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#FDL: Books to T.V. in 2017

Are you looking for a new series to watch?  These books have gotten the T.V. treatment this year. Click on each book cover to view in our catalog.

The Handmaid’s Tale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Atwood’s chilling dystopian novel will begin streaming on Hulu on April 26, 2017.  Offred works as a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a society where women can no longer read and have been stripped of many rights.  Birth rates have been declining and the value of many women is placed on their fertility alone. Elizabeth Moss stars as Offred. Watch the trailer here

American Gods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look for this Neil Gaiman adaptation premiering April 30th on Starz.  American Gods begins with Shadow’s release from prison just as his wife and best friend are killed in an accident.  He meets a variety of mysterious characters, including Mr. Wednesday, who have more to them than meets the eye. Watch the trailer here

Sharp Objects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before writing the bestselling novel Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn penned Sharp Objects.  HBO has cast Amy Adams to play Camille Preaker, a reporter returning to her hometown after a sojourn at a psychiatric hospital.  Camille must face her dark past after she is thrown into covering the deaths of two girls.  A premiere date has not been set, but it has been revealed that the series will be eight episodes.

Anne of Green Gables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This literary classic by L.M. Montgomery is getting a television adaptation this year by Netflix.  The story is set in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island during the turn of the century.  Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with farm chores, but the orphanage sent them a girl by mistake.  When they get to know the spunky Anne Shirley, it becomes harder and harder for them to send her away. Watch the trailer 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: Books Being Published in May

Look for these books that will be published in May:

Title: The Baker’s Secret

Author: Stephen P. Kiernan

This novel of World War II is set in a small town in Normandy on the coast of France.  Emma is a skilled baker who has been experiencing the oppression of the occupying Nazis for three long years.  When her friend Ezra is taken away, along with other Jewish townspeople, Emma decides to fight back in her own silent way.

 

 

 

Title: Two Lost Boys

Author:  L.F. Robertson

Fans of John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell may enjoy this novel from the perspective of a death row appeals attorney. Janet Moodie represents Marion “Andy” Hardy, a man convicted of the rape and murder of two women.  Andy was given the death penalty. Janet becomes convinced that his original lawyers missed something and delves into a case that has more to it than meets the eye.

 

 

 

Title: Miss Burma

Author: Charmaine Craig

Burma, better known as the country of Myanmar, experienced a very turbulent time span between the 1940s and 1960s. This is the setting of Miss Burma, a historical novel which follows the story of one family who lives through World War II, political upheaval, and its resulting civil war.

 

 

 

Title: Sycamore

Author: Bryn Chancellor

A new resident in a small Arizona town decides to take a walk and unexpectedly happens upon human remains in the desert.  Later it is discovered that the body belongs to a young girl who went missing years before.  The small community must once again be faced with the tragedy of loss and possibility of answers.

 

 

 

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: Dispatches from Libraryland – Taxes!

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Dispatches from Libraryland – Taxes!

Today is the last day to file taxes for 2016. While some people are rejoicing, others are scrambling to meet the midnight deadline. What many people don’t know is that your local public library can help you with certain aspects of your tax preparation. Here are five things to know about how libraries can help you for next year’s tax season:

  1. You can get tax forms at the library. The federal government provides many public libraries with some essential tax forms for patrons. Even if the government does not provide forms, friendly librarians can print most tax forms for patrons for a small fee upon request. However, go to the library knowing exactly which forms you need – librarians legally cannot give tax advice and cannot guess which forms to print.
  2. Some libraries host organizations who can help with actual tax preparation. FDL is not currently one of those libraries, but call around to different libraries in your area. Some of them will have tax specialists on hand for free assistance. However – call early! And by early, we mean December of the previous year or January – those appointments will fill up very fast.
  3. If you do your taxes online, FDL (and many other libraries) have public computers where you can do this. If your home library has a time limit for public computer use, explain that you are there to work on your taxes and ask if you can have a time extension.
  4. If you would like a more private area to work on your taxes, FDL has two study rooms on the second floor that patrons can reserve up to four weeks in advance. A person also does not need to have a Fondulac library card to use these rooms. These rooms seat 4-5 people and can be booked for two hours at a time. Call the library in advance though to make sure a room is available.
  5. Finally, while librarians are happy to offer all the assistance we can, it is important for patrons to know what that entails. We can print forms, get you to the IRS site on the computer, get you situated in a study room, or get you phone numbers and websites for tax assistance. But it’s super important to remember that librarians legally cannot offer tax or legal advice. We can’t tell you which forms you need, do taxes for or with you, or even answer what might seem like basic questions about how to fill out a tax form. But we’ll do our best to get you to other people who can help with those things.

