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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a fast and easy diary style novel. Charlie writes letters to an anonymous friend. His letters are about his life: school and teachers; friends and family; sex, drugs, and rock and roll. I suppose we are supposed to be moved by the things he writes, but I have to say, I never felt much for any of the characters in this story, as they were very flat. It was an entertaining, "read it in one night" book, but don't expect much more than that.

Submitted by: Jennifer Johnson

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga

Being a huge fan of the graphic comics and even a bigger fan of the show, I was excited to read this book. I was not disappointed during this read. It truly showed the growth of evil one man needs to endure, even if he really has no intentions of being evil. The ending was very unexpected and satisfying. If you are a fan of the show or the comics, I would definitely recommend this read. I just found the Governor in the comics as a disgusting character and it translated through the series. After reading the prequel to his character formation, I actually feel a bit sorry for him. Again, a great read for any fan of the Walking Dead.

Submitted by: Jennifer Johnson

AARP Tax Help

tax formsVolunteers from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will return to the library to help prepare income taxes for seniors. Appointments are on Thursday mornings starting February 7 and running through April 11.

In order to make your appointment, call or visit the Reference Desk starting on January 14, 2013. Slots fill up quickly so make sure to sign up early.

Midnight Sun by Elwood Reid

This book is about two men looking for a girl who was kidnapped by a cult who live deep in the woods of Alaska. I found myself asking, "what else could happen?"

Submitted by: Mercy Bautista

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

I was given this book by a friend who told me it was one of the best books she has ever read. With that in mind, I was excited to read this book. However, I did not like how the book was written. The book is a compilation of letters and faxes written by the self centered Olivia, a movie producer in Hollywood. The letters are all written by Olivia to her sister Maddie (who is dying of cancer), her friend Tina, her ex Michael, parents, doctors, and various people in Hollywood. The problem with this is that the reader never sees any of the letters that were written back. So, it is a one sided continuous story that never seems to end. I never felt a connection with any of the characters. Basically, it was not uplifting or depressing, sad or happy, just neutral.

Submitted by: Jennifer Johnson

Tax Forms Update

tax prepDue to changes in tax law, we are still awaiting the majority of our federal and state tax forms. When we receive tax forms, we file them in our Tax Form holder, which is on the south side of the library near the Friends' Book Sale. (Ask at any public services desk if you need help finding it.) If you need your tax forms sooner, here are the links to the federal and state websites:

Librarians at the Reference Desk are also able to print tax forms for you, however, we are unable to print out long instruction booklets. In addition, if you are ready to break away from using paper forms, both the IRS and the Illinois Department of Revenue offer online filing options.

What Happens in Book Club...

row of booksStarting in 2013, you’ll notice a change in our book club format. The Book Club has been split up into two groups: Fiction Book Club and Non-Fiction Book Club. The Fiction Book Club will meet every other month, starting on January 14. The Non-Fiction Book Club will meet every other month, starting on February 19. Each club has a new leader, too.

We hope that by branching out with our book clubs, we will attract more readers interested in all the fun that being a part of a book club brings. Both book clubs are open to everyone, and we hope to see you at our next book club gathering. Read here for more info.

Movies for Everyone

DVDsAge borrowing restrictions on DVDs and videos are now lifted for all patrons. This means that anyone of any age with a library card in good standing will be able to borrow DVDs and videos. Current loan periods and limitations still apply. For DVDs, you are limited to 2 new titles per card or 4 total titles per card. Videos are unlimited. As of 3/2013, DVDs and VHS may be renewed as long as there are no holds on the items. New DVDS are still ineligible for renewal.

If you are a parent or guardian of children under the age of 18, you are reminded that you are responsible for monitoring the materials that your children borrow from the library. This means that you will be held responsible for any damaged materials or fines that your children may incur. With this in mind, start the new year off with plenty to watch now that everyone in your family can borrow DVDs and videos more freely.

Your Library, 24/7

download ebooksDid you receive your very own tablet, smartphone, ereader or computer as a present over the holidays? If so, there are many ways you can take advantage of your library's resources:

  • Download and install our free apps, try texting to manage your library account, use wireless printing to print to your library's printers, and much more.
  • Peruse our Digital Library, which offers reputable resources and online classes all day and night with your Franklin Park Library card.
  • Browse and download ebooks and audiobooks with eMediaLibrary, our online collection of ebooks and audiobooks available even when your library is closed.

Questions? Ask at the Info Desk for more info, give us a call at 847-455-6016, ext. 2 or email info@fppld.org.

The Listless by Steven Mohr

It's a simple story about finding ourselves again. It’s really only a couple of weeks in a young college grad’s life. It's written in way that's easy to understand and relate to. If you're ever feeling down or just weird about life, read this book. The end is like some different, bittersweet (sort of depressing but sort of freeing) speech that is oddly motivational. It made me smile. I felt inspired. I recommend this to anyone who has ever felt the pangs of heartbreak, the compression of work life, or the depression of figuring out where to go in a world that’s full of capable people but less opportunity.

Submitted by: Nathan Green


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