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
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.
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.
Posted by eileen on January 30, 2012
Did you miss out on seeing some of the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture before they left theaters? Just check them out from WPL (or find a local showing for those still in theaters)! Is the DVD or Blu-Ray you want checked out? Place a hold and read the book while you’re waiting!
The Artist - Find in a theater
10 Oscar nominations
The Descendants – Find in a theater, DVD (coming soon), Blu-Ray (coming soon), Read the book
5 Oscar nominations
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Find in a theater, Read the book
2 Oscar nominations
The Help – DVD, Blu-Ray, Read the book
4 Oscar nominations
Hugo – Find in a theater, DVD (coming soon), Blu-Ray (coming soon), Read the book
11 Oscar nominations
Midnight in Paris - DVD, Blu-Ray
4 Oscar nominations
Moneyball - DVD, Blu-Ray, Read the book
6 Oscar nominations
The Tree of Life - DVD, Blu-Ray
3 Oscar nominations
War Horse – Find in a theater, DVD (coming soon), Blu-Ray (coming soon), Read the book
6 Oscar nominations
Why are there nine Best Picture nominees this year? Read John Young’s EW.com article to find out!
Posted by eileen on January 18, 2012
Learning a foreign language? Take a look at the library’s Foreign Language site. You’ll find links to helpful library catalog searches, such as Recordings on CD and cassette and Videos and DVDs. You can also use Mango Languages, an online service provided by the Friends of Wheaton Public Library, that teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages. Create a free account on Mango Languages to keep track of your progress. Choose from a basic lesson or more in-depth language study lessons.
To access Mango Languages from outside the library, you need to log in with your library card number and PIN. If you have any questions, please call the Reference Desk at 630-868-7520.
Posted by eileen on January 6, 2012
The library unveiled our brand new Blu-ray collection this week. It has been extremely popular so far and almost all our Blu-rays are checked out already! Don’t worry though; you can place a hold on the Blu-ray you want and we will notify you when it is ready to be picked up. (Note: You must have a valid WPL card to place a hold. To place a hold from home, you must also have a PIN set up.) You will not be able to place a hold on a Blu-ray when the status is Check Shelf or Recently Returned. In that case, call the library at 630-868-7520 and ask that the copy be pulled for you and held at the Main Desk. There is a 50 cent rental charge for each fiction Blu-ray.
Not sure what Blu-rays are? Visit Blu-ray Disc’s FAQs page. It is important to note that Blu-rays cannot be played in regular DVD players. You must play the Blu-ray in a designated Blu-ray player or it will not work. Some computers and video game consoles have the ability to play Blu-rays as well. Questions? Call the AV Department at 630-868-7560.
Posted by eileen on November 22, 2011
I was just thinking about writing a Thanksgiving-related post when I noticed XRT‘s Marc Alghini’s, “The Essential Thanksgiving Playlist.” If you’re not familiar with WPL’s music collection, stop by and take a look!
Click the links below to find albums in our catalog that contain Marc Alghini’s Thanksgiving picks.
Big Star – “Thank You Friends”
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – “Home”
Fairport Convention – “Now Be Thankful”
Sly and the Family Stone – “Family Affair”
Phish – “Birds of a Feather”
Drive By Truckers – “The Thanksgiving Filter”
Patsy Cline – “Hungry for Love”
Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Give Thanks and Praises”
William DeVaughn – “Be Thankful for What You’ve Got”
For more ideas for your Thanksgiving playlist, check out our AV Department’s Feast of Songs list.
Posted by eileen on October 5, 2011
Getting in the Halloween spirit? Why not check out a spooky book or audiobook? If you’re not sure what you’d like to read, there are many lists available online. I recently took a look at GoodReads’ Listopia list of Best Horror Novels. The fun thing about the Listopia lists is anyone with a GoodReads account (free) can vote and add to the lists! Stephen King currently dominates their Best Horror Novel list. Six of the top ten are his. If you prefer YA titles, take a look at our Horror for Young Adults list.
For even more great suggestions, NoveList Plus is the place to go. NoveList is one of the library’s subscription databases. It can be accessed from any computer in the library. WPL cardholders can access NoveList from home by logging in with your card number and PIN. Once in NoveList, on the left side you’ll see a list of genres and you can jump straight to Horror or Thrillers and Suspense (or whatever you feel like reading).
Some titles from Best Horror Novels you can find at WPL:
Note: Links to downloadable books are not working. Click the link and then type the desired book in the search box. Sorry!
The Shining by Stephen King – Book, Audiobook
More titles by Stephen King – Books, Audiobooks, Movies, Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks
Dracula by Bram Stoker – Book, Audiobook, Downloadable eBook and audiobook
I am Legend by Richard Mattheson – Book, Audiobook, Movie, Downloadable audiobook
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – Book , Movie
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – Book, Audiobook, Movie, Downloadable eBook
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris – Book, Audiobook, Movie
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Book, Audiobook, Movie, Downloadable eBook (type Frankenstein in the search box)
Posted by eileen on July 21, 2011
The library recently added the following magazines:
Advertising Age – Up-to-date info on the world of marketing
Discover Britain – (formerly Realm) Lavishly illustrated magazine of British travel, history, events, culture, and arts
Home Power – Go green, conserve power, or produce your own with this hands-on journal
Imagine – Inspiration and information to help the gifted student prepare for college and beyond
Irish Roots – Empowers you to trace and embrace your Irish ancestry
Kiplinger’s Retirement Report – Your guide to a richer retirement
Martha Stewart Weddings – Plan your wedding with the queen of elegant do-it-yourselfers
Success - Inspiring business people to achieve in business and in life
Magazines without links are coming soon!
Posted by eileen on July 19, 2011
I saw the final Harry Potter movie last night and like most fans, I am feeling kinda sad that it’s all over. At least we have Pottermore to look forward to this fall. Seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 made me want to re-read and re-watch the whole series. If you’re feeling the same way, here are some quick links to find the books and movies in the library catalog and place a hold. The audiobooks are also extremely well done and Jim Dale is a joy to listen to.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - Book, Audiobook, DVD
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Book, Audiobook, DVD
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Book, Audiobook, DVD
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Book, Audiobook, DVD
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Book, Audiobook, DVD
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Book, Audiobook, DVD
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book, Audiobook, DVD (Part 1)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard - Book
Posted by eileen on July 15, 2011
Simply put, this database rocks! It’s full of all kinds of practice tests for all kinds of exams and certifications. This includes college prep: GED, ACT, SAT, PSAT, CLEP; graduate prep: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT; U. S. Citizenship; job certification prep: Civil Service, Cosmetology, Real Estate, and much much more.
There is also great information for job seekers. Just click on Job Search & Workplace Skills and you’ll find courses on writing resumes, ebooks on new careers, etc.
You can find links to Learning Express Library from our College & Financial Aid page and our Jobs & Careers page. Remember, to access any WPL database from home, you will be prompted to log in with your WPL card number and PIN.