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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

Recycle Your Old Cords and Christmas Lights

xmas lightsAs we decorate the library for the winter holidays, we're finding a lot of decorations we forget we'd packed away. Maybe you, too, are sorting through your decorations, and have discovered old, unneeded Christmas lights and cords. Boy Scout Troop 158 of Franklin Park will be recycling old and non-working Christmas lights and other old electrical cords for their recycling program, which helps to pay for Scouts and adult chaperones attending summer camp.

If you have any old cords or lights to donate, drop them at the drop off box at Village Hall anytime during December 2012. Questions or need a pick-up of your items? Call Art Wason, Assistant Scoutmaster at 708-404-4152 or email franklinparktroop158@gmail.com.

Wanted: Your Retro Christmas Cards

angelsHelp us add even more holiday sparkle to the library this year. We would like to showcase your Christmas cards from the 1970s and earlier in our display case. Please bring your cards to the Reference Desk by November 29, 2012. We will then make sure they are properly stored and displayed throughout the winter holidays for all to view and enjoy! Your cards will be returned to you promptly after January 8.

For questions, please contact Karen at 847-455-6016 ext. 234 or email kgurski@fppld.org.

Some of Our Favorite Picture Books

Very Hungry Caterpillar

November is Picture Book Month

Picture Book MonthPicture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates picture books, which are books with memorable illustrations and lively stories. Every day during November, the Picture Book Month website is featuring posts from picture book champions on the value of picture books in this digital age. You can also discover a number of activities and resources for your own celebration of picture books.

You're also never too old to go back and read a childhood favorite or to share a treasured tale with any of the children in your life. Our Youth Services collection has plenty of picture books, from classic to brand new, for all to peruse. Ask at the Youth Services Desk if you need any help locating or selecting books.

Neighbors Magazine

The monthly Neighbors magazine of suburban Cook County is available for your reading pleasure online. Check out November's issue here (since it's 40 pages long, you might have to give it a minute to load):


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Your Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving tableBrowse our Thanksgiving table here at the library. We've set it with vivid, helpful resources for your Thanksgiving menu planning including budget celebrations, endless turkey variations, tasty side dishes, and options for serving vegetarians and vegans. A sampling of what's on the table:

Take a look through our table setting display for resources on creative and inexpensive ways to make your holiday table stand out such as folded napkins or a decorative centerpiece. Afterward, visit our display across from the Circulation Desk for holiday baking books to add a final sweet note to your feast.

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