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Surprise, Discovery, and Books!

LibraryAware Mystery February Newsletter

Feb 2021 Mystery Newsletter


There is something sublime in its randomness, its supreme ability to surprise.

Mail is the completion of an event, an act.

Someone put forth an effort to send something and the delivery to your mailbox is the final step, the culmination of a timeless method of communication.

It’s a concept similar to the light of stars, but in a different scope.

Every birthday card, holiday melange of pictures of relatives, or a mere note sent by a treasured friend: all are the representations of someone else’s present, now a few days in the past.

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Happening at the library

20 Ways to “Library” From Your Couch

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We are looking after our patrons in many ways during this temporary return to carry-out service.

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 and you can come to the carry-out desk and pick up your physical card whenever you are ready.   

We want you to get what you need now, so we have access to checkouts in Hoopla and Kanopy 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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Tutors, Homework Help, FAFSA Assistance & more from HelpNow



Are you a student working from home? Or even back in the classroom?

Get extra help with a tough assignment, project or subject you find challenging at HelpNow.

Assistance is offered in both English and Spanish for grades K-!2 and early college years.


Private tutors can be really expensive! At HelpNow you can connect with a live tutor from 2:00 until 11:55 pm, seven days at week for free!

You'll get one-on-one help in Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Writing & Spanish. Just select your grade level to see what subjects are available.

All tutors are experts in their subject areas - ask them as many questions as you want and get the help you need!

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DPPL’s Election 2020 FAQ

Reference librarians answer many questions about where and how to vote in suburban Cook county.

The State of Illinois and the Cook County Clerk's office have very comprehensive websites to get this information.

We have an Election 2020 page on our library website.

But still, it is confusing.

For people that don't use a computer, it can be not only confusing but frustrating. We are here to help. 

Here are the answers to questions that should be top of the list.

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