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#FDL: Summer Books with Buzz

Check out these books! They have generated a good amount buzz this summer from reviewers. Fill out the link to the form below to win a free ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of your choice.

Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Inspired by classic Hollywood, Reid introduces us to Evelyn Hugo, a fictional actress who is ready to set the record straight about her salacious and glamorous career. Evelyn invites a magazine reporter to interview her and the narrative flashes back to 1950s Los Angeles.

 

Title: Do Not Become Alarmed

Author: Maile Meloy

Two families decide to embark on a cruise to Central America. Everything seems to go as planned until the children go missing when the group starts exploring ashore.  The suspenseful chapters that follow shift between the panic stricken parents and their missing, but very resourceful, young children.

 

 

 

Title: Here and Gone

Author: Haylen Beck

Here and Gone is full of suspense and intrigue.  The story revolves around a mother trying run away from an abusive husband. Her troubles unfortunately only start there when she encounters corrupt police who arrest her and separate her from her children.

 

Title: The Little French Bistro

Author: Nina George

Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop, takes us to France yet again in this charming novel. Marianne decides to finally change her life and leave her unhappy marriage of forty-one years.  She finds herself starting a new life in Brittany and perhaps new love.

 

 

 

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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 Sharon Crawford, one of FDL’s youth services specialists.

1. Who are you?

I’m Sharon Crawford and I work in the Youth Services department.

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

I like the people that I work with. I look forward to seeing the kids that I see all the time, especially at the story times I do.

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

I’m reading Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I am a reality show junkie and I’m watching Married at First Sight and Married at First Sight: Second Chances, Naked and Afraid XL, American Ninja Warrior, Brother vs. Brother, and Nashville. For listening, just the radio right now.

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

If I had to work, I would want to work in a school, but not a teacher. If I didn’t have to work, I would be enjoying time with my grandsons.

5. If you could only watch one reality television program ever for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sharon: Can’t I have one per season? Survivor is on in the fall, but Big Brother is on in the summer.

Carey: No.

Sharon: If I *have* to pick one, it would be Survivor because Big Brother gets really stupid sometimes.

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: How to Handle a Book Hangover

How to Handle a Book Hangover

Have you ever read a book or a series that was so good that you were sad to be done with it? Maybe you even read it slowly so that the reading experience would last longer. Maybe you laughed or cried over this book, and these characters – you will love them or hate them forever. They might even feel more like real people than the actual real people you know. And now, the story is all over… and you have this lost feeling, this longing to read more of the same even though there is no more to be read. What do you do? My friends, this is what book nerds refer to as book hangover. It’s a very real thing and it can feel terrible. I’m here to give you a few tips on treating your book hangover that might not cure it but will at least take the edge off.

  1. Have you tried fanfiction? For the uninitiated, fanfiction is fiction about an already established setting or a character written about by fans as opposed to the original author. This solution is not for everyone, and might even feel a little strange. But there are some fanfiction pieces out there that might be as good as the original work, or explore a creative avenue you haven’t before considered. A few of the more famous fanfiction sites are fanfiction.net, Wattpad, Archive of Our Own.
  2. Switch mediums. Part of what makes a book hangover difficult is that it’s really hard to get into a different book after you’re done with one you really loved. Even if you know you should like this new book, the old book lingers in your mind. This is a good time to try binge watching a show or movie series that you either already love or have always wanted to try. Or, binge listen to a podcast. This might give you television/movie/podcast hangover, but then you’ll be able to switch mediums again and pick up another book.
  3. Read something completely different. If changing mediums doesn’t get your mind of of the book in question, you can try reading a different book that is completely different from the hangover book. Trying to read books similar to the hangover book is a mistake because you’ll only compare the two and find the new book lacking. I’m actually going through book hangover right now. The hangover series were mystery books. I’m currently reading an amazing book of essays – We are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. Both books are good but not comparable.
  4. Get online and join a fan forum. Some people might think this solution is bad the same way scratching mosquito bites is bad. But, talking out your book obsession and hangover can be helpful. You can find a fan group for anything online and maybe talking out every last bit of minutia about a book will get that book out of your head and free up space to read and enjoy other books.

I hope this helps! And if you need assistance with any of these things, come down to the library. We love talking books, movies and podcasts and want you to have really great reading experiences!

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: Gwendolyn Brooks’ Centennial Celebration

2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the poet, Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth.  Though Brooks died on December 3, 2000, her legacy is very strong in modern literary history.  She is very highly regarded as one of the most important poets of the 20th century.  Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas on June 7, 1917.  Her family moved to Chicago when she was just six years old and the Windy City became her home until her death.

Brooks began writing poetry at an early age and even published a poem in a children’s magazine when she was only thirteen.  She went on to continue publishing and gained praise from prominent African American poets such as Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson.  Brooks drew much of her inspiration from the everyday life of inner city Chicago.  Her second poetry book, Annie Allen, focuses on a young girl in Bronezville, a neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.  Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for this book.  She was the first African American author to win this prestigious award.

