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Pint & Click Podcasts 24 & 25 Now Available!

The gang at the Pint & Click Podcast are back! Dave, Jami and Tony have released their first two episodes of 2017, featuring some recommendations (and non-recommendations) of the latest books, movies and media. Have a listen below, or subscribe on iTunes here.

Pint & Click Podcast Episode 24: Do Not Recommend! (Kindle Fire, Extended Harry Potter Universe, The Dark Knight Rises, Terminator Genisys)

On this episode, Dave, Tony and Jami vent some of their disappointments and frustrations about the Kindle Fire tablet, the extended Harry Potter universe (essentially, any supplemental material released by J.K. Rowling outside of the original seven novels), and the blockbuster films The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Terminator Genisys (2015).

Pint & Click Podcast Episode 25: The Young Pope, Confessions, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

On this episode, Dave, Jami and Tony discuss the new HBO original series The Young Pope, the 2008 novel Confessions by Kanae Minato, the 2003-2005 animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, and the latest film set in the Star Wars universe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Textbook Travail?

At the start of a new semester, perhaps the only thing scarier on a course syllabus than how much needs to be done, is the number of required (print) textbooks.

At the Des Plaines Public Library adult Reference desk on the fourth floor, we get questions about whether we carry a particular textbook or textbooks.

Mostly from college students, but also the occasional one in high school.

The reality:  as a public library, do not own much in the way of college or high school textbooks.


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Get Ready for Income Tax Season

How often have you been advised to do the most difficult thing on your "to do" list first?

Perhaps the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) heard that, too.

This month the IRS announced a number of changes with respect to filing income tax returns.

For details, and how to get going on your income taxes now, take a look at the IRS  "get ready" page.

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Buy the Doritos, but Download the Magazines

I think we've all been tantilized by the headlines of a magazine, the glossy photograph of a celebrity, the delicious winter stew. But "buying" a magazine comes with a little angst - "too expensive", "too much paper", "I can google that". Enter digital magazines, Zinio for Libraries by RBDigital and Flipster magazines.

Binging is perfectly acceptable, and easy. 


Time Magazine available on Flipster

I read magazines from both Zinio for Libraries and Flipster, and I use both my computer and my tablet. I even use my phone sometimes. The two services work a little differently but both use apps for offline capability and both allow streaming from a browser.

We've had Zinio for Libraries for several years and it keeps getting better with new software improvements to the app. We subscribe to a broad range of titles on Zinio and have about 70 titles. This is where I do most of my binging - news, travel, fashion, finance, food, health.  I checkout a good handful of titles at once and then read them through the app at a later time.

Flipster is a newer service for us and it was added to provide some popular titles like Time, Sports Illustrated, Science News and People. There are 13 different titles - a small but mighty collection.

Please know that is your go-to link to get started with your Des Plaines Library card and the place to find help and tutorials. You can certainly bookmark links to go directly to your favorite service, Zinio for Libraries and Flipster. Titles are always available and you do not have to return. You never pay for anything.

So much for New Year's resolutions - INDULGE.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair on Flipster

In-depth feature articles of the rich and famous. The definition of Vanity Fair is a scene or place characterized by frivolity and ostentation according to Merriam-Webster. This magazine is aptly named and a great escape.

The Week

The Week on Flipster

A digest of weekly news and editorials from various notable US and international publications.

Chicago Magazine

The Chicago Magazine on Zinio for Libraries

Not much competition in print. This is the go to magazine for all things Chicago.

Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics on Zinio for Libraries

Born in 1902, this magazine has really kept up with the times. It has something for everyone - the techie, the maker, even the fashion conscious. I learned about Kit and Ace clothing here.

The Economist

The Economist on Zinio for Libraries

Erudite and thorough. This magazine approaches world events from a British and European point of view.