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Story Times at the Library

Fondulac District Library’s Story Times feature a different theme every week and include songs, flannel board stories, and crafts, in addition to great books! Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to new friends and encourage early literacy. View the details below or click here to see the Story Time Calendar.

WEEKDAY STORY TIMES
September 11-November 17

Little Listeners • 4-6 years old • Mondays at 10 a.m.
Together Time • 2-3 years old & adult • Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Family Story Time • 2+ years old & adult • Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
Tiny Tot Time • 1-2 years old & adult • Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Baby Lapsit • Birth-1 year old & adult • Fridays at 10 a.m.

OTHER STORY TIMES
Sensory Story Time • 2-7 years old • Saturday, Sept.16, at 11 a.m.
Prince and Princess Story Time • 2-7 years old • Oct. 14 & Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Saturday Morning Story Time • 2-7 years old • Oct. 28 & Nov. 25 at 11 a.m.

FDL Reads: The Radium Girls

Cover image for The Radium GirlsThe Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

Reviewed by: Genna Buhr, Library Director

Genre: History, Non-Fiction

Suggested Age: Adults, Teens

What is the book about?: In the early years of the last century, young women in locations across the nation took to the working world by becoming painters of clock and gauge faces. Using paint designed to glow by the addition of recently discovered radium, the women skillfully hand-painted dials in factories using materials and techniques provided to them by the management. The women enjoyed the independence and friendships the work provided. However, many eventually started having extreme medical issues and suspected it was due to the working conditions that they were told were safe. The Radium Girls tells the stories of some of these women, the distress they experienced, and the fight they led to ensure that justice would be upheld.

My Review: The story of the radium girls wasn’t new to me. I grew up near Ottawa, Illinois, where a good portion of this book is set and also grew up hearing decades old gossip and whispers about the glowing ladies. The courthouse still stands directly across from my favorite pizza place, and as I read the book, I wondered how the lives of these women many have intertwined with my family members that came before me. One of the women was from my hometown, and my great-grandmother worked at a clock factory where many of the dials were shipped. The stories of these women have been told in bits and pieces, and I was really excited to learn that Moore was writing their story cohesively and in a way that it could be shared and consumed by a larger audience. Moore doesn’t disappoint and works hard to show the strength and resilience of these women and the depths of their struggles in fighting for their health, for their places in their communities, for their futures, and for justice. The Radium Girls presents a well-paced, personal look at those everyday women whose lives strengthened the movement for safety in the workplace and whose experiences led to labor legislation still in effect today. 

Three Words That Describe This Book: Empowering, Enlightening, Inspiring

Give This a Try if You Like… Erin Brockovich, Hidden Figures, Erik Larson’s books

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!

Eclipse Information

UPDATE: As of 1 p.m. on August 14, the library has distributed all of the glasses received through the grant and does not have any more free eclipse glasses to give away. Although the library has no more glasses to distribute, we did want to share this link that provides several sets of instructions for making eclipse viewers from boxes and other household supplies. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable eclipse on Monday! 

eclipse glassesIn planning for the Total Eclipse of the Sun on August 21, Fondulac District Library applied for and was fortunate to receive a grant from the STAR Library Network (STAR_Net), with support from the Moore Foundation, Google, NASA, the Research Corporation, and National Science Foundation.  The library has received a limited amount of solar eclipse viewing glasses through the StarNet grant to support the library’s related programs. Participants in any of the library’s astronomy and eclipse related programming through August 10 will receive a pair. (Please see our event calendar at http://fondulaclibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar for more information about library programming.)

Starting August 11, individuals may come to the Youth Services department at the library to receive a pair while supplies last. Because of the limited availability, the library is unable to fulfill requests from groups or other large requests.

The Riverfront Museum in Peoria is selling safe viewing glasses in the Museum Store (www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org). Additionally, the National Science Foundation’s American Astronomical Society’s Reputable Vendors page also provide links to resellers who may still have eclipse glasses in stock for purchase. (The library has heard from several sources that many vendors are sold out.)

More eclipse information:

How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely

Total Eclipse 2017 from NASA

NASA’s Live Stream of the Eclipse

FDL Reads: Phoebe and her Unicorn

Cover image for Phoebe and Her UnicornPhoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

Reviewed by: Sylvia Shults, Circulation

Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)

Suggested Age: Tweens, Teens

What is the book about?: This fun, energetic graphic novel series takes a different look at childhood. Phoebe goes to her thinking spot to escape the latest unfairness of being a kid, and skips a rock as she sulks. The rock hits a unicorn who’s been gazing at her own loveliness in the pond. Granted a wish, Phoebe wishes for the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, to be her best friend. What happens next is a Calvin-and-Hobbes style friendship, reinvented for the 21st century.

My Review: Just as the adventures of Calvin and his stuffed tiger transcended cartoons and appealed to adults too, this series isn’t just for kids to enjoy. I found it interesting that although comparisons to the older cartoon are inevitable, there are significant differences — for example, Phoebe’s parents are perfectly capable of seeing Marigold and having conversations with her. Marigold interacts with every other character – not just Phoebe. (And Phoebe is much less of a holy terror than Calvin was.) A nifty addition to the books can be found in the back pages, where the author puts extra fun stuff, like drawing lessons and recipes. I fully intend to make Unicorn Poop Cookies for my next birthday party. Why should ten-year-olds have all the fun? I binge-read all five of the books in this series one Friday afternoon, sitting on the porch swing with a glass of juice. Every once in a while, it’s fun to lose yourself in a book, pretend you’re ten, and have a unicorn for a best friend.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Funny, light-hearted, sly

Give This a Try if You Like… Calvin and Hobbes

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!

Check Out Magazines at the Library

Fondulac District Library carries a variety of popular magazines for both adults and children. Enjoy your favorite titles without the cost and hassle of managing a subscription.

  • All issues can be checked out for one week and renewed once.
  • Cardholders can have a maximum of 10 magazines checked out at any time.
  • The library keeps issues for the current calendar year and one previous calendar year.

Choose from a selection of more than 75 titles for adults, including, but not limited to:
Better Homes & Gardens
ESPN the Magazine
Family Handyman
Field & Steam
InStyle
Make
This Old House
Time

Magazines for kids include, but are not limited to:
American Girl
Highlights
National Geographic Kids
Sports Illustrated for Kids

A complete list of the library’s magazine subscriptions can be viewed here.

Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

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

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: 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!

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