Gwendolyn Brooks continued to gain much recognition during her lifetime. For example, she was named the official poetry consultant to the Library of Congress.  Also, in 1968 she was appointed as Poet Laureate of the state of Illinois.  This was a position that Brooks held until her death.

Poems such as “Song in the Front Yard,” “The Lovers of the Poor,” and “We Real Cool” are among her most famous.

The library is celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks’ Centennial by hosting a Coffeehouse Poetry Night on Wednesday, June 14th. Drop in for refreshments and a short lecture as well as a reading of Brooks’ poetry.  An open mic session will follow where participants are encouraged to read original poetry or a favorite poem.  See more about this event here. 

Read more about Gwendolyn Brooks below:

Illinois State Library Heritage Project

Poetry Foundation

 

Posted 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: Summer Reading for Teens and Adults Too

The Summer Reading Program kicked off at our library on June 1st.  What you may not realize is that summer reading is not just for kids.  Teens and adults are encouraged to participate as well! If you already enjoy reading, joining the program and earning points will be a breeze.  Here are some things you may not know about our library’s  summer reading program.

Read for Prizes:  For every 30 minutes of reading, high school students and adults can record 1 point on a point card.  Points can be redeemed upstairs in the Adult Services Department once per week.  Teen and adult prizes are different from the prizes given out to children.  For example, you could win gift cards and coupons from area businesses like Firehouse Pizza, Chick-fil-A, or Potbelly’s.  We also have coupons for library fine forgiveness or our Coffee Corner.  The catch is that these prizes are only available until supplies last. Get your reading in and redeem them early.   Once you reach the maximum of 80 points, turn in the point card for your age group’s grand prize drawing.

We have a theme: Every year the Summer Reading Program has a theme that is adopted by most area libraries. This year it’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). STEAM is an educational approach to learning that encourages critical thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration.  Most of the programs offered this summer have something to do with STEAM education.

Attend Programs:  Want to take a break from reading but still earn points? That’s okay.  Summer reading participants can earn up to 10 points on a point card for attending summer reading programs.   We have quite a variety of programs for teens and adults this summer including 3D printing, Maker Day, Bad Art Night, interior design, and a presentation on the solar eclipse.  Keep track of the programs you attend on your point card as well. Follow this link to view our event calendar.

Stop in  if you have any questions about our Summer Reading Program.  We would be more than happy to help you sign up or find your next great read.

 

Posted 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: Happy Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month!

June is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Month! The origin and heart of Pride Month is in honoring the Manhattan Stonewall riots of 1969 – a major turning point for gay and lesbian civil liberties in the United States (information partially gathered from the Library of Congress). Pride Month is also a time to celebrate America’s rich sexual and gender diversity through parades and large scale peaceful gatherings. America’s LGBT community has an incredible history and its members contribute to all parts of society. In celebrating diversity, here are five items you can check out from FDL to learn more about our LGBT community:

  1. This Book is Gay by James Dawson. This book lives in the YA section at FDL, but is accessible to all ages and orientations. This is a series of first hand accounts of LGBT life, with advice and information on topics like coming out, labels and stereotypes, and living your best life.
  2. Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum. Stonewall is a very specific history of the state of gay rights in America. It focuses on the Stonewall Inn and the riot of 1969 that started the push for LGBT rights that we are still fighting for today.
  3. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Some of you might already be familiar with Bechdel’s name from the Bechdel Test, an assessment of how well women in fiction can converse with each other by talking about things other than men. Fun Home is a biographical graphic novel about Bechdel’s own coming out in college and the discovery that her father was also gay.
  4. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock. With Redefining Realness, Mock has written not only an autobiography discussing her own young adulthood and transition, but provided “a bold and inspiring perspective on being young, multicultural, economically challenged, and transgender in America” (from Goodreads).
  5. Angels in America by Tony Kushner. Originally a play by Tony Kushner, Angels in America was also adapted into a miniseries on HBO in 2003. It is a fictional work about the very real AIDS crisis in the 1980s as told through fictional characters, very real government officials, and supernatural messengers of god.

Post 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: “Get Caught Reading” Part 2

“Get Caught Reading” is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.  This is Part 2 of Fondulac District Library’s “Get Caught Reading” campaign.

Genna Buhr, Library Director, recommends In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.

“I love narrative nonfiction, and Erik Larson doesn’t disappoint in this intriguing look at an American ambassorial family’s experiences in Berlin on the cusp of a terrifying era. If you’re looking for a suspenseful thriller but up for learning some history from a new angle along the way,  you’re on the right path.”

 

 

 

Tom Armbruster, Custodian, recommends  Locke and Key  written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez.  

