Links of the Month
December – Gift Ideas
Don’t forget that the library’s website offers a wealth of fiction and nonfiction reading lists that cover a wide range of interests. Just select Books on the menu bar on our home page and click on your choice of Good Reads.
15 Awesome Tech Gifts under $150
Best Gifts for Men under $100, 2011
Best Online Gift Ideas.com
Boing.net Gift Guide
Gifts That Make a Difference
From the blog Get Rich Slowly.
Green Gift Guide, 2011
Homemade Gift Suggestions
November – Repair Manuals
Free repair information for small and large appliances, electronics and more.
Free Car Service Manuals
Most downloadable manuals are for older automobiles up to 2007.
Free Appliance Repair Manuals
Download manufacturers’ manuals for free.
Comprehensive list of manuals available to purchase.
October – Lunch Box Ideas
Focusing on the compartmentalized lunch box popular in Japan, this site offers many unique recipes for lunch with an emphasis on Asian and vegetarian options.
Kids Lunch Ideas from Parenting.com
Lunch Box Favorites from All Recipes.com
School Lunch Ideas
You may also subscribe to a free magazine of the same name.
Vegan and Vegetarian School Lunch Recipes
September – Save on Textbooks
Chegg.com Textbook Rental
Offers options and suggestions for saving money.
eTextbooks from CourseSmart
Rent books with free shipping.
Textbook Finder Search Engine
“Order cheap textbooks and save 80%”
Buy, rent, download, or sell textbooks on this site.
Check the inventory of 45+ popular book stores at once to compare prices for new, used, and rental textbooks.
Textbooks for iPad
This is a relatively new site, but offerings are sure to grow.
August– Eat Local: Fresh Farm Produce
Illinois Farmer’s Markets, Road Stands and more
Pick Your Own.com
July – Free eBooks for Your Mobile Device
Best Sites for Free Kindle e-Books
New Books from NetGalley.com
"Before a book is released to the general book-buying public, the publisher will send out galley copies to potential reviewers, bloggers, journalists, and librarians. With NetGalley, interested parties can make requests for galleys to be sent to them electronically. First-time visitors will need to log in first and fill out a profile before they request any galleys. This version of NetGalley is compatible with all operating systems" (Scout Report)
Top 7 Sites to Download Free e-Books for iPad
Remember that the library offers eBooks for download through eMediaLibrary. These are often bestsellers and other popular titles. If the titles you want are currently checked out, you may reserve them. They can be used on the majority of e-readers including iPod, iPhone, Sony and MP3 compatible devices.
Get started with eMediaLibrary.
If you have questions, staff in the Literature Department will be glad to help. You can reach them at 630-960-1200.
June – Beach Reads and More
About.com Beach Reading for Everyone
Barnes and Nobel Lists for Kids
Chick Lit Club.com
NPR Recommends Summer Reading
Oprah’s Summer Reading List
Stop, You’re Killing Me.com
Features award winning mysteries for 2011.
May – Free Wedding Speeches and Toasts
In honor of the Royal Wedding, our sites have a British slant this month, but you will find the ideas and sentiments of universal interest.
Many actual speeches are listed and rated by readers. It includes samples for the Best Man, Father of the Bride, Maid of Honor and more.
Tips for Funny Wedding Toasts
Wedding Speech Guide.net
Offers suggestions for the Best Man, Maid of Honor and Father of the Bride.
April – Useful Sites for Job Hunters
Uses networks to find positions that match your skills.
Protects job seekers from fraudulent job offers.
This introduction to the basics of resume writing includes sample resumes plus hints for cover letters and email message format.
Top 10 Job Search Engines on the Web
Top 10 Retail Job Websites
Top 50 Job Posting Sites
Includes a link to sites that post resumes for specific career areas.
March – Users Rate Local Service Providers
Similar to Yelp.com below. You can filter by a particular location and service.
Select from a wide variety of businesses by location including auto repair shops, general contractors and house cleaners.
“Preferred partner of HGTV and DIY Network.”
“Where doctors are examined.” In addition to listing physician’s specialty, training, certification, hospital privileges, and insurance accepted, many listings have reviews contributed by their patients.
“Real People, Real Reviews.”
February – It’s Free!
The Free Site
This is a network of local groups that offer items for free rather than consign them to landfills. Free registration through Yahoo groups is required.
Gizmo’s Freeware Lists
Hey, It’s Free
My Kids Eat Free
World of Free Games.com
January – A Look Back: 2010 Lists
18 “Best of Lists” for 2010
50 Best Websites of 2010
The annual entry from TIME Magazine. Also includes YouTube’s 50 Best Videos.
Best of Chicago, 2010
Best of What’s New for 2010
Best technological innovations from Popular Science.
Darwin Awards for 2010
“Commemorates those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it.”
Top 10 of Everything for 2010
Top 100 Websites
Compiled by PC Magazine.