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Help the Needy With Our Holiday Food Drive

Help us keep with the holiday spirit of giving during our annual Holiday Food Drive!

We are collecting non-perishable food and toiletries at the Info Desk until December 21, 2013. Donations will benefit the needy in Franklin Park through Resurrection Lutheran Church's food pantry.

Questions? Contact the Info Desk at 847-455-6016 ext. 2.

New Books for Science Fair and Beyond

Earlier this year, the Franklin Park Library received an Illinois State Library Back-to-Books grant to purchase books in seven different areas of life and physical sciences. Our children's collection is now benefiting greatly from these updated resources. These books are perfect for middle school children working on their science fair projects as well as anyone looking to learn more about how fun science can be.

Our new books cover a wide range of science topics. If your child is just beginning the science fair project process, you'll want to seek out titles that will help your child discover interesting and exciting science fair projects. Try Science Experiments with Food, Step-by-step Science Experiments in Earth Science or Life Science Fair Projects for starters; we have plenty more to choose from! Other books will support the project topic your child selected such as Analyze This: Testing Materials. Some books are educational as well as fun such as Why Do Ice Cubes Float?, How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients: [an electrifying guide to the elements] and Dinosaurology.

Come by Kids Crossing to view our science fair display right near the entrance. Ask at any Info Desk for help locating our newest science titles and more on these topics in our Juvenile non-fiction collection.

Good Books to Read During December

Every day, librarians here at the Franklin Park L:ibrary and nationwide evaluate book reviews and select soon-to-be-published titles for our collections. Our expertise is now harnessed into LibraryReads, a monthly list of the top ten books librarians across the country love. View the December 2013 LibraryReads List, and then take a look at previous lists for more good books to read.

Free copies of the December 2013 list are also available at the Info Desk. If you see a title on the LibraryReads list that we don't own yet, please let us know.

Small Business Saturday

We all know about Black Friday, but did you know about Small Business Saturday?

On Saturday, November 30, 2013, make it a point to celebrate and support local small businesses and all they do for our community.

Find out where to shop here.

Donate Mittens & Help Us Decorate

Throughout December 2013, you are invited to bring in donations of new or gently used gloves and mittens to the Circulation Desk. (Please prewash your gently used gloves and mittens.) We will use be using them to create decorative garlands in the Library. At the end of the season, the donated gloves and mittens will be given to local charities.

All sizes of gloves and mittens are welcome. Be sure to check at the Circulation Desk over the next few weeks to see how the mitten garlands are growing. Let's help keep the needy in our community warm and toasty this winter!

New Enterprise Catalog Is Live!

Enterprise, the Franklin Park Library's newest online catalog, is now live. Here are some of the great new features you can now enjoy:

  • Better Quick Lists: Get quick lists of our newest movies, audiobooks, popular books, and more, complete with all the information you'd see in a regular search.
  • Faceted Search Filters: Looking for full-length DVD comedies in Spanish that were released between 2005-2012 and aren't rated G or R? Filter your search results to find exactly what you seek. Include material types you want and exclude those you don't!
  • Book River: If you're a visual person who doesn't know where to begin, look no further than Enterprise's front page. You can scroll through a dynamic river of all of the new additions and best sellers we have in the Library.
  • MyLists: Create a "To Read" list and mark off books as you finish them. Make a list of items you plan to check out during your next visit. Text the list to your phone, email it to yourself, print it out, or save it to your account for later access.
  • Improved Account Management: Log in to see which items you have checked out, manage your holds, renew items, and set your Library account preferences.

So go ahead and search for the next item you plan to check out. Use the search form on the top-right area of our website or enter your search below. If you'd like some help with the newer features, ask us!

Our National Library Card Sign-up Month Sponsors

A very big "THANK YOU" to all the local businesses that supported the Library by generously donating to our weekly/monthly raffles during National Library Card Sign-up Month 2013:

Aracely's Bakery & Deli | Al & Joe's | Culver's | Get Set Hair Salon | Gianni's Ristorante & Pizzeria | Nick & Bruno's Pizza & Restaurant | Olson's Ace Hardware | Park District of Franklin Park | Positano's Restaurant

Please support the local businesses that support your local library!

New Catalog Coming Soon


On Friday, November 1st, the Franklin Park Library will phase out Aquabrowser and go live with its newest catalog, Enterprise. Those of you who visit the Library frequently have probably already gotten a chance to try Enterprise for yourselves. We'd like to give you this opportunity to test it out on the computer you're using right now!

Take these next few days to familiarize yourself with the new catalog before we make the official switch. As always, feel free to ask us for guidance during this transition; we're here to help. You can start your very first Enterprise search right here:

Add a comment below and let us know what you think of the new catalog. Happy searching!

World Series Sweeps

Our nation's pastime is on center stage as the MLB World Series plays on between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. To celebrate, the Friends of the Library are holding a World Champion Sweepstakes and the winner will take home a prize courtesy of the Friends.

Have an interest in the teams? Prefer one city over the other? Stop by and pitch your vote in the catcher bin next to the Adult Information Desk any time before game 5 of the series (Wednesday). Your vote enters you into the sweepstakes. Chose wisely and there's a chance you might walk away from the Library with something extra during your next visit!

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.

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