Announcing e-commerce

Now you can pay overdue fines online from home. SWAN’s new e-commerce feature lets you pay your fines with any major credit card. From the library’s home page,, click on “View Your Account” under the SWAN logo. Login using your name, library card barcode, and any personal identification number you choose. Payment information is secure, and no credit card information is stored in the library’s database. If you have questions, please call the Reference Desk at (708) 366-7171.

Volunteer opportunity

Adopt a shelf at the library. You will be responsible for helping keep a row of books neat, clean and in order. Contact Diane Collins at (708) 266-7171, ext 112.

MLK Day reception

On Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m., the library will host a reception with refreshments in honor of Martin Luther King. Participants in the contest can share their submissions, and any artwork submitted will be on display. The winning entries will be read aloud, either anonymously, or by the people who submitted them.

‘I Have a Dream’ Contest

On Jan. 21, 2008, the country celebrates Martin Luther King Day to remember one of the most prominent leaders of the American civil rights movement.

In the “I Have a Dream” Contest, kids and adults may submit a modern-day “I Have a Dream” speech, essay, poem, or artistic rendering to the Forest Park Public Library.

Please include your name, phone number, and e-mail address (optional). Also note if you wish to remain anonymous. The top winners will receive prizes.

Youth Services programs for Dec.

Read to Succeed Winter Reading Program:Friday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Jan. 4. Sign ups are between Dec. 17 and Dec. 23.

Read a total of 210 minutes over winter break, and win great prizes. The top three readers in all of Forest Park will win two free tickets to see the Chicago Wolves. If you stop by after school on Thursday, Dec. 20 to sign up, Skates, the Chicago Wolves mascot, will sign your reading log. This program is for kids in preschool through eighth-grade.

A diverse holiday celebration

Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.: See the Kidworks Touring Company perform their “Holidays around the World” show. Stay after for refreshments and holiday crafts. This performance is for families and kids of all ages. Please stop by the Youth Services Desk at the library or call (708) 366-7171 ext. 116 to RSVP.

This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

Editor’s note: Information for Library Lines is submitted monthly by the Forest Park Public Library.