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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 and C3PO lanterns
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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FDL Reads: The One Good Thing

Cover image for The one good thingThe One Good Thing by Kevin Alan Milne

Reviewed by: Diane Soffietti, Reference and Adult Services

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Suggested Age: Adults, Teens

What is the book about?: This book has been written from the perspectives of different characters from two families in present day Texas. The principal character, Nathan Steen, is in his pastor father’s fourth grade Sunday school when he meets Maddy by throwing a spit wad at her face. In the present day, Nathan now has two children, Ty and Alice with his wife Halley. Ty is a popular athletic high school student, and Alice is a diminutive junior high school brain and blogger. Alice named her blog ‘My Own Little Wonderland,’ because she is constantly bullied at school with the nickname of Alice in Wonderland. Following Nathan’s sudden accidental death, his acts of kindness toward others, as well as secrets are revealed through a dedicated Facebook page. Nathan had a habit of moving six small stones from one pocket to the other as he completed these gestures throughout the day; and he always said that one good thing can lead to another. After Nathan’s funeral, each family member reacted to the secrets and lies that are discovered through one of the Facebook’s posts from Maddy, now known as Madeline Zuckerman.

My Review: I enjoy stories that have worthwhile characters, as I have said before in my reviews. Therefore, one of my favorite books of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird. I have read (but didn’t really like) Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and The Goldfinch. All of these were acclaimed novels that had some good qualities, but the characters were detestable in my opinion. I think all of the characters in the book, The One Good Thing are drawn true to life and affable. Nathan Steen was a well-liked man, who had his flaws yet you want him to be redeemed by his family in the end. You want Alice, Ty, and Halley to remember Nathan fondly and to pass on his legacy of unselfishly doing the right thing to help people when they need it… the one good thing.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Inspirational, heartfelt, and redeeming

Give This a Try if You Like…  Barbara Delinsky’s Blueprints or While My Sister Sleeps; Donna VanLiere’s The Good Dream; Beth Hoffman’s Looking for Me; Lauraine Snelling’s Reunion

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!

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!

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!

We’re hiring!

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Visit http://www.fondulaclibrary.org/about-us/jobs/ for more information.

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