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The library had to close early today (1/6/21) due to a building issue. We will reopen tomorrow for curbside service at 9 am tomorrow (1/7/21) .

Happy New Year from the Library!

Whether your new year's resolutions are academic or practical, we have information that can help you! The SWAN consortium of 100 libraries (to which Midlothian Public Library belongs) has purchased a robust collection of online databases for use by member library cardholders. 

What's a database? It’s an expertly curated collection of online resources that would normally not be available on the free Internet. Databases typically contain more reliable information than the free internet for school, professional, and personal use. For example... 

Looking for sources for a research project? Younger learners can get age-appropriate articles and images from Primary Search or Middle Search Plus, while older learners can get materials from Academic Search Premiere, MasterFILE Premiere and other subject-specific collections. 

Looking for practical information you can use? Consumer Reports provides reliable product reviews, Auto Repair Source can help you fix your car, Legal Information Reference Center answers questions on business, family, real estate law, and more, and Small Business Reference Center includes videos, an advice section, and can help you create a business plan. 

Looking for reading recommendations? NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus suggest books for you and your kids and teens based on what you've liked to read in the past. The Core Collections review the best books in any genre for any age group. 

How do I get started? To access a complete list of databases, go to https://swanlibraries.net/lib/mds/ OR go towww.midlothianlibrary.org and click DIGITAL LIBRARY. You will need your library card number and PIN to login. 

Need assistance? Just give us a call at (708) 535-2027 and ask for our Help Desk. Our staff can help you access the resource that will help you most and find the information you need. 

Wishing you safety and wellness, 

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director 

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Dear Library Patrons,

This year, the library's hours of curbside service operations during the weeks of the holidays will be:

  • Monday, Dec. 21 - Wednesday, Dec. 23: OPEN 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, Dec. 24 - Saturday, Dec. 26: CLOSED
  • Monday, Dec. 28 - Wednesday, Dec. 30: OPEN 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, Dec. 31 - Saturday, Jan. 2: CLOSED

On Monday, January 4, 2021 we will resume our normal hours for curbside service:

  • Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Don't forget, in addition to checkout of library materials via curbside pickup and homebound delivery, we are offering curbside print, fax, scan, copy, and library card application service. Call us at (708) 535-2027 with any questions regarding how we can serve you at this time!

Wishing you safety and wellness and a peaceful holiday season...

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

We wish we could gather with you in person right now, but since we can't, we're offering the next best thing--holiday programs for adults via Zoom!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas: American Christmas Traditions Thursday, December 10, 7:00-8:00 PM

Educational entertainer and actress Martina Mathisen will run this sleigh ride. She will elaborate on some of those jolly ol' traditions like: How did Saint Nicholas become Santa? Why are there Poinsettia's everywhere? Why do we light our Christmas Trees? This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Please click HERE to register and to view instructions for joining the Zoom meeting.

Cookie Decorating for Beginners Monday, December 21, 6:30-7:30 PM

In this beginner sugar cookie decorating class we will make fun holiday themed cookies that will wow your friends and family! The live virtual class will focus on how the recipes were prepared and then step-by-step guidance to create a delicious art form you can eat! Please click HERE to register, to view instructions for joining the Zoom meeting, and to get the cookie recipe and supply list!

Don't forget, we're still offering checkout of library materials via curbside pickup and homebound delivery, as well as curbside print, fax, scan, copy, and library card application service. Call us at (708) 535-2027 with any questions regarding how we can serve you at this time!

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

We know that accessing the materials you love to read is harder than ever during the pandemic. That's why we are proud to introduce a new eMagazine platform called Flipster!

To access, click HERE, or via our website, www.midlothianlibrary.org, go to DIGITAL LIBRARY > E-MEDIA > Flipster. There is also a free Flipster mobile app available wherever you get your apps. Login using your library card number and PIN.

Don't have a library card? Go to the upper right-hand corner of our website and click CARD SIGNUP to get a temporary card number you can use immediately for eMagazines, eBooks, and other digital materials. After that, staff will contact you to turn your temporary card into a permanent one.

Forgot your PIN? Go to www.midlothianlibrary.org/reopening and click Resetting Your PIN. Or call us during business hours at (708) 535-2027, and staff can reset it for you.

We've started small with our collection of eMagazines, trying for a little something for a lot of different interests. If you have a suggestion you'd like to see us add to our eMagazine collection in the future, please feel free to call or email us with that recommendation, and we'll take that into consideration.

Also, don't forget that we're open for curbside pickup of library materials and curbside copying, faxing, scanning, and printing service. Call us for more info!

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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