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Be a Science Fair Superstar!

Check out all the new science books in the children's collection! The purchase of books in seven different areas of life and physical sciences was made possible by an Illinois State Library Back-to-Books Grant. The grant focuses on materials that will help middle school children with their science fair projects.

For project ideas, you might begin with the 6-volume set Experiment Central: Understanding Scientific Principles Through Projects. Perhaps you've always wondered Why Is Milk White & 200 Other Curious Chemistry Questions. Maybe you would like to explore Jupiter and the Outer Planets. These are just a few of the new titles available here at the library and for you to check out. View our science fair display in the Kids' Room. Ask at an Info Desk for help locating more titles on these topics.

Introducing LibraryReads

Each month, your Franklin Park librarians skillfully select books, movies, and music to meet your entertainment and educational needs. Librarians across the country do the same, and we all keep in touch with what's being published and released. Now the knowledge of librarians nationwide is being formulated into a monthly list of librarian recommendations called LibraryReads. The list features the top ten books librarians across the country love, and it includes a few titles your librarians here in Franklin Park recommended and enjoyed. You can view the current and past lists for unique and satisfying reads:

Free copies of the October 2013 list are available at our informational brochure area near the front of the Library. The November 2013 list will be made available in the Library soon. If we do not own a title on the LibraryReads list, you can always fill out a suggestion form, and we will look into purchasing the book.

October is Family History Month

Here's a sampling of what your Library offers:

Other interesting links:

Phone Service Has Been Restored


Our phone lines are up and running again!

Now you can use whichever method to contact us is most convenient for you. That includes calling, texting, emailing, faxing, and even instant messaging!

New Halloween Decorating Books

Looking for even more fall and Halloween how-to tips for all ages? Check out our display across from the Circulation Desk.

How Much Does Your Library Card Save You?

Did you know that having and using your Franklin Park Library Card can save you a lot of money each year?

Our handy Value Calculator will add it all up for you. Using our online form, fill in how many books, movies, CDs, or magazines borrowed, online tools used, programs attended, questions asked, interlibrary loans requested, newspapers read and/or hours you used library computers or meeting rooms.

Then click on the Calculate Value button to see how much you save! We'd love to hear how much you are saving in the Comments section below.

New Library Hours in January 2014

To all Franklin Park Public Library Patrons:

Effective January 1, 2014, the Library will be changing its hours. The new hours will be as follows:

DAY HOURS
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday CLOSED

In an effort to provide you with expanded service, we will be extending our Friday hours. This will allow us to provide access to the Library after school & work hours on Fridays. We will also be able to offer new programs for children, teens, and adults on those evenings.

In order to extend our Friday service hours, we will be closed on Sundays. Because of this, all students should make sure to seek any help on assignments or projects no later than Saturday.

We are excited about these changes and hope they will make your Library experience even better.

-The Staff of the Franklin Park Public Library

Affordable Care Act Resources

The Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1, 2013. Here are some links of interest:

Still have questions or need help enrolling? Leyden Family Service & Mental Health Center is available to help uninsured individuals and small employers (under 50 employees) navigate the Affordable Care Act.

Leyden Family Service Can Help You Navigate the Affordable Care Act

Do you or does someone you know need health insurance?

Leyden Family Service & Mental Health Center in Franklin Park can help you! Leyden Family Service is helping uninsured individuals and small employers (under 50 employees) navigate the Affordable Care Act.

Open Enrollment begins October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Call Leyden Family Service at 847-451-0330 for more information.

Leyden Family Service will be providing education on the extensive list of health plans that will be available as well as eligibility requirements for help with premiums.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I thought I was weary of reading bleak dystopian fiction until I read The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. The author takes you into a futuristic, alternate world that is ruled by a group called Scion, which is known for persecuting those with psychic powers. Paige is a young woman with strong clairvoyant powers and living in Scion London. She's a part of the criminal underground which is rife with clairvoyants when she is pursued, captured, and imprisoned in a penal colony by a group of powerful beings from another world. The book is a mix of sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and adventure, and you may enjoy it if you are looking for an escape from the real world and the ordinary.

This first novel received a lot of buzz since its author is only in her early twenties, and the story is to continue in a lengthy series. It was also selected as a Today Show book club pick, and is being developed as a movie.

-Vanessa

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