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Thanks to Our Food Drive Donors

The Library honors former Local History Librarian Mark Johnson each February in honor of his birthday.

Our month-long collection of non-perishable food and household items goes for donation to a local food pantry.

We would like to thank everyone who donated so generously this year in Mark's memory!

Kindles are Here!

The Library is now lending Kindle eReaders to Franklin Park residents and business owners. Three Kindles are pre-loaded with a variety of best sellers and classics, and are tailored to these three audiences:

The Kindles are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and you can check them out for two weeks at a time. Learn more about borrowing a Kindle from your library. Ask the Info Desk or Kids Crossing Desk for more information.

New Tech Training Classes @ Your Library

In the past, the Library offered one-on-one computer tutorials for anyone interested in improving their computer skills. We are trying a different format with our new Tech Training Classes, which offer broader subjects taught in a classroom-like atmosphere. Here are some of our new offerings:

  • Intro to Computers: A basic "how-to" class which covers powering up; logging in; opening programs; creating, saving and finding files; and a review of the keyboard and its functions.
  • Desktop Publishing 101: Learn how to create simple greeting cards, signs, and other visual projects using Microsoft Publisher.
  • Intro to Kindle eReaders: Learn how to navigate your Kindle, organize contents, download eMediaLibrary content, manually add books to your Kindle from a computer, and find other eBook resources.
  • Intro to Tablets: Learn about the differences between tablet brands, touchscreen gestures, modifying settings, wifi connectivity, app store downloads and FPPLD Digital Library resources. An assortment of tablets will be provided for students to try.
  • Intro to Google: Explore Google Maps, Translate, create an account for 5G of "cloud storage" and then upload files to your own secure "drive."
  • Pinterest 101: Learn how to set up an account and find out the basics of pinning! Existing email account required.

New topics are always being considered on community need and demand. Contact the Info Desk (call 847-455-6016 ext. 2 or email info@fppld.org) for available class subjects and times.

Tax Season Resources 2014

At Your Library

  • The Library has a limited number of federal and state tax forms and instructions. We can print other tax forms from state and federal websites, however, our regular printing fees of 10 cents per page (20 cents front & back) will apply.
  • Due to increased demand, our free tax preparation service from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is completely booked for this tax season.
  • For more tax season info, call the Info Desk at 847-455-6016 ext. 2 or email info@fppld.org.

Search for forms, instructions, and publications:

Have a tax preparation question?

The Big Library Read Returns

Millions of readers around the world are participating in the Big Library Read of the eBook, Keys to the Kitchen by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp. You are invited to join in from February 17 through March 5, 2014. Use your Franklin Park library card to borrow and enjoy the cookbook via eMediaLibrary, our digital collection of eBooks and audiobooks.

Keys to the Kitchen is a comprehensive manual that collects more than 300 innovative, contemporary recipes as well as color photographs, plenty of informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and helpful how-to information on subjects as wide-ranging as throwing a cocktail party and knife skills.

There will also be a live Facebook chat with the author, Aida Mollenkamp, on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time. Visit http://tinyurl.com/kkoe43n.

For more info on the Big Library Read and eMediaLibrary, drop by the Information Desk or call 847-455-6016 x 2.

Go On a Blind Date With a Book

Are you looking to spice up your reading and try something new?

We've selected plenty of worthy contenders for your heart and mind with our Blind Date With a Book display. Our picks range from young adult to adult books, but you are free to select the book that calls out to you.

Rules for Blind Date With a Book

  • No peeking! Please wait to unwrap your book after checkout.
  • Checkout these books at the Circulation Desk.
  • Don't forget to return the due date card along with your book!

Be sure to stop by the Library throughout February 2014 to see if you will find the book of your dreams!

Update: Environmental Assessment - Des Plaines River Phase II

Here is a link provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers to documentation of changes to the Environmental Assessment for a combined flood control and ecosystem restoration project. The proposed project would involve a number of locations within the upper Des Plaines River watershed in both Illinois and Wisconsin.

The documentation of changes is open for public review and comment. Comments must be received by February 16, 2014 and may be sent to Peter Bullock, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 231 S. La Salle Street Suite 1500, Chicago IL, 60604 or by email at peter.y.bullock@usace.army.mil. Questions should be directed to Mr. Bullock at 312-846-5587.

Good Books to Read - February 2014

Every day, librarians here at the Franklin Park Library and nationwide evaluate book reviews and select upcoming titles for our collections. Our collective expertise is now harnessed into LibraryReads, a monthly list of the top ten books that librarians across the country love. View the February 2014 LibraryReads List, and then explore previous lists for more good books to read.

Free copies of the February 2014 list are available at the Info Desk. If you see a title that we don't own yet, please let us know.

Looking For Legos

Do you have any Lego or Duplo blocks you would like to donate to our collection? If so, bring them to our Kids Crossing Desk, and we'll gladly add them to our growing Lego collection.

Want to see what we are doing with all these Legos? Kids age 4 years old and up are invited to come build with us at Lego Club, which is on Thursdays evenings twice a month. Lego Club will meet on 2/13 from 6 - 7PM.

The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler

Reviewed by Adrian C., 6th grader at Mannheim Middle School.

Imagine getting bullied by the whole school and everyone hating you. Would you run away or would you stand up for yourself? Would you get sad or depressed or even hide from humanity?

he Truth About Truman School is by Dori Hillstad Butler. This book is about a couple of teens that make a secret school website (Zebby and Amr) and everything goes horribly wrong. At first the website was for writing about your middle school experiences. A couple days later people turned it into a real gossip site all targeting one girl, Lilly. Lilly is the most popular girl in Truman School. But then she turned into the most unpopular girl within days.

Lilly's friends are responsible for a lot of the bullying but they are not really the only cyber bullies bullying Lilly. How would you feel if your trusted friends bullied you and you didn't know it because of a putrid screen name online? That's exactly what happens to Lilly. Just because it’s online doesn't mean you can say whatever you want to. People had a big aversion to Lilly and the popular group. But you will find out Lilly deserves it for being mean to others.

When I started to read this book I thought to myself "What a boring book this is going to be." When I got further into the story and the plot, then I thought "Oh this is going to be a good book." This was a good book, yet it was also sad. The bullies were being snide.

The Truth About Truman School is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. It's just one of those books that gets you reeled in and ready to read. You will laugh and maybe even cry but the book isn't that sad and emotional! This is a must read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is going through a time that they get bullied themselves or that even have experienced bullying. It also teaches you about why bullying is bad and what happens when it happens to someone.

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