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Wi-Fi Hotspots are Available for Checkout

The library is now lending wi-fi hotspots! Hotspots allow patrons to borrow free, mobile Internet access for use at home or while traveling. Featuring a compact and lightweight design, these devices have a robust battery life and allow connection of multiple devices to the Internet. A generous donation from the Friends of FDL during the annual Friends of Libraries week covers the first year of this pilot project. The library’s collection includes 10 wi-fi hotspots for patron use.

These devices may be checked out for a two week period, and there is a limit of one device per adult cardholder. Additional information is available here. Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

3D Printing at the Library

3D printing is the process of making a three dimensional object from a digital file. The object is created by laying down successive layers of plastic filament. Patrons can submit a design and have it printed for only $2! Learn more about the library’s 3D printing service here.

New to 3D printing? The library is offering a workshop for designing a 3D printed nameplate on Wednesday, February 7, at 6 p.m. Click here for additional information or to register.

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

FDL Reads: 5 Minute Facial Workout

Cover image for 5 Minute Facial Workout by Catherine Pez

Reviewed by: Jessica Reeves, Reference Specialist

Genre: Face Workout (it’s a genre now)

Suggested Age: Everyone

Today we’re posting FDL’s first video book review ever! Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/8c6CzgjavNA

 

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: Winnie the Pooh Day

January 18th is “Winnie the Pooh Day” in honor of A.A. Milne’s birthday.  Milne was inspired to write the famous stories by his son’s collection of stuffed animals.  The stories of Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet all came to life in order entertain the real  Christopher Robin.

Milne was born in London in 1882. He did not start his writing career with stories for children, though.  In fact, he went to Cambridge to study math.  He ended up becoming more interested in writing and after graduation, got a job creating humorous pieces for a magazine.  After serving in World War I, Milne wrote a couple plays and some poetry.  It was not until after his son was born in 1920 that he began to write for children.  Winnie-the-Pooh  was written in 1926 followed by The House at Pooh Corner in 1928.

After his death in 1956, Milne left an enduring legacy  in literary history.  His timeless stories have touched the hearts of children all over the world.  Today you can see the real Pooh, Piglet, and friends at the New York Public Library.

The film, Goodbye Christopher Robinwas just out in theaters this past October.  It tells the story of A.A Milne’s relationship with his son, Christopher Robin, who inspired the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh.   The photo at the right shoes Milne, Christopher Robin, and the real Pooh bear in 1926.

Check out films and other children’s books inspired by the original Winnie the Pooh stories here at our library.

 

 

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 Reads: Shadow and Bone

Cover image for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Reviewed by: Joscelyn Lockwood, Youth Services Assistant

Genre: Fantasy

Suggested Age: Teens, Adults

What is the book about?: Alina Sarkova is an orphan, raised in the household of a Duke known for taking on charity cases. Drafted into the army with her childhood best friend Mal, a dormant power reveals itself to save his life… and change Alina’s forever. She’s swept away to the capital, to be trained as a Grisha under the enigmatic Darkling. The Grisha are treated as a Second Army in Ravka, using their magic, often referred to as “small science” to provide support to the First Army. Attacked on all fronts, the nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold. A strange, almost living swatch of darkness filled with monsters and crossed only by the bravest, or most foolhardy, people. But Ravka, its ruling family, and its people, will soon find out that they have more to worry about than just the Fold.

My Review: Admittedly, what hooked me into this book was the description of magic and the Grishas. What kept me reading? Wanting to know how it would end. There were some annoying inconsistencies, and most of the time, I couldn’t stand Alina or the superficial Grisha.  But I ended up caring about other characters in the story, especially as I got into the second and third books. Overall, it was enjoyable but a bit unremarkable in the ever-growing field of YA books available.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Decent, Enjoyable, a Bit Predictable

Give This a Try if You Like… Quick reads, happily ever after.

Rating: 3/5

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: Getting the Movie Treatment in 2018

These are a few of the most anticipated book adaptations coming to theaters in 2018.

A Wrinkle in Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

This classic tale will be in theaters March 9, 2018. Disney has adapted Madeleine L’Engle’s novel to star Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit and Oprah as Mrs. Which.   A Wrinkle in Time follows the story of Meg Wallace and her brother Charles as they journey across the universe to find their missing father.

Ready Player One

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the year 2045, Wade Watts is a teenager who spends his time trying to escape Earth’s ruined environment by playing a virtual reality game called OASIS. When he discovers an opportunity to solve a virtual puzzle in order win the ultimate prize, Wade finds himself in a race with other competitors who are willing to kill to win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Death Cure is the final installment in original Maze Runner trilogy to get the movie treatment.  After surviving the Scorch, Thomas and the Gladers are put to the ultimate test against WICKED.

Annihilation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Portman stars as biologist who joins a team of experts tasked with exploring Area X, an area of land that has been cut off from humans for many years.  Previous expeditions by other researchers have resulted in mass suicide, developing cancer, or severe PTSD. This time the team has a chance to observe many anomalies, including life forms that are beyond belief.

