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Presenters Wanted for Upcoming How-To Fest

Franklin Park Public Library District, Leyden High Schools, Northlake Public Library District, and Veterans Park District together are planning an exciting event in which the community can gather and learn from one another.

We are seeking individuals, local businesses and community groups to demonstrate their skills and provide instruction at this event in January 2015. We need a wide variety of topics to be presented in short, interactive sessions to an audience of all ages.

If you have an area of expertise, we invite you to fill out a presentation application for consideration.

Visit the How-To Fest Info page to learn more about this event!

Knit & Crochet to Help the Needy

The Knit and Crochet group is starting a new project for 2015. We will be making hats, scarves, and mittens to distribute to charity for the 2015 holiday season.

The group has lots of yarn and many patterns to share with interested crafters.

We are still collecting 8x8" knitted and crocheted squares to be woven into blankets. Please leave an 18" yarn tail on each square for weaving.

Learn more about our Knit & Crochet group.

Good Books to Read - November 2014

Every day, librarians here at the Franklin Park Library and nationwide evaluate book reviews and select forthcoming titles for our collections. Our collective expertise is harnessed into LibraryReads, a monthly list of the top ten books that librarians across the country love.

View the November 2014 LibraryReads List, and then explore previous lists for past selections.

Search our online catalog for these titles, and don't be afraid to place a hold on a item! Librarians at the Info Desk and the Kids Crossing Desk are more than willing to help you learn how to locate items, place holds, and offer suggestions to match your reading tastes and interests.

Become a Library Trustee

Are you interested in serving your community and your library? Consider filing for election to the office of trustee at Franklin Park Library.

Guidelines and all the necessary forms to file for the office of Trustee, Franklin Park Public Library District, Cook County, Illinois can be found in the State of Illinois Candidates Guide 2015.

There will be three offices of Library Trustee on the ballot of the Consolidated Election of April 7, 2015. The filing period is December 15 – 22, 2014. Petitions require 50 signatures and are to be filed at the Library Business Office on weekdays during regular business hours.

Find out more about filing for election to become a Library Trustee, and learn more about the Library's Board of Trustees.

HVAC Work in the Library

The Library's HVAC system is being replaced, and there may be periodic disturbances that are out of our control.

During the next few weeks, you may hear loud noises, experience strong smells, and feel various temperature changes in the Library throughout the morning and afternoon. You may also encounter a full parking lot outside.

The workers should finish up each day by late afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that the work will be completed by mid-November. Thanks for your understanding.

Donate Your Prom Dress & Accessories

Do you have old prom or formal dresses cluttering up your closet or storage area?

Please consider donating them to the Library. We will accept donations of new and gently used formal dresses, wraps, purses, shoes, jewelry, and men's suits.

Donations will be accepted at either the Info Desk or Kids Crossing Desk during regular Library hours. Donated formal wear and accessories are given a second chance at our annual Once Upon a Prom event, which takes places in April 2015.

Cleaning or Down-Sizing? Remember Your Library

The Library is collecting all types of gently used jewelry (beads, chains, charms, earrings, etc.) for future craft projects and programs.

If you would like to give your items a second life, please donate them to us.

Donations can be dropped off at the Info Desk or the Kids Crossing Desk.

Learn How to Use ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA is just one of the many tools in our Digital Library. It's a source for data about businesses and residents nationwide as well as a useful tool for business owners, researchers, students, and job seekers.

There are plenty of ways you can use ReferenceUSA, and now there's an easy way to learn more on your own time. These informative and free webinars from ReferenceUSA will be held from October through December 2014:

To register, click on a link above, and then click on the link by "Register" to sign up for any or all of the free webinars.

Tech Training - October 2014

The Library provides free tech training at a variety of times. Training ranges from beginner to advanced courses. Sessions last approximately 60 - 90 minutes, and are limited to four participants.

During October 2014, we are offering training on these topics: Basic Computers, Intro to Tablets, Intro to Google, Excel 2007, Word 2007, Desktop Publishing 101, and Pinterest 101. We also offer Prerequisite Building, which helps build your keyboard, mouse and basic computer skills so that you can sign-up for our group courses. New this month is our Spanish Basics class, which is one-on-one technology training for Spanish speakers. View the complete October 2014 schedule.

Ready to sign up or have questions? Contact the Information Desk at 847-455-6016, ext 2 or email info@fppld.org about availability. Have a suggestion for a new class? Let us know.

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