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Chicago Ridge

The library is accepting donations for its Hat and Mitten Tree. New and handcrafted winter wear such as hats, mittens, gloves and scarves for adults and children will be accepted at the library through December. All donations will be distributed to local families.

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The Chicago Ridge Library is at 10400 Oxford Ave. The phone number is 423-7753.

Evergreen Park

A fter School Homework Help is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both teachers are bilingual (English and Spanish).

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The library will, through December, showcase art by Evergreen Park High School students.

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The Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522.

Green Hills

The library has an eBook service, Axis 360, through which users can download bestselling eBooks for as many as 21 days directly onto a device using the Blio software application. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Place holds on items that are checked out. Service is only available to Green Hills cardholders. To start browsing visit http://ghpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com. For more information call 598-8446.

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The library is collecting first-person accounts of stories of military service to be donated to the Veteran History Project of the Library of Congress. The library is seeking photos, memoirs, and wartime diaries from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Call 598-8446 for more information.

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The library's Media on Demand program enables patrons to download best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music and video. No late fees. Works include best-selling novels, well-known classics and self-improvement guides. For more information visit mediaondemand.org.

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The library has a scanner available to the public. Pictures, documents, etc., can be scanned and sent to an email, printer or USB device.

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The library offers Tumble Books!, a collection of animated talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation). Visit greenhills.lib.il.us or call 598-8446, Ext. 117, for more information.

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The Green Hills Public Library is at 8611 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The phone number is 598-8446.

Oak Lawn

Registration for winter/spring youth services programs continues through Sunday, Jan. 13 or until classes are full. Child's library card must be presented at registration. Additional information regarding activities and events is listed in a program booklet available at the library or oaklawnlibrary.org.

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Accountant Gerald Knight of Tax Busters will present FAFSA Seminars at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, and Monday, Jan. 28. Knight will demonstrate how to estimate an expected parent contribution before submit a FAFSA application. Strategies for becoming more eligible for financial aid, as well as an explanation of the American Opportunity Tax Credit, will be included.

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A free concert: "Fascinatin' Rhythm: From Ragtime to Rap" presented by Chicago pianist Richard Sladek will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Selections will include the George Gershwin songbook as well as Scott Joplin, Dick Hyman and Billy Joel.

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"Get Organized to Reduce Stress" will be Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Beth Randall, a certified professional organizer and owner of Joe Organizer, will discuss the benefits of getting organized to reduce the stress.

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A free movie screening of "Arbitrage" (R) will be at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. Starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.

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A discussion of SWAN library accounts including how to log in, reserve items from any of 80 SWAN libraries, pay fines and change PINs will be at 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Light refreshments will be served. A question-and-answer session will follow each demonstration.

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The library now offers movie check-out for free. Check-out periods are seven days with no renewals. Oak Lawn residents may check out up to 10 films at a time.

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The library offers "Temporary Online Patron Registration." Fill out a registration form at oak lawnlibrary.org/librarycards2.shtml, and visit the Circulation Desk within 14 days to receive a permanent card. Proof of residency in Oak Lawn is required.

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The library has the newest and most popular titles and resources in its collection of eBooks, Blu-Ray and DVDs (movies and TV series), CDs for a range of music interests, and hard copy books. The library also has a language learning program and databases. During September, new library card-holders will add a leaf to the tree in the Cook Avenue foyer and be eligible to enter a drawing for a book of their choice (one child prize and one adult/young adult prize up to $35 value each). Cards are available to Oak Lawn residents at the Circulation Desk. Bring an ID and proof of address.

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Books, tapes and CDs not found at the library can be requested online from another library. For more information call the Interlibrary Loan department or stop by the Help Desk on the first floor.

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"Images of America: Oak Lawn" by Oak Lawn Library local history coordinator Kevin Korst contains more than 200 photographs with captions and chapter introductions, and highlights the many aspects of Oak Lawn's history including Round-Up Days and the 1967 Tornado. The book is available for purchase at the library's Reception Booth for $21.99 (cash or check). Book sales benefit the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation. A corresponding photo exhibit is on display and features more than 100 historic Oak Lawn images and dozens of artifacts. The display is in the Local History Room on the library's second floor. For more information contact Korst at 422-4990.

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The library offers "Accessible Archives," an electronic resource available at oaklawnlibrary.org. Click on the "Research" tab and select the icon for "Accessible Archives." The collection features historic periodicals and books and provides eyewitness accounts and editorial observations of events, genealogical records, county histories and Godey's "Lady's Book" - a magazine published to entertain, inform and educate women of America. The Civil War collection is noteworthy and presents coverage based on various historical perspectives.

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The Oak Lawn Public Library is at 5300 W. 95th St. The phone number is 422-4990.

Worth

T he library subscribes to Zinio, an online magazine stand that enables patrons to read magazines on computers, tablets or phones using web browsers and apps. Must have Worth Library card. Zinio is accessible at worthlibrary.com.

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T he library offers Try-It Illinois, which allows access to 300 free databases from more than 40 vendors. Access Try-It at worthlibrary.com (login and password is available at the library).