Archive for 03/2020

Staff Picks

Sources to Ease Financial Burden Due to Covid-19

It’s hard to stay on top of the news and programs offered in this dynamic Covid-19 environment. We’ve compiled a list of practical resources to help navigate the web for assistance, particularly financial, during this ever-changing time. Updated April 30, 2020

Government Resources

City of Desplaines

Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information

Important City Updates

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Family Fridays

Keeping ‘em Happy

From time to time, a parent comes up to the Youth Services Desk with a rather sheepish look on their face.

“My kid asked me to get some book...about underwear…?”

“ problem. Captain Underpants?”

The parent, relieved, follows me to the “P” section of J Fiction, explaining along the way that they’re trying to get their kid to read something else, but all they want is Captain Underpants.

“I get it,” I reply. “My kids loved it too.” 

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The Library Never REALLY Closes

We are looking after our patrons in many ways during this temporary closure of the library in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Illinois Governor Pritzker's "Shelter in Place" Executive Order.

We have a lot of great online resources available to patrons with Des Plaines Library cards. If you do not have a library card, you can fill out our online application from home. We will process temporary cards while we are closed so that you can access our online resources. We will issue physical cards once we re-open. 

We want you to get what you need now, so we will be increasing access to checkouts in Hoopla from 10 a month to 20.

We will also be keeping a close eye on holds and ordering additional copies of in-demand ebooks and eaudiobooks so that our patrons can get them faster.

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Happening at the library


When the pandemic closed the schools, we followed their example (as stated in our pandemic plan). We don't know when we will be able to reopen; that depends on the virus' spread, Governor Pritzker, and our continued efforts to keep our public and staff safe and healthy.  

Staff is working remotely and answering patron questions whenever they come in. 

If your question is not listed below, please email and we will get back to you very quickly.

Or contact us specifically for:

E-book purchase suggestions

Reference and technology questions

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