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Passport Game - Week 2

Last week, our summer reading journey began with the Airport (aka the Circulation Desk). This week we embark on a trek to Hawaii (aka the Information Desk). Be sure to stop by the Information Desk to get your passport stamped and pick up a Hawaiian souvenir (available while supplies last) from June 10 - 16, 2013.

Wondering how to get your very own library passport? Come to one of our Information Desks and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Learn more here. We'll be traveling around the world during June and July, and we'd like you to travel with us. Aloha!

Passport Game - Week 1

Our Passport Game starts out with the beginning of any far-off trip, the Airport (aka the Circulation Desk). Drop by from June 3 - 9, 2013 to pick up your airport souvenir and get your passport stamped.

Wondering how to get your very own library passport? Come to one of our Information Desks and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Learn more here. We'll be traveling around the world during June and July. Bon voyage!

New Museum Adventure Pass Partners

Our Museum Adventure Pass Program is even better than ever with the addition of two new partners:

The Museum Adventure Pass Program is just one of the great perks you receive by being a Franklin Park Library cardholder. This year-round program allows you to "check-out" a pass for various admission discounts or similar offers from local museums and attractions.. Ready to go out and explore? Visit one of our Information Desks to check-out a pass today!

Kids Room Collection

Notice something new about us?

This week the Kids Room shifted things around, and some of your favorite books now have a new shelf home. The new arrangement makes it easier for you to locate popular kids' materials, and highlights our special collections for young readers.

Come check it out and we will show you around!

Read & Discuss a Free eBook During the Big Library Read

Join a global reading event with the Big Library Read. From now until June 1st, 2013, eMediaLibrary, our digital library of ebooks and audiobooks, will offer a free ebook for everyone to download, read at the same time, and discuss online. The book is The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone; preview a sample of the ebook here. If you'd like to finish reading the entire book, search in eMediaLibrary for "Four Corners," and download/transfer to your device as usual. Librarians at the Information Desk and Tech Help Drop-In are available to help you with this process.

There are many ways you can join the discussion including their Facebook page and Twitter feed. If you're tweeting, you can use the hashtag #BigLibraryRead. This is a great way to try out a new author, and participate in an online reading discussion.

Join in the live author chat with Michael Malone on Facebook on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7PM.

Franklin Park Library Receives Summer Reading Grant

Our library is honored to be one of 20 libraries nationwide to receive a $1,000 grant from Dollar General and ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The grant will be used to help fund this year’s Teen Summer Reading Program!

Many thanks to Dollar General and YALSA for their support!

Winter Reading 2013 - The Results

This year's Winter Reading Program, "Read Across America," was the most successful yet. Altogether, participants read 717 books, far surpassing our goal of 400 books read. In keeping with the travel theme, participants read books set in all 50 states, with New York being the most popular state.

Congratulations to the following winners of this year's Winter Reading Program:

  • Adults: Gail Guzman, Judy Tichy, and Joann Hunsinger. Gail was also our Grand Prize winner. She received an "I Love Books" tote bag filled with travel-themed goodies.
  • Young Adults: Evelyn Arzola, Katlin Crane, and Erick Rosales.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's Winter Reading Program. We look forward to seeing you this summer for "Have Book, Will Travel!"

Friends' Cookbook Sale

The Friends of the Library are holding a Cookbook Sale in support of National Library Week. The sale runs through May 13 (or until the cookbooks run out!). Prices are marked on the books, with a range from $2 - $5.

The Cookbook Sale is located on a cart located near our regular Book Sale for your browsing pleasure. The selection changes quite regularly, and you'll find a variety of cuisines and authors. If you spot some cookbooks you'd like to take home as your very own, bring your selections to the Circulation Desk for purchase.

Money Smart Week 2013

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Events are going on here at your library and throughout Chicagoland. Your library also offers materials and free online courses to expand your financial knowledge.

Informative Materials

Our collection offers an abundance of books, audiobooks, and DVDs on personal finance, erasing debt, financial planning, investing, and retirement planning. We also have materials to teach your young ones about money. Ask at either Information Desk for assistance with finding items on these topics.

Free Online Courses

Use your Franklin Park Library Card to take a free online course from Universal Class. Courses range from "Budgeting & Saving," "Financial Planning," "Retirement Planning," "Understanding & Managing Your Credit Report," "Personal Finance," and "Investing 101 & 201."

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2013 is Earth Day, an annual day of awareness focused on protecting our environment. Discover what's happening worldwide. As for what's happening locally, your library strives to lessen our environmental impact. Read our "green sheet" for more information.

Getting Greener Materials

Our collection offers plenty of books, audiobooks and DVDs for guidance; use the call numbers below to find items in our non-fiction collections. As always, librarians at our Information Desks are ready to help you locate materials and can recommend materials for your young ones, too.

  • 363.7 - Environmental issues
  • 363.705 - Earth-friendly lifestyle and tips
  • 644 - Energy-efficiency in your home
  • 690.8047 - Green building projects

Free Online Courses

Use your Franklin Park Library Card to enroll in a free class from Universal Class. Courses include "Environmental Issues," "Essentials of Ecology 101," "Bird Watching," "Global Warming," "Marine Biology 101," "Animals for Everyone," and many more.

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