On Tuesday, November 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, the library will offer a presentation by historian Jim Gibbons on the 1958 tragedy in which 92 children and three nuns perished at Our Lady of Angels School in Chicago. Inspired by reading the book To Sleep with the Angels: the Story of a Fire, Jim learned that the Queen of Heaven cemetery in Hillside, Illinois has 25 graves where children of the fire were interred. His parents were interred there as well and he went to the memorial to pay his respects. At that time it was the 50th anniversary of the fire. He began researching the fire in depth and contacted some of the survivors.
During his presentation, Gibbons will discuss the life and death of Margaret "Peggy" Anne Sansonetti, who was killed by smoke inhalation in the fire at age 10. Susan Parker of Marengo-Union Library, said Gibbons' presentations are riveting. "He [gives] you the idea that you were a witness, that you were there."
This program is free and open to the public.
The McHenry County Health Department is again offering informational meetings about the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment begins soon for the new year and those who are interested in enrolling for the first time or need information about changing their plans may attend. Free and open to the public. Some sessions will be offered in Spanish. Check our bulletin board for the dates, or watch this item on the web page for additional information as it becomes available.
Thanks to the Harvard Rotary Club for funding three new world and domestic travel information databases. To see full descriptions or try them out, click on "A to Z World Databases" at the top right of this page, or in the left-hand column. (Users at home or on Wi-Fi connections in the library will need their library card number in order to connect.)
We also remind you that additional on-line data resources, including educational materials, auto repair, legal forms, and antiques and collectible pricing, are available under "Gale Databases" at the top right or in the left-hand column. All these resources are available to home internet users with a valid library card, or to any user at a library-owned computer station in the library itself.
Zinio eMagazines are here! This free service offers 11 popular magazines in digital format. Browse our collection of full color titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. For more information about the service, click 'eDownloads' on the left or at the top right of this page.
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Thanks to a program created by the State of Illinois, you can now use your credit card (Master Card, Discover, or American Express) to pay library fines and fees over the web or at the circulation desk. A convenience charge will be added to your payment, and you can find more details about the program at this link. The link to follow when you wish to make an online payment now appears in the left hand column of this page immediately beneath More Links. The library will also continue to accept cash or your personal check with ID, as always. Please call the library at 815-943-4671 for more information or if you have questions.