Fall Newsletter Available

FDL Fall Newsletter Front PageThe 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. Read all about the great events, programs, and services from FDL. Can you believe the library is celebrating the new building’s first birthday? We hope you’ll join us November 2 to celebrate! We’ve got something for everyone this fall, including new clubs, author events, a visit from an Emmy-winning broadcaster, contests, workshops, movies, and so much more!

FDL Reads: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

Reviewed by: Diane Soffietti, Reference Assistant

Genre: Contemporary Inspirational

Suggested Age: Adult

What is the book about?: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good has Father Tim making life decisions about his Episcopal Church parish and his town. He is retired and diabetic, but still is surrounded by his family and quirky friends

My review:  Jan Karon has written another novel in her well-known Mitford series. This has Father Tim and wife Cynthia back from their travels and with all of their friends and some new ones in Mitford. This title, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good is the tenth book of the Mitford series, which began in 1996. Karon has also written two holiday books, as well as two that take Father Tim away from Mitford and his parish. Therefore, the characters are loved by many fans that have read stories of the Episcopal priest Father Tim Cavanaugh and his life in the small town of Mitford, North Carolina.

Jan Karon has enjoyed success as a New York Times bestselling author after a previous career in advertising. In an interview, she explained that she was lead to write this series by God. She believes He has had a hand in her writings.

I have enjoyed reading about old friends and characters and how they have changed and stayed the same in the small mountain community. Travel with Father Tim and Cynthia to the cozy streets of Mitford, North Carolina.

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 Tuesday 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!

 

Illini Legend Coming to FDL

Stephen BardoStephen Bardo, Emmy-winning television college basketball analyst (Big Ten Network, Fox Sports 1) and member the University of Illinois 1989 men’s basketball team that reached the Final Four, will discuss his book about the team and participate in a question and answer session at 7 p.m., Monday, October 6, at Fondulac District Library in East Peoria. Copies of his book, The Flyin’ Illini – The Untold Story of One of College Basketballs’ Elite Teams, will be for sale, and the event will conclude with a book signing.

An all-state point guard during his junior and senior years at Carbondale (Illinois) Community High School, Bardo served as the University of Illinois’ starting point guard for all four years of his college career and helped the Fighting Illini reach the NCAA Tournament each season. During his career, he was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and was a two-time all-conference team member. In 1989, his team, nicknamed the “Flyin’ Illini,” reached the Final Four.

Upon graduating from the University of Illinois, Bardo was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1990 NBA Draft. He went on to have a 10-year career with stops in the NBA, CBA, and overseas in France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Venezuela. Right after the draft, Bardo played in the CBA, leading the Quad City Thunder to Game 7 of the CBA Championship. In the NBA, he had stints with the Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, and San Antonio Spurs.

Bardo began his broadcasting career as the color analyst for the Illini radio network, covering the University of Illinois men’s basketball team during the 2000-2001 season. In 2002, he joined CBS 2 Chicago as a sports reporter covering all professional, collegiate, and high school sports in the Chicago-land area. His work at CBS 2 Chicago included an Emmy for his reporting on the Chicago Marathon. In 2005, Bardo joined CBS Sports as a college basketball color analyst during the first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

In July 2005, Stephen joined ESPN as a national college basketball analyst and frequently contributed to the morning debate show First Take on ESPN2. Last season, Bardo joined the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports 1 as a college basketball analyst. Additionally, he works as a motivational speaker and authored the book How to Make the League without Picking up the Rock.

FDL Reads: The Martian

The Martian by Andy WeirThe Martian by Andy Weir

Reviewed by: Sylvia Shults, Circulation Assistant

Genre: Science Fiction

Suggested Age: Adult

What is the book about?: This book could easily be described as “Robinson Crusoe on Mars”, but it’s so much more than that. The hero, one of the astronauts on a six-person mission to Mars, gets left behind on the Red Planet during a ferocious dust storm. His crewmates, thinking Mark is dead, have no choice but to leave without him. When he wakes up, he finds himself a very, very, very long way from home. Luckily, the crew had left behind a survival module, and there is another module several hundred kilometers away — the landing base for the next Mars mission, due to arrive at the planet in four years. So if Mark can stay alive that long … he just might make it home.

My review:  I hugely enjoyed this book. The science was just complex enough to make me feel smart reading it, but not at all overwhelming. Mark is the perfect hero: he faces unimaginable odds, but he finds a way to survive, and he’s got a great sense of humor while doing it. I really recommend this to anyone, not just people who normally read science fiction.

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 Tuesday 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!

 

Edible Book Contest

Edible Book ContestLike to read and play with your food? Create an edible book! “Books” will be displayed and photographed September 13. Call 699-3917 by September 6 to reserve your space.

Links to edible book ideas
http://www.pinterest.com/texasdogmom/library-edible-books/
http://www.pinterest.com/nanlynsto/edible-book-festival-ideas/

About challenged or banned books
What does it mean for a book to be challenged or banned? A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.