Locke and Key is a graphic novel with six volumes (Which is how I’m cheating by thinking of all six volumes as one “book”). It tells the story of the Locke family struggling with a tragedy while living in a most unusual house.  It’s my favorite book because the themes of love,  loss and the importance of friends  are captured wonderfully in the prose and pictures. Re-reading it is a blast because you catch things in the art that you may have missed the first (and second, and third) time around.”

Laura Warren, Adult Services Manager, recommends Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

“With a voice as relevant today as ever, Kurt Vonnegut explores the beautiful as well as the ugly side of humanity, which we are all capable of embodying.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimi Roberts, Circulation Assistant, recommends, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  Ready Player One is an adventure.

“I went in expecting to get a glimpse of the vitural future my generation has long been promised.  When I got there, I discovered all the best treasure was in the past.  If I were Linus, this story would be my trusty blanket. I would never go anywhere without it.

 

Post by Susie Rivera

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: Author Spotlight – David Sedaris

David SedarisAuthor Spotlight – David Sedaris

Happy David Sedaris book day! Every so often, when a new book comes out by a not super prolific but big name author #FDL will do an author spotlight and today’s spotlight subject is David Sedaris. His new book, Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) came out today and the book world is excited. This book deviates a little from Sedaris’s essay collection format as it focuses on his more organic journal entries. Sedaris is known for turning his seemingly random observations into well-crafted essays but this collection is more raw, comprising of original note taking and observation. Whether you pick up this book as your first Sedaris experience or are a long time fan, reading his work is always a special experience. The following are my three favorite books by Sedaris:

  1. Naked. This was the first Sedaris book I ever read when I was in my late teens. I fell instantly in love because Sedaris comes from the same small town in upstate NY that I do. This essay collection is largely devoted to Sedaris’s post college life and his travels and odd job work experiences. But he covers a lot of topics from early childhood to his large family, to coming out.
  2. Me Talk Pretty One Day. This is probably my favorite Sedaris book because of his observations on language both as a young kid with a lisp and as an adult learning French as a second language. It also has in it one of my all time favorite essays, “Jesus Shaves.” How do you explain complex concepts to someone in a language that you can barely speak?
  3. Holidays on Ice. This is Sedaris’s Christmas themed collection. It’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction and includes the piece that made him famous – “The Santaland Diaries,” about his time as an elf in Macy’s Santaland.

Post 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 Get Caught Reading in May

“Get Caught Reading” is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.  May is the official  “Get Caught Reading” month, though the campaign lasts all year.  Many celebrities have participated including Alicia Keys, Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell, and many more.

This week several members of the library staff volunteered to promote reading by agreeing to have their pictures taken with favorite books.  Contrary to what many may think, librarians or library staff do not read books all day at work.  Rather, our main focus is connecting our patrons to books they will enjoy as well as information.  We love to talk about books and give recommendations. Just ask! We would be happy to help you find your next great read.

Carey Gibbons, Reference Specialist, couldn’t decide on just one book.  She recommends…

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley: “I like this book because it’s a fun supernatural thriller with the best female friendship ever – Myfanwy and Shante forever!”

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: “I like this book because McGuire looks at fantasy book heroes in a whole new way and asks what happens after they’re done saving the world.”

 

Joscelyn Lockwood, Youth Services Assistant, recommends The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka.

“The Stinky Cheese Man was my first exposure to fractured fairy tales. It’s a great book that can get laughs from both children and adults alike. Even at 29, I love reading this to the kids in my family.”

 

Sylvia Shults, Circulation Assistant, recommends The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy and Serenity by Carol Deppe.

“Show your garden some love and peace this year. Zen veggies are happy veggies!”

 

 

Sarah Baker, Circulation Assistant, recommends Maskerde by Terry Pratchett.

“This is one of my favorite Discworld books by Sir Terry Pratchett.  A twisting plot, lots of laughs, and theatre references galore. The Witches’ stories also seem to have the best real life advice and knowledge of human nature. ”

 

 

 

 

Post by Susie Rivera

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: 5 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 Susie Rivera, one of FDL’s reference specialists.

1. Who are you?

I’m Susie Rivera and I’m a reference specialist here at FDL. I like reading and movies. I also enjoy gardening but not so much right now because I’m 7 months pregnant.

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

I like helping people find the things they want or need.  When they’re grateful it makes me feel good.

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

I’m listening to/reading the audio book of Landline by Rainbow Rowell for the Out of the Box Book Club. I’m reading both A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin – the chapters in chronological order as opposed to what order they were published. I’m watching The Handmaid’s Tale and The Last Kingdom Season 2. I’m behind on watching Into The Badlands and Girls.

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

Well, that’s a hard question because I really love my job at FDL.  But, if I could just bake pies all day and not have a café or a restaurant – just make food and give it to people- that would be fun.

5. How does your cat feel about the baby that’s on the way?

He thinks all of the baby toys are his.

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.

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