The Niche Academy platform makes it easy for you to learn via online tutorials. The platform includes a set of ready-to-use tutorials for common services like OverDrive, Zinio, and Freegal. These tutorials can walk your patrons all the way from first introduction to having a satisfying experience using those resources. To begin watching, simply click here.
The Library has a limited number of the IRS 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms and instruction booklets and the Illinois 1040 form and Schedule ICR. These forms are in the Adult Services Department. Additional information about tax forms, please click here.
The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction just released this year's longlist. Among the many fabulous titles is our very own One Book, One Highland Park 2016 title, A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. Further proof that if you haven't read this novel yet, you need to pick up a copy now! Click here for more info on One Book events.
On March 15, 2016, Highland Park residents will vote on the North Shore School District 112 referendum and select candidates for the November 2016 General Election for federal, state, and county offices.
North Shore School District 112 Referendum
Proposition to Issue $198,000,000 School Building Bonds
"Shall the Board of Education of North Shore School District Number 112, Lake County, Illinois, improve the safety and efficiency of physical plants, build and equip new buildings on existing sites of said School District and improve said sites, build and equip additions to, alter, repair, equip and renovate existing buildings for instructional purposes and improve the sites thereof, for the purpose of consolidating the schools of said School District, including, without limitation, installing fire safety systems, installing security systems, installing climate control systems and increasing accessibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and issue bonds of said School District to the amount $198,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?"
Voters will select the candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties for the offices [Note: Candidates are listed in ballot order and includes candidates who have suspended his/her campaigns]:
President (and the delegates to the national conventions)
Hillary Clinton Jeb Bush
Willie L. Wilson Chris Christie
Martin J. O'Malley Donald J. Trump
Larry (Lawrence) Cohen Marco Rubio
Bernie Sanders Rand Paul
United States Senator
10th Congressional District Representative
Voters will select the candidates for the offices:
State Senator 29th Legislative District
Illinois General Assembly 58th Representative District
Scott Drury no candidate
Lake County Offices
Voters will select candidates for the offices:
Lake County Circuit Clerk
Erin Cartwright Weinstein Keith Brin
Lake County Coroner
Lake County Recorder
Mary Ellen Vanderventer no candidate
Lake County State's Attorney
Matt Stanton Michael G. Nerheim
Lake County Board Member - District 11
Paul H. Frank Laura Lambrecht
Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit
Mitchell L. Hoffman no candidate
Lake County Precinct Committeeman
no candidate Martin Zeidman
What's on your ballot? Where is your polling place? Are you registered to vote? Lake County Voter Power web site can answer these questions. Other voting information is available on the Lake County Voter Services page.
Early Voting begins on Monday, February 29th and ends on Monday, March 14th. The early voting polling place for Highland Park residents is Highland Park Police Station Community Room, 1677 Old Deerfield Road. The hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. For those who do not live in Highland Park, see your early voting sites here.
Did you know we now offer digital magazines through Zinio, which provides digital access to some of the nation’s most popular magazines.This service can be used by any library cardholder and accessed from any computer or on a tablet through the Zinio app. Click here for more information.
February is Language Learning Month. We can help you learn languages spoken all over the world, including Pirate and Shakespeare!
In the Adult Services room, check out our language learning collection. You can pick up CDs from outstanding language educators like Berlitz, Pimsleur and more. Listen to a program on your next road trip and arrive at your destination speaking a new language!
Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Illinois Department of Revenue will supply the Library with a limited number of 1040 forms and instruction booklets. We have received the forms and instructions from both the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue. (2/10/16)
IRS Tax Forms for Individuals and Small Businesses
The Library will receive the following forms:
- 1040 forms and instruction booklets
- 1040A forms and instruction booklets
- 1040EZ forms and instruction booklets
- Publication 17 (one Reference copy)
- IRS Reproducible forms
How to obtain IRS forms, instructions, and publications
- www.IRS.gov: View and print forms, instructions, and publications.
- www.IRS.gov/orderforms: Order your individual and business forms, instructions, and publications and receive paper copies via U.S. Mail.
- www.IRS.gov/orderforms/ebooks: Free downloadable ebook version of popular tax publications and instruction booklets.
- Call (800) 829-3676: To order print forms, instruction, and publications to receive paper copies via U.S. Mail.
Visit an IRS Office (Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
- 230 S. Dearborn St., Chicago IL 60604 - (312) 292-4912
- 5100 River Rd., Schiller Park IL 60176 - (847) 737-6688
- Moraine Township: Call for an appointment (847) 780-6644. From February 1 through April 9, Moraine Township will offer free assistance to low-and-moderate-income taxpayers filing their 2015 income tax returns through the IRS VITA Program (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance).
- AARP Foundation Tax Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older.
- IRS Tax Payer Advocate Service: Call (312) 292-3800 in Chicago.
Illinois Department of Revenue Tax Forms for Individuals and Small Businesses
The Library will receive limited number of the Illinois 1040 form and instruction booklets, and Schedule ICR.
