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Dear Library Patrons,

A few weeks ago we rolled out a new eMagazine platform called Flipster, and this week we are thrilled to announce that the Media On Demand consortium to which we belong is now offering EVEN MORE eMagazines through Libby by OverDrive.

To access, click HERE, or via our website, www.midlothianlibrary.org, go to DIGITAL LIBRARY > E-MEDIA > Media On Demand Magazines. Or download the free Libby or OverDrive app from wherever you get your apps. Login using your library card number and PIN.

Don't have a library card? Go to the upper right-hand corner of our website and click CARD SIGNUP to get a temporary card number you can use immediately for eMagazines, eBooks, and other digital materials. After that, staff will contact you to turn your temporary card into a permanent one.

Forgot your PIN? Go to www.midlothianlibrary.org/reopening and click Resetting Your PIN. Or call us during business hours at (708) 535-2027, and staff can reset it for you.

Also, don't forget that we're open for curbside pickup of library materials and curbside copying, faxing, scanning, and printing service. Call us for more info...and stay tuned for our upcoming announcement of when we will reopen for in-building service!

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

At present, the library continues to provide service in curbside and homebound-delivery mode only. However, now that our Suburban Cook County region has re-entered Tier 1 mitigations, you may be wondering when the library will reopen our building to the public. On January 19, the Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees made the decision that the library will reopen for limited in-buidling services when:

  • The Suburban Cook County region maintains the criteria for Tier 1 or Tier 2 mitigations for a period of 2 weeks, AND
  • Midlothian has had a flat or negative change in new confirmed cases for a period of 2 weeks.

Because Cook County updates its numbers for the municipalities every Wednesday, the earliest we will reopen to patrons is Thursday, February 4. If we do not reopen February 4, we will proceed on a week-to-week basis, checking the numbers every Wednesday.

When the library reopens, we will provide services in the following manner:

  • Public access to the building by advance appointment or by calling the library from the parking lot. 
  • Appointments available at all hours of regular operation (at 15-minute intervals).
  • 1 hour of in-building access per patron per day for all activities (browsing and checkout, computers, fax/scan/copy/print, library card applications, and study table use).
  • No more than 7 patrons will be admitted to the building at one time. Patrons without appointments who call from the parking lot will be admitted as space is available.
  • Curbside and homebound delivery of checked-out materials will continue. Please enter the building for fax, scan, copy, and print services.

When we are ready to reopen, we will send out an announcement via our e-newsletter, social media, and post it on our website. Also, feel free to call to check in for the latest updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we do our best to keep our community as safe as possible.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear District 143 Teachers,

I am thrilled to announce that the SWAN consortium of 100 libraries (to which all the public libraries serving the students of District 143 belong) has purchased a robust collection of online databases for use by member library cardholders.

What's a database? A database is an expertly curated collection of online resources that would normally not be available on the free Internet. Databases typically contain more reliable information than the free internet for academic use.

What's included? Resources of special interest to elementary and junior high students, their teachers, and their parents and guardians include:

NoveList K-8 Plus: Reading recommendations for kids' fiction and nonfiction that you can search by Lexile, subject, and grade level.

Primary Search: Resources to support elementary school students, including encyclopedias specifically for kids, articles from children's magazines including Highlights and Junior Scholastic, and a large image collection.

Middle Search Plus: Resources to support middle school students, including biographies, magazines, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Includes Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more. Articles include reading level indicators (Lexile).

History Reference Center: Full-text articles to support research in history and genealogy and lesson plans to support student learning.

Points of View Reference Center: Resources for students to understand issues, develop critical thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

Science Reference Center: Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy. Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library.

How do my students get started? To access all the databases in the package, students should go to the link for their home library below and login using their library card and PIN. If a student needs a library card, their parent or guardian should contact their home library using the contact information also provided via these links. (And teachers, if you live in the Chicagoland area, there's a very good chance your home library is also a member of SWAN and also gives you access with your library card!)

Crestwood: https://swanlibraries.net/lib/cws/

Markham and Posen: https://swanlibraries.net/lib/mks/

Midlothian: https://swanlibraries.net/lib/mds/

Robbins: https://swanlibraries.net/lib/ros

Need assistance? Midlothian Public Library staff can provide instruction in the use of these resources for teachers, parents and guardians, or students, individually or as a group, via phone or Zoom. if you have interest in an instruction session, please contact me via the email below. Or, if you just have a quick question, please call (708) 535-2027 and ask for the Help Desk!

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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The library had to close early today (1/6/21) due to a building issue. We will reopen tomorrow for curbside service at 9 am tomorrow (1/7/21) .

Happy New Year from the Library!

Whether your new year's resolutions are academic or practical, we have information that can help you! The SWAN consortium of 100 libraries (to which Midlothian Public Library belongs) has purchased a robust collection of online databases for use by member library cardholders. 

What's a database? It’s an expertly curated collection of online resources that would normally not be available on the free Internet. Databases typically contain more reliable information than the free internet for school, professional, and personal use. For example... 

Looking for sources for a research project? Younger learners can get age-appropriate articles and images from Primary Search or Middle Search Plus, while older learners can get materials from Academic Search Premiere, MasterFILE Premiere and other subject-specific collections. 

Looking for practical information you can use? Consumer Reports provides reliable product reviews, Auto Repair Source can help you fix your car, Legal Information Reference Center answers questions on business, family, real estate law, and more, and Small Business Reference Center includes videos, an advice section, and can help you create a business plan. 

Looking for reading recommendations? NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus suggest books for you and your kids and teens based on what you've liked to read in the past. The Core Collections review the best books in any genre for any age group. 

How do I get started? To access a complete list of databases, go to https://swanlibraries.net/lib/mds/ OR go towww.midlothianlibrary.org and click DIGITAL LIBRARY. You will need your library card number and PIN to login. 

Need assistance? Just give us a call at (708) 535-2027 and ask for our Help Desk. Our staff can help you access the resource that will help you most and find the information you need. 

Wishing you safety and wellness, 

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director 

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