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#FDL: Five Questions

Jacob with one of his favorite books this year.

Welcome to #FDL’s feature column, Five Questions, where we ask library staff and other East Peoria residents roughly the same five questions. For this Five Questions column, we’re interviewing Jacob Roberts, one of FDL’s new faces upstairs in adult and reference services.

1. Who are you?

Hey everyone! My name is Jacob and I work upstairs as a part-time Adult Service Reference Assistant! I am a junior English major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in Spanish at Bradley University. I’m also married to my beautiful wife Sarah, and we both live in Peoria near campus. I grew up in Creve Coeur, and I loved growing up in the area, even though there are many people that would disagree. In my free time, I run, read, write, pray, and play my saxophone; but enjoying new experiences is where I get the most enjoyment from. I love going to new places,  learning new information, and trying new things. I think working at the library is a perfect job, exactly because of this. It allows me new experiences and knowledge each and every day.

2. What is your favorite part of working at FDL?

My favorite thing about the library is the atmosphere. Whether it is the library staff or the visiting patrons, there is an infectious friendliness and good mood that pervades through it.

3. What are you reading/watching/listening to right now?

As my semester is winding down, I am currently finishing up my last assigned reading, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and plan on starting on my winter break reading list. I also have been able to find some time here and there to watch some of The Officeprobably a little too much time, if I’m honest. I also enjoy listening to a couple Catholic Podcasts for about half an hour every day. My favorites are by far Father Mike Schmitz and “Pints With Aquinas.”

4. If you didn’t already have your dream job, what would you be doing?

I honestly love working in the library setting, and can imagine a long career remaining within the folds of the library system. If I were to do anything else with my life, I would try and make a career out of writing fiction. It’s a passion of mine that I do in my spare time, but to be able to write as a career would be just as fulfilling as working in a library.

5. Donde esta la bibliotecha? Es la bibliotecha increíble?

La biblioteca está cerca de Target en East Peoria. ¡Además, está increíble y mucha interesante! Todas personas en la cuidad, y otros lugares, pueden beneficiar desde nuestra biblioteca. Me interesa porque, tenga la impresora digital, las películas, los libros de todos temas, las computadoras, y muchas actividades que son muy divertidas. ¡La mejor razón que estos recursos son tantos increíble, es porque no deben nada para todas estas cosas (menos la impresora digital)!

Interviewed by: Carey Gibbons, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

#FDL: What We’re Reading (and loving!) Right Now

Check out what the FDL staff is reading and loving right now!   Click on each book cover to view it in our online catalog or to place a hold.

Oathbringer

By: Brandon Sanderson

Recommended by Jessica R. “I just finished Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, and I already want to read it again! It was an emotional roller coaster of a book, both exciting and heartbreaking. I can’t wait for the next one!”

 

Killing Floor

By: Lee Child

Recommended by Jacob. “Killing Floor is the first book of the Jack Reacher series and is a phenomenal crime novel full of action, suspense, and mystery!”

 

 

Changes: A Novel of the Dresden Files

By: Jim Butcher

Recommended by Sarah. “That title is an understatement; it could also have been called Murphy’s Law. That’s how much goes wrong.”

 

 

The Year of the Flood

By:  Margaret Atwood

Recommended by Susie. “This is the second book in Atwood’s dystopian trilogy.  I’m going back and forth between the print and audio book.  It’s probably one of the strangest visions of the future out there.”

 

 

 Magic Burns

By: Ilona Andrews

Recommended by Melissa. “I am listening to Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews. This is the second book in the series that follows Kate Daniels, a snarky, mercenary-turned-heroine, through a futuristic Atlanta where sometimes magic works and sometimes technology reigns. Kate has to battle undead creatures with the help of a werewolf and a vampire to get to the bottom of what’s going on.” *Contains explicit language

 

 The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food

By: Lizzie Collingham

Recommended by Jonathan. “An interesting perspective on the role food played in World War II, discussing everything from strategy, politics, logistics, and technology.”

 

 

Strange Weather

By: Joe Hill

Recommended by Tom. This book is a collection of “four novellas about a Polaroid camera that erases memories, a multi-sided look at the gun debate, a solid “cloud,” and what happens when it rains nails.”

