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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).

Area students accepted into academies


U .S. Rep. Dan Lipinski D-3, Western Springs) has nominated 16 high school seniors in the 3rd Congressional District for admission to U.S. Service Academies in 2013. The nominees, by school, are: Air Force Academy - Aaron Brown of LaGrange Park (Lyons Township High School), Mark John Cavaleri Jr. of Hickory Hills (Stagg High School), James Chamberlin of Ellsworth, S.D.; Kevin Goosherst of Chicago (St. Rita High School) and Brett Heimerdinger of LaGrange (Lyons Township); Military Academy - Jordan Daniel Douglas Carbol of Chicago (Brother Rice High School), David B. Jackson Jr. of Chicago (Brother Rice) and Nicholas Scott Paneral of Berwyn (St. Laurence High School); Merchant Marine Academy: Zachary Maderak, of Chicago, St. Rita High School); Naval Academy - Raymond Antos of Riverside (Riverside Brookfield High School), Daniel Drew of Chicago (Marist High School), Daniel Joseph Hecker of Burbank (St. Laurence), True Merrit of LaGrange Park (Lyons Township), Mark Milavickas of Hickory Hills(St. Laurence), Kevin Moss of Tinley Park (Marist High School), and Ryan Speir of Burr Ridge (Lyons Township);

S een here are Antos (top, from left), Drew, Douglas Carbol, Maderak, Lipinski, Paneral, Mark and Goosherst; and Jackson Jr. (bottom, from left), Hecker, Cavaleri, Speir, Heimerdinger, Merritt and Moss.

What's Going On

Picnic Permits

T he Forest Preserve District of Cook County is selling 2013 picnic permits online and in-person. Permits can be purchased between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County general headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Ave. in River Forest, or 24 hours daily at fpdcc.com. The permit office will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April through September. A picnic permit must be obtained by groups of 25 people or more. Only two picnic permits per person or organization are allowed per year. Permit prices vary based on the size of the group and the amenities available at the site. Permits for groups larger than 399 people must be purchased in-person at the general headquarters.

Square Dancing

T he Swing'n Sugar Squares Club, which welcomes experienced square and round dancers, will continue to meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays each month at Central Junior High School, 9400 Sawyer Ave. in Evergreen Park. Ron Ashenden will cue the round dances. The Sugar Squares will hold a Snowflake Ball on Thursday, Jan. 10, a country hoedown on Thursday, Jan. 24; a Be My Valentine dance on Thursday, Feb.; and "Favorite Decade in 20th Century" on Thursday, Feb. 28. For more information call Terry at (773) 351-1948 or Hank (773) 238-5496, or visit swinginsugarsquares.com

Focus on Seniors

The Evergreen Park Senior Citizens' Council will hold a luncheon and program at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Evergreen Park Senior Center, 9547 Homan Ave. (parking in rear). Program will feature professional appraiser Rex Newell, who specializes in coins, watches and artwork. He will appraise one hand-held item for each of the first 40 people to register when purchasing a ticket. Tickets are $6 each at the Office of Citizens' Services, 3450 W. 97th St., deadline is Monday, Jan. 14. For more information call 422-8776.

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The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens' Services will visit Amelia Island, St. Augustine and Jacksonville next Feb. 23 to March 3. Cost is $645 for triple room, $665 for double and $905 for single and includes motorcoach transportation, eight nights lodging, 14 meals, visits to the Fountain of Youth and historic Kingsley Plantation, narrated cruise on St. John's River, and visit to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Final payment due Dec. 29. Call 422-8776 for more information

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The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens' Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information call 422-8776.

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P alos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.

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The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.

Park Clips

Evergreen Park

T he Youth Commission's fall game room hours are 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The game room will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. during Evergreen Park students' Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. For more information call 229-3377.

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T he Youth Commission is seeking volunteers for leaf raking and snow removal. Certified babysitters are also available. For more information call 229-3377.

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S tep & Strength Training is from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St.

Oak Lawn

R egistration is underway for before- and after-school FLASH (Fun & Learning After School Hours). The park district has partnered with Ridgeland School District 122 and Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 and is in all of those districts' elementary schools - Columbus Manor, Harnew, Kolb and Lieb in District 122, and Covington, Hannum, Hometown, Kolmar and Sward in District 123. For more information call the FLASH director or the FLASH assistant director at 857-2420.

Palos Hills

T he Bulls/Sox Academy will hold a Chicago Bulls FUNdamentals Camp starting Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills. The four-week camp is designed to teach players techniques in ball-handling, passing, shooting, footwork and rebounding as well as offensive and defensive team play. It is open to boys and girls. Camp for children 5 to 8 will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays, cost is $79. Youths 9 to 12 will participate from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; cost is $114 per athlete. Each participant will receive instruction from professional academy coaches, a tee shirt, scouting report and a replica autograph photo of current Bulls superstar Derrick Rose. For more information or to register visit BullsSoxAcademy.com or call (630) 324-8221.

Worth

T he park district's Historical Museum will feature local historian Kevin Korst, who will discuss his book, "Images of America: Oak Lawn," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Korst will present an interactive discussion and slide show about the history of Oak Lawn. Presentation is free. The book will be sold for $21.99.

T he Worth Park District Historical Museum's book, "Images of America: Worth" by museum curator Colleen McElroy is available for $20 at the park district. The book details more than 200 photographs of Worth's history. The museum is at 11500 Beloit Ave. in the Terrace Centre. For more information call 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org, and on Facebook under "Worth Park District Historical Museum."

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J azzercise for persons age 16 years and older will be from 9:20 to 10:20 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday; and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave. Fee is $37 monthly for an Easy Fit Ticket and a registration fee of $25. For more information call 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org.

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T he Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., has an indoor playground featuring slides, a climbing wall, tree house and more for children who can walk through 4 years old. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fee is $1 for residents, $2 for non-residents. For more information call 448-7080 or visit worthparkdistrict.org.

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T he Worth Park District Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Worth Historical Museum, in the Terrace Centre at 11500 Beloit Ave. Meetings are open to the public. Membership is free but is not required to attend.

V olunteers are welcome to come to the museum from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays to assist with projects. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Curator hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For group visits call 448-7080, Ext. 107.