Thanks for reading! Good luck if you are filing today!

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: National Library Week

This week is National Library Week.  National Library Week is an annual observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) to promote appreciation and usage of libraries in the U.S.  This event began in 1958, a time when research indicated that Americans were spending more time listening to radios and watching television rather than reading.  Consequently, a non-profit called the National Book Committee was formed to promote reading and visiting local libraries.  They organized the first National Library Week.

This year’s theme, “Libraries Transform,”  sheds light on the fact the libraries not only offer books, but connect people to information, build communities, and promote innovation.

 

What can you do during National Library Week?

  1. Visit your local library.  Check out some books, attend a program, or just browse around.
  1. Thursday, April 13th is Take Action for Libraries Day. Advocate for continuing federal funding for libraries by visiting this link.
  1. Fill out the form below to let us know what you love about Fondulac District Library. Each person who responds by April 20th will be entered in a drawing to win a prize!

#FDL National Library Week Form

 

Source: www.ala.org

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: National Pet Day

Bubba Gibbons helping Carey Gibbons finish a book.

Happy National Pet Day!

Do you have pets who you absolutely adore? As if you don’t celebrate them enough, today is the day for official celebration of all of our furred and feathered and scaled friends. Finding out more about the pets you have or learning about new ones you want to adopt can be super easy if you know where to look in the library.

Are you a dog person, whose four legged friend is your bestie? You can learn more about them by searching in Dewey Decimal number 636.7.

Are you a crazy cat lady or man? It’s okay – a lot of us at FDL are. Learn how to care for that kitten with whom you are smitten over in Dewey number 636.8.

We can’t forget our avian friends. Does Polly actually want a cracker or is she just messing with you? Find out in 636.6.

Finally, a shout out to those who who love their fish, snakes, and four legged reptiles. Cold blooded pets deserve love too and you can find out all about them starting in 639.3.

As always, if you need more assistance with finding these resources, ask one of us here at FDL. Be prepared though to hear all about our beloved pets in our quest to help you with yours. Give them a couple of extra hugs or pats today on behalf of FDL staff!

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: Graphic Novels for People Who Don’t Like Superheroes

Graphic novels sometimes get a bad rap.  Many believe that they are only about superheroes and not very literary.  Indeed, in the 1950s comics were demonized and labeled as “subversive trash.” But graphic novels, even those with superheroes, have much to offer in terms of sophisticated story lines, engrossing characters, and gorgeous artwork.  These are a few you might want to check out if you’re not that in to superheroes, but not opposed to trying something new.  Click on each title to find it in our online catalog.

  1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn (Author), Fiona Staples (Artist)

For fans of science fiction and fantasy, Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga will not disappoint. Set in a universe where a galactic war is raging, two people from opposing sides fall in love.  Saga is a seven-volume comic that chronicles the journey of the main characters to escape capture and protect each other. *Rated “M” for Mature.

  1. Maus by Art Spiegelman

In his Pulitzer Prize-Winning Holocaust account, Art Spiegelman tells the story of Polish survivor Vladek Spiegelman.  Maus depicts the Jews as mice and the Nazis as cats, but this graphic novel is anything but “light” as it not only tells Vladek’s story of survival, but also describes the tenuous relationship between an aging Vladek and his cartoonist son.

  1. Monstress Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu (Author), Sana Takeda (Artist)

In Monstress Marjorie Liu presents a steampunk alternate world where conflict exists between humans and animal hybrids called Aranics.  The main character is an Arcanic named Maika Halfwolf, a teenage girl who is just starting to unravel the mystery behind her mother’s death and understand the dark powers within her own body.

  1. Blankets by Craig Thompson

The winner of several awards for comics, including the Eisner Award, Blankets tells the story of two brothers growing up in Wisconsin.  Sibling rivalry, first loves, adolescent angst, and growing up in small town are all topics that Thompson touches on in this engrossing graphic memoir.

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.

Post by Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

#FDL: Four Books and One Movie for Drag Race Fans

Welcome back to #FDL! Today, we’re going to do a little bit of readers advisory, which is librarian speak for helping you find books that you would like to read based on your interests. 

A couple of weeks ago, season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race started up and fans are so excited! This season is a little bit different for one big reason – RuPaul’s Emmy win last year for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program has increased visibility for both him and the show. The March 24th premiere netted over 1 million viewers and featured guest judge Lady Gaga. As any fan can tell you, Drag Race is no small potatoes, kitty gurl. With that in mind, I give you four books and one movie (in no particular order) that will appeal to both long term fans and those new to the glory of the one and only Glamazon.

