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Blu-rays are here!

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.

New Magazines

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!

13 Things You Pay for that WPL Has for Free

Posted by eileen on June 30, 2011

After reading Investopedia’s, “13 Things You Pay for that Your Library has for Free,” I decided to adapt this to exactly what our library offers. So, thank you to Investopedia for giving me a great base for this post.

1. Read for Free
As you already know, WPL has thousands of books to be checked out: fiction, nonfiction, children’s lit., etc. We also have downloadable ebooks through eMediaLibrary. If you’re interested in finding out more about using eMediaLibrary, come to Ebook Q & A on Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm. You can even earn a prize (and be entered in drawings) this summer. Just join our Summer Reading Program and get a coupon for a free bowl at Noodles & Company. Read nine books to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing for an ebook reader! Stop by the Reference Desk to sign up.

2. Magazines and Newspapers for Free
WPL has all local papers and many many magazines to be read in the library or checked out. Have a specific magazine or newspaper in mind? Do a Magazine Search in the catalog and see what we have!

3. Listen for Free
We have pretty much every kind of music you can think of on CD. Plus, there is also a pretty awesome audiobook collection.  You can check out audiobooks on CD, MP3, Playaway, or even download them straight to your phone or iPod from eMediaLibrary. Not sure what a playaway is? Take a look at Pierce County Library’s description.

4. Free Periodicals Searches
This is great for students. Need scholarly articles for your research papers? The library offers many subscription databases. WPL cardholders can use our databases from anywhere, but anyone can come use them on one of the library’s computers. Take a look at Magazines A-Z to get an idea of how many journals you can actually search (it’s A LOT).

5. Multiple Ways to Ask a Librarian
We have Reference Librarians just waiting for your questions! Can’t find an address you need? Need help getting started with genealogy research? Just looking for something good to read or watch? Ask Us! You can call: 630-868-7520, send a text message: 630-384-9751, email:, or even IM a librarian.

6. Internet and WiFi
Stop in with your laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. and take advantage of our free wireless access. Don’t have one of those things? Use a library computer. There are computers on the first floor with access to all our databases, as well as many useful sites that have no time limit. Need full Internet access for email, Google, etc.? Go to the second floor. If you don’t have a WPL card and are over 18, you can have a guest pass to use for 30 minutes. Have a WPL card? You get two hours of access per day.

7. Rent a Movie for 50 cents
The library has a pretty extensive DVD collection, including TV Series, Feature Films, and How-To DVDs, among other things. Check out Coming Soon on DVD to place a hold on a movie the library is about to get. Non-fiction and Children’s DVDs are free to check out!

8. Learn a Foreign Language for Free
Our Foreign Languages page links to Mango Languages, a database that teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages. You can also check out CDs, DVDs, and books to help with your language skills.

9. Job Preparation for Free
Learning Express enables you to study for hundreds of tests including civil service, military entrance exams and preparation tests for SAT/ACT, MSAT, LSAT and dozens of others. You will find practice tests at all levels. You can practice, save your test, see your results and try again all for free.” - Investopedia

10. Find Your Family History for Free
Learn more about our Genealogy Collection from some of my previous posts or go straight to our Genealogy and Local History page. Every Thursday evening from 7-9pm, Genealogical Society volunteers are available in the library to help with your search.

11. Free Resources for Parents
Having trouble with potty training? Looking for free things to do with your kids? Helping them with homework? Let WPL help you!

12. Car Repair and Buying Help
Did you know the library offers free access to Auto Repair Reference Center? This wonderful database provides repair procedures, service bulletins and recalls, wiring diagrams, and more for pretty much any car you can think of (since 1954). WPL recently started subscribing to Consumer Reports – Cars online. You no longer have to wait for the print edition each year, just check it out online for constant updates.

13. Other Services
The library offers tax forms during tax season, voter registration on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm, bus schedules, Rules of the Road, test proctoring, free introductory Microsoft Office classes. WPL is much more than just a place to read! Although, it’s still a great place to read too. :-)

Job Searching?

