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It's National Library Week: 4/14 - 4/20!

This annual event is a celebration of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

2013's theme is "Communities Matter @ Your Library," and you matter to us! While we still have plenty of books, we are evolving to meet your changing needs through our wide range of services, programming, and online resources for all ages. We continually expand on our offerings, and always welcome your suggestions on ways we can improve.

Get in the spirit of National Library Week by watching a public service announcement from NLW Honorary Chair Caroline Kennedy:

April 2013 Election Results

Go here to get started with viewing the results from the April 9, 2013 suburban Cook County Consolidated Election. Then click on "Search."

The site also gives you an option to limit your results. If you leave it set to "All," you can view all suburban Cook County election results. If you narrow by township (such as "Leyden"), you can view the local results for a specific township.

Tax Season Resources 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013 is Tax Day. We have extension forms for federal (Form 4868) and state (Form IL 505-I) filings. We also have the major 2012 federal tax forms, miscellaneous tax forms, and instruction booklets. Limited quantities of Illinois tax forms are available. If you need help locating a form, ask at the Information Desk.

Search for forms, instructions, and publications:

Have a tax preparation question?

Lending Policy Changes

These changes to our lending policy take effect from 3/1/2013 onward:

Renewals for most audio-visual materials

  • DVDs and VHS tapes may now be renewed. There are two exceptions - NEW DVDs may not be renewed, and if there is a hold on a DVD or VHS tape, it may not be renewed.

Decrease in fees when borrowing items

  • If you live outside Franklin Park, fees will only apply to NEW items (NEW books on CD, NEW music CDs, NEW DVDs).

Museum Adventure Pass Program

The adventure continues in 2013 with our Museum Adventure Pass Program. Use your Franklin Park Library card year round to receive admission or a special discount from a variety of area museums and attractions. Our newest museum partners are Legoland Discovery Center and Naper Settlement, and we still have favorites like Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Cantigny Park. Read here for the complete list of participating museums and offers. Visit either the Info Desk or the Kids' Desk for details.

Read eBooks In Your Web Browser

eMediaLibrary, our digital library of ebooks and audiobooks, has a new look and expanded features. One of the most exciting improvements is OverDrive Read. Use your Franklin Park library card to access many eBooks by using a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Check out an eBook, and then read right in your web browser. Your eBooks will sync across multiple browsers and devices.

Consult the compatibility page for your device and browser. Right now, Nook and the original Kindle Fire browsers are unsupported, but are under development. Install a third-party browser app to use OverDrive Read on these devices.

Drop by the Reference Desk or come to our Tech Help Drop-Ins for more info.

AARP Tax Help

tax formsVolunteers from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will return to the library to help prepare income taxes for seniors. Appointments are on Thursday mornings starting February 7 and running through April 11.

In order to make your appointment, call or visit the Reference Desk starting on January 14, 2013. Slots fill up quickly so make sure to sign up early.

Tax Forms Update

tax prepDue to changes in tax law, we are still awaiting the majority of our federal and state tax forms. When we receive tax forms, we file them in our Tax Form holder, which is on the south side of the library near the Friends' Book Sale. (Ask at any public services desk if you need help finding it.) If you need your tax forms sooner, here are the links to the federal and state websites:

Librarians at the Reference Desk are also able to print tax forms for you, however, we are unable to print out long instruction booklets. In addition, if you are ready to break away from using paper forms, both the IRS and the Illinois Department of Revenue offer online filing options.

What Happens in Book Club...

row of booksStarting in 2013, you’ll notice a change in our book club format. The Book Club has been split up into two groups: Fiction Book Club and Non-Fiction Book Club. The Fiction Book Club will meet every other month, starting on January 14. The Non-Fiction Book Club will meet every other month, starting on February 19. Each club has a new leader, too.

We hope that by branching out with our book clubs, we will attract more readers interested in all the fun that being a part of a book club brings. Both book clubs are open to everyone, and we hope to see you at our next book club gathering. Read here for more info.

Movies for Everyone

DVDsAge borrowing restrictions on DVDs and videos are now lifted for all patrons. This means that anyone of any age with a library card in good standing will be able to borrow DVDs and videos. Current loan periods and limitations still apply. For DVDs, you are limited to 2 new titles per card or 4 total titles per card. Videos are unlimited. As of 3/2013, DVDs and VHS may be renewed as long as there are no holds on the items. New DVDS are still ineligible for renewal.

If you are a parent or guardian of children under the age of 18, you are reminded that you are responsible for monitoring the materials that your children borrow from the library. This means that you will be held responsible for any damaged materials or fines that your children may incur. With this in mind, start the new year off with plenty to watch now that everyone in your family can borrow DVDs and videos more freely.

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