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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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