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Banned Books Week 2012

Celebrate the Freedom to ReadEach year, Banned Books Week (9/30-10/6) celebrates our freedom to read. Both our online slideshow and our in-house display highlight popular and classic titles which have been challenged or banned at libraries across the United States. We've included the reason for a challenge or ban, and the call numbers of the books just in case you'd like to see what the fuss is all about!

To get an idea of how many books are challenged or banned, here's a list of frequently challenged books from the past decade. There's also a Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out occurring on YouTube with people reading from their favorite banned books. For more info on banned books and your freedom to read, ask a librarian at the Reference Desk.


BBW graphics reprinted by permission of the American Library Association

Enter Our Gift Card Drawing

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Use your Franklin Park library card or register for one anytime during September 2012 to be entered in our gift card drawing. All ages can enter, and everyone gets one chance to win! See the Circulation Desk for details. Bonus: kids who apply for their own library card will receive a book from the Youth Services Department.

62 Reasons to Use Your Library Card

  1. Plenty more than books. While we have new and old books, your library card grants you access to a variety of services and programs, too. Discover our offerings such as the fantastic resources in our Digital Library and the equipment and skilled librarians that will help you produce a video or record music with our Digital Media Lab.
  2. Save money. How much can you save by getting and using a library card? Learn the amount with our Value Calculator. Fill in the numbers, click the button and let the savings be revealed!

We Miss You, Mark

MarkThe Library is collecting items for donation to the Food Pantry at Resurrection Lutheran Church. The collection is being organized by library staff members to honor the memory of Local History Librarian Mark Johnson, who passed away August 27, 2011.

Donations will be accepted until August 30, 2012. Please bring nonperishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies; all are needed. Your donations can be dropped off in our bin near the front of the library.

Our Newest Online Resources

Whether you are back in school or you graduated years ago, it's never too late to learn something new. Let us help with our two new online resources that you can access with your Franklin Park Library card number and PIN:

  • Transparent Language Online will help you learn over 80 languages and take ESL courses. Join its language learning communities on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Download the app to your phone or tablet for learning on the go. Learn more.

  • Universal Class provides over 500 online, non-college credit courses to supplement your educational needs or just for fun. Take up to 5 courses at a time with the support of an online instructor, and complete work at your own pace. Learn more.


  • Both resources ask you to create a simple account. Ask at the Reference Desk for more info. Visit our Digital Library to get started today!

    Cool Off @ Your Library

    polar bear underwaterNeed a break from the heat? Although your library doesn't have a pool to submerge in like this smart polar bear, we do have air conditioning, water fountains, and seating so you can cool off a bit. We are open until 9 PM Thursday, 9AM-5PM Friday & Saturday, and 1PM-5PM Sunday. With temperatures approaching 100 degrees, we are another place in Franklin Park for you to chill out with a book or a computer and hope for cooler days to come!

  • Visit the Village of Franklin Park's website for other cooling places.
  • Here are some tips on taking it easy during extreme heat.
  • Ravinia Tickets @ the Library

    Back by popular demand, the library has free lawn seat tickets available for select Ravinia performances. Tickets are available at the Reference Desk on a first come, first served basis. Due to the limited number of tickets, there is a limit of one set per family. Tickets are all gone for 2012.

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