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Ancestry.com Remote Access Extended

Remote access to Ancestry.com has been extended through the end of March 2021. This is the fifth time remote access has been extended and the library hopes that eventually remote access will be allowed on a permanent basis.

Click here to access or find it on the website by going to Learn & Research > Databases. Find it alphabetically in the list or find all of our online genealogical resources by selecting the category "Genealogy" from the "Browse by Topic" drop down menu.

Charlie Brown Holiday Specials

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas will air commercial-free on WTTW Sunday, November 22, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. respectively. In October Apple TV+ acquired the rights to be the sole home of the Peanuts' holiday specials and only available to subscribers. Thousands of people petitioned that It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and the other holiday family specials are part of holiday traditions and should be shown on network television especially during these difficult times. An agreement was reached between PBS and Apple TV+.

You can also check out A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving or A Charlie Brown Christmas on dvd or a Roku with Apple TV+ to watch them more than once.

Read Newspapers Online

The library subscribes to two online content providers that will get you text access to the current issues of several very popular newspapers.

The newest, Global Newsstream, has access to the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Barron's and over 6,000 other publications from around the world.

With Chicago Area Newspapers, you can access content from the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald along with content from many local newspapers.

Find them by clicking the links above or going to Learning & Research > Databases, then select the category "News".

New Binge Boxes

Are you looking for some indoor fun for winter break? Our new dvd binge boxes for kids are here! These themed sets are great for the whole family. Check our catalog to see what's available, and borrow one today for the perfect movie night.

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Honoring John Prine

Legendary folk singer-songwriter,John Prine, passed away on April 7 at the age of 73. The boy from Maywood, Illinois was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger Ebert wrote an article about him after seeing him perform and interviewing him at a Chicago folk club in 1970. 

Listen to some of John Prine's moving music, including "Angel from Montgomery" and "Sam Stone"on Hoopla.




Honoring Romance Novelist Donna Kauffman

Bestselling romance novelist Donna Kauffman passed away on April 9 at the age of 60.  Alicia Condon, Kauffman's book editor, said, "Donna had a special gift for telling tender, uplifting stories while offering a uniquely insightful glimpse at the human condition,"  The prolific author of seventy novels also contributed a reality TV column to USA Today's Happy Ever After blog until 2015.

BookPage conducted an interview with Donna in 2018.

Read or listen to some of her books on Overdrive or Hoopla.

Find Your Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plan

Shopping for a Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap) plan? The library has a tool available in its Financial Ratings Series subscription to help you select the best plan for you. Once you get into the resource, look for the Medigap link and answer a few demographic questions to generate your comprehensive report. Financial Ratings Series is provided by Weiss Ratings, an independent rater of financial and insurance products.

Use the link above or find it at ippl.info > Learning & Research > Databases > Financial Ratings Series. You will need an Indian Prairie Public Library card to use this tool from home. If you don't have an Indian Prairie card, see if your library also subscribes to this resource or come in and use the library's computers as there is no card required if you use the resource from inside the library.




Star Wars Reads Month

"Read. This is the way."

Celebrate reading and Star Wars for the ninth year of Star Wars Reads Month. From padawans to experienced Jedi, find a wide variety of activity pages, coloring pages, and book logs on the official Star Wars Reads website.

Browse the library's collection of Star Wars books and graphic novels for all ages to get you in the spirit.

Tribute to Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the rock band, Van Halen, passed away on October 6 at the age of 65. Eddie and his brother Alex founded Van Halen in 1972 which also featured Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth and later Sammy Hagar. He was known for his exuberant, lightning-fast solos. Eddie's guitar sound, heavy on tapping, with both hands on the neck of the instrument, made him one of the all-time great guitar players in rock history. A blend of spontaneity and precision ran through Eddie's greatest performances.

Throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, Van Halen became increasingly successful. Early hits such as 1979's "Dance the Night Away" eventually gave way to the bestselling 1984, the band's sixth album which spawned the chart-topping "Jump," as well as flamboyant hits like "Panama" and "Hot for Teacher." They went to the top of the charts with its next four albums: 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), and Balance (1995).

Some of Eddie's solos that showcase his guitar techniques were "Eruption" and "I'm the One" from Van Halen, "Cathedral" from Diver Down, "Mean Street" from Fair Warning, and "Drop Dead Legs" from 1984. Eddie Van Halen took less than an hour to record the electrifying solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It," and he wasn't even paid for it.

Eddie Van Halen also dedicated his time to tweaking and adjusting the tools of his trade. The man who created the Frankenstrat (a cross between a Fender and a Gibson electric guitar) holds three different patents having to do with guitars.

For the album, Unlawful Carnal Knowledge the Van Halen band received Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album at the 1992 American Music Awards and the 1992 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocals. Also, they received MTV Music video awards for Best Stage Performance in a Video for Jump in 1984 and Video of the Year for Right Now in 1992. In 2007 Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Listen to some of Van Halen's music or read biographies about Eddie Van Halen and Van Halen on Hoopla.

Celebrating Diana Rigg

Veteran movie, stage, and television actress, Diana Rigg, passed away on September 10 at the age of 82. The Emmy and Tony award winning British actress is best known for her performance as Emma Peel in The Avengers in the 1960s and recently as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.