 

 

Post by: Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

#FDL: Five Questions

Welcome to #FDL’s feature column, Five Questions, where we ask library staff and other East Peoria residents roughly the same five questions. For our next Five Questions column, we’re interviewing Kris Tyler, one of FDL’s youth services specialists and library craft queen.

1. Who are you?

My name is Kris. I’m a Youth Services Specialist in the Children’s Department, and I love it!  In my spare time I like to crochet, however, I can only make afghans. My family stays pretty warm in the winter. I also like to read, play Sudoku, and I collect used books.

2. What is your favorite part of working at FDL?

I really like the people that I work with here. I like helping kids find just the right book that they want to read. I love planning programs in the Children’s Department.

3. What are you reading/watching/listening to right now?

Right now I’m reading Economics in Wonderland by Robert Reich, Oh, Fudge by Nancy Coco and Junk Drawer Physics by Bobby Mercer. I am listening to Girls Who Code by Reshma Saujani and watching reruns of Perry Mason.

4. If you didn’t already have your dream job, what would you be doing?

I would like to be a LEGO Product Designer.

5. If you were a pirate, what would you name your boat?

The Arrrg-a-naut.

Interviewed by: Carey Gibbons, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

#FDL: ‘Tis the Season at the Library

If you want to get into the holiday spirit, Fondulac District Library has much to offer. 

The Dewey Decimal System has a specific number for holiday materials.  Our library catalogs Christmas books  under 394.2663.  They cover a range of topics including gift-giving, crafts, cookbooks and more.

If you are looking for a great novel with a holiday theme, there are many in our collection.  We have created a bookmark that lists authors who have written holiday novels. Ask for one of these at the Information Desk.  These novels also have genre stickers on their spines in case you feel like browsing the shelves for a good read.  The sticker has a Christmas tree on it. If you can’t find a specific book you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to ask a staff member.  We can always search area libraries and place a hold on a particular item if we don’t own a copy or if it’s checked out.

The library also has a collection of holiday music and films.  Classic movie favorites like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer are located in our “DVD Kids” section. Others like A Christmas Story or It’s a Wonderful Life can be found in the “DVD Film” collection.

We’re not just about checking out items.  There are several holiday events going during the month of December. Take a look at our  calendar for more information or to register.

 

Post by: Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

#FDL: High School Study Night

High School Study Night

One of the really cool things that happens at FDL is our lock-in study night program for students in grades 9 through 12. Twice a year, in May and December, the library opens its doors to high school students only for a few hours on the Sunday night before their midterm or final exams. This December, study night will be on the 17th. The library’s doors close to the public at 5pm and open back up to students at 5:30. Study night usually ends around 8pm. Although we hope students actually get studying done in the time they’re here, there are a couple of other reasons to come to study night.

  1. You get the library all to yourselves. Study night is a time for high school students to come to FDL and check it out without adults taking up all the space and shushing them. FDL has a dedicated Teen Area, but study night is a time for high school students to sit wherever they want and be themselves.
  2. Food. FDL knows that your brain needs fuel. That’s why we provide a wide variety of snacks and drinks for study night. Cookies, candy, chips, crackers, pretzels, soda, and water – it’s all there for you to much on while studying.
  3. Free books. Throughout the year, FDL gets books that are called ARCs. ARC stands for Advance Reader Copy. What that means is the book is not available yet for the general public to buy but will be soon. We get these books to promote them. A number of these books that we get are for teens. FDL holds onto those books for study night and gives them away to the students who show up. They’re pretty good books too.
  4. Gift cards. Before everyone leaves for the night, we do a drawing for gift cards to Barnes & Noble (sometimes Target). Anyone who comes to study night and stays until the end is automatically entered into the drawing.
  5. Extra credit. A lot of high school teachers offer extra credit to students who attend study night and stay for the duration of the event. You’ll have to check to see which teachers offer this, but the extra credit it totally worth it if your grade needs that extra bump.

So, FDL goes all out for study night. Signing up ahead of time is voluntary (you can also sign up at the event) and no ID is required to attend. Just bring your books and your brains – we hope to see you there!

Post by Carey Gibbons, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

#FDL: A Year for Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick is a science fiction author whose work has been frequently adapted to the big and small screen. You may not have heard of him, but it’s likely that you’ve heard of or seen at least one of these adaptations.  Blade RunnerMinority Report, The Adjustment Bureau, and Total Recall are just a few films based on Dick’s novels or short stories.  I got into reading Dick’s works when I was in my early twenties.  In fact, one of his short story collections, The Short Happy Life of the Brown Oxford, was the first thing I ever ordered on Amazon.

