FDL Reads: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

Cover image for How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talkHow to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Reviewed by: Barb Rude, Adult Reference Services

Genre: Non-Fiction, Parenting

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk is a parenting book that encourages authentic handling of communication, emotions, and problem-solving to foster harmony at home. The premise is basically this: treat your kids like reasonable, capable human beings and for the most part, kids will act like reasonable, capable human beings.

My Review: Did I lose you at ‘kids will act like reasonable, capable human beings’? I hope not—it’s no joke. This book offers many examples of how to express emotions and model behavior, encouraging a long view of parenting over short-term behavioral gain. I particularly enjoyed the section on encouraging autonomy, which suggests ways to invite children to find their own solutions and look outside the home for answers to their questions, and using specific language to praise children’s effort. This book is a great place to start if you want to open a dialog with your children but don’t quite know how. Oh—and it might help you talk to other grownups better, too.

Three Words That Describe This Book: practical, hopeful, hands-on

Give This a Try if You Like…  Nurture Shock, Siblings Without Rivalry, No Bad Kids

Rating: 4/5

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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!

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FDL Reads: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Cover image for The smitten kitchen cookbookThe Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Reviewed by: Susie Rivera, Adult Reference Services

Genre: Cookbook

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: “Fearless cooking from a tiny kitchen in New York City.”   This is the description of Deb Perelman’s blog, smittenkitchen.com.  The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is a collection of new as well as favorite recipes. Perelman distinguished herself as a home cook who perfected classic recipes by repeated testing.  She is also known for using practical techniques and ingredients.  This cookbook includes a variety of main dishes, sweets, snacks, and party ideas. Most recipes feature full color photographs as well as cooking tips.

My Review: I have been a big fan of Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen blog since I started cooking on my own several years ago.  Happening upon it via Pinterest, I was amused by her tagline and came to really identify with Perelman as I was also living in a one bedroom apartment with a very small kitchen.  What I like most about Perelman’s recipes is that they are all made from scratch and not pretentious.  I dislike cookbooks that include unrealistic and expensive ingredients that you will only use once.  Perelman is not always about quick and easy, though, as her pizza, tarts, and pies are all made from scratch but totally worth the effort.  One recipe that I thought was a winner is her “Flat Roasted Chicken with Tiny Potatoes.”  This recipe requires you to cut out the backbone of a whole chicken in order to shorten the cook time.  It was delicious! I also enjoyed Perelman’s “Whole Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones.”  I wasn’t sure about adding whole milk ricotta to a scone recipe but was pleasantly surprised at how moist and yummy they turned out to be.  This cookbook is worth a try for those who want delicious, classic recipes that are sure to impress.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Approachable, Delectable (the recipes and photos), Practical

Give This a Try if You Like…  The Love and Lemons Cookbook, Julie and Julia, Thug Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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!

BookMyne: An App for Android & iOS

The BookMyne app makes it easy to access Fondulac District Library on-the-go! This free app can be downloaded for iOS and Android devices.

  • Search the library catalog
  • Manage your library account
  • Reserve books
  • Get recommendations
  • Scan an item’s barcode to check for available copies at the library
  • Find nearby libraries
  • And more!

For additional information about BookMyne, click here.

FDL Reads: Close to You

Cover image for Close to youClose to You by Kara Isaac

Reviewed by: Diane Soffietti, Adult Reference Services

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: Having an Oxford education and a love for Tolkien, a young woman is trying her best to put her life back together after falling for an English con man. In the tourism business for literary types who also love Tolkien, Allison Shire is certainly not looking for any kind of relationship, especially not with an American. But this American is trouble from the start, as he knows nothing about the Tolkien books or the movie settings in beautiful New Zealand. However, Jackson Gregory is trying to win over his uncle, who has signed the two of them up for Allison’s Tolkien tour, which includes exclusive behind the scenes adventures. Jackson also is not looking for any relationships, as he is focused on re-inventing a profitable business and repaying his parents and other investors from his last failed venture. That investment went up in smoke, because his girlfriend took his investment secrets to his competitor. Allison and Jackson are thrown together in some humorous situation and try their best not to like each other.

My Review: This is a humorous romance like many of the Hallmark or Lifetime channel movies. Complications and missed communications make the situations both characters get themselves into both funny and sad. The setting of New Zealand and the Tolkien tour is what drew me to this novel. But a knowledge of the works by Tolkien is not necessary to enjoy the book. Behind the scenes knowledge of the movie series is a wonderful aspect of the novel, however. The beauty of the locations and the goodness of the characters shine through and make the reader want a happy ending for Allison and Jackson.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Tolkien, literary-tourism, romance

Give This a Try if You Like…  Kristen Billerbeck, Deborah Moggach, Jean Ray, Maria Semple, Janice Thompson, Lisa Wingate, or Linda Windsor

Rating: 4/5

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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!

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: Six Scary Stories Selected and Introduced by Stephen King

30840523Six Scary Stories Selected and Introduced by Stephen King by Various

Reviewed by: Sylvia Shults, Circulation

Genre: Short Stories – Horror

Suggested Age: Adults

What is the book about?: This is a collection of horror short stories, the winners of a contest put on by King’s British publisher. (The contest was, write a short story, and Stephen King will judge it. Yowza!)

My Review: Well of course, any horror short story is going to get a second glance from me. And when those stories are suggested by the master himself? You bet I’m going to read them. I was not the least bit disappointed. These stories are perfect little gems of horror. A couple of them had me nodding — yep, that’s how I would have written it. They were all delicious slices of the macabre. My ONLY beef with the collection is that there were only six stories in it — perfect to while away a frigid winter afternoon, but I wanted more, more, more!

Three Words That Describe This Book: Quick, dark, intelligent

Give This a Try if You Like…  Well, the contest was to celebrate the release of King’s short story collection Bazaar of Bad Dreams, so you won’t go far wrong if you pick that one up too.

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!

Mobile Printing Now Available

Patrons can utilize the library’s mobile printing service to print remotely from smartphones, tablets, and computers and pick up their printouts at the library. There are three ways to utilize the library’s mobile printing service:

Visit a print release station at the library to retrieve your mobile print job. Print jobs will be available for 24 hours once they are submitted. If you need assistance, please see a library staff member.

Printing cost:

  • 10 cents each for black and white printouts (20 cents for double sided)
  • 25 cents each for color printouts (50 cents for double sided)

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!

East Peoria Chamber of Commerce Announces GED Preparation Class

The East Peoria Chamber of Commerce announces a GED Preparation class to be offered in East Peoria January 18-May 10, 2017.  This class is offered through collaboration among the East Peoria Chamber, the Fondulac District Library, and the Peoria Park District ELITE Program.

Individuals who wish to participate in the program must qualify through a Test of Basic Adult Education (TABE) at a 7th grade reading level or above.  Individuals must register and test in-person between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM on Wednesday, January 4 or Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Registration, testing, and the classes will be held in the East Peoria Civic Plaza adjacent to the Fondulac District Library and City Hall in East Peoria.  Individuals must attend one registration session and all class sessions to get the most out of the class.

Financial support provided for individuals taking this class will cover all of the costs of instruction, supplies, materials, practice tests, and certification tests.  Spaces are limited to qualified individuals and will be filled on a first-come, first-registered basis.

Questions can be directed to epged2017@gmail.com or (309) 431-1341. Download a PDF with important dates and information here.

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