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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

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Loved this one. It's a literary thriller about the investigation of the suspicious death of the daughter of a famous yet elusive film director, reminiscent of real-life director Stanley Kubrick. The story is told from the viewpoint of a journalist named Scott McGarth, and it's a twisty and exciting tale as he tries to unravel the truth. The snippets of articles and web pages interspersed throughout serve as evidence and help to make this book seem real. One of my favorites for 2013!

-Vanessa

Banned Books Week - Sept. 22 - 28, 2013

Celebrate the freedom to read with us during Banned Books Week from 9/22 - 9/28, 2013. Banned Books Week is an annual event in which the Franklin Park Library joins with libraries nationwide to promote the value of free and open access to information and the harmful effects on censorship. We have a variety of activities for you to learn more about challenged books:

  • Watch a movie based on a banned book at our Banned Book into Movie Night on Tuesday, 9/24 @ 6PM
  • View and explore our Banned Books wall display for recently challenged books across the U.S. and learn the reasons why they were challenged.
  • Check out our Banned Books display across from the Circulation Desk, and try reading a banned book.
  • Read about challenged and banned books over the years. You may find your favorite authors and titles.
  • Join in national events on social media such as the Banned Books Week 2013 Twitter Party and Hangouts on Air on Google+ featuring authors whose books were challenged.

The Big Library Read Returns

The Big Library Read is back from now through September 30! eMediaLibrary, our collection of ebooks and audiobooks, is featuring a children's book for everyone to read at the same time. The selection is Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor, and it is the first book in the Nancy Clancy series. The book is available in both eBook and audiobook formats, and can be read on your tablet, ereader, smartphone or computer's browser.

The Big Library Read also offers a community aspect with a hosted forum and an online chat with the author. Follow the books and the author through Facebook and through GoodReads. If you have questions, drop by our Information Desks or call 847-455-6016 ext.2.

Environmental Assessment Made Available

A copy of an Environmental Assessment is now available for you to view courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District. The Environmental Assessment covers a combined flood control and ecosystem restoration project in Cook County and Lake County, Illinois and Kenosha County and Racine County, Wisconsin. The proposed project would involve a number of locations within the upper Des Plaines watershed in both Illinois and Wisconsin.

A CD-ROM with the information is being held at the Information Desk; just ask if you would like to view it at a library computer. You may also view this info online here.

The U.S. Arm Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on this proposed project until October 2, 2013. Send your comments to Peter Bullock, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 111 North Canal St., 6th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606 or by email at peter.y.bullock@usace.army.mil. If you have questions, you may contact Mr. Bullock at 312-846-5587.

Our Collection is Changing

You may have noticed that certain books, movies, and music have changed locations in the Library over the recent months. In an effort to make more space for library users, as well as make room in the collection for new materials, we've relocated and shifted several areas including New Fiction and New Non-Fiction books. If you need help finding something, feel free to stop by the Information Desk and ask for assistance.

Our movie collection is also undergoing changes, and our videotape collection is decreasing. This is due to the fact that many of our videotapes are damaged or in poor condition after years of heavy use. Videotapes are a dead medium, and we've been replacing them with DVDs. Please be aware that over time, our entire videotape collection will need to be replaced.

It's Time to "Bee of Service"

Love fiber crafts such as knitting and crocheting? How about sharing your crafting skills and working together to help people in need?

Your library is offering a new service opportunity for local crafters. Join fellow knitters and crocheters in our newest group, "Bee of Service." Crafters are working on producing squares for donations to local service organizations. The group is meeting weekly on Monday mornings through the month of September. Yarn is provided.

For more information, call Karen Gurski at 847-455-6016 ext. 234.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the Franklin Park Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to promote the benefits of a free library card. Your Franklin Park Library Card is the ticket to a wide variety of materials, programs, services, our Digital Library, and much more.

Circulation Services is offering a plentiful assortment of incentives and prizes during September 2013. It's the perfect time to sign-up for your very first library card or use your current Franklin Park Library Card during the month to enter the raffles. Read all about the awesome giveaways from local businesses and organizations.

For more information, visit Circulation Services or call 847-455-6016 ext. 1. Learn more about getting a library card here.

Listen to Classic Audiobooks with OneClickDigital

OneClickDigitalOneClickDigital offers a selection of 200 audiobooks for you to download and listen to on your computer or gadget. You'll find works by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott and many more authors that will be of interest to readers of all ages. There are even children's classics such as Black Beauty, Treasure Island, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, A Little Princess, and others. These digital audiobooks are a great way to pass the time whether you're at home or in the car on a long drive.

Visit our Digital Library to begin. You'll need to create an account and install a piece of software to facilitate the download and transfer process. Click on the Help tab within OneClickDigital for videos, tutorials and how-to guides. If you require more assistance, come to either of our Info Desks, email info@fppld.org or call 847-455-6016 ext. 2.

New at Your Library: Auto Repair Reference Center

Find the answers to your automotive questions with our new Auto Repair Reference Center! This reputable online resource goes beyond our print automotive collection by offering auto repair information on vehicles from the 1950s - 2010. Search for a specific model or try out some of the other features. Watch videos to learn more about all things automotive with the Auto IQ feature, learn care and repair tips for your vehicle and discover the best troubleshooting methods.

Questions? Visit either of our Information Desks, email info@fppld.org or call 847-455-6016 ext. 2.

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