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Looking For Legos

Do you have any Lego or Duplo blocks you would like to donate to our collection? If so, bring them to our Kids Crossing Desk, and we'll gladly add them to our growing Lego collection.

Want to see what we are doing with all these Legos? Kids age 4 years old and up are invited to come build with us at Lego Club, which is on Thursdays evenings twice a month. Lego Club will meet on 2/13 from 6 - 7PM.

AARP Tax Help Is Here

Volunteers from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are returning to the Library to help prepare income taxes for seniors.

Appointments are on Thursday mornings, starting on February 6 and running through April 10, 2014.

To make your appointment, call 847-455-6016 ext. 2 or come to the Info Desk.

New Museum Added to Museum Adventure Pass Program

A new year brings a new museum, the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, to our Museum Adventure Pass Program. People of all ages enjoy this exceptional museum dedicated to sharing with others the beauty of gemstones and promoting the study of earth science. The museum is located in Elmhurst, and it houses a large collection of Chinese jade and other hard-stone carvings. Other displays include animal dioramas, mineral specimens, gemstones and geologic phenomena. Learn more about the museum on their website.

View information about our Museum Adventure Pass Program, which offers Franklin Park Library card holders discounted admission and other offers to a variety of attractions in the Chicagoland area.

Good Books to Read During January

Every day, librarians here at the Franklin Park Library and nationwide evaluate book reviews and select soon-to-be-published titles for our collections. Our expertise is now harnessed into LibraryReads, a monthly list of the top ten books librarians across the country love. View the January 2014 LibraryReads List, and then take a look at previous lists for more good books to read.

Free copies of the January 2014 list are also available at the Info Desk. If you see a title on the LibraryReads list that we don't own yet, please let us know.

Change in Collections Policy

As part of our library card holder agreement, you agree to be responsible for returning materials on time. The Library offers several opportunities for you to return materials that have been checked out past their due dates. In addition to email and text message reminders (if you have provided us with your email address and/or signed up for text message notifications), the Library sends you three overdue notices. Ten days after the final overdue notice is sent, if the materials still have not been returned, the matter is turned over to a collection agency. Due to rising costs, beginning January 1, 2014, if you are sent to the collection agency more than once within a twelve-month period, the collection agency fee will be added to your bill.

Returns Reminder

We ask that you not attach or insert cash into items that you are returning through the bookdrop.

In order for your account to be properly credited for a payment of fines or other fees, all payments should be made in person at the Circulation Desk. Thank you!

DVD Theft Hits the Library

Have you noticed that movies you've been looking for have been missing from the shelves? Have you been told they were "missing" or "lost" by a librarian?

The Library has been suffering from a rash of DVD thefts recently, with many popular and new titles being stolen from the collection. We are addressing the issue, but ask for your continued vigilance and awareness of this problem. If you see anything suspicious happening in the Library when you visit, please make sure to let a librarian know immediately. Even with the security measures we've already taken, we cannot monitor every space in the Library all the time. We ask that you help protect the library materials your tax money goes to purchase and let us know if you see any instances of theft or attempted theft.

Warming Centers in Franklin Park

fireThis is directly from the Village of Franklin Park's website:

"The Village and Park District of Franklin Park have made the Community Center located at 9560 Franklin and the Center at North Park facility located at 10040 Addison available as warming centers for those residents that need shelter during the cold weather.

- The Park District's Community Center will open at 6 AM on Monday morning.

- The Franklin Park Police Station, located at 9451 Belmont Avenue will be open all night.

- Please check on elderly neighbors in your area.

To report an emergency, dial 911, for non-emergency requests, please call 847-678-2444."

For more info, visit www.villageoffranklinpark.com

Help the Needy With Our Holiday Food Drive

Help us keep with the holiday spirit of giving during our annual Holiday Food Drive!

We are collecting non-perishable food and toiletries at the Info Desk until December 21, 2013. Donations will benefit the needy in Franklin Park through Resurrection Lutheran Church's food pantry.

Questions? Contact the Info Desk at 847-455-6016 ext. 2.

New Books for Science Fair and Beyond

Earlier this year, the Franklin Park Library received an Illinois State Library Back-to-Books grant to purchase books in seven different areas of life and physical sciences. Our children's collection is now benefiting greatly from these updated resources. These books are perfect for middle school children working on their science fair projects as well as anyone looking to learn more about how fun science can be.

Our new books cover a wide range of science topics. If your child is just beginning the science fair project process, you'll want to seek out titles that will help your child discover interesting and exciting science fair projects. Try Science Experiments with Food, Step-by-step Science Experiments in Earth Science or Life Science Fair Projects for starters; we have plenty more to choose from! Other books will support the project topic your child selected such as Analyze This: Testing Materials. Some books are educational as well as fun such as Why Do Ice Cubes Float?, How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients: [an electrifying guide to the elements] and Dinosaurology.

Come by Kids Crossing to view our science fair display right near the entrance. Ask at any Info Desk for help locating our newest science titles and more on these topics in our Juvenile non-fiction collection.


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