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New Exhibit on Display from Local Artist Daniel Botkin

Fondulac District Library announces a new exhibit from local artist Daniel Botkin as the latest installment for its ongoing Fine Arts at FDL program.

His mixed media series, Visions of Johanna: The Life and Lyrics of Bob Dylan, will be on display at the library through August. Botkin’s artwork portrays bold and vibrant interpretations of Bob Dylan’s songs, and features thoughtfully executed elements of surrealism. Botkin studied art at Illinois Central College and Illinois State University and graduated with a B.S. in Art. He has exhibited his work in galleries and juried competitions across the nation and has been the recipient of several awards and grants. He also has published three comic books, which are in the archives of the Graphic Novels Collection at Columbia University, and he has recorded three CDs of his music. To learn more about the exhibit, click here, and be sure to stop by the library to enjoy the artwork!

FDL Reads: Salad Cookbooks

FDL Reads Special Edition! A message from Dawn Dickey, Reference Assistant:

It’s too hot to cook, so I’ve been checking out cookbooks. I mostly prefer cookbooks that have nutrition information for each recipe, plenty of photos, and ingredients that are relatively easy to find.-Dawn Dickey, Reference Assistant

Cover image for Cooking Light : big book of salads.Cooking Light Big Book of Salads

Shaun Chavis, ed. 288 pp.

The editors of Cooking Light know how to publish recipes that catch the eye of cooks and consumers. This well-rounded cookbook includes

  • Pictures with every salad recipe + nutritional analysis of each salad
  • Ingredient guides; “100 Calorie Salad Boosters” (like 1 Tablespoon crunchy Chinese noodles); and “Shout-out” sections for various ingredients, like couscous, mangoes, or artichokes
  • Try: Soba noodles with chicken and vegetables p. 123; Greek chicken and barley salad, p. 155

Three Words that Describe this Book:  colorful, helpful, mouth-watering

Give this a try if you like to try easy-to-make recipes that will likely please your palate!

Rating:  5/5 – top notch!!

 

Cover image for Tossed : 200 fast, fresh, and fabulous saladsTossed:  200 Fast, Fresh, and Fabulous Salads

by Jane Lawson. 432 pp.

This cookbook has an intriguing title, but for me, the intrigue stopped there. I think the cookbook tries to be trendy but falls short on practicality. For example, the “poolside” section has a recipe for “marinated baby octopus salad,” not something I’m going to take to the pool any time soon – ditto for recipes asking for quail eggs and smoked trout. Not all the recipes have photos, and the text, interspersed with extra-large words, is annoying. And there is no nutrition information for the recipes – an essential for me. Interesting recipes to try:  chicken with mixed rice, golden raisins, and cashews (p. 254) or Thai-style chicken salad (p. 329).

Three Words that Describe this Book:  trendy suburban eats

Give this a try if you don’t mind slogging through uninspiring text/font to find some interesting recipes.

Rating:  3 out of 5 because of the annoying things & lack of nutrition information

 

Cover image for Salad as a meal : healthy main-dish salads for every seasonSalad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season

by Patricia Wells. 360 pp.

The title of this book is a bit misleading. The author writes:  “In my own personal definition, a salad as a meal does not need to include lettuce or greens; it can simply be a light and refreshing salad-related entity.” This runs counter to my own definition of “salad” and means that the cookbook contains many types of main dishes. The recipes reflect the author’s location in southern France. For a Midwesterner in the U.S., this poses a challenge in locating ingredients such as fresh mackerel or mussels or buffalo-milk ricotta cheese. There is no nutrition information, and, although there are photos, the photos are often artful garden photos and not photos of the actual dishes. Try:  Provence on a Plate (p.92).

Three Words that Describe this Book:  fresh, flavorful, unique

Give this a try if you like … cooking with a French flair, especially seafood

Rating:  3 out of 5 for interesting recipes but lacking in practicality

Check Out Puzzles at the Library

Jigsaw puzzles are a fun and relaxing activity to enjoy by yourself or with friends and family. Fondulac District Library offers a variety of puzzles for checkout.

  • Choose from puzzles with 500 or more pieces.
  • Puzzles may be checked out for a one week period and can be renewed one time.
  • A patron may check out up to two puzzles at one time.
  • Puzzles must be checked out and returned at the second floor Information Desk.

Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

 

Introducing the Libby App

Libby is a new app that allows you to access FDL’s eBook and audiobook collection from Alliance Digital Media (via Overdrive). The Libby app offers numerous features and a seamless, user-friendly design. Learn more and download the app for Android, Apple, or Windows 10 here.

Help and support for the app is available at https://help.libbyapp.com and via the Tips & Secrets option in the app’s menu. Additionally, you can access information for getting started with the app here.

Will the Libby app replace the OverDrive app?
No. If you’re a current user of the OverDrive app and love using it, please keep doing so. Whether you’re a new user or a current OverDrive app user interested in a new reading experience, give Libby a try.

Can a user use both the OverDrive app and Libby at the same time?
Yes, but it is recommended to use one or the other for the best experience because the apps are not fully synced.

Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

FDL Reads: Landline

Cover image for LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewed by: Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Suggested Age: Teens, Adults

What is the book about?: Landline is about a marriage in trouble and a magic phone that might have the power to save it.  Georgie and Neal have been together since their college years.  They love each other, but there have been problems in their relationship that have been festering for some time. Georgie is a T.V. show writer in Los Angeles who is very involved with her job.  Neal is a stay-at-home dad who takes care of their two small children. Georgie’s demanding career seems to always come first, and Neal has had enough. The book begins when Neal takes the children away, leaving Georgie behind. Georgie goes to stay with her mom and when she tries to call Neal from a landline phone, she discovers she is talking to Neal in the past. Will this magic phone help fix their marriage before it even starts?  Can she even change the future at all?

