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Have you tried Zinio?

Posted by eileen on October 18, 2012

Check out the library’s newest service, downloadable magazines from Zinio! For more information, visit our Zinio help site or register for one of our upcoming Intro. to Zinio classes. Click the dates below to register online.

Create an account

Learn more about Zinio

List of available magazines

Intro. to Zinio Classes

Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10am - Space Available

Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7pm – Waiting List only

Focus on the Library

Posted by eileen on September 24, 2012

The Focus on the Library newsletter is now being sent in the mail to Wheaton addresses. It should have arrived at the beginning of September. If you missed it somehow, don’t worry! You can pick up a copy in the library or read it online. Make sure you take a look at all the great programs we have coming up in October and November and watch for the next edition, which will be arriving at the beginning of December!

Become a Library Member in September!

Posted by eileen on August 22, 2012

Do you know someone in Wheaton who doesn’t have a library card? Pass this along!

What can you do with a Wheaton Public Library card?

- Check out books, audiobooks, CDs, framed art, and more
- Take home a Blu-ray or DVD for your next movie night- Download free ebooks and audiobooks by your favorite authors
- Create a Zinio account to read free magazines on your smartphone, computer, or tablet (see page 5 for details)
- Request a book from another library through interlibrary loan
- Access research databases from home, including Learning Express Library’s Job and Career Accelerator, Reference USA, Value Line, Heritage Quest, and Consumer Reports
- Book a meeting room or study room for your next book discussion, tutoring session, or company meeting
- Attend storytimes for ages 6 months through 6 years
- Receive priority registration for WPL’s free Computer Classes
- Use the Internet computers to check Facebook, email, and anything else you need to do

How do you get a Wheaton Public Library card?
There is no charge for a library card if you live within Wheaton city limits. Adults and Young Adults (grades 6 and up) may register for a library card at the Checkout Desk on the main floor. Please have two forms of identification with you to show proof of your current Wheaton address. Children age 5 through grade 5 may register for their library cards in the Children’s Department. A signature of a parent or guardian is required for anyone under age 18. Please call the Checkout Desk at 630-868-7510 if you have any questions.

Sign up for a library card during September and become eligible to win a Kindle Fire and some other great prizes, including free movie passes to Studio Movie Grill. Children are eligible to win a set of Legos! One entry per person.

Already have a library card? Check out an item during September and you are entered in a separate prize drawing for a Kindle Fire! Show your library card at Studio Movie Grill during the month of September and receive the student ticket rate for yourself and one guest.

Great Books Discussion Group

Posted by eileen on July 26, 2012

Is Shirley Jackson’s 1948 short story “The Lottery” a pre-cursor of today’s “Hunger Games”?   You are invited to discuss Jackson’s tale of ritualized violence at the first Great Books meeting of the new season, on September 12th.

Every second Wednesday at 7:30, September-June, Wheaton Great Bookies delve into works of timeless appeal and importance.  Upcoming readings will include essays, a Greek tragedy, a book of the Bible, a fairy tale, poetry and more.

Great Books discussions are Serious Fun!  To register or for more information, contact Bev Jirsa at 868-7573 or beverly@wheatonlibrary.org.

The Neverly Brothers

Posted by eileen on July 17, 2012

Tonight! July 17th at 7pm

Fasten your seatbelts for a guided musical tour through rock ‘n’ roll history! The Neverly Brothers play all your favorite Rock n’ Roll and Rhythm & Blues hits from the 1950s American pioneers to the 1964 British Invasion groups in an awe inspiring concert that will have you singing, dancing and thoroughly entertained.

Due to the excessive heat, this concert will be held inside the library on the first floor. No tickets are necessary. 

NextReads

Posted by eileen on June 29, 2012

Don’t have the time to spend perusing the book shelves for that perfect next read? Let the experts choose for you! Kids, tweens, teens, and adults can all enjoy the convenience of the library’s free NextReads service. Just subscribe online, and soon you’ll be receiving great reading lists delivered right to your email inbox!

Every newsletter comes with suggestions of recently released titles as well as recommendations of older books grouped by theme or author. For example, the Mystery newsletter has included readalikes for Marcia Muller and the thematic section of Armchair Travel has focused on Italy.

Because every newsletter includes links directly to the library’s catalog, you can be at home in your slippers or taking a lunch break at the office while placing holds on the books you want!

New Magazines

Posted by eileen on June 23, 2012

The library now subscribes to the following magazines:

HGTV – Transform your home with inspiration and instruction from your favorite HGTV stars

Maclean’s – Current affairs as seen from north of the border

MaryJanesFarm – Simple solutions for everyday organic living

Natural Life (coming soon) – The original natural family living magazine, founded in 1976

OnFitness – The natural approach to achieving peak health and fitness

Paper Crafts - Fabulous cards, cool techniques, and abundant inspiration

Tricycle (coming soon) – Buddhist wisdom, meditation, and practices for daily life

Children’s Department:

ChopChop – The fun cooking magazine for kids ages 5-12 and their families

Time Out Chicago Kids – The Chicago parents’ guide to culture and entertainment

To search for a specific magazine, go to http://wpl.wheaton.lib.il.us/search/j.

Great Books – Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five

Posted by eileen on June 4, 2012

“So it goes.” The phrase appears 106 times in Slaughterhouse-Fiveaccording to Wikipedia.  Should we accept or resist the way “it goes”? Does Vonnegut think we have a choice? Discuss this and more at this month’s meeting of the Great Books Discussion group. To register or for more information, please email Beverly@wheatonlibrary.org or call 630-868-7573. The discussion takes place on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30pm in the Lower Level Large Meeting Room.

Printer’s Row from Chicago Tribune

Posted by eileen on May 15, 2012

Do you love to read book reviews? Once upon a time the Chicago Tribune printed a book review section every Sunday. In recent years, book coverage shrunk to a measly couple of pages in the Saturday Trib. In February, with much fanfare, the Tribune launched Printer’s Row. It comes in two sections: Printer’s Row fiction is a slender paperback containing a brand new short story every week.  Printer’s Row journal covers book news and reviews. In recent issues:  young adult literature “not just for kids anymore,” Studs Terkel at 100, whether audiobooks are “cheating,” and Fifty Shades of Grey.

You won’t find Printer’s Row in your copy of the Sunday Trib — unless you forked over the $99 membership fee.  But you can check out Printer’s Row at the library. Look for it on the Periodicals shelves on the second floor, where you will also find the New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, and the terrific literary reviews Granta and the Oxford American.

Post courtesy of the Periodicals Dept.

Family Storytime

Posted by eileen on April 2, 2012

Tonight (4/2/12) is the very first Family Storytime at WPL! Don’t miss it! All ages are welcome. Join us from 7-7:30pm in the Lower Level Large Meeting Room for books, music, and fun. No registration necessary.

Have you checked out our Children’s Chatter blog lately? It’s a great way to find out about new children’s books, programs, and more!