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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth RevisTeenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.

5 out of 5 stars. Across the universe is about 17-year-old Amy who has embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. She, along with another 100 Earth people, will be frozen and traveling through space for 300 years until they reach the new planet. But things don't go as planned, for Amy is unfrozen before they get to the new planet. The plot is so exciting and interesting that you can't stop reading. As you read. all types of question swirl around your head. The main character Amy is also very relate-able too. As the author describes her fears and experiences in the ship Godspeed. You can't help but feel like you're right there!

Submitted by: Adriana B.

New Museum Adventure Pass Partners

Our Museum Adventure Pass Program is even better than ever with the addition of two new partners:

The Museum Adventure Pass Program is just one of the great perks you receive by being a Franklin Park Library cardholder. This year-round program allows you to "check-out" a pass for various admission discounts or similar offers from local museums and attractions.. Ready to go out and explore? Visit one of our Information Desks to check-out a pass today!

Kids Room Collection

Notice something new about us?

This week the Kids Room shifted things around, and some of your favorite books now have a new shelf home. The new arrangement makes it easier for you to locate popular kids' materials, and highlights our special collections for young readers.

Come check it out and we will show you around!

Read with Your Ears this Summer!

From May 30 through August 21, listen to free audiobooks from SYNC! SYNC is a program that gives away two complete audiobook downloads–a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a Classic or Required Summer Reading title–each week to listeners ages 13+ while SYNC is in session. Former Abe nominee Carter Finally Gets It and Teens' Top Ten nominee The Raven Boys are on this summer's list of free downloads, as well as classics like Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist. Did we mention these and many more audiobooks are free? Click here for more information and to see the full list of downloads.

Read & Discuss a Free eBook During the Big Library Read

Join a global reading event with the Big Library Read. From now until June 1st, 2013, eMediaLibrary, our digital library of ebooks and audiobooks, will offer a free ebook for everyone to download, read at the same time, and discuss online. The book is The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone; preview a sample of the ebook here. If you'd like to finish reading the entire book, search in eMediaLibrary for "Four Corners," and download/transfer to your device as usual. Librarians at the Information Desk and Tech Help Drop-In are available to help you with this process.

There are many ways you can join the discussion including their Facebook page and Twitter feed. If you're tweeting, you can use the hashtag #BigLibraryRead. This is a great way to try out a new author, and participate in an online reading discussion.

Join in the live author chat with Michael Malone on Facebook on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7PM.

Become a Friend of the Library

The Friends support the Library through volunteerism, fund-raising activities and sponsorship of programs and activities. The Friends meet the second Saturday of each month at 9:30AM in the Library. New members are always welcome. Your membership offers you the opportunity to share thoughts, donate your time, or lend your talents.

Learn more about becoming a Friend of the Library.

Attention Family Historians!

Are you interested in finding out more about your family’s history?

Your library subscribes to Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online; both are digital resources best suited for expanding your family history search and building your family tree. It can take some time getting used to these resources, and our Head of Local History, Karen Gurski, is here to offer her expertise. She is available for free, one-on-one, hour-long tutorials to guide you in using these genealogy tools.

If you’re interested in signing up for a genealogy tutorial, contact Karen at 847-455-6016, ext. 234 or email her at kgurski@fppld.org.

Franklin Park Library Receives Summer Reading Grant

Our library is honored to be one of 20 libraries nationwide to receive a $1,000 grant from Dollar General and ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The grant will be used to help fund this year’s Teen Summer Reading Program!

Many thanks to Dollar General and YALSA for their support!

Winter Reading 2013 - The Results

This year's Winter Reading Program, "Read Across America," was the most successful yet. Altogether, participants read 717 books, far surpassing our goal of 400 books read. In keeping with the travel theme, participants read books set in all 50 states, with New York being the most popular state.

Congratulations to the following winners of this year's Winter Reading Program:

  • Adults: Gail Guzman, Judy Tichy, and Joann Hunsinger. Gail was also our Grand Prize winner. She received an "I Love Books" tote bag filled with travel-themed goodies.
  • Young Adults: Evelyn Arzola, Katlin Crane, and Erick Rosales.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's Winter Reading Program. We look forward to seeing you this summer for "Have Book, Will Travel!"

Friends' Cookbook Sale

The Friends of the Library are holding a Cookbook Sale in support of National Library Week. The sale runs through May 13 (or until the cookbooks run out!). Prices are marked on the books, with a range from $2 - $5.

The Cookbook Sale is located on a cart located near our regular Book Sale for your browsing pleasure. The selection changes quite regularly, and you'll find a variety of cuisines and authors. If you spot some cookbooks you'd like to take home as your very own, bring your selections to the Circulation Desk for purchase.

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