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‘I Have a Dream’ contest and reception

On Jan. 21, the country celebrates Martin Luther King Day to remember one of the most prominent leaders of the American civil rights movement. In recognition of Dr. King the library is hosting the “I Have a Dream” Contest, and there is still time to participate. Kids and adults may submit a modern-day “I Have a Dream” speech, essay, poem, or artistic rendering to the Forest Park Public Library. We need your submissions not later than Jan. 14.

And don’t forget the reception here at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, at which Dr. King’s memory will be honored by recognizing the best submissions. Pick up a flyer at the library, or check our homepage for details.

Tax time

Tax forms have started to arrive at the library, and as they do, we are making them available. We get a very basic set of federal and Illinois forms and instructions. Once they are gone, they are gone. However, don’t forget that you can also download and print your own forms and instructions by logging in to the Internal Revenue Service website at www.irs.gov or to the Illinois Department of Revenue website at www.revenue.state.il.us. Both sites usually have forms and instructions for previous years as well.

One final note here, the “Circuit Breaker Form” is not a tax form, and we may or may not get printed copies here at the library. However, if you log into the Illinois Department on Aging website at www.state.il.us/aging/1rx/cbrx/cbrx_forms.htm, you can find an explanation of how that program works; download and print the necessary form and instructions; or submit your application online. The Department on Aging also works with agencies around the state to provide assistance to eligible persons, including help with the “Circuit Breaker Form.” The agency in our area is:

AgeOptions, Inc.
1048 West Lake St., Suite 300
Oak Park, Ill., 60301
http://www.ageoptions.org
(708) 383-0258
1-800-699-9043 (Suburban Cook County only)
(708) 524-1653 (TTY)
Fax: (708) 524-0870

Adult Services Programs for January

  • Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., “Financing Your Child’s College Education.” For parents of school aged children concerned about financing their education.
  • Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., “Chicago’s Passenger Railroads.” Get an historic and nostalgic look at some of the great trains that called Chicago home.

Youth Services Programs for January

  • Weekly Drop in story times beginning Jan. 14:
  • Toddler story times (ages 1 to 2 years) Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Preschool story times (ages 3 to 5 years) Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Twilight Tales story time Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the story time room. Put on your PJs and join us for a very special story time filled with bedtime stories and sleepy songs. Warm cookies will be provided.
  • Book Adventurers on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and Tuesday, Jan. 22, with stories and crafts for kids in grades K-5. All Book Adventurers begin at 4 p.m. in the activity room. Registration required, sign up at the Youth Services Desk.
  • Caudill Club book group on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for kids in the fourth, fifth, and sixth-grades. Book discussions begin at 4 p.m. in the activity room. Register and pick up a copy of the book at the Youth Services Desk.
  • 5/8 Club features books and crafts for kids in grades 5-8. The 5/8 Club meets at 4 p.m. in the activity room on Monday, Jan. 14.