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Over the last several months there has been a lot of confusion over new electronic payment requirements for businesses. The proliferation of the "smart card" in the U.S. market aims to better protect consumers from card-present fraud and create a streamlined payment system that aligns with global standards. However, there remains a lot misinformation concerning liability. Simply put, merchants not equipped with EMV card reading POS hardware will be held liable for any card-present fraud when EMV enabled cards are used. This is certainly a very simplified way of explaining a complex issue but there are many ways merchants can better understand and prepare for the October 1, 2015 deadline. Vernon Area Library will be hosting a presentation on protecting customer data that will also focus on ways you can make sure you won't be on the hook for any criminal activity. Join us Monday, July 13, with analysts from First Data to learn more about what the requirements and solutions are for your small business. Register online or call the library adult services desk at 224-543-1485.  

MyMediaMall replacement

Readers who use our OverDrive e-book will notice shorter waits as the result of a move from MyMediaMall — an e-book collection shared among 60 libraries — to one that is exclusively for Vernon Area Public Library cardholders.

Access our new, improved OverDrive service at To speed access on a mobile device, add "Vernon Area Public Library District" to your list of favorite libraries in your OverDrive mobile app.

If you had e-books on hold in the old OverDrive/MyMediaMall service, you should find the same books on hold for you under the new service -- and you'll likely notice a big jump toward the front of the line! If we missed one, and you notice that we no longer own a title that you have on hold or had checked out, please use our suggest a purchase form. We will do our best to square things up for you. The new OverDrive site has a very limited number of downloadable audiobooks. For the best offering of e-audiobooks, please familiarize yourself with our 3M Cloud Library or hoopla digital services, which include e-audiobooks, e-books, streaming music and video.

1. Back out of MyMediaMall 2 Find Vernon Area Public Library 3 Select 4 Stat to make a Favorite 5 Success - access the new VAPLD-only ebook collection

Summer Reading Club starts June 6


Online continuing education with your library card

Log in to Gale Courses Hundreds of college-level, professional development, and personal enrichment courses are accessible online, 24/7, when you log in to Gale Courses with your Vernon Area Public Library card.

Gale Courses are not prerecorded webinars. They are highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online. Participants spend two to four hours each week for six weeks completing lessons in an enjoyable, interactive learning environment. Expert instructors develop and lead every course, and you’ll be able to interact with them and with fellow students in lively online discussion areas. New sessions start every month, so you can sign up anytime. Upon completing a course with a passing score, you’ll get a certificate of completion from your learning institution.

Choices available in the extensive course catalog include:

  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Certificate in End of Life Care
  • A-Z Grant Writing
  • Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
  • Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Grammar for ESL
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Creating Wordpress Websites 
  • and many more topics. 

As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Visit Premium Resources > Gale Courses on our website to get started.

New Vernon Library app

vernonlibraryapp.jpgWant to renew a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There's an app for that. Download an e-book? Find information fast? There's an app for that, too: the new Vernon Library app, available for free in any app store. 

From any smartphone or tablet connected to the Internet, you can instantly tap into library resources--anytime, anywhere. Search the library catalog, check your account, contact a librarian, find library events and more.

The app also includes a feature called "BookLook" that allows you to scan any book's ISBN barcode to find out if it is available at the library and to place a hold on it. 

To download the new app, search for "Vernon Library" in your mobile device's app store or visit

Volunteer at the library PDF Print

Volunteer opportunities are currently available in a variety of areas and we are recruiting now for our upcoming training sessions. Check the calendar for the next monthly orientation for new and prospective volunteers. If you are considering sharing your time and talent as a volunteer at the library, please come an orientation to find out more, or fill out a Volunteer Application, available in the library at the checkout desk or online here


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300 Olde Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Telephone 847-634-3650
Fax 847-634-8449


Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 9:00AM-9:00PM
Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
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