Monday, December 29, 2008

Good People

A patron recommended Chicagoan Marcus Sakey's book, Good People.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Holidays!

The Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library has a number of holiday books, cds and dvds. Come check them out! The library will be closed for the holidays on December 24th-25th, and December 31st--January 1st.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Online Calendar

The library has a new online calendar. Patrons can email themselves reminders about events -- on the day of the event, or a few days in advance. Take a look!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Genealogy Program

"Research Your Family Tree Online" -- Don't miss this program on Wednesday, November 19th at 7:00 pm in the lower-level meeting room.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Mystery Writers Panel

Wedesday October 22nd at 6:30 PM

Come and hear three Chicago area mystery writers talk about their books and the writing process. This will be a unique experience for all attendees. Meet Julie A. Hyzy author of the White House Chef series; Michael A. Black, author of the Ron Shade books; and Dave Case, author of Out of Cabrini.

Please call the library, at (708) 371-5666 to register for the Mystery Writers Panel.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Brainfuse Live Homework Help

You can get live homework help through our new database, Brainfuse.

Click on the database link below, and type in your Alsip-Merrionette Park Library card barcode. Scroll down and try Brainfuse!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Coming Soon!

Soon you will be able to send documents from your laptop or home computer to the library's printer.

Also, the library now offers a live homework help service, Brainfuse. Come try it out on the Youth Services Dept.'s computers. It will soon be available from the library's website, also.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thanks for participating in the Summer Reading Program!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Adult Summer Reading Program, "Look What's Cookin' at Your Library!"

Weekly winners included Juanita Babcock, Anna Mae Stevens, Audrey Migliore, Jeanne Cukaj, Maren Waksmundski, Tracy Lieberman, Carolyn Blanchette and Evelyn Baxter.

A special thank you to those who submitted recipes. A recipe booklet will be available soon at the Reference Desk.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Patron Recommendation

A patron enjoyed The Snake Charmer: a life and death in pursuit of knowledge. You'll learn many interesting, offbeat facts about snakes. Even if you don't like snakes, you may find insights into Mother Nature's predators and copycats. A masterpiece.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Keep Your Library Books and DVDs Longer!

Beginning July 1, 2008, the library is extending its loan period for books, audiobooks, and non-fiction DVDs to three weeks with one renewal. Feature films and Family DVDs will have a 7 day loan period with no renewals. The loan period for all rentals (books and DVDs) will continue to be three days. Now you can enjoy the materials you check out from the library for a longer time without worrying about overdue fines!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Don't miss our Summer Reading Programs!

With so much to see and do this summer, don’t forget to put the library at the top of your list. We have reading programs for children, teens and adults. There will be lots of prizes and, best of all, lots of fun stuff to do. Make sure to check out every page of this newsletter so you won’t miss a thing!

Since the cost of gas (and everything else) is going up, up, up, the library is a great summer entertainment value! So whether you’ll be catching the reading bug, joining the reading remix or will look at what’s cookin’ at your library, you’re sure to have fun at the Alsip-Merrionette Park Library this summer!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Patron Recommends . . . .

A patron recommends Erased: Missing Women, Murdered Wives by Marilee Strong. (364.1523/STR)

Monday, April 14, 2008

National Library Week

Don't forget to visit your library and win prizes!

Friday, April 11, 2008

If you can't be a model. . . .

Yesterday morning, Spike O'Dell interviewed Cheryl Tiegs. He asked what career she would have chosen if she hadn't been a model. Her answer was "A librarian. .. . !" She talked about receiving the Oxford English Dictionary as a childhood gift, and her love for books.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Wii Won a Technology Grant!

The Youth Services Dept. has received a Library Services & Technology Act grant* to help develop technology that will draw teens to our library. These funds are providing a Nintendo Wii for use in monthly gaming tournaments, as well as gaming books, video games and more. Wii games are now available for patrons to check out for one week! There will be a $1 per day overdue fee. For further info, please contact the Youth Services Dept. at 708/371-5666.

*"Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sites for Book Lovers

One of my favorite book-related sites is, where I keep a bookshelf/list of all I've read over the past year.

Shelfari looks like a fun site, also. What sites do you recommend for book lovers?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Patron Book Recommendations

A patron recommends these books:

Storming Las Vegas by John Huddy

Back Nine by Billy Mott

High Crimes by Michael Codes

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

School Psychologist Turns to Murder!

Attention, Mystery Lovers! Don't miss your chance to meet author Denise Swanson. Her Scumble River mystery series features school psychologist Skye Denison, not your perfect Barbie Doll sleuth. These fun books are set in a fictional Midwestern town, loosely based on Swanson's own hometown of Coal City, IL. A book signing will follow her entertaining program. Mark it on your calendar for March 12 at 7 PM! For registration and further information, contact the Adult Services Dept. at 708/371-5666.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

New DVD and CD Racks

Staff member Kathy Knoll browses
the DVDs on the library's new
shelving units. Music CDs are
also filed on these racks for easier access.

Monday, February 11, 2008

We have Circuit Breaker forms!

The state of IL has sent the Circuit Breaker booklets, the IL-1363.
They are available on the first floor of the library, across from the Reference Desk.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New CD shelves

Patrons can now freely browse the library's music CDs.
The majority of the collection is now displayed
on new racks in the middle of the first floor.
Come take a look!

Friday, January 18, 2008


A local patron recommends the book Matrimony
by Joshua Henkin,
describing it as "well-written"
and "worth reading."

Monday, January 14, 2008

Talented Patrons

We are grateful to all our generous patrons

who contributed toys and food to the holiday drive.

Some talented patrons crocheted and sewed

special clothing items for area children. Thank you!

Pictured: Adult Services Librarian Maritza Ruiz
holds up a specially-made dress.