The library is CLOSED through April 30th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Illinois Governor Pritzker's "Shelter in Place" Executive Order. All overdue fines and due dates are suspended until the library reopens. The library book drops are closed.
The public has already "moved in" to the Forum, the Early Literacy Center, and the E-Bar, so what is left to do? The Commons, of course, and the resumption of technology group instruction throughout the building. And there's one more big surprise around the corner . . .
Are you get tired of seeing those messages that keep popping up, saying “you have read nine of your ten free articles this month?” And then the ads that take over your screen, telling you how you can subscribe? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just read as many articles as you want, wherever you want, for free? Articles covering everything from world events, fashion and the arts from the newspaper that has been named “the paper of record?”
Well now you can. And it's really easy. If you’re in the library you have unlimited access while in the building, once you've registered. From home you just need to register to redeem 72 hours of free access. You’re basically getting a free subscription that you only need to renew every three days. And renewing is a snap if you save your username and password on your computer, phone or other device.
In addition to today’s news, you’ll also have access to the NYT archive from 1851-1922. Go to the bottom of the NYT homepage to “Tools & Services” and click on “Time Machine.” Try looking up one of your favorite historical events - you’ll see it in the newspaper as it originally appeared.
And whenever you login, you’ll also be able to get suggestions for articles you might like, based on what you’ve recently viewed under “Recommendations.”
My family and I just moved into a new house with much more garden space, which meant that I could finally grow a vegetable garden. The planning of my vegetable patch sort of went like this: chili peppers, more chili peppers, and then we’ll see. In subsequent garden research I came across a vast wealth of tips and information sources that surprised me, a newish gardener.
School ended for my boys last Thursday. As I write this, they’ve been out of school for eight days.
Eight days of near constant sibling rivalry, endless arguments over what to have for lunch (Macaroni and cheese! Crackers! Chocolate cupcakes with tiny pieces of banana on top!), and serious mischief and mess making.
I haven’t been able to get anything done; the boys have been wearing swim trunks since Wednesday (when we ran out of clean laundry), the dishes are undone, and all my plans and tasks -- tabled.
This Friday my husband came home for lunch (I begged him to), and he went through the usual feel-better statements with me: Take a minute to yourself, breath, be in the moment, blah blah.