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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:

April 2013 Election Results

Go here to get started with viewing the results from the April 9, 2013 suburban Cook County Consolidated Election. Then click on "Search."

The site also gives you an option to limit your results. If you leave it set to "All," you can view all suburban Cook County election results. If you narrow by township (such as "Leyden"), you can view the local results for a specific township.

Tax Season Resources 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013 is Tax Day. We have extension forms for federal (Form 4868) and state (Form IL 505-I) filings. We also have the major 2012 federal tax forms, miscellaneous tax forms, and instruction booklets. Limited quantities of Illinois tax forms are available. If you need help locating a form, ask at the Information Desk.

Search for forms, instructions, and publications:

Have a tax preparation question?

Have a Library Card? You Could Win a Prize!

Use your Franklin Park Library Card to check out an item during April 14 - 20, 2013, and you'll earn a chance to enter our gift card drawing. If you don't have a library card, sign-up for your very own library card from April 14 - 20, 2013 to be eligible to win a prize, too. We're awarding a $10 gift card to a lucky winner from these three groups: kids, teens, and adults.

Read up on how to get your own library card. Circulation Services is ready to check out your items, and sign you up for a library card every day we're open.

It's a great time to become a member of the Franklin Park Library, and begin taking advantage of all your library card offers!

A Thank You to the Franklin Park Woman's Club

Did you know that the Franklin Park Library was founded by the Franklin Park Woman's Club? Learn more about the role of Franklin Park Woman's Club in our history.

On Thursday, April 25, we'll be presenting the Franklin Park Woman's Club with a cake at their monthly meeting as a demonstration of our appreciation for their continued support.

If you're interested in finding out more about the Franklin Park Woman's Club and possibly joining, you can contact Patricia Maggio @ 847-458-1004 or pat.maggio@sbcglobal.net.

Food for Fines

Food for Fines returns for National Library Week!

From April 14 - 20, Circulation Services will accept non-perishable food items in exchange for library fines. $1.00 in fines will be waived per item. All donations are given to a local food pantry.

Donations cannot be used to pay for lost, damaged, replacement materials or those sent to the collection agency.

Looking for LEGOs!

Are your LEGOs no longer being played with and sadly gathering dust? Why not give them a second life by donating them to the Library?

We are looking for donations of new or gently-used LEGO and DUPLO sets to start a LEGO Club for kids. LEGOs aren't just fun to play with, but they also encourage creativity, cooperative play, fine motor skills, develop planning skills and help to focus concentration. Please consider giving your LEGOs and DUPLOs a new home at the Library! We will accept your donations at the Information Desk and the Kids' Desk.

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