Top 10 by year
100 Most challenged books from 1990 – 1999
Most challenged books from 2000 – 2009

Edible Book Contest Rules
1. Each food creation must be at least 95% edible. Edible means made of food or foodstuffs. This can mean anything from candy to vegetables.
2. Entries must be inspired by a banned/challenged book, literary figure, or book character.
3. The base can be no larger than 24 x 24 inches. Edible books will not be refrigerated. Creations must survive at room temperature for at least two hours.
4. All entries will be photographed and photographs will be displayed for voting in the adult reference area. By entering this contest the creator of the edible book is giving the library permission to photograph and publish information on the creation and its creator on the library’s website, in library publications such as the newsletter, and other community publications of the library’s choosing such as the local newspaper as well as promotional materials by co-sponsoring organizations.
5. Fondulac District Library reserves the right to reject any entry that is unsuitable for the festival. (Please do not submit entries in poor taste).
6. Each entry will be judged on the following criteria: (a) Originality and Creativity; (b) Skill and Construction; (c) Visual Appeal; and (d) tie-in with the literary work being depicted.
7. Categories will be as follows: Adult (18 and older), Young Adult (12 – 18) Child, (12 and under).
8. A winner in each category will be selected by library patrons and staff. An overall Judges Choice winner will be selected by members of the Library Board of Trustees.
9. Judging will be determined by the number of votes a work receives from those viewing the displays live, or by their picture as posted in the adult reference area.
10. Voting will continue from September 13 at 3 p.m. to September 19 at 6 p.m.
11. All Decisions will be final.
12. Entry is free and open to all ages, public and staff.
13. Entries can be by an individual or a group.
14. All entries must be dropped off between 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. on September 13, 2014 and the contestant is asked to remain with the entry until close of floor display at 4:00 p.m.
15. Winners will be announced September 20, 2014.

FDL Reads: The Magicians Trilogy

The Magicians Trilogy (The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land) by Lev Grossman

Reviewed by: Carey Gibbons, Reference Assistant

Genre: Fantasy(ish)

Suggested Age: Definitely Adult

What is the book about?: It’s hard to talk about one of these books without talking about all of them. I will do my best to avoid spoilers. This trilogy is about Quentin Coldwater, a regular kid in Brooklyn who happens to also be a genius. His senior year of high school, he gets invited to test into Brakebills, a secret college that teaches magic. Real magic. Quentin is obsessed with the idea of a magical “other” land. He thinks he’s found it at Brakebills, until he actually does find the kingdom of Fillory (a stand-in for Narnia). The Magicians is largely Quentin’s journey. The Magician King focuses on Julia, Quentin’s high school friend who did not get into Brakebills and had to learn magic on the streets. The Magician’s Land goes where few fantasy series dare to tread: adulthood. It explores what life is like for the magical adventurer after the fun and games are over.

My review:  These books have been called “Harry Potter for adults,” but I think that does a disservice to both series. First, Harry Potter is already for adults. It’s for everyone! Second, the Magicians trilogy is so vastly different in so many ways. There’s a magical school, but it’s definitely not Hogwarts. Grossman breaks the fourth wall on a number of occasions with Harry Potter references. Where Harry is your typical Chosen One, Quentin is the anti-Chosen One. Quentin is a jerk. He whines. He drinks too much. He hides from danger. He cheats on his girlfriend. He gets everything he wants without much effort, and for a while, it doesn’t seem like he learns much of anything about life. A lot of readers really hate Quentin, and I don’t blame them. I kind of hate him, too, but this is one of those few stories where the narrative trumps the characters involved. I hate Quentin, but he’s real. If we weren’t him at that age, we knew someone like him. Quentin’s journey is only epic on the surface – it’s actually very insular. Yeah, this book is full of magic and swords and talking sloths and clockwork boats, but it’s about the journey into adulthood. And really, that journey is hard enough without also being asked to save the world.

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 Tuesday 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!

 

Thank You Sponsors!

Fondulac District Library recently completed another successful summer reading program.   We would like to thank the following businesses and civic organizations.  Their generous support allowed Fondulac District Library the ability to give the community the best reading program possible.  Thank you for helping us promote the love of reading!

