New Exhibit on Display from Local Artist Daniel Botkin

Fondulac District Library announces a new exhibit from local artist Daniel Botkin as the latest installment for its ongoing Fine Arts at FDL program.

His mixed media series, Visions of Johanna: The Life and Lyrics of Bob Dylan, will be on display at the library through August. Botkin’s artwork portrays bold and vibrant interpretations of Bob Dylan’s songs, and features thoughtfully executed elements of surrealism. Botkin studied art at Illinois Central College and Illinois State University and graduated with a B.S. in Art. He has exhibited his work in galleries and juried competitions across the nation and has been the recipient of several awards and grants. He also has published three comic books, which are in the archives of the Graphic Novels Collection at Columbia University, and he has recorded three CDs of his music. To learn more about the exhibit, click here, and be sure to stop by the library to enjoy the artwork!

#FDL: Five Questions

Tom with one of his favorite comic book series, Locke and Key.

Welcome to #FDL’s feature column, Five Questions, where we ask library staff and other East Peoria residents roughly the same five questions. For our next Five Questions column, we’re interviewing Tom Armbruster, one of FDL’s custodians – helping make FDL a awesome place you want to come to. He’s also a Library Friends volunteer.

1. Who are you?

I am the son of A.J and Mary Ann, brother of Elizabeth and Christopher. Husband of Marie, Father of Chad. I am a bassist, the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” Master of the Universe, a pop culture consumer and (according to my mother) an unsung hero. “I’m trying really hard to be the shepherd.”

2. What is your favorite part of working at FDL?

I like seeing all the behind the scenes  prep work for the exciting programs that the library does. Like the giant SORRY! Board and the Garbage Masher for Star Wars Day. And getting to see all the new and donated books that come in for the main collection and the Friends book sale.

3. What are you reading/watching/listening to right now?

I’m reading Homeward Bound a Paul Simon biography by Peter Ames Carlin, Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners by Therese Oneill and Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop by Nick Offerman (Which is making me want to buy ALL THE TOOLS and make ALL THE THINGS.). I’m watching American Gods, Fargo, Better Call Saul, and recently became obsessed with Rick and Morty (Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!). I’m listening to “The West Wing Weekly” podcast from  Hrishikesh Hirway and Joshua Malina and a mix of “previously unreleased” tracks from Paul Simon on CD. (My car has a CD player.)

4. If you didn’t already have your dream job, what would you be doing?

The Dream Job for me would be to be a professional musician playing bass in a touring band. Don’t need to be a millionaire rockstar, but being onstage and playing music would be a blast.

5. Is there anyone in the DCU who would be able to pick up Thor’s hammer?

Wonder Woman (Marvel Vs. DC) and Superman (JLA/Avengers) both have, but I would also make the argument that Batman could because if Beta Ray Bill could wield it because if he just wanted to protect his people, then Batman, who wants to protect the people of Gotham City, could as well.

Interviewed by Carey Gibbons, 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: Salad Cookbooks

FDL Reads Special Edition! A message from Dawn Dickey, Reference Assistant:

It’s too hot to cook, so I’ve been checking out cookbooks. I mostly prefer cookbooks that have nutrition information for each recipe, plenty of photos, and ingredients that are relatively easy to find.-Dawn Dickey, Reference Assistant

Cover image for Cooking Light : big book of salads.Cooking Light Big Book of Salads

Shaun Chavis, ed. 288 pp.

The editors of Cooking Light know how to publish recipes that catch the eye of cooks and consumers. This well-rounded cookbook includes

  • Pictures with every salad recipe + nutritional analysis of each salad
  • Ingredient guides; “100 Calorie Salad Boosters” (like 1 Tablespoon crunchy Chinese noodles); and “Shout-out” sections for various ingredients, like couscous, mangoes, or artichokes
  • Try: Soba noodles with chicken and vegetables p. 123; Greek chicken and barley salad, p. 155

Three Words that Describe this Book:  colorful, helpful, mouth-watering

Give this a try if you like to try easy-to-make recipes that will likely please your palate!

Rating:  5/5 – top notch!!

 

Cover image for Tossed : 200 fast, fresh, and fabulous saladsTossed:  200 Fast, Fresh, and Fabulous Salads

by Jane Lawson. 432 pp.

