Thursday, September 14, 2006                 Issue No. 18

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The Smartest Card You Own
Check It Out and WIN!
Web 2.0 -
What is it?
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Your Library Card: "The Smartest Card" You Own!

Your Library Card   
"The Smartest Card" You Own

* September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month *

* Library Partnership with the Business Community *

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when we at the Wauconda Area Library like to remind all district residents that your library card is the "smartest card" in your wallet! Our goal is to make your library card the most valued and most used card you possess.

Your library card is your ticket to opportunity.   What other card in your wallet gives you free

access to books, magazines, CDs, DVD's, computers, eBooks and eAudiobooks, MP3 players and iPods, and other great resources and programs that can change your life or just make it a little more fun?

Freebies and Discounts!

There are more reasons than ever to get a library card or replace a lost one, or dig yours out of your wallet!  More than 125 participating businesses throughout the library district will reward you with discounts or freebies when you present your library card.  This offer lasts throughout the whole month of September. 

Everyone is invited to pick up a list of vendors and their discounts or freebies at the library or view the list at

For further information or to learn how to get a library card, please call the library at 847-526-6225.  Better yet, come to the library to see whats new and how many ways you can take advantage of your library card it may well be the smartest thing you ever do!

Special Library Offer for National Library Card Sign-Up Month
Put Your Library Card to Good Use and WIN!

In celebration of Library Card Sign-Up Month, library users who check out at least 10 items in a single visit will be eligible to enter our prize drawings for $25 gift certificates from Barnes and Noble or other great prizes donated by participating businesses.  Check out 3 items using the Self-Checkout machine and be eligible for the prize drawings.  

The library now owns more than 135,000 books, magazines, DVD's, and CD's, and we guarantee that you'll be glad you put your library card to good use.  We hope you win one of our prize drawings, but even if you don't, you are a winner -- after all, you will have made good use of "the smartest card" you own!
Web 2.0 - What is it?

Web 2.0 - What is it?

If you haven't heard the term "Web 2.0", you will!  No, it isn't Spider-man's latest web-spinning technology.  Web 2.0 refers to the evolution that is changing the way we use the World Wide Web.

Instead of just surfing for information, we are now able to interact with each other on the Web with the use of tools like web logs (blogs), podcasts, wikis, RSS feeds, and video blogs (vlogs).

Try it!

Go to, type in Wauconda, IL in the Start Location box to the right of the map.  Click Go and instantly a map of Wauconda appears.  Left click on the red pushpin and hold down the mouse button to drag it anywhere on the map.  Instead of opening up a new map, the map automatically adjusts to your address change.  Welcome to Web 2.0!

Customize it!

Web 2.0 is about customizing the Web to fit your needs.  You no longer have to rely on what other people put out there, and it's free!

   Create your own radio station at  Type in an artist or a favorite song.  Pandora will select similar artists.  Vote on each song and build your station from there! 

   Create your own search engine at  Add all your home improvement websites to one list and search them all at once!

   Notify your friends and family of upcoming events with  You add the events and make them available to your friends, family, the world or just yourself. 

  Go beyond your typical news sites with  Read, write or discuss current news.  Add articles from your favorite newspaper or submit your own articles.  Then others can read your additions and comment on them.

Wauconda Area Library         801 N. Main St.         Wauconda, IL  60084            847-526-6225