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Winter is cold, and you may not always want to leave your home to visit the library. But did you know about the library’s digital resources that you can access anytime, anywhere, from a personal computer, tablet, smartphone, or other device? Just start at www.midlothianlibrary.org!

All you need is your library card number and your PIN. If you don’t know your PIN, you can reset it through the MY ACCOUNT function on the top right hand corner of the website--or just call the library and ask our staff to help you.

Then, in the middle of our homepage, hover over the middle menu item entitled DIGITAL LIBRARY.

Under E-MEDIA, you can access cloudLibrary—an easy source for downloading e-books and e-audiobooks with little to no wait time.

You can also access hoopla, a platform for streaming or downloading movies, TV series, music, comics, and e-books and e-audiobooks as well.

And our tried-and-true e-book and e-audiobook service Media on Demand is still available.

Want articles from our nation’s premiere newspaper with no paywall? Use our subscription to New York Times Digital Edition. Call the library for the username and password, then go to www.midlothianlibrary.org/nyt for access.

Under, DIGITAL LEARNING, pull down the menu for “ESL & Languages” to find Mango Languages, an interactive language learning software.

Also under DIGITAL LEARNING, there are resources for a variety of interests. Making a major purchase? Try Consumer Reports. Genealogy buff? Check out MyHeritage. Avid reader looking for more books just like the last one you loved? Click on NoveList Plus. Need a phone book from anywhere in the country? Look up Reference USA. Plus we have a variety of research databases of information of personal or academic interest.

Do you feel a little daunted by all these online resources and want some one-on-one assistance with them? Or maybe you got a new laptop, tablet, or e-reader this holiday season and need some help figuring it out. Call us at (708) 535-2027 and ask for the Help Desk. Our staff will be happy to make an appointment with you to come in and get all your questions answered. And as always, you can just walk in and ask for assistance too. Our staff are ready and eager to serve you.

Stay warm! - Jennifer

winter readingsmall"Happy New Year, Midlothian! What’s new at the library? Chromebooks! Starting soon, these laptop computers may be checked out by Midlothian library card holders 10 year of age and older, for up to 2 hours of in-library use per day. You can use these devices to connect to the Internet using our free library Wi Fi, and wireless printing is available. What’s the best thing about these Chromebooks? You can use them anywhere in the library—in the commons, in the café, or in a cozy corner! Looking for a quiet space to work alone or collaborate with colleagues on a project? Use our conference/study room (sign up at Check Out desk).

Looking to try a new kind of book club in 2017? Visit our new Graphic Novel Club for adults and older teens. Want to learn some new computer skills? Check out our newly designed Tech Essentials classes. New programs for our youngest patrons include the “Play, Baby, Play” group for infants and toddlers and the “Shake It Up” music and movement story time.

Some old, familiar programs are coming back too! This January and February we are again offering our Winter Reading program for all ages. Look for details in the Adult, Teen, and Children’s program sections of the newsletter.

In February, the library will observe African American History Month. On Thursday, February 9, from 6:30-7:30 PM, we will welcome back the phenomenal storyteller Oba William King to share traditional African folktales. Our Adult Book Discussion Group’s selection in February will be Homegoing by the Ghanaian author Yaa Gyasi.

The weather outside may be snowy and cold, but there’s plenty going on inside at the Library. Come gather around our fireplace and cozy up with a good book! - Jennifer

The Library will be CLOSED on the following days in December: 

December 9 - Staff Institute Day,

December 24 - 26 - Library Closed for the Holiday,

December 31 - January 2 - Library Closed for the Holiday

winter readingsmallOn November 22, the library said farewell to Director Heather McCammond-Watts. In the short time she was with us, she made a tremendous impact on this library and this community, and we are grateful for her service and leadership. My name is Jennifer Cottrill, the library’s new Director. I’ve worked at Midlothian Public Library for almost four years in the teen, children’s, and adult services departments. As your library’s Director, my main goal is to provide continuity throughout our leadership transition and to provide you, our public, with the best service possible. I want to keep my ears open to your concerns, so please feel free to share them with me as I learn and grow in my new role.

What’s new at the library this month? After many months of hard work, we have launched our new website! Check it out at www.midlothianlibrary.org. I think you’ll like its updated style and ease of use. Let us know your feedback!

December, of course, means the holidays. As we’ve done in years past, we’ll run our Food for Fines program November 25 through December 30. Every non-perishable item donated will count for $1 of forgiven fines (up to $10). Food will be distributed to families in need via St. Christopher and St. Stephen Churches. We are also serving as a drop-off spot for the toy drive sponsored by the Midlothian Community Policing Committee and Midlothian Neighborhood Watch. Please be generous in this season of giving.

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! - Jennifer

Fall Reading2Happy ThanksReading! As the weather starts to turn, and the autumn leaves start to fall, my thoughts often turn towards cozy nights spent at home curled up with a fascinating book, or watching an absorbing family movie (with popcorn and malt balls…you should try it!) - Heather