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December 5, 2013 — Eighty years ago today, on Dec. 5 1933, the 18th Amendment was repealed, bringing national alcohol prohibition to an end. Read more about the country's response in this article retrived from the library's digitized New York Times Historical Newspaper database:
Discover more through our online magazine and newspaper resources by clicking here.
You can now access Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook from computers outside the Library if you have an HPPL card. You will need to register the first time you use it, but this will give you the privilege to submit reviews for all kinds of local services. It’s simliar to Yelp or Amazon, but you don’t have to write clever reviews, just concise.
|The popular Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook contains articles and ratings on a wide variety of local service firms, professionals, and stores. It includes ratings for insurance companies, plumbers, heating and air conditioning contractors, auto repair shops, dentists, doctors and more.|
The Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook online database also includes their national online Guide to Top Doctors, which lists 20,000 of the top-rated physicians in 35 specialties across the country, as well as their Guide to Hospitals which provides detailed information and ratings of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide.
Non-HPPL cardholders, please click here. (avaiable only inside the library)
The Thanksgiving Day Parade is a cultural touchstone. It was different in 1929, when the Allied Patriotic Societies protested that the parade interfered with Thanksgiving Day worship, and asked the New York City Police Commisioner to withdraw the parade permit.
You can see this, and other articles about Thanksgiving Days past, in the library's online resource, New York Times Historical Newspaper. Note that Percy Straus of the R. H. Macy Company stated in the article that "... the word Macy was used once in the course of the parade, and there was no blatant advertising." Times have certainly changed!
Although the library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, you can access this and many other databases from home using your Highland Park Library Card.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Adult Services Department!
The United States changed forever when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. News coverage was immediate and all-encompassing. You can see the Chicago Tribune coverage in the library's premium resource, Historical Chicago Tribune. Here's a copy of the front page from November 23, 1963.
The front page of the Chicago Tribune on November 9, 2013 featured a story commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The library's Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper and New York Times Historical Newspaper online resources allow you to see how this horrific event was reported in real time to readers in 1938. Take a look and see why journalism is called "the rough first draft of history!"
Our premimum historical newspaper databases provide easy access to the past. Researchers can search a variety of different article types to find exactly what they are looking for, including:
Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper
Full page and article images with searchable full text. Coverage: 1849-1984.
Full-text articles from 1985 to the present
For a full list of other newspaper and magazine electronic resources click here
New York Times Historical Newspaper
The New York Times in its entirety from 1857 through 1999. Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Advertisements and photos included.
New York Times
Search the New York Times from the Lexis Nexis interface The database contains articles from 06/01/1980 to present
Don’t risk your business, investments, or class grade on sketchy research.
Google is great, but when you want to be sure you have hard facts and authoritative information, the library’s premium online resources are the way to go. Premium resources are collections of professional-grade information, written, complied, and organized by experts.
Composed of published works where facts are checked and an editorial process is used
Well-organized, providing advanced searching that can help narrow a topic or suggest related subjects
Typically written from a neutral point of view, without hidden bias
Updated frequently and indicates the date of publication, so you can confirm how current the information is
Often available by subscription only
Examples include Consumer Reports Online, LexisNexis, Morningstar Investment Research Center, Ancestry.com, World Book encyclopedia, and others. The library subscribes to more than 60 such services, covering a wide range of subject areas including business, genealogy, history and geography, test preparation, language learning, technology and computers, health and medicine, auto repair, and more.
Access is free when you log in with your Highland Park Public Library card. Most premium resources are available from your personal computer or mobile device. For a small handful of these resources, access is limited by the publisher to in-library use only. Find the full list at: http://hplibrary.org/onlineresources/a-z
Zombies, werewolves and aliens don't frighten everyone. Some people find nothing scarier than reading a book and knowing that what they are reading is actually true. Here are a few choices:
Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Communiyt of Jedwabne, Poland by Jan T. Gross. On July 10, 1941, half of the population of this town herded the other half into a barn doused with kerosene and burned them to death. Accordionists played to drown out the screams of the dying. Historian Jan T. Gross exposes this horrific true story of human nature at its worst.
All the Presidents Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. Secret meetings in deserted parking garages, the Attorney General of the United States threatening the publisher of the Washington Post, the race to uncover abuse of power by the President of the United States. Riveting and true, even if Bob Woodward didn't look like Robert Redford.
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. Mother Nature unleashes her wrath on the Great Plains during the Dust Bowl. Egan paints a terrfiying picture of the time through heartbreaking true life experiences.
What scares you?
For 125 years, the National Geographic Society has championed the exploration, discovery, and appreciation of the wonders of our planet.
From the North Pole to the South Pole, and the summit of Everest to the depths of the sea, the National Geographic Society have sent researchers, reporters, and adventurers into the unknown.