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Money Smart Week 2014

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help you better manage your personal finances and learn the importance of financial literacy. A variety of Chicago area organizations are taking part, and you are invited to participate in the free educational seminars and activities running from April 5 - 12, 2014.

At Your Library

  • Our collection offers a variety of books, audiobooks, ebooks, and DVDs about finances, budgets, credit, investing, debt, and much more. Ask at either Information Desk for help locating these materials.

Money Smart Week Resources

Good Books to Read - April 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 April 2014 LibraryReads List, and then explore previous lists for past selections.

You can 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.

Donate Your Prom Dress

Do you have a formal dress, suit, or tuxedo that you no longer need?

Don't let it hang in the back of your closet and gather dust! The Library is looking for new and gently-used prom dresses and men's suits for our annual Once Upon a Prom event in April.

Donations are accepted during regular library hours until March 31, 2014. All donations must be on a hanger and in clean condition.

Quilts on Display

March is National Quilting Month! To celebrate, the Friendship Quilting Club will sponsor a display of their handiwork at the Library during March 2014. Come by and view the beautiful work that these talented crafters have produced. You'll find quilts on display near the Friends' Book Sale.

Are you interested in quilting? The Friendship Quilting Club meets at the Library on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10 AM to 12PM. Learn more about the Friendship Quilting Club.

Good Books to Read - March 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 March 2014 LibraryReads List, and then explore previous lists for more good books to read.

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

Stream Video & Music With hoopla!

The newest addition to our digital library is hoopla, a collection of thousands of digital movies, tv shows, and music albums that you can access with your Franklin Park Library Card. Stream hoopla's content with the free hoopla app on your tablet or smartphone or view/listen via your web browser. There's no waiting for titles, and there are no late fees.

For more details, view our hoopla how-to page. Then get your Franklin Park Library Card ready and visit hoopladigital.com to create your free account and start the viewing/listening fun!

Questions? Visit the Info Desk or the Kids Crossing Desk, call 847-455-6016 ext. 2 or email info@fppld.org.

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.

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?

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