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Museum Adventure Pass Program

The adventure continues in 2013 with our Museum Adventure Pass Program. Use your Franklin Park Library card year round to receive admission or a special discount from a variety of area museums and attractions. Our newest museum partners are Legoland Discovery Center and Naper Settlement, and we still have favorites like Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Botanic Garden, and Cantigny Park. Read here for the complete list of participating museums and offers. Visit either the Info Desk or the Kids' Desk for details.

Read eBooks In Your Web Browser

eMediaLibrary, our digital library of ebooks and audiobooks, has a new look and expanded features. One of the most exciting improvements is OverDrive Read. Use your Franklin Park library card to access many eBooks by using a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Check out an eBook, and then read right in your web browser. Your eBooks will sync across multiple browsers and devices.

Consult the compatibility page for your device and browser. Right now, Nook and the original Kindle Fire browsers are unsupported, but are under development. Install a third-party browser app to use OverDrive Read on these devices.

Drop by the Reference Desk or come to our Tech Help Drop-Ins for more info.

AARP Tax Help

tax formsVolunteers from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will return to the library to help prepare income taxes for seniors. Appointments are on Thursday mornings starting February 7 and running through April 11.

In order to make your appointment, call or visit the Reference Desk starting on January 14, 2013. Slots fill up quickly so make sure to sign up early.

Tax Forms Update

tax prepDue to changes in tax law, we are still awaiting the majority of our federal and state tax forms. When we receive tax forms, we file them in our Tax Form holder, which is on the south side of the library near the Friends' Book Sale. (Ask at any public services desk if you need help finding it.) If you need your tax forms sooner, here are the links to the federal and state websites:

Librarians at the Reference Desk are also able to print tax forms for you, however, we are unable to print out long instruction booklets. In addition, if you are ready to break away from using paper forms, both the IRS and the Illinois Department of Revenue offer online filing options.

What Happens in Book Club...

row of booksStarting in 2013, you’ll notice a change in our book club format. The Book Club has been split up into two groups: Fiction Book Club and Non-Fiction Book Club. The Fiction Book Club will meet every other month, starting on January 14. The Non-Fiction Book Club will meet every other month, starting on February 19. Each club has a new leader, too.

We hope that by branching out with our book clubs, we will attract more readers interested in all the fun that being a part of a book club brings. Both book clubs are open to everyone, and we hope to see you at our next book club gathering. Read here for more info.

Movies for Everyone

DVDsAge borrowing restrictions on DVDs and videos are now lifted for all patrons. This means that anyone of any age with a library card in good standing will be able to borrow DVDs and videos. Current loan periods and limitations still apply. For DVDs, you are limited to 2 new titles per card or 4 total titles per card. Videos are unlimited. As of 3/2013, DVDs and VHS may be renewed as long as there are no holds on the items. New DVDS are still ineligible for renewal.

If you are a parent or guardian of children under the age of 18, you are reminded that you are responsible for monitoring the materials that your children borrow from the library. This means that you will be held responsible for any damaged materials or fines that your children may incur. With this in mind, start the new year off with plenty to watch now that everyone in your family can borrow DVDs and videos more freely.

Play Games @ Your Library

board gameIf you're looking for inexpensive entertainment any day of the week, bring your family or friends and try playing one of our board games right here at your library. We have a variety of board games and puzzles including old favorites such as Scrabble, Clue, Risk and more.

Our games are located behind the Reference Desk, and they are available for anyone to use during library hours. We request that you put away the games you use when you are finished. Here's to friendly competition, good company and fun times ahead!

Volunteers Needed for AARP Tax-Aide

tax timeStarting in January, we will once again offer tax preparation for seniors courtesy of volunteers from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has many kinds of volunteer opportunities available - from tax volunteers to greeters, as well as communications, technology and administrative coordinators. One might be right for you!

Receive the joy and satisfaction of helping others by applying to join the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer team today! Your experience will be appreciated more than you can imagine. Email John Bruun (bruun3@comcast.net) or apply online at www.arrp.org/taxaide.

Mark Johnson Memorial Dessert Recipe Booklet

cocoa cakeIt's here! Our annual dessert booklet is now available. This year's offering is a tribute to Mark Johnson, our former Head of Local History, who passed away on August 27, 2011. Mark had a fondness for food, whether it was trying different restaurants or gathering interesting recipes. The dessert recipes in our 2012 collection all come from Mark's personal recipe archive.

For a fitting local history connection, the first recipe in the booklet is a coffee cake recipe from Gustave King (G.K.) Franklin, the son of Lesser and Sarah Franklin. You'll also find a variety of baked goods to concoct and frosting recipes to whip up.

Pick up your copy the next time you're in the library or download the booklet here.

Are You Tech-Savvy? Your Library Needs You!

keyboardHelp support your community by sharing your technology skills and expertise. We are looking for teen and adult volunteers to provide computer training at the library. Our tutorials are typically once a week, one hour long and one-on-one. This is an excellent opportunity to increase your own instruction skills and build up your resume.

If you are interested, download and fill out our Volunteer Application or pick one up at the Reference Desk. For more info, call 847-455-6016, ext. 2 or email info@fppld.org

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