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October is Family History Month

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Phone Service Has Been Restored


Our phone lines are up and running again!

Now you can use whichever method to contact us is most convenient for you. That includes calling, texting, emailing, faxing, and even instant messaging!

New Halloween Decorating Books

Looking for even more fall and Halloween how-to tips for all ages? Check out our display across from the Circulation Desk.

How Much Does Your Library Card Save You?

Did you know that having and using your Franklin Park Library Card can save you a lot of money each year?

Our handy Value Calculator will add it all up for you. Using our online form, fill in how many books, movies, CDs, or magazines borrowed, online tools used, programs attended, questions asked, interlibrary loans requested, newspapers read and/or hours you used library computers or meeting rooms.

Then click on the Calculate Value button to see how much you save! We'd love to hear how much you are saving in the Comments section below.

New Library Hours in January 2014

To all Franklin Park Public Library Patrons:

Effective January 1, 2014, the Library will be changing its hours. The new hours will be as follows:

DAY HOURS
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday CLOSED

In an effort to provide you with expanded service, we will be extending our Friday hours. This will allow us to provide access to the Library after school & work hours on Fridays. We will also be able to offer new programs for children, teens, and adults on those evenings.

In order to extend our Friday service hours, we will be closed on Sundays. Because of this, all students should make sure to seek any help on assignments or projects no later than Saturday.

We are excited about these changes and hope they will make your Library experience even better.

-The Staff of the Franklin Park Public Library

Affordable Care Act Resources

The Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1, 2013. Here are some links of interest:

Still have questions or need help enrolling? Leyden Family Service & Mental Health Center is available to help uninsured individuals and small employers (under 50 employees) navigate the Affordable Care Act.

Leyden Family Service Can Help You Navigate the Affordable Care Act

Do you or does someone you know need health insurance?

Leyden Family Service & Mental Health Center in Franklin Park can help you! Leyden Family Service is helping uninsured individuals and small employers (under 50 employees) navigate the Affordable Care Act.

Open Enrollment begins October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Call Leyden Family Service at 847-451-0330 for more information.

Leyden Family Service will be providing education on the extensive list of health plans that will be available as well as eligibility requirements for help with premiums.

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.

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