Wi-Fi Hotspots are Available for Checkout

The library is now lending wi-fi hotspots! Hotspots allow patrons to borrow free, mobile Internet access for use at home or while traveling. Featuring a compact and lightweight design, these devices have a robust battery life and allow connection of multiple devices to the Internet. A generous donation from the Friends of FDL during the annual Friends of Libraries week covers the first year of this pilot project. The library’s collection includes 10 wi-fi hotspots for patron use.

These devices may be checked out for a two week period, and there is a limit of one device per adult cardholder. Additional information is available here. Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

3D Printing at the Library

3D printing is the process of making a three dimensional object from a digital file. The object is created by laying down successive layers of plastic filament. Patrons can submit a design and have it printed for only $2! Learn more about the library’s 3D printing service here.

New to 3D printing? The library is offering a workshop for designing a 3D printed nameplate on Wednesday, February 7, at 6 p.m. Click here for additional information or to register.

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

FDL Reads: 5 Minute Facial Workout

Cover image for 5 Minute Facial Workout by Catherine Pez

Reviewed by: Jessica Reeves, Reference Specialist

Genre: Face Workout (it’s a genre now)

Suggested Age: Everyone

Today we’re posting FDL’s first video book review ever! Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/8c6CzgjavNA

 

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: Winnie the Pooh Day

January 18th is “Winnie the Pooh Day” in honor of A.A. Milne’s birthday.  Milne was inspired to write the famous stories by his son’s collection of stuffed animals.  The stories of Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and Piglet all came to life in order entertain the real  Christopher Robin.

Milne was born in London in 1882. He did not start his writing career with stories for children, though.  In fact, he went to Cambridge to study math.  He ended up becoming more interested in writing and after graduation, got a job creating humorous pieces for a magazine.  After serving in World War I, Milne wrote a couple plays and some poetry.  It was not until after his son was born in 1920 that he began to write for children.  Winnie-the-Pooh  was written in 1926 followed by The House at Pooh Corner in 1928.

After his death in 1956, Milne left an enduring legacy  in literary history.  His timeless stories have touched the hearts of children all over the world.  Today you can see the real Pooh, Piglet, and friends at the New York Public Library.

The film, Goodbye Christopher Robinwas just out in theaters this past October.  It tells the story of A.A Milne’s relationship with his son, Christopher Robin, who inspired the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh.   The photo at the right shoes Milne, Christopher Robin, and the real Pooh bear in 1926.

Check out films and other children’s books inspired by the original Winnie the Pooh stories here at our library.

 

 

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.

GED Preparation Class, Spring 2018

Fondulac District Library is pleased to announce it has again partnered with the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce and the City of East Peoria to offer a free GED preparation class in spring 2018. The class, materials, and required tests will be FREE to qualified participants. Individuals must meet participation requirements to earn free GED test vouchers.

Required registration and testing will be held Thursday, February 15 OR Thursday, February 22, 2018. Individuals interested in the classes must register and take the eligibility tests on one of the two dates being offered. Register in-person between 5:30 and 5:50.  Testing begins each night promptly at 5:50 PM.

Because this is a shortened preparation class, participation in the class will be limited to individuals who test at a 7th grade reading level or above.

Classes will be held Thursdays, March 1 through May 24, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Class will not meet Thursday, March 29.

Classes are held in the Civic Plaza adjacent to the library and city hall in East Peoria.  Check in at the library desk for directions or information.

Students must attend all class sessions to get the most from this program.

Please contact epged2017@gmail.com or (309) 431-1341 with questions.

Harry Potter Read-Alikes

If you liked Harry Potter, try…

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Princess Celie loves living in Castle Glower, and she especially loves Tuesdays, the day that a new room, turret, or wing magically appears! No one can guess what the castle will do next, and Celie is the only one who takes the time to map the new additions. When King and Queen Glower are ambushed and foreign interlopers appear to try to claim the kingdom, Celie’s intimate knowledge of the castle will be key to protecting herself, her family, and her people. Celie’s unique friendship with the magical castle provides fodder for all sorts of fun adventures in this charming story!

 

 

 

 

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among the greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. But when the rules get broken, powerful forces are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and maybe even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most…

 

 

 

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The king’s priests have prophesied that one girl from Miri’s village will be the future princess of the realm, so the king’s ministers set up an academy for every girl in the village to teach all of them how to be a proper princess, in case the prince selects them at the end of the year. The possibility of a life of nobility unleashes vicious competition between former friends, but the would-be princesses have bigger problems: a group of bandits who set out to storm the academy and kidnap the future princess. Miri will have to use her unexpected new-found powers — and unite the competing girls — to save them all.

 

 

 

 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

People in town think Meg is a loose cannon, her brother Charles Wallace is dumb, and her father ran off and left their scientist mother — but Meg doesn’t believe a word of any of it. So when an unexpected stranger appears in their kitchen and tells Meg about a tesseract — the “wrinkle in time” which her father was researching for the government — Meg decides to set off through space and time to find him. Her adventures with Charles Wallace and neighbor Calvin will require all of their strengths to accomplish!

