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Meteorologists say summer starts on June 1st, and astronomers say it's on the summer solstice, but in Highland Park summer really begins when Ravinia opens.
To celebrate a new Ravinia season, we have a display in the lobby, and on Pinterest, of books by and about Ravinia artists. Here are a few of our favorites:
Judy Collins, who opens Ravinia on June 6, has led a life as compelling as her voice is beautiful. Read about it in one of her memoirs: Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: my life in music; Sanity and Grace: a journey of suicide, survival, and strength; Singing Lessons: a memoir of love, loss, hope, and healing; Trust Your Heart: an autobiography.
Ravinia celebrates the centenary of Benjamin Britten with performances of his work on July 17, 24, 27; August 5,13, 17, and September 3. In the early 1940s, Britten, W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Paul and Jane Bowles, and Gypsy Rose Lee (who was writing a mystery novel) shared a house in Brooklyn. Imagine the dinner table conversation! Read the fascinating story in February House by Sherrill Tippins.
Storyteller and Highland Park Library Hero Garrison Keillor performs at Ravinia on June 22. His fiction and nonfiction titles make great summer reading. A few favorites are Happy To Be Here and The Book of Guys.
Beethoven’s compositions are well known, but the question remains, what disease did he suffer from? In Beethoven's Hair, Martin Russell uses forensic science to find the answer.
Happy reading and listening this summer!
OverDrive will release an updated version of the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for iOS and Android (v2.6.5) on Tuesday, May 28.
Due to a change in Apple's privacy policies, OverDrive had to make changes to the way they handle licensing of EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks. As a result, the OMC for iOS v2.6.5 update will de-authorize every users’ Adobe ID and prompt them to authorize again. Audiobook users will be unaffected unless attempting to download parts from a book that was only partially downloaded prior to the v2.6.5 update. Android users will not be affected.
eBooks – Adobe Authorization
After installing the update, users with authorized Adobe IDs in place will see the following message:
Clicking ‘Sign In’ will show the ‘Adobe Authorization’ screen. The deauthorized Adobe ID is pre-populated, so the user will only need to enter the password. The ‘Forgot password?’ link will be available.
Audiobooks – Downloading additional parts
Audiobook users won’t notice anything different unless they attempt to download parts of audiobooks partially downloaded to OMC before installing the v2.6.5 update. In this case, the following message is displayed:
Users will need to download the title again from their digital library website bookshelf to download the missing parts. These updates will be messaged in the App Store and on the “What’s New” screen. Additionally, there are two help articles available for you to help with these updates:
- What to do if there is a 'downloadManagererrorDomain:403' error when trying to download an audiobook using OverDrive Media Console for iOS
Android USERS: The issues with Adobe authorization and audiobook downloads will not impact the Android release of OMC v2.6.5.
Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country. It is held on the last Monday in May, this year falling on May 27th.
Take time out from enjoying the long weekend to observe the National Moment of Remembrance, originated in May 2000 by presidential directive, "to pause for one minute at 3:00 PM (local time) to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all."
Ivonne Rodiguez of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will discuss the costs of attending college, types and sources of financial aid, and how to apply for financial aid. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Auditorium. No registration required.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is the college access and financial aid agency in the state of Illinois that administers scholarship, grant, prepaid tuition, and student loan repayment/forgiveness programs.
This is the first program in our new Dollars and Sense program series. The goal of this series is to provide community members with the information to help manage their personal finance issues with common sense.
Upcoming Dollars and Sense programs:
- June 20: Real World Retirement Planning
- July 18: Money Matters- Budgeting
5:24 PM (Central Time) on May 4th is post time for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. To commemorate the start of another Triple Crown season, books about horses and horseracing are on display in the Adult Services Room. Here are a few favorites.
A Pulitzer-prize winner for her fiction, Jane Smiley writes about her life with horses. As she says, "Every horse story is a love story."
If watching "the most exciting two minutes in sports" isn't enough for you, this book has the history of horses, owners, trainers, trophies, and a DVD on the history of horse racing.
Enjoy your mint juleps, and remember - “Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ” - W.C. Fields
Money Smart Week will be held April 20-27, 2013. The campaign provides a week of classes and events aimed at helping consumers make informed choices when managing their personal finances. Roughly 500 free educational classes will take place in the Chicago area focusing on financial topics for people of all ages and walks of life, from budgeting to estate planning. For more information or to view a complete listing of calendar events around Chicagoland, visit www.moneysmartweek.org.