She began her acting career on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and continued acting in plays throughout her life in London and on Broadway. Diana won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in Medea.

In 1990 she won a British Academy Film Award (Bafta) for the role of an obsessive mother in the BBC television drama, Mother Love. She won an Emmy for portraying Mrs Danvers in Rebecca (1997) and starred as the amateur detective Mrs. Bradley in the PBS series, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries.

On the big screen she starred in the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, opposite George Lazenby and became the only Bond girl to get the secret agent to the altar, although the marriage was abruptly cut short when her character was shot dead soon after the wedding. Others movies she acted in were Theater of Blood, The Assassination Bureau, and The Painted Veil.

Diana was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth II for her long contributions to theater and film.

Watch a few of Diana Rigg's movies or television programs or read a biography about her on Hoopla.

Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Groundbreaking Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18 at the age of 87. She was nominated for her position by President Bill Clinton, and served from 1993 until her passing. She was a true champion of justice and fought to end gender discrimination. Ginsburg notably co-founded the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in 1972. Decades later, she inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair pay Act, which helps workers win pay discrimination claims. 

She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2002 received the ABA medal from American Bar Association in 2010. Her legacy will live on as a champion for women, girls, and anyone who dissents the notion of inequality.

For more information on Ginsburg's life, read Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and LawRuth Bader Ginsburg: a Life; or Notorious RBG: the Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Read My Own Words for an autobiographical account of her life.

Young readers will enjoy I dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality.

You can also check out or stream RBG on Hoopla.


Honoring Olivia de Havilland

Legendary actress Olivia de Havilland passed away on July 26 at the age of 104. She was one of the last remaining stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her career spanned more than fifty years and forty-nine feature films. She won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role for To Each His Own and The Heiress. Olivia was well known for her roles in Gone with the Wind, The Snake Pit, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte. She had an ongoing rivalry with her younger sister, actress Joan Fontaine.

Backed by the Screen Actors Guild, Olivia took Warner Brothers to court in 1943 when it added time to her original contract as a penalty for turning down roles. The California Supreme Court ruled in her favor in what became known as the De Havilland Law, which loosened the grip studios had on their actors.

In 1952 Olivia's handprints and footprints and handprints were added to a concrete slab at Grauman's Chinese Theater, and in 1960 she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2017 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Watch a few of Olivia de Havilland's movies or read a biography about her on Hoopla.


Honoring John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis, a Civil Rights icon, passed away on July 17 at the age of 80. He was instrumental in the historic nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the United States. John Lewis joined the Freedom Riders in 1961 who were determined to ride an integrated bus from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans. In 1963 he became chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee until 1966. John Lewis was one of the "Big Six" leaders who organized the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, which led to the Civil Rights Act. In March 1965 he helped lead a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama for African American voting rights which became violent and was known as "Bloody Sunday." In 1970 he became Director of the Voter Education Project until 1977.

John Lewis was elected to the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district in 1986 and served seventeen terms. At the time of his death, he was the senior Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Party and a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. In an increasingly polarized Washington, John Lewis managed to gather and maintain admirers across party lines.

The civil rights icon has also been honored with numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the NAACP's Spingarn Medal and the sole John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage Award" for Lifetime Achievement.

View The Washington Post's a visual story to remember his legacy.

John Lewis wrote the March trilogy, graphic novels depicting the first-hand account of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Borrow them from Hoopla.

Watch documentaries, Freedom Riders, on Hoopla or check out The March: the story of the greatest march in American history.

Online: Free Legal Consultations for Immigrants: August 4

Talk to a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative from World Relief DuPage/Aurora for free for half an hour on immigrant related issues (including citizenship) on August 4, 2020. There are six time slots. By appointment only. Click on the time that you want to register. All one-on-one meetings will be over a secure virtual platform. You will be sent instructions to join the meeting the day before, or the morning of, the appointment. If you have questions, please call 630-887-8760 and ask for Joe Popowitch.

Celebrating Carl Reiner

The legendary comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer, Carl Reiner, passed away on June 29 at the age of 98. His career scanned seven decades. Carl Reiner is best known for The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1959 he created the pilot for a TV series, Man of the House, which became The Dick Van Dyke Show. He won five Emmy Awards for writing and producing the show. It was on television for five years and then went into syndication for many generations to enjoy.

In the 1950s Carl Reiner acted in Your Show of Shows and acted and started his writing career with Caesar's Hour starring Sid Caesar. In 1960 he teamed up with Mel Brooks and their routine "The 2000 Year Old Man" was a huge success. They won a Grammy Award for the album based on this routine.

Some of his memorable movies were Ocean's Eleven, The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!, The Jerk, The End, Oh, God!, The Thrill of it All, All of Me, and Toy Story 4.

Carl Reiner won many awards and honors. In 1960 he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2000 Carl was awarded the Mark Twain for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. The Directors Guild of America awarded the talented director with the Honorary Life Member Award. Carl and his son, Rob Reiner, became the first father-son duo to have their footprints and handprints added to a concrete slab at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 2017.

Watch The Dick Van Dyke Show on Hoopla. Listen to Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks' 2000 Year Old Man routines on Hoopla.