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Making Cookie Cutters in The Hub

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  Elisabet M. enjoys making special custom-decorated cookies for her family and friends.  However, she realized how time-consuming it was for her to hand-cut card stock to make the special shapes.  Elisabet was familiar with The Hub’s 3D Printer from taking her children to Hub classes, asked the staff for help, and soon made her own custom cookie cutters! “The staff helped me understand the steps to use the 3D Printer and told me about Thingiverse.com where I found 3D designs of cookie cutters in the shapes I needed.  Their help made it very easy to make my own cookie cutters,” said Elisabet.  “Making my own cookie cutters is fun and also saves me money and time,” said Elisabet.  “It would cost at least $10 for one cookie cutter from a specialty website and might take weeks to arrive, but in The Hub, I can get them in a much shorter time.” Next, Elisabet explored designing stencils on the Silhouette Cameo to personalize the icing and decorations for her cookies.  Again the staff led he

LGBTQ+ History Month

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  October is LGBTQ+ History Month, a time to reflect on the important people and events that have shaped the history of this marginalized community. From the Stonewall riots to the AIDS crisis, from key people like Harvey Milk and Sharice Davids to the tales of everyday members of the LGBTQ+ population, there is plenty to learn about this month. Below is a selection of documentaries and books you have access to with your Grayslake library card. Documentaries: Welcome to Chechnya (Kanopy video) P.S. Burn This Letter Please (Kanopy video) Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (Kanopy video) The Times of Harvey Milk (DVD) Paris is Burning (DVD) Picture Books: Sharice's Big Voice by Sharice Davids Stonewall: A Building, An Uprising, A Revolution by Rob Sanders ‘Twas the Night Before Pride by Joanna McClintick I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel The Meaning of Pride by Rosiee Thor Adult Nonfiction How to Survive a Plague by David France Real Queer America: LGBT Stories From Red States by

Horror Movies: Classic vs. New

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year- Halloween.  The season to face our fears and take a small step toward the realm of horror, through movies of course!  Jason, Freddy, Ghostface, and Michael have cemented their status as horror legends not only for their stories' originality but for the characters' relevancy decades after their debut. Classic horror movies from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s captured a sense of nostalgia that explains a simpler time when a landline phone could cause terror. The most important goal of classic horror films was to show audiences something they’d never seen before, and many of them did. The horror genre has changed since, and it’s now much harder to show a new concept to audiences. Modern-day horror films are looking to terrify their viewers using special effects, better-developed characters, and strong plotlines. New horror films are pushing past the genre and are racking up awards on their way to the top, accomplishing what classic horror films c

Halloween Monsters

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  Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by enjoying a good, spooky story? This Thursday, October 6th, at 7:00pm , adults and teens are invited to join author William Pack for some Ghostly Tales (register here ). If you’re looking for more, we here at the Grayslake Area Library are happy to recommend titles featuring classic monsters for all ages! Frankenstein for Kids: Frankenstein (A Monstrous Parody) by Rick Walton What is the Story of Frankenstein? by Sheila Keenan Frankenslime by Joy Keller Frankenstein for Teens: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White Frankenstein for Adults: Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley Vampires for Kids: Bunnicula by Deborah Howe Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace I Love My Fangs! by Kelly Leigh Miller Vampires for Teens: The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh Vampires for Adults: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice Zombies for Kids: The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier Zom

Hispanic Heritage Month

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  Driving around last weekend, you may have noticed a number of Mexican flags being flown proudly. This is because Mexico celebrates its independence day on September 16. Many other Latin American countries hold this celebration in a relatively short span of time: September 15 is the independence day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and Chile celebrates on September 18. In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the week of September 15 to be National Hispanic Heritage Week, to celebrate the contributions of Latinx individuals to the US and Latin American countries. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance period to cover September 15 to October 15. As such, we here in the Americas have been honoring this observance for over five decades. Here at the Grayslake Library, we are proud to promote the works of Latinx creators, all of which you can access with your library card! Books for youth: Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo Solimar by Pam Muñoz

National Library Card Sign-Up Month

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There are few things as empowering as a library card; this small, thin card is a key that opens up a whole new world of information, entertainment, and opportunities, all for free! September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and if you haven’t already got yours, we here at the Grayslake Area Library (GAPL) encourage you to come in and register today! Click here for more information. Library cards are for people of all ages; from newborns to great-great-grandparents, everyone is welcome! When you sign up for a library card, you are joining a diverse community of learners and explorers. What can you do with your GAPL card? We’re so glad you asked! Of course, you can check out books, movies, and other media, but did you know that we have puzzles and board games for all ages? Have you heard about our Library of Things ? This special collection hosts a wide variety of tools and kits, from Chromebooks and video game controllers to sewing machines and even telescopes! Skip the subscri

New Learning & Research Tools!

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Here at the Grayslake Library, it is our privilege to help you as you learn, grow, and explore, and to facilitate this we have acquired several new databases and tools that you can access for free with your GAPL library card. First up, we have Peterson’s Test and Career Prep . This resource is perfect for brushing up on academic skills, and of course, for preparing for tests, careers, job interviews, and more. It also provides tips and tricks for crafting eye-catching cover letters and resumes. Next up, we have Pressreader , an online newspaper database that grants access to publications across the country, including the Chicago Tribune. It also has several magazine titles, such as Newsweek, Good Food, and Variety. Fiero Code is a self-paced learning platform that teaches kids ages 8-18 the fundamentals of code. Languages the teaching tool has access to include, but are not limited to, HTML, JavaScript, and Python. And while you’re checking out the new databases, why not look at some