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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.

Become a Friend of the Library

The Friends support the Library through volunteerism, fund-raising activities and sponsorship of programs and activities. The Friends meet the second Saturday of each month at 9:30AM in the Library. New members are always welcome. Your membership offers you the opportunity to share thoughts, donate your time, or lend your talents.

Learn more about becoming a Friend of the Library.

Attention Family Historians!

Are you interested in finding out more about your family’s history?

Your library subscribes to Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online; both are digital resources best suited for expanding your family history search and building your family tree. It can take some time getting used to these resources, and our Head of Local History, Karen Gurski, is here to offer her expertise. She is available for free, one-on-one, hour-long tutorials to guide you in using these genealogy tools.

If you’re interested in signing up for a genealogy tutorial, contact Karen at 847-455-6016, ext. 234 or email her at kgurski@fppld.org.

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.

Flooding Resources & Links

If you need help finding more information, we are just a call (847-455-6016), email (info@fppld.org), or text (847-220-4616) away during library hours!

It's National Library Week: 4/14 - 4/20!

This annual event is a celebration of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

2013's theme is "Communities Matter @ Your Library," and you matter to us! While we still have plenty of books, we are evolving to meet your changing needs through our wide range of services, programming, and online resources for all ages. We continually expand on our offerings, and always welcome your suggestions on ways we can improve.

Get in the spirit of National Library Week by watching a public service announcement from NLW Honorary Chair Caroline Kennedy:

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