 

FDL Reads: Shadow and Bone

Cover image for Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Reviewed by: Joscelyn Lockwood, Youth Services Assistant

Genre: Fantasy

Suggested Age: Teens, Adults

What is the book about?: Alina Sarkova is an orphan, raised in the household of a Duke known for taking on charity cases. Drafted into the army with her childhood best friend Mal, a dormant power reveals itself to save his life… and change Alina’s forever. She’s swept away to the capital, to be trained as a Grisha under the enigmatic Darkling. The Grisha are treated as a Second Army in Ravka, using their magic, often referred to as “small science” to provide support to the First Army. Attacked on all fronts, the nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold. A strange, almost living swatch of darkness filled with monsters and crossed only by the bravest, or most foolhardy, people. But Ravka, its ruling family, and its people, will soon find out that they have more to worry about than just the Fold.

My Review: Admittedly, what hooked me into this book was the description of magic and the Grishas. What kept me reading? Wanting to know how it would end. There were some annoying inconsistencies, and most of the time, I couldn’t stand Alina or the superficial Grisha.  But I ended up caring about other characters in the story, especially as I got into the second and third books. Overall, it was enjoyable but a bit unremarkable in the ever-growing field of YA books available.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Decent, Enjoyable, a Bit Predictable

Give This a Try if You Like… Quick reads, happily ever after.

Rating: 3/5

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: Getting the Movie Treatment in 2018

These are a few of the most anticipated book adaptations coming to theaters in 2018.

A Wrinkle in Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

This classic tale will be in theaters March 9, 2018. Disney has adapted Madeleine L’Engle’s novel to star Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit and Oprah as Mrs. Which.   A Wrinkle in Time follows the story of Meg Wallace and her brother Charles as they journey across the universe to find their missing father.

Ready Player One

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the year 2045, Wade Watts is a teenager who spends his time trying to escape Earth’s ruined environment by playing a virtual reality game called OASIS. When he discovers an opportunity to solve a virtual puzzle in order win the ultimate prize, Wade finds himself in a race with other competitors who are willing to kill to win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Death Cure is the final installment in original Maze Runner trilogy to get the movie treatment.  After surviving the Scorch, Thomas and the Gladers are put to the ultimate test against WICKED.

Annihilation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Portman stars as biologist who joins a team of experts tasked with exploring Area X, an area of land that has been cut off from humans for many years.  Previous expeditions by other researchers have resulted in mass suicide, developing cancer, or severe PTSD. This time the team has a chance to observe many anomalies, including life forms that are beyond belief.

 

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 Reads: Took: A Ghost Story

Cover image for Took: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn 

Reviewed by: Elizabeth Anderson, Communications Specialist

Genre: Horror

Suggested Age: Tweens, Teens

What is the book about?: Daniel and his family relocate to a ramshackle house in a new town after his father loses his job in the economic recession. Life is miserable for the entire family. The inhabitants of the small town see them as outsiders and Dan’s parents are working unhappily at their new jobs. Dan watches them slip into depression and bad habits, and his sister, Erica, begins to behave the most strangely of all. When she disappears, Dan realizes that the townspeople’s talk about the legendary “Old Auntie” taking a girl and keeping her as a slave for 50 years isn’t a farfetched legend after all. Determined to rescue his sister, he summons all of his courage to face the witch and her monstrous minion – before it’s too late.

My Review: One of the things that I appreciated the most about this book was that it implemented elements of a folktale into a modern story with seamless ease. Took presents the disturbing manifestation of a legend in a real world setting. The story features both the realistic elements of a missing child, with police searches and interrogations, as well as the supernatural chills of someone being kidnapped by an otherworldly entity. Hahn delivers a fast paced story with no shortage of immersive sensory details and light touches of tactful humor in her characters’ observations and personalities.

Three Words That Describe This Book: Folktales, Family, Witchcraft

Give This a Try if You Like… Ghost stories by Dan Poblocki, such as The Ghost of Graylock, “The Books of Elsewhere” series by Jacqueline West, or Coraline, by Neil Gaiman.

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: Tax Season is Coming

Helpful Tax Information from FDL

I know it’s only January, but for a lot of people, tax season has already started. FDL has been getting calls about tax forms and tax help since December – you guys are on the ball. Here are some helpful pointers for you about how the library can (and cannot) help during tax season.

  • For the first time in several years, AARP is setting up appointments at FDL to offer free tax help. You do not have to be an FDL card holder to use this service. However, you do have to call and schedule an appointment as they do not take walk ins. Starting at 9am on January 16th, you can call 309-699-3917 and press 2 for Adult Services to set up your appointment.
  • Appointments go up until April 15th but they will fill up faster than you can blink. If you want an appointment, call on the 16th.
  • Remember that tax help at the library is provided by CPAs through AARP. The librarians at FDL legally cannot give tax help or advice. However, we can print tax forms for you and help you find resources to get tax help.
  • FDL (and other libraries in the area) get a certain number and type of tax forms from the federal government. Those forms don’t always get sent right away and some of them run out fast. If you need a form that we haven’t gotten, librarians at the upstairs information desk can print them for you at 10 cents per page.
  • The closer we get to April 15th, the more our computers will fill up with people doing their taxes. If you come to FDL to do your taxes on the computer, tell the staff at the information desk that you may need your computer time extended. We will be happy to do this for you. Also, please be very aware of our closing times and computer shut down times. Computers shut down at 8:45pm Monday through Thursday, 5:45pm on Friday, and 4:45pm Saturday and Sunday. Make sure you have enough time to do your taxes. Once the computers shut off for the night, staff cannot turn them back on.
  • If you have questions – please ask. I know, I said up top that we legally cannot offer tax help or advice and this is true, but we can help guide you to people and organizations who can help.

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.

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