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Wanted: Your Retro Christmas Cards

angelsHelp us add even more holiday sparkle to the library this year. We would like to showcase your Christmas cards from the 1970s and earlier in our display case. Please bring your cards to the Reference Desk by November 29, 2012. We will then make sure they are properly stored and displayed throughout the winter holidays for all to view and enjoy! Your cards will be returned to you promptly after January 8.

For questions, please contact Karen at 847-455-6016 ext. 234 or email kgurski@fppld.org.

Some of Our Favorite Picture Books

Very Hungry Caterpillar

November is Picture Book Month

Picture Book MonthPicture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates picture books, which are books with memorable illustrations and lively stories. Every day during November, the Picture Book Month website is featuring posts from picture book champions on the value of picture books in this digital age. You can also discover a number of activities and resources for your own celebration of picture books.

You're also never too old to go back and read a childhood favorite or to share a treasured tale with any of the children in your life. Our Youth Services collection has plenty of picture books, from classic to brand new, for all to peruse. Ask at the Youth Services Desk if you need any help locating or selecting books.

Your Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving tableBrowse our Thanksgiving table here at the library. We've set it with vivid, helpful resources for your Thanksgiving menu planning including budget celebrations, endless turkey variations, tasty side dishes, and options for serving vegetarians and vegans. A sampling of what's on the table:

Take a look through our table setting display for resources on creative and inexpensive ways to make your holiday table stand out such as folded napkins or a decorative centerpiece. Afterward, visit our display across from the Circulation Desk for holiday baking books to add a final sweet note to your feast.

Apps & Links for Election Day 2012

voteYes, it's easy to watch election results on your TV, however, you can also keep track of what's happening online or with free apps.

Voting Resources 2012

votePreparing to vote on Tuesday? Normally, your trusty librarians turn to Cook County Clerk's site to look up your polling place and other voter info. Due to increased demand, their website is loading slower than usual. In the meantime, you can try either of these alternative options to find your polling place:

  • Search for "voter info" in Google, and a search box pops up @ the top of the page. Fill in your full address, and click on "Get My Info" for your polling place, directions, and more election resources.
  • www.vote411.org offers a simple search box to find your voter info. The site is nonpartisan, and will help you build a personalized ballot so you're prepared when you go to vote.

Need help navigating these resources? Librarians are available to answer your questions in person, by phone, and instant message on our website.

Hold Your Own Horror Movie Marathon

Hand popping out of a pumpkinIt's the perfect time of year to turn off the lights, pop in a horror DVD and start a horror movie marathon. Here are plenty of links to inspire your scary selections:

And some not-so-scary movies for kids and adults:

For help finding any of these movies, ask at the Reference Desk. Be sure to check out our horror movie display for classic and new films.

National Friends of Libraries Week 2012

October 21 - 27 marks the national celebration of the Friends of Libraries. Our Friends Group is a non-profit organization that supports the library by providing volunteer services, sponsoring programming and events, and funding library programs. The Friends have a variety of activities planned for this week, and they encourage you to become a Friend, too.

  • All Week: Friends' Membership Drive - Stop by Frank the Friendly Pumpkin's table to sign up
  • Monday - Friday: Scavenger Hunt - Pick up a form from Frank the Friendly Pumpkin
  • Monday: Video Sale - Videos are 2 for 50 cents
  • Friday: Last day to submit your Scavenger Hunt findings!
  • Saturday: Friends Open Meeting / Treats

For more info, email friends@fppld.org.

Enroll in a Spooky Class

jack o'lanternAs Halloween nears, interest in ghosts, hauntings, and the paranormal increases. For thrills and chills, we've loaded our displays with horror movies, horror fiction and materials on Halloween decorations, ghost hunting, vampires, werewolves, zombies and more.

For in-depth information, Universal Class, our collection of free online courses, offers lessons on new age and alternative beliefs. Try learning about Haunted Places, Cryptozoology, Magick Basics, Numerology, Paranormal Investigations or Tarot Cards. Login to Universal Class, and choose "New Age" to find these courses. You will need to create an account, if this is your first time. For help, ask at the Reference Desk or call 847-455-6016, ext. 2

October is Fire Prevention Month

Partners in PreventionThe Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and the Chicago Sun-Times are offering free online resources on fire safety and burn prevention during the month of October. Visit their web page to find a variety of facts, articles, quizzes and a workbook for students/teachers/families about fire safety. Take some time today to learn how you can make preparations to keep you and your family safe.

For more info, adults may want to check out The Complete Idiot's Guide to Disaster Preparedness (613.69 RAM) and Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing & Safety (649.10289 SCH). For stories to read to your children, try Fireboy to the Rescue: a Fire Safety Book by Edward Miller and No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean Pendziwol.

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