Posted by eileen on June 9, 2011

Lifehacker is one of my personal favorite sites.  Not only are the posts often witty (sometimes downright hilarious), but also full of great information. You can learn anything from how to “Brew an Emergency Cup of Coffee with Two Paper Cups and a Filter” to how to “Fill in Floor Holes and Cracks with a Melted Crayon” by looking through their recent articles.  However, I have also seen many useful articles about job searching, interviewing, and writing resumes on this site.  For instance, today I found out an executive summary is better than an objective statement.  I had no idea.

As I’m sure you know, there are about a zillion articles out there about the best practices for finding a job and all things that go along with finding and getting a job.  Just knowing where to start looking is a problem in itself.  Monster?  Careerbuilder?  LinkedIn?  Craigslist?  What’s best?  It’s hard to say.  A quick Google search for best job search sites will show you plenty of opinions.

The library has many resources to aid you in your search.  A good place to start is our Jobs and Careers site, where you’ll find links to many of the popular career sites, as well as links to our subscription databases.  The library recently gained access to Learning Express Library, which has practice tests for licensing exams, ebooks about careers, and a lot of other useful information.  If books are more your thing, check out Tony Beshara’s popular, Unbeatable Resumes: America’s Top Recruiter Reveals What Really Gets You Hired.  Click Place Hold at the top of the catalog page to add your name to the waiting list.

Is there an online or print source that has helped you with your job search?  Let us know and we’ll take a look!

Best Picture Nominees at WPL

Posted by eileen on March 1, 2011

Didn’t see all ten of the Best Picture nominees?  Who did?!  Don’t worry, you can see them for free by checking them out on DVD from Wheaton Public Library, plus many of the other winning movies.  Winners in bold.

Best Picture Nominees:

Black Swan – Coming soon! – Actress in a Leading Role – Natalie Portman

The Fighter – Coming soon! – Actor in a Supporting Role – Christian Bale, Actress in a Supporting Role – Melissa Leo

InceptionCinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s SpeechComing soon! – Actor in a Leading Role – Colin Firth, Best Directing – Tom Hooper, Writing (Original Screenplay)

127 Hours

The Social Network - Music (Original Score), Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Toy Story 3Animated Feature Film, Music (Original Song)

True Grit – (Not available yet, but check out the original movie with John Wayne)

Winter’s Bone

Other Winners:

Alice in Wonderland – Art Direction, Costume Design

Inside Job – Documentary Feature

The Wolfman – Makeup



OverDrive eBooks on iPads

Posted by eileen on January 31, 2011

We’ve had some questions about reading eBooks from eMediaLibrary on iPads recently.  We’ve heard complaints that the eBooks are kinda blurry when viewed on the iPad and the OverDrive Media Console app isn’t super easy to use.  Also, we’ve been wondering, why is the app only listed under iPhone/iPod Touch and not iPad?  I emailed OverDrive to see what’s going on with the app and here is their response:

The current OverDrive Media Console v2.0 app for iPhone combines the ability to browse, checkout, download and read eBooks and listen to Audiobooks on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad (on iOS v4.0 or newer) all in a single app. An enhanced iPhone app optimized for the iPad is also coming very soon. For right now, the iPhone app being enlarged at 2x is the best we can provide. The enhanced iPhone app for iPad is being worked on and will be released in early 2011 which will improve readability on the iPad. We realize that the current iPhone app is not ideal for the iPad; however, it does provide a solution until the enhanced app becomes available.

If you have any questions regarding eMediaLibrary eBooks or audiobooks, feel free to email us at

WPL’s eMediaLibrary Help Page

Finding an eBook to Read

Posted by dawn on January 17, 2011


Seems like every ebook on eMediaLibrary that you want to read is already checked out, doesn’t it?  It may be easier to look through a list of what’s available for checkout rather than search for every author and title you can think of.  Here’s how you can do that.

  • First, click on My Digital Account and log in.  There are ebooks available only to WPL cardholders and you want to let eMediaLibrary know you have a Wheaton card.
  • Click on Advanced Search.  You’ll find the link under the search box on the left side.
  • Select the Format: Adobe EPUB Book
  • Check the box toward the bottom of the screen that says only show titles with copies available
  • Click the Search button

You’ll see a list of eBook titles available for checkout.  You can do the same search for any material type, subject, author, etc.