The Library will be offering three (3) programs during Money Smart Week:
April 22: Powers of Attorney: What's New and How it Affects You
What is power of attorney, a living will, and what is the difference!? Why you should have advanced directives to ensure your wishes are followed. This seminar presented by Kenneth M. Bloom, attorney, CPA, and partner of the Chicago estate planning law firm Peck Bloom, LLC. will also provide an overview of purpose of advanced directives: What is a power of attorney? What is a living will? What is the difference!? and why every person should have them to ensure their health care wishes are followed- even when they are incapacitated. Mr. Bloom will also review the precarious scenarios that can arise if powers of attorney are not drafted properly and how to guarantee that does not happen to you.
April 23: Creating Wealth
An overview of personal wealth-building strategies that includes setting financial goals, budgeting, saving and investing, managing debt, and understanding credit reports and credit scores. Presented by JVS Chicago.
April 24: Identity Theft:How to Protect Yourself
Deidre Burke, Illinois Office of the Comptroller's Consumer Affairs Division, will discuss how to protect yourself against identity theft, identify potential scams and fraud, and how to take appropriate action if you are a victim of identity theft or a scam.
All programs start at 7:30 pm and will be held in the Auditorium.
The past eight months have been a long strange trip for Frommer’s Travel Guides. Last August, Google purchased the Frommers Travel brand from publisher John Wiley and Sons, vowing to continue electronic and print publication. Late last month, Skift.com reported that Google was “quietly pulling the plug” on publication of print travel guides. Last week, Google sold the Frommer’s travel brand back to founder Arthur Frommer, who will be co-president of Frommer Media along with his daughter, Pauline, also a travel guide author.
News reports state that approximately 40 new guides will be available this fall. Title lists are not yet available.
Here are links to some recent news articles about this story:
The Consolidated Election of 2013 will elect candidates for Highland Park City Council, Moraine Township offices, Park District of Highland Park commissioners and school board members for both North Shore School District 112 and Township High School District 113, trustees for the College of Lake County, and the Regional Board of School Trustees.
Township High School District 113 also has a Proposition to Issue $89,000,000 School Building Bonds issue.
What's on your ballot? Where do you vote? Use the Lake County Voter Power site to answer these questions.
Early voting begins March 25 and ends April 6. The early voting site for Highland Park and Moraine Township is Lake County North Shore Health Center,1840 Green Bay Rd., Highland Park, IL 847-984-5323. Voting hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood have produced a Voters Guide to the Consolidated General Election.
We received the IRS 1040 Booklets. (3/4/13)
We have a limited supply of the Illinois 1040 instruction booklets and are asking people to take one (1) booklet per person. Due to state budget cuts, the Illinois Department of Revenue printed 100,000 booklets rather than the 500,000 of previous years. There are no plans to reprint the instruction booklets after the initial 100,000 copies are distributed. (2/20/13)
Most of the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue forms and instruction booklets are available in the Adult Services Department near the Reference Desk. We supply forms for individuals.
We have not received all forms or instruction booklets yet. Additional forms may be received throughtout the tax season.
The Illinois 1040 ES (Estimated) forms are only available online.
Businesses, who need business and employer forms, should order directly from the IRS. Click here for the order form.
Seniors and low-income tax filers can obtain free tax preparation help. The State of Illinois listing of Illinois sites.
Local IRS Offices (open 8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri)
- 5100 River Road, Schiller Park IL, (847) 671-7541
- 230 S. Dearborn, 17th Floor, Chicago IL, (312) 292-4912
Local Illinois Department of Revenue Offices:
- Maine North Regional Building, 9511 W. Harrison Ave., Des Plaines IL, (847) 294-4200
- James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Concourse Level, Chicago IL., (800) 732-8866
Our federal and state tax forms have not arrived. The delay is due to changes in the tax law that Congress passed earlier this month. We'll put the forms out as soon as we receive them.
If you need forms before we can supply them, please check the IRS (http://www.irs.gov/) and Illinois Department of Revenue (http://www.revenue.state.il.us/) web sites. While some forms, instructions, and publications may have been updated for the 2012 tax year others have not, so check the publication date.
Before making the trip to the Library, call the Reference Desk (847/681-7031) to see if our forms have arrived.