 

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 Reads: Took: A Ghost Story

Cover image for Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn 

Reviewed by: Elizabeth Anderson, Communications Specialist

Genre: Horror

Suggested Age: Tweens, Teens

What is the book about?: Daniel and his family relocate to a ramshackle house in a new town after his father loses his job in the economic recession. Life is miserable for the entire family. The inhabitants of the small town see them as outsiders and Dan’s parents are working unhappily at their new jobs. Dan watches them slip into depression and bad habits, and his sister, Erica, begins to behave the most strangely of all. When she disappears, Dan realizes that the townspeople’s talk about the legendary “Old Auntie” taking a girl and keeping her as a slave for 50 years isn’t a farfetched legend after all. Determined to rescue his sister, he summons all of his courage to face the witch and her monstrous minion – before it’s too late.

My Review: One of the things that I appreciated the most about this book was that it implemented elements of a folktale into a modern story with seamless ease. Took presents the disturbing manifestation of a legend in a real world setting. The story features both the realistic elements of a missing child, with police searches and interrogations, as well as the supernatural chills of someone being kidnapped by an otherworldly entity. Hahn delivers a fast paced story with no shortage of immersive sensory details and light touches of tactful humor in her characters’ observations and personalities.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Folktales, Family, Witchcraft

Give This a Try if You Like… Ghost stories by Dan Poblocki, such as The Ghost of Graylock, “The Books of Elsewhere” series by Jacqueline West, or Coraline, by Neil Gaiman.

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: Sleeping Giants

Cover image for Sleeping GiantsSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel 

Reviewed by: Susie Rivera, Reference Specialist

Genre: Science Fiction

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: When Rose Franklin was a little girl, she found a giant metal hand buried in her back yard. Rose becomes a scientist and devotes her career to unlocking the secrets of the hand’s origin and purpose.  She is joined by a team of experts, including Vincent Couture and Kara Resnik. Vincent is a linguist tasked with deciphering glowing symbols that accompany the object.  Kara is military pilot who discovers another giant piece of the mysterious puzzle.  The entire team soon finds themselves in the midst an international race to control the new technology.

My Review: Told in a collection interview transcripts, journal entries, and mission logs, Sleeping Giants tackles big questions like humanity’s place in the universe, weapons of mass destruction, and technological responsibility.  Sylvain Neuvel’s debut novel is engaging and fast-paced. It’s hard to put the book down as chapters often leave the reader on a cliffhanger.  I actually listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the full cast production.  It was truly worthy of being nominated for an Audible Award in 2017.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Exciting, Engaging, Thought-provoking

Give This a Try if You Like… Ancient Aliens, Mecha Anime

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: 2018 Reading Challenge

It’s easy to stay in your reading “comfort zone” by sticking to the same authors or genres you found enjoyable in the past.  I tend to gravitate towards science fiction, fantasy, or historical fiction.  It wasn’t until a couple years ago when I took a class that I was challenged to read genres that I had never considered before.  I read some narrative nonfiction, a couple mysteries, a western, and a Harlequin romance. I also tried other formats and ended up loving graphic novels.  This was a great experience, not only for me as a library professional but as a reader. It was nice to expand my reading palate and I now have a greater appreciation for other genres and authors. Reading out of your comfort zone helps to broaden your awareness of diverse authors and also understand why certain genres are appealing to other readers.

I challenge you to read something out of your reading comfort zone in 2018.  Here are few tips for how to start:

1. Read something by an author from another country.

2. Try another format like an audiobook, graphic novel, or an eBook .

3. Check the awards or read a bestseller.

4. Try a genre you would never consider.

5. Check websites like Goodreads, LibraryThing, or our blog for recommendations.

6. Take a book from one of our library displays.

7. Ask a friend or family member who enjoys a different genre.

You might be surprised by what you end up liking.   Don’t forget that we are here to help you find your next great read.

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 Reads: The Murders of Molly Southbourne

Cover image for The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

Reviewed by: Carey Gibbons, Reference Specialist

Genre: Horror

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: The book opens with Molly suffering a beating at the hands of… herself? But who is she? Where is she? Why did a woman who looks exactly like her beat her up? And why is she in manacles? The free Molly sits down and proceeds to tell the chained Molly the story of her childhood. Every time Molly bleeds, clones grow from the blood. These clones are benign at first but over time – whether three hours or three days – they become violent and try to kill the original Molly. Growing up wasn’t easy. But how did Molly get this way? And who’s the original Molly now?

My Review: This book is both a creepy account of a hideous, uncontrollable problem and a coming of age story. While the narrative is bookended by one Molly talking to another, the bulk of the story is the account of Molly’s childhood and teenage years. You never really stop to think about how crucial it is to keep all of your blood inside of your body until you’re told that you have to for the sake of your own survival. What I really like about this story is that Thompson tells a compelling horror tale but also a tale of how hard it is to be a girl going through puberty and growing up. We don’t have to fight our own clones every time we get our periods, but puberty is full of plenty of horrors all on its own, and can be very isolating emotionally and mentally, much like the physical isolation Molly grows up in. The story is also a bit open ended, making room for more, which is awesome because my only real complaint about this is that it’s too short (128 pages). I’m looking forward to more cool stuff by Tade Thompson.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Bloody, Coming of age, Survival

Give This a Try if You Like… The X-Files, zombie apocalypse survival stories

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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