New hours, new features

Starting this month, the library’s doors will open to the public at 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday, instead of the previous 10 a.m. opening time. Thanks to the voters of Forest Park for making this expanded schedule possible by voting in support of the tax rate increase referendum in November.

Also, the library will be receiving new public access Internet computers with flat screen displays in the Adult Services Department in the near future.

Watch for the new library newsletter, coming soon to our website, and in paper copy at the library. We plan to keep you informed about what is happening at the library in every way possible, and are happy to be able to add a newsletter to our repertoire of communication outlets.

Programs

We have made an effort to provide interesting and informative programs available in January. Please check the list below for our offerings. We hope you will come enjoy them, and as always our programs are free of charge.

Computer Classes: Our next cycle of computer classes runs from January to early March. Selection of attendees will be by lottery. The deadline for entering yourself in the lottery is Jan. 7. Call 366-7171, or drop by the Circulation Desk to enter yourself in the lottery.

Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.: Digital Photography: “How to Get the Most from Your Camera” will presented by Mr. George LeClaire, news photographer for the Daily Herald. Bring your camera, and get ready for a hands-on class that will help you take the best pictures possible, and learn how to save, print, and share them with others. Please call or drop by the Circulation Desk to sign up for this free program.

Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m.: Women’s Self Defense, presented by retired Chicago police officer Pat Collins of “Stay Safe Tactics.” Come learn from a pro about how to keep safe on the street. Collins has presented his program at area libraries and community centers to rave reviews. Call or stop at the Circulation Desk to sign up for this free program.

Chicago Wolves “Read to Succeed”: Once again, the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team is sponsoring “Read to Succeed” at area libraries. Youngsters can pick up an entry form for this year’s program at the Youth Services Desk. Read as little as six hours, and turn in your entry form by Jan. 28, 2007, to be eligible for prize drawings of Wolves prizes, including game tickets.

Library in Service Day: The library will be closed on Friday, Jan. 5 for servicing. We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Editor’s note: Material contributed by the Forest Park Public Library.