New Book Releases – July

Looking for something new to read? Check out the July Library Reads List. LibraryReads is a monthly list of librarians’ top ten books. Explore previous lists for plenty of reading suggestions. Search our online catalog for these titles, and place holds on items available soon or checked out. Librarians at the Info Desk can help you learn how to… Read More

Playstation VR Kit

Sony PlayStation VR kit is joining our Library of Things lineup. Ever wanted to give virtual reality a try? This may be the perfect way to do it. The kit includes everything you need to get started with your PS4/PS5 console (not included), including a motion-tracking camera, two Move controllers, and the VR headset itself.… Read More

Reminders About Donations To The Library

When cleaning and decluttering, many people think of the Library as a place to donate old books, movies, and other items. While we are glad to have your donations, we want to remind you to please be thoughtful about what you drop off for donation. It requires librarians’ time to sort through and evaluate all… Read More

Statement about Children’s Access to the Library’s Collection

In the spirit of public libraries everywhere, the Library’s collection provides access to materials to serve the community’s needs. Widely diverse points of view will be available in the collection. Responsibility for children’s (children are defined as ages 17 and under) access to both physical and digital library materials rests with their parents and/or legal… Read More

Cool-Off This Week

Please take proper weather precautions in the warm summer months. Check on your neighbors as young children and the elderly are extremely susceptible to heat related injuries and illnesses. In extreme weather conditions, it is imperative that we monitor their well-being. The Village of Franklin Park recommends the following cooling centers: Franklin Park Community Center… Read More

Prevent Summer “Brain Drain” With Brainfuse

Don't let everything you've learned last year empty out of your head! Keep it all in there with Brainfuse. Use Brainfuse's Summer Camp edition of their SkillSurfer feature to refresh your brain on everything you already know, and pick up some new knowledge and concepts and get an advantage when you have to go back… Read More

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is here! This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities!” Summer Reading begins on Monday, June 6 and runs through Saturday, July 23. We will have more information about registering and participating here. Read More

Summer Fun at the Museum and more

Extend your summer fun with a Museum Adventure Pass and Explore More Illinois. These resources provide Franklin Park library card holders with passes and discounts to participating museums and centers. Here are some fun places to visit this summer: Visit the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield to learn about all kinds of different wildlife. Your pass… Read More

Service Updates

Face masks are encouraged, but optional for general library use. Masks are still required to attend library programs and for our Book-a-Librarian service. Programs have capacity limits and social distancing is encouraged. Basic masks will be provided for attendees as needed. Registration is highly recommended. Sign-up through the program listing or call 847-455-6016. Covered beverages… Read More

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information

More Free At-Home COVID Tests Now Available (updated 5/28/2022) The 3rd round of At-home COVID-19 tests are now available to order for free at Every household is eligible to receive eight tests in the mail by simply entering your name and address. Once you receive them, you should take a test when: You begin… Read More

Tax Prep

Tax Day was Monday, April 18. We have received 2021 Tax Forms from Illinois Department of Revenue and from the IRS. They are available behind the Info Desk for free while supplies last (as of 5/6/22). We can print out any tax forms for free under 10 pages. This page will not be updated until… Read More

Book-A-Librarian Has Resumed!

This program is geared to adults in need of basic technology training. All participants must be correctly wearing a mask at all times. These free, one-on-one appointments run up to 45 minutes, and librarians offer basic help with: Creating and editing a resume, Applying for jobs online, Setting up and using email, Using Microsoft Office… Read More

Weekly Home Delivery from Your Library

Unable to get to the Library due to illness or disability? Consider our Homebound Service, where a librarian brings library books, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, and other materials weekly to your home. Choose materials on your own or have librarians select materials to match your preferences. As a reminder, the program is offered exclusively to current… Read More

Receiving Library Notifications

Did you know you can receive notifications for hold pickups, overdue notices and billing notices through text messages, email or automated calls? The choice is yours to make! Check out the Your Account page for more information. Read More

Library Receives Donations in Memory of Beloved Staff

The Library would like to thank the families and friends of Mary Ann Dohse and Pat Peterson for the generous donations made in their memories. Mary Ann and Pat were former library employees who both sadly passed away in 2020. Mary Ann could be found promoting the library’s services at the Info Desk and running… Read More

New STEAM Kits

Our STEAM Kit collection is growing! We have added nine new and exciting Penworthy STEAM to GO! Kits to our Kids Crossing shelves. Each kit includes various educational toys and tools, books, and resource guides, all packaged in a handy carrying case for you to take home. Topics to explore are: “All About Dinosaurs” “Sounds,… Read More

Have Used Books, DVDs, or CDs?

If you are spring cleaning at home, you may need a place to drop off small quantities of gently used books, DVDs, and CDs. Right now, the Library is not directly accepting donated materials. However, the Library’s bright green Better World Books bin is located on the southwest corner of the property, and ready for… Read More

Book Match

Are your favorite authors not writing fast enough? Are you are re-reading the same books? Or are you in the mood for something different? Let us suggest some books for you! Fill out the Book Match form so we can figure out what books are best for you. Try filling out the entire form for… Read More

Learn Chess with Brainfuse

Feeling bored during this pandemic? Want to master chess and compete with friends/family? Check out Brainfuse HelpNow’s new Live Chess Tutoring service. They have tutors ready to help you learn and improve your chess skills.  Your chess tutors are certified professionals (high Elo ratings of 2000+) with either past experience as tutors or masters of the game.… Read More

Snowflake Scavenger Hunt

The images are all linked to different recommended items on our catalog. Can you find them all? Email us at with a list of the eight different items from the snowflake images to win an indoor snowball kit which can be picked up via our curbside service! This scavenger hunt will end on January 29, 2021! Happy Snowflake… Read More

Curbside Service

When placing a request on the online catalog, the SWAN app, through email or by calling, you will need to specify to the Circulation Department when your hold is available that you would prefer Curbside Service. Curbside service is an easy, contactless way to get library items. The service is for all SWAN library cardholders.… Read More

Book Match Service

Are your favorite authors not writing fast enough? Are you are re-reading the same books? Or are you in the mood for something different? Let us suggest some books for you!

Library Reads

Looking for something new to read? Check out the July Library Reads List. LibraryReads is a monthly list of librarians’ top ten books. Click here to learn more... Read More

Short Story contest

For Imagine Your Story Summer Reading, Franklin Park Public Library would like to share stories that YOU create! Contest winners will receive special prizes. Click here to enter. Read More