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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.

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.

Free Apps From Your Library

Did you know that your library offers a variety of free apps to download? See our current offerings below. While our apps are free, data fees from your carrier may apply.
LibAnywhere

  • Online Catalog & Library Info - Our main library app lets you search our online catalog, place holds, renew items, look up library info and more. Search for "LibAnywhere" in your app store. You may also view our mobile website without installing the app.
  • eBooks & Audiobooks - Enjoy discovering new books and revisiting classic titles with your mobile device and eMediaLibrary. Download the Overdrive app here or from your app store.
  • Article Search - Search for articles using our EBSCOhost app. Look for "EBSCOhost" in your app store and follow the steps for activation.
  • Data Search - Find business and residential data from ReferenceUSA. For iPad only.
  • Learn a Language - Keep up with your language learning on the go and the Byki app. First, create a Transparent Language account. Search for "Byki" in your app store, and follow the instructions.
  • Worldwide Library Holdings - Worldcat is an online catalog that displays library holdings worldwide. Access their mobile catalog here, and check out a variety of free apps powered by Worldcat.

Librarians are always ready to help you learn how to use your new device @ the Reference Desk. For further info and more ways to utilize your mobile device, see our Mobile Resources page.

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.

Halloween Mystery & Romance

Murder for HalloweenTrickAre horror tales and ghost stories a little too scary? Try out a Halloween-themed mystery or romance to get in the holiday spirit--without the spirits!

  • All Hallows' Evil by Valerie Wolzien is a cozy mystery featuring suburban housewife Susan Henshaw investigating a murdered talk show host.
  • Bewitching Kittens and Enchanting Kittens are both collections of 3 regency romance stories which also feature kittens.
  • Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense is a collection of 18 haunting stories from authors such as Ed McBain and Marcia Muller. Some of the tales may have horror elements, but as with any story collection, you can skip the ones you don't like and read the others.
  • Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier is a cozy mystery. It's October in Maine and Tinker's Cove is preparing for its annual Halloween festival. As amateur sleuth Lucy Stone is getting her kids ready for the holiday, an arsonist is loose in town. When the latest fire claims the life of the owner of Tinker's Cove's oldest house, arson turns into murder.
  • Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain is another cozy mystery. The annual Halloween party in Cabot Cave takes on a real scary tone when a self-proclaimed witch ends up dead in the graveyard. Jessica stirs through a witches' brew of motives--and concocts a scary scheme of her own to make sure the guilty ghoul doesn't get away with murder.

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

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