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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.

Watch for our TV commercial!

Fondulac District Library is excited to announce that, in partnership with several other local libraries, it has received a media grant as part of the WMBD/WYZZ and CI Proud $1 Million Dollar Community Investment initiative. A 10-second television commercial and e-Blasts will begin running on regular rotation on WMBD, WYZZ, and CentralIllinoisProud.com. Using photos from local library events and messages inspired by the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform campaign, the promotions spotlight the diverse collections and services provided by central Illinois’ public libraries.

Can’t wait to see the commercial on TV and want to watch it now?
Click on the white screen or the triangle play button to start the video!

Anytime Activities at the Library

Fondulac District Library offers a variety of activities for children of all ages whenever they visit the library. The Youth Services Department provides a new activity every month, such as scavenger hunts and simple crafts.

Additionally, a wide selection of board and card games are available for kids, including, but not limited to:

  • Battleship
  • Candyland
  • Connect Four
  • Dr. Seuss Matching
  • Enchanted Forest
  • I Spy Preschool Game
  • Monopoly Jr.
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry!
  • Trouble
  • Crazy 8’s
  • Go Fish
  • Old Maid
  • Take the Train
  • Uno

The Youth Services Department also features a dedicated play area with a train table, puppet theater, Lego
table, and puzzles, as well as two Nintendo Wii U gaming stations with numerous games to play.*

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

*Wii U gaming stations require a library card or photo ID from the user, or the user’s guardian, to play.

Digital Collections at the Library

Fondulac District Library offers numerous digital collections to cardholders, including:

  • Overdrive – an eBook and audiobook collection compatible with iOS, Chromebook, Android, Kindle, Kobo, and NOOK tablets. Install the free Overdrive App by visiting one of the following and searching for “Overdrive.”
      • Apple App Store
      • Google Play Store
      • Amazon
      • Chrome Web Store

    You can also check out Overdrive here.

  • Axis 360 – an eBook and audiobook collection compatible with iOS, Android, & Kindle. Install the free Axis 360 app by visiting one of the following and searching for “Axis 360.”
      • Apple App Store
      • Google Play Store
      • Amazon

    You can also check out Axis 360 here.

  • Tumblebooks – streaming collections of eBooks, audiobooks, and read-along picture books that can be accessed in the library or remotely with your Fondulac District Library card on this page.
  • Biblioboard – a free eBook collection filled with classic literature and other titles. Access Biblioboard here.

If you have any questions about utilizing these services, please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917.

Winter 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 winter! Please take a moment to review the newsletter and mark your calendars with the great lineup of programs happening at Fondulac District Library through March. Enjoy!

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