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Filing For Election to the Office of Trustee

Are you interested in serving your community and your library? Consider filing for election to the office of trustee at Franklin Park Library.

Guidelines and all the necessary forms to file for the office of Trustee, Franklin Park Public Library District, Cook County, Illinois can be found in the State of Illinois Candidates Guide 2015.

There will be three offices of Library Trustee on the ballot of the Consolidated Election of April 7, 2015. The filing period is December 15 – 22, 2014. Petitions require 50 signatures and are to be filed at the Library Business Office on weekdays during regular business hours.

Here is the schedule for filing for election to become a Library Trustee, and learn more about the Library's Board of Trustees.

Borrow a Kindle

Did you know that your Library lends Kindles? These eReaders are filled with popular titles, and are loaned for two weeks to Franklin Park Library card holders. Our Kindles contain a variety of best sellers and classics, and are tailored to three reading audiences: adults, kids and teens.

The Adult Kindle includes books made into movies such as Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand and Wild by Cheryl Strayed along with fiction such as A Game of Thrones series and books by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, Dark Places). Teen Kindle titles include the Hunger Games trilogy, the Divergent series and books by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars). The Kids Kindle offers James Patterson's Middle School novels, Minecraft books, and more.

Go here to learn about our Kindles. Questions? Ask at the Info Desk or the Kids Crossing Desk or call 847-455-6016, ext. 2.

Knit & Crochet to Help the Needy

The Knit and Crochet group is starting a new project for 2015. We will be making hats, scarves, and mittens to distribute to charity for the 2015 holiday season.

The group has lots of yarn and many patterns to share with interested crafters.

We are still collecting 8x8" knitted and crocheted squares to be woven into blankets. Please leave an 18" yarn tail on each square for weaving.

Learn more about our Knit & Crochet group.

Good Books to Read - November 2014

Librarians here at the Franklin Park Library and nationwide evaluate book reviews and select forthcoming titles for our collections. Our collective expertise is harnessed into LibraryReads, a monthly list of the top ten books that librarians across the country love.

View the November 2014 LibraryReads List, and then explore previous lists for past selections.

Search our online catalog for these titles, and don't be afraid to place a hold on a item! Librarians at the Info Desk and the Kids Crossing Desk are more than willing to help you learn how to locate items, place holds, and offer suggestions to match your reading tastes and interests.

HVAC Work in the Library

The Library's HVAC system is being replaced, and there may be periodic disturbances that are out of our control.

During the next few weeks, you may hear loud noises, experience strong smells, and feel various temperature changes in the Library throughout the morning and afternoon. You may also encounter a full parking lot outside.

The workers should finish up each day by late afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that the work will be completed by mid-November. Thanks for your understanding.

Donate Your Prom Dress & Accessories

Do you have old prom or formal dresses cluttering up your closet or storage area?

Please consider donating them to the Library. We will accept donations of new and gently used formal dresses, wraps, purses, shoes, jewelry, and men's suits.

Donations will be accepted at either the Info Desk or Kids Crossing Desk during regular Library hours. Donated formal wear and accessories are given a second chance at our annual Once Upon a Prom event, which takes places in April 2015.

Cleaning or Down-Sizing? Remember Your Library

The Library is collecting all types of gently used jewelry (beads, chains, charms, earrings, etc.) for future craft projects and programs.

If you would like to give your items a second life, please donate them to us.

Donations can be dropped off at the Info Desk or the Kids Crossing Desk.

Learn How to Use ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA is just one of the many tools in our Digital Library. It's a source for data about businesses and residents nationwide as well as a useful tool for business owners, researchers, students, and job seekers.

There are plenty of ways you can use ReferenceUSA, and now there's an easy way to learn more on your own time. These informative and free webinars from ReferenceUSA will be held from October through December 2014:

To register, click on a link above, and then click on the link by "Register" to sign up for any or all of the free webinars.

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