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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

October is Fire Prevention Month

Partners in PreventionThe Illinois Fire Safety Alliance and the Chicago Sun-Times are offering free online resources on fire safety and burn prevention during the month of October. Visit their web page to find a variety of facts, articles, quizzes and a workbook for students/teachers/families about fire safety. Take some time today to learn how you can make preparations to keep you and your family safe.

For more info, adults may want to check out The Complete Idiot's Guide to Disaster Preparedness (613.69 RAM) and Consumer Reports Guide to Childproofing & Safety (649.10289 SCH). For stories to read to your children, try Fireboy to the Rescue: a Fire Safety Book by Edward Miller and No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean Pendziwol.

Drum roll, please! Announcing the 2012 Teens Top Ten!

Teens Top Ten logoIn August and September, you told us your favorite YA titles from the past year. After a nationwide vote, here are the winners of the 2012 Teens' Top Ten.

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. Legend by Marie Lu
4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
5. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
10. Abandon by Meg Cabot

Check Out a Watt Detective Kit; Save Energy & Money

a young detectiveWe're partnering with ComEd to offer Watt Detective kits, which include an electricity meter and a booklet (in English and Español). Plug the meter into an outlet, and then plug in your appliance. Use the booklet to determine if your appliance is energy-efficient and find ways to save energy and money at home. You can also discover:

  • The operating costs of various appliances, such as refrigerators, TVs, computers, etc.
  • High-energy use appliances
  • Potential savings of using certain appliances less frequently
  • Potential savings of replacing older appliances with energy-efficient models
  • How much energy appliances use even when switched off

Watt Detective kits can be checked out for two weeks, and four are available at the Reference Desk. For more info on energy efficiency in your home, try the The Home Energy Diet and The Carbon Buster's Home Energy Handbook.

New App for Nook Owners

eMediaLibraryDownloading from eMediaLibrary, our digital library of eBooks and audiobooks, is now even easier for Nook owners. If you have a Nook Color, Tablet, HD or HD+, visit the Nook Store to download the free Overdrive Media Console app. Read here for more info.

If you need help using your Nook or installing the app, get in touch with us or come to our next Tech Help Drop-In session (Monday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm).

Banned Books Week 2012

Celebrate the Freedom to ReadEach year, Banned Books Week (9/30-10/6) celebrates our freedom to read. Both our online slideshow and our in-house display highlight popular and classic titles which have been challenged or banned at libraries across the United States. We've included the reason for a challenge or ban, and the call numbers of the books just in case you'd like to see what the fuss is all about!

To get an idea of how many books are challenged or banned, here's a list of frequently challenged books from the past decade. There's also a Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out occurring on YouTube with people reading from their favorite banned books. For more info on banned books and your freedom to read, ask a librarian at the Reference Desk.

BBW graphics reprinted by permission of the American Library Association

Buy Local - The 3/50 Project

Which three local businesses would you miss most if they disappeared? How can you help prevent that from happening? The Village of Franklin Park is encouraging residents and local business owners to participate in the 3/50 Project, which aims to deliver a significant financial benefit to our local economy. Simply choose 3 businesses to support and commit to spending a total of $50 per month in one or more of those establishments.

Visit the Village of Franklin Park's webpage where they explain this program in greater detail and link to the 3/50 project itself.

Maximizing Your eBook & Audiobook Checkouts

eMediaLibraryeBooks and audiobooks from eMediaLibrary can now be borrowed for up to 21 days. The new option is listed when you go to checkout an item. (14 is the default, and 7 is the other option).

While you may enjoy the longer checkout period for certain items, you may want to return finished items sooner depending on your device and the content type. You can use your device's app, Adobe Digital Editions and/or Overdrive Media Console to return items. Usually this is done by clicking or tapping on an item, and then choosing to return and/or delete.

For more info, ask a trusty librarian or find your device on the Overdrive help page.


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