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FDL Reads: Donner Dinner Party

Cover image for Donner dinner partyDonner Dinner Party (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) by Nathan Hale

Reviewed by: Sylvia Shults, Circulation

Genre: Historical Fiction (Graphic Novel)

Suggested Age: Tweens, Teens

What is the book about?: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales is a graphic novel series that describes events from history in a way that makes them easy to understand and very, very entertaining. It helps that the author chooses stories that really have the potential to hold an audience’s interest … things like the Donner party tragedy. You say history is boring? Not when Nathan Hale is here to tell those hazardous tales! The secret is that there are two Nathan Hales. Nathan Hale the Revolutionary spy tells the stories, while Nathan Hale the author writes them all down.

My Review: This is some seriously entertaining stuff about some serious subjects. The point of this series is that Nathan Hale, a spy hanged during the American Revolution, puts off his execution, Scheherezade-style, by telling the hangman and the British officer in charge of the hanging tales from American history. It’s a macabre premise for a series, but boy does it work. And the stories Hale shares border on the macabre too. I started off with Donner Dinner Party, curious to see how this could possibly be in any way funny. Hale (both the storyteller and the author) does manage it. Other stories include Harriet Tubman’s story (not macabre but intense), the Battle of the Alamo, and the First World War (Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood).

Three Words That Describe This Book: Funny, informative, thrilling

Give This a Try if You Like… History and/or graphic novels.

Rating: 5/5

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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: Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things

Cover image for Courtney Crumrin and the night thingsCourtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh

Reviewed by: Sarah Baker, Circulation

Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Suggested Age: Teens

What is the book about?: Courtney and her parents are moving out of the city and in with her great-uncle Aloysius in his creepy house.  Her new classmates are snobbish and mean.  Her parents are wrapped up in their own concerns and in climbing the social ladder.  And the one kid she started to make friends with just got eaten by a goblin.  But Courtney isn’t taking that kind of thing lying down.  She’s snuck a look at her uncle’s study and he has books about these creatures.  Courtney is going to meet the Night Things head on.

My Review: I started this series back in ’03 when I was working at Waldenbooks and absolutely adored it.  Then life kept happening and it got forgotten.  I remembered it again after cruising through a Goodreads list and decided to give it another go.  It’s held up surprisingly well – a dark fantasy world with a teen witch finding her way, discovering that everything has a price, and  who retains what makes her her.  The art work is stark and highly reminiscent of Mike Mignola, and gives great atmosphere to the tale. Courtney has a bad attitude and refuses to change who she is.  14 year old me would have adored her; 34 year old me still does.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Dark, Magical, Intriguing

Give This a Try if You Like… The Addams Family, Gunnerkrigg Court, The Dresden Files

Rating: 4/5

Find it at the library!

About FDL Reads

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

Summer Newsletter Available

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

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

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FDL Reads: Snow White

Cover image for Snow WhiteSnow White by Matt Phelan

Reviewed by: Joscelyn Lockwood, Children’s Department

Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Suggested Age: Children, Tweens

What is the book about?: A retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale, set in Depression-Era New York City. Samantha “Snow” White is a young girl sent away to a boarding school by her father, a stock market tycoon, shortly after the death of her mother and arrival of her step-mother.  Tragedy strikes again for young Snow and she’s left on her own against the evil ministrations of her step-mother.

My Review: Though incredibly light on the dialogue, I was surprised by how much I loved this book. My favorite parts were easily anything involving the Seven, though they aren’t dwarves like in the original Disney version of the tale. This would be a great short read for a child just looking to get into Graphic Novels, or even an adult seeking something different from what they’d normally pick. I’m definitely going to be looking into this author’s other works.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Emotional, Fun, Unique

Give This a Try if You Like… Graphic novels, Fairy tale retellings, Quick Reads

Rating: 4/5

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: Wolf Hollow

Cover image for Wolf Hollow : a novelWolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Reviewed by: Sylvia Shults, Circulation Assistant

Genre: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade

Suggested Age: Teens, Tweens

What is the book about?: Annabelle, a girl growing up just after the Great Depression, must face a bully who terrorizes her friends, including a WWI veteran.

My Review: Okay, this book rocked my world. Think To Kill A Mockingbird, only with a smaller scope … and the heroine gets to interact with Boo Radley throughout the book, not just at the end. Do not be fooled by the fact that this is a children’s book. It has adult themes–death, war, PTSD–but they are treated head-on, like a part of life. The death is traumatic, to be sure, but it doesn’t break up the main character’s life, the way it does in Bridge to Terabithia. This is a powerful, muscular book that is not in the least afraid of roughing up its characters. It is well worth the read.

Three Words That Describe This Book: thought-provoking, terrifying, compelling

Give This a Try if You Like…  To Kill A Mockingbird.

