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World Series Sweeps

Our nation's pastime is on center stage as the MLB World Series plays on between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. To celebrate, the Friends of the Library are holding a World Champion Sweepstakes and the winner will take home a prize courtesy of the Friends.

Have an interest in the teams? Prefer one city over the other? Stop by and pitch your vote in the catcher bin next to the Adult Information Desk any time before game 5 of the series (Wednesday). Your vote enters you into the sweepstakes. Chose wisely and there's a chance you might walk away from the Library with something extra during your next visit!

Be a Science Fair Superstar!

Check out all the new science books in the children's collection! The purchase of books in seven different areas of life and physical sciences was made possible by an Illinois State Library Back-to-Books Grant. The grant focuses on materials that will help middle school children with their science fair projects.

For project ideas, you might begin with the 6-volume set Experiment Central: Understanding Scientific Principles Through Projects. Perhaps you've always wondered Why Is Milk White & 200 Other Curious Chemistry Questions. Maybe you would like to explore Jupiter and the Outer Planets. These are just a few of the new titles available here at the library and for you to check out. View our science fair display in the Kids' Room. Ask at an Info Desk for help locating more titles on these topics.

Introducing LibraryReads

Each month, your Franklin Park librarians skillfully select books, movies, and music to meet your entertainment and educational needs. Librarians across the country do the same, and we all keep in touch with what's being published and released. Now the knowledge of librarians nationwide is being formulated into a monthly list of librarian recommendations called LibraryReads. The list features the top ten books librarians across the country love, and it includes a few titles your librarians here in Franklin Park recommended and enjoyed. You can view the current and past lists for unique and satisfying reads:

Free copies of the October 2013 list are available at our informational brochure area near the front of the Library. The November 2013 list will be made available in the Library soon. If we do not own a title on the LibraryReads list, you can always fill out a suggestion form, and we will look into purchasing the book.

October is Family History Month

Here's a sampling of what your Library offers:

Other interesting links:

Phone Service Has Been Restored


Our phone lines are up and running again!

Now you can use whichever method to contact us is most convenient for you. That includes calling, texting, emailing, faxing, and even instant messaging!

How Much Does Your Library Card Save You?

Did you know that having and using your Franklin Park Library Card can save you a lot of money each year?

Our handy Value Calculator will add it all up for you. Using our online form, fill in how many books, movies, CDs, or magazines borrowed, online tools used, programs attended, questions asked, interlibrary loans requested, newspapers read and/or hours you used library computers or meeting rooms.

Then click on the Calculate Value button to see how much you save! We'd love to hear how much you are saving in the Comments section below.

New Library Hours in January 2014

To all Franklin Park Public Library Patrons:

Effective January 1, 2014, the Library will be changing its hours. The new hours will be as follows:

DAY HOURS
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday CLOSED

In an effort to provide you with expanded service, we will be extending our Friday hours. This will allow us to provide access to the Library after school & work hours on Fridays. We will also be able to offer new programs for children, teens, and adults on those evenings.

In order to extend our Friday service hours, we will be closed on Sundays. Because of this, all students should make sure to seek any help on assignments or projects no later than Saturday.

We are excited about these changes and hope they will make your Library experience even better.

-The Staff of the Franklin Park Public Library

Affordable Care Act Resources

The Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1, 2013. Here are some links of interest:

Still have questions or need help enrolling? Leyden Family Service & Mental Health Center is available to help uninsured individuals and small employers (under 50 employees) navigate the Affordable Care Act.

Leyden Family Service Can Help You Navigate the Affordable Care Act

Do you or does someone you know need health insurance?

Leyden Family Service & Mental Health Center in Franklin Park can help you! Leyden Family Service is helping uninsured individuals and small employers (under 50 employees) navigate the Affordable Care Act.

Open Enrollment begins October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Call Leyden Family Service at 847-451-0330 for more information.

Leyden Family Service will be providing education on the extensive list of health plans that will be available as well as eligibility requirements for help with premiums.

Banned Books Week - Sept. 22 - 28, 2013

Celebrate the freedom to read with us during Banned Books Week from 9/22 - 9/28, 2013. Banned Books Week is an annual event in which the Franklin Park Library joins with libraries nationwide to promote the value of free and open access to information and the harmful effects on censorship. We have a variety of activities for you to learn more about challenged books:

  • Watch a movie based on a banned book at our Banned Book into Movie Night on Tuesday, 9/24 @ 6PM
  • View and explore our Banned Books wall display for recently challenged books across the U.S. and learn the reasons why they were challenged.
  • Check out our Banned Books display across from the Circulation Desk, and try reading a banned book.
  • Read about challenged and banned books over the years. You may find your favorite authors and titles.
  • Join in national events on social media such as the Banned Books Week 2013 Twitter Party and Hangouts on Air on Google+ featuring authors whose books were challenged.

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