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#FDL: Visiting Author

Dr. Devin Murphy will visit the library on Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m.  Dr. Murphy is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University.  He will read a few passages and discuss The Boat Runner, his debut novel, during this special program.

Murphy’s book is a work of historical fiction and follows the story of Jacob, a Dutch boy, during World War II.  Dr. Murphy was kind enough to answer a few questions about himself and his novel.

 

1. What inspired you to become a writer?

When I was 12 I loved soccer and my dad bought me a book of poems about sports, edited by George Plimpton. In that book I read a poem about Pele, the Brazilian soccer legend. There was a line about him being so good at this game that if you passed him the sun, he would cage it in the back of the net. That image stunned me. It was an awakening to metaphor, the possibility of language, and that it was important to look for beauty in the world. After that, language and reading became my new love.

2. What are your favorite books/authors?

I tend to love the last book I read the most. I guess it is because I’m still excited by language and stories that they all feel fresh and new to me. Recently I’ve been reading everything by Michael Ondaatje, Willy Vlautin, Simon Van Booy, Rebecca Makkai, and Zadie Smith.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?

My mother’s father was an engineer in the Netherlands who had to go into hiding during WWII. I never met him, but his story was so interesting it wound up finding its way into my writing and got me started on this book.

4. What research was required to write this novel?

I had to go out and learn everything about WWII I could find before even starting. I spent almost a year listening to WWII history courses on tape in my car so I would not waste commute time. I visited every library near me and pulled books from the shelves for years. I actively hunted for those opportunities to make my story more authentic, always looking for moments Jacob could come alive in. It was a lot of fun to expose myself to so much.

5. How do you balance your position as a professor with also being a writer?

Those two roles blend seamlessly together. I struggle with my writing. Then I tell my students where and how I succeeded and failed. Their excitement for learning is contagious and I take that energy back to my writing feeling rejuvenated.

6. What are you working on now? What’s next for you?

My next book is called, Tiny Americans, and it will be published by Harper Collins in early 2019. I’ve been at work on another historical novel as well as planning future novels. So I’m keeping busy as I love what I do.

Visit Devin Murphy’s website here.

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: Adult Winter Reading

 

Most people know about FDL’s Summer Reading program, but many do not realize that there is also a Winter Reading Program that we have each year.  The program runs until February 28, 2018 and is open to all patrons who are 18 or older.  Complete the program by filling out a simple log booklet with your reading and program attendance. When turned in, the reading log goes into a drawing for a grand prize.  Log books are upstairs in the Adult Services Department. Books, magazines, audiobooks, or library programs count towards completing the log book. Choose one of the following combinations:

-Read/listen to 4 books

-Read/listen to 3 books + 5 magazines

-Read/listen to 3 books +attend 1 adult program

-Read/listen to 2 books + 5 magazines + attend 1 adult program

Reading material must be checked out from Fondulac District Library. Ebooks and audiobooks downloaded from our library’s digital collection also count towards program completion.

Many patrons fill out more that one log book and that’s totally fine! We love the fact that you like reading, and turning in more than one log book will increase your chances of winning the grand prize.

There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book during these cold, winter months. Stop by the library to find a great read and grab a Winter Reading log while you’re here.

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.

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.

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.

1KB4K (1000 Books Before Kindergarten)

1KB4K is an early literacy program designed to promote reading to babies, infants, and toddlers with the goal of having 1,000 books read before Kindergarten.

Getting Started:

  • Register in the Youth Services Department to receive a progress chart to track the first 100 books read to the child.
  • Once the chart is complete, return it to the library for a free book and the next progress chart.
  • A certificate of achievement, book, and book bag will be awarded when the goal of reading 1000 books is met!

For more information, visit or call the library at 309.699.3917 ext, 1291.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance at the Library

Fondulac District Library is offering tax preparation assistance through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. This free service is available to all, regardless of age, income, or residency. AARP membership is not required.

The service will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday mornings starting February 1 through April 12. Appointments for this assistance are required, and registration begins on January 16. Registration will remain open until all available appointments are filled. To make an appointment, visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 ext. 2251 or 2252. An appointment must be made for each return being prepared. A list of important documents to bring to your appointment is available here.

For more information, please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 ext. 2251 or 2252.

Winter 2018 Newsletter Now 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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Seasonal Activities at FDL

Fondulac District Library is hosting a variety of events and activities to welcome the winter season!

Snow Day at the Library • November 21 • 10 a.m.
Friends of the Library Holiday Sale • December 7 • 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. & December 8 • 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop • December 9 • 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Music with Tracy: Holiday Edition • December 13 • 10 a.m.
Celebrations Around the World • December 17 • 1 p.m.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas • December 20 • 6-8 p.m.
Nitsch Theatre Arts: NFP Rising Stars • December 28 • 2 p.m.

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

FDL Matinee Marathon

Fondulac District Library is excited to announce its first “Matinee Marathon!” This program celebrates the excitement of cinema and gives patrons of all ages a chance to win a prize drawing for watching movies they check out from the library. Pick up a Matinee Marathon participation log at any service desk and return the completed log to the Second Floor Information Desk by November 30 for a chance to win! Participants may complete and submit more than one log during the program for multiple chances to win, so grab your library card, pop some popcorn, and press play! Please visit or call the library at (309) 699-3917 with questions.

Friends of Fondulac District Library Bus Trip

The Friends of Fondulac District Library are hosting a bus trip to the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora with a stop at Louis Joliet Mall on Friday, November 10. Snacks, games, and drawings for door prizes will be included. Registration and a payment of $50 by cash or check are required, and meals are not included. The proceeds from the trip will benefit the library and its programs and events.

Bus Trip Schedule:

7:00 am         Arrive at the library to check in
7:30 am         Bus departs the library
10:00 am      Arrival at Chicago Premium Outlet Mall
2:30 pm        Bus departs for Louis Joliet Mall
3:15 pm         Arrival at Louis Joliet Mall
6:30 pm        Bus departs for return to the library
9:00 pm        Bus arrives at the library

Pick up and complete the registration form at the library, or download and print a copy here and turn it in at the checkout desk.

Questions? Please contact:
Vicki (309) 694.3620 or Joyce (309) 698.9091

 

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