Posted by eileen on June 4, 2012
“So it goes.” The phrase appears 106 times in Slaughterhouse-Five, according 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.
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!
Posted by eileen on February 14, 2012
As a family historian, do you have stacks of paper from library research trips, letters, emails, family stories, documents, photographs, Internet downloads, and images from a digital camera? Do you search Ancestry.com, yet not find expected results? How do you know when you’ve searched “enough?”
Three new genealogy classes take on these familiar situations Saturday afternoons, 1 to 3 PM, March 3, 17 and 31. They are File Organization, Tips for Searching Ancestry.com and What is a “Reasonably Exhaustive Search?” You may attend any or all classes. Each class is $10, payable at the door. Please call 630-868-7520 to register for the March 17 class.
March 3 – File Organization
Information gathered from a multitude of sources–paper from library research trips, letters, emails, family stories, documents, photos, Internet downloads, images from digital cameras, and images scanned to computer–is most useful and easily found again when it’s organized in an orderly and logical way.
This class will demonstrate various ways to organize a collection, reduce piles of paper, and put information in a format that can be used as a foundation for a family history book or CD/DVD. Class meets in the large meeting room in the lower level.
March 17 – Tips for Successful Searches using Ancestry
Learn how to search Ancestry’s 6 billion records more effectively. This class offers online instruction using Ancestry’s Learning Center and hands-on experience. Guided instruction with a group leader is used with a handout.
Class meets in the computer lab on the second floor. Ten computers are available. Class limited to sixteen. Stations can be shared or bring a personal laptop.
March 31 – What is a “Reasonably Exhaustive Search?”
How do you know when you’ve searched enough? Genealogy lecturer, Michael Hait, explains direct, indirect and negative evidence in a webinar format. A reasonably exhaustive search is demonstrated using an actual case study.
Handouts and a moderated discussion with a group leader will follow the webinar. Class meets in the large meeting room in the lower level.
Posted by eileen on November 30, 2011
Computer Class registration begins tomorrow (December 1) at 9am. Classes will not be offered in January, so make sure you sign up for December classes!
To register, go to our online Event Calendar and click on the class(es) you want. Register for each class separately. For full class descriptions and requirements, visit our Computer Classes page.
Intro. to Microsoft PowerPoint – Monday, Dec. 5 at 7pm
Intro. to Microsoft Excel – Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7pm
Microsoft Word I – Monday, Dec. 12 at 7pm
Microsoft Word II – Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7pm
Tech Question Drop-in – Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11am
No registration required for Tech Question Drop-in.
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 14, 2011
Wheaton Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week™ (October 16-22, 2011) by encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold events centered on this year’s theme, Picture It! @ your library®, which encourages teens to read a variety of materials, including graphic novels, movies, books about photography, and more.
Teen Read Week™ is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association. This year, any teen who checks out an item at WPL during Teen Read Week receives a coupon for a local restaurant or another cool prize.
Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week™ at home, as well. Here are some ideas:
Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books.
Set aside time each night for the family to read.
Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.
Share your favorite book with your teen.
Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.
Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA’s Booklists and Book Awards page, www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. Teens can also find great books by going to the library’s Facebook page and clicking the Teens tab on the left.
Teen Read Week™ is held annually during the third week of October. An updated sponsors and supporting organizations list can be found at the Web site, www.ala.org/teenread.
Posted by eileen on September 23, 2011
The Friends of WPL Book Sale is in full swing! Find new and used books, DVDs, video tapes, CDs, cassettes, vinyl, computer games, and more at super cheap prices. On Sunday, every item is 50 cents! Held in the Lower Level of the library.
Friday – 9am-5pm
Saturday – 9am-5pm
Sunday – 1pm-5pm
Check out Book Sale pics on Facebook!
Posted by eileen on April 6, 2011
The 2011 YABOB list is now available!
YABOB Book List 2011
These books are located in teenspace on the 2nd Floor.
Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks require a WPL Card and PIN.
Balliett, Blue – Chasing Vermeer
Burg, Ann E. – All the Broken Pieces
Curtis, Christopher Paul – The Watsons go to Birmingham – 1963 (Download the WMA audiobook)
George, Jessica Day – Dragon Slippers
Hilgartner, Beth – A Murder for Her Majesty
Hobbs, Will – Far North
Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas – The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
Korman, Gordon – Schooled
Levine, Gail Carson – Ella Enchanted (Download the WMA audiobook)
Lupica, Mike – Travel Team
McNish, Cliff – Breathe: A Ghost Story
Paulsen, Gary – Woods Runner
Riordan, Rick – The Lightning Thief (Download the WMA audiobook)
Ryan, Pam Munoz – Esperanza Rising (Download the WMA audiobook)
Schmidt, Gary D. – The Wednesday Wars
Scott, Michael – The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Download the EPUB, PDF, or WMA audiobook)
Shusterman, Neal – The Schwa Was Here
Tolkien, J.R.R. – The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again (Download the EPUB)
Vande Velde, Vivian – Heir Apparent
Weaver, Will – Memory Boy
Posted by eileen on March 2, 2011
Check out photos from the super fun Rick Kelley event on our Flickr page!