His work is often ironic, and ranges from the alternate history of Man in a High Castle to the highly speculative Ubik. Often, there is some commentary on humanity or warning about advanced technology.

This year has been a big one for Philip K. Dick adaptations.  The critically acclaimed Man in a High Castle, Season 2 streamed on Amazon and now season 3 is in production.  This alternate history explores  a world where the allies lost WWII, resulting in the U.S. being controlled by Japan and Nazi Germany. Also out this year was Blade Runner 2049.  The original Blade Runner was based on Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Most recently announced is the new Amazon Prime series called Electric Dreams.  This series includes ten episodes, each based on a different short story.  The cast will star Steve Buscemi, Richard Madden, and Anna Paquin, to name a few.

Check Fondulac District Library’s collection of Philip K. Dick’s novels, novellas, and short stories here.

Post by Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

#FDL: No Shave November

No Shave November

In addition to being National Novel Writing Month, November is also known as No Shave November for those taking this time to grow epic facial hair instead of (or in addition to) writing an epic novel. And as always, FDL has you covered with some items of facial hair inspiration.

  1. The Gigantic Beard that was Evil by Stephen Collins. I mean, no one is telling you to grow a giant evil beard. That’s your own decision. But this graphic novel tale of one man’s facial hair run amok is epic in scope. And if your beard needs a little taming, perhaps this book will do the trick.
  2. Star Trek: The Original Series. I believe it is a known fact that somewhere in the multi-verse is another version of you who is evil. And evil you definitely has evil looking facial hair. Thanks to Star Trek and the Mirror Universe, we have Spock’s slick Vulcan goatee. But is it really the facial hair’s fault that alterna-you is evil? And why is all of this facial hair evil in the first place?
  3. Orc Dave in the comic Rat Queens. So, not all beards are evil. Have you ever wanted to grow your facial hair for a good cause? Look no further than Orc Dave in the Dungeons & Dragons inspired comic series Rat Queens. When Orc Dave heals a person wounded in battle, his beard sprouts bluebirds. So, it’s both excellent facial hair and home to small wildlife. 

4. Detective Poirot Mysteries. Maybe you’re not really a beard type of person. Maybe you are more into mustaches. If this is the case, there are few mustaches as notorious as that of the one belonging to Detective Hercule Poirot. You can read about the glory that is his meticulous mustache in the books by Agatha Christie, or you can see the mustache in action on David Suchet on the television series (both at FDL) or check out Kenneth Branaugh as Poirot in the film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, opening this weekend.

5. Singh from A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall. It would be rude of me to leave ladies off of this list as they are also capable of growing excellent facial hair if they so choose. Singh is not a major character in the first book of this dark fantasy trilogy but she plays a major role in the life of our main character, Zosia. She’s also a dual blade wielding war machine with the most glorious mustache in all the land.

Post by Carey Gibbons, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

#FDL: Chipmunk Behavior?

 

When the weather turns cold, many people start craving carbs like bread or baked goods.  Is it our primitive instinct to stock up for the winter or do the holidays just make us feast more on cookies and pie?  Either way, if you’re into baking, these cookbooks are a great place to experiment on a cold, winter day. Click on each cover to find it at the library.

Title: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Authors: Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois

Inspired by the small, old style bakeries of New York City, the authors of this book present a new method of bread making that skips a few of the traditional steps like proofing yeast, kneading, and allowing for a second rise.  Though five minutes is kind of misleading, these shortcuts do make the process faster.  Bakers can make a quick dough recipe in the morning, stick it in a plastic container to refrigerate throughout the day, then bake a fresh loaf for dinner that evening.  Recipes for pizza crust, focaccia, bagels, and more use the same base method with variations.

Title: Baking : More Than 350 Recipes Plus Tips and Techniques 

Author: Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens has created an extensive cookbook focused on baking that includes pictures that will make your mouth water.   Many recipes are accompanied by step-by-step pictures which are very helpful for novice bakers.  But, there are plenty of recipes for the advanced cook as well.   I think that the recipe for pie crust is the best and easiest one I’ve tried.