This cookbook has an intriguing title, but for me, the intrigue stopped there. I think the cookbook tries to be trendy but falls short on practicality. For example, the “poolside” section has a recipe for “marinated baby octopus salad,” not something I’m going to take to the pool any time soon – ditto for recipes asking for quail eggs and smoked trout. Not all the recipes have photos, and the text, interspersed with extra-large words, is annoying. And there is no nutrition information for the recipes – an essential for me. Interesting recipes to try:  chicken with mixed rice, golden raisins, and cashews (p. 254) or Thai-style chicken salad (p. 329).

Three Words that Describe this Book:  trendy suburban eats

Give this a try if you don’t mind slogging through uninspiring text/font to find some interesting recipes.

Rating:  3 out of 5 because of the annoying things & lack of nutrition information

 

Cover image for Salad as a meal : healthy main-dish salads for every seasonSalad as a Meal: Healthy Main-Dish Salads for Every Season

by Patricia Wells. 360 pp.

The title of this book is a bit misleading. The author writes:  “In my own personal definition, a salad as a meal does not need to include lettuce or greens; it can simply be a light and refreshing salad-related entity.” This runs counter to my own definition of “salad” and means that the cookbook contains many types of main dishes. The recipes reflect the author’s location in southern France. For a Midwesterner in the U.S., this poses a challenge in locating ingredients such as fresh mackerel or mussels or buffalo-milk ricotta cheese. There is no nutrition information, and, although there are photos, the photos are often artful garden photos and not photos of the actual dishes. Try:  Provence on a Plate (p.92).

Three Words that Describe this Book:  fresh, flavorful, unique

Give this a try if you like … cooking with a French flair, especially seafood

Rating:  3 out of 5 for interesting recipes but lacking in practicality

#FDL: Get Ready for the Game of Thrones Premiere

Winter is here and the battle for the throne of Westeros is upon us.  Fans have had to wait an extra three months for season 7 of the popular series to begin this year and the anticipation is at its highest ever.  Now, along with spoilers about the new season, the long awaited sixth book in the series is rumored to be completed by author George R.R. Martin. But, fans are still skeptical as the author is known for taking his time (six years) to write this sequel.

If you are new to the series and are interested in getting caught up on the show, the library owns copies of all six seasons. They are popular right now, but we can always place a hold in our system and get a copy for you from another library if ours is checked out. We will let you know as your items are available.

Fondulac District Library has the entire Song of Ice and Fire series if you’re interested in reading the books. We also have the novels in CD book format or available on streaming audio via one of our downloadable apps. Who knows, you may even get through the entire five novels before the sixth one actually comes out.   The events of the show have surpassed what has happened in the books at the conclusion of season 5 and very beginning of season 6.   It can be confusing as well as intriguing to follow both the show and books, as certain characters who have been killed in the show are still alive in the books.  Also, entire subplots and characters have been eliminated in the show or manipulated into new story lines.

For further reading, those interested in the history of Westeros may enjoy  The World of Ice and Fire, a beautifully illustrated companion book to the series that offers a detailed history of the Seven Kingdoms and the world beyond.

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: Instructional DVDs

#FDL: Instructional DVDs

Did you know that FDL has instructional DVDs? I briefly thought about creating a video message about our instructional DVDs, but figured I would stick to writing. But we do have a wide variety of instructional DVDs. I know we’re in the digital age and you can learn a lot of things YouTube, but professionally made instructional DVDs will most likely have a higher quality production value, and can be viewed if you do not have access to the internet at home. FDL has instructional DVDs on a number of things, all located in the Special section of our DVD collection, but here are a few specific selections:

Simple Steps to a Greener Home: Produced by GAIAM, Simple Steps features eco-friendly living guru Danny Seo. Seo provides viewers with a green living guide to everything from remodeling to recycling and and shows that sustainability can also be done in style.

Homestead Blessings: The Art of Gardening: This is one of many Homestead Blessings instructional DVDs and takes us out of the home and into the garden. This guide covers a number of gardening styles, from the small container garden to the multi-acre vegetable garden. It also covers gardening for both food and aesthetics and has information for gardening beginners and the “seasoned” professional.

Learn to See, Learn to Draw: In this DVD, Larry Withers teaches viewers not only how to draw, but how to look at life as an artist in order to better learn how to draw. Withers looks at drawing as a skill and helps viewers to see that once they understand their subject matter, drawing becomes much easier.

30 Minute Yoga for Weight Loss: This is another DVD produced by GAIAM, and features yoga instructor Suzanne Deason. While this DVD says that this is yoga specifically for weight loss, it serves as a great beginner’s guide for people of any body type who want to try yoga for the first time.