  •  A&W/Long John Silvers
  •  Applebee’s
  •  Avanti’s Ristorante
  •  Barnes & Noble
  •  Bob’s Dairy Dream
  •  Buffalo Wild Wings
  •  Caterpillar Visitor Center
  •  CEFCU
  •  Chili’s
  •  Culver’s
  •  Family Video
  •  Firehouse Pizza
  •  Fon Du Lac Park District
  •  Fondulac  Banking Center
  •  Friends of Fondulac Library
  •  Great Clips
  •  Heritage Bank Of Central Illinois
  •  Kiwanis Club of East Peoria
  •  Kreiling  Roofing Co.
  •  Liberty  Termite & Pest Control
  •  McDonald’s
  •  Monical’s Pizza
  •  Papa John’s
  •  Peoria Chiefs
  •  Peoria Riverfront Museum
  •  Peoria Rivermen
  •  Peoria Symphony Orchestra
  •  Rotary Club of East Peoria
  •  Smoothie King
  •  State Farm Insurance-Karen McClelland
  •  Stewart Radio
  •  Taco Bell
  •  Taco John’s
  •  Tanner’s Orchard
  •  Target
  •  Texas Road House
  •  Walmart
  •  Wheels of Time Museum

FDL Reads: Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral

Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish

Reviewed by: Joan Herron, Reference Assistant

Genre: Fiction

Suggested Age: Adult

What is the book about?: After Annie’s death, her good friend Katherine receives a mysterious UPS package. The letter inside explains that Annie is sending her ashes packed in her favorite red tennis shoes, along with detailed instructions for what is to follow. As Annie’s son is quoted in her obituary: “Mom’s gone, but believe me, she is not done – not done at all.” Katherine and four other women are asked to embark on a “traveling funeral” of sorts, and along the way they learn much more about Annie, themselves, and each other.

My review:  Have you ever thought much about what you want your friends to remember about you, or learn in the process? While we tend to avoid any thoughts of our own demise, it is intriguing to experience this somewhat painlessly following Annie’s journey. Relationships are so important to all of us, and even when we lose someone close, there are lessons to be learned and a future to be experienced. Each chapter of the book is concentrates on a different friend’s story, and the reader feels like a part of the trip. Where would you fit in? How would you handle each situation? To complicate all the feelings evoked on the trip, Annie has included an audio tape to be played at each location. Imagine hearing your departed friend’s voice after the fact. The friends’ additions to “the funeral book” give us insight to the development of their own stories and their combined story. As Marie says, “these women are a jumble of fineness.”  Along the reading path, we all find books that never grow old and deserve to be revisited.  Annie Freeman is one such volume.  I dare you to join the traveling funeral!

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 Tuesday 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: mental_floss

mental_floss magazine

Reviewed by: Genna Buhr, Public Services Manager

Genre: Entertaining and Educational Facts

Suggested Age: Adult (but most content is appropriate for high schoolers, too)

What is the book about?: First up, mental_floss is a magazine, not a book. As a magazine, it offers articles – both long and short – on a seemingly endless variety of topics presented in entertaining and often humorous ways. Currently published 9 times each year, it covers science, the arts, entertainment, literature, health, language, history, and other mysteries with the approach of answering questions you’ve always had…or didn’t even know you had!  Here’s a sneak peak at some of its more recent stories:

  • “The White Whale” – Moby-Dick made Melville a legend – and sank his career.
  • “Miracle on ice” – Scientists scale glaciers to study miniscule and elusive ice worms.
  • “13 secrets of ice cream science” – Get the inside scoop (ha!) from one of Ben & Jerry’s elite food scientists.
  • “The Barnum of Baseball” – Charlie Finley had some doozies when it came to ideas for bettering baseball.
  • “Inside Star City” – Once a top-secret military base, this remote Russian campus has become a playground for space-bound billionaires.
  • “Hop to it! Who invented India Pale Ale?” – Hint: It wasn’t an Indian.

My review: As far as magazine’s go, mental_floss is my fave. As a non-fiction reader and trivia lover, it’s perfect. As someone who doesn’t get to read as much grown-up stuff as she likes, it’s perfect. It’s interesting, it’s funny, and it’s quick. It gets me thinking, without making me snore. They used to have a slogan – “Where Knowledge Junkies Get Their Fix,” and they’ve moved on to “Feel Smart Again!” If you’re a sucker for BuzzFeed type lists, but want some with a little more heft, check out their website at mentalfloss.com. They also publish great compendium books that are easy to pick up and put down as needed; FDL owns many you can borrow.  Speaking of borrowing, FDL not only subscribes to the print magazine, but also offers the digital version of the print magazine through the library’s Zinio downloadable magazine service. (If you need help getting started with Zinio, click the link at the top of the Zinio page or stop by the library with your device.)

Heads up: Beware of their website…it can be somewhat addicting! (At least with the magazine, there’s an end.)

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 Tuesday 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: Dad is Fat

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Reviewed by: Amy Falasz-Peterson, Library Director

Genre: Memoir

Suggested Age: Adult

What is the book about?: Jim Gaffigan is a well-known “Hot Pockets” loving comedian. He also happens to be the father of five children.  This book is written as a love letter to his wife and details their adventures in parenting five small children. In a two bedroom walk up in New York.

My review: I personally find Jim Gaffigan to be rather entertaining.  He was on one of my favorite short lived TBS comedies, My Boys.  As the mother to only two young people, I enjoy reading about other people’s parenting experiences.  And, the funnier the better!  It’s a really quick read but rather uplifting!

Heads up: You will snort with laughter.

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 Tuesday 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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