Black History Month

“What even is Black History Month?” you ask? Ohmygosh, I love how curious you are! Here’s a little infographic primer.

Capeesh? Though GRF said a very cool thing–“in every area of endeavor”–the library, of course, would like to focus on Black writers of all kinds, so starting tomorrow, there will be a new display featuring some books in celebration of Black History Month! There’s something for everyone–novels, poetry, biographies, history–so make sure you come check it out.


There are lots of other amazing books here at ATHS related to Black history that won’t all fit on the display, so if you’re looking for more, I made a shiny little list for you! OR, as usual, you can just come talk to me and I can give you a recommendation.


And of course there are a lot of wonderful multimedia resources online for learning more about Black history. Here’s some good ones I picked out!

  • Famous Black Writers @ – A list of famous black authors and their respective biographies. (There’s an awesome mini-bio video for Maya Angelou at the top!)
  • The Underground Railroad @ National Geographic – An interactive choose-your-own-adventure story following the steps of a Harriet Tubman via the Underground Railroad.
  • Black History Month Videos @ – A bunch of videos explaining the holiday and focusing on some of the larger figures celebrated during the month.

Oh right and MOVIES! As you know, we don’t have any movies here at ATHS, but you can super easily request one to be sent here. (If you don’t know how, I can help you out! Check this out or email me or come and see me!) Here’s some films that I found in the system that are available for request:

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Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky, even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.

Get it on DVD or Bluray!

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History was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era. 42 tells the life story of Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

Get it on DVD or Bluray!

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Separate But Equal (1991)

Based on the ground-breaking Brown vs. the Board of Education case in 1954; viewers follow a young Thurgood Marshall, the lawyer who argued the racially-charged lawsuit before the Supreme Court. When the black students of Clarendon County, South Carolina are denied their request for a single school bus, a bitter and courageous battle for justice and equality begins.

Get it on DVD!

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When bright six year old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time.

Get it on DVD!

The March (2013)

Witness the compelling and dramatic story of the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. This watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement helped change the face of America. Recounts the events when 250,000 people came together to form the largest demonstration the young American democracy had ever seen.

Get it on DVD!

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Dramatic biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali, focusing on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. Considered by many to be the greatest champion in boxing history, Ali transcended sports through the sheer power of his exciting, irreverent, and charismatic personality. Now over 40 years since his Olympic championship, Muhammad Ali remains a magical figure known, respected and loved throughout the world.

Get it on DVD!

King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis (2013)

The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. Originally screened in theaters for only a single night in 1970. King: A Filmed Record is an indispensable primary resource of a pivotal moment in American and world history.

Get it on DVD!

Selma (2015)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1964.

Get it on DVD or Bluray!


Sign Up for TXT Notices

Hey! Did you know that you can sign up for text notifications for when your items are in, due, and overdue? If you don’t check your email all that often, signing up for text notices might help you avoid getting overdue fees. If you’d like to sign up, please stop by the library and let me know, or send me an email letting me know your mobile number and carrier, and I’ll sign you up!

Coming Soon: Streaming Video Through MyMediaMall

If you’ve been using the 3M Cloud Library linked to from this website, I hope you’ve been enjoying it! This website will remain the same, but if you’ve accessed your account through the MyMediaMall website, it’s going to be remodeled soon. One of the new features available is video borrowing! You can check out videos and stream them right from your browser.


You log in to MyMediaMall with the same barcode and password you use for everything else, but the items you check out are separate from the 3M Cloud Library. Remember: When you sign in, the library you select is Illinois Heartland Library System. The new MyMediaMall website will be available for preview on November 1st, and will officially launch, replacing the old site, on November 16th.

Note: There is an issue where some barcodes aren’t able to log in (you’ll get an error that says “Not a valid Lincoln Trail Libraries System card.”–it usually happens with barcodes that begin with a 3). If this happens to you, please send me an email and I’ll get you a new barcode!

Reading for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

While we all wish that violence in personal, romantic, and family environments would magically and instantly come to an end, the reality is that it happens more than you would think.

One of the ways you can help bring domestic violence to an end is to educate yourself on the facts. The National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Frequently Asked Questions about Domestic Violence is a great place to start. They also have a handy factsheet for some quick information on the prevalence, demographics, and current status of domestic violence.

You may also peruse the following infographic, provided by the CDC.

NISVS Infographic

So by now you might be wondering “Why is the library posting about this?” Well, not only is it an important and urgent issue, but there are a lot of good books that deal with this issue as well. The Goodreads group Reader with a Cause has graciously curated a space with message boards and a bookshelf of fiction, nonfiction, and educational books related to domestic violence.

NEW BOOKS!: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Mortal Instruments, Percy Jackson, and More!

We have some new fiction and graphic novels in the library! I’m working on processing the new books now. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in the New & Noteworthy section, I can find it behind the desk and check it out to you quickly!