How to Obtain Illinois Tax Forms
- Tax.Illinois.gov: View and print forms, instructions, and publications. File online.
- Call The Illinois Department of Revenue (Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) to receive paper copies of the forms and instructions via U.S. Mail.
- Forms Order Line: (800) 356-6302
- TTD: (800) 544-5304
- Assistance for Individuals: (800) 732-8866 or (217) 782-3336
- Business Hot Line: (217) 524-4772
Visit an Illinois Department of Revenue Office (Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
- James R. Thompson Center, Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601, (800) 732-8866
- Maine North Regional Building, 9511 Harrison Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60016, (847) 294-4200
Need Additional Help?
For help in navigating the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue web sites, printing forms, or online ordering of forms and instructions, please ask an Information & Reader Services Librarian or call (847) 681-7031.
NoveList Plus is the premiere database for reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. One may access it either through our online resources page or the home page of the catalog.
The Information & Reader Services Staff have compiled our choices for the 2015 Nonfiction Staff Recommends.
Bell, Gertrude and Howell, Georgina. A Woman in Arabia: the writings of the Queen of the Desert.
Writings of the brilliant and multifaceted Gertrude Bell, an English woman who devoted her life to traveling and understanding the Arab world. Her exceptional grasp of the difficult Arabic language made her a valuable agent for the British dealing with early 20th century Arabs. Sometimes referred to as "the female Lawrence of Arabia".
Cavolo, Ricardo. 101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die.
I have an uneven relationship with graphic novels, but this one is not only visually stimulating, it's fun and informative too (and I picked up several new artists to try out as well).
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me.
In this heartfelt memoir/letter to his teenage son, Coates reflects on racial identity, its impact on his life and on his son's future. A stirring message for all people that black lives matter.
Cornwell, Bernard. Waterloo: the history of four days, three armies, and three battles.
Cornwell, normally a historical fiction writer, authors a compelling work of nonfiction in Waterloo. The book takes the reader through the grueling four days of the Battle of Waterloo from the perspective of Napoleon and Wellington. It is fascinating to learn these two leaders, known as the best military minds of their time, took small missteps on each of their parts that could have led to a different outcome. A great book for history buffs.
Day, Felicia. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).
A delightful, smart, and funny book about the one of a kind Ms. Day, who had a quirky upbringing, which probably helped her navigate an even more unusual career.
Edin, Kathryn J. $2.00 a Day: living on almost nothing in America.
An examination about extreme poverty in America; why has poverty increased over the past 20 years, how do these families survive on little or no income, and how can the country address the issue of income inequality.
Goldberg, Daniel and Larsson, Linus. The State of Play: creators and critics on video game culture.
As a non-gamer, I was enthralled by the 14 essays in this book that explored and discussed issues of gaming entertainment, such as race, gender, violence, death, sex, and fantasy. It raised points that I'll be thinking about for quite awhile.
When Simon Goodman's father passed away, he left behind boxes of files revealing he was not the quintessential British gentleman they thought he was. Born Bernard Guttman, primary heir of a prominent German banking family, Bernard had been trying to recover the family's extensive art collection plundered during World War II. Simon and his brother take up the search and learn their heartbreaking family history in the process.
After the Brown v the Board of Education decision, Prince Edward County, VA., closed its public schools and opened private, all-white schools. The author examines the effect of the closure on the community and her family's role in the decision.
Larson, Eric. Dead Wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania.
Larson does it again! The suspenseful dual narrative of Dead Wake captures the looming disaster as experienced by those who lived it, the sad reckoning of lives lost, and the inevitable "if only" we could reach across time to send a warning.
Lyndsey, Anna. Girl in the Dark: a memoir.
Imagine being allergic to light. That is Anna's reality. Once an ambitious young woman, she is now confined to live most of her days in a completely blacked-out room. Fascinatingly, she continues on with her life, fighting against the unbearable loneliness and instead finding the beauty in her new existence. A resonating and brave story.
Marsh, Henry. Do No Harm: stories of life, death, and brain surgery.
Marsh, one of Britain's foremost neurosurgeons, shares stories from the surgery in this riveting memoir, an examination of the exhilaration of successful operations and the despair of failure. Candid and compassionate.
McCullough, David. The Wright Brothers.
McCullough is a master storyteller at his best in relating the amazing story of two "ordinary" men whose genius, courage, innovation, and perseverance achieved human flight.
Who was John Maynard Keynes and why does it still matter? An innovative economist and a bold president introduced a monetary policy with far-reaching effects that continues to influence the global economy. Worth more that the paper it's printed on.
Turkle, Sherry. Reclaiming Conversation: the power of a talk in a digital age.
Wonderful book. Amazing as it touches on so many aspects of our lives that are interlinked with technology. If you keep your smart phone on the table during dinner... read this.
Wulf, Andrea. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's new world.
An attractive and engaging biography of Alexander von Humboldt, a somewhat forgotten 19th century giant in the field of natural sciences. A native of Germany, he spent time as a young man on scientific expeditions in Latin America, where began his vision of the natural world as holistic and interdependent, a foundation of the modern concept of environmentalism.