My Review: I read this book for FDL’s Out of the Box book club.  We had a great discussion about it.  I was very excited to see it on the upcoming reading list because I have read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I had very high expectations for Landline because I loved Eleanor and Park so much.  That book was one that I couldn’t put down, and I remember staying up past 1:00 a.m. to find out what happens.  Landline didn’t seem to have the same effect on me. Though I loved Georgie’s character, it was just an okay read.  Overall, I felt the author could and has done better work.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Realistic (except for the magic phone), Romantic, Funny

Give This a Try if You Like… Contemporary fiction with a twist of magic realism, Books about complicated relationships

Rating: 3/5

Find it at the library!

About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

FDL Reads: Scythe

Cover image for ScytheScythe by Neal Shusterman

Reviewed by: Joscelyn Lockwood, Youth Services

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Suggested Age: Teens, Adults

What is the book about?: Humanity has reached the point that immortality is no mere dream. Nanos in the bloodstream mute pain, heal, and have the ability to make a person young again with proper manipulation. Suicide has become an activity that teens do for entertainment, and governments have been replaced by the all-knowing Thunderhead.

Rowan and Cita are normal teens chosen to become apprentices to a Scythe. This means they have to learn the one method of population control that society has left, sanctioned killing. Neither of them particularly want to become Scythes, and they know only one will be chosen at the end of the year long term.  Which begs the question, can one ever become okay with the idea of taking lives?

My Review: I cannot contain my excitement for this book. My expectations were a little low, given the recent rash of Young Adult books that seem to all follow the same blueprint. Mr. Shusterman just blew that right out of the water. The world he has created and the depth of the characters are wonderful. Rowan and Cita’s perspectives and thoughts are engrossing, and you really feel empathetic towards them. Each Scythe they meet in their journey is unique, and their outlooks towards death transcended the book and made me think about how our own culture views death and the possibility of immortality. Far more than your average YA romp, this novel is, thankfully, free of awkward love triangles. I really wish more writers could be this creative while still staying within the genre. It was a treat to read.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Action, Suspense, Thought-provoking.

Give This a Try if You Like… Any type of YA, dystopian worlds, unexpected twists and turns.

Rating: 5/5

Find it at the library!

About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

Board Games are Available for Checkout

Fondulac District Library offers a variety of exciting board and card games!

  • Board games can be checked out from the Adult Services Department.
  • A patron may check out up to 2 games at one time for a 1 week period. Board games cannot be renewed.
  • Borrowers are responsible for returning a game with all of its pieces and accessories.

For more information, and to view the complete list of board games in the collection, click here.

Community Bulletin Board

The library’s community bulletin board is an excellent way to learn about or promote upcoming community events. Anyone may submit flyers or small signs to be approved and posted by library staff for promoting educational, cultural, or charitable events.

  • Notices must be typewritten and contain a name and the contact information of the sponsoring organization or representative.
  • Due to space limitations, a size of 11×17 inches and under for posters, and 8.5×11 inches and under for brochures, is preferred.
  • Flyers promoting dated events should be posted within 30 days and will be removed after the event has passed.
  • Use of the community bulletin board is guided by the Community Information Policy.

Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions, or for additional information.

 

FDL Reads: Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival

Cover image for Stranded : a story of frontier survivalStranded: A Story of Frontier Survival by Matthew P. Mayo

Reviewed by: Sylvia Shults, Circulation

Genre: Western

Suggested Age: Adult

What is the book about?: A young girl, on her way to Oregon with her family, is stranded for the winter in a valley at the foot of the Rockies.​ Her father and brothers have gone off to hunt buffalo in preparation for their journey over the mountains. When the men don’t return, Janette must find a way to survive. She must battle not only loneliness and hunger, but the wild animals who prowl the valley looking for prey.

My Review: This book has a Western sticker on the spine, but if you’re not a fan of westerns, do not let that put you off reading this book! Stranded is an adventure tale above all. Told in the form of a diary kept by Janette Riker, this is actually based on a true story. Janette Riker was left behind to guard the wagon when her father and two brothers went off to hunt. When they didn’t return, she had to find a way to survive the winter. The real Janette didn’t keep a diary, but if she had, it may have been filled with grit and determination, just like this book.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Powerful, raw, awe-inspiring

Give This a Try if You Like… The Revenant by Michael Punke, or the movie based on the book.

Rating: 5/5

Find it at the library!

About FDL Reads

FDL ReadsWelcome to FDL Reads, weekly book reviews from Fondulac District Library.  Librarians (and possibly some other guest reviewers) review all types of books, from children’s picture books, young adult favorites, to the latest adult thriller, and share their thoughts each week at fondulaclibrary.org. If the book is owned by Fondulac District Library (or another local library), you’ll see a direct link to the catalog entry and whether or not it is available.  If it is checked out or at another local library, you will be able to place a hold as long as you have your library card and PIN numbers. As with any book review, these are our opinions…we disagree amongst ourselves about books frequently.  We all have different likes and dislikes, which is what makes the world an interesting place. Please enjoy, and keep on reading!

Summer Newsletter Available

The latest issue of Community Connection, Fondulac District Library’s quarterly newsletter, is now available! It is mailed to residences within the library district and also is available for download and printing from our website. Printed copies can also be picked up at the library.

Whether you are into history, writing, gaming, music, science, or crafts, we’ve got something planned for everyone at the library this summer! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through September. Enjoy!

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