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: Howl’s Moving Castle

Cover image for Howl's moving castleHowl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

Reviewed by: Sarah Baker, Circulation Assistant

Genre: Fantasy

Suggested Age: Adults,Teens, Tweens

What is the book about?: Sophie is the eldest child, a role she feels dooms her to failure.  After helping her sisters find their way, she resigns herself to running her late father’s hat shop.  But she crosses paths with the Witch of the Waste who puts a curse on her, making her an old woman!  So Sophie leaves home, seeking to remove her curse.  Along the way she meets and often helps many different people, including the terrible Wizard Howl.  But like Sophie herself, nothing is at it appears at first glance.  And it seems that almost everyone in this world faces a curse of their own.  Will Sophie be able to save herself, or anyone else?

My Review: My first intro to this story was the Studio Ghibli movie, which I loved.  But the movie is NOTHING like the book.  The only thing they have in common is character names and some very basic plot points.  The book gave us a deeper look at their world and the rules that magic follows.  It gave us a better rationale for Sophie’s actions, and her frustrations as well; we actually get to meet her family and to see how their drama affects her and causes some of the decisions she makes.  She’s not afraid to speak her mind or express her irritation with Howl.  We get a history on Howl that is surprising and makes him easier to relate to.  AND (the best part) this is book 1 of a series!

Three Words That Describe This Book: Magical, Funny, Satisfying

Give This a Try if You Like…  Howl’s Moving Castle (the movie), Harry Potter

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!

Story Time in a Box Kits

Designed for parents, teachers, and caregivers who want to create a fun story time experience for their preschoolers, Story Time in a Box Kits are available for checkout in the Youth Services Department.

  • Kits include picture books, craft ideas, and a variety of games, puzzles, puppets, or a mini felt board with characters.
  • Reading together, playing interactive games, and singing songs promote early literacy in children. Story Time in a Box Kits provide excellent tools to facilitate these experiences.
  • Cardholders may borrow one Story Time in a Box at a time for a lending period of seven days. Kits must be checked out and returned at the Youth Services desk with all accessories.

Story Time in a Box Kits include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
Bugs
Butterflies
Christmas
Dinosaurs
Fables, Fairytales, and Folklore
Firefighters
Monsters

Oceans
…and more!

For additional information, click here, or visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917.

Star Wars Day 2017

Fondulac District Library announces Star Wars Day, which celebrates reading and the stories of one of the most popular sagas of all time. The all-ages event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria, Illinois.

Free activities and programs for all ages will run throughout the day and include a new, expanded Jedi training, crafts, a sketch workshop with artist Kiley Beecher, games, Star Wars Bingo, prize drawings, and much more. Special guests from the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs costume clubs will be in attendance and available for photographs. Additionally, members of the East Peoria Robo Raiders and Retro Robotics, local First Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, will participate in a presentation and demonstration of the real-life “droids” they design, build, and take to competition. The library also offers Star Wars-related books and movies on display and available for check out.

For more information about this special event, visit www.fondulaclibrary.org or call (309) 699-3917.

Special Activities

10:15   Star Wars Bingo
11:00   Star Wars Sketch
11:30   Jedi Training (both Jedi training sessions are the same)
12:30   Jedi Training
2:00     Real-Life Droids: East Peoria Robo-Raiders and Retro Robotics

Ongoing Activities

I Spy with My Jedi Eye: Starting at the Children’s Information Desk
Craft Cantina: Children’s Department: Story and Craft Room – Darth Vader lantern and paper bag Wookiee
Star Wars Puppet Theater: Children’s Department
Photo Booth: Children’s Department
Jedi Training Obstacle Course: Children’s Department & Atrium
X-wing Miniature Game: Library Lobby
Video Arcades: Second Floor (Teen Space)
Tattooine Tattoo Parlor: Second Floor
Perler for Padawans: Second Floor
Boba Fett’s Badge Factory: Second Floor
Force Fair: Atrium – Star Wars Bowling, Star Wars Angry Birds, and Blast-a-Trooper.
Star Wars Science Station: Atrium
Admiral Ackbar’s Snack Bar: Treats for sale from the Friends of the Library

Spring Newsletter Available

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

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

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Playaway Launchpads

Playaway Launchpad tablets for kids are available for checkout at Fondulac District Library.

Features:

  • Preloaded with high quality, ad-free apps that are both fun and educational.
  • Provides hours of interactive learning and play without exposure to unintended content or the need for a network connection or downloading. Launchpads are secure and do not have wi-fi access or a camera.
  • The library’s collection spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity.
  • Launchpads are powered by an Android operating system and feature a 7-inch high definition touch screen, external speaker, universal audio jack, and a protective bumper.
  • One Launchpad can be checked out to a library card at a time for a 7 day lending period. Launchpads must be checked out and returned at the Youth Services desk with all of their accessories.

For additional details, click here, or visit or call the library at 309-699-3917.

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