About Holds – please place your hold on an ebook that you would like to read even if it looks like you might have to wait months to get it.  The library purchases ebooks for WPL cardholders and purchasing decisions are based on holds.  If we purchase the title with your hold you move to the top of the list!  Books that the library purchases are for WPL cardholders only.  They are not considered part of the consortium and cannot be checked out by someone from another library.

New Book Alerts

Posted by eileen on January 12, 2011

New Book Alerts is a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by Wheaton Public Library.  You can select to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds, which are updated weekly.  You can choose which alerts you would like by category or genre, including: Comics and Graphic Novels, Romance, Sports, Children’s Books, and many more.  Plus, the alerts aren’t just for books!  The New Book Alerts service also includes DVDs, audiobooks, and CDs.

When you see a new title you are interested in, just click Borrow to see if the item is on the shelf.  If it’s not currently available, click Place Hold and the library will notify you when the item is available.  To place a hold, you need a WPL card number and PIN.

Using the OverDrive Media Console on your iPhone for Audiobooks

Posted by eileen on November 3, 2010

WPL is now part of eMediaLibrary, which allows WPL cardholders to download eBooks and audiobooks.  Here are directions for downloading audiobooks to your smart phone.  For more information about eMediaLibrary’s offerings, go to

Note: These directions were created using an iPhone.  However, other smart phones use a very similar process, so the directions should be helpful, even if you have a different smart phone.

The first step is to download the OverDrive Media Console app, by going to the App Store on your phone.  Search for OverDrive Media Console and install the app.

Exit the app and open Safari (or your phone’s browser).  Go to (it automatically takes you to the mobile site) and click Search at the top.

You can search for a specific title or scroll down to view all audiobooks.  Note: If using Android, Blackberry, or iPhone, you can only download MP3 audiobooks, so it would make sense to limit to OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks.  Windows Mobile devices can download MP3 AND WMA audiobooks.  Update (12/7/10): With the OverDrive Media Console app 2.0, you can now download many eBooks to your Android device/phone or your iPhone.

Once you get your search results, books available for download will say Add to Digital Basket on the right.  Books that are already checked out will say Place a Hold.  If you place a hold, you will be notified via email when the book is available.  Therefore, you must enter a valid email address to place a hold.  It prompts you to do so.

After clicking Add to Digital Basket, you have the options to Continue Browsing or Proceed to Checkout.  Assuming you Proceed to Checkout, you must choose your library; in this case, Wheaton Public Library.  Then enter your WPL card number and PIN.  If you need to create a PIN, follow the instructions on the right side of this page.

Agree to the Terms of Service by clicking Yes and then click Confirm Checkout.  This takes you to the audiobook you’ve checked out and you can click Download.

The OverDrive Media Console app opens and you’ll see your audiobook.  After clicking on the book, it prompts you to download the “parts” of the book.  Click Yes and then choose if you’d like to download all parts immediately or just some.

Aaaaaaannnnnnddddddddd… you’re finished!  Enjoy your audiobook.

More information: WPL’s info site about eMediaLibrary

WMA vs. MP3

Troubleshooting for MP3 downloads from OverDrive

Questions about eMediaLibrary?  Email or post your question on our Facebook page!

New Magazines at WPL

Posted by eileen on July 13, 2010

Check out the magazines the library recently started carrying!
BBC KnowledgeFind in our catalog – Science, History, and Nature for the curious mind.

Best FriendsFind in our catalog – All the good news about animals, wildlife, and the earth.

Chicago BrideFind in our catalog – Everything for the bride and your Chicago wedding.

Diabetes ForecastFind in our catalog – The best information on diabetes research, treatment, and practical tips for day-to-day diabetes management.

Food Network MagazineFind in our catalog – Your favorite chefs, plus hundreds of recipes!

National Affairs - Find in our catalog – Thoughtful, provocative, an well-crafted neoconservative analyses of important issues.

Z MagazineFind in our catalog – Independent monthly magazine dedicated to resisting injustice, defending against repression, and creating liberty.

Updated 8/5/10