Pastimes Comics & Games, who will offer tips and hands-on instructions. Registration is required.


Tecmo Bowl Tournament

Tecmo BowlDo you remember playing Tecmo Bowl on NES? Relive the classic Nintendo videogame at our first ever Tecmo Bowl Tournament on Sunday, February 19!

As you compete, your game will be projected on the big screen. The winner of this bracketed tournament will receive a prize, and snacks are fair game to all who attend. Space is limited, so register for your spot today.  


Let’s Play Brain Games

BrainHQIf you want to boost your attention span and brain speed, you’ll love playing BrainHQ!

BrainHQ is a series of brain exercises created by neuroscientists that are equally fun, challenging, and beneficial. According to a ten year study reported in the Wall Street Journal and the TODAY Show, BrainHQ is also thought to decrease the risk of developing dementia among other brain health benefits like improved reaction time and memory.

You can play BrainHQ games on your computer, or you can download the app and play on your iPhone or iPad (the Android app is currently under development). Your subscription to BrainHQ is free with your Northbrook Public Library card, so create an account and start training your brain!

Posted: Monday, November 28
'Tis the season for Winter Reading Club, and all ages are invited to join! Read or listen to any book you want, and you’ll earn chances to win prizes. You don’t even have to brave the cold to enjoy Winter Reading Club; you can also download eBooks and eAudiobooks to your smartphone or tablet.

Adult Winter Reading Club

December 1-February 28
Earn chances to win gift cards and the Grand Prize—an iPad Mini—for each book you read this winter! When you sign up in the Reader Services department, you’ll receive an insulated lunch bag.

Youth Winter Reading Club (Birth-Grade 12)

December 19-January 31
Sign up in the Youth Services department to earn great prizes and participate in family literacy activities. Prizes provided by the Friends of the Library.

Chicago Wolves Read to Succeed (Grades K-8)

December 19-January 31
School-aged children get double the Winter Reading Club fun this year! Sign up for our first Chicago Wolves Read to Succeed club, and you’ll earn changes to enter weekly drawings featuring Chicago Wolves prizes. Don't forget to mark your calendars for our Chicago Wolves Player Visit on Tuesday, January 24!


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