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New features in Office 2013

With MS Office 2013 scheduled for general release in the first half of next year, it's useful to look at some new features. First of all, the look of the whole suite gets a makeover to align it stylistically and functionally with Windows 8. That includes new color-coded start screens and touchscreen functionality, although according to Helen Bradley in October's PC World, the touch interface works better on tablets than on large touchscreen monitors.

High points of the new version include:

Mark Twain

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835.  Check out one of these books or DVD's to celebrate his birthday.

If you enjoyed the Home Improvement TV show then you may like....

It doesn't take a lot of money to make a huge difference in the livability of your home. Here are dozens of important but easy improvement you can make, most of which can be done in a couple of hours, at an expense of less than $100.
"Features more than 200 value-adding modeling projects"--Provided by publisher.
The first edition of Home Improvement 1-2-3 quickly became a workbench classic. The new edition—with 340 projects, 3,500 color photographs, and more than 100 illustrations, charts, and graphs—offers up-to-the-minute solutions for homeowners tackling home repair, maintenance, and improvement. Chapters cover painting, wallpaper, plumbing, electrical system, walls and ceilings, flooring, doors, windows, cabinets, shelves, countertops, insulation, weatherproofing, exterior maintenance, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. Clear, concise instructions accompanied by detailed how-to photographs ensure your success no matter what your skill level. Every project offers tips, shortcuts and advice on buying and using tools and materials, working safely, avoiding common mistakes, saving time and money, and developing skills. Home Improvement 1-2-3 also reviews new tools, technology, materials, and installation techniques.
"Easy-to-understand guide to hiring professionals to do your home repairs and improvements"--Provided by publisher.
A comprehensive resource to common home repairs—including plumbing, electricity, walls, floors, doors, and windows—Chix Can Fix offers easy-to-follow instructions and more than two hundred illustrations for those who are new to plunging a toilet, as well as more intricate tasks for the seasoned DIYer, like installing a ceiling fan. Complete with safety tips, dos and don’ts, expert advice, quick shortcuts, and Vally’s own lively commentary, Chix Can Fix is the must-have guide for the wannabe handywoman.

Home Improvement 101 is an easy-to-understand but comprehensive guide to common home maintenance and repair tasks, written specifically for less experienced do-it-yourselfers.

From cleaning stains from carpets to unclogging drains, from dealing with insects and pests to fixing a leaky roof, it's all here-everything you forgot to learn from your parents about maintaining a home. Along the way, you'll learn about your home's structures and systems, and how to protect your single largest investment. Home maintenance is not only possible; it can be easy and rewarding, with this one-of-a-kind book.

  • Gives complete, easy-to-follow solutions to more than 100 of the most common home maintenance tasks.
  • Includes tips on selecting and using tools.
  • Appendix includes a month-by-month guide for tracking routine maintenance.
A thorough step-by-step, illustrated, detailed guide for homeowners, helping them easily work through small or complex home projects.
This newly revised title is an update of a all-time best seller. This new edition has been expanded to cover more than 200 of the most common repairs faced by homeowners. This comprehensive home improvement title covers a broad range of common repairs, from fixing a leaky faucet or replacing a receptacle to making major roof repairs. You'll find sections on plumbing, electrical wiring, windows and doors, walls and ceilings, floors, exterior home repairs, home security and maintaining HVAC systems. Readers will also find information on contemporary products, such as pressure-assisted toilets, heat pumps, and remote security devices such as motion sensors and keyless door locks.


  • Covers the major elements of a typical home-garage doors, hardwood floors, stairs, lighting fixtures, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
  • Uses large, detailed color photos for realistic representations of the step-by-step instructions.
This book contains helpful how-to information on a wide range of projects for all skill levels in the remodeling of a bathroom.
A guide to landscaping your garden. It includes in-depth instructions on various garden projects such as installing a garden pond, building an arbour, making a path, and building a patio or a retaining wall. The book also offers advice on planning, materials and equipment, estimating, and many other hints and tips. There are step-by-step photographs to illustrate the techniques and procedures. - MA


Far Out!

On November 20th, 2012, American astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble would have celebrated 123 years on Planet Earth.  Hubble's discovery and development of the concept of an expanding universe has been described as the "most spectacular astronomical discovery" of the 20th century.  As a tribute, the Hubble Space Telescope, deployed April 25, 1990, from US space shuttle Discovery, was named for him.  The Hubble Space Telescope, with a 240-centimeter mirror, was to allow astronomers to see farther into space than they had ever seen from telescopes on Earth.

Get Your Money Back Program

Chicago Tribune columnist, Jon Yates, will help you with methods to become your own problem solver to get your money back from a transaction or product gone badly on Wednesday, November 28 at 7 P.M. Bring your questions! Walk-ins are welcome. - MA

See Adult Services to sign up or call 630-260-1550 for any questions or register online at


Weekend Movie Sat Nov 17 @ 2 P.M.

Watch the PG 13 rated 2012 comedy movie starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, and Bill Murray about two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. The movie begins at 2 P.M. on Saturday, November 17. See Adult Services for details. Walk-ins are welcome!- MA

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Cold Cases

Just because the leads have gone cold and the case is at a standstill doesn’t  mean the case will never be solved.  Join these investigators as they reopen cold cases.


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