Here’s a complete list:

  • Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  • Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown gn
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Selection (The Selection series #1) by Kiera Cass
  • The Elite (The Selection series #2) by Kiera Cass
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments series #1) by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments series #2) by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments series #3) by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices series #1) by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices series #2) by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices series #3) by Cassandra Clare
  • Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl series #1) by Eoin Colfer
  • The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl series #2) by Eoin Colfer
  • The Maze Runner (Maze Runner series #1) by James Dashner
  • The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner series #2) by James Dashner
  • The Death Cure (Maze Runner series #3) by James Dashner
  • Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles series #1) by Kami Garcia
  • In Darkness by Nick Lake
  • Legend (Legend series #1) by Marie Lu
  • Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy series #1) by Richelle Mead
  • The Host (The Host series #1) by Stephenie Meyer
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Rats of NIMH series #1) by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle series #1) by Christopher Paolini
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series #1) by Rick Riordan
  • The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series #2) by Rick Riordan
  • The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series #3) by Rick Riordan
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series #4) by Rick Riordan
  • The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series #5) by Rick Riordan
  • The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus series #1) by Rick Riordan
  • The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus series #2) by Rick Riordan
  • The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus series #3) by Rick Riordan
  • The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus series #4) by Rick Riordan
  • The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus series #5) by Rick Riordan
  • Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
  • Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
  • Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Stargirl (Stargirl series #1) by Jerry Spinelli
  • Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls series #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter series #8) by Jack Thorne (based on a story by J.K. Rowling)
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
  • Boxers (Boxers & Saints series #1) by Gene Luen Yang gn
  • Saints (Boxers & Saints series #2) by Gene Luen Yang gn
  • Level Up by Gene Luen Yang gn

Win $200-$1,000! Letters About Literature Writing Contest


Each year, the Library of Congress holds a contest asking students to write letters to the author of a book for which they have strong feelings. It could be a book that touched you emotionally or helped you deal with a difficult time. Students are asked to write a letter to the author–alive or dead–stating how the book changed them.

Multiple national honor winners receive a $200 cash prize and one winner at each level receives $1,000. The due date for letters from students grades 9-12 is December 2nd.

The website for the contest is here, and the informational poster and entry form are here.

Online Research Database Trials

I’ve just started a trial subscription to some online databases you can use for research in your classes! If you take a look at the Online Resources page, you’ll find a list under Databases. My favorite so far is definitely Discoverer, because it’s really easy to use and has tons of ideas to get the mental juices flowing right on the front page.


Oh! I also like that you can connect it to your Google account, so you can save articles and pictures and whatnot directly to your Drive OR send them to Google Classroom! Awesome!

Chromebook App Unblocked

If you would like to read ebooks and audiobooks on your Chromebook, the 3M Cloud Library app has been unblocked and can now be installed! Click on the following image, then click the Add to Chrome button.


The download is kind of big, so it may take a while to install. You can check the download progress by clicking the notifications button (it has an icon that looks like a bell) on the lower-right part of your Chromebook screen. If it has stopped, click Resume.


Psst…you can also install the Cloud Library app on Android and Apple!

How to Check Out Ebooks and Audiobooks

  1. Go to the SHARE ebook catalog website.

  2. Click the green Login button in the upper-right hand corner.

  3. Log in with your library card number and password. (Don’t know what they are? Come see me–Ms. Black–in the library or send me a message.)

  4. Once you are logged in, you can search for a specific title or browse the lists on the front page.

  5. Once you have found a title you want to check out, click it and click the Borrow button.

  6. Once it is checked out, you can read it in one of the following apps:

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(Apps for Windows, MacOS, Kindle Fire, and Nook here.)

  1. After you install an app, you will have to sign in to access your books. It will ask you to choose your country, state, and library. The library you should select is Illinois Heartland Library System.


More help at the 3M Cloud Library website.

How to Renew & Check Due Dates/Fines Online

How to Renew & Check Due Dates

  1. Sign in to your account on the library catalog website.

  2. On the top blue bar, click My Account, then Log In / Register.

  3. Log in with your username or barcode. (Your barcode is on your library card! Need help? Email me or visit the library!)

  4. Once logged in, click My Account again, then Items Out.

Here you can see a list of items you have checked out and their due dates.

  1. If you want to renew a book, check the box to the left of the item and click Renew Selected Items. (Or you can renew everything you have out by clicking Renew All Items!)


How to Check Fines

  1. Sign in to your account on the library catalog website.

  2. On the top blue bar, click My Account, then Log In / Register.

  3. Log in with your username or barcode. (Your barcode is on your library card! Need help? Email me or visit the library!)

  4. Once logged in, click My Account again, then Fines & Fees.

If you have been blocked from using your library card because of fines, you can pay them to Ms. Black in the library. If you see charges that you don’t recognize or think are fair, please check with me (Ms. Black) in the library or via email and we’ll sort it out.