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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.

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FDL Reads: The Vision Volumes 1 and 2


Cover image for The Vision : little better than a beastThe Vision Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man 
by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez WaltaCover image for The Vision. 1, Little worse than a man
The Vision Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Reviewed by: Dave Gibbons, Library Volunteer

Genre: Superhero Science Fiction (Graphic Novel)

Suggested Age: Teens, Adults

What is the book about?: Moving into a new neighborhood can be challenging. This can be made made more difficult when you and your family are androids. In an effort to achieve a sense of stability after facing the deletion of memories of his previous family, Vision (of Marvel’s Avengers) has built a new family from scratch and moved them into the picture-perfect suburbs. Unfortunately, cracks in the stability he hopes for quickly present themselves as each member of the family struggles with feelings  of “otherness.” Kicking off with a supervillain attack (which will prove the least of Vision’s problems) we watch as Vision and his family strive for normality while being pulled into a dark suburban abyss of their own making.

My Review: I have to confess that when I first heard about this miniseries I quickly dismissed it as a shallow cash grab from Marvel. Fortunately I was persuaded to give it a try and I was completely blown away. While you don’t need prior knowledge of the character, the story does highlight just how strange Vision’s back story is and how trauma takes a toll even on androids. All of the unspoken horror of the suburbs is highlighted by the desperation of the Vision to maintain his happy family. The story is told in a very introspective first person. Walta’s art is perfect for this story, channeling the vibrancy of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Existential, Chilling, Reinventive

Give This a Try if You Like…  The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin, Powers by Brian Michael Bendis, Edward Scissorhands, Franz Kafka

Rating: 5/5

Find it at the library! (Volume 1) (Volume 2)

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!

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.

FDL Reads: Every Heart a Doorway

Cover image for Every heart a doorwayEvery Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Reviewed by: Joscelyn Lockwood, Children’s Department

Genre: Fantasy

Suggested Age: Teens, Adults

What is the book about?: Every Heart a Doorway tells the story of Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a school and boarding house for those children that have disappeared to the hidden places of the world, and come back. Under the bed, in a wardrobe, through a miraculously disappearing door… These kids have found their version of fairy tale lands, and come back to tell the tale. It follows Nancy, the home’s newest resident, who like the rest of the children, is seeking her way back to her own fantastical world. A violent crime brings the many colorful residents of the home, including a guidance counselor and the principal herself, together in an attempt to figure out what is going on.

My Review: Being already familiar with (and a major fan of) several other works by Ms. McGuire, I was excited to see this on the new book shelf. I was not disappointed one iota. She weaves an amazing mystery that had me devouring the fairly small novel in a matter of hours. All the characters are unique but relatable in their own ways, even as fingers start to be pointed and everyone starts to bear a shadow of doubt about their fellow schoolmates. Even though the book deals with crimes and fantasy worlds the children are desperately trying to return to, the message of embracing your own little slice of oddity really shines through.

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!

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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FDL Reads: Hollow Earth

Cover image for Hollow EarthHollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carol E. Barrowman

Reviewed by: Sue Elder, Children’s Department

Genre: Fantasy

Suggested Age: Tweens, Teens

What is the book about?: Twins Matt and Emily Calder have a special power.  They are animares and they have the ability make drawings and paintings come alive, just like their mother.  Because of their special powers, they are being pursued by a secret society called the Hollow Earth.  The Hollow Earth Society wants to use the twins to open up old paintings where demons, devils and evil creatures are trapped in for eternity. Their mother takes them to an island off of the Scotland coast to their grandfather, who has his own special powers, in hopes they will be safe there.  While there they learn the history of the island, about the monks who lived on the island long ago, and how this all relates to their powers and their father. Will they be safe or will the Hollow Earth Society find them?

My Review: I don’t normally read fantasy, but I really liked this book.  There are three books in this series. Looking forward to reading the rest of them.

 

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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FDL Reads: The War That Saved My Life

20912424The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Reviewed by: Becca Cherwin, Youth Services

Genre: Historical Fiction

Suggested Age: Teens, Tweens

What is the book about?: The protagonist of this story is a 10 year old girl named Ada.  Ada lives in London with her mother (Mam) and brother.  Ada was born with a club foot.  Mam is so ashamed of the “ugly” foot that she does not let Ada show herself in public or go to school.  Ada’s only means to see the outside world is through a little window in her one room flat on the third floor.  With the threat of the start of World War II, the children of London are being shipped out of London.  Jamie, Ada’s bother, is allowed to go, but not Ada.  The morning of the evacuation, Ada escapes with her brother to freedom and begins a new adventure.

My Review: This story by Kimbery Brubaker Bradley provided the wonderful adventure of Ada and her brother in finding freedom and love.  Ada went through many hoops to overcome her fears of neglect and lack of love and affection.  My eyes were glued to this story.  I could not put the book down.

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: Mostly Void, Partially Stars

Cover image for Mostly Void, Partially StarsMostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Reviewed by: Carey Gibbons, Adult and Reference Services

Genre: Science Fiction

Suggested Age: Adults, Teens

What is the book about?: “A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep… Welcome to Night Vale.” This first volume of scripts covers the first year of of the wildly popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale. The authors, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor describe Night Vale as a desert town where all conspiracy theories are true. Strange lights hover over the local Arby’s, the Night Vale high school football quarterback has two heads, the sheriff’s secret police are always watching you, and no one is ever allowed into the dog park. In fact, just ignore the dog park. Every episode of WTNV is preceded by commentary from the authors or other Night Vale collaborators, such as Cecil Baldwin (voice of Cecil Palmer), Dylan Marron (voice of Carlos the Scientist), and various guest writers. Folks picking up this volume will get WTNV scripts in addition to a lot of really neat behind the scenes information.

My Review: The most important thing to know about this volume of Welcome to Night Vale (and the second, which was released at the same time) is that it is for both fans and people who have not yet listened to the podcast. As a fan of the podcast, I enjoyed this volume because I was able to read the scripts closely and pick up on small details I missed in listening. I also very much enjoyed the commentary by Fink, Cranor, et. al. They did a really great job providing background information without ruining the mystery or weirdness of the podcast. This volume is also great for people who might want to see what Welcome to Night Vale is all about but feel a bit intimidated by four years of podcast episodes to catch up on. You definitely do not have to have listened to the podcast to enjoy this book. I would recommend this to folks who like Lovecraftian horror or the television shows Eureka, Twin Peaks, or The X-Files. Also, if you’re a fan of the  Netflix hit, Stranger Things, WTNV is definitely for you.

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: Someone to Watch Over Me

Cover image for Someone to watch over meSomeone to Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Reviewed by: Dawn Dickey, Adult and Reference Services

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Suggested Age: Adults, Teens

What is the book about?: In Yrsa’s creepy thriller set in Iceland,  we learn that Berglind, mother of a young son, has just had an exorcism performed at her house.  Berglind’s explanation for recent odd occurrences at her house is a haunting by their teenage babysitter, who was tragically killed in an unsolved hit-and-run while walking to Berglind‘s house to babysit. It seems the babysitter continues to watch over Berglind’s young son. A second storyline involves attorney Thora, who, 2 years later, is hired by a currently jailed criminal to prove the innocence of a fellow inmate,  a man with Down’s Syndrome who has been convicted of setting a fire in a group home that resulted in the horrific deaths of several residents of the home.

My Review: Yrsa’s tale of how these two lives and storylines come together to solve both mysteries makes for a spooky page-turner, creepy from beginning to end.  I love the characters,  the setting, and the creepiness! Once you’ve read this one, you will want to read more of Yrsa’s work!

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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