Anyone Can Play Guitar: Have you always wanted to learn guitar? This helpful DVD will help you learn with no previous music knowledge on your part. The lessons were developed and the DVD hosted by Vern Juran, who has years of experience in teaching private and group guitar lessons.

These are just a few of the instructional DVDs we have at FDL. Feel free to come by and browse our entire selection!

Post by: Carey Gibbons, 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: Donner Dinner Party

Cover image for Donner dinner partyDonner Dinner Party (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) by Nathan Hale

Reviewed by: Sylvia Shults, Circulation

Genre: Historical Fiction (Graphic Novel)

Suggested Age: Tweens, Teens

What is the book about?: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales is a graphic novel series that describes events from history in a way that makes them easy to understand and very, very entertaining. It helps that the author chooses stories that really have the potential to hold an audience’s interest … things like the Donner party tragedy. You say history is boring? Not when Nathan Hale is here to tell those hazardous tales! The secret is that there are two Nathan Hales. Nathan Hale the Revolutionary spy tells the stories, while Nathan Hale the author writes them all down.

My Review: This is some seriously entertaining stuff about some serious subjects. The point of this series is that Nathan Hale, a spy hanged during the American Revolution, puts off his execution, Scheherezade-style, by telling the hangman and the British officer in charge of the hanging tales from American history. It’s a macabre premise for a series, but boy does it work. And the stories Hale shares border on the macabre too. I started off with Donner Dinner Party, curious to see how this could possibly be in any way funny. Hale (both the storyteller and the author) does manage it. Other stories include Harriet Tubman’s story (not macabre but intense), the Battle of the Alamo, and the First World War (Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood).

Three Words That Describe This Book: Funny, informative, thrilling

Give This a Try if You Like… History and/or graphic novels.

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!

Join Our TeamThe library is now accepting applications for a part-time Youth Services Assistant position and a part-time IT Assistant position. Please visit https://www.fondulaclibrary.org/about-us/jobs for more information.

Check Out Puzzles at the Library

Jigsaw puzzles are a fun and relaxing activity to enjoy by yourself or with friends and family. Fondulac District Library offers a variety of puzzles for checkout.

  • Choose from puzzles with 500 or more pieces.
  • Puzzles may be checked out for a one week period and can be renewed one time.
  • A patron may check out up to two puzzles at one time.
  • Puzzles must be checked out and returned at the second floor Information Desk.

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

 

#FDL: Where to Find Your Next Great Read

The next time you are looking for a new book, try one of these websites that many librarians love.

Goodreads  Goodreads is a large community of readers and authors. It’s full of book recommendations and reviews.   As a reader myself, I use Goodreads to keep track of the books I have read and want to read.  I no longer make paper reading lists that go missing or get buried in my bag.  I also love reading book reviews on the site.  I’ve never written one myself, but many members enjoy doing this.  Goodreads is also a space where you can connect with friends, join an online bookclub, or get book recommendations based on your reading preferences. It also has a handy app that can be downloaded to a smartphone.

LibraryThing is an online community that can help you to catalog your own book collection.  Just enter title, author, or ISBN information and start a collection.   You can import book information from multiple sources.  A free account allows you to add 200 books, while a paid subscription gives you an unlimited number. It is also a social space where you can find book reviews and other people who have similar tastes in reading.

KDL This database is a librarian’s secret weapon when it comes to knowing what books are in a particular series and their reading order.  A search can be done by author, series name, or title in the series.  KDL is very frequently updated to reflect the most current publications within a particular series, which is a big plus for this database.  You can also print books lists from printer-friendly links provided.

 

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.

 

 

 

Introducing the Libby App

Libby is a new app that allows you to access FDL’s eBook and audiobook collection from Alliance Digital Media (via Overdrive). The Libby app offers numerous features and a seamless, user-friendly design. Learn more and download the app for Android, Apple, or Windows 10 here.

Help and support for the app is available at https://help.libbyapp.com and via the Tips & Secrets option in the app’s menu. Additionally, you can access information for getting started with the app here.

Will the Libby app replace the OverDrive app?
No. If you’re a current user of the OverDrive app and love using it, please keep doing so. Whether you’re a new user or a current OverDrive app user interested in a new reading experience, give Libby a try.

Can a user use both the OverDrive app and Libby at the same time?
Yes, but it is recommended to use one or the other for the best experience because the apps are not fully synced.

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

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