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Apps & Links for Election Day 2012

voteYes, it's easy to watch election results on your TV, however, you can also keep track of what's happening online or with free apps.

Voting Resources 2012

votePreparing to vote on Tuesday? Normally, your trusty librarians turn to Cook County Clerk's site to look up your polling place and other voter info. Due to increased demand, their website is loading slower than usual. In the meantime, you can try either of these alternative options to find your polling place:

  • Search for "voter info" in Google, and a search box pops up @ the top of the page. Fill in your full address, and click on "Get My Info" for your polling place, directions, and more election resources.
  • www.vote411.org offers a simple search box to find your voter info. The site is nonpartisan, and will help you build a personalized ballot so you're prepared when you go to vote.

Need help navigating these resources? Librarians are available to answer your questions in person, by phone, and instant message on our website.

Hold Your Own Horror Movie Marathon

Hand popping out of a pumpkinIt's the perfect time of year to turn off the lights, pop in a horror DVD and start a horror movie marathon. Here are plenty of links to inspire your scary selections:

And some not-so-scary movies for kids and adults:

For help finding any of these movies, ask at the Reference Desk. Be sure to check out our horror movie display for classic and new films.

National Friends of Libraries Week 2012

October 21 - 27 marks the national celebration of the Friends of Libraries. Our Friends Group is a non-profit organization that supports the library by providing volunteer services, sponsoring programming and events, and funding library programs. The Friends have a variety of activities planned for this week, and they encourage you to become a Friend, too.

  • All Week: Friends' Membership Drive - Stop by Frank the Friendly Pumpkin's table to sign up
  • Monday - Friday: Scavenger Hunt - Pick up a form from Frank the Friendly Pumpkin
  • Monday: Video Sale - Videos are 2 for 50 cents
  • Friday: Last day to submit your Scavenger Hunt findings!
  • Saturday: Friends Open Meeting / Treats

For more info, email friends@fppld.org.

Enroll in a Spooky Class

jack o'lanternAs Halloween nears, interest in ghosts, hauntings, and the paranormal increases. For thrills and chills, we've loaded our displays with horror movies, horror fiction and materials on Halloween decorations, ghost hunting, vampires, werewolves, zombies and more.

For in-depth information, Universal Class, our collection of free online courses, offers lessons on new age and alternative beliefs. Try learning about Haunted Places, Cryptozoology, Magick Basics, Numerology, Paranormal Investigations or Tarot Cards. Login to Universal Class, and choose "New Age" to find these courses. You will need to create an account, if this is your first time. For help, ask at the Reference Desk or call 847-455-6016, ext. 2

October is Fire Prevention Month

Partners in PreventionThe Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and the Chicago Sun-Times are offering free online resources on fire safety and burn prevention during the month of October. Visit their web page to find a variety of facts, articles, quizzes and a workbook for students/teachers/families about fire safety. Take some time today to learn how you can make preparations to keep you and your family safe.

For more info, adults may want to check out The Complete Idiot's Guide to Disaster Preparedness (613.69 RAM) and Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing & Safety (649.10289 SCH). For stories to read to your children, try Fireboy to the Rescue: a Fire Safety Book by Edward Miller and No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean Pendziwol.

Check Out a Watt Detective Kit; Save Energy & Money

a young detectiveWe're partnering with ComEd to offer Watt Detective kits, which include an electricity meter and a booklet (in English and Español). Plug the meter into an outlet, and then plug in your appliance. Use the booklet to determine if your appliance is energy-efficient and find ways to save energy and money at home. You can also discover:

  • The operating costs of various appliances, such as refrigerators, TVs, computers, etc.
  • High-energy use appliances
  • Potential savings of using certain appliances less frequently
  • Potential savings of replacing older appliances with energy-efficient models
  • How much energy appliances use even when switched off

Watt Detective kits can be checked out for two weeks, and four are available at the Reference Desk. For more info on energy efficiency in your home, try the The Home Energy Diet and The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook.

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!

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