Mars Mania

In the wake of Perseverance’s recent touchdown on Mars, we offer some recent books about space travel and the red planet to feed your interest and increase what you know. Click on the title of each book to find it in our online catalog. Happy exploring! Colonizing and living on Mars:How We’ll Live on Mars…

Happy Birthday, Abe!

February 12 is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Born in 1809, he’s lookin’ pretty good for 212! If you’re a fan or would like to learn more about Lincoln, here are a few recent additions to our shelves that you might enjoy. Click on the title of each book to find it in our online catalog. For…

Observe Black History Month

February is Black History month, defined as “an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.” Below are a selection of new books and videos in our collection that will help us observe Black History Month. Click on the title to check availability in our…

Time to “TryIt! Illinois” Again

It’s the time of year that all Illinois genealogists look forward to: TryIt! Illinois time. Thanks to the Illinois State Library, we have free access for two months to hundreds of subscription databases above and beyond the ones available to Cook Memorial card holders. The initiative called TryIt! Illinois  extends only until the the end…

Good News for Stay-At-Home Genealogists

Yippee! We will be able to continue accessing Ancestry Library Edition (ALE), our premier genealogy database, from home through December 31, 2020. ProQuest, the company that provides ALE to Cook Library, has graciously extended home access to Cook card holders through the end of the year. In the past, ALE was only available at the…