Fantastic Halloween Entertainment with Hoopla

Scare up some great Halloween entertainment this month with Hoopla. Check out some great Halloween titles in October including movies, tv shows, and comics. Watch a scary movie like Halloween II, laugh at the spooky antics of The Addams Family, or read about the undead in the popular eComic, The Walking Dead. Click here to get started.

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And the winner is

With 20.9% of the vote, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle won the first annual Favorite Banned/Challenged Book poll.  Published in 1962, winner of the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, this favorite of readers of all ages has never been out of print.

It is frequently challenged for undermining religious beliefs and allegations that it promotes witchcraft.  Thanks to everyone who voted!  Here is a rundown of the results.

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Check Out The National Geographic Magazine Archive

Did you know that you have full access to the online archive of National Geographic, 1888-present. Explore the articles and photographs that made this magazine so famous.  You can search by topic, photograph, or issue. With a Highland Park library card, you can even view this from home. For access, click here.

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Celebrate your freedom to read

Banned Books Week, September 27 to October 3, promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech.  This year, you can vote for your favorite banned or challenged book. A ballot is available on the Big Touch across from the checkout desk.  If you can't make it to the library, you can vote from your computer by clicking here .

There will be a ten minute pop up program, "The Power of Words: Banned Books That Shaped America" at the Big Touch on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00  PM and Saturday, October 3 at 11 AM.

To learn more about intellectual freedom, the American Library Association has information about bans and challenges to books through the years here .The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has information about challenges and bans to comic books and graphic novels here.


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Learn Something New at

Through the online service, you can gain technology expertise in such varied topics as music production, video production, web design, animation, game design, 3D modeling, programming, and more. is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills. Browse all of the site's offerings here

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Mango Premiere: Language Learning Through Film

 If you're interested in learning a new language, Mango has a new method that teaches you through foreign-language movies you'd love to watch anyway. Mango Premiere teaches you to understand both written text and speech with full subtitles in both languages as the movie plays.Videos are available now in six languages: Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish. Videos for Spanish speakers learning English are also available. To try it out, simply click here.

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Introducing Overdrive LISTEN

 You can now listen to audiobooks directly in your web browser using Overdrive LISTEN. To get started, simply borrow an audiobook that's available in the Overdrive Listen format from Then, click or tap  the Listen button on your Bookshelf (under your Account) to begin listening to it immediately. Please note Internet connection is required. Click here to try it out.

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Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin Exhibit

View this special exhibit that focuses on the world’s largest fresh water asset and the environmental restoration and economic renewal of the cities and ecosystem around it including six miles of Highland Park shoreline. The exhibit will be in the Adult Services Department through September.

The exhibit was designed and created as a public service by the Chicago office of the international architecture and city design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.



Skidmore Owings & Merrill: Basin Communities and a Shared Vision for for the Great Lakes

Saturday, September 19 from 2-3 pm

SOM partner Philip Enquist gives a beautiful and engaging presentation on the background of the exhibit that the international architecture and city design firm created. Enquist has presented this Great Lakes Century Vision, the ideas behind the exhibit, in cities around the world. Enquist leads SOM’s global City Design Practice, the world’s most highly awarded urban planning group, and is the moving force behind its Great Lakes initiative.

Highland Park Responds

Sunday, September 20 from 2-4 pm

As a Great Lakes basin community, Highland Park has an important role to play in the sustainable use of the world's greatest fresh water resource. WBEZ's Jason Marck leads a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibit with local experts including Bertram C. Frey, acting regional counsel for U.S. EPA, and David Naftzger, executive director, Council of Great Lakes Governors. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's (SOM) Paul O’Connor, senior advisor and urban strategist in the firm's global City Design Practice, will also be included on the panel. SOM designed the exhibit.

Questions for the panel? Look for the signboard near the display to post your questions or comments about the exhibit.

Basin Information:

EPA: Great Lakes

National Geographic Information about BASINS

NOAA: About Our Great Lakes

NOAA: Great Lakes Basin Facts

Watershed Council

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Online Water Games

EPA's Water: What's Wrong with This Picture

EPA's Water Sense Kids

Kids Memory Game by Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Fun Water Games


What Kids in other Great Lake and basin communities are doing:

Children's Water Festival:

2015 Great Lakes Water Festival, held on the campus of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in May 2015. The festival for fifth-grade students from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York learned “everything water.”


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Try Hoopla's New Action View

 If you check out an eComic from our free service Hoopla, you can now view it using Action View. This is a brand new technology that allows for both full-page and panel-by-panel views of any comic on your smartphone or tablet. This is a whole new way to read comics. 


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New Zinio for Libraries App Now Available

Did you know that if you have an Apple or Android device, you can download the new Zinio for Libraries app. This means you only need this one app and your library card number to log in for offline reading. There is no longer a need to create a separate account at Please note, this is currently not available for Microsoft users and Kindle users require special instructions. For more information, click here.

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