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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.

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.

  • 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.


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