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Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook — now available from home

checkbookGet ratings and advice on businesses and services available in the Chicago metro area. Use Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook to find plumbers, roofers, doctors, dentists, and more. Note: After you enter your library card number the first time, you’ll complete a registration form with your name and address. Then, you’ll receive an activation link via email which will allow you to leave your own ratings and comments on local businesses and service providers. And once you complete this process, only your library card number will be needed in the future.

For more consumer information, check out our Business & Consumer page for links to library resources including Consumer Reports plus free websites such as Consumer Search.

Smart 911 – sign up now

DuPage County implemented Smart 911, which allows residents to provide information they want to make available to emergency dispatchers (medical conditions, allergies, physical/mental disabilities, photos of family members, home addresses of cell phone callers).

This effort to improve emergency response and service is especially important for cell phone users, as your home address isn’t registered when a 911 call is placed. The information provided is confidential and is only available to emergency responders during a 911 call. Learn more at the DuPage County website.

New Content in SWAN

Now available — View additional details such as series information, readalikes, reviews, book discussion guides, and more without leaving SWAN. Just search for a book as you normally would, then scroll down to see these extras. Search the catalog directly from our website or go to SWAN and limit to searching Indian Prairie items only. See an example for Game of Thrones below. It’s one stop shopping — you can still visit NoveList for more searching options, but so much is now available right in the catalog.

Questions? Email or stop by the Ask Us Desk on the first floor. We’d love to help!



Celebrate Money Smart Week!

The Federal Reserve introduced Money Smart Week to help consumers improve their personal finances. We’re hosting two events: Join us on Tuesday, April 23 at 1:00 to Get Money Smart. Brian Ahern from Financial Ratings Series will demonstrate how to find the safest bank or credit union, the best mutual funds and stocks, and evaluate insurance companies.

On Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00, discover Money Smart Apps. Save time and money with these free or low cost apps for your smartphone or tablet. Bring your device and follow along.