Cover image for Drag teen : a tale of angst and wigsDrag Teen by Jeffrey Self. JT is obsessed with drag and desperate to get out of his small town after high school and go to college, but money is tight. But then he discovers a drag competition tor teens. If he wins, he can afford college. But he’s never done drag before. And the competition is 1,000 miles away. Road trip?

Cover image for A queer and pleasant danger : a memoirA Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein. This is Bornstein’s story of growing up a nice Jewish boy and transitioning to a woman as an adult – with some Scientology along the way. In this book, Bornstein gives all T, all shade, and maybe even some pink lemonade.

The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the TopThe Diva Rules by Michelle Visage. Drag Race fans know Visage as RuPaul’s best squirrelfriend and the second most intimidating judge on Drag Race after Mama Ru herself. In this book, she talks about her life and how she became as amazingly fabulous as she is today.

Workin' It! Rupaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style

Workin’ It! by RuPaul. It would be remiss of me not to include this life and style guide by the world’s most iconic queen herself. Ru has written this book that covers more than just beauty and style – it also discusses self-confidence and determination, and helps readers find their own inner store of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.

Cover image for Paris is burning

Paris is Burning. This documentary is a must for fans of Drag Race, new and old. RuPaul references the film many, many times throughout any given season, especially in his infamous reading mini-challenge. This film offers up a brief history of drag ball culture in New York City and also many aha! moments for anyone who wonders where Ru got many of her catch phrases.

Carey Gibbons

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 first Five Questions column, we’re interviewing Jessica Reeves, FDL’s newest full-time reference specialist.

1. Who are you?

My name is Jessica, I’m a Virgo, and I just got my full time position in reference services here at the library and I love it. I also love, cats, chickens, and collecting an overabundance of art supplies.

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

I really love when I can help someone find exactly what they’re looking for. It’s very fulfilling. I also enjoy programming and making displays, which present people with the opportunity to discover things that they might like.

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

There are quite a few things that I’m reading at the moment, which is one of the perks of having a library card and working here. I started listening to the audiobook of Elantris by Brandon Sanderson so that I could then listen to his most recent book, Arcanum Unbounded. I’ve read almost all of his other books. I’m currently re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer before Netflix gets rid of it in April.

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

This is going to sound really sappy, but I super love my job! Except maybe I could do my current job on a beach. But not the beach from Lost.

5. Is that your natural hair color?

I swam in too many chlorinated pools and this just happened.

Interviewed by Carey Gibbons

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: The Oscars for Audiobooks

Looking a for a great read, or in this case a great listen?  #FDL is a place you can find recommendations, learn about new releases, and be aware of other notable news in the book world.

Excellent audiobooks are those that really capture the essence of each narrative as well as the spirit of the story itself.  The Audio Publishers Association (APA) chooses winners of the Audie Awards each year. These books are chosen for excellence in audio publishing and are great choices for those who are either long time audio fans or just getting started with audiobooks. The list of nominees for 2017 has been announced. These are just a few highlights that caught my eye.  A link to all the nominees for 2017 can be found at https://www.audiofilemagazine.com/audies/.   Contact the library to inquire about these audiobooks or click each title to view them in our online catalog.

Nominated for Audiobook of the Year:

Colson Whitehead’s historical novel, The Underground Railroad has had quite a success as it has not only been a New York Times Bestseller but the winner of the National Book Award. It was also an Oprah’s Book Club novel.  The story follows the journey of Cora, a Southern slave, as she tries to escape to freedom before the Civil War breaks out.  This audiobook is also nominated for Best Female Narrator as well as Best in Literary Fiction & Classics.

Nominated for Best in Nonfiction:

Another NY Times chart- topper, J.D Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis has caused a considerable amount of buzz in 2016. This memoir chronicles the life of a  former United States Marine and his struggles growing up in Ohio.  His account sheds light on the hardships and decline of working class white Americans within the context of a changing economy where the American Dream seems unattainable.

 

 

 

Nominated for Best in Young Adult:

Even though this novel is tagged as YA, Salt to the Sea has had a very positive response from adult readers and has been hailed one of top books for young adults (2016/2017) by Booklist, Goodreads, YALSA, and others.  Four narrators bring each of Ruta Sepetys’ characters to life within the setting of WWII.  A German, Polish, Prussian, and Lithuanian are trapped in the conflict between Russian and Germany, each carrying secrets and the will to survive against all odds.

Nominated for Best Multi-voiced Performance:

Best-selling author Jodi Picoult tackles weighty topics such as race and privilege in her latest novel. Based on a true story, Small Great Things is about an African American nurse charged with the murder of an infant.  Picoult’s three main characters are voiced by separate narrators who bring life to Ruth, the main character; Turk, the baby’s father; and Kennedy, the lawyer who takes on Ruth’s case.

 

 

 

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.

 

Post by Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

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