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New Museum Added to Museum Adventure Pass Program

A new year brings a new museum, the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, to our Museum Adventure Pass Program. People of all ages enjoy this exceptional museum dedicated to sharing with others the beauty of gemstones and promoting the study of earth science. The museum is located in Elmhurst, and it houses a large collection of Chinese jade and other hard-stone carvings. Other displays include animal dioramas, mineral specimens, gemstones and geologic phenomena. Learn more about the museum on their website.

View information about our Museum Adventure Pass Program, which offers Franklin Park Library card holders discounted admission and other offers to a variety of attractions in the Chicagoland area.

Good Books to Read During January

Every day, librarians here at the Franklin Park Library 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 January 2014 LibraryReads List, and then take a look at previous lists for more good books to read.

Free copies of the January 2014 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.

Change in Collections Policy

As part of our library card holder agreement, you agree to be responsible for returning materials on time. The Library offers several opportunities for you to return materials that have been checked out past their due dates. In addition to email and text message reminders (if you have provided us with your email address and/or signed up for text message notifications), the Library sends you three overdue notices. Ten days after the final overdue notice is sent, if the materials still have not been returned, the matter is turned over to a collection agency. Due to rising costs, beginning January 1, 2014, if you are sent to the collection agency more than once within a twelve-month period, the collection agency fee will be added to your bill.

Returns Reminder

We ask that you not attach or insert cash into items that you are returning through the bookdrop.

In order for your account to be properly credited for a payment of fines or other fees, all payments should be made in person at the Circulation Desk. Thank you!

DVD Theft Hits the Library

Have you noticed that movies you've been looking for have been missing from the shelves? Have you been told they were "missing" or "lost" by a librarian?

The Library has been suffering from a rash of DVD thefts recently, with many popular and new titles being stolen from the collection. We are addressing the issue, but ask for your continued vigilance and awareness of this problem. If you see anything suspicious happening in the Library when you visit, please make sure to let a librarian know immediately. Even with the security measures we've already taken, we cannot monitor every space in the Library all the time. We ask that you help protect the library materials your tax money goes to purchase and let us know if you see any instances of theft or attempted theft.

Warming Centers in Franklin Park

fireThis is directly from the Village of Franklin Park's website:

"The Village and Park District of Franklin Park have made the Community Center located at 9560 Franklin and the Center at North Park facility located at 10040 Addison available as warming centers for those residents that need shelter during the cold weather.

- The Park District's Community Center will open at 6 AM on Monday morning.

- The Franklin Park Police Station, located at 9451 Belmont Avenue will be open all night.

- Please check on elderly neighbors in your area.

To report an emergency, dial 911, for non-emergency requests, please call 847-678-2444."

For more info, visit www.villageoffranklinpark.com

The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler

Reviewed by Deanna P., 6th grader at Mannheim Middle School

I don't think I have ever felt so bad for a character in a book before. This is by far the best realistic fiction book I have ever read in my life. The book, The Truth About Truman School, is a book about middle school students Amr, Zebby, Lilly, Hayley, Trevor, and Brianna. Hayley and Brianna are the bullies to Lilly in this story. This book was as powerful as lightning.

Amr and Zebby make a Truth About Truman website. They set up this website so that anybody could post anything that was on their mind about Truman middle school. But, it gets a little out of control when a user by the name of milkandhoney starts posting untrue things about Lilly Clarke.

Milkandhoney starts posting things like "Who is the biggest poser at our school?" And "Lilly's Lesbian Diary". Now, Lilly was in the "popular" group until her "popular" friends saw the things about Lilly being lesbian and started believing it. So they kick her out of their group and now she has no other friends. Her boyfriend even broke up with her because he saw the untrue things about her on the website and also started believing it.

Lilly doesn't go to school because she doesn't want to deal with the bullying so she fakes being sick for about two to three days. But on the third day her mom gets kind of suspicious and makes her go to school. But Lilly thinks "Okay, she says I have to go to school, she never said I had to stay in school.” So her mom drops her off and as soon as her mom drives away from the school Lilly runs away. Lilly didn't come home from school that day so her mom started to get worried and called all of her what so called friends and they all say they don't know where she is and that they have no idea why Lilly stopped hanging out with them. Until Zebby, blurts it all out about the website and people posting untrue things. Once Lilly's mom gets off the phone with Zebby, she calls the police. This made me wonder if she was going to come home before the police came. There were four police cars in front of Lilly's house that night.

This book is a very suspenseful book. There are so many parts in this story that gets your heart beating. Once I started reading this book I didn't want to put it down. This book made me feel like I was actually there watching the whole thing and I'm pretty sure it will do the exact same thing to you.

Taking Sides by Gary Soto

Taking SidesReviewed by Osbaldo P., 6th grader at Mannheim Middle School.

If you had to choose between two basketball teams to play for, one you used to compete for, another you currently play on, which side would you choose to honor? This is a question Lincoln, the main character, must answer before time is up. In Gary Soto's book Taking Sides Lincoln must decide between two schools. Which one is the school he truly feels like home in?

One school, Franklin, is where he grew up to become an amazing basketball player. Most of his friends are there, and he felt like a traitor when he left to attend Columbus Junior High, where he currently learns and plays basketball as an eighth grader. Columbus has what appears to be physically and mentally advanced students, as well as more wealth than other schools. Students take it easy, describing life in the school as a piece of cake. Meanwhile in Franklin, you can only hope you can avoid a fight there.

A few of the other characters help him out through the troubling times of moving to a new school. His best friend, Tony, attends Franklin. Roy, his mother's boyfriend ever since their parents were divorced, went to Franklin in 1970. A girl he likes, Monica, went to Franklin, but now attends Columbus Junior High, just like Lincoln. She used to play basketball for Franklin, but now doesn't play in a team at all. Meanwhile Columbus has James, a friend who plays basketball for Columbus. Finally, there is Coach Yesutis, the basketball coach for Columbus, who Lincoln described as “has "trouble inside his own head."

Reading through it helped me understand what Lincoln was going through. I can visualize taking his place and choosing a side, and how difficult it would be with people possessing a variety of personalities prompting me to make a difficult choice. My eyes were scanning through the pages, my fingers carefully flipping them, and my mind kept thinking,"What would I do in that situation?" I was magnetized to the book, and was also constantly reading while only guessing what would happen in the next chapter.

I was reading the chapters, knowing this could happen to anyone moving to a different school, knowing the book is not about basketball, but instead about making a choice, to decide on the option that comforts you more and keeps those you love in joy. You need to make the choice that does not break the friendships in your life nor the promises you make. That is what I learned when I finished reading the amazing, lesson packed pages of the book.
This is a book for anyone who loves realistic fiction and books about growing up. Taking Sides is a book for any age, any personality, and any sports-loving person. With the theme of not only sports, but about growing up, this could be one of the best books I have read this year.

Bring back the [old] photocopier. It did a much better job of copying newsprint.

We realize that our new photocopiers are a little different. Our lease on the old ones was up, and these were the new models we were given.

While the new photocopiers may seem confusing, there might be a way that you can change the settings to photocopy newspaper articles more proficiently. Ask at one of our service desks for help with adjusting the light/dark settings on the photocopier when you go to photocopy again.

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.


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