Reference and Research

      The Reference Librarians at Highland Park Public Library are happy to help you with any research project. We can:
      • Show you how to use electronic resources
      • Assist you in obtaining materials from other libraries
      • Guide you through the overwhelming sources of information on the Internet
      • Help you identify books and journals appropriate to your subject

      From the Reference Desk

      April 27th - May 3rd is Preservation Week

      Most of us are creators and collectors of something we value or enjoy, such as family papers, photographs, cookbooks, or postcards. They are a big part of who we are and what we do. We think about passing these collections on to our families, even our communities.


      Bring in to the library your 35mm slides, audio cassettes, and VHS tapes and use the digital media lab to digitize and preserve your media. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a librarian to learn how to digitize your items click hereHere are additional resources to help you preserve your family treasures and learn what to do when disaster strikes



      35mm Slide (left) digitized in Highland Park Public Library Digital Media Lab courtesy Isadore Kaplan



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      A shout-out to NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK!

      So many things have occurred this week - Passover, Holy Week, the lunar eclipse, a tease of spring followed by more snow - that National Library Week has almost passed by without acknowledgement.  But that changes now...




      When you stop in to the library this week, add a post-it about your aspirations to the "wall of thoughts" (as featured on our Facebook page!) 

      And since it is also National Poetry Month, here is a poem about libraries by Julia Donaldson, 2011 - 2013 British Children's Laureate.

      Everyone is welcome to walk through the door.
      It really doesn't matter if you're rich or poor.
      There are books in boxes and books on shelves.
      They're free for you to borrow, so help yourselves.

      Come and meet your heroes, old and new,
      From William the Conqueror to Winnie the Pooh.
      You can look into the Mirror or read The Times,
      Or bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes.

      The librarian's a friend who loves to lend,
      So see if there's a book that she can recommend.
      Read that book, and if you're bitten
      You can borrow all the other ones the author's written.

      Are you into battles or biography?
      Are you keen on gerbils or geography?
      Gardening or ghosts? Sharks or science fiction?
      There's something here for everyone, whatever your addiction.

      There are students revising, deep in concentration,
      And school kids doing projects, finding inspiration.
      Over in the corner there's a table with seating,
      So come along and join in the Book Club meeting.

      Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow,
      And help make sure it'll still be here tomorrow.

      ("Library Poem" published in The Guardian, February 3, 2012)

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