Title: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Author: Deb Perelman

Blogger Deb Perelman’s cookbook of recipes she prepared in a tiny NYC kitchen will not disappoint bakers.  There are plenty of delectable recipes, from her rasberry riccota scones to her Challah bread. These definitely wouldn’t be categorized under “quick and easy” but for someone who loves baking, what would be better than to spend a chilly Saturday inside making something delicious? Perelman’s second cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen Every Day just came out on October 24th.

If you are looking for a cookbook, Fondulac District Library has an extensive collection!   We have cookbooks for easy meals, special diets, world cuisines, and much more.  The Dewey Decimal number for cooking is  641.5.  Stop in and browse our shelves or ask a librarian if you’re craving something specific.

 

Post by Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

#FDL: November is NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month starts tomorrow…

For some, November 1st is simply the day after Halloween – a day when you can go out to the store and get some seriously discounted candy. For others, it’s the beginning of a month long rush to get 50,000 coherent words onto paper for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo (as the cool kids call it). A lot of people participate in this challenge to crank out the first draft of a novel every year. If you are one of those, here are a couple of the ways that FDL can help you get on the path to that NaNoWriMo badge:

  1. Quiet space. FDL has a couple of study rooms for patron use that are available in two hour increments either be appointment or walk-in. If your two hours are up and no one else is waiting for the room, you can request a third hour. While the rooms aren’t totally sound-proof, you can sit in them to work relatively undisturbed by the rest of the library’s going-ons.
  2. Wi-fi. This might seem like an obvious perk of the library, and maybe you have wi-fi at home, but home is too distracting. Come on over to the library and find yourself a quiet corner. Our wi-fi connection is also password free so you don’t even have to talk to anyone to connect if you’re already in the writing zone.
  3. Inexpensive coffee. Starbucks can be great, but if you’re just looking for a caffeine fix without all the fixings, FDL has you covered. At the circulation desk downstairs, you can get a plain old cup of brain fuel for $1. You also don’t have to wait very long to get it.
  4.  Socialization. Maybe you’ve been typing away at your manuscript alone for too long and it’s time you saw another person for the first time in three days. Come on over to FDL, talk to the librarians, and maybe meet someone else who is also doing NaNoWriMo this year.
  5. Inspiration. NaNoWriMo can be the start of something really great. A ton of authors have turned their NaNo projects into polished, published material. A few went on to become bestsellers. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Wool by Hugh Howey, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell all started off as NaNo projects. And they probably weren’t as polished as they are now at the end of the NaNo month. So, get your butt in a seat and get to writing!

Post by Carey Gibbons, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

#FDL: Online Genealogy Resources

Getting started with genealogy research can be a daunting task. Luckily Fondulac District Library provides access to two of the most popular genealogy resources on the web. These are great places to start your research.

Ancestry Library Edition is a database that has a collection of census information, passenger lists, vital records, and more that can be used for genealogy research.  Ancestry can be used at Fondulac District Library.  Access one of our public computers or bring a device and connect to our wireless internet in order to use this collection.  Many of the records found can be viewed, emailed, or printed for safe keeping.

Heritage Quest Online is another resource that you can use for genealogy research.  Heritage Quest offers many of the same collections as Ancestry but has more of a North American focus when it comes to historical documents as it includes records from the Revolutionary War, Freedman’s Bank, and U.S Indian Census.  Both Ancestry and Heritage provide links to collections from other countries as well if you wish to search more deeply into your relatives’ countries of origin.   Access Heritage Quest Online at the library or remotely with your Fondulac District Library card number.

Just go to the “Research” tab on our website and select “Online Research Resources” to find these databases.

If you are interested in a tutorial on using these collections, the library is having a program on November 13th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. called “Getting Started With Genealogy.”   Sign up here if you are interested. You can also call the library at 309-699-3917 to register or get more information.

Check out these other free genealogy resources online:

Find a Grave, Family Search, Cyndi’s List, Illinios Digital Archives

Post by: Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

About #FDL

Welcome to #FDL! #FDL is a twice weekly update on all things Fondulac District Library and East Peoria. Twice a week, library staff will make posts that highlight some aspect of library life and relate it to you – our readers. Have you ever wanted to know which Dewey number represented a certain topic? Are you looking for book recommendations based on your favorite television show or television recommendations based on your favorite book? Have you ever wondered about the secret details of librarian life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then #FDL is for you. We look forward to writing posts that are informative and entertaining and hope that you enjoy getting better acquainted with Fondulac District Library.

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