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Wi-Fi Hotspots are Available for Checkout

The library is now lending wi-fi hotspots! Hotspots allow patrons to borrow free, mobile Internet access for use at home or while traveling. Featuring a compact and lightweight design, these devices have a robust battery life and allow connection of multiple devices to the Internet. A generous donation from the Friends of FDL during the annual Friends of Libraries week covers the first year of this pilot project. The library’s collection includes 10 wi-fi hotspots for patron use.

These devices may be checked out for a two week period, and there is a limit of one device per adult cardholder. Additional information is available here. Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

FDL Reads: 5 Minute Facial Workout

Cover image for 5 Minute Facial Workout by Catherine Pez

Reviewed by: Jessica Reeves, Reference Specialist

Genre: Face Workout (it’s a genre now)

Suggested Age: Everyone

Today we’re posting FDL’s first video book review ever! Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/8c6CzgjavNA

 

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!

GED Preparation Class, Spring 2018

Fondulac District Library is pleased to announce it has again partnered with the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce and the City of East Peoria to offer a free GED preparation class in spring 2018. The class, materials, and required tests will be FREE to qualified participants. Individuals must meet participation requirements to earn free GED test vouchers.

Required registration and testing will be held Thursday, February 15 OR Thursday, February 22, 2018. Individuals interested in the classes must register and take the eligibility tests on one of the two dates being offered. Register in-person between 5:30 and 5:50.  Testing begins each night promptly at 5:50 PM.

Because this is a shortened preparation class, participation in the class will be limited to individuals who test at a 7th grade reading level or above.

Classes will be held Thursdays, March 1 through May 24, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Class will not meet Thursday, March 29.

Classes are held in the Civic Plaza adjacent to the library and city hall in East Peoria.  Check in at the library desk for directions or information.

Students must attend all class sessions to get the most from this program.

Please contact epged2017@gmail.com or (309) 431-1341 with questions.

FDL Reads: Shadow and Bone

Cover image for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Reviewed by: Joscelyn Lockwood, Youth Services Assistant

Genre: Fantasy

Suggested Age: Teens, Adults

What is the book about?: Alina Sarkova is an orphan, raised in the household of a Duke known for taking on charity cases. Drafted into the army with her childhood best friend Mal, a dormant power reveals itself to save his life… and change Alina’s forever. She’s swept away to the capital, to be trained as a Grisha under the enigmatic Darkling. The Grisha are treated as a Second Army in Ravka, using their magic, often referred to as “small science” to provide support to the First Army. Attacked on all fronts, the nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold. A strange, almost living swatch of darkness filled with monsters and crossed only by the bravest, or most foolhardy, people. But Ravka, its ruling family, and its people, will soon find out that they have more to worry about than just the Fold.

My Review: Admittedly, what hooked me into this book was the description of magic and the Grishas. What kept me reading? Wanting to know how it would end. There were some annoying inconsistencies, and most of the time, I couldn’t stand Alina or the superficial Grisha.  But I ended up caring about other characters in the story, especially as I got into the second and third books. Overall, it was enjoyable but a bit unremarkable in the ever-growing field of YA books available.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Decent, Enjoyable, a Bit Predictable

Give This a Try if You Like… Quick reads, happily ever after.

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: Sleeping Giants

Cover image for Sleeping GiantsSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel 

Reviewed by: Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

Genre: Science Fiction

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: When Rose Franklin was a little girl, she found a giant metal hand buried in her back yard. Rose becomes a scientist and devotes her career to unlocking the secrets of the hand’s origin and purpose.  She is joined by a team of experts, including Vincent Couture and Kara Resnik. Vincent is a linguist tasked with deciphering glowing symbols that accompany the object.  Kara is military pilot who discovers another giant piece of the mysterious puzzle.  The entire team soon finds themselves in the midst an international race to control the new technology.

My Review: Told in a collection interview transcripts, journal entries, and mission logs, Sleeping Giants tackles big questions like humanity’s place in the universe, weapons of mass destruction, and technological responsibility.  Sylvain Neuvel’s debut novel is engaging and fast-paced. It’s hard to put the book down as chapters often leave the reader on a cliffhanger.  I actually listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the full cast production.  It was truly worthy of being nominated for an Audible Award in 2017.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Exciting, Engaging, Thought-provoking

Give This a Try if You Like… Ancient Aliens, Mecha Anime

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!

FDL Reads: The Murders of Molly Southbourne

Cover image for The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

Reviewed by: Carey Gibbons, Reference Specialist

Genre: Horror

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: The book opens with Molly suffering a beating at the hands of… herself? But who is she? Where is she? Why did a woman who looks exactly like her beat her up? And why is she in manacles? The free Molly sits down and proceeds to tell the chained Molly the story of her childhood. Every time Molly bleeds, clones grow from the blood. These clones are benign at first but over time – whether three hours or three days – they become violent and try to kill the original Molly. Growing up wasn’t easy. But how did Molly get this way? And who’s the original Molly now?

My Review: This book is both a creepy account of a hideous, uncontrollable problem and a coming of age story. While the narrative is bookended by one Molly talking to another, the bulk of the story is the account of Molly’s childhood and teenage years. You never really stop to think about how crucial it is to keep all of your blood inside of your body until you’re told that you have to for the sake of your own survival. What I really like about this story is that Thompson tells a compelling horror tale but also a tale of how hard it is to be a girl going through puberty and growing up. We don’t have to fight our own clones every time we get our periods, but puberty is full of plenty of horrors all on its own, and can be very isolating emotionally and mentally, much like the physical isolation Molly grows up in. The story is also a bit open ended, making room for more, which is awesome because my only real complaint about this is that it’s too short (128 pages). I’m looking forward to more cool stuff by Tade Thompson.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Bloody, Coming of age, Survival

Give This a Try if You Like… The X-Files, zombie apocalypse survival stories

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!

Free Tax Preparation Assistance at the Library

Fondulac District Library is offering tax preparation assistance through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This free service is available to all, regardless of age, income, or residency. AARP membership is not required.

The service will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday mornings starting February 1 through April 12. Appointments for this assistance are required, and registration begins on January 16. Registration will remain open until all available appointments are filled. To make an appointment, visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 ext. 2251 or 2252. An appointment must be made for each return being prepared. A list of important documents to bring to your appointment is available here.

For more information, please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 ext. 2251 or 2252.

FDL Reads: Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder

Cover image for Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder by Chris Cavender

Reviewed by: Sarah Baker, Circulation Assistant

Genre: Mystery

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: Eleanor Swift runs the Slice of Delight Pizzeria in Timber Ridge, North Carolina. It’s a business she stared with her late husband and now runs with her sister Maddy. She looks out for her two other employees in a combination manager/big sister role too. And now her delivery driver Greg is accused of murdering his brother. In her shop! And with her favorite rolling pin! Eleanor knows Greg isn’t capable of murder, no matter how rocky his relationship with his brother was. And she’s not going to let Sheriff (and ex-boyfriend) Kevin Hurley railroad him for a crime he didn’t commit. But Eleanor’s investigation might make her the next victim…

My Review: This is book 2 of the “Pizza Lovers” series. You do not have to have read book 1 (A Slice Of Murder) in order to read this book. I make it a point to give any series 2-3 books to prove themselves, but I think I’ll be done after this one. This book was trying, in every sense of the word. Despite its best efforts, it just left me flat. The characters seem quite different than in the previous volume – the sisters go from lovingly argumentative to catty, and Eleanor herself now acts rather rude and ill-tempered – which takes away some of the overall charm. The sisters continue to insist on butting in where they have no business, pushing others to do things that they aren’t comfortable with (Bob Lemon, I’m looking at you), making them more unlikable. And I won’t get started on the whole Eleanor-Kevin thing; I’ll let you judge that for yourself.

The pacing was good and the events flowed in a reasonable path. The added touches of small-town living (neighborly chats that border on gossip, small business owners looking out for each other, etc.) gave a good sense of what the town is like in normal circumstances. In the end, it’s a bit like pineapple on pizza. Maybe not right for me, but it might be just right for you.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Trying, Touching, Cheesy

Give This a Try if You Like… Cozy mysteries, pizza

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: Spirits of Christmas

The Spirits of Christmas by Sylvia Shults

Reviewed by: Sylvia Shults, Circulation

Genre: Non-fiction

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring … but are you sure​ about that? Ghost stories don’t stop when the calendar page turns from October 31 to November 1 — as a matter of fact, the long, dark, cold nights of winter are the perfect time to cuddle up with a good ghost story. Sylvia Shults has collected over 120 true stories of Christmas catastrophes, midwinter madness, and ghoulish tales for the ghostly-minded. The book is divided up into several sections for ease in reading. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” takes a look at the Victorians and why they popularized the telling of ghost tales at Christmas. “We Wish You A Merry Christmas — Or Else!” looks at the bizarre traditions and celebrations of Christmas Past. “He Sees You When You’re Sleeping” is a rogues’ gallery of the demons and monsters of Christmas around the world. “In The Bleak Midwinter” is a look at creepy stories that happened in the depths of the biting cold. “The Darkest Midnight in December” tells the stories of December tragedies. ” ‘Tis the Season” is a collection of true ghost stories of December, and “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” focuses on ghost stories of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You’ll find plenty of true tales, both spooky and touching, in this collection.

My Review: I had so much fun writing this book! There were plenty of Christmas- and December- and winter-themed ghost stories out there that I’d never heard of, and I’m so pleased to be able to bring you guys these tales. The part about December tragedies was not easy to write — I’m not gonna lie. And some of the stories in here even creeped ME out! But all of them were just so wonderful that I had to share them.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Creepy, informative, FUN!

Give This a Try if You Like… anything by Troy Taylor, or collections of true ghost stories, or books that explore folklore.

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!

The Great Courses Collection at the Library

The Great Courses collection is the newest addition to the library’s instructional DVDs and language learning kits. These college-level education kits are designed for lifelong learners. Enjoy the experience of quality education without homework or deadlines.

  • Choose these subjects and many more:
    Archaeology
    Astronomy
    Cooking
    Economics
    Genealogy
    History
  • Each kit features books and DVDs filled with quality content from college professors.
  • The Great Courses may be checked out for three weeks and renewed once. Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.
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