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Textbook Travail?

For those of us who work at the Reference desk (fourth-floor public desk), this is not an uncommon phone, email or in-person question around the start of any given semester.

Mostly from college students, but there's the occasional one in high school.

It's a subject that can cause substantial panic.

As a public library, we don't own much in the way of textbooks. The good news, however, is that we can steer you to other places that do.

It's a competitive industry, and textbooks sites can offer a range of options: buy a new or used copy. Or, rent one.

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A Conversation with Marlee Matlin: From Oscar to West Wing and Beyond

A Conversation with Marlee Matlin: From Oscar to West Wing and Beyond from Illinois Libraries Present on Vimeo.

The Des Plaines Public Library is joining libraries across the state of Illinois to host award-winning actress and Illinois native Marlee Matlin. In celebration of Deaf Awareness Month, Matlin will share the highs and lows of her Hollywood career and journeys as an activist. A long time advocate for deaf rights, Matlin continues to break down barriers for herself and others through her acting, awareness, and writing. 

This inspiring conversation will be offered in ASL and translated through an interpreter. To watch the video above, use the password CODA.

This event was made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office for the Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

(This program originally aired over Zoom on September 14, 2022.)