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!
Posted: Friday, October 21

Have you ever stopped to wonder just how much food you’re tossing in the trash? According to a recent paper published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans are throwing away approximately $165 billion in food each year, which amounts to about 40% of food in the U.S. On Saturday, November 12, Go Green Northbrook and the Northbrook Public Library are bringing a national issue to local attention with the first ever Food Waste Fair.

“Most wasted food ends up in a landfill, where it contributes to methane emissions,” said librarian Jill Franklin, one of the coordinators of the Food Waste Fair. “Wasting food also wastes the water, energy, and labor that goes into making that food. We want to get the word out about what you can do to avoid throwing away perfectly edible food."

To help inform the community, Franklin and Go Green Northbrook members Tracey Becker and Tara Wesselink discussed the idea of a food waste symposium, eventually developing the Food Waste Fair, which will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm on November 12.

To kick off the Food Waste Fair, visitors can attend a free screening of the documentary Just Eat It, which explores the humorous story of a Canadian couple who spend six months living off food that would normally be thrown away. The documentary will be screened at 10:00am in the Auditorium.

“We want people to learn just how extensive the food waste problem is. It’s astonishing,” said Franklin. “[The film] does a great job of illustrating the scope of the issue.”

Following the film, visitors can stop by various exhibits and demonstrations to get a hands-on look at what it means to reduce food waste. In addition to exhibits on composting and determining food freshness, visitors can watch a TED Talk on food waste and the short film Not Really Expired, which discusses the truth about food labels. Visitors can also purchase books about food waste from the Book Bin, and can pick up information on the Northfield Food Pantry, Chicago Food Swap, and Go Green Northbrook while strolling through the fair. The exhibits open at 11:00am.

“There are lots of ways to curb food waste at every stage, whether it’s composting, donating food, or simply being smarter about what you buy,” said Franklin. “That’s the hopeful side of all of this. Food waste is a problem that is easy to prevent in resolve in your own home.”

The Library and Go Green Northbrook encourage everyone to attend this free event and take the steps to reduce food waste in the community. There is no registration required to attend the Food Waste Fair.

Posted: Monday, October 17
On Thursday, November 10 at 7:00pm, the Library will host its first ever Book Club Night Out, where literature enthusiasts from local book clubs can share suggestions and stories over dessert while getting recommendations and tips from the Northbrook librarians.
“The evening is designed to be a fun night out where individuals or groups can mix and mingle, share ideas and book titles with other groups, and draw from our expertise in a casual setting,” said librarian Lori Siegel. “We think it will be both enjoyable and beneficial to bring groups together for an evening of sharing ideas.”
The Library hosts several book clubs—some of which Siegel and the co-creator of Book Club Night out, Mike Hominick, lead—and many of the Library’s patrons are also members of personal, local book clubs in addition to the library-sponsored groups. At Book Club Night Out, Siegel says attendees will come away with book lists and other resources to help boost their book clubs.
“We are often asked for suggestions for books to discuss, or for discussion questions and materials to help lead a discussion,” said Siegel. “Book Club Night Out is another way we can help people understand the value [the Library] can add to their book clubs. We hope to have [Book Club Night Out] annual if the first gathering is a success.”
Registration is required to attend Book Club Night Out. Groups are encouraged to register together, but individuals are welcome to register as well.
Posted: Wednesday, October 12

Have you ever wondered what a podcast is, or how you can create your own? Podcasts are similar to radio shows in format, but can be streamed or downloaded at your convenience, so you can listen any time. With the right mix of equipment, instruction, and inspiration, anyone can make their voice heard in their very own podcast, and starting in October, the Northbrook Public Library can provide help with all three.

“Podcasting has really seen a resurgence of popularity and interest in the last few years,” said Cathleen Doyle, Digital Services manager. “Many people want to share their insights or expertise through podcasting, but don't know where to start. That's where the library can help.”

The Library will offer two inaugural podcasting programs in October. On Monday, October 17, aspiring podcast producers will have the chance to learn from two seasoned experts as they share their experience and offer advice on creating and maintaining a meaningful podcast. Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha spent ten years producing NPR’s “Sound Opinions” podcast before working on Michael Ian Black’s “How to Be Amazing” podcast. Linn also produces another beloved NPR podcast, “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” There is no registration required to attend the program, which runs from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Library’s auditorium.

“[Saldanha] and [Linn] have a tremendous amount of experience with popular podcasts,” said Doyle. “Last fall they gave a presentation to a group of librarians, who loved it. They were gracious enough to agree to come to Northbrook when we contacted them.”

Following this discussion, the Library will host a class that covers the technical side of podcasting and gives people hands-on practice with the necessary tools. On Thursday, October 27, the Library will host its first class on creating podcasts using Audacity, an audio editing software. While the October 27 class is currently full, the upcoming December 1 class has a few remaining seats available to those who register, and it is probable that an additional class will be held in February.

“I'm hoping they'll learn enough to feel confident in starting or improving their own podcast after the class,” said Doyle.

The Library’s new podcasting programs coincide with the opening of the new Digital Media Lab, which will officially open for use on Tuesday, October 25. To create the Digital Media Lab, the Library transformed one of the private computer rooms on the second floor by installing sound-absorbing tiles and equipping the room with essential podcasting tools.  The lab has an iMac, a microphone, headphones, and editing software like Logic Pro, Audacity, iMovie, the Adobe Creative Suite, and more.

“We have always had the Adobe Creative Suite on our MacBooks, but we didn’t have a designated space before [the Digital Media Lab,]” said Doyle.

The new Digital Media Lab was designed to be the perfect space to create movies, edit photos, or make spoken-word recordings like podcasts. To use the lab, you can use your Northbrook library card to sign out the space for up to three hours at a time. Those without a Northbrook library card can register their card from a different Illinois library in order to be able to use the space.

“The lab is a great way to give everyone access to media creation tools that otherwise can be prohibitively expensive,” said Doyle. “It's also a wonderful way to teach yourself programs and skills that you can use in finding your next job.”

Between the opening of the new Digital Media Lab and the addition of podcasting programs to the Library’s repertoire, Doyle is hopeful that the Library will be able to help podcasting enthusiasts—as well as anyone looking to create digital media—get their footing.

 “Sometimes, all it takes is some good information and advice to get the ball rolling,” said Doyle.

Posted: Monday, October 10

On Friday, October 7, a delivery truck became stuck under the Library’s underpass at the east entrance after going the wrong way, which created extensive damage. No one was hurt in the accident, but the building was promptly closed down due to safety concerns. Fire officials and structural engineers verified that the building was structurally intact despite the damage to the building’s overhang, and the Library opened with normal hours on Saturday, October 8.

We are working to get the damage repaired. The area beneath the damaged underpass will remain roped off until repairs have been completed. During this time, patrons needing an accessible entrance should use the Library’s west entrance (near Cedar Lane).  We will post additional repair updates here as they become available. 


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