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Tony Hahn
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A final word of PlainTalk
Well folks, this is the last official post on the PlainTalk blog for the Des Plaines Public Library. On February 4th, we're launching a brand new website. We'll be blogging right on the website. It will be called "The Blog". Fancy, right? The best part is t...

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No Kidding Around!
The long-time Youth Services blog "Kidding Around" will cease at the end of this month, and the Des Plaines Public Library will move to a library-wide blog featuring posts from different departments and covering a wide variety of topics. Our entire web site...

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Read the world's breaking news with Library Press Display
This month we're featuring Library Press Display , your online portal to the world's news. Library Press Display gathers together thousands of papers from around the world. They're searchable and readable right from your computer (yes, you can do this from ...

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Books for a smarter, happier, better you from 2013
As 2013 comes to a close, let's look at some of the books that we think will make you smarter, better, and happier. Whether you want to know how to your smartphone or get new insights into history, here are some of our favorites. Biography Nine Years under ...

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24 Holiday Songs to Download
Celebrate the holidays with free downloadable songs from the library. Everyday this month we'll be posting a fun holiday classic to download. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for daily updates. We're also posting the songs to our 24 Holiday Songs...

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Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah
We hope you have a very pleasant Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and holiday weekend. The library will be closed on Thursday, but don't worry! We're open again on Friday. If you're too stuffed to come to the library, you can always check your account online or down...

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Beer, it's brewing at the library
Brewing beer at home is a popular DIY activity and we want to help you learn more about it. Scott Pointon, a home brewing advocate , will lead a program at the library called "You can brew it" next week. We also have some useful resources for learning more ...

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Write a 50,000 word novel during NaNoWriMo
If you've always wanted to write a novel, but the thought of a blank page terrifies you, then NaNoWriMo is for you. Don't let the empty page paralyze you! National Novel Writing Month, which happens every November, is a chance to set your fear to the side a...

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Download Free Music Faster with Freegal
Freegal music—our downloadable music service—has a new home page that makes downloading music easier and faster. You also can download music videos to keep, just like the music tracks. Freegal includes the entire Sony catalog in addition to a huge collectio...

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The Wilhelm Scream is stock sound footage that has long been an inside joke amongst movie sound editors and has crept into every imaginable corner of Hollywood. It often accompanies a character being shot, falling from a